Meet Nicole, a great friend with a great spirit who just so happens to be the amazing Writer and Owner of Sparrow Writing and Editing Services and an award winning poet and essayist. Nicole and I met about 7 years and have remained friends ever since….one of my favourite memories of Nicole and I is when we went black Friday shopping way back in 2010, we stood in line outside Bellingham Mall, chattering our teeth away while trying to keep the spirit of shopping alive at midnight in freezing cold weather for midnight madness deals! Crazy? Perhaps….Awesomely fun? Absolutely….Would I do it again? In a heartbeat!
One of Nicole’s recent personal essays, Shame Shame, was published at Hippocampus which is an online literary magazine that is devoted to memorable creative non-fiction, visit Nicole’s blog NicoleBreit.com to see more of her amazing work.
And now I introduce you to my good friend Nicole 🙂
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Describe your wardrobe choices when you were younger
In high school: Goth light. I wore a lot of black, vintage granny sweaters from thrift stores as well as men’s dress shirts, loose layered Au Cotton fare and florals (it was the late 80s/early 90s) — a combination of ultra-feminine or careless androgyny, each styled with baggy black pants or leggings.
In my 20s: Bohemian/Retro. Loose peasant blouses over tank tops with flare jeans or long broomstick skirts with tiny bells on the drawstrings. I sewed a lot of my own clothes and rocked a lot of handmade dresses sewn from vintage and contemporary patterns. I also loved gaudy thrift store patterned gowns and shirts from the 60s and 70s.
In my 30s: Stylish professional/cool mom. This was the era of sassy retro-style t-shirts with funny slogans, like a mountain landscape across the chest and “I’m proud of these mountains” written over it. Being a working mom challenged me a little style-wise, because I didn’t have as much time (or clean clothes!). But I knew the power of a good empire waisted maternity dress and still rocked a peasant blouse or two.
If you could tell your younger self something about fashion what would it be?
Once you accept your body, you will figure out how to rock your style! I tried to hide in baggy clothes when I was 14 or 15. It was hard to find clothes that fit properly because I had a relatively small waist and wide hips (which is why I loved baggy Au Coton pants, which were so forgiving).
How did your style evolve?
It evolved over time as a reflection of my life circumstances and evolving character. The common thread I see is a love of vintage styles from the 50, 60s and 70s, but how I wore them and accessorized them changed over time. It also changed as I gained confidence and could take risks, because I knew I looked good in certain styles, colours and cuts. Once you know how to work what you’ve got, fashion becomes fun and you find your “style”.
If you could raid someone’s closet whose would it be and why?
This morning I joked about raiding the closet of a mom at my kids’ school! She was wearing soft black bamboo leggings, a simple black top with a beautiful light-weave sweater over top. She said she shopped at Art Knapps — I know the place! They have gorgeous clothes. They’re not just good for plants and cut flowers!
Where do you like to shop for clothing?
I am absolutely in love with Cherry Velvet and after such a spectacular experience shopping from their Vancouver location I would highly recommend them. How, I wondered, would I ever go back to the mall, which I kind of hate?