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Sunday, May 5, 2013 The Bakersfield Voice

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Young cancer patient, family support others BY CARMIN MILLER Community contributor

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had more than 13 inches cut off — she donated it to Locks of Love. According to the website “Locks of Love is a public nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.” Because of what my mom has done, my sister and I will cut our hair, too — but we are going to wait until the one year anniversary of my cancer diagnosis on Aug. 3. I know I would have been happy to wear a wig donated by my mom or sister if I had radiation. Carmin Miller is an 11-year-old who attends Suburu Elementary School. Her atypical Spitzoid Nevus, a rare form of skin cancer, is in remission.

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I found with my blog friends. So, here it is, a little peak into another world from the past that’s no longer just in your dreams: Living in the smallish, central California town of Bakersfield, “vintage,” “Hollywood glam,” “mod” or “urban” are labels that usually don’t enter your mind. But maybe you haven’t wandered into this hidden gem and spoken to the ladies at Your Wildest Dreams, who answered some questions I had for them. Why would you choose a vintage piece over a new one? Alissa: “There’s more history to a vintage piece than a new one; they’retimeless, the material is higher quality, every piece is super unique, and it’s as if you’re wearing a story.” How do you make a vintage outfit work in today’s world and still look up-todate? Alex: “Wear whatever you’ve chosen with confidence.” Alissa: “That’s true! Alex picks out the ugliest 1980s piece from the racks and she comes in the next day looking so adorable, because she’s confident about her choice. Know your own style, and wear it with a sense of pride because vintage pieces are finds. You have to really look around to find good pieces.” What should you look for when buying vintage clothing? Alissa: “Look for labels, in-tact

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seams, and most importantly, waists that fit you. Most vintage pieces run small since up until the 1960s, women were wearing corsets.” Why didn’t I think of that, I thought. Every time I try on vintage clothes, I’m always slightly horrified at how tiny the waists are. Of course! I completely forgot the ladies of the past had a little extra assistance in the waist department.

show that classic femininity still has some serious power in today’s world. I settled on a vigorous nod of agreement and a huge smile as I wrote down her quote instead ... no need to scare off a new kindred spirit just when you’ve made the acquaintance. Where are the best places to shop for vintage clothing? Alex: “Bakersfield is actually one of my favorites! You wouldn’t think it’s true, but small cities are better for vintage finds. Alissa: “She’s right. In big cities like Los Angeles, vintage items are constantly being traded, worn and resold. In smaller cities it’s easier to find pieces that have sometimes been cared for by the original owners. And if you look in non-touristy towns, you’ll also find the cheapest prices.”

Who’s your fashion muse? Alissa: “Dita Von Teese.” Alex: (with a laugh) “The 1980s band, Dynasty.” Favorite fashion era? Alissa: “The 1930s to 1964 — I like the corseted waist-look.” Alex: “The 1980s!” Hardest to find vintage find: Alissa: “Probably pants, jeans, casual wear or lingerie.” I commented that I always feel like I need someplace to go when I wear vintage because the pieces are so dressy. Alissa suggested the best way to do casual-vintage is to pair a 1950s style blouse with a modern pair of jeans or cigarette pants. It’s also a great way to keep old things feeling fresh.

Alissa Stephens browses through a rack of vintage clothing at In Your Wildest Dreams Antiques and Consignments.

What made you fall in love with vintage? Alissa: “Probably when I started sewing (she makes corsets!). It’s easier to see how an older item was made because the construction was so much better, and the seaming is flawless. Plus, building a wardrobe with vintage pieces is sort of a process of self-creation, you create an image from scratch from the pieces you find instead of copying a model from an ad.

And, it’s sexy! “Men respond more to elegance rather than the current trends. If you’re doing a pin-up girl vibe, even though you’re covered up, it’s weird. But men find it way more attractive than the super short things.” I almost fell down and kissed her feet when she said that. That’s the whole reason I started my blog, I almost screamed in excitement! To

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As she said this, Alissa showed me the beaded, vintage black cardigan she was wearing. She said it had the same owner for 40 years when she found it — and she was right, it was nearly flawless and super cute. Who would of thought? Bakersfield, or maybe I should say, In Your Wildest Dreams, is something of a vintage Mecca. Alexandria Lightsey is a local blogger who writes about vintage fashion and other topics. You can read this interview in its entirety, and learn more about Lightsey, in her blog at vmmvblog.wordpress.com. Go to bakersfieldvoice.com to find more stories and blogs from Alexandria Lightsey.

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