Get to know Anna, the Avant Gaudy summer Stylist intern.
Where are you from? Where do you live now?
I am originally from Henderson, Minnesota (population 910) and now live in Hyde Park. Don’t make fun of my “MinnesOHtan” accent or my feelings will be hurt and my ego bruised.
What is your major?
I go to school at the University of Chicago and am planning on majoring in Public Policy, Economics or some other stuffy field of study.
I aspire to be able to free-style rap, dance the Melbourne shuffle and get rid of my goofy accent.
To do something other than sit at a desk all day and get crusty and old. If this plan fails, then I am becoming a trophy-wife.
Beauty and the Beast and Ong Bak Thai Warrior.
What TV shows are you currently watching/still addicted to?
I don’t watch all that much TV—I have no time!! When I am back home, though, I watch Kitchen Nightmares and a lot of Antiques Road Show.
What kind of music do you like? What bands are you listening to?
My musical tastes are all over the place and my favorite bands are always changing. I really enjoy electro music and fuzzy garage rock. Right now, though, I am obsessed with Hank Williams.
I love The Awakening by Kate Chopin.
Things you love?
I purchased a vintage electric-blue Schwinn Cruiser in January. I named her Sally. It is easily my favorite possession/best friend right now.
I love Ivan Grundahl and Alexander Wang. The ethereal and sometimes ghastly aesthetic of Alexander McQueen and Christian Lacroix inspire me as well.
Favorite fashion/beauty magazine?
I love W!!! I currently don’t have a subscription, but I love how I can tear out the huge editorial pages and post them on my bedroom wall as decoration. My apartment is sporting a rather lovely collage at the moment…
Favorite clothing item/accessory that you own?
I have this great yellow parrot necklace that my sister picked up at a garage sale for a quarter. I had to beg her for a week to let me swap ten items of my own jewelry for it.
How would you describe your personal style?
Eclectic and bright.
One thing you’ll never wear?
Ugg boots. Never. Ever. Or Crocs—they are truly the vilest entity on the planet. In addition, any type of polo shirt that has the small, yet blatantly obvious monogram of any kind of aquatic avian, our national bird, or of a moose.
Do you have any style rules?
Just go for it!!! I feel as though a lot of people complain that they can’t “pull off” a certain ensemble. Even the most atrocious thing can be made into a wearable outfit when worn with confidence. I raid my mom’s clothing from the 80s and even dig through our dress-up box at home.
Obsessed with/can’t live without?
National Public Radio programming: Car Talk, The Splendid Table, A Prairie Home Companion, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, and This American Life—I would surely die without it.
Seeing that I was tagged in photos on Facebook. And eating Nutella out of the jar with a spoon!! Another weird thing that I enjoy is dry Ramen —the crunchiness of it was really comforting during finals week.
What are you an expert of/random knowledge?
Back in Minnesota I used to work at Toody’s Sweet Treats, a soda fountain, hence I can make the prettiest banana split/sundae/milkshake you ever have seen. That is a promise. I even tried it in the UChicago cafeteria once….
Favorite Famous/Inspirational Quote:
“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the Gift.”
What is your favorite item from Avant Gaudy?
There is this great striped blouse that ties into a big bow in the front—I got to wear it at our showroom opening event and I absolutely fell in love with it!