Chelsea Von Mach, a Hollywood Wardrobe Stylist, took the time to talk to Styleshack about her fashion inspiration, motivation, must-haves, and her favorite boutiques!
(SS): What inspired you to start your company and become a stylist?
(CVM): Growing up I was super shy, and I always felt like an ugly duckling. Like any girl in middle school, we go throughawkward stages that can take a tole on our self-esteem (teenage boys can be cruel). So, I used clothes as a way to express myself and stand out. Clothes became a form of self-expression for me.
(SS): In regard to your personal style, do you have a signature look or accessory?
(CVM): I'm usually always wearing a hat. They add more dimension to an outfit. There is something so sophisticated and mysterious about a woman in a hat.
(SS): Items in your "Styleshack" (A.K.A closet) you cannot live without?
(CVM): My Barney's Co-op black ankle boots and my JBrand Skinny Jeans
(SS): Who or What inspires your style? Favorite Style Icon?
(CVM): So many different things inspire me: travel, magazines, nature, photographers, Detroit, art, blogs, vintage stores,clowns, etc. I'm really into the photographer Diane Arbus. She was an American photographer known for her bizarre black and white photographs of dwarfs, giants, transvestites, nudists, and circus performers. She found beauty in the most bizarre forms.
Another photographer I love is Deborah Turbeville, there is something so romantically dark about her photographs. I also love the artist Cindy Sherman. Her outlet of self expression is through dressing up asdifferent characters. What girl doesn't love to play dress up and make believe?
Other inspirational/style icons I look up to are Pippi Longstocking, Amelia Earhart, Solange Knowles, Madonna, Bjork, Grace Coddington, Gwen Stefani, Daphne Guiness, Sofia Coppola, & Lori Goldstein. I love strong, inspirational women. Oh, and I also love Johnny Depp in the movie Benny & Joon.
(SS): Favorite fashion or lifestyle blog?
Sea of Shoes
Who What Wear
(SS): Favorite "local" boutique?
(CVM): Detroit: ChiChiAndTheGreek Los Angeles: Wasteland, DecadesTwo, Shareen Vintage
(SS): Favorite online store?
(SS): Favorite Fashion App/Social Media Site?
(CVM): I love PINTEREST!
(SS): What words do you live by?
(CVM): Oh man, I have a few!
"God can dream a bigger dream for me, for you, than you could ever dream for yourself. When you've worked as hard and done as much, and strived and tried and given and pled and bargained and hoped—surrender. When you have done all that you can do, and there's nothing left for you to do, give it up. Give it up to that thing that is greater than yourself, and let it then become a part of the flow." — Oprah
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." — Theodore Roosevelt “I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.”
I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ? Maya Angelou
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