You know the kind of people that just give off that "cool girl without trying" vibe? That's Rachel. She has all the elements of big city style, character, and confidence wrapped up in a 5'1 frame living in a small Southern California town. Her style is the epitome of cool.
Rachel is one of my best and longtime friends. She has had a huge impact on my own personal style and I credit her for introducing me to the fashion world. She has taught me a lot about confidence as well as self expression and that's something I will forever be grateful for. Our history goes way back into grade school when we first technically met. We both had sisters who played on the same volley ball team together, but we didn't truly get to know each other until high school. Since then we've spent our days digging through the Goodwill racks and binge watching old seasons of America's Top Model. She's the kind of person you can sit in a room and do literally nothing with, but you wouldn't want to be anywhere else in the world. She's funny without being mean, she's beautiful with out trying, and she has, hands down, the sickest sense of style that you'll ever see. Annoying, right?
Rachel's style is very 90's punk/goth inspired. Her closet consists of a lot of graphic t-shirts and hoodies, pin striped sweats, Dickies, and bold leather shoes. As far as accessories, she incorporates a lot of mismatched large statement jewelry, bandanas, and lace. Basically, on all levels, Rachel is the lovechild of early Gwen Stefani and Wynona Ryder.
If you're ever walking on Morro Bay Boulevard in Morro Bay, California, there's a pretty good chance you'll hear Michael Jackson or another 80's bop coming from a small quirky thrift store called Threads. When you walk in you'll be met by some of the coolest hand picked items Morro Bay has to offer. My sister and I love Morro Bay, and Threads has always been one of our favorite thrift stores in the area. It's one of those places that just makes you feel happy. It's pretty much a throwback 80's dance party but with really cool vintage clothes.
Morro Bay is just a funky, chill place. The town is beautiful in and of itself, but it's the people that I love most about it. People from Morro Bay are the nicest, chillest, most genuine people you will ever meet. You will never convince me otherwise. A lot of artists live there as well as surfers and environmentalists, so it definitely has a very laid back, artsy vibe to it. It's quirky and fun, and the people there are just the same. Alexis, the owner of Threads, does not fall short. She is the essence of cool, funky, and sweet like a true Morro Bay native.
I met Alexis on the first day of 2019 while home on winter break with my sister. We'd spent the day strolling through downtown Morro Bay and had to stop by our favorite thrift store. We were dancing along to "Man In The Mirror" when I saw Alexis, also singing and dancing, and I knew I had to ask for her picture. She was wearing a green-striped, long-sleeved shirt under a '60s, blue, floral dress. She paired the ensemble with bright blue tights and a vintage, chunky necklace and matching bracelet. She looked so cool, and she made it look easy.
I went up to the counter and told her about my idea for this blog and asked if she could be my first post. She was so sweet and bubbly and agreed. We decided to head to the front of the store for a little photoshoot. I asked her what her favorite thing about fashion was and she said, "I would have to say self expression."
You can follow Alexis's shop @threadsthrift on Instagram or Threads Resale Boutique on Facebook.