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Featured Stylista: Lindsey Kay of The Belted Pear

01 November 2013

I first met Lindsay in S. Korea when my computer cord died and I needed a new one for less than $100. I ended up buying her used Mac cord and a friendship began to bud. I did see her again until we ran into each other at an Arts and Crafts Fair. She had done a photo series with an aspiring photographer living near by. We have since stayed in touch so I was delighted to learn that she too was a lover of fashion and vintage fashion at that. With her red hair and spunky personality, Lindsay has entered the world of fashion via her new style blog The Belted Pear. Here are a few Q&As about why she started her blog and her fashion personality.

1. Where do you currently live and where are you from originally?
I'm originally from Atlanta, Georgia but I'm now living in Daejeon, South Korea - a city about a couple hours away from Seoul.
2. Why did you create your blog and what is it called?
It was a combination of a lot of things. I've always loved fashion and fashion blogs and after reading them for years, I started to think, "Hey! I might be able do this myself." Also, my job gives me a lot of free time and I know I will not always be living in Korea with this job so I figured I should get the ball rolling on creating a blog when I had the time. And then it was also a creative outlet for me that I desperately needed. Back home, my mom and I are always doing diy projects, shopping, discussing the latest Project Runway episode but in Korea, I couldn't always get that "fashion fix." The blog was a way for me to talk about all things style-related without chatting my friends' or boyfriend's ear off. It's funny though, because since starting the blog, I've realized I was already surrounded by like-minded fashionistas - I had no idea!
3. How would you describe your personal style?
Eclectic. I think I tend to gravitate toward feminine, vintage-inspired clothes with a twist. I love a good structured fit-and-flare dress but I'm also obsessed with flowy, gauzy materials like chiffon and tulle (okay, mine are usually just polyester look-alikes, but I can pretend!) I also love love love color and prints. But honestly, at the end of the day, I just buy clothes that evoke emotion in me somehow when I put it on, as weird as that sounds.
4. Where do you buy most of your clothes?
THRIFT STORES! I am such a cheapskate. I would say of the clothes that I've actually bought, a good 85% of them are from thrift stores either in the U.S. or Korea. I also always go to Target when I'm back home visiting. I would say most of my clothes though I don't even buy. In Korea, people are always leaving the country and giving their clothes away. I get so many clothes from friends! It's not always my style, but I like the challenge of trying to work their wardrobe into my own.
5. what's your favorite go to piece in your wardrobe or that you would like to have in your wardrobe?
Let's see... probably my nude-colored wedges I got at a Korean thrift store. They are so comfortable I can walk in them anytime, anywhere. They match EVERYTHING and I can even wear them in winter with tights - gives the look a kind of 1970's vibe, which I love. Or probably maxi skirts and dresses. They make me feel feminine but they're so easy to throw on and comfortable. Remember, I'm from Georgia which means I'm a summer girl through-and-through! I'm all about light-weight dresses and sandals.
As far as something I would love to have in my wardrobe... I would have to say more actual real vintage pieces. It's very hard to find those kinds of clothes in Korea and when I'm visiting back home, it's just easier to swing by the local Goodwill and Target for what I need and then focus on spending time with my family.
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