January 18, 2022 Q & A with Barbara of @Barbara.Goes.Wear
We pay attention when you tag your #crossroadsfinds on Instagram, and it’s how we first noticed Barbara of @barbara.goes.wear and her SoCal style.
We were so lucky to connect with her recently for a little Q&A. Keep reading to learn more about her and her IG accounts.
Thanks for joining us for a little Q&A! Tell us a little about yourself and your IG account @barbara.goes.wear.
My name is Barbara, and I’m a Mexican content creator living in a small town in California. In addition to sharing my love of coffee shops and overpriced lattes on Instagram (damn those iced oat milk lattes for being so good!), I also enjoy using my small space on the internet to share fragments of my life that make me happy and connect with incredibly cool people whom I’d never have the guts to befriend in real life (shy introverted extrovert life problems). I used to put so much pressure on myself with my IG account to make sure everything was “aesthetically pleasing.” However, I’ve slowly learned to let go of the idea of made-up perfection. Instead, I now use it as a way to have fun, show up as authentically as I possibly can, and as a tool to support others!
We noticed you’re a Crossroads shopper! How did you hear about Crossroads? What has been your favorite #crossroadsfinds?
There’s actually a Crossroads location in the downtown area of where I live, so one day I wandered in with my sisters and we immediately fell in love with the concept of the store. Throughout the years I’ve found so many amazing pieces (which make this question hard to answer), but I think my favorite has to be a pair of Levi jeans some time ago, which I wore until they could no longer be worn!
In general, how do you describe your style?
I’ve come to accept the fact that I don’t really have a particular style. I love going with the flow and changing it up depending on my mood, what shows I’m watching, and whatever is going on in my life. Sometimes I feel like putting together looks that are inspired by French street style, other times I wear outfits that look like they could be worn by a toddler, but there are also days when I just throw on a good old monochromatic look. I think it’s really fun to try out different styles and combinations until you find ones that make you feel the most YOU that day.
Your YouTube video about a road trip to Solvang just weeks before the pandemic started is crazy to watch because it really shows how innocent we all were to what was about to happen. Did the pandemic change any big plans you had for 2020-2021? Any pandemic lessons learned along the way?
Yeah, rewatching those videos is crazy to me now because it really feels like it happened a completely different life ago! The pandemic definitely changed my life and some of the plans I had. Not only did I lose one of my main jobs, but like other students, I wasn’t able to have a traditional graduation ceremony after completing my B.A. and celebrate that with my family. One of the biggest “pandemic lessons” I learned though was to see the value of life in the present moment, not to mention it really made me aware of all the ways that I wasn’t showing up for myself or the people in my life.
Tell us what you’re up to over at @ahappymush!
A Happy Mush is my fun project turned into my fun small business. I started making beaded rings as a way to distract me from the stress that school and the pandemic were creating in my life, but it turned into something more than just a distraction. It makes me so happy to use my creativity to make fun accessories like jewelry and even hair accessories that not only I enjoy, but others as well!
Thank you so much, Barbara, for telling us more about yourself and sharing your great style on Instagram! We’ll continue to follow along at @barbara.goes.wear.