Whurl Gurls: Andi of @ouiwegirl !

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Q – Congrats on your new book! All the photos I’ve seen of it so far are S T U N N I N G! Was there any particular stop on your travels while writing Wanderful that was the most fun or meaningful?

A- Merciiii! So, the book covers 9 road trips, each trip features a destination that’s well traveled (like Santa Fe and San Francisco), one that’s more of an artistic hideaway (Ojai and Marfa, for example) and then a truly off the beaten path destination. Several of the chapters include deeper dives into certain regions and others skip along two line highways making lots of little stops. Choosing the most meaningful or the most fun is hard! There were destinations that I expected to blow me away, to have a sort of sensory overload … like Big Sur, the Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree and Flathead Lake in Montana to name a few – and wow they didn’t disappoint! And then there were places I didn’t expect and couldn’t believe were in America and much less driving distance from the cities that we’d started from.
If I had to choose I’d say the most fun was traveling the PCH with Allister Ann and equally as fun was the Eastern Seaboard from NY up the coast of Southern Maine with Keiko. The most special was unexpected: Terlingua, Texas. It’s a good example of a place I couldn’t believe existed and that whole journey was pure magic. Ben and I had departed from Austin, traveled through the artistic utopia of Marfa and then finally arrived in Terlingua. It offered up a different type of creative collective: it’s a Mexican border town – a stone-cold silent desert mixed with a vibrant little ghost town community. That trip was my first true desert road trip – Ben and I were on the road for a month on that outing and I felt so connected to the wildness of it all.

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Q – I know you’re originally from New Orleans. Without stealing too much from your book, can you give a few little tips or your favorite things to do there? I’ve never been but hope to go this year. The city seems so magical!

A – Much of the world’s knowledge of New Orleans is overshadowed by Mardi Gras one one side of things, and then that epic natural disaster Katrina, on the other. However New Orleanians have always known their city holds a much deeper magic. I love that city more than any other place on earth. The architecture and people exude a subtropical Gothic vibe and I’ve filled pages upon pages with recommendations of how to spend time there. In the book I’ve included a “can’t miss” list depending on what you might be into: love music? – don’t miss going to Preservation Hall in the French Quarter; love vintage fashion? (which I know your people do!) take a day to shop the Vieux Carre’s indie boutiques; art aficionado? walk the length of Royal Street to explore gallery after gallery interspersed with Parisian-style cafes. If you’re more of a nature lover there’s a whole list of recommendations including parks and botanical gardens too, and of course there’s jazz clubs, music halls and food recs for days.

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Q – I saw your eclipse party last week and couldn’t help but feel envious of your local pals. For someone who travels so much, you seem to be able to settle in to homebody life pretty easily too. How are you adjusting to your new life in Nashville?

A – Aw, it was the best! You’re coming in 2024! It’s a bit of a strange thing: I’m a nomadic girl at heart, I find incredible energy in travel. However my home is the place that rejuvenates me and Nashville has been awesome for that. Ben is a touring musician and often we coordinate our travel schedules, however once we’re home we settle in so easily. Astrologically I’m a Leo, Capricorn rising, Taurus moon. My Leo-ness drives me to get out and chase new adventure, there’s a want in me to go conquer the world, haha – however, my Capricorn and Taurus inner self have a need for structure and grounded-ness. I consider myself so lucky to have a partner and friends that have a bit of this same spirit, and Nashville has allowed me to connect with some seriously creative entrepreneurial people that I love coming home to.
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Q – How on earth did you take something as fun and rewarding as traveling with your friends and family and turn it into your job? I think that’s the million dollar question everyone wants to know.

A – I ask myself that same thing sometimes, do you want the whole answer? Ha. it is so wild and I’m so grateful to do what I do! Here’s how it started I suppose: I spent the summer of 2014 working on my first book “New Orleans Style.” I was living in New Orleans and had decided to spend 4 months in Spain to write, kind of weird I know – to leave the city I was writing about, however, I decided to immerse myself into a new culture while telling the story of the one I was so used to.

