Starting Southern Trash and doing your own thing: A chat with Milly Baine

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Editor’s note:
Hey, this is the first post highlighting an independently own business on Rose Tint, something I’m extremely excited and passionate about. While it’s local to me (based in Alabama) Southern Trash has ways to buy online, making it local to anyone. Slow fashion (as opposed to sweatshop produced fast fashion) exists to counteract our growing waste as a world. Milly has built a business created on the slow fashion concept and I can’t wait for you to hear about it. Enjoy!

Milly started Southern Trash when she was a little girl.

Not the actual store, but the idea, even if she didn’t know it.

“My grandmother was super into thrifting and we would go to thrift stores all the time,” Milly Baine, the owner and founder of Florence, Alabama’s newest vintage store, Southern Trash, told me on a hot August afternoon.

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A love letter to Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk and varied albums

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Tusk is here via Super Seventies

I’m listening to Tusk right now, having just passed “Sara” and am wiping the subsequent tears from my eyes. Man, I think, Stevie Nicks is the most talented song writer out there. The song, a beautiful tribute to loss, hits me every time, I doubt I could ever conjure words so touching and aching to remember something. That’s why I listen and marvel.

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Talking new albums with Conor Murphy of Foxing & Smidley

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Conor Murphy of Foxing released a solo album under the name Smidley. Compared to his day band, Smidley is light hearted, fun, with an indie kind of vibe. Still, this isn’t beach music, the songs are still quite sad.

I asked him about balancing Smidley with Foxing, fans reaction to Smidley, and just about writing the album in general…so here’s the interview:

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Why I thrift

I haven’t always loved thrift shopping.

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I say that because I’ve been thrift shopping for a long long time.

Be it the divider between the lower and upper middle classes, or just my mom loving to get a deal, going to thrift stores and flea markets was a part of my childhood I always hated.

I distinctly remember always griping about the dusty smell making my “nose itch” and yearning for the chance to go to the mall. But, shopping at the mall for a 7-year-old is neither prudent or sustainable…I soon later found out. Continue reading

Cut up your own tee

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I’m not a big mall shopper, for one, I hate the heckling from center aisle cart salesmen, the prices, and the focus of waste and consumerism, but my niece is having her second birthday and she loves earrings, so off to Claire’s I went to find some stick on baby earrings.

While there, I made a stop into a southern-based store which I can best describe as a women’s only, southern version of Urban Outfitters. I really like the shop, I’m not sure where they source their clothing from, so I’m not going to endorse them or anything yet, but the shop has cool style.

While casually window shopping, I saw a rack called “Vintage Renewal”…I took a look. T-shirts. T-shirts as far as the eye can see. T-shirts I’ve probably passed in the thrift store. Airbrush tees, beach tees, University of Alabama tees. They had them, and they were cut up. And they were $30.

I chuckled to myself.

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Maintaining a blog: This is my experiment

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Hello everyone,

I have not forgotten my promise to write almost every day. Honestly, in the past two days, I’ve written more for myself than I have in a very long. It’s invigorating and empowering.

As I write, I remind myself that I want to keep Rosetint. I love this concept I created, and I want to keep it forever as my experimental platform. It has evolved with me all through college and I don’t want to let it go.
But do I want it to my “platform” *cough cough* my career?

Not really.

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M A Y

It’s almost the end, and I’m pretty sure I have not supplied a Rose Tint mood board in over 2 months. My bad you guys.

Leisure time, yearning for it, not knowing what to do with it…that’s what May has meant to me.

inspiration for the summer

Pink photos in bloom? Take photos of them…

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