Whurl Gurls: Meet Yasmine of @yasminemei!

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I started working with flowers when I was 18. Fresh out of high school and fumbling through college, I landed my dream job working weekends at a flower stand in Laguna Beach.  I’ve been at it even since.
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With such a colorful profession, how do you feel your job influences your personal style if at all?
The palettes I use in my arrangements and choose for my wardrobe tend to be similar. Often times, if I didn’t have a particular color palette in mind when shopping at the flower market, I’ll end up choosing flowers that match the outfit I was wearing that morning. It’s subconscious and comical.
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I know you’ve given lessons in floral design in the past, are there any quick tips you can give here to help those of us who are florally-challenged?
Practice! And don’t overthink it.
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You seem to travel a lot and I bet you draw inspiration from every location. That being said, how do you find yourself inspired by living and working in Los Angeles?
I find myself incredibly inspired by LA. The city (and county) is so diverse in population and landscape, that it’s impossible not to draw influence from it. I love how simultaneously gritty and precious LA can be. That’s a look I sometimes try to achieve in my arrangements.
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Speaking of travels, do you have any one specific place you like to go when you’re in need of an extra dose of inspiration?
Arizona, always.
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You seem to have a great support system here in Los Angeles. As someone who works alone as well, I know how important that is! Not only to stay inspired but to be able to bounce ideas off of friends. Are there any friends or businesses that you rely on here in LA to keep the Yasmine machine going? 
There are SO many people in my life that keep me and my business going. I feel incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by so many smart, capable women. I know for certain that my business wouldn’t be what it is now without the help and support of my dear friend Monica, who owns the shop (Individual Medley) where I do my pop-ups.
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Whurl Gurls: Meet Melissa of @melissacripe

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What does a day in the life of Melissa look like?

Usually starts with a bagel, ends with a grilled cheese. (Can’t help it with those carbs)

On a creatively satisfying day – I’m crafting ideas, making moodboards, sourcing props, building sets, shooting ideas, or editing photos.

On a fun day, I’m having a boozy picnic at echo park lake with champagne and a hot dog, fawning over pups, going to a museum and seeing a movie at the theater with a gal pal.

On a normal day, I’m hustling between a day job and my creative pursuits, eating too much sweets, and rewatching the It’s Always Sunny Bloopers to keep my spirits high.

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I’m obsessed with your creative work! Where do you draw inspiration from and where do you see your design work taking you?

Thank you! I currently draw the most inspiration from the nagging thoughts that weigh on my brain — thoughts like “Being an adult really sucks” or “Why am I comparing myself to other creatives so harshly?” or “How come I have no self control when presented with donuts or Mac & Cheese?”

& then I translate those thoughts into colorful sets and photos!

I’ve  also been recently going down the rabbit hole of the Vimeo Staff picks and searching for inspiring video projects that excite my brain. Then I research the crew behind them to see their portfolios and read how they got started — i.e. THIS dark, sexy french music video magic or THIS charming portrait of my homegirl Elle Fanning

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One thing I love about getting to know you over the last couple of years is seeing how hard you push yourself. Do you have any advice for people who want to pursue something totally amazingly creative outside of their day job?

First of all, that means so much!

It’s honestly tough and comes with some sacrifice, but I really don’t mind the long hours, the sore limbs, the dwindling bank account. I need those things in my life to feel alive and useful.

My #1 piece of advice and probably the most important thing I felt I’ve learned in these last 3 years of creating work on my own, (despite what sometimes seemed like an impossible schedule): No one cares if you finish. And that’s actually a good thing. It forces you to become truly self motivated and disciplined, but gives you the freedom and flexibility to experiment and challenge yourself without the pressure.

Let me explain…

When you don’t have a boss or a teacher or a parent checking in on you along the way to see if you’ve emailed the crew, balanced the budget, bought all the costumes, added a 2nd coat of paint to the props, secured a shooting location, made sure there were snacks on hand to keep everyone’s spirits high, taught yourself photoshop to edit the photo, posted to social media // your portfolio website and officially completed the project – you realize that technically if you didn’t finish, no one would be upset or disappointed — except for you.

On the other hand, BECAUSE there’s no one to check in with and I’m hustling to fund all of these projects on my own, I’m not obligated to please anyone but myself. I don’t have to sacrifice any ideas to fit into someone else’s vision and get to create work for my portfolio that is a true and accurate representation of my brain. How exciting is that! I feel extremely grateful to be in this stage of my creative career and to be able to feel the joy and accomplishments of my own efforts.

So basically, not having anyone there to see you to the finish line is both the best and hardest thing to come to terms with and I think is prob the #1 reason a lot of people get easily discouraged or intimidated. To be a successful creative person you really need to view it as running your own small business. You alone have to set deadlines, be smart about budget, be friendly to the other people in your life that could technically become your “co-workers” or collaborators, etc., You just need to take the plunge and finish the idea, no matter what- even if it’s not perfect. And don’t be motivated solely by a paycheck or some social media attention, but because it’s your duty to give life to the unique ideas trapped inside your individual brain.

