Tuesday, March 10, 2009

An interview with... Aya!

I'm so sorry that it took so long for a new interview! I promised to give you an interview with a 16 year old Dutch girl, but for that one you still have to wait a little bit longer. Now here's an interview with the lovely Aya, a 23 year old mom, who has an amazing style and she has the most beautiful vintage dresses!

Tell us something about yourself?
My name is Aya Smith, I am 23 and am a stay-at-home-mom... with the occasional selling of vintage via ebay.

What does fashion and beautiful clothes mean to you?
To me, fashion is an immediate representation of your personality and being. Though one's physical appearance can be misconstrued, I completely believe what we wear is a indication of the kind of person we are.
How would you describe your personal style?
I think I pull inspiration from so many different things. Wardrobe_Remix, old movies, Japanese fashion and old women. haha.

Wich item in your closet couldn’t you live without?
This is a tough one. Probably my petticoat, but I am rather attached to most of the things in my wardrobe!
For what piece of clothing that hangs in your closet, do you feel the most ashamed of?
Nothing... Because when I have the money to make a purchase, it's always something I really want.. Haha

Do you often have miss-buys or do you wear everything you buy?
I suppose I have... but when I did, I turned around and sold it. Usually something I bought from the thrift store, and didn't have the time to try it on.
Did you ever have the feeling you wanted to fit in as for clothing, because you don’t look like the average person you see walking on the street?
I can honestly say that I've never wanted to "fit-in with the crowd". I am shy and awkward in reality, but there is an artistic side of myself that wants to make a statement through fashion.
Did you ever had unpleasant comments on your clothing, and if so, how did/do you deal with it?
Yes, quite often. Especially when growing up and my fashion-sense was still discovering itself. I went through a goth-phase, and a Japanese "fruits"/Lolita phase.. so I was always very uniquely dressed. Now that my style has calmed down a bit, I get more compliments than rude comments... but those times have stuck with me, even still.
Maybe tips for the people who want to wear their own style, but are afraid?
Don't worry about other people... Only modesty and quality are important in a wardrobe, other than that... YOU make the rules. Experiment, that's the only true way to discover your true fashion sense.
What is your favorite trend right now?
The word "trend" sends a shiver down my spine, but if I had to choose... I would say the trend of "trend-setting", that is very "in" right now.

Which trend do you think is awful?
Most trends are awful, because they are usually based from an accident or poor fit. Such as, baggy pants or popped collars... But the trend I despise the most, is the trend of "seeing how much flesh you can legally show and get away with"... yuck.
Do you have a fashion-icon? Or a website where you get inspiration?
I have so much inspiration! I follow so many lovely ladies on Flickr, but also actresses like Lauren Bacall and vintage magazines.

What would you never, but then also never wear on the fashion area?
I am not a fan of cheap or fragile materials... even when I see something I like, if it's made of a polyester or rayon, I am instantly detoured. Because I want to keep my wardrobe in good condition(hopefully well enough, that I may pass them on to the next generation). So, you would never find me wearing those types of materials.
Is there something you would like to say to the people who read this?
Thank you everyone for reading, and I hope that learning more about me, will allow you to take away something insightful and helpful to be bold in your own style and wardrobe! ^_^
I hope everyone enjoyed this interview! I really did. If you want to see more of her style (I know I do), you can go to her site Strawberry Koi or to her Flickr


muchlove said...

Great interview!
I ADORE her look. She wears those vintage dresses with such style.

Adriana Ximenes said...

A very interesting story ... I love the beautiful dresses

Anja said...

wauw,mooie jurkjes. en ook wauw dat ze mama is(niet dat mama's geen mooie stijl kunnen hebben)

DaisyChain said...

Fantastic interview, she has incredible style.

Ellie Lee said...

Loved the interview! Aya is such a wonderful person! Her thoughts on fashion are just so fab, and encouraging! Her dresses are so perfect!

Andrea Eames said...

Yay, I love Aya! She's so beautiful and has such a wonderful style. She has always been a huge inspiration to me.sa

Fräulein Luise said...

What for beautful and amazing dresses she is wearing. I also like that she has her own personal style, not influenced by the mass.

HoneyBunny said...

Well done! Great interview! I love her style..it;s so gorgeous!! that sailor dress is soooo amazing!!

Ariella said...

I can't believe I didn't know her - her style is impeccable. Thank you so much for sharing, Sam!

Anonymous said...

Nice interview! I love her style :)
It's a great thing you're doing, these interviews! Keep up the good work

Darrah said...

Fantastic interview! Who knew a girl of 16 could have such wonderful style?!

Anonymous said...

such a cute interview!!! i love it.

Mom Fashion World said...

thanks for sharing about the interview.
i love all her clothes. that sailor dress is very nice!.

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

Great interview, Sam! I really like Aya's style :)

Anonymous said...

Wauwwww, I like her pink dress so much!

The FourOhSeven said...

woow mooie jurkjes, ze lijkt wel weggelopen uit een oude film