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This week we chatted with Natasha Harden, the founder and owner of Halmoni Vintage in East Oakland. In the latest installment of our interview series, Natasha discusses her inspiration for opening up shop, her store’s focus on women of color and all body types, and her personal style.

Twenty Two: Let’s start with the basics. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Natasha: I am originally from NY, born and raised in the Boogie Down Bronx. I am the owner of Halmoni, a vintage boutique in Oakland, CA, which means I breathe, sleep and eat vintage. I am also a double Virgo with a Cancer moon, born in the year of the rooster.

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This week we chatted with Amy Creyer, a social media consultant and the photographer behind Chicago Street Style. In the latest installment of our interview series, Amy discusses growing up in Greenwich Village and Arkansas, her inspiration behind starting the popular street style blog, and her own personal style.

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Usually when I’m browsing through street style blogs, I don’t have much of a reaction to the outfits presented, or at least nothing more than something superficial like, “That’s pretty,” “Oh, polka dots!”, or “Orange. Really?!”

I had a very, very different reaction when I came across this photo of a lady shot in Seoul for Drop Tokyo. This was basically my thought process at the time:

0-2 seconds*: A Chanel bag… red nail polish.
3-5 seconds: Hooved boots. Okay, I’ve seen those before. I guess that’s a thing… Eek.
6-9 seconds: What’s over her eyes? Is someone behind her? Is that another pair of hands, a pair of plastic hands? Oh my God, they’re sunglasses!
10-13 seconds: Ew, it’s like some creepy doll is holding onto her head for dear life. Close the tab! Close the tab!
A minute later: …I wonder how she can actually see out of those things.
*These time durations are obviously estimated. You can put down the stop watch.

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Twenty Two’s interview series continues with a peek into Femme Fatall, a fashion and lifestyle blog specifically tailored to tall ladies. A one-time Work It, Berk subject, Heather Ross discusses the blog’s origins, issues that tall ladies face, and which topics she’d like to cover in the future. Don’t worry; there’s no height requirement to enter this post.

Twenty Two: Let’s start with the basics. Tell us a bit about yourself.

Heather: Well, I graduated last year from Cal with a degree in American Studies and I spent a semester abroad in Madrid during my junior year. I love to travel and take a million and one photographs. I’m pursuing magazine journalism and I decided to start a fashion blog to marry my interests in fashion, photography, and reporting. Oh, and I’m a big fan of musical theater and performance!

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It’s Friday, so you know what that means… it’s time for another installment of Ask The Panel. In this series, we’ve rounded up a super awesome group that includes three fashion bloggers, a fashion designer, and a CEO and asked them all the same four questions.

The past couple of weeks we learned about what our panelists want to wear this season and their favorite trends of the moment. Now we’ll find out the answer to the following: What’s your favorite must-read blog?

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One of the goals I have for Twenty Two is to connect you, our readers, with awesome people you wouldn’t otherwise know about. In our latest interview of the series, I got to learn more about Jill Aiko Yee, a women’s wear designer based out of the Miracle Mile District in Los Angeles. (She’s also a panelist for our Ask The Panel series.)

Jill discusses her non-traditional path that led her to designing, her effortless clothing, her inspiration, and much more.

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Welcome to another edition of Ask The Panel, or what happens when an entrepreneur, a women’s wear designer, and three fashion bloggers are asked the same fashion-related questions.

Last week, our panelists pondered what they’re most excited to wear for spring. This week, the question of interest is… (drum roll)… What’s your favorite trend at the moment?

Stay tuned for more installments of Ask The Panel in the coming weeks.

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