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1. When do you feel at your most attractive?
When my hair is clean.
2. Do you notice women on the street? If so, what sort of women do you tend to notice or admire?
I tend to notice women who are fashionably dressed, pretty, but with minimal make-up.
3. What are some things you admire about how other women present themselves?
Good posture, smile, natural, wavy hair.
8. Do you have a unified way of approaching your life, work, relationships, finances, chores, etc.? Please explain.
You catch more bees with honey, but you have to have a spine. It's easier
9. Are there any clothing (or related) items that you have in multiple? Why do you think you keep buying this thing?
Yes. White t-shirts. Brown shoes. I think because they're a staple, and I always have something to wear them with, or I always have an outfit which would be better with it.
11. Is there any fashion trend you’ve refused to participate in and why?
Gaucho pants. I just thought they wouldn't last. They didn't.
12. Can you say a bit about how your mother’s body and style has been passed down to you, or not?
We're similar in size and facial features. We both like cute clothes on the cheap. I tend to be more willing to be trendy.
13. Have you stolen, borrowed or adapted any dressing ideas or actual items from friends or family?
I'm always looking at what other women wear. I get a lot of inspiration from my sisters. I often look at how women wear jewelry since I never know how I want to wear necklaces.
14. Was there a point in your life when your style changed dramatically? What happened?
Twice. When I got married, I toned everything down. When I got a new job after having been married for four years, I went a little crazy shopping and I got a lot of new clothes, a lot of trendy clothes.
15. Is there anything political about the way you dress?
I dress fashionably, but modestly. Is that political?
16. Please describe your body.
Muscular legs, defined-yet-narrow hips, narrow ribcage, medium large breasts, narrow shoulders, thin arms, small hands.
17. Please describe your mind.
self-aware, creative, curious, driven, self-motivated, intelligent, good memory
18. Please describe your emotions.
19. What are you wearing on your body and face, and how is your hair done, right at this moment?
ballet flats, yoga pants, tshirt, two french braids (I just got out of play rehearsal), no makeup
20. In what way is this stuff important, if at all?
I'm wearing comfy, movable with my hair out of my face because I was just at a theatre rehearsal. My
23. Do you think you have taste or style? Which one is more important? What do these words mean to you?
Both. I think taste is knowing what looks good, specifically on your body type. Style is having a sense of your own fashion aesthetic.
25. Are there any dressing tricks you’ve invented or learned that make you feel like you’re getting away with something?
tucking a shirt into spanks to make a smooth finish under pencil skirts or trousers.
26. Do you have style in any areas of your life aside from fashion?
interior design, concert planning (I'm a musician and music educator),
27. Can you recall some times when you have dressed a particular way to calm yourself or gain a sense of control over a situation that scared you?
Yeah. I was very mindful of what I wore when I went to court to get a restraining order -loose, professional clothing.
28. Would you say you “know what you like” in the area of fashion and clothing? If so, do you also know what you like in other areas of life, that is, are you generally good at discernment? Can you say where your discernment comes from, if you have it? Or if you don’t have it, why or why not?
Yes. It comes from being very self-aware. I think about myself and my motivations a lot.
29. Did your parents teach you things about clothing, care for your clothing, dressing or style? What lessons do you remember? Or did you just pick things up?
My mom taught me to dress modestly. Beyond that, I picked things up because I saw fashion as a form of self-expression.
30. What sorts of things do you do, clothing or make-up or hair- wise, to feel sexy or alluring?
a good bra, stillettos, pencil skirt, eyeliner and mascara make me feel sexy.
31. Many people say they want to feel “comfortable,” or that they admire people who seem “confident.” What do these words really mean to you?
comfortable means I can do what I need to do without restraint from my clothes. Give a speech in a pencil skirt? Sure. Teach a class of children? Not so much.
Confident has more to do with personality that clothes. I think good clothes, well-fitting, clean, nice, can emphasize confidence. To me confidence means standing tall, smiling, and maintaining your own standards and boundaries.
32. If dressing were the only thing you did, and you were considered an expert and asked to explain your style philosophy, what would you say?
Clothing is wearable art. If you are the canvas, your clothes are self-expression. Well-fitting, good quality clothes show that you respect yourself -but there are a zillion more things to express beyond that!
33. What is really beautiful, for you, in general?
Music. Love. Working hard to accomplish something.
34. What do you consider very ugly?
Anger. Disrespect for human life and well-being.
35. Are you generally a good judge of whether what you buy will end up being worn? Have you figured out how to know in advance?
I'm getting better! I list ten things I could wear something with before I buy it.
36. When you look at yourself before going out, and you are trying to see yourself from the outside, can you describe a bit about what this “other person” is like? What do they like, dislike, what sorts of judgments do they have? Is this “outer eye” based on someone you know or once knew?
Stylish, confident, sophisticated, intelligent
37. What is your process getting dressed in the morning? What are you considering?
Generally, I have chosen things the night before. I have a ton of clothes, so I try to rotate through them all. I consider the weather, if I will be on my feet, if I will need to change for another activity such as dancing.
38. What are you trying to achieve when you dress?
39. What, for you, is the difference between dressing and dressing up?
Dressing up is more formal.
40. If you had to wear a “uniform” what would it look like?
stillettos, pinstripe trousers, chiffon blouse, long necklace, big earrings,
41. What would you say is “you” and what would you say is “not you”?
Me: edgy, fashionable, sophisticated, grown-up, classy
Not me: cutesy, all-american, girlie, tomboy,
42. What is your cultural background and how has that influenced how you dress?
I'm ethnically descended from europeans and a little bit Native American. My culture as a member of the LDS church has affected my style more. I dress modestly -covering from my needs to my shoulders. Yet, I don't think modest means it must be boring, so I also dress uniquely. I also tend to dress on the nicer side for events.
