Michelle is a lover of all things bohemian and vintage and has a passion for art and travelling. We came across her Instagram profile by the #DerekCardigan hashtag and once we saw that she loved her glasses, we knew she was a perfect fit for our style ambassador family.
Name: Michelle Cardona
Nickname: Michy or Mich
Home base: Anaheim, California
Current occupation: Online Boutique Owner of www.1vintagesoul.com. In addition to selling women’s clothing & accessories, I also design and create vintage-inspired handmade cases for your Smartphone device, available in my etsy shop www.1vintagesoul.etsy.com
I applied to become a style ambassador because: I was invited to become a Style Ambassador and happily accepted! All of my Derek Cardigan frames and prescription lenses are exclusively from Coastal.com, so I was already a big fan and customer. I love how simple and easy Coastal.com makes purchasing prescription glasses online. I’m thrilled to join the Style Ambassador family and incredibly grateful for the opportunity.
Derek Cardigan is one of my favorite eyewear brands and I just love the math symbol details on these stylish frames. I chose this pair of glasses because the cat eye shape is flattering and SO much fun to wear!
My glasses collection consists of ___ pairs of frames. Four.
My favorite fashion trend of the moment is: Menswear-inspired fashion; bowler hats, button-down collar shirts, oversized cable-knit sweaters, plaid prints, and oxford shoes. I am definitely inspired by Diane Keaton’s signature style in the movie “Annie Hall”.
If I could be stuck in an elevator with anyone, it would be: First Lady, Michelle Obama. I think I would really enjoy talking to Michelle Obama about family and fashion, and how she balances it all. I imagine that she would be funny and down-to-earth. I mean, how amazing would it be to share a fist-bump with Michelle Obama?!
I would describe my personal style as: Classic, Romantic, and Bohemian Chic. I gravitate towards timeless fashion pieces that I can wear for a long time because they never go out of style. I especially love to shop for vintage items from the 60’s and 70’s. I love to wear dresses with pretty patterns of all kinds. My favorites are vintage floral patterns and polka-dots. I really love flowy silhouettes with delicate embroidered details and lace.
My go-to drink at Starbucks is: Chai Tea Latte is my go-to drink at Starbucks, but I also love treating myself to a hot cup of Caramel Apple Spice.
The best way to organize a closet is: Color and type of clothing. When you group clothing type together, it makes looking for your favorite item quick and easy.
A tip on picking out the perfect pair of frames is: Don’t be scared to try anything on! I have discovered many gems after reluctantly trying something on, and they turned out to be amazing. Have fun with picking out a pair of frames. Try on what you like and only take home what you love.
My current style muse is: Audrey Hepburn will forever be my style muse! To me, she is the epitome of elegance and timeless style. No one can wear a little black dress with grace and beauty like Audrey Hepburn. I also love Zooey Deschanel because she really knows how to wear vintage!
Glasses can easily change the vibe of your entire look! My prescription glasses are a part of my everyday life, and definitely my favorite fashion accessory.
My favorite online source for style inspiration is: Pinterest style boards are the best.
Some favorite boutiques in my area are: There are a handful of small boutiques located in what is known as the “Orange Circle” in Old Towne Orange. My favorite is the Antique Mall. There are plenty of specialty shops, antique and vintage boutiques, cute cafes, and art galleries in the Orange Circle.
A social media platform that I can’t get enough of is: Instagram.
My favorite fashion bloggers are: Keiko Lynn and Karla Deras.
Buying the same piece of clothing in multiple colors, yay or nay? Yay! When I find something that’s a perfect fit, especially when it comes to basics, I definitely like to stock up.
Favorite city to go shopping is: Seattle and New York City.