Meet Our Lender, Amy Chan!

Hey Style Lend girls, allow us to introduce you to Amy, our featured lender of the month! Amy is a super stylish marketing officer by day and a Carrie Bradshaw-esque relationship columnist by night (check out her website here).  Be sure to check out all of Amy’s fabulous items for rent on Style Lend

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When did you start renting/lending from Style Lend and why?

I started renting and lending on Style Lend because it’s the perfect solution for the woman who’s always out and about at events and functions. I can feel fabulous in a new dress for each event without breaking the bank and harming the environment. I can access brands that would normally cost too much to own. And with lending my items, instead of having my accessories collect dust, I can earn money without any hassle.

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Shopping habits (do you shop online, flash sales, in person, etc.)

I enjoy both shopping online and in person. I love shopping for other people.

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Favorite brands/designers and why?

I adore Club Monaco because the stores are so pretty and I feel happy every time I walk in. I splurge on accessories and shop at stores like Aritzia, Rag and Bone and Zara for clothes. You can usually find me in my Nike Sky High Dunks in the day, and then a pair of heels at night. I’m known to mix my sneakers with dresses.

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What are your favorite things to do in NY?

Having a coffee with great company or reading/writing in a cafe is my favorite thing to do. I love to bike around the city, host dinner parties, play ping pong and hang out at SPiN, dance and I’m also obsessed with book stores and psychics.

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Can you tell us a little blurb about your background, job, and how long you’ve lived here?

By day, I’m the Chief Marketing Officer of SPiN, a ping pong social club that was co-founded by Susan Sarandon seven years ago. By night, I am a relationship columnist.  I have an online magazine http://www.JustMyType.ca where I study the psychology behind lust, love and desire. My work has been referred to as “a scientific approach to that of Carrie Bradshaw”. I’ll take it. =)

I’m from Vancouver, Canada originally and I’ve been in NYC for two years. In my former life, I was a luxury hotel reviewer and was immersed in the luxury hospitality industry in both marketing and PR.

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What is your fav styling undertaking? Maybe burning man?

Burning Man! I love how creative you can get with the outfits. Last year was my first year and my home became a costume factory! I had different looks for day and night, whatever my mood matched, I had a cool outfit to go with it.

(For anyone who doesn’t know, Burning Man is an annual gathering that takes place at Black Rock City, Nevada.)

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What do you love most about being a relationship coach?

I feel that by understanding more about the psychology and science behind why we behave and feel the way when it comes to love, we can have healthier relationships with ourselves and consequently, with other people. A broken heart is like a weapon – if you leave it wounded, you only continue to hurt others and inflict pain. Hurt people hurt people. If I can help even one person, feel a little less alone, a little more understood in the matters of the heart, to me, that is success. I’ve had mothers email me to thank me for helping their daughter’s self-esteem, I’ve had countless people reach out to tell me how my words made them feel less shame and less alone. That is such a gratifying feeling.

How would you describe your style?

My style can be best described as feminine, sophisticated with a touch of edginess. I’ll take any chance to wear a dress because that’s when I feel the most beautiful. My style doesn’t take a lot of effort, I throw on whatever fits my mood. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what you’re wearing or what label you’re sporting, style comes down to how you carry yourself.

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One thing that would be your “dream item” to rent on Style Lend?

My dream item to rent would be a dress from Valentino or Jason Wu.

Why do you like the concept of renting vs. buying?

I like the concept of renting because you can save money, you save the environment, you always feel like you’re getting something new and you don’t have to feel the guilt about wasting so much money on clothes you’d only wear a handful of times.

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Thank you Amy for taking the time to chat with us and letting us into your closet!  Check out and rent all of Amy’s items on our website and app, and don’t forget to enter our AMAZING giveaway!

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Get to Know Our Lender, Marina Dobreva!

Meet our lender Marina! She’s a stylist and jewelry designer in NYC, and she gave us an exclusive look into her life (and amazing closet).

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WHEN DID YOU START RENTING/LENDING FROM STYLELEND AND WHY?

I started renting and lending from Style Lend in the summer of 2015, immediately after meeting the phenomenal woman who started the concept, Lona. Why? Because the model and idea is so exceptional that NOT to join Style Lend would be a loss and a shame. I immediately fell in love with the platform, and the only question I had was why weren’t we all doing this earlier!?

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SHOPPING HABITS (DO YOU SHOP ONLINE, FLASH SALES, IN PERSON, ETC.)

