This week on the blog, we thought we'd do a Q&A with one of our Oakville Store Managers to share a little bit more about us, how we discovered V.O.C., and more! So here you have it, 25 questions with Amanda! In this post, we're giving you the scoop on Amanda where she answers everything from her first job to her guilty pleasure!
We hope you enjoy it! XO.
1. Where are you from and what's your role here at the store? How did you hear about VOC?
I'm from Oakville and have always shopped at V.O.C. I started shopping here when the store first opened in Oakville about 7 years ago.
2. What was your first job?
My first job was at a consignment store here in Oakville. I was 15 and in grade 9 when I got the job and worked there on and off for 6 years. It was such a fun place to work. I have always loved clothes and to work in an upscale consignment store, I was exposed to some of the coolest pieces and I learned a ton about different brands, the quality of certain clothes and gained an appreciation for well-made clothing. Not to mention all the vintage finds were amazing!
3. Where and what did you study at school?
I went to Carleton University in Ottawa. I studied Communications with a specialization in Media and Identity. It was such an interesting program because it was pretty broad you really got to pick the areas of Communications that particularly interested you. Ottawa was also a great city to live in for 4 years.
4. If you could do any job in the world what would it be?
I have always loved fashion since I was a child. I have always been obsessed with clothes from a young age, always planning outfits and dressing up in different outfits. When I was younger I always wanted to be involved in fashion somehow, however I do remember going through a phase where I wanted to be a teacher for the longest time.
5. Are you a morning person or night owl?
Probably not really either! I'm not one to stay up super late but I'm not one to sleep in super late either or wake up really early. I guess I'm kind of in the middle!
6. Dog or cat person?
Dog person, 100%. To be honest, cats kind of scare me!
7. Go to meal or favourite type of food?
That would be a toss up between Mexican and Italian. I would eat either everyday if I could.
8. What is your pet peeve?
When people chew really loudly or cut you off when you're talking. Both drive me crazy!
9. What is your guilty pleasure?
That is an easy question! Reality TV, 100%. Keeping Up With The Kardashians to be specific. I don't think I have ever missed an episode - probably shouldn't be saying that proudly haha!
10. What is the best purchase you ever made?
Thats a tough one! However, I would have to say, all things considered, my UGG slippers are one of the best things I've ever bought. They literally are the coziest slippers ever and I wear them all the time when I'm home.
11. If you could buy anything right now what would it be?
Probably this black leather Erin Templeton tote bag that I've been eying for a while!
12. One style/trend you love and want to try?
I wish I could pull off overalls! I absolutely love the look of them. I've been wanting these Levi overalls for the Fall but I don't think I can pull off the look!
13. What are your favourite brands at the store?
My top three favourite brands that we carry at the store would have to be Amuse, Rails and Bella Dahl. I can't resist buying at least one item from each brand when we get new arrivals in the store!
14. What is a trend you're excited for most this Fall/Holiday season?
I am loving the cropped slightly flared jeans with ankle booties. It kind of has a vintage vibe to it, which I love! I am also loving anything camel coloured for fall... or slip on loafers! So cute.
15. Your top two style icons?
I absolutely love anything that Sienna Miller wears, she always looks so cool and chic! I also love anything model Elyse Taylor wears and also blogger Emma Hill from London. I love how each of their style is simple yet cool. They all add vintage or boho accents to their outfits, which I love!
16. Trend or trends you hate?
I hate acid wash jeans! I also don't really know if this was ever a trend but I really don't like long sleeve tops under short sleeve tops. I just don't understand it!
17. What is one trend you wish that you never wore?
That is such an easy question! Corduroy bell bottom pants. What was I thinking?!
18. What can't you leave the house without?
Vaseline lip gloss/lip chap, always! I would rather leave my phone at home than leave the house without lip chap.
19. What are your favourite beauty products?
I literally have been using the same skin care and makeup for like the past 6 years. I always use the Aveeno Moisturizer that has SPF 15 in it!I use it morning and night. I find it so moisturizing without it being heavy and leaving your skin oily. I also love and have been using these products for forever, Lancome concealer and the dual finish powder. They are my staple items I use everyday. I don't like thick makeup and I find the Lancome powder is perfect and light along with the concealer.
20. What is your go to drink?
Moscow mule - especially in the summer! I think one of the best places that serves Moscow mules believe it or not is Earls! They are always so good from there! This drink has a little kick and is very refreshing. If you like anything ginger flavoured you will love this drink!
21. What is your favourite restaurant?
I don't have one particular restaurant that I love, I have a few! However one place that stands out in my mind for having some of the best food is the Italian restaurant La Pentola that is part of the boutique hotel Opus in Vancouver. They have amazing homemade fresh pasta! One of my favourites, for sure!
22. When you aren't working, how do you spend your free time?
I like spending time with friends and family. Its always fun going into Toronto for a night out or out for dinner. I love just chilling out and relaxing when not working. A night in involving sweats and Netflix is my idea of relaxation. Also, a face mask and a bath are a perfect combination. It sounds weird but I also find working out not necessarily relaxing haha but a great way to de-stress!
23. What are your top 2 favourite TV shows?
This is a tricky question as well! However, I love Entourage and Big Little Lies. HBO always has the best shows!
24. What is your favourite workout?
It's hard to find a workout you actually like and that doesn't make feeling like working out such a daunting chore. I started doing kickboxing at Big Hit studios about a year ago. I'm addicted now, it's such a fun and intense workout. The classes always go by so fast! I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has trouble finding a workout that they don't get bored of.
25. What is your dream vacation?
I have always wanted to go to a ranch in Montana. I've researched some amazing ranches in the mountains where you stay in cabins, ride horses, enjoy the outdoors and have bonfires at night. That sounds like so much fun and different from a typical vacation!