What did you do this weekend that was for self care?
This weekend I spent time with my homegirl doing face masks, watching Project Runway and eating cake.
What did you do this weekend that was for self care?
I am constantly doing research for Halmoni so that I can be as knowledgeable in my field of vintage re-sale as much as possible. One day while doing research I stumbled upon SammyDVintage.com, where the tagline “spreading vintage love” stood out to me right away. I appreciated this tagline because I know that as humans we are competitive creatures and sometimes we hide what we know instead of sharing.
The creator of Sammy Davis Vintage is Samantha Davis, and I think she is just peachy. She is so knowledgeable about vintage and shares everything she can.
On top of being a vintage expert, Sammy Davis fills her blog with real life topics that remind us to be affirming of ourselves. Some of my favorite topics that she has covered range from self esteem, crying and the experience of having anxiety. Mainly, I am a fan of Sammy’s Friday blog series called “Gratefulness Fridays,” where one of my favorite posts, “How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others,” continues to remind me to never compare myself to others because it “helps you to love yourself.”
Because of the daily inspiration I receive from Sammy, I wanted to interview her for the Halmoni crowd and spread more vintage love!
1. I think you are one of the vintage queens in the vintage game. Can you tell my readers who and what is Sammy Davis Vintage?
Sammy Davis Vintage is where you’re inspired to wear secondhand style through great vintage finds or thrifty treasures. My website shares how to style, find and sell clothing of the past which inspire the trends of today. Content ranges from in depth articles on 70’s clothes to one-off features on what to buy at thrift stores.
My platform of “spreading vintage love” represents my belief that we are all connected on this planet. Secondhand fashion is a vehicle for bringing us together in a positive way as we share the stories of style which inspire us to live and love our lives in unity and peace.
2. I love your blogs. They are so informative and are filled with tons of great information. Has your journalism background played a significant role in SammyDVintage.com? How do you do your research?
My knowledge and inspiration comes from 10 years of experience, connections in the industry and a passion for absorbing as much information as I possibly can from experts and established thought leaders via brick and mortar vintage stores, online secondhand clothing sellers, clothing/costume designers and even fashion museum curators!
I believe that we are one another's teacher on this planet why is why I feel confident asking for the know-how of others to help create great content for the readers of my site.
And yes, my journalism background plays a large role in my motivation! I moved to New York City with dreams of being a fashion magazine editor. Now, I am the Editor-in-Chief of my own online publication!
3. I know that you have big plans for your brand. What are some strategies you use to promote and grow your business?
My number one growth tool at this stage is social media. My audience has taught me so much about how to shift my own goals so that they are based on service to others.
That is why it is important to use social media outlets like YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest: These are opportunities to communicate with “followers” whose likes, questions and knowledge will help you to stay on the path which grows your business in the most service-focused direction.
4. As I mentioned above, I appreciate your spiritual approach to feelings of inadequacy we all struggle with. How do you keep your personal feelings from clouding your business decision making?
The reality is that I doubt myself everyday. But just because I see that doubt does not mean I need to be that doubt. There have been plenty of times where I’ve wanted to jump on board a project simply because I think “I need to be doing this to have the same success as others” or that “it’s what’s expected of me in this business.”
The hardest thing is not in saying yes, but in saying no. Self-love -- which extends toward love for all others and whatever unfolds in our life -- is made possible when we refuse to bend against our beliefs and our priorities. I write daily affirmations of the person I know I am and the beliefs which keep me centered and feeling good so that when new business opportunities emerge, or a decision must be made, that I can feel confident taking the best action for me.
My favorite quote is truly one to remember for all, whether you are an entrepreneur or working from a cubicle. Remember that when “You change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
Sure, I have done and said things that I regret. But each of these obstacles is just a reminder for me to re-center and hold strong to my beliefs. There truly are never regrets so long as you see them as opportunities.
5. When I was in college I had a professor who stressed the importance of sharing and networking in class because in business, sharing is very rare. How do you continue to share in such a competitive vintage market?
You had a great professor, Natasha! I recently published an article on where to buy cheap vintage clothing which was received with a few remarks from my audience of surprised gratefulness. The same can be said of a post on how to date clothing by the era. They believed that I was sharing “secret” sources and information with them which anyone else would have kept hush-hush.
Competitiveness in the vintage market has never truly bothered me. I believe that there is an energy to the discovery process of vintage clothing that even when shared between people, is still an individual experience with a unique story to you.
So no matter how many of my “secrets” I share with others, I refuse to believe in the scarcity complex of “not enough to go around.” There will always be an abundance of opportunity to succeed by remaining open, loving and joyful toward whomever crosses your path.
So whether you buy your vintage from private sellers or thrift at the most competitive stores, you are destined to attract the energy of your finds differently than anyone else. By maintaining faith that abundance is just a shopping trip away, your opportunistic point of view will expel all fears of “the competition” and help you to come out on top with great pieces no matter what.
6. I am from NYC and left because I was over the hustle and bustle. It seems like living in NYC and high stress levels go hand in hand, how do you deal with it? Are you in NYC for the long haul?
There is stress in every corner of the earth. The key is in finding the balance for you and recognizing to remind yourself that you need not absorb the negative energy around you.
