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MEET THE TRASHY DIVA SUPERFANS

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One of the greatest things about working at Trashy Diva is this: we have the best customers. The lovely ladies that make our pieces truly sing span dozens of cities (and countries) and number in the thousands. Allow us this opportunity to introduce you to five of our amazing regular customers in today’s blog. These ladies hail from all over the U.S. (plus two international beauties from Australia and Canada) and they all came to Trashy Diva in different ways. Read on to find out more about them and learn what pieces make them go gaga! 

 

Angelle Gainey (Gretna, LA)

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What can we say about this sweet lady? Angelle serves as a bit of a “den mother” to the fan-run Facebook group “Desperately Seeking Trashy Diva” and is always glad to come in to the store and take a million photos of herself in new collection pieces so that our out-of-town divas can ask her fit questions. We love her enthusiasm as well as her undying loyalty to the brand.

 

How long have you been shopping with Trashy Diva?

About two years now. 

 

What is your career field? Any favorite hobbies or pastimes?

I do commercial and residential interior design. When I’m not at work, I like to go to art/craft shows and I also try to get out to all the local fairs and festivals. 

 

How did you find out about Trashy Diva originally? 

I found them initially when walking around the [French] Quarter and was drawn to the beautiful prints. 

 

About how many pieces of Trashy Diva do you currently own?

If my husband is reading this, I just have 5, yes 5. But according to my Pinterest closet, I have roughly about 85-90 pieces.

 

What is your #1 favorite Trashy Diva style and why?

Oh wow, this is a tough one as I love so many of the styles. I think I would have to say the L’Amour because it just flows so beautifully and is so flattering on all body types. It’s easy to switch from work-appropriate (with a cardigan to cover up the keyhole) to a more playful look.  

 

If you could only save 3 pieces of your Trashy Diva collection from a fire, what would you choose?

Zebra Bows Annette, Sci-Fi Rockets Annette and Turquoise Floral L’Amour. 

 

If you could be gifted one piece of Trashy Diva that you don’t currently own (from any era or collection) what would it be and why?

Oh my #1 would most definitely be a Hurricane Ladies dress in any style (I’m not particular when it comes to this print). I know this print brings up a lot of good or bad for some ladies, but for me when it was released after the storm, it represented a strength and a never-gonna-give-up-on-my-city attitude. And a real appreciation for what I have every day. At the time, I couldn’t afford it, as I was fixing my home when we returned, but now I’d love to have it in my closet as a way to say, “Hey Mother Nature–I’m still here, you didn’t stop me.”

 

Who do you look to for style inspiration?

To tell you the truth, I’ve never really looked up to anyone in particular or a certain style. I wear what I love and what makes me smile when I look in the mirror.  

 

Anything else you’d like to share?

I’m so grateful for finding Trashy Diva; it gives me such great confidence when I have it on. I’ve never worn any other brand where I have had people stop me in the street, pull off the road when I’m at the gas station, or even yell off of Mardi Gras floats to ask me where I’ve gotten my outfit. Trashy Diva always makes me feel beautiful.    

 

Regan Daley (Toronto, Canada)

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The stunning flame-haired Regan is one of the loveliest Canucks we’ve ever met! Her style is a great blend of vintage with modern touches and we were so excited to discover her secret past as a famous pastry chef! (You can pick up a copy of her critically-acclaimed cookbook, In the Sweet Kitchenhere.)

 

How long have you been shopping with Trashy Diva?

I’ve been a Trashy Diva fan since about 2008, but it was a year or so before then that I was able to get my first piece. (Incidentally, it was the Courtney Coat in 50’s Leopard which I still love and wear.)

 

What is your career field? Any favorite hobbies/pastimes?

I have been an actor, a pastry chef, and most recently a writer, and for the last number of years I’ve been home with my three boys. I love traveling so much that I’m always more or less trying not to drive to the airport and get on a plane. And I love going out to eat. So when I travel, it’s mostly all about food…

 

How did you find out about Trashy Diva originally? 

Dangerously close to where I live, there is a retro-reproduction shop called Doll Factory by Damsels, and they’ve been a Trashy Diva stockist for years. I was in one day, fell madly in love, and the rest is history. What was so incredible was the fit; the first dress I tried on–the Audrey Bustle–fit like it had been made to my measurements.

 

About how many pieces of Trashy Diva do you currently own?

I have about 28 dresses, and two Courtney coats.

 

What is your #1 favorite Trashy Diva style and why?

I think I’m going to have to say the Lena. Whether it’s in a casual fabric like the Seersucker, a flowing rayon, or a rich, structured, gorgeous ribbed rayon, they all fit so beautifully and are so flattering. I love that they enhance the hourglass shape and can be worn with or without a petticoat. I also love the more ’40s style of the Ashley and Sandy cuts.