In the meantime, I’d started to rework my blog to reflect these new travel experiences. I love the mindset of artistic survival and for the first time I’d have to live that way – I’d left my corporate job and felt a kinship to people that live their lives on the hunt for the next gig. I’d read an article in Vogue, it was a fun insider look at fashionable travel – a hip hotels and decadent designs sort of thing, peppered with packing & beauty tips – it was the type of info you can’t find in travel guides. As I transitioned Oui We into a wanderluster’s travel site I took initial inspiration from that article, but rather than designers with yachts and private islands (Miuccia Prada and Dontella Versace were on the list) I looked to my own friends, creative muses that have the notion of gypsy traveling down to a science.

That summer, while I was taking writing breaks, I’d travel through Spain (on a serious budget, btw!) and the idea to write a book about bohemian traveling came to life there. Once I returned home to New Orleans the travel bug had me. I’d meet artists, musicians, and style mavens that spend so much of their time living out of a suitcase and studied their ways.The more I wrote about what I was finding on Oui We, the further the fashion travelogue concept for the book developed.

It was a real leap of faith, I remember Ben reminding me at one point, right before I signed with my publisher and just as Oui We was starting to gain real traction, that I needed to give up having any back up options and follow my intuition, because if I kept a back up plan, it would allow the self doubt to seep in. So I saved just enough money to get things fully underway and off I went.

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Q – At what point did you start shopping vintage and why? What’s your fave piece you’ve scored? What’s the best city for vintage?

A – Well – speaking of Vogue, I remember coming across the magazine when I was so young – I’d pore through my mom’s and my aunt’s copies – it was a dream world that I wanted so much to be in. I began a style obsession that was never a “study” in the way most people do it…I was forever collaging and mood boarding just for fun. I was also the kid whose parents weren’t willing to buy mall clothes. To me Gap jeans were a sign of being in the “in crowd” – (omg really, I had no idea!). I was never going to have that “what everyone else is wearing” option so instead I dug through flea market and Goodwill bins (my mom was a serious flea market goer) and developed a style that was my own. While I knew it was all I could afford, it also became a serious form of self expression!

A favorite piece? I actually had a vintage studio in New Orleans for about a year, and I bought and sold so many killer pieces, however I have a white YSL Tuxedo Suit that I found at an estate sale in Houston and I will never, ever part with it.

In regards to favorite vintage shopping cities: there’s so many amazing ones! Nashville has a kick ass vintage scene, Missoula, Montana has some of my favorite vintage too – LA has amazing finds of course and New Orleans too!

​ Small towns thrifts however, sometimes that’s the very best.
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Whurl Gurls: Interview with @mintkarla

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I can’t believe I only recently realized you went to school for film and production. It makes so much more sense now that your photos are all cinematic masterpieces! How do you feel your background overlaps into your life & instagram?

Aw, thank you for the compliment!  I’d say it comes from having a terrible memory combined with a love of storytelling.  I’ve always kinda been an overdocumenter anyway (you should see the shoeboxes of film negatives in storage chronicling my life from ages 16-27, before I got my first digital camera), but when I had my first baby it went into overdrive, as it does for most people.  I think memories are essential, and I strive to document them in a way that feels emotionally real looking back, which is a balance of real moments manipulated into a fake composition.  It’s definitely life creating art creating life but some of the best things are.  I don’t really care to be just absorbing rather than making something, because I feel that I do both absorb and create when I am documenting, which helps me experience certain events in a more heightened way.  Shooting is almost how I process what’s happening to me, if that makes sense.  I’m sure it’s rooted in control issues somewhere, lol.

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Do you ever feel pressure to pose / be super cute and vintagey? If so, how do you deal with that pressure?

