Meet Mandy of Miss Indie

This month, we're thrilled to introduce you to Mandy of Miss Indie. Our latest Blogger of the Moment epitomizes the ModCloth girl with her oh-so-retro looks and dynamo crafting skills, and we can’t wait for you to meet her. Read on to learn about her fave blogs, what she’s listening to right now, and which movies she’d love to live on the set of. Oh, and don’t forget to check out her vintage-inspired namesake dress and ModCloth love list!

What blogs do you read for inspiration?
Some of my favorite blogs are Scathingly Brilliant, The Perfect Pear, Ghosts Waltz, Knitxcore, Cheeky Cheeky, and Blythe Ponytail Parades. I go crazy over a blog that is well-designed and has a clearly defined style. You can check out the Daily Reads section of my blog for more of my favorite reads. It’s constantly being updated because I love making new blog friends.

If you could live on the set of a movie, what would it be and why?
This is such a fun question! I would love to live in a ’50s [or] ’60s beach movie like Where The Boys Are, Gidget, or Beach Blanket Bingo. The ’50s and ’60s are my absolute favorite decades… I adore the fashion and style from that time, and it’s always been a little dream of mine to road trip to the beach with my girlfriends for the summer and fall for a cute surfer boy (all while singing, dancing, and wearing a super cute swimsuit, of course).

What music is inspiring you right now?
“Golden Sea” by Sea Lion, Some Nights by Fun., and anything by The Decemberists. During this season I tend to listen to a lot of The Decemberists and Death Cab For Cutie. Their music just has such a cozy sound to it and helps get me into a creative mindset.

As a big crafter, what project are you most proud of?
The project I’m most proud of was owning a successful handmade accessories shop for two years. I crocheted beanies, scarves, cowls, gloves, bags, and more and sold them on Etsy from 2008 to 2010. In 2010, I decided to focus on my blog and promote a handmade lifestyle, so I moved my shop to a smaller venue for the time being.

I’m currently working on a small jewelry collection (my latest creative passion) and I plan on sharing peeks of the creative process soon!

You grew up in Vegas, but currently call Springfield, Missouri home – what brought you there, and what do you love most about the city?
When I was in seventh grade, my family and I moved to Springfield so my parents could expand their business. I absolutely adore my city! It’s so cute, with a wonderful creative community and fun shops and flea markets to explore. Downtown Springfield and the Commercial Street area are my favorite places to hang out. So much coffee and shopping!

Do you blog full-time? When you’re not blogging how do you spend your free time?
I do blog full-time, as well as working for my family’s business full-time. If I’m not working on my blog, I’m constantly thinking about it – what posts I should plan next, coming up with fun new DIYs, how to style my next outfit, etc. A lot of people think that working from home is so much easier, but let me tell you, it’s not.

When you work for yourself, you never truly get to leave your job for the day. It can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you think being an entrepreneur will be easy. I wouldn’t have it any other way though. I live for the rush and creative freedom that being my own boss allows.

When I’m not blogging, I love grabbing coffee from a local coffee shop, going to the movies, reading (I’m obsessed with Chuck Palahniuk right now), visiting flea markets, and working on whatever creative hobby I’m loving at the moment.

We love how Mandy styled her namesake dress in pastel hues. In a perfect pairing, Mandy matched her dress with: the Charter School Cardigan in Ivory, Sweet Spectator Heel in Melon, Mint for Me Ring, theBalm Precisely! Liquid Eyeliner, Just Called to Say Hibiscus Bag, and The Pearl I Love Headband. Where would you wear the Miss Indie Dress?

About Turi

When Turi isn’t blogging, you can find her nose behind a book. But reading isn’t her only pastime. She loves running (cue jogging stroller), taste-testing pizza and burgers, and working on the next great American novel. Her latest homage to all things literary? Her son is named after writer Dashiell Hammett. How apropos.

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  1. blytheponytailparades 10/17/2012 at 1:28 pm #

    You’re too cute Mandy! Thanks for including my blog 🙂

  2. Mary 10/17/2012 at 1:45 pm #

    Very cool! I really love Mandy’s blog and love her namesake dress. Too cute.

  3. Ruzu 10/17/2012 at 1:50 pm #

    I love her blog, she is a sweet girl 😀

  4. Janet (ModCloth) 10/17/2012 at 3:03 pm #

    Super cute! Mandy, your namesake dress (and everything else) looks stunning on you!

  5. Danielle 10/17/2012 at 6:42 pm #

    Awesome, yay for Mandy! She’s such a cute, sweet, creative gal… totally love her namesake dress and how she styled it with everything else, it looks like a sherbet dream! And I’m honored to be on that Daily Reads list! 🙂

  6. Desiree 10/17/2012 at 9:56 pm #

    You are too cute and I LOVE your sense of style! Keep up the good work and keep having fun : )

  7. Nicole Gavaldon 10/18/2012 at 1:04 am #

    Yay Mandy!!! I love her blog! I’m so happy for her 😀

  8. carly 10/19/2012 at 3:46 pm #

    Mandy is adorable and runs an amazing blog. So glad to see that she is the blogger of the moment…and what a cuuuute dress!

  9. Sarah 10/20/2012 at 9:56 am #

    Congrats Mandy! You deserve it lady 🙂


  10. Chris Ciolli (@ChrisCiolli) 10/20/2012 at 2:00 pm #

    Congrats Mandie! Your style is very cute and creative.

  11. Andrea 10/20/2012 at 2:51 pm #

    Many’s sense of style is timeless and fresh at the same time. I never knew blogging could be so fun and informative. Keep smiling Mandy you are an inspiration. :}

  12. Kristen 10/20/2012 at 8:27 pm #

    You have the most adorable style! I can’t wait to dive in to your blog!

  13. Viv 10/21/2012 at 3:40 pm #

    Mandy is so adorable!!! Great feature Modcloth!

  14. Alicia Anastasi 10/21/2012 at 5:31 pm #

    Beautiful Mandy you are super cute and a great stylist to boot- From a fan in Australia xox

  15. chrissypadilla 10/22/2012 at 4:00 pm #

    Oh my gosh. She’s so freaking adorable and now I want to copy all of her outfits…

  16. clapyourhandssaymera 10/23/2012 at 12:03 pm #

    she is utterly fabulous!

  17. karen 10/23/2012 at 11:26 pm #

    what size does she wear? because i want to know if i should get the same size when i order from modcloth too

  18. Robert Thomas Dulaney III 10/25/2012 at 11:21 am #

    she deserves it! adorrrrre her!

  19. Cupcake Rex 10/26/2012 at 9:28 am #

    Thank you for posting about Miss Mandy. I am looking forward to getting into her blog, a quick skim showed so may cute ideas and outfits.
    I am planning on ordering this dress for a wedding in November, I was going for the whole outfit but I’ll have to find an alternative shoe (the curse of large feet).

  20. Kristian 11/03/2012 at 7:02 am #

    You are adorable- checking out both your blog and the ones you mentioned.

  21. Mari 11/05/2012 at 5:43 pm #

    I wish there were pictures of her in her namesake dress! She’s a cutie.

  22. Jennifer Iahn 05/17/2013 at 12:28 pm #

    You are to cute! Love your style! You can rock it!

  23. theamaybe 09/08/2014 at 8:23 pm #

    Do a quick Google search of this person. Interesting. Looks like she ripped off not one but multitudes of independent artists as well as some of her own customers. The reading list is deep. Very very deep.

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