Hello retro modernistas,
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I got the chance to chat with another fun, fashionable, creative, and friendly business owner Megan! Below is my interview with Megan from Megan’s Beaded Designs. She runs her jewelry business out of Spokane, Washington. She sets herself apart from the crowd by making one of a kind jewelry that you can order online including, hair accessories, necklaces, earrings (she even offers clip-on earring options), and bracelets. You can read more about her business here: Megan’s small business feature.
Why is fashion important to you?
I believe that what makes us different is what makes us beautiful, and fashion is the ultimate way to express our individuality. By choosing pieces that speak to us, we get to feel more like ourselves, while at the same time telling on-lookers, “Hey, this is me. Take it or leave it.”
How does it make you feel?
I’m drawn to fashion that makes me feel empowered, sexy, and glamorous… all with a sense of humor mixed in. I think that when we get to choose and wear pieces that are distinctly “us” we feel more complete. I know that’s a profound thing to say about–as an example–wearing a new blouse or necklace, but it’s true.
Where do you go to buy your clothes or which websites do you buy from?
When I can I like to support smaller businesses or artisans. It not only feels good to know your money is going straight to an individual who needs it to pay the bills and not some bloated corporation who manufactured everything overseas, but these sources usually produce much more unique items that you would find in the big box stores. That being said, I am definitely not above fast-fashion and indulge in the occasional splurge from Nasty Gal or ModCloth when I get an inkling for something fresh and trendy.
What is the most important thing you consider when you are shopping?
Really, I’m all about buying pieces that speak to me. I’m kind of known for always having the “coolest shoes” and the “prettiest dresses.” It’s because I don’t settle for what the big box stores are hawking to the masses. I want something different and more suitable for me personally.
If you could only wear clothing from one particular decade which one would it be and why?
Marilyn Monroe is my fashion icon. I love, love, LOVE everything about mid-century style. It’s so classic and pretty while being professional at the same time. It’s my go-to style for office-wear and networking events. That being said, a lot of my jewelry draws inspiration from the 60s and 70s inspired boho/gypsy style, partially because I work in beads, but also because I’m drawn to the whole overall idea of free-spirited expression.
What are your favorite accessories to wear, i.e brands, homemade, local, Etsy etc?
I’ve never been a big fan of brand logos plastered on my stuff (I don’t want to be a walking advertisement, thank you), but that being said, I’ll opt for anything that suits my personal style. I shop local boutiques, craft fairs, Etsy, small business websites, and more popular fast-fashion websites, and even the occasional department or outlet store–but it’s all about finding the right individual pieces. For example, if I find a pair of black spike-covered stilettos with glittery, hot-pink soles: it doesn’t matter who’s selling them, those darlings are going in my closet. Side note: I did find some that matched Megan’s description. They are stunning: Christian Louboutin sparkly shoes.
How does makeup play into how you dress? What is your favorite makeup looks and where do you buy your makeup products?
I buy some homemade brands, but I will confess to an uncontrollable Sephora addiction (I can relate except for me it’s ColourPop!). That place is like my candy store. I never feel like an outfit is complete without jewelry and makeup. The two just go hand-in-hand together. Usually, this means colored eyeliner or shadow to match the color of my shoes, or a bright red lip to contrast against an all-black ensemble. With a necklace, bracelet, or some earrings, it’s the finishing touch that completes an outfit and makes it totally “me.”
Please describe one of your favorite outfits and if possible the links to where you got the items and or descriptions.
Hope you liked this interview. Please take care of yourselves and remember to keep smiling. 🙂