Have You Read The Penelope Times?
Both a vintage lover and fashion blogger, like us, you’re probably thinking what’s not to love about Penelope? Well, for this edition of Weekend Read we dive into the world of Penelope. Actually, her real name is Chanelle Laurence and she sells a rad selection of vintage duds over at Penelope’s Vintage and her blog The Penelope Times documents her savvy street style and playful antics. Come along as we meet the vintage and fashion maven.
How did you decide to start a blog? And where did the idea for its name come from?
It all started when I was 19 or 20, which was around 2006 or 2007, and I started a blog about my life (still there). At that time we were going out in LA all the time, we like to call them the “Cinespace days”, and there was much entertainment to be shared. In 2009 I started a online vintage clothing store called Penelope’s Vintage, transitioned my blog over to Tumblr and made the blog for my store + any sort of fashion news I enjoyed. This is where the name “The Penelope Times” comes in. Cut to last August, my blog did a 180 and I made it completely personal with a mix of outfit posts and anything that inspires me or that I find interesting. I’ve been at it ever since. I like to think of the name as my alter ego now.
Are you a full-time blogger or can you tell us about your 9-5?
I work for my pops for the funds and am a professional dancer as well. When I get home I blog and run my store. It’s crazy busy, but I love it.
Sum up your personal style in 5 words or less.
My take: modernly vintage with an inconsistant twist or from the help of my friends: innovative, cultured, thrifty, eclectic, and confident.
What is your perfect or ideal weekend like?
A little happy hour, a pool party with music and friends, hanging out with my boyfriend and doggies, some dancing and lots of going out to fabulous dinners.