June 30, 2008 | Tags: Chic Interview
Seems like most of the girls we’ve been interviewing lately are from California. Sorry, we can’t help it, it’s filled with fierce fashionistas (you’re welcome Chic Critic). Now, moving on, not only is our next blogger from the Golden State, but 24 year old Lucrecia has a flare for fashion like no other. Her inspiring blog makes for a great read when you’re cramped in your cubicle, or just looking for a light read on everyone’s fave subject: fashion.
Chic Intuition: Of course we have to ask all our chic interviewees this question, why did you start a blog? (Other than the obv reason of giving us a glimpse at your great style).
Lucrecia: One of my best friends/best girl to shop with and I talked about opening a boutique together. We hit a lot of rocks and bumps and eventually decided we’d need to start small and save up. Then my friend had to help her parents with their already successful business full time so our project was set aside. However, I was still dreaming of starting something NOW…then I saw that one of my longtime TFS buddies, CK started a very motivational blog and it inspired me to start one and get back to documenting outfits as I used to when I was an avid poster on the “What are you wearing today” thread at TheFashionSpot.com.
Chic Intuition: LA is slowly starting to grow as a fashion capital in its own sense, taking after NY. What’s your favorite thing about living in LA when it comes to clothes?
Lucrecia: Living in LA is truly a blessing. I love being able to go to Fashion District in downtown LA to get fabrics at fantastic price points, thrifting at a hole in the wall store where some of my most prized possessions were found to shopping in the glitzy Rodeo Drive. There are great pieces to be found no matter which part of LA I’m in. I love having choices. Now that I’ve moved east of Los Angeles, I am looking forward to finding new exciting places to thrift at and find amazing vintage pieces that I know are waiting for me to get my hands on.
Chic Intuition: Anything that has the words “personal” and “shopping” in the same sentence gets us all giddy. Tell us more about your service.
Lucrecia: Being the shopaholic that I am, I have great relationships with sales associates that have always given me first dibs on very coveted items like the blue Chanel reissue I let go recently. I helped out a couple gals on the purse forum get sold out items and I was happy to see them happy. Soon after that, I started getting more requests from people, most of which were abroad and could not order the items directly. I know exactly how it feels to want something SO bad and have to save up for it and when you finally have the funds, it’s ‘sold out’ or an SA scoffs at you when you tell them you are looking for (insert highly sought after item), or even if it’s not sold out, the fact that SAs always call their #1 customers makes the item sold out, is so frustrating. I don’t hike up prices even though it may be sold for much more on eBay. Other requests I have received are from ladies that work a lot and simply do not have the time to shop. My surcharge depends on the destination of the goods, the price of the item, and shipping costs. Some clients have told me that the bag or shoes they want are readily available in their country but it’s 60% off in the US and would like to save some money. With that in mind, I always keep the service fee at a reasonable price.
Chic Intuition: We notices that you gave away a heck of a lot of bags in one of your posts. What’s up with that? And how hard was it to part with your babies?
Lucrecia: Oh God. I mentioned I’m a shopaholic right? There was a time I was completely submerged into getting the IT bag every season because I simply wanted it. It didn’t matter if I was completely in love with it or if it was functional for me. I was suffering from depression and some problems at home, aside from having a very supportive team (whom I was oblivious to at one point) that took care of me, shopping was my remedy. Oh and it got so out of hand! I have bags that have been sitting in my closet, collecting dust (literally). So when J and I decided we’d move in together, I unloaded some bags for the sake of making the move easier. So to answer your question, no it was not hard letting them go at all because they went to very happy and loving new parents and I had closure to those times.
Chic Intuition: Could the parting of the luxury handbags have anything to do with remorseful purchases? What’s the one thing you regret buying?
Lucrecia: It’s not so much buyer’s remorse in my opinion. I’ve been blessed with being in a very positive atmosphere and have come to terms with the fact that a luxury bag cannot buy the happiness I was looking for when I made all those purchases back in the day. It was really silly of me to have done it, but hey, you live, you learn. I’m going to have to say that I regret buying so many luxury bags in such a short amount of time. There isn’t one that’s hideous or anything I wouldn’t wear, I just don’t need that many bags!
Chic Intuition: You mention that you will be launching an e-bay store soon. Any idea of what items we can anticipate seeing?
Lucrecia: Well, some of my bags will be on there for sure. Just like a lot of fashionistas, I love mixing highs and lows together so there will be a mix of everything I love- new and used. You’ll be seeing some designer as well as vintage shoes, and some vintage pieces that I am so going to hate to part with. All the items in store are things that I would wear, too. That is so very important to me, I will not be selling things that I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing! You’ll be seeing lots of things I personally love and would wear day to day. I’ll also be taking requests.
Chic Intuition: And finally, how much fringe is too much fringe? (wow, doesn’t that sound like a philosophical question? )
Lucrecia: Funny! Hmmm are you asking because I wore that fringe vest and little bag from the homeland? I so did not think about it when I walked out of the house and didn’t even realize I doubled up on the fringe that day until someone commented on it on my blog. I don’t think that was too much fringe, but that’s borderline for sure- a tad more would have ruined the outfit completely. So, how much fringe is too much fringe? I’ll get back to yah but I think Mischa might be a better person to ask 😉
*Images courtesy of lamodeestpoison.blogspot.com. Graphics courtesy of Chic Intuition Inc.