Coming from a background in fashion and retail, I shop in the most intimate way available, which usually means in person. I love touching the fabric, seeing the colors with my own eyes, examining how it is assembled, etc. With that being said, when there is a trusted brand that I am familiar with, I do take the chance of buying things online. What I like about renting on Style Lend is that the team is so talented at sifting through fashion and selecting in a way that you can know everything you get on the app is even more amazing in person than it is online.

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FAVORITE BRANDS/DESIGNERS AND WHY?

I am not particularly partial to one designer, as every designer has their strong seasons and strong pieces. I find that a well balanced outfit has a variety of aesthetics within it, which usually come from different designers. For the moment, I do have some faves in terms of current collections. For shoes I am very into Sophia Webster, Sergio Rossi, Pierre Hardy and Aquazzura. For my dresses, I always gravitate towards Valentino, as I enjoy how timeless his pieces are. For bags, I find it’s always good to have some Chanel in the mix, preferably not a bag that everyone else has. But I also love contemporary designers such as M2Malleter and I’ve always been a fan of the simplicity of Sophie Hulme.

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WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO IN NY?

Where do I start? I love just being a part of the ecosystem, and part of the movement. I don’t try to re-invent the wheel of things to do because the reason I moved to the city is precisely because the lifestyle it provides is exactly what I desired. Which basically means work harder every day than you did the day before, create and accomplish as much as you can, and decompress at night by spending time with other incredible people, enjoying the infinite great cuisine the city provides, the engaging nightlife, the music scene, culture, and overall creative stimulation. Though my top 3 ingredients to a good time outside of work are: people, music, and food.

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CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BLURB ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND, JOB, AND HOW LONG YOU’VE LIVED HERE?

In a nutshell, I was born and raised in Bulgaria, with a 10 year stop-over in Portland Oregon. I did ballet professionally in my first years of my 20s, and following an injury that ended that, I got into fashion. I had a 4 year run with J.Crew as a stylist, and launched my own business styling for private and commercial clients after J.Crew. My latest venture in fashion is jewelry design, which is my next big focus. I’ve been in NYC since 2012, and have little to no plans to leave anytime soon.

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WHAT IS YOUR FAV PIECE OF JEWELRY YOU’VE DESIGNED?

That’s a tough question! I suppose looking back on it, the biggest risk I took was with the Sahara cuff, and I’ve enjoyed seeing how that’s been perceived by the public. I recently gifted one to the lead singer of Thievery Corporation, Nat Clavier, and have been seeing some incredible photos of her on stage in front of thousands of people rocking it and looking stunning in it. That brings me joy.

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WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING A STYLIST/JEWELRY MAKER?

The intimacy I have with my work. The greatest thing about being a designer for me is having the creative freedom to make exactly what you want without having to take anyone else’s view on your creation. I started my line with climbing rope from REI, and whether people thought that was ridiculous or not, it was mine to do, so I pursued it. I still do work as a stylist, but with styling, one always has to make the client happy even if it means sacrificing some of your own creative integrity. With jewelry design, I don’t have to sacrifice anything. At least not during the design stage of the process.

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HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?

I always have different answers for this question. One constant however, is that I’ve always deemed myself eclectic. If I really had to break it down, I would say I have nuances of ethnic influence, modern edge, always with something classic and timeless within the composition, and usually heavy on color and texture. I try to take really unique pieces that inspire me, and find a way to make them wearable with everything else around them, which usually fits the description above.

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ONE THING THAT WOULD BE YOUR “DREAM ITEM” TO RENT ON STYLELEND?

Being a stylist, I am fortunate enough to have access to most of my dream items on loan through clients and designers, so there isn’t anything that I am anxiously waiting to see on the app. However, if we could create “confidence” as an accessory that women could rent, I would say that should be the most rented item on the platform. I believe that a great outfit is nothing, unless a woman wears it with extreme confidence. It’s the one thing that everyone looks great in, and it doesn’t come in sizes, so everyone can have it!

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WHY DO YOU LIKE THE CONCEPT OF RENTING VS. BUYING?

Renting is such a better strategy than buying, because to me fashion is a way of self-expression. How you feel today is not how you will feel tomorrow. And as much as we all wish we could afford to dress all of our moods and whims in designer clothing by buying it, most of us don’t have the exuberant amounts of cash and closet space to do so. Renting allows you to be best dressed at any moment of your life, without causing a financial catastrophe to an already pricey life in NYC (and elsewhere).  

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Thank you Marina for letting us see your incredible closet and crazy cool jewelry!  Go to our app to check out and rent all of her pieces!