Portland, are you ready!? We're over the moon to announce we've teamed up with Tonya of The Moptop to bring you an extraordinary shopping experience this fall at one of our favorite coffee shops in the PNW, Prince Coffee!
Confession: We've had a major girl crush on Tonya for longer than we can remember. Her authentic personal style and vintage aesthetic is the perfect balance between minimalist hygge and dolled up maximalist. The way she puts playful, tom-boy touches on feminine textures and silhouettes is an entire breath of fresh air. She reminds us that laid-back comfort is always on trend, and also key to any timeless outfit. Get to know more about our gracious PDX pop-up hostess in this q + a with Tonya below:
How do you remain inspired?
I think traveling and exploring new places in my city always seem to help. And taking breaks from social media and my phone always help me recharge, refocus and try to get inspired.
What are some of your most significant challenges, and how do you overcome them?
For me, since my job involves mainly social media, it can be difficult separating work and my personal life. I document so much of my life and day to day activities that I feel like I always have to be "on" and ready to create content. Making sure to take some me time and space away from work is super important and something I need to try and do more often.
Coffee or Tea?
Do you have any daily rituals, or are you energized by spontaneity?
I am actually a "planner" so I like to have routines. But something I love about my job is that everything is pretty random and you never know what could come up next!
What can't you get enough of right now?
Hmm...this is embarrassing but I love bad reality tv shows! haha
Favorite place you've traveled?
Joshua Tree is one of my favorite places to go. It's such a unique place as well as Palm Springs. And NYC was another really incredible place. It's just an inspiring and eye-opening place to see.
The best advice you've ever received?
Live your life the way you want to live it, not for anyone else.
What do you love the most about Portland?
The unique shops and restaurants. It's super inspiring and refreshing to see. It's impossible not to explore a neighborhood of Portland and not feel inspired or a sense of community and I love that about it. It's also such a great city when it comes to sustainability which is important to me as well.
What does a conscious consumer look/feel like to you?
No one is perfect, so I think keeping that in mind is really important. Just being aware of spending and purchasing habits is really important. Try to avoid "fast fashion" as much as possible, thrift more, invest in pieces that will last a long time and can be worn multiple ways. Just little things can make a big difference and I think that's what the conscious consumer keeps in mind.
What changes in the fashion industry do you hope to see within the next decade?
I hope more sustainable practices will be put into place, especially from the big fashion houses. I think we need to see big changes in the industry!
Thanks, Tonya, for partnering with us for this event and for bringing your endless inspiration to the blogosphere.
PORTLAND: For this event we’ve teamed up with Prince Coffee, PDX maker Natalie Joy Jewelry and floral artist Starflower! Come through to see the latest fall pieces from fauxgerty (some aren’t even online yet- oh and a sneak peek of HATS!) while enjoying local sips and sweets! 10% off all proceeds will benefit Prince Coffee's Fremont location which is temporarily closed due to water damage from a neighborhood fire.