Australia's self-styled queen of vintage is the lady behind the gorgeous garypeppervintage.blogspot.com. She's made a full-time job out of blogging and selling vintage wares on ebay and is the obvious choice to ask about 2nd hand shopping in Australia.
Describe the type of person who would love your blog?
I would say she's a female between 15-25 years old, who has a passion for fashion, vintage and photography.
What made you start a blog in the first place?
I started my blog the very same day I opened my online vintage store. I had just quit my job to pursue my business full-time and the idea was to document this exciting new chapter in my life, like an online diary. After a few months it quickly evolved into a personal style blog, where I would style, shoot and create mini photo shoots for my outfits.
Any perks that come with blog-stardom?!
Haha. I still have such a long way to go but just being stopped in the street by my readers is the biggest highlight for me. It's so nice meeting complete strangers who are so friendly and warm, and often know more about me than I do.
Where do you find your inspiration for outfits?
Street style blogs, people watching, a beautiful location or the vintage pieces I find. Subconsciously, I think the beautiful styling on Net-A-Porter and ASOS also help too as I'm constantly online shopping.
Do you have any style rules?
I wouldn't say I have set rules. If anything, fashion is about expressing yourself and being creative and comfortable in not only what you wear but in your own skin. Rules are there to be broken.
What are your five style signatures?
I'm just basing this on what people have told me as I still don't see my style very clearly. Pretty, feminine, colourful, simple, with a brightly
What are your top three styling tips?
Less is always more. The brighter the better and always make time to go vintage shopping. The best pieces in my wardrobe are all vintage.
Do you have any favorite places to go shopping?
I'm obsessed with online shopping. My favourites are Net-A-Poter.com, Shopbop.com, ASOS, Topshop, Etsy.com and Claire Inc.com for those perfect vintage designer finds.
Do you ever look back on outfits that you wore and think, "What was I thinking??"
Oh god, ALL the time! I feel that way about what I wore last week. I'm too indecisive!
What's next in the land of Gary Pepper Vintage?
I'm planning on hiring models and in-house photographers for the store so I can have my business running while I'm not here. In terms of my blog, I plan on travelling more this year and covering the fashion weeks. I also have a few exciting collaborations in the works but unfortunately it's all top secret at the moment. I do plan on getting back to my creative side and trying my skills at videography, styling and learning more about photography.