 

If you could only save 3 pieces of your Trashy Diva collection from a fire, what would you choose?

SO unfair, but here goes: my Slap and Tickle Doll Mini, my Pearl Harbor Sandy, and my French Quarter Walk in the Park. I would of course be wearing my Olive Beaded Lena at the time, so that would get saved too.

 

If you could be gifted one piece of Trashy Diva that you don’t currently own (from any era or collection) what would it be and why?

I am still swooning over the Doris in Olivine Floral, and missed out on it when it was new. I get little flutters every time I see that print, and I would be over the moon to actually own a piece.

 

Who do you look to for style inspiration?

I’ve always loved Hollywood glamour from the ’30s to the early ’50s. When I was young, I wanted to look like Hedy Lamarr; she was such a rare beauty, and such a brilliant woman. I love Marilyn Monroe–yes she was gorgeous, but she was also sweet and funny, and very clever (especially about her own image). More modern inspirations are the divine Isabella Rossellini and Dita Von Teese.

 

Anything else you’d like to share? 

From the time I was able to buy my own clothes, I bought vintage. That was years ago (so, so many) and while I never lost my love of vintage style, it got harder and harder to make true vintage fit into my life! Then I found Trashy Diva, and it’s the most beautiful, rewarding combination of true vintage inspiration and modern touches. It means I can feel like myself when I go out into the world, and that is such a huge gift.

 

Kat Cole (Chicago, IL)

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This sassy minx has been a longtime web customer of ours, so we were thrilled to meet her in person at DivaCon this year. It’s with pleasure that we introduce you to Miss Kittie Kat, the girl who loves a good horror flick, adores a Trixie and takes her style inspiration from vintage pinups and edgy cult film stars alike. 

 

How long have you been shopping with Trashy Diva? 

My first Trashy Diva purchase was the Turquoise Birds Trixie and the Mardi Gras Sadie Ruffle in May of 2011.

What is your career field? Any favorite hobbies/pastimes?

I’m a registered nurse. I’ve always had a passion for the human body and love the exchange of energy that occurs when nursing. I love cinema and am a horror film buff. You name a horror flick, old or new, domestic or foreign, and I’ve either seen it or haven’t been able to find it!

 

How did you find out about Trashy Diva originally? 

Through ModCloth. I loved the Midcentury Audrey and was desperately searching for it. While I still haven’t gotten my greedy little paws on it, I did make sure to visit the store on my first trip to New Orleans. (A cute sidebar–while leaving the hotel one night, we ran into another guest, a striking blonde British gal in a Turquoise Birds Sweetie who also sought out the shop while in town. Seeing her in it solidified my Trixie purchase the following day!!!)

 

About how many pieces of Trashy Diva do you currently own?

Just under 60.

 

What is your #1 favorite Trashy Diva style and why?

The Trixie. Stretchy side panels provide ample room in the bust, and coupled with the full skirt, ensure a comfortable-all-day outfit. Plus, people often tell me I remind them of Marilyn Monroe in it, which I think speaks to the ultra-vintage/pinup look of this cut. Honorable mentions to the Cage and Day dresses for comfort and easy accessorizing.

 

If you could only save 3 pieces of your Trashy Diva collection from a fire, what would you choose?

Turquoise Birds Trixie, Black Silk Trixie and 50’s Leopard Lottie.

 

If you could be gifted one piece of Trashy Diva that you don’t currently own (from any era or collection) what would it be and why?

You’re killing me, Smalls! Probably the Big Band Bows Jitterbug. Or maybe the Sci-Fi Rockets Dixie.

 

Who do you look to for style inspiration?

Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Mia Wallace, Velma Kelly, Bettie Page, and Divine.

 

Anything else you’d like to share? 

I watch the Three StoogesI Love Lucy and Sam Spade movies because I enjoy them, and also because I get great style ideas from them.

 

Erica Flannes (New York, NY)

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This sweet bird is not only a stunner–she’s an immensely talented artist! She travels throughout the U.S. creating amazing works of tattoo art for her loyal customers. We enjoyed meeting her at DivaCon and Head Diva Candice is excited to sit for a session with her in the near future.

 

How long have you been shopping with Trashy Diva?

I am from Jackson, Mississippi and I lived for a few blissful years in New Orleans, which is where my love of Trashy Diva began. I started collecting dresses in about 2008 or 2009.

 

What is your career field? Any favorite hobbies/pastimes?

I am a tattoo artist. It is something that I have found to be very challenging and rewarding. I also paint, have a jewelry line, and do many other random crafty things (like puppetry).  

