True Fashionista: Vivi

It’s not easy to shop when you’re not built like a mannequin. A couple hours in a shopping mall can really destroy a woman’s self-esteem and cause her to hate all fashion. I have mad respect for those who see the fun challenge in fashion, have that desire to prove that everyone can and deserves to look and feel amazing in clothes. I try to prove that myself, but I get a lot of my motivation from my fellow bloggers. One blogger I constantly find positive, creative, and inspiring is the effervescent Vivi from the blog Heart, Print & Style and this is why I asked her to be part of my True Fashionista series.

If Vivi looks familiar to you, it's because I previously featured her and her great style. Vivi has amazing thrifting skills, and is able to find the most unique, chic, and flattering pieces in our local second-hand shops. And yes, I wrote we, because Vivi lives in the same town I do. We met at a CapFABB event and have been buddies ever since. Vivi has been trying to get me to go thrifting with her and a quick glance at her blog will show it would be in my best interest to do so. Now that I am paring down on blogging,I may have a chance this spring to experience Vivi’s expert thrifting first-hand!

What’s so great about Vivi, other than her knowing herself, her figure, and her life so well and expressing it through her fashion choices, is how nice she is. In the blogosphere, there’s a lot of frenemies, faux buddies, and outfor-herselfers; in DC I have found quite the opposite and Vivi is one of the very sweetest I have met. She believe in the blogging community, supports her peers, and enjoys the entire social portion of blogging. Oh, and her tweets make me giggle out loud on a regular basis and I also enjoy following her on Instagram and Facebook.

Through her fashion, the commentary on her blog, and her in-person self, Vivi expresses happiness, individuality, and style. I’m honored to call her a friend, and honored that she was willing to share some of her thoughts on fashion and style. I asked Vivi the same five questions I ask each True Fashionista; here are her answers:

How would you describe your personal style?
Simple and subtle. It may not be the loudest style nor the trendiest (and I don't mark myself as a trendy person) but there is just something there, y'know?

Where did you get your passion for fashion?
Early on. Growing up, I was really into drawing and creating outfits. Imaginative. Visual. Still am, really. Anywho, my brother and sister would be playing outside and calling me to play with them. And I'm like, nope. I'd rather be reading or drawing/creating outfits. I remember back when I was, like, 10 years old knowing that a sweetheart neckline looked great on me. I blame hitting puberty early.

Where do you find sartorial inspiration?
Blogs, blogs and more blogs. With a bit of InStyle and People Style Watch mixed in. Folks on the street aka people watching. Also, at times, music videos and TV shows.

What is the difference between fashion and style?
Fashion is what you see on scripted TV shows, movies, and/or magazines. Style is what you take from the fashion you see and making it your own. And there are some (truly lucky) folks out there that do not even pay attention to what the fashion industry says and yet still have a great sense of style. You either have it or you don't.

Any advice for a woman who is starting to find her personal style?
Just know what works best for you. Now, there's nothing wrong with trying something new or following the latest trends. Just know that if you do not feel comfortable with what you're wearing, it shows. If you look like you're trying way too hard with an outfit, it shows. Also, I'm a huge lover of accessories. Sometimes, accessories say more about your style than the actual clothing. So start from there and work your look around the accessories.

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The purpose of the Friday True Fashionista series is to show women who use clothing to express their personal style. Each woman has a different, unique look and opinion on clothing and fashion. These women inspire me in my clothing choices, and possibly their bold sartorial statements will inspire you. Stay tuned, there will be a featured True Fashionista every Friday. And if you know of a True Fashionista in your life, tell us about her in the comments you never know she may end up being featured!

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10 Comments

  1. April 9, 2013 / 10:33 am

    If you and VIvi go thrifting before I move in July, invite me along. I know a little something about thrift stores and would love to learn from Vivi too !!!

  2. April 8, 2013 / 7:53 am

    iBlush. Seriously. Thank you, Alison, for featuring me in your wonderful series. And thank you everyone for your positive comments!

  3. crtfly
    April 5, 2013 / 7:33 pm

    Allie,

    Please take some time for yourself and go thrifting with Vivi. I think you both will have a fabulously good time. Even if you don’t come away with some choice finds, you won’t care because you will have had so much fun.

    Chris

  4. April 5, 2013 / 7:04 pm

    “Sometimes, accessories say more about your style than the actual clothing”

    I completely agree! Vivi’s style is awesome and she has a great smile!!!!

  5. April 5, 2013 / 4:57 pm

    Love Vivi’s colourfully eclectic style! It really reminds me of Folake Huntoon, from Style Pantry (don’t know if you guys know who she is?)

    For example, they both know how to complement their gorgeous complexions (by using bold colours & prints), but they also have enough personal style to also know how to tone it down when they want to (or are feeling more ‘casual’ on a day)!

    Oh & speaking of clothes shopping/ thrifting, & the pressures of blogging, she also her own online store- don’t know how the woman does it, but maybe also featuring her as a ‘True Fashionista’ would help us mere mortals find out? Just a thought =P

    • April 5, 2013 / 4:59 pm

      I contacted her, but she never replied to my emails. There’s quite a few amazing women on the Web that I would love to feature but they haven’t gotten back to me. I know Folake is quite a busy woman and understand if she doesn’t have the time! 🙂

      • April 6, 2013 / 10:11 am

        Aww, that’s a shame- yeah, running a business & a blog must take up a lot of her time! 🙁

        Oh well, look on the bright side- at least you (& hopefully the people who read these comments) can add her bold style to your blog readers too, if you wish 🙂

  6. April 5, 2013 / 4:02 pm

    LOVEEEE Vivi!!!! So happy that you featured her, she truly is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside 🙂 Every time I see her I always love what she’s wearing down to her cute little broaches!

  7. April 5, 2013 / 12:41 pm

    What a great profile! I love Vivi’s style. You should definitely go thrifting with Vivi she obviously has an excellent eye.

  8. April 5, 2013 / 12:21 pm

    Vivi truly is a sweetheart! I love that she doesn’t shy away from colors, patterns, and textures, and that she takes inspiration and makes it her own. If you two ladies finally make a thrifting date, I wanna be in on that one!

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