These are good questions!  You know, I don’t really feel alot of pressure to be cute!  I’ve just always really enjoyed clothing.  It has such a transformative power over your mood.  I was just talking with a friend about this recently but I vacillate constantly between these extreme modes—productivity / laziness, sleeping all day / not sleeping at all, eating whole foods / surviving on garbage—and I’ve always been that way for some reason. For me it’s either extremely gross marathons of not showering in disgusting food-covered rags or wearing coordinating vintage ensembles with my kids to the grocery store, just because.   I have no idea why but there’s very little in-between, haha.  But one of the great things about clothing is its ability to elevate you to where you want to be mentally;  how we adorn ourselves can be a healthy form of expression and creative control when perhaps we need it the most. Moms reeeeeeeally need to feel good about themselves.  I’m even more thankful for vintage after having kids; the cuts and the fabrics make you feel fantastic the way new clothes just can’t.  I will say though that I do feel pressure when shooting in public, but only if I am the subject—it suuuucks being on display, right? So of course like many I prefer be behind the camera most of the time.  But I guess to be a character in your own story, sometimes you have to do things that intimidate you, you
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How did you get into vintage? And when did you start collecting vintage clothes for your future children to wear?
I got into vintage in sixth or seventh grade—we couldn’t afford new clothes much anyway, and I mainly had hand-me-downs as the youngest of five daughters.   There was this great thrift store called D.A.V. in Lynchburg, VA where I’m from, and I used to go and find the most amazing pieces.  Just…nothing like what was in stores.  In the 90s when the 70s was cool I was thrifting for boys bellbottoms,old man plaid pants, and polyester button-up shirts (though as early as ninth grade I started to dabble in dresses) and now that I’ve embraced my feminine side I wish I could go back in time to the golden era of $1-fill-a-bag thrifting and actually thrift all the amazing vintage dresses that I missed at that store!  Good grief, little Karla didn’t know what she could have had!!!
I was newly married when I bought my first-ever kids vintage piece.  It was a Lacoste tennis dress for a 2-year-old.  I didn’t even want kids at the time, because I’ve never been one of those maternal types (though I was surprisingly open to the idea after becoming engaged—I think that has more to do with your partner being awesome than anything, because you can actually see it working when you’re with a dude who’s enabling and selfless and awesome), but I could’t resist!  How lucky it ended up that not one but TWO little girls get to wear that Lacoste dress. ❤  Kids vintage is really so much fun, like dangerously fun…it takes your collecting to a whole new level.
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What obstacles do you face as a woman director / editor in the industry? And doing all of that in Atlanta, GA?
I think most creative folks learn that to have any sort of life outside of what they do, they have to combine things.  The desire to document is compulsory but the desire to make things amazing for no reason probably has to do with frustrated creativity.  There’s so much I want to do and don’t have time for right now, professionally and otherwise, that I just end up using myself and my children as subjects in my own story.
Women face so many obstacles in the film industry!  Honestly the mom struggle is the hardest, especially when we have half-formed careers.  You just can’t do it all below a certain pay grade.  I can do little films and video projects here and there but I can’t get to where I want to be right now and be the primary caregiver for my children (James works full-time).  The school schedule complicates things, as well.  I’m happy to freelance from home, it is important for me to connect with my girls….and James has a very understanding work which is great when I can pick up shoots and take off for a few days.  Child care is one of the fastest-growing industries in this country because women are starting to get out there and kick ass, which is great, but our society isn’t set up to help families to find the balance between personal and work life, and it falls on womens’ shoulders the most to suffer in one or both of these areas.  I want to figure out how to get out there and kick ass as a mom of small children but real talk it is HARD, production work is so all-consuming.  I don’t want to have to wait another five years before taking the plunge on a big project. But I’m dying to make another feature film or work on a series or the next big thing.  It’s SO encouraging to see incentives for female directors making headlines with companies like Netflix.  Makes me think that I will be starting back into a more open world than the one I left.  Maybe I can actually get some meetings, haha.
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Do you have one very special piece of vintage? Either for you or Olive? Tell us the story!
I have a little polyester house dress that I have had since ninth grade and I still wear it all the time!  It is cream with dogwood branch printed on it and I love it because it reminds me of my home state of Virginia, whose state tree is the dogwood.  For whatever reason keeping pieces like that for so long brings me so much joy.  I’m already buying vintage that I feel like I can wear as I transition into old-lady-Karla, whose look I’ve already planned: I’m going to dye my hair black and cut it like Louise Brooks and dress every day like I’m going to an art gallery opening.  You know, when I’m not wearing wine-covered sweatpants.  It’s going to be fabulous.
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Whurl Gurls: Interview with Keiko Lynn!

