Kelly, owner of Girl Party Shop, has completely nailed the late 1960′s aesthetic. Her home and her style reflect our favorite era in such a modern and cool way! We are constantly inspired by her dreamy Instagram feed and we are totally obsessing over her Etsy shop where she sells hand-drawn cards, prints, gift tags, and treat toppers! Kelly is also a flight attendant for American Airlines (so cool!). We love this girl!
OHEMV: Tell us about your Etsy shop Girl Party Shop.
Kelly: I launched Girl Party Shop this summer with a focus on creating high quality, well designed, handmade prints and cards. Everything in the shop is drawn or designed by yours truly, and then printed and packaged directly from my studio. Drawing is my passion, so you’ll see a lot of that in my shop along with plenty of pop culture references.
OHEMV: When did you discover your love for vintage fashion?
Kelly: I have always been drawn to old things, from clothing to decor to photographs. There is something romantic about bringing new life to something that already holds so many memories. I started hunting down vintage goodies once I was old enough to drive a car to every thrift store in town. For me half of the fun is the thrill of the hunt, and once you start finding those hidden gems it’s near impossible to stop. The quality, aesthetics, and uniqueness of vintage are insurmountable, not to mention the eco-friendly part!
OHEMV: Who is your biggest fashion inspiration?
Kelly: I know it’s cliché, but Audrey Hepburn just doesn’t get old for me. She was so effortlessly classic and elegant. Her style is absolutely timeless. In general I’d say the 60’s are a huge inspiration to me. Gals like Jane Shrimpton and Anna Karina know how to make a girl swoon, but Audrey is queen.
OHEMV: What is your favorite online vintage store?
Kelly: Etsy is hands down my go to for online vintage. I love being able to support fellow shop owners, and let’s be honest Etsy has some killer deals!
OHEMV: Why did you recently move from Atlanta to Los Angeles?
Kelly: This past spring I was hired for my dream job as an American Airlines Flight Attendant. Los Angeles was my first choice as a base, and I got it! Sometimes I still pinch myself.
OHEMV: We love your art! When did you start drawing and what inspires your designs?
Kelly: I’ve been drawing since I could hold a pencil, and when I was little all I wanted to be was an artist when I grew up. I followed that dream and graduated with a BFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2009. A lot of my earlier work was inspired by feminism, and that celebration of femininity still resonates in my current work along with a newly added inspiration from pop culture icons.
OHEMV: What are some of your fall essentials?
Kelly: Fall is my favorite time of year, especially for clothes! I practically live in black skinnies, booties, shorts or skirts, and tights. Lots and lots of tights. And knee highs, lots of those.
OHEMV: Any words of wisdom to someone thinking about opening an Etsy store?
Kelly: Stop thinking about it and just do it! It can be intimidating to jump in, but once the ball gets moving things have a funny way of falling into place. Etsy is such a supportive community with endless resources. I think the most important thing is to stay true to yourself. It sounds cheesy, but it’s true. It can be easy to let yourself feel overwhelmed and undermined by your competition, so stay focused on your goals and never stop moving forward.
OHEMV: Favorite Nancy Sinatra song.
Kelly: Now this is a tough question! Since I have to choose just one, I’d have to say “Kind of a Woman”, with “How Does That Grab You” close behind.