Bombshell Spotlight: Brandi Walker

Bombshell Friday brings to you a unique fashion blogger! Her name is Brandi Walker and she’s what one might call a “thrifty shopper.” She has a vintage style and guess what? If you love her outfits and accessories you can purchase them from her store on Instagram @stylish_treasures Find out more by reading below

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Janie: You’re a fashion blogger but not just any fashion. What got you into thrift store shopping?

Brandi: I remember going to thrift stores once in a while with my parents when I was little. Remember when Doc Martins were supppper popular? I remember finding a pair at a thrift store for $5 when I was about 11 and felt like the coolest ever. I really started getting more into it after I served an LDS mission in Brazil. I had a couple of native Brazilian companions that liked to check out the thrift stores. They DO NOT compare to the stores here in the USA. They’re more like the front of someones house with clothes piled past your head that you have to dig through.. haha. I got a pair of pants for 25 cents and thought that was amazing. So when I got home, I started going to thrift stores and found that I was spending a little but finding the most amazing things! I quickly became addicted.
Janie: And you have your own online store now? What kind of clothes/items do you have on there?
Brandi: I have been told multiple times that I have an old soul. I love old music and I love finding old clothes. I sell mostly vintage clothing but also find really great gently used name brand items as well. Recently I started finding vintage baby and toddler items that I’ve decided to post couple days a month. I call it my “shop” but I sell strictly on Instagram. I’ve had my Instagram shop for over 3 years now. It was been the most effective outlet for me so far and I absolutely love it!
Janie: You just got married! How are you enjoying married life?
Brandi: I have been so happy these past few months of marriage. I married my absolute best friend. I love spending every moment with him. He is patient and kind and loving. Most importantly he supports all of my future goals and dreams. I couldn’t have picked a better mate. He is the love of my life and I’m so incredibly happy.
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Janie: Is there a motivational mantra or quote you love?
Brandi: “Live the little things”….So often we get so caught up in all the larger things in life, we forget its the little things all together that make up that big picture. So honestly, everyday, I try to remind myself to be grateful for the little things in my life. Not to ever overlook the little things. I actually have a print of this phrase in our living room so I can be reminded on a daily basis not to take anything in my life for granted. Not to say I still don’t have room to improve, but I’m sure trying…
Janie: Anytime you reach a certain level of success there are haters. How do you handle any negative feedback, comments?
Brandi: I haven’t had a lot of negativity pointed toward me, thank goodness. Not to say I haven’t had it at all though. I won’t lie…It’s hard not to take it personally. I’ve even cried over it. But I try to remind myself that everyone has their own opinions and may not totally agree with your point of view and thats ok. God is always first for me. Prayer for peace and understanding has always been the most helpful in finding comfort and clarity. I have also found a lot of comfort in friends and family that lift me up to remind me why I do what I do and have helped me know how to address the situation. Sometimes, erasing those negative people from my life has been a necessity and honestly I think it’s been ok to do. I sometimes would feel bad but realize that it’s healthier for me to do so. Feedback is great and often necessary!! But negative feedback is just ugly and cruel. If you don’t like something, stop following…You don’t know what sort of impact your negativity can have on someone. It’s not worth it. Thumper’s words in Bambi are very wise, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”

Janie:Who are your inspirations? Give us two or three, and why.

 Brandi: My fashion inspiration would be Beth Jones from B. Jones Style blog at http://bjonesstyle.com/blog She has been my favorite for as long as I can remember…. She is an avid thrifter and her style is extremely eclectic. I love that she isn’t afraid to take risks and create her own style rather than follow trends! She makes her own trends and finds inspiration in the most fun places. For example, I remember her loving looks from the new Chanel catalog…she would totally put a similar look together on her own with pieces she’s found at second hand stores and look fabulous! Not only that, she has shared her fitness journey after having two kids. She shares her struggles and I find her really down to earth and relatable.

I know its kinda cliche, but my mom and dad have always been my biggest inspirations. Not only have they been wonderful parents but they’ve supported me through every little thing I’ve ever wanted to do. From dancing my butt off all growing up, to running marathons, to serving my LDS mission, and then starting my business. They’ve always encouraged me to take risks, follow the Lords council and theirs, and to find my happiness.  They’ve been examples in the way the treat each other, how they took care of us as kids, even little things like always having scripture study as a family and family dinners. My mom is the most compassionate person I have ever met. She puts everyone before herself and always has. My dad is the best listener in the world. You talk to him and you know he has a genuine interest in everything you’re saying. They are and always will be inspirations to me. I take little bits and pieces of them on a daily basis that I know I want to and need to incorporate in my own life.

