Fashion Blogger Trades New York for Las Vegas

A vintage head-to-toe look from the Glam Factory, Las Vegas: mink-trimmed wrap dress, hat, earrings, gloves, purse and Christian Louboutin shoes. | Photo by Jon Estrada

A vintage head-to-toe look from the Glam Factory, Las Vegas: mink-trimmed wrap dress, hat, earrings, gloves, purse and Christian Louboutin shoes. | Photo by Jon Estrada

Who: Jasmin Rodriguez

What: Executive buyer and fashion blogger

Your blog, VintageVandalizm.com, has about 30,000 followers. Why does it resonate with so many people?

Realness. I like to tap into all styles and mix them. In fashion today, people are afraid to take risks because they don’t want to be labeled, but I don’t care. People admire that.

Why did you start blogging?

I started in 2000, and began taking it seriously in 2008. I wanted to showcase how creative I can be with fashion. Also, I never had good influences outside of my mother. I wanted to offer a place for people who felt like the underdog.

What inspired you?

I grew up in Queens, and spent a lot of time between Queens and Brooklyn. There’s so much culture and fashion in New York. I was in fashion school; I was an artist. I wanted to draw and do comics at the time.

You relocated to Las Vegas a little more than a year ago. Why make the move?

I lived in the Bronx for a year and was working like five different jobs. I felt very overwhelmed in New York. … I was ready to take a risk, and Las Vegas was a wild card. I got an opportunity to work for a retro company, and it felt like the right thing to do.



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