The very best sustainable influencers weave lifestyle inspiration with fabulous secondhand fashion looks. Cue Sally from @callmeflowerchild, who has this balance down to a tee. We just had to ask her a few questions for our ongoing influencer series.
Thank you so much for participating! Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Sally, and I’m a Mexican-Salvadoran born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I love and advocate for all things related to park access, more time outside, ethical and sustainable fashion, and changing what it means to be “outdoorsy.” You can find me sipping coffee at a cute coffee shop any time of the day, or trying to get better at cycling!
Your Instagram feed is perfect for tidbits of sustainability advice and examples. What inspired you to start it?
Ah, thank you so much! My journey on IG has been a long one. I’ve been on the platform since its start in 2012! It seems like only yesterday, but I’ve seen how much the space has grown into a platform where you can share vital information.
For a very long time on IG, we were fed or shown one narrative. We only saw one type of person represented. That’s what really made me want to share my voice and create a space that was welcoming. Where others could see themselves represented as well. Thanks to that, I was able to find community too, and I don’t know what I would do without that.
We love that you promote keeping a conscious closet. What is your best tip for someone deciding to start one?
I have 4 questions I ask when shopping for clothing that I think will help anyone:
Can I thrift it?
Depending on the budget I have, what is the best brand I can support those who care about the people and the planet?
Can I come up with 5 different outfits with this item in my closet?
Have I purchased this item before? Why don’t I still have it? Was it the color, size, or fabric?
What is the best secondhand fashion or decor piece that you’ve ever scored?
Having just moved into my own apartment for the first time ever, I’ve had soooo much fun thrifting home décor. My three favorite things are my pegboard that I painted blue, a red lamp, and a yellow bookshelf/case that I scored secondhand. I bought my red lamp 2 months before even finding a place because I knew it was a gem!
What can we expect to see more of on your Instagram feed in the future?
I definitely want to share more about my love for nature and the local parks that people can visit. I also really want to share more of my journey of getting into cycling, which comes with cute outfits!
Thank you, Sally, for taking the time to tell us more about @callmeflowerchild and your personal inspiration!
Follow Sally or Crossroads on Instagram for ongoing sustainable fashion ideas.