For some people, not feeling the stress of an environment is literally to not be in it. I think that your decision to leave NYC after having lived here validates this point. You do not have to stay in your circumstances just to “prove” that you can overcome them.
However I do believe that in moments of stress, fear and uncertainty -- emotions we are faced with everyday no matter where we live or how successful we are -- we can release ourselves from the sickness associated with believing that reality. It does not have to be true because most of the time we are creating it for ourselves anyway. Exceptions are obviously conditions of terrible poverty, abuse and health hardships which are real situations with dire conditions.
But when stress is considered our boss yelling at us, nags from our significant other or sitting in rush hour traffic, the only reality in these moments truly is the peace we have ready to tap into at all times. We just have to habitually remind ourselves that it is there in order to feel it during stressful times.
One way I remind myself of my inner peace is by sharing personal affirmations for peace through social media, and also in answering these very questions! It reaffirms the true reality of my life by sharing what I know. In other words, a good teacher is also taught by his student because in teaching we are always learning, too.
While it’s not right for everyone, New York City carries an energy that is right for me at this stage in my life. I dreamed of moving here permanently after my first internship at a NYC-based magazine the summer of 2006. I hope that my six years in the city grow into 12, and 24, 48 and more!
7. I read that you are writing a book--I am so looking forward to it! What inspired you to decide to write it?
Every single person on this planet inspires me to write my e-book, which carries the working title of How Vintage Fashion & Thrift Store Shopping Make Us Better People.
The book highlights how the secondhand fashion industry empowers you to live your life in a positive and peaceful way. Through stories of gratitude, giving, growth and inner guidance, we can be vintage lovers and thrifters not just for the obvious reasons of achieving great fashion for less, but for the experience of self-discovery and connection to others thanks to what it teaches us about life.
The chapters are tentatively titled unity, celebration, awareness, gratitude, beauty, forgiveness, fearlessness and letting go. I’m so grateful for my inspiration and the many people supporting me on this new venture -- including you, Natasha! Thank you!
You can also find Sammy at her Youtube channel www.youtube.com/user/sammydavisvintage and on twitter @sammydvintage
I love Korean food!
When I'm having a bad day it makes me feel better and when I am having a good day, it's my cherry on top. Korean food is my comfort food, my meat and potatoes.
Of course, I can't remember every Korean recipe, so I either call my mom or visit www.maangchi.com.
Maangchi is the Rachel Ray of Korean food and I reference her website whenever I am cooking Korean at home. She makes videos and walks you along the whole process.
Recently, in the Bay Area, it has been pretty cold with lots of rainy days. It is the perfect weather for soup making and why not Korean soups instead of the good ol' tomato soup. Here are a few of the classics...
Soybean Sprout Soup, Kongnamulguk, 콩나물국
Kongnamulguk is an everyday Korean soup. It is super good, easy and simple, add a scoop of rice and eat it with kimchi on the side. (that is how I do it)
Seaplant Soup, Miyukguk, 미역국
My mom made this soup for me every year on my birthday. Traditionally, Miyukguk is made on birthdays and for women who have just given birth.
"Miyuk is known to be rich in iodine and calcium and considered as food that helps lower cholesterol in your body."
I would add a scoop of rice to this one too, kimchi on the side. :)
Kimchi Soup, Kimchi Jigae, 김치찌개
Kimchi Jigae is another classic soup, my mom would slices of hotdogs instead of pork belly. My sister and I would fight over who had more pieces of hotdogs in their soup, to make sure we were even.
Of course, add rice if you want... :)
I hope these soups will warm you up on a cold day or cheer you up when you need cheering up.
Here is a peek into one of my collections...
I love love love earrings!
I have lots of earrings. I have them on display in the bathroom next to the mirror. I hate having to dig for them in all different places, so this system works the best because while I'm getting ready I have all my choices right there in front of me.
Halmoni to display accessories on one of the doors in the store. I took how I display them at home and tailored it for the store. Check out one of my first blogs titled "DO YOU LOVE YOUR ACCESSORIES? D.I.Y. Display" for a new way to display your accessories.I did a D.I.Y. at
Collecting earrings is one of my obsessions and has been for a long time. Some earrings I've had for a decade, some are new additions. Earrings were my go to accessory when I cut all my hair off back in the day and my love for them has grown since then.
quirky, elegant, fun...so many things really!!!I think earrings can be
These giraffes are one of my favorites! The black half circles are handmade from yours truly :)
The smiley faces :) are from my boo! The wings and boots are new additions from my amiga, Lupe. The blue stripped dangly earrings and the pale blue triangles have been with me a long time...a decade plus!?!
Circles, squares and ice cream cones!!!
I collect anything with unicorns! (I will share them, I promise)
Brooches from friends and a freaking boombox!
Momma kitty, Mary and Metal!
I love all my earrings and hope my collection grows tremendously.
What do you collect????
"You ain't had that baby yet?!!" Someone said this to me the other day.
Why can't I just be big? Why can't I just have a belly without a baby in it?
We all have insecure moments but I love myself and am comfortable with my body size.
So I wanted to share my belly because I want to have a proud moment and not just suck it in... I am happy being a big girl...more to love!!! :0)