Meet our favorite vintage goddesses, Emily and Lucy
Emily, the namesake of now her and her sister's blog, OHEMV, began as a fashion journalist interning for magazines and online shops. But after falling in love with the marketing and promotional side of the industry, she shifted to fashion merchandising. Since, she's done free-lance social media management, managed Black Flag's North American tour (amazing right?!), started a skate company with her family, sold vintage clothing/home goods online, and, of course, kept up the blog with her sister, Lucy!
Lucy is a professional and competitive dancer. She just won Best Teen Dancer at The Dance Awards and was also a featured dancer in a musical number on Dancing With The Stars this past fall. She trains at Elevation Studios in Signal Hill and is very dedicated to her art.
So, tell us a little bit about what you two do! Pros/cons of the work you're involved in?
Emily: Between the two of us, life is pretty crazy. We own and operate a skateboard company called Street Plant with our parents. The entire business is ran out of our home/garage and we have no employees outside of our family. We also have a vintage fashion blog called OHEMV and this is our fifth year blogging. I work at an amazing antique shop called Magnolia and Willow a few times a week because I absolutely love being around old things. I have learned so much and working there has inspired me, as well as my mom and Lucy to start our own online shop. We very recently started our online shop and we are so excited to sell our stuff this weekend!
I don't believe there are any cons to anything we do because we are pursuing our passions with our family's support. We just wish there were more hours in the day!
Do you remember the first/favorite vintage piece you ever owned?
Emily: I didn't really start getting into vintage clothing till I was in high school. When I was younger I loved antiques due to my mom's influence. My first vintage/antique piece was a white shabby chic desk in my bedroom. Currently, my favorite vintage piece in my collection is a 1960's blue lucite bag. I also have a love affair with all of my late 60's/early 70's floral mini dresses.
Lucy: I do remember my first vintage item! It was a red and black checkered dress from a vintage shop in LA that I got when I was 8 years old. I remember wearing it to VGA (Video Game Awards on Spike TV) because my dad was in a segment for a popular movie he was in at the time. I even got a photo with Jack Black in my dress! I'm currently obsessed with my 1980's Britannia bell-bottom jeans. I got them from Milk Teeths Vintage (an awesome online vintage shop) for a photo-shoot I did with Casey Liu, who is also a Long Beach local!
If you aren't working, what can we find you doing in your spare time?
Emily: In my free time I try to absorb as much knowledge and inspiration as possible. I love learning about history by visiting antique/vintage shops, watching classic films, listening to music, and reading. I'm very interested in costume design and I'm obsessed with the imagery in Mad Men, American Horror Story, and movies like Blue Hawaii, Sweeney Todd and even animated movies such as Coraline. My biggest woman crush is Nancy Drew and my favorite record in my collection is Buddy Holly's Greatest Hits. I also spend ample amounts of time watching YouTubers such as Zoella, Scarlett Turner, Anastajia, and Crash Course. I read too many blogs to name, but my friends Jenny from She Loves Dresses and Nora from Nora Finds are exceptionally talented.
Lucy: In my spare time I blog, make videos for my YouTube channel, and shop. I dance around 5-7 hours everyday so that usually takes up all of my time. I'm also homeschooled and going into my freshman year of high school so that clears up a lot of time for me to focus on what I love: blogging and dance. Most of the time it can get really hectic between dance competitions, classes, auditions, school, the blog, etc. But with the help of my sister Emily and my mom, everything gets done.
What is your favorite thing about Long Beach/ some local spots we should check out?
Emily: My favorite thing about Long Beach is the plethora of creativity. I know so many amazing creators, visionaries, and talented diy business owners. Some of my favorite local shopping spots are Ay Que Vintage, The Vintage Emporium, Magnolia and Willow, Fingerprints, and of course Make Collectives. My favorite restaurants are Panxa on Broadway and Kihon on 2nd St. My favorite place in all of Long Beach is Rancho Los Cerritos.
Lucy: The list of reasons I love supporting Long Beach and the small shops in this city can go on and on. One of my favorite things about shopping small is that everything you buy is authentic and unique. For example, you could walk into Target and buy you're average Glade candle and keep on shopping from corporate companies, or you could go to a small shop and buy a candle that was handmade with love, and support the smaller businesses that deserve recognition. Shopping small is also so eco-friendly. Everything is usually made from recycled materials, 100% organic foods, and no animal testing, which is exactly the way it should be!
Photography By Casey Liu
We are having a very special event this coming Saturday where you can meet the girls in person! Check out our events page for more info!
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