Tuesday, March 16, 2010

C is For Chic Interview #1: Rice and Beans Vintages

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Living in New York, you tend to find a lot of vintage store here or there. For a lot of people when they go to a vintage store they mainly seek out classic whether they be no designers or classic such as Chanel or Prada. Well, Sarah Korsiak Cellier does just that, sells classic, check this mini interview I did with this stylish Maine resident and onwer of the lovely riceandbeansvintage.com and see what makes her tick.

1) Where did the idea for riceandbeansvintage come from?
I have been a vintage & designer clothing dealer for the past 9 years. I decided to open Rice and Beans Vintage after my son was born as a way to harness all of my creative energy and love for fashion and still be able to spend as much time as possible with him.

2) Why the name rice and beans vintage? Is there a story behind the name?
The name Rice and Beans Vintage comes from the nickname Ms Rice and Beans, that my lover gave me many years ago when we first met. The name embodies the sass and fiery nature of myself...or so I'm told!

3) Was fashion something you were always interested in?
Yes, I have been a fashion lover for as long as I remember. No matter what phase I've gone through in life, fashion has always played a major role. My first vintage acquisition was at the age of 10 or so when I bought a vintage 50's crimson red crinoline from Screaming Mimi's in NYC because Cyndi Lauper shopped there!

4) What makes your online vintage store stand out among all the others?
Rice and Beans Vintage offers something for every fashion lover. I really try, and hopefully succeed at offering a diverse selection of high and low end pieces so that anyone can shop and not feel intimidated.

5) Besides some of the incredible designers that you sell, Fendi, Valentino and Chanel to name a few, what other designers would you love to get your hands on?
Ossie Clark, Halston, Alexander McQueen just to name a few.....

6) Describe the rice and beans vintage customer in four words?
Savvy, creative, diverse, fantastic!

7) How do you stay inform on the latest trends in fashion? Do you read blogs, fashion magazines, online fashion websites?
Staying on top of current trends is one of the best parts of my job! I get a plethora of fashion magazines that I pour through every month and I do have my favorite fashion blogs like The Coveted & Fashion Pulse but I don't read as many blogs as I'd like. I just am too busy!

8) What does style mean to you?

To me style is an outward expression of your mood, creativity, outlook on life, imagination...so many things. Someone's style offers you a glimpse into who they are or who they are at that moment anyway!

9) Do you have anyone, style wise, that inspires you?

Vanessa Paradis, Kate Moss, Sophia Loren, Meryl Streep, and Helena Christensen

10) What trends are you looking forward to for spring?
ohh...I've really gotten into the whole Military coat trend as well as the utilitarian pant with unusual sky high heels. I also love the neutral handbags in nubby organic materials.

11) What advice would you give someone who wants to start there own online vintage store?
Do what you love and everything else will follow.

Okay, rapid fire:
Heels or Flats?

Paris or New York?
New York

Vintage or designer?
Designer Vintage!

Summer, Spring or Winter?

Big bag or mini bag?
Big Bag

And as a add bonus I scouted the Rice and Beans Vintages site, looking for some must have items. First up:

New Arrivals:

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Designer: Chanel
Shoulder Strap: Drops 18 inches to the top of the bag
Material: lizard skin & leather
Why: Every girl dreams of having a classic piece by Chanel. And this is not an exception. This is pretty to wear through the day or evening.
How to Wear: Dress it down with a floral dress and denim jacket with flats, dress it up for evening with a sexy off the shoulders body con dress and some strapy gold heels

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Designer: Vintage Gucci
Why: They're prefect for the girl who isn't fussy about her jewerly and wants something simple and chic.
How To wear: To show off said earrings, wear hair up in a slightly messy ponytail, or down in soft wavy curls.

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Designer: Unknow. 60s vintages leopard coat
Why: Leopard is a girls best friends(besides diamonds of course)
How to wear: A LBD never goes out of style or mix it up by pairing it with a red dress.

Vintage Picks:

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Designer: Tommy Hilfiger, Tommy Jeans
Size: XS
Color: Grey
Why: A denim Jacket has been a classic staple piece to everyone wardrobe.
How to Wear: Pair it with a maxi dress and some platform black shoes from Jessica Simpson.

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Designer: Hot Line/Arlene Murry
Why: A LBD(Little Black Dress) is a must have, no its a rule that every women should follow.
How to Wear: It would go perfect with the Tommy Hilfiger Jacket and some wedges or a pair of red flats.

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Designer: Anthony Sicari
Why: Its a funky piece to have for those wild nights out.
How To wear: Pair with a body con skirt, hot pink would look nice with this look. And some black ankle booties.

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Designer: GUUCI
How to Wear: Pair with some grey skinnies and a military inspire coat.

Other Picks:

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Designer: Chanel

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Designer: Cole Haan

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Designer: Rock and Republic

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Designer: Ceiline

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Designer: Burberry

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Designer: Donna Karen

If you have any question feel free to email me at champagesinclair@ymail or if you have direct question for Sarah herself you can emailat: riceandbeansvintage@gmail.com Or call at: (207) 319-5851

I'll post links laters on into the week.

Post Credit: Rice and Beans vintages


  1. Nice post!

    Now a days lot of designs have arrived in to men & womens fashion style. But one of the key items every men & woman should have is a pair of jeans that flatters your figure and can be dressed up or down.


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