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Janie:Besides the fashion what are your hobbies? Things you love to do and enjoy?

Brandi: I try to be active. I love taking walks and running. I’ve been a runner for a lot of years. I try to sign up for some sort of race each year to keep me motivated. We love camping with our dog Huckleberry and going on road trips. I absolutely love traveling and seeing new places. I also love hiking. Honestly I think that would be my number one favorite thing to do. It is so fun for me to see beautiful country and smell the fresh air while getting an awesome workout.

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Janie:What are some future goals of yours?

Brandi: Oh man…this is a hard one. Only because I make new goals on a weekly basis. I always have ideas rushing through my brain. I definitely always make a goal to keep moving forward. Here are some of my current goals: Continue building and networking my business. Learn to use my dslr camera better. Stay fit especially before we start having kids. I want to stay in good shape while I’m pregnant and after. Oh yeah, kids are really one of our biggest future family goals. I’ve always wanted to be a mom. Be a better version of myself than I was yesterday. That is a daily struggle hehe. Travel more! ok… I’ll share one more…Learn new recipes. Most if not all my goals center around my family which I love. It’s so fun to progress through life’s changes.

 

Janie:What are you most grateful for?

Brandi: Another hard one because I have so much to be grateful for in my life. I am most grateful for my husband. For our eternal relationship. I’m grateful for my parents who raised me so well and still show undying love for me. Grateful for my siblings (including in law families) and their children. I LOVE being an aunt!!  I’m grateful for the companionship of my dog Huckleberry. I know it seems ridiculous and cheesy but he is very devoted and loyal to us. I’m grateful to know God is real and he loves me and cares for me. I’m grateful for my membership in the LDS church. It gives me meaning and guides my entire being. I’m grateful to be an American and for my freedom. I’m grateful for my health. I could seriously go on and on.

Janie:People are often criticized for only showing the “good” things in their life on social media. So let’s be relatable to the readers for a second. What is something you struggle with?

 Brandi: Hmmmmm….I think my biggest struggle is comparing myself to others. Seeing the success of others and comparing my own successes to it. Asking why I can’t get to that point. Ugh…It’s a daily battle. I want to be inspired by people and try to let that be the case but sometimes I find myself envying it and wishing I could be like them or look like them or have what they have. There is a part in a movie I like called “The Family Man.” Have you seen it? He’s telling his wife how much better their lives could be and how much more money they could have and that people could envy their lives if they could just change everything… she is upset because she doesn’t want to change. And when he says they could have a perfect life, a life that everyone will envy, she answers him, “They already do envy us!” I love that because it reminded him that despite their struggles, they had an amazing life. It reminds me to see how much good I have in my life and how successful I really am and that I don’t want to be like anyone else. I want to be me and have what I have and keep doing what I’m doing. It’s still hard though hehe. This is a motivational speech I have to give myself.

Janie: Everyone loves good food. What is your favorite treat?

Brandi: Frozen hot chocolate hands down.

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Janie:What’s something most people don’t know about you?

Brandi: I grew up with a love of dance. When I was younger, I always dreamed to be a prima-ballerina. My ballet instructor always raved that I had the best feet and they would get me far in the dance world. I was doing ballet and then got into ballroom dancing…Both began to be too much so I ended up quitting ballet in high school to give all my time and attention to Ballroom dancing. I did that all through high school and college! I even performed on an adult team just a couple years ago for 2 years and we competed in Las Vegas and California! I still love to dance and love to watch any kind of dance. I have a deep love and respect for dancers.

Janie:If you could give one piece of advice to the readers, what would it be? 

Brandi: Find happiness in every aspect of your life. Even your trials. Wake up and tell yourself, “Today, I choose to be happy.” Then go on with your day! Smile and laugh. It’s the best medicine.  I also believe that if you’re ever feeling alone, know that you’re not alone. God is there and he loves you. He has angels round about you to lift you up as well…

Janie:Where can people find you. What’s your website/social accounts?

Brandi: Blog- is run-style-run.blogspot.com

Instagram-@runstylerun or my shop is @stylish_treasures

Snapchat and Twitter- @blonde_brandi

Stylish Treasures is on Facebook page as well. 🙂

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That concludes the Bombshell Spotlight this week! She’s truly and inspiring woman. I love her unique style and her happy outlook on life, and that she’s not afraid to share her beliefs. Go check out her store and follow her on Instagram!

 

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