Fashion Superstar

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Carmen Barkley
Pullman, WA
Master's student in crop science

When did you first start getting crafty and creative with fashion?

My mom taught me to sew in elementary school, but I didn't really start getting into it until midway through high school. And then in college is when I started making my own patterns and upcycling thrifted clothes. Upcycling clothes really happened out of necessity because I couldn't afford to continually be buying fabric for my projects, but I could remake thrifted clothes a lot cheaper.

Who are your favorite fashionistas and designers?

I honestly don't follow the designer and fashion scene. I know I probably should, but I just like wearing what feels good for me! And I've always thrifted most of my clothes, my mom is a huge thrift store lover.

What are your ultimate style tips?

Wear what makes you happy and comfortable! For me, that usually means neutrals and lots of comfy clothes. I also like pairing crop tops with high waisted bottoms a lot. Another favorite of mine is adding a bit of leather to an outfit to edge it up a bit.

If you could borrow one thing from a celebrities wardrobe, what & who would you choose?

I honestly don't follow any celebrities at all. But, there is this Michael Kors purse (the Bristol bag) that I saw at Macy's about a year ago and I absolutely fell in love! I haven't bought it yet (due to being a college student who doesn't make much money), but hopefully in the future I can get it!

Which fashion blogs do you love to read?

I love Confessions of a Refashionista! She has a great style and such a fun personality that really comes through in her posts. I also really like reading Creative Fashion Blog's posts. She comes up with some really cool, creative DIYs. And another blog I like is Scratch and Stitch. She has some amazing refashion tutorials.

Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?

I've always loved anything crafty and creative! I'm also into photography and I like sketching and painting. I also made most of the decorations for my wedding last fall. Other than that, I like outdoor activities like riding my horse and fishing.

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What's your favorite...

Favorite TV Show:
I like all cooking shows!
Favorite Band:
Keith Urban
Favorite City:
I'm not much of a city person, I prefer the country. But I'd love to go to New York!
Favorite Movie:
I love animated movies and I think my favorite is probably How to Train Your Dragon.
Favorite Magazine:
Better Homes & Gardens
Favorite Fashion Brand:
I don't really think I have a favorite. I thrift all my clothes and just pick out what I like, I don't really look at tags. One exception might be Miss Me jeans...
Favorite Color:
Lime green
Favorite Shop:
I love thrifting! So probably Goodwill.