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Vanity Fair Style Interview: Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

I love doing these Vanity Fair-style interviews, so I stole the questions from a magazine and compiled them in here. Feel free to do them yourself, and let me know in the comments (either in the comment itself or in a link).

I’d love to learn more about you!

My personal style signifiers are

  • Clean, crisp blazers / toppers that are rarely ever buttoned or in anything but neutrals
  • Statement necklaces and rings
  • Obi belts… all belts, really, to give me any kind of a waist
  • High-rise skinny pants / jeans
  • Minimalist accessorizing (A watch and only one other piece of jewellery)
  • Lavender essential oils layered with another scent (Clean or Atelier Colognes)

You can see all of my outfits collected & organized here.

The last thing I bought and love was

This yoga app: Yoga Studio by Gaiam

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/yoga-studio/id567767430?mt=8

It has saved me $15 per class, and only cost $5.50

And the next thing I am eyeing next is

The perfect pair of high rise mixed leather & ponte black pants that are really leggings with pockets.

Yeah, talk about trying to find a unicorn. This does not exist.

The site that inspires me is

I need to name a few here:

The first is With Love from Kat, the second is See (Anna) Jane because our styles are so similar but they always give me good ideas for ways to create new outfits out of basics.


The last but not the least is Blue Collar Red Lipstick because Adina knows how to (truly) thrift amazing items like NOBODY’S BIDNESS on such a budget…. and that is incredibly inspiring to me, a shopaholic.

The indulgences I would never forgo are

The last item of clothing I added to my wardrobe is

This gorgeous Sandro leather blazer modelled after Emmanuelle Alt’s (see style icon question)

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The objects I would never part with are

My iPod Touch with my To Do App on it because it controls & organizes my entire life.

The last music I downloaded was

Stromae’s Papaoutai

My favourite room in the house is

The kitchen/dining room, obviously.

I love to eat, and not like in that fake way where you see bloggers posting with pastries and delicious fatty meals but not actually taking bites of it. I actually eat every thing & usually go back for seconds and thirds.

(Hard to believe, but true. Meet me one day, and find out for yourself.)

The best gift I’ve received lately is

..that Baby Bun gives me kisses whenever I ask for them.

I am constantly asking now.

A recent “find” is

This thrifted Gucci Jackie hobo in the most perfect saddle tan leather:

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The beauty staple I’m never without is

My to exfoliate my skin:

…and my Paula’s Choice products in my skincare regimen particularly her BHA 9 acne destroying serum.

Hands down, holy grails!

My style icons are

…predictable, I’d say.

I like classic + modern looks.

Olivia Palermo

olivia-palermo-style

Love her twist on style that still remains classic

I wouldn’t wear culottes for instance but she makes them look attainably chic.

Emanuelle Alt

emmanuelle-alt-style

This photo alone, and all of her classic looks has made me want a leather blazer and leather moto skinny pants.

She wears the same Parisian uniform over and over again and it is a lot like MY uniform but I love her tougher, darker twist on things.

Ines de la Fressange

ines-de-la-fressange-style

She also wears the same Parisian uniform as Emmanuelle but with a more English, masculine, classic, tweed-y twist.

Less black and leather, more non-black, navy or grey neutrals & cashmere.

Carole Radiziwill

carole-radziwill-style

She knows how to rock an accessory. I like her boots and jackets mostly, but she knows how to rock a ballgown and a cape.

Aviva Drescher

aviva-drescher-style

Classic but so modern in vintage finds, and she wears so many beautiful knee-length dresses, boots and pants that it makes me swoon.

She really knows how to choose the right outfit for her figure.

An unforgettable place I’ve traveled to is

I have too many, but my top three would be ….

NEW YORK CITY

new-york-city-usa-nyc-central-park

HONG KONG

Hong-Kong-Tram

STOCKHOLM

Stockholm-Sweden-Europe-Landscape-Travel-Photograph

The best souvenir I’ve brought home is

My no name leather cognac crossbody leather bag from Île Saint-Louis n Paris. It only gets better with age.

Leather-Satchel-Bag

If I had to limit my shopping to one neighbourhood in one city, I’d choose

SoHo in New York City. Such great shops…

The best gift I’ve given recently is

This style book which is hands down the most useful, handy one I have ever purchased.

The books on my bedside table are

..varied. I like mostly style, biography, chick-lit, and anything related to food or cooking.

You can read about all the books I read here in my roundups.

The last meal that truly impressed me was

At a chef friend’s place in Paris where he made this gastronomic feast for us, complete with homemade foie gras and the most amazing pork belly dish, both shown below:

Travel-Photograph-Food-Eat-France-Gourmet-Meal-Foie-Gras

Travel-Photograph-Food-Eat-France-Gourmet-Meal-Pork-Belly-Parsnip-Puree

The people I rely on for personal wellbeing are

My partner for stability, support & career

My mother to keep me in line for not going overboard with being a Super Freak Out Mommy

Baby Bun to keep me alive and young

My good friends to whom I can message / email / Skype at any time and feel re-energized even if I feel and sound scatterbrained when I am trying to wrangle Baby Bun at the same time

The one artist whose work I would collect if I could is

All and any waterlily paintings by Monet

If I didn’t live here, I’d live..

.. in Toronto.

Photograph-Travel-Toronto-Ontario-Canada-Skyline-Landscape-Land-Lake

I miss my family & friends terribly.

For shopping and weather, I’d live somewhere in California.

In my fridge you’ll always find

  • 3% milk for my matcha green teas
  • curry or chili paste
  • foie gras (keeps well when we buy it on sale)

If I weren’t doing what I do, I would be

A personal shopper and stylist.

My three favourite things in life coming together in one harmonious job:

Shopping, Style & Bossing People Around.


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Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

I got out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months using TheBudgetingTool.com. Since then, I have worked 50% of my career (taking 1-2 year breaks), and quadrupled my income within 2 years of graduating, going from $65K to $260K (savings rate = 85%). I could retire today if I wanted, but love my work-life balance as a freelancing consultant in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). I also post daily on Instagram @saverspender.

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6 Comments

  1. The Asian Pear

    This was cool. I may have to do it too. 😀

    PS – I wouldn’t mind it if you moved back to TO. 😉

    Reply
    1. sherry@savespendsplurge.com

      Me neither. I miss Toronto.

      Reply
  2. Clarrise @ Savvy Scot

    Love it! Actually, I want to clean up my wardrobe and change my dress style especially that I gained so much weight.

    Reply
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    AdinaJ

    Thank you — I’m honoured to be in that company. And I’m glad there’s at least one person who loves these VF interviews as much as I do 😉 Which reminds me, I need to pick up the new issue …

    Love the blazer, and that book looks really interesting. Might have to pick it up.

    Reply
    1. sherry@savespendsplurge.com

      1. DO THE INTERVIEW.

      2. That blazer *sigh* 🙂

      Reply

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