To celebrate the launch of Keiko Lynn’s closet sale (live now on Whurl!) I sat down and asked the OG blogger a few burning questions. Enjoy and be sure to check out her sale before it’s all gone!
I’ve been following your adventures for what feels like a decade and consider you as the first wave of blogging. How did you get started and what compels you to keep sharing today after so much of the industry has changed? 
I started blogging at the age of 15, when I needed an outlet. There’s no such thing as a private diary when you’re living with sisters, so having an online [semi] private diary was exactly what I needed. I had a small audience — some of whom still follow me today — and that carried over to livejournal. For someone as anxious and shy as I was, it was nice to have this built in support system. It’s very different today, but I love that I can still post something super personal and there are these longtime readers who will engage with me on a different level. I feel very lucky to have a unique readership.
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I adore your fashion posts (especially featuring your drool-worthy closet) but I think the travel posts are some of my favorite. Do you have any factors that help you decide where to adventure next? Any fun upcoming travels you’re planning? How do you balance your travel time with your life in NYC?
My best friend and I take big trips together every year, since we live on opposite coasts. We are the queens of crowd sourcing and last minute decisions. We take everyone’s suggestions into consideration, then look at costs to narrow it down. We are planning a trip for September and have it narrowed down to a few places, but that doesn’t mean we won’t end up somewhere totally different. Last year we planned on going to Tulum and ended up in Thailand. NYC is a hub, so traveling feels like second nature. I do mostly domestic travel so that I can bring my pup along — she especially loves road trips — but international trips require a lot more planning when it comes to my animals. But the key to my staying in love with NYC is to get out of the city and explore as much as possible, no matter if it is for a quick day trip or an international excursion.
One thing I absolutely adore about following you, is seeing the work you’ve been doing with animals. As a fellow dog-lover person it just genuinely warms my heart to see you dedicate not only your social media real estate, but your actual time and energy to constantly helping animals. What made you decide to take your love of animals front and center?
All of my animals were adopted, and it’s the only thing I ever really considered. I never understood why there were people buying from pet stores when the shelters are overflowing. The only logical answer to me was that people just don’t know enough about it, or don’t want to confront it. I believe that people are generally very good and want to help, but need that extra little push.
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Do you remember what first drew you to vintage clothing? Or even the first piece you bought?
My mom has a consignment shop, and she often bought out entire estates. She doesn’t sell much clothing, so I would end up rooting through it (and the photos!) for my own collection. My mom fostered that love of vintage, but it was born through a combination of fascination with my great grandma’s old photos and good ol’ Nick at Nite when it was all classic television shows. I grew up with shows mostly from the 50s and 60s, so I was obsessed with those eras in particular.

Guide to Phoenix / Scottsdale + Hotel Valley Ho!

Hey all! I’m so excited to share more details about my weekend in AZ! I had been craving a vacation and decided to finally stay at the Hotel Valley Ho after dreaming of it for months. If you aren’t familiar, it’s a gorgeous mid-century hotel that opened in the 1950’s, remodeled in the 70’s (you know, when the 50’s aesthetic felt so out of date *eyeroll*) and then restored to its original aesthetic in the early 2000’s. Other than looking like a retro-chic palace in photos, the Valley Ho checked off a few other important boxes for me as well. Colorful decor, check. Dog-friendly, check. Multiple swimming pools, check. Delicious on-site restaurant, check. Massive bathtub in room, added bonus! Anyway, you get the idea.


When we arrived after the quick 5 and a half hour drive (yes, it’s quicker to drive here than to get to San Francisco from LA!) I was actually in awe. Every single detail in the lobby was an actual dream to me! From the furniture used, to the decor to the Supremes playing on the speakers. I really felt like I was in some sort of tropical time machine! Next stop was our beautiful room, with patio doors that opened to the pool area; not bad! They even left a water bowl for Mochi in the room! I immediately felt relaxed and like I was actually on vacation, which to be honest, is a hard feeling to achieve when you’re constantly working from your phone.

