When I first visited her blog I couldn't take my eyes of her beaming smile. I immediately felt welcome to explore her thrifantastic (=thrift+fantastic, I know I'm a cornball) looks. Who wouldn't want that? Great looks with a small budget. This fille shows us just how to get there and wear it with confidence.
I introduce to you, miss SheRea, thriftshionista by heart.
Tell us something about you (for example: age/profession/hobbies etc...).
I am a 19 year old thrifting fashion blogger from St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. I attend Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC where I first discovered thrifting. This is also where my obsessive love affair with thrifted fashion began. In the fall, I will be a junior pursuing a B.A. in Communication with a concentration in Media Studies. I am also minoring in Theatre and Entrepreneurship & Social Enterprise. I will legitimately sit all day at the computer surfing blogs, looking for new blogs to follow, etc. I have also been known to push back homework to update my blog. Blogging is one of my most serious hobbies as well as THRIFTING. Ugh that’s a whole different interview lol
Why did you start blogging?
I began surfing blogs regularly during the Fall of 2010. I saw the amazing bloggers who were not only sharing their sense of style, but also their dreams and aspirations for the future. Essentially, they were sharing themselves with the world. I too have dreams, aspirations, and a style that is uniquely my own and I wanted to join a world of supportive and loving people. Also, though I had found MANY blogs, many dealt with general fashion and none emphasized the love of my life, thrifting. I therefore wanted to fill this void for people like me out there, the other thriftshionistas if you will.
Do you have (personal) fashion rules? Yes/no? Why?
My fashion rule is to wear things that compliment your body. Though there are many items that come in large sizes, the cut and proportions of that garment is not meant to fit a “real” person. It’s more fitted for a prototype. We have to know our bodies and therefore know how to dress them. Our bodies are special and need our attention. My other fashion rule is to express yourself through your clothing. Don’t look at what other people wear and think you have to imitate them. Use them as inspiration and find your own style. Each individual is blessed with something that is unique to him/her. Find it and WORK IT!!!
Who is your fashion muse? Why?
Many times, I have been asked about my inspirations and honestly, I have sooo many. It’s the stars and celebrities on tv and on the internet, it’s the girl that I glimpse on campus, it’s my lovely friends, its virtually EVERYONE. Everyone in this world has something that I can learn from. I am especially blessed to have friends who share my love of fashion and have impeccable styles. Waking up and being surrounded by such fierceness is SUCH a beautiful thing.
If you could be any accessory item, which one would you be? Why?
I would definitely be a purse. Why? Because beautiful women would love me and store their most prized possessions in me. Also, a purse is a staple of a women’s wardrobe. Though I am not into purses, I do not the value of this accessory. It can add a pop of color to a darker outfit or can also being neutrality to a brighter one. When worn with a fabulous outfit, a purse speaks for itself. Many times, it’s the vocal point of an ensemble. I mean, who can beat that.
What is your message for women/girls struggling with their body image?
Whether big, small, or in between, our bodies were masterfully sculpted. The media perpetuates its ideal of beauty, but as women and girls we must acknowledge that such an ideal is flawed. I live by the motif that curves make the journey of my life more interesting. You have to look in the mirror, see yourself, and love what you see from the inside. The body is but a shell that can be molded, changed, and developed. We have to work on our inside, who we are as human beings. There has to be one thing beautiful about our bodies, if only one, such as our eyes, the smoothness of our skins, our smiles, the curves in our back. Remember if there is one thing beautiful about you, the world doesn’t have to notice, however you have to love yourself. Self-hate is not the answer. If changing your body will make you happier, you have to realize there is something on the inside such as the things on your heart and mind that are clouding your vision. Love yourself, I love you.
Embrace our similarities and celebrate our differences!