 

How did you find out about Trashy Diva originally? 

A friend pointed me in the direction of a “really cute store filled with gorgeous dresses” that they thought I would enjoy, and it was true love from the moment I stepped into that door on Magazine Street!

 

About how many pieces of Trashy Diva do you currently own?

I currently own an embarrassing number of Trashy Diva pieces. But I’ve pretty much stopped shopping anywhere else, except for accessories (like cardigans) and junk clothes.

 

What is your #1 favorite Trashy Diva style and why?

This is a hard question! I have several styles I love, all for different reasons. The casual ease of the L’Amour; the eye catching detail of the Day Dress; the unique style of the Pinafore. But maybe I’ll choose the Sadie. I love the cut of the top of it, and it’s so universally flattering–easy to dress up or down. I love it!

 

If you could only save 3 pieces of your Trashy Diva collection from a fire, what would you choose?

An even harder question! ONLY THREE?!?! I think I would try and grab my Steel Magnolias Pinafore, my Forget Me Not Floral Lupe, and my Chocolate Atomic Sadie!

 

If you could be gifted one piece of Trashy Diva that you don’t currently own (from any era or collection) what would it be and why?

If I could be gifted any Trashy Diva dress, I would choose one of the black silk Dragons–swoon!  Or one of the Green Mums, because it was one of my earliest dresses and I grew out of it.

 

Who do you look to for style inspiration?

I pull from many sources–from bands, to photographers, to history, to costumes. I always love to see what Taylor Swift is wearing. Megan and Betty Draper made me swoon. And then there’s the divine classic, Elizabeth Taylor. And I love the Trashy Diva style blog! It’s really awesome to see the way different girls style the dress cuts, and what colors they pair with each print!

 

Anything else you’d like to share? 

I guess I would just like to say that I love this company so much. And I love the community of beautiful and lovely collectors that I’ve found, all drawn together like moths to a flame! I am so very grateful.

 

Lucinda Mason (Melbourne, Australia)

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Lucinda is one of Trashy Diva’s longest-running international customers. This sweet Aussie gal has been shopping with us for nearly a decade and we often joke that she’s the official spokesmodel of TD in Australia, as she happily hands out our business cards when her style is complimented in the streets. She’s a real mover and shaker and we are in love with her impeccable styling of our pieces. 

 

How long have you been shopping with TD?

I’ve been obsessed with Trashy Diva since August 2009.

 

What is your career field? Any favorite hobbies/pastimes?

I work as a technical writer for a small software company. In my free time, I watch a lot of films (particularly at my favorite Melbourne cinema, The Astor – a beautiful single-screen Art Deco cinema which has been operating continuously since 1936). I also play poker, ride horses and dabble in photography. 

 

How did you find out about Trashy Diva originally? 

I found out about Trashy Diva through an obscure LiveJournal community. Someone had posted a link and mentioned that the dresses were very flattering. I was skeptical, but I checked out the website and was stunned to see so many beautiful dresses with eye-catching prints. I ordered my first dress not long after, and it fit so well and was such great quality that I quickly became hooked. 

 

About how many pieces of Trashy Diva do you currently own?

About 200. 

 

What is your #1 favorite Trashy Diva style and why?

Tough question–there are so many great styles! I’m going to go with the Ava, because it’s really comfortable, super versatile and fits me perfectly. 

 

If you could only save 3 pieces of your Trashy Diva collection from a fire, what would you choose?

My Day Dress in Ming Green, my Ava Dress in Yellow Toile and my silk Ashley Dress in Turquoise Floral: three of my favorite prints in endlessly-wearable styles. 

 

If you could be gifted one piece of Trashy Diva that you don’t currently own (from any era or collection) what would it be and why?

I would love to get my hands on the Bustle Betty Dress in Cameos. I love the silk Bustle Bettys, because they’re incredibly flattering, very vintage-looking and a great style for the office. Also, I don’t have anything in the Cameos print! 

 

Who do you look to for style inspiration?

It’s an obvious choice, but I really admire the street style of Dita Von Teese. She’s always perfectly put-together, and wears vintage without making it look like a costume. 

 

Anything else you’d like to share? 

There are so many reasons I love Trashy Diva! The styles evoke the golden age of fashion in the 1940s and ’50s, but they’re also very wearable in a 21st century context; they fit well, they’re great quality and they are a magnet for compliments (hardly a day goes by when I don’t get stopped in the street by someone who wants to tell me how much they love my dress). I’ve also been really happy to see that the company has grown so much in the last few years, and I love the fact that I’m supporting a proudly independent business that is owned and run by women.