interview: Ringo, have a banana!

Lately i've been mailing with Siri from Ringo, have a banana! and we came up with the idea to do an interview. She's great and her blog is very inspiring and you should totally check her out here! so if you've got a spare 3 minutes, read this and get inspired by Siri and Ringo!

- Why should Ringo have a banana?
Hahaha, that is a great question that no one has ever asked me. The line itself is actually a quote from some banter on the Beatles' album "Live at the BBC". I was completely obsessed with the Beatles when I was a kid, and my friends and I used to sit around the kitchen table playing cards and listening to Rubber Soul on repeat. So in answer to your question, Ringo should have a banana because John told him to (and Johnny knows best!)

- Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and where you live?
Certainly! At the moment, I'm 25 and I live in Brooklyn, NY. I moved to New York almost four years ago to finish up school, which I finally managed about a year ago. Since then, I've been working freelance as a journalist and a stylist's assistant, which continues to be a tough and unpredictable way to try and make a living. Before moving east, I grew up in the San Juan Islands of Washington State, and later moved to California to start my education at UCSC. I will always, always be a West Coast girl at heart, and it constantly pains me that I'm not able to get home to visit more often. That said, I am very glad that I moved to New York when I did. I know it was the right decision at the time, but honestly I do find myself feeling a bit restless and morose here. I keep myself distracted by going to the farmer's market, taking photos with my old Canon SLR, trying out the amazing restaurants that are always popping up, watching amazing old movies at Film Forum and, of course, reading copious amounts of blogs.

-When and how did you get involved with the fashion scene?
I started my blog about four years ago now. I was living and working in Santa Cruz, CA, having dropped out of school for the time being. Everyone around me was busy going to school, and I began feeling very isolated and lonely. I started posting to groups like wardrobe_remix on Flickr and newestwrinkle on LiveJournal, which is where I got to know many of the ladies who now run some of my favorite blogs, and which is what lead me to start my own blog. Otherwise, my very first article was published in print in BUST Magazine back in the beginning of 2008. I will always be endlessly grateful to editor Lisa Butterworth for believing in me and giving me my break!
Siri's fantasy shopping list from La Garconne
-If you had to describe your style in 5 words, what would they be?
Simple, casual, comfortable, thoughtful and frugal.

-Who are your favourite designers?
I'm always excited to see what Hannah MacGibbon and Stella McCartney have dreamed up each season. I also really admire Shabd Simon-Alexander and the designers behind Upstate, the dying processes they use to create their fabrics fascinate me.

Shabd s/s 11

- What are your summer must-haves?
Jean shorts! The first day of the year I get to wear my cut-offs outside, all day, is my favorite day of the year. Also this summer I expect to be wearing a lot of slightly cropped cotton tees and tanks by American Apparel and Leah Goren, and simple leather sandals--the fewer straps and less fuss, the better. I'm also still searching for the perfect straw hat that doesn't make me look, or feel, like a fool!

- If you had half a hour to shop for free, in which store would it be?
Ack that is hard! If it could be an online store, definitely LaGarconne.com. Otherwise maybe the No.6 store in Nolita, or Junk in Williamsburg so I could finally have all the old overpriced furniture I've ever wanted!

- Wich blogs do you follow? And do you read any magazines?
I follow quite a lot of blogs. Just a few of my favorites at the moment:
Fieldguided, Miss Moss, Youthquakers, Cat Party, So Much to Tell You, Capture the Castle, Tomboy Style.
My favorite magazines include RUSSH, The Gentlewoman, Apartamento, The World of Interiors, and Saveur.

- What inspires you?
Movies have always been a huge inspiration--in fact, my college degree is in Film Studies. I often find myself favoring movies that look great, especially older ones that have those certain soft, warm tones and great outfits over those with great plots, which is terribly embarrassing for a film student haha. Of course, if a movie happens to blend both those traits then it's a great find! Two of my recent favorites are David Lean's "Summertime" and Louis Malle's "Murmur of the Heart". I also love the streetstyle shots on Street Peeper--photographer Phil Oh definitely knows my taste!

- What can't you live without?
Chocolate. It's so cliche but it's true. Every time I tell myself I'm cutting out sugar or some crap, I make it maybe a week and then completely fall off the wagon and eat an entire bar of dark chocolate with almonds and sea salt (my fave!) in one sitting. Also, fresh flowers. Well, maybe I could, but I wouldn't want to.

- What's on your iPod / bookshelf / DVD-player at the moment?
iPod: I've actually been listening to the radio on iTunes a lot lately. My favorite stations are "Hindi Desi Bollywood Evergreen" (classic Bollywood tunes and ragas), KLUV Oldies (the greatest hits from 1955-1964 ONLY) and the CBC.
Bookshelf: I've just finished reading "Norwegian Wood" by Murakami. It took me a while to get into it, but once I did I was completely hooked. I hated the very end though--well, really, just the last paragraph!
DVD player: I've been watching a lot of period pieces lately, like Merchant-Ivory's "Howard's End" and Gillian Armstrong's "My Brilliant Career".

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  1. Siri is and will forever be one of my favorite bloggers. She's not one for silly trends or boring sponsorships or any of that stuff that the newer bloggers fall for. She smart, clever, and she just always looks great! Obviously I loved the interview. Haha.

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  3. yes, yes, yes. to everything. Norwegian Wood is one of my favorite Murakami's despite the ending (licking wrinkles on an old lady,anyone!? sorry, i'm a spoiler) as is sea salt and almond chocolate. i'd say she's da bomb, no questions asked.