Lost Girls VintageSarah Azzouzi and Kyla Embrey
We love the exuberant spirits of Kyla Embrey and Sarah Azzouzi of Lost Girls Vintage. LGV tours the country in their old school, orange Dodge Sportman RV—affectionately named Winnie and complete with chevrons!—bringing the best vintage clothing to various markets and bazaars. They met during a heated game of Farkle at Vintage Heaven in Wicker Park, and after Sarah divulged the game’s strategy of “no risk, no reward” they became inseparable. Their approach to LGV is all about being fearless and stylish—something we preach at G&F. Since trends always manifest as a reinterpretation of the past, their vintage finds are serious statement pieces that can instantly upgrade your wardrobe staples. Kyla and Sarah dish on beauty essentials (coconut oil is their savior!), their favorite city for vintage, style icons and what they’re wearing this spring. Read on to see how these lovely ladies are all about looking and feeling great from the inside out and having some serious fun while doing it.
KYLA’S BEAUTY MUST-HAVES>> scent: DIOR J’ADORE DIOR // skin: AVEDA ALL-SENSITIVE MOISTURIZER // mascara: ALMAY ONE COAT THICKENING // lips: MAYBELLINE SUPER STAY GLOSS in FRESH FUSCHIA // nails: OPI ARE WE THERE YET // new beauty obsession: PLANT NANNY APP
SARAH’S BEAUTY MUST-HAVES>> concealer: BENEFIT FAKEUP // mascara: L’OREAL VOLUMINOUS BUTTERFLY // lips: MAC GIRL ABOUT TOWN and FANFARE // nails: OPI MY PAPRIKA IS HOTTER THAN YOURS // new beauty obsession: L’OREAL 24-HOUR GEL LINER // scent: CHANEL CHANCE
Spring is (finally!) springing. What are your must-haves?
Kyla: I can’t get enough of exaggerated floral prints! And I’ve always been a fan of mixing patterns and colors—just ask my mom about the outfits I picked for myself at age 5 or 6! My Spring uniform is going to be high-waisted, floral print, silky, maxi skirts with cropped tops. I’m on the hunt for the perfect pair of low-heeled chunky sandals.
Sarah: Crop tops and bralettes are #1 on my list, as well as a good pair of chunky thick strapped sandals. I’m also on the hunt for a good fringe kimono. I’ve yet to find the perfect one.
Winnie is turning into quite a celebrity—tell us about her.
Kyla: She’s a 1976 Dodge Sportsman RV. We totally gutted her, did a custom build out, and gave her a new paint job. I can’t even tell you how many people try to buy her from us on a regular basis! Originally we called her “Wendy” in keeping with the Peter Pan reference of Lost Girls and the idea of being forever young. But it just felt forced and not quite right. One day, Sarah called her “Winnie” on accident and we both looked at her and knew that was it.
Any funny stories from road trippin’ with Winnie?
Sarah: Where do we start?! We once paid for mechanic help in tacos—and that’s not a euphemism! We paid another mechanic in purses, too.
Spill your guts. Since you’ve been all over the country—what are your favorite city’s to scout vintage goods?
Sarah: We love looking for vintage wherever we go, but I think we had the most luck in Austin. We found the most amazing leather bags and boots and even a 1960s Pucci dress in perfect condition!
Kyla: There are a few pieces that are too cool for me to give up, such as a 1970’s Kimono dress I bought last year or my 1970’s leather fringe vest that some how perfectly pairs with everything in my summer wardrobe.
And is it ever hard to give up the perfect find?
Kyla: I will say it’s a huge perk to have such a massive collection to pull from when we have nothing to wear! The only things I would never part with have sentimental value to me, like my great grandmother’s turquoise jewelry that I inherited.
And we have to guess that she is one of your Style Muses—who else?
Kyla: She was my total kindred spirit and my style icon. She wasn’t super frou-frou, but she always looked beautiful and was never without a smile and some sort of statement piece. I think she used her style as a means to start conversations and connect with people. I loved that about her!
Sarah: Diana Ross in the 70’s was killing it. Oversized necklaces with free bohemian style dress and statement headpieces. I also love how bold Carmen Miranda was with color, accessories, and make up. Lastly: Kelly Kapowski, the ultimate 90’s babe. Crop tops, off the shoulder tops, high waisted skirts, big hair: perfect summer look.
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