What’s the best thing you ever thrifted?

One of my all time favorite things I ever thrifted was THIS bedazzled pink dolly parton-esque shirt

Or Perhaps THIS 1960’s Christian Dior Turban hat with a big bow!

But Probably THIS geometric GEM of a dress from my fav 😉

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Name one fun fact about yourself

In my youth, I looked exactly like a mix between Punky Brewster & Scout Finch. Pretty great combo if you ask me….not so much into the aesthetic of self cut bangs, and a constantly dirty face, but i’ve definitely still retained the spunk, colorful ensembles and childlike curiosity of the two 🙂

Whurl Gurls: Meet Allison of @thenebulashop

image4 (1)Where are you from?

Alexandria, Virginia the suburbs of Washington DC.

What inspires you? Mother Nature, bright Colors, psychedelic patterns, Alexander McQueen, textures, Biba, disco and Stevie Nicks.

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What’s your favorite decade? The 60’s. The fashion, rockstars & nightlife. I feel like my soul belongs in that time.

What’s your favorite place to vintage shop? I love great deals so I frequent the local thrift/ charity shops often. And I love online shopping of course instagram/ shopwhurl!

What’s the best thing you’ve ever thrifted?

I have thrifted some stellar pieces but I think my Chanel bucket bag is number one. It currently sits pretty in my closet. I paid $8 bucks for it at Unique about 10 years ago!

Name one fun fact about yourself? I’m a mom of a beautiful 4 year old boy as well as being a Shop owner.

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Whurl Gurls: Meet Gina of @bumblervintage!

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I just love this girl so much! Gina has been a serious Whurl supporter since almost day one. In fact, she was the 293rd person to register on Whurl (!) within the first weeks of launch.  She’s even gone as far as traveling to Los Angeles from Michigan to sell at three separate pop-ups I’ve hosted! She rarely strays from her quintessential 80’s/90’s aesthetic that admittedly makes me squeal with glee when I see her new posts on Whurl. In fact, she just uploaded a ton of fanny packs, colorful blouses, bomber jackets, swimsuits and more! Be sure to check out her assortment on Whurl when you’re done reading through her interview!

Where are you from?

Michigan! I’m an all four seasons, midwestern gal.

What inspires you?

Anyone that creates something, whether it’s music, art, comedy, even business. If it didn’t exist in this world before you and now it exists because of you, that’s incredible.

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What’s your favorite decade?

80s! I’m completely drawn to the bold, colorful, campiness of the decade. Also, I was born in 1980 so the decade carries major personal nostalgia for me.

What’s your favorite place to vintage shop?

Whurl! (haha just kidding, but not really though). While I love vintage shopping online nothing beats a giant outdoor flea market in the summer. It’s part treasure hunting, part people watching, and I can usually eat something from a truck. The perfect combo.

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What’s the best thing you ever thrifted?

Any one of my many vintage denim jackets. Like children, I love them all equally.

Name one fun fact about yourself

In 1997, my best friend and I went to see Titanic at the movie theater over 5 times. Leo forever has a soft spot in my heart because of this (my heart goes on for you, Leo, there was room on that door for you!)

Whurl Gurls: Meet Lindsay of @thriftvision!

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I love this gal Lindsay! She came on the scene a few months ago and is the best kind of Whurl Gurl: one part shopper, one part seller! She buys and sells some of the best stuff on Whurl from a variety of decades. She even found my wedding dress for me after I posted on Whurl for the type I was looking for! Gosh I just loooove this community! Read on to find out a bit more about Lindsay and then check out all of her recent uploads on Whurl!
Where are you from?
Pennsylvania, right outside of Philadelphia!
What inspires you?
The vintage community on Instagram is so lovely and a daily source of inspiration for me! I also love Japanese fashion and I’ve been collecting magazines like Zipper, Fruits and Kera for years. My style icons are Marcia Brady and Ayumi Seto.
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What’s your favorite decade?
That’s tough! I’d say the 1960s for fashion, and the 1990s for pop culture.
What’s your favorite place to vintage shop?
 
The Mad Hatter is a really cool antique mall in Reading, PA that used to be a hat factory. I’ve found some amazing gems there. I’m obsessed with their room of vintage Alice in Wonderland memorabilia.
What’s the best thing you ever thrifted?
My Donnybrook faces coat for $12! (Rihanna has the same one omg) I was internally screaming all the way to the register. (editor’s note: omg coat pictured below!)
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Name one fun fact about yourself
 
I love video games and I’m an extremely competitive Mario Kart player.
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