Interview With Kelly Cloninger, Owner of Girl Party Shop
October 29th, 2014 by Emily Vallely

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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Follow Kelly on Instagram @girlpartyshop and check out her shop Girl Party Shop (her prints and cards would make great gifts for the coming holiday season!).
All photos courtesy of Kelly Cloninger.

Fall In Naples
October 28th, 2014 by Lucy Vallely

Last night my family and I went on our friend’s boat for dinner, so I decided to snap a few photos of my outfit on our walk over to their house. It’s finally starting to get a little bit cooler here in Long Beach so I was able to wear tights and a sweater (yay!).

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Blouse: Out of the Closet
Shorts: Ay Que Vintage
Tights: Target
Shoes: Ay Que Vintage
Sweater: Forever 21 (old)

Interview With Jenny Baquing, Blogger and Dress Collector
October 27th, 2014 by Emily Vallely

I recently came across Jenny’s Instagram page and instantly fell in love with her unique style. When I realized she had a blog, I knew that I had to feature her here on OHEMV and share her amazing fashion sense with all of you! We are in love with her blog She Loves Dresses, she has amazing outfit posts and also features tons of vintage shops. We are so inspired by Jenny and we hope you fall in love with her too!

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OHEMV: How many dresses do you own?
Jenny: This question was a little hard for me to answer since I have so many of my dresses packed away or at my in-laws house, but I would say that I have around 300-350 dresses total, 90 percent of them being vintage, pre-1980′s.

OHEMV: Where is your favorite place to shop?
Jenny: I do a lot of my shopping online, but I do love ALL the vintage stores in the Haight/Mission district of San Francisco. I purchased a powder blue tulle 50′s prom dress from Held Over on Haight Street and besides my grandmother’s wedding dress, it is my all time favorite piece of clothing that I own.

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OHEMV: Who is your biggest fashion inspiration?
Jenny: I really love Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper Girl. I think she is so beautiful and fun. My personal style is very different from Nicole’s, but being able to experience a glimpse of her world through Instagram is so so inspiring to me.

OHEMV: What era of fashion do you find most inspiring?
Jenny: I love the silhouette of 1950′s dresses. Most of the dresses I own are from the 50′s or 60′s. I’m also a sucker for most any 1960 babydoll styles, and gosh do I love a good peter pan collar or bell sleeve.

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OHEMV: When did you discover your passion for vintage clothing?
Jenny: Probably around 9 years ago, the same Summer I graduated high school in 2005.

OHEMV: What’s something every girl needs in her closet?
Jenny: A great petticoat! My favorite petticoats are true vintage, but Vivien of Holloway makes really beautiful fluffy reproductions as well! Hurray!

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Jenny

OHEMV: Why do you love vintage clothing?
Jenny: SO MANY REASONS. Aside from the fact that vintage shopping is eco-friendly, vintage clothing makes me feel alive and excited about my dreams in a way that most modern designers do not. Falling in love with vintage fashion was like finding a part of myself that I didn’t know existed. I was finally being me and it felt so good. I could finally express the cupcake explosion heart of mine in physical form! When I put on a one-of-a-kind 50’s ball gown, or step into a ruffled 60’s babydoll or square dance dress, I am unstoppable. The lionhearted, world-changing, fierce, unashamed, confident, extreme dreamer, tough-as-nails woman I am in my depths, manifests through my clothes and my soul comes alive for everyone else to see. That type of self-expression is really powerful and important to me.

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Follow Jenny on Instagram @shelovesdresses and check out her blog She Loves Dresses.
All photos are courtesy of She Loves Dresses.