One of the Babes: Pink and Silver Fashion
We're stoked to have Kathy Pastora and her mobile fashion truck, Pink and Silver Fashion, at our June meet. Check out her answers to our babe questions here:
Q: What inspired you to start Pink and Silver Fashion?
A: I think one word sums up this question—FREEDOM. Fashion and interior design has always been a passion of mine. Growing up in LA with countless trendy boutiques and vintage shops and living in New York for four years, I was inspired to open a shop of my own. BUT if I was searching for freedom from a 45-minute commute and the 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. job schedule, I was not going to be able to get this in a traditional brick-and-mortar location. So, five years ago I came up with the idea of a mobile boutique after watching the boom of food trucks. I saved up every nickel and started to draw out basically a dream closet. Inspiration? Pictures of Carrie's closet in “Sex in the City.”
Q: Do you have any tidbits of advice for people with passion projects?
A: I am a strong believer that if you have a passion in life you need to go for it. Risk everything! “Do you want to be free or do you want to be safe?” Ironically, this is a quote from a children’s book that kept me motivated to save and pursue my passion.
Q: How do you stay inspired?
A: My inspiration comes in different ways—from photography, customers, fashion, yoga and meditation.
Q: What have been your favorite moments of creativity (possibly a time when a burst of creative energy produced something you could have never expected, etc.)?
A: Some of my most creative moments are always unexpected. I actually came up with the idea of a mobile boutique while I was sunbathing in Corpus Christi. I drew out on the sand the whole inside of the truck and the logo.
Q: What have been the most challenging moments in your fashion truck career thus far?
A: Finding places I can park my truck without being charged an arm and a leg has been the most challenging thus far.
Q: When you're discouraged, what do you run to or away from?
A: God, yoga and meditation always helps me when I’m discouraged. I always try thinking of the things that work in my business, positive thinking. For example, when customers send me pictures of their outfits, the relationship I build with them is encouraging.
Your favorite band: Spoon is my favorite band at the moment, and they happen to be from Austin, so gotta love ’em.
Also, I recently had the pleasure of photographing musician Storm Calysta and now I’m obsessed with her voice and music. You can listen to her song at www.stormcalysta.com
Your favorite book: "Wild" by Cherly Strayed
Your local Austin gem: Currently, I am in love with my body butter cream from Ritual. Lauren Suzanne makes this customized butter for her customers, and it makes you feel sexy and empowered. I recently discovered Tiny Taiga on East 11th Street.