43. Do you remember a time in your life when you dressed quite differently from how you do now? Can you describe it and what it was all about for you?
In high school, I experimented with edgier, punkier looks. I made a lot of my own clothes. I went through a phase where I wore t-shirts with pinstripes a lot.
44. What sorts of things do you do, clothing, make-up or hair-wise, to feel professional?
I wear slacks and nice shirts to feel professional. Flats feel a bit more professional since I often teach on my feet. I also like to add a jacket.
45. How do you conform to or rebel against the dress expectations at your workplace?
I push the boundaries. Maybe I wear colored jeans instead of slacks. Maybe I wear a t-shirt with a scarf instead of a blouse. Maybe I go a little more trendy than businessy sometimes.
46. Do you have a dress code, a school uniform, or a uniform that you wear for an extracurricular activity?
47. Are there ways in which you conform to or rebel against these uniforms?
48. Do you find it comforting or constraining to have a uniform?
Constraining. But, for certain events, I understand.
49. What is an archetypal outfit for you; one that you could have happily worn at any point in your life? What do you like about it?
pointy-toed flats, trousers, satin blouse. Pointy-flats look feminine and dressy without having to be heels in case comfort is an issue. pinstripe trousers always look classy and never seem to go out of style. Satin blouses lay nicely and are softer on the eye and body than a starched cotton.
50. Do you ever wish you were a man or could dress like a man or had a man’s body? Was there ever a time in the past?
nope. boooring. besides, i can wear anything a man can already!
51. If there was one country or culture or era that you had to live in, fashion-wise, what would it be?
turn of the century, like in early seasons of downton abbey.
52. Do you consider yourself photogenic?
53. When you see yourself in photographs, what do you think?
my forehead looks weird, my features look bulbous, i'm slouching, one eye is more closed than the other.
54. Are there any figures from culture, past or present, whose style you admire or have drawn from?
Jennifer Aniston, Audrey Hepburn, Kate Middleton, Lily Collins
55. Have you ever had a dream that involved clothes?
I'm often aware of what people are wearing in dreams.
56. What would be a difficult or uncomfortable look for you to try and achieve?
all-american, anything described as "boyfriend," I just think it's boring and unflattering on me. Sends the wrong message.
57. If you were totally comfortable with your body, or your body was a bit closer to what you wish it was like, what would you wear?
I am totally comfortable. I'd like a flatter stomach, but that's not changing what I wear.
58. Is there anyone that you are trying to attract or repel when you dress?
attract: other stylish women to befriend, intelligent non-comformists, etc.
Repel: wussy-douchy guys who couldn't handle my confidence and maturity.
59. Are there any dressing rules you’d want to convey to other women?
Wear clothes that fit. You can do the trends. Accessories are awesome. Shoes can make or break an outfit. A jacket makes you look finished. Black and white never goes out of style -and adding a pop of color to that is awesome. Black opaque tights look great with almost any color skirt. Mix an unexpected color with an animal print to look fresh. Add patterns to your wardrobe. A big pattern is fresher than a small one. Mix soft and hard -studs and satin, leather and lace, metallic and fur.
60. What do you think of perfume? Do you wear it?
I don't wear it.
61. What are some things you need to do to your body or clothes in order to feel presentable?
Ideally, my hair is clean. Wear deodorant.
62. How does makeup fit into all this for you?
I don't like makeup as much as clothes. I only take the time to wear it for special occasions.
63. Is there a certain look you feel you’re expected to like that you have absolutely no interest in? What is it? Why aren’t you interested?
long, wavy hair. I don't need my hair to look like that because I feel like everyone else's does.
64. Can you describe in a basic way what you own, clothing and jewelry-wise?
lots and lots of blouses in lots of patterns and colors and with embellishments, many chiffon blouses, lots of colored jeans and trousers, pumps and flats, Vneck tshirts, sweaters, jackets, pencil skirts, a few necklaces, two bracelets, tons of earrings, many maxi skirts,
65. What is your favorite piece of clothing or jewelry that you own?
teal leather jacket
66. Tell us about something in your closet that you keep but never wear. What is it, why don’t you wear it, and why do you keep it?
black maxi skirt. i keep it because it seems like such a good staple. I always wear other colors, though.
70. Building up your wardrobe from nothing, what would you do differently this time?
have more staples and save my money
74. What are your closet and drawers like? Do you keep things neat, etc?
neat, but crammed full
75. Were you ever given a present of clothing or jewelry that especially touched you?
my sister bought me a chunky, blue necklace that i would never buy for myself, didn't even know it was my style, but I love it.
77. How and when do you shop for clothes?
I reward myself occasionally when I get off work early. I go to cheap places, starting with thrift stores. sometimes i order online if I have something in mind, like leather pants.
78. Do you like to smell a certain way?
79. How does how you dress play into your ambitions for yourself?
i dress like a confident, successful, attractive woman -just like i want to be! I dress with an edge -leather, metals, studs, pointed shoes, because I don't want to be weak.
80. How does money fit into all this?
i buy clothing for a good price, but I still spend too much on it because I buy SO MUCH
81. Is there an article of clothing, a piece of make-up, or an accessory that you carry with you or wear every day?
What’s your birth date? Where were you born and where do you live now?
Born Provo, UT
Now: Great Falls, MT
What kind of work do you do?
I'm a singer/actress and music educator.
Are you single, married, do you have kids, etc.?
Married, no children.
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