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Emily Theobald in East Williamsburg

Where did you grow up?

Ronkonkoma, NY in the suburbs of Long Island.

What brought you to New York?

Well, I went to FIT after high school, dormed for a bit there in Midtown, moved back to LI after that, and then finally made my way back out here in the summer of 2011. This time in Brooklyn. I always knew I would live in the city. I grew up right outside of it. My dad always worked in it. I never really saw myself as being anywhere else but here. I always used to imagine living out my days in Manhattan, but since then, Brooklyn has become the real place to be if you’re a young creative. I quite like it here. Manhattan is too crowded for me now!

What do you do for a living?

I am a stylist working mainly with vintage clothing, usually from my own collection actually! I am a bit of a budding one as it turns out, finding my way about the business. Working on fun projects and look books with friends and making some valuable connection with photographers and designers who have a really great eye. I also write a personal style blog which I have been writing for almost four years now. I also work at Beacon’s Closet, a buy sell and trade second hand clothing store.

How did you get started?

Well, back in 2007 I joined a Flickr group called Wardrobe_Remix, a place for girls to post their daily outfits which were primarily focused on vintage and thrifted clothing. At that time I felt I was lacking close girlfriends that were into clothes the way I was. Not clothing for the sake of fashion, but for personal style and as an art form, a way to express yourself. I found all of that in W_R. I met some of my oldest blogging friends that way. The natural progression of it turned into fashion blogging, so I created my own in Jan of 2010. I always had an interest in being a stylist. I would model and style for photo shoots with friends a lot just for fun. So now I am really trying to make a go of it. I figure I dress myself well enough everyday, why not for editorials?

What’s your favorite thing about your neighborhood?

I currently live in East Williamsburg and I really do enjoy it. I pretty much just walk about 15-20 minutes in any direction and get to all the places I usually go to hang out. Living off the G and the L is super convenient, I’m really paying for the location. However, I am moving at the end of the month to Bed Stuy, I’m excited to get to explore a new neighborhood that hasn’t been totally gentrified yet.

What’s the last treasure you found?

Recently THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DRESS came into my job, a white lace early 1900′s Edwardian gown, something I could wear at my wedding one day or something. Straight out of the Titanic, Rose would have worn this baby right before taking it off for Leo.

If you were going to eat your last meal in New York, where and what would you eat?

I think I would go to Peter Luger’s and get the most expensive most delicious steak they have. I have never been there before cause it’s like a 100 bones for a meal, but growing up I always used to say my favorite food was steak, so it only seems fitting.

If you could have a sleepover with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be?

Can I pick all of The Beatles? How awesome would it be to have a great big slumber party with them and all their friends and just jam all night and meditate and take mind expanding drugs or something. I know I would really dig it.

If your life was a TV show, what would be the theme song?

Yikes! This is a hard one.. well I’m gonna have to pick one of my favorite karaoke songs then. These Boots Were Made For Walkin by Nancy Sinatra would probably have to be it. It’s short and sweet but full of sass!!

What does New York need that it doesn’t have now?

A great big beautiful mountain right in the middle of it all. We are really lacking in large natural objects here, too many sky scrapers!

Visit Emily’s blog It Girl, Rag Doll. Follow her on Tumblr and on Instagram and Twitter @emilyrosetheo

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