My Style Maker Interview

This past weekend I was honored to be featured as a ‘Style Maker’ in our local paper, The Courier Journal. I had a chance to share some of my styling tips, a peek in to my home, and a few of my favorite vintage finds. Here’s my interview, along with a short video clip. [Side Note: Don’t you just hate the sound of your own voice? I sure do! I never thought my voice was so mousey and ‘Disney Princess Like’ until now. I promise, I am really not that girlie (says the girl in the adult tutu)…]

See for yourself, you can watch my video interview here:

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Age: 25

Hometown: New Albany

Career: co-owner of The Southern Soiree Vintage Rentals, social media manager at Dress & Dwell and blogger at

Adrian Minotti’s style is vintage with a twist.

Yes, she adores antique place settings and Old World Southern charm, but she also likes taking old pieces and making them seem new again.

A necklace might resemble one that could have belonged to her grandparents, but hers is neon pink.

Or a jean jacket might be a tried-and-true casual fashion staple, but she pairs it with a tulle skirt.

Minotti, co-owner of The Southern Soiree Vintage Rentals, opens up about her fashion passion and seeing older pieces with fresh eyes.

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Describe your style in three words:Vintage, eclectic and modern.

Style icons: Katharine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Doris Day and Freddie Mercury.

Signature accessories: Layered bracelets (aka my “arm party”), embroidered slipper flats and a statement necklace or a vintage scarf.

What are you buying this fall to update your look: I’m so in love with a good shift dress this season. They’re so nostalgic but current and trendy. There are so many atDress & Dwell that I’ve currently got my eye on!

Favorite fall trend: Oxblood/burgundy-colored nails and lips and of course “Great Gatsby”-inspired jewelry.

Favorite places to shop: Dress & Dwell and other local boutiques, vintage shops and consignment shops. My husband and I both work locally and therefore try to shop locally, although I sometimes can’t resist the temptations the mall has to offer. Auntie Anne’s pretzels are a longtime guilty pleasure of mine.

Favorite style tip: Don’t be afraid to mix color, pattern and texture. Layers are your friend! Add several different pieces to create a textured look. Matchy-matchy can leave your outfit looking dated and one-dimensional.

Item you’ll never part with: My vintage Italian leather riding boots. When I found those babies at a local consignment shop, the heavens parted, and I heard the trumpet call from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” It was glorious!

Go-to outfit: A fun cardigan, a chambray shirt, a statement necklace and a pair of colored jeans tucked into my boots.

Must-have beauty products in your makeup bag: The perfect red lipstick, gel eyeliner, Dove’s dry shampooHeadcandi’s hair ties (available at Dress & Dwell) and brow wax. This stuff is perfect for taming my pesky brows.

How often you shop for new clothes: Working in a boutique, I would say shopping never ends, but I try to hold out for solid timeless pieces to balance out my quirky vintage pieces. Otherwise it can go all “Blast From the Past” very quickly.

Favorite colors this season: Oxblood, emerald, Kelly green and a dusty cobalt blue.

Time it takes you to get dressed: I try to lay out my entire outfit the night before; otherwise it becomes a whirlwind of fabrics in the morning, where I frantically proclaim that “I have nothing to wear.” If I’m good and prepped, I can be out in 45 minutes tops!

What are the building blocks of your style: A good basic T-shirt (like J. Crew’s vintage fit) to layer upon, fun jewelry, a cardigan for warmth and stylish yet comfortable shoes.

What’s your style philosophy or motto: I tend to take risks in my personal life, and that comes across in my fashion sense. I am not afraid to make a statement in my style because that’s the way I live my life. I have this overwhelming drive to be true to myself and to live my life to its fullest. I feel like the best way to draw the world in is to be true to yourself, even if you’re the only one wearing a tulle skirt on the streets of your hometown.

What’s the biggest fashion or beauty risk you’ve ever taken: In the third grade, I wore my yellow rubber rain galoshes practically every day of the school year; I was always a bit of a style eccentric. I saw an old friend a while back, and he said, “Hey, remember when you wore those yellow rain boots every day? What was up with that?” One thing’s for sure: When you take risks, you sure do stand out!

Every woman should wear a (fill-in-the-blank) at least once in her life: Red lipstick and leopard print, even if you feel a little bit like Fran Drescher at first. Just embrace it!

What’s the biggest fashion faux pas a person can commit: To dress to fit in. Why would you want to disappear into the crowd when you were meant to stand out? We all possess such beauty within; why would we want to deflect from that? I see fashion just as an expression of who we are and an invitation for the public to approach us. Fashion’s a conversation starter. So many of my closest friendships began with the simple, “I just love your (fill in the blank).” Fashion is about connecting with the outer world through the expression of your innermost thoughts, convictions and passions. Fashion is beautiful.

My Five Fave’s:

interview 3“The right red is hard to find, and Dior’s Riviera Red has just the right amount of a coral hue without losing the classic ‘red lip’ look,” said Adrian Minotti. Sept. 9, 2013

interview 4Art deco inspired necklace in neon pink from Dilliard’s. “A statement necklace can bring almost any ensemble from blah to fab in ten seconds flat,” Adrian Minotti said. “This necklace adds a modern punch with its neon hue and keeps the look classic with its vintage inspired design.” Sept. 9, 2013

interview 6Vintage Joan and David Italian boots from Urban Attic. “I found these boots at one of my favorite local vintage and consignment shops, The Urban Attic,” Adrian Minotti said. “They were everything a slightly southern girl could ask for with their brass bit detailing and oxblood hue. It was love at first sight.” Sept. 9, 2013

interview 7A table setting with vintage English rose china. “I was raised by a momma who truly embodies southern hospitality,” Adrian Minotti said. “We were always hosting dinner parties and holiday gatherings with an open and welcoming feel you can only find here in the South. This year we decided to launch the Southern Soiree and share a little bit of that vintage southern charm with the public. We rent and stage events with a vintage flair, and we just love a good party!” Sept. 9, 2013

interview 8Vintage milk glass vase. “I began collecting milk glass and Depression-era glass a little while back, and this little hobnail vase has become one of my favorite pieces,” Adrian Minotti said. “I can add a few flowers from my garden and place it on top of one of my coffee table books to create a simple, fresh and bright vignette.” Sept. 9, 2013

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Reporter Emily Hagedorn can be reached at (502) 582-4621 and on Twitter @CJ_EHagedorn.