After a nice swim and a nap, we checked out their restaurant and I was genuinely impressed. Let’s be honest: not all hotel restaurants are created equal! The service was impeccable and the food was divine! If you happen to stop by, you have to get the lobster and grits for dinner and the red velvet waffle for breakfast!

After the obvious food coma that ensued, we woke up on Saturday feeling refreshed and ready to S H O P. One of my favorite stores to pop by in Phoenix is Antique Sugar. The selection is incredible, the shopowner is so nice, and most importantly they have a 50% off storewide sale the last weekend of every month! Was it a coincidence that we happened to be here the last weekend of the month? You decide. After picking up a few new pieces, I popped over to Retro Ranch. Another impeccable store that’s about half clothing and half amazing mid-century decor and furniture. I walked away with a vintage pillowcase and a doll case that I’m going to use as a purse! Probably the biggest surprise to me was how much I scored at Buffalo Exchange! A few people had recommended it to me and I was pleasantly surprised with how much vintage they had and how most of it was on sale.

Can I also just say how impressed I was with the food in AZ?! I had the most delicious vietnamese tofu salad at Flower Child, delicious matcha latte from Songbird Tea & Coffee, a fresh poké bowl from Chula seafood (apparently they take half the week off to drive to San Diego and go fishing to source their fish!) and a milkshake at the Sugar Bowl.


Next up we headed to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art to check out the submergence exhibit. So cool and open until 9/24, I highly recommend it!

Once Sunday rolled around, it was finally time for the Whurl Sip ‘N Shop with Luxie Vintage, Lauren of Mint Hair Studio, and Lisa from Colortheoryshop and I really had the best time! The atmosphere was great and every girl that came by seemed so excited about the event. I’m looking forward to coming back for more events!

Thanks to everyone who showed us a good time In Arizona (especially Hotel Valley Ho for inviting us to stay!) and we can’t wait to come back again soon!

Whurl Gurls: Meet Katie of @skunkboy!

SO excited to launch Katie’s closet sale today! She has the sweetest ethereal style with just the right dash of 60’s kitsch. I’ve been following her and her adorable family for a few years and am always inspired by her cute life. I mean, she’s in a band with her husband, has two beautiful daughters and a kickass backyard garden…does it get any cooler? Well, yes IT DOES! She just got a litter of kittens that you absolutely must check out on her instagram after you’ve looked through her sale on Whurl! xo
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Where are you from?
*I’m from Springfield, MO, which is an ever-growing little slice of southern Missouri. The community here is amazing. People take pride in our city and are always working to grow the area. I love the passion here.
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What inspires you?
*I’m inspired by fun and whimsy. I adore vintage dollhouses and toys, and I love color. My home and wardrobe both reflect that.
What’s your favorite decade?
*My favorite decade is probably the 60’s. It’s the one I’m most drawn to, even though I’ve always dreamed of being a total 70’s babe.
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What’s your favorite place to vintage shop?
*Springfield has quite a few hole-in-the-wall secondhand shops and these are easily my favorite. I do love a pretty, curated vintage shop, but there is such satisfaction in popping in a Thrift Haven or an STD (yes, they are called that and we have two of them) and scoring something gorgeous for $2. I know my way around the sewing machine well enough to take even the rougher garments and turn them back into something wearable.
What’s the best thing you ever thrifted?
*The best thing I’ve ever thrifted is my vintage Playboy bunny chair. It sits in front of my vanity and it’s the perfect accent for my little getting-ready space. My husband actually popped in a thrift shop one day and once he spotted it, he immediately came home to pick me up so I could check it out. It was love at first sight.
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Name one fun fact about yourself
*I’m in a 90’s tribute band called The Mixtapes. I play keys, guitar, and accordion, and am 1 of 4 singers. We started this band for fun and now we’re about to celebrate our 4th birthday! We have a lot of fun and try to musically be our best without taking ourselves too seriously.

Whurl Gurls: Meet Yasmine of @yasminemei!

IMG_5128How and when did you start doing floral design?
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.
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.

Whurl Gurls: Meet Melissa of @melissacripe


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.


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


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

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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!


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.


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.


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!

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.
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!)
Name one fun fact about yourself
I love video games and I’m an extremely competitive Mario Kart player.