Not sure how much introduction she needs, as you are likely already familiar with Kristina from her work with BUST and xoJane, or perhaps her super adorable blog, Twee Valley High. I ran into Kristina at the ModCloth Elegance For All event after having been a fan of her writing for some time, and we instantly became pals. Not only does she look like a piece of candy, but she's just as sweet, too! I love the concept of vintage as wearing a piece of history, and I wanted to get a behind-the-scenes look at vintage style from devotee's perspective, so naturally Kristina was #1 on my list. Read on to learn more about this fascinating lady!
Erin: Tell us a little about yourself, Kristina!
Kristina: Hi there! I’m Kristina and by day, I act as blog editor and social media producer to a prom dress company. By night, I run my own blog, Twee Valley High, and create content for xoJane and BUST Magazine. I love adventuring around Brooklyn and wearing colorful pill-box hats. My favorite things include petticoats, pumpkin pie, Ronnie Spector and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Describe your style to us in five words or less.
Early sixties twee old lady.
Basically I’m a mish mash of 50s/60s vintage dresses, old lady sweaters and a bunch of cat stuff. Throw some pin-up in there and you’ve got my style.
When I look at your blog, it's immediately obvious to me that you have a very specific style. That's something I wish I could say for myself, so I'm interested to know- how did you come to develop your personal style as it stands today? Have you always been interested in vintage? For me, the obsession started in the dusty antique stores and crowded flea markets my grandmother would take me to as a kid. It's been downhill ever since.
It’s only recently that I’ve been told or thought about my style as sort of niche. I always knew it was different, but never thought too much about it. Growing up, I loved to experiment and, over the years, I honed in on the things I like the most. Now I realize that my style is not just one thing or the other, which I enjoy. It’s a mix of wanting to be a sophisticated vintage lady with hats and white gloves mixed with my love of crazy cat sweaters and glitter oxfords. It’s what makes my style me. I’m not sure when l first fell in love with vintage, but it must have started with my love of thrift stores and the unique things you could find. I love the possibility of hidden treasures.
I have a really amazing psychedelic print shift dress from the late 60s that hasn't fit me since I was about 16. I now use it as a wall decoration. Do you have a favorite piece that you will keep forever and ever, even when it no longer fits?
I have so many pieces like that! My mom loved to shop back in the day so I have wonderful designer bags that I will never sell. One of my vintage dresses also makes a great decoration. It’s a gorgeous 1950’s pink party dress that I can barely fit into. Those kind of dresses are so hard to find in my size so when I found it for a mere $15, I wanted to jump up with joy. My wall is also covered in an array of berets and vintage hats.
Where do you typically shop?
I love shopping, but I don’t love to spend a ton of money. NYC thrift stores are usually picked over, but the Goodwill outlet is the place to go for the ultimate thrifting high. It’s a buy-by-the-pound warehouse where you truly have to dig. I always find something unique. Favorite finds include vintage Coach bags and an Oscar de la Renta skirt for just a few dollars. Vintage store staples include all the shops owned by L Train Vintage (Urban Jungle/Vice Versa/No Relation). While not everything is amazing, it’s all vintage and all super cheap ($7-$40). For the nicer stuff, Ana Chronos, The Family Jewels and Brooklyn Flea have amazing vintage pieces, definitely investments. I’m also a fan of any time ModCloth has a sale. They have the most adorable dresses!
Who (or what) would you say are your biggest style inspirations?
A big influence is the late ‘50s/early 60’s. From French new wave to snazzy girl groups, I’m totally inspired by that era. Some of my favorite go-tos are Ronnie Spector, Marlo Thomas (That Girl) and, of course, Audrey Hepburn.
Who are your favorite current designers?
Pretty much anyone that could be in Lula, like Red Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Honor, Rachel Antonoff..along with two of my friends who have super adorable lines: She and Reverie and Julie Mollo. I would wear their stuff in an instant!
If you could switch wardrobes with another blogger for a day, who would it be (and why)?
I feel like I have very similar style to Mermaidens and Scathingly Brilliant so I’d definitely want to raid their closet. My aspirational vintage wardrobe would probably be Ashley of Fancy Fine or Solanah of Vixen Vintage. Ashley’s plethora of dresses is totally enviable and Solanah wears vintage so incredibly well.
|Clockwise: Kailey of Mermaidens, Kate of Scathingly Brilliant, Solanah of Vixen Vintage, Ashley of Fancy Fine|
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