Pic by Arden Wray


Working with/shopping with/being friends with Kristina is one of life's unique pleasures. Anybody else who knows her will totally back me up on this. She's sharp as a tack, witty as heck, and wise beyond her years (even if much of that wisdom stems from Jane Fonda's Master Class or any episode of Ru-Paul's Drag Race). Her Snapchat's are pure art (I truly believe she is to Snapchat what Kim Kardashian is to selfies), and she has an encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture that I am forever in awe over. She's a special one, that Kristina.

1. What is your zodiac sign?

I'm a Leo/Gemini rising. That Gemini rising part really helps me understand myself better.
2. What do you do at Victoire?

I co-manage Victoire in Toronto with Amber. Before I moved to Toronto last year, I worked at the two Victoire shops in Ottawa. All the Victoire gals do one zillion different things around the shop to keep the machine going.  I dabble in a little bit of everything, from interacting with our designers and awesome customers, to event organization, to updating our web store, to the post office runs, to mopping the floors and takin' out the trash!
3. Which Beyonce video most embodies your true self? 

WHAT A QUESTION! I seriously struggled to answer this one, because like Beyonce, I am a complex woman. I mean, I kind of feel like the whole Visual Album personifies me. I think I might even feel a part of my soul lives inside the live performance/cover Beyonce did of Prince's Beautiful Ones at Glastonbury in 2011.  
4. Tell us something you picked up from your Mom.

A profound, unwavering love for cheese. We call our natural state of being a "cheese deficit." Life is cheese. Cheese is life. Gettin' cheesy wit it. I would also say that I picked up a love of art and appreciation of beautiful household objects from my mom. We love a good set of stemware or cutlery. 
5. Describe your perfect day off. 
I wake up, make my bed (look at me, being so productive already!), grab a coffee somewhere, meet up with a friend on our bikes, and either we head to a park or Toronto Island and read and chat and eat snacks and drink beers and nap and watch dogs play and chillax until the sun goes down. Then we'd light up some candles or have a bonfire and just chill some more. BUT I would also settle for reading a good magazine in a hammock, with a few breaks in between to make some iced tea and catch up episodes of some kinda hilarious TV show. Or a swim. I am boring. 
6. You are doing the slow dramatic walk down the stairs in your prom dress in a teen movie. What song is playing?

Raw Ramp by T. Rex. or Dear Miss Lonelyhearts by Thin Lizzy.  
7. If your look had a name, what would it be? 

Baby Margot. This imaginary person is who I thought Amber was telling me about one time when she was describing a style she wanted to try out. I kept hearing Baby Margot, and thinking to myself, "Hmm, yeah, probably a precocious, grumpy Parisian toddler who is known on the fashion blogs, or maybe it's an old vaudeville star. This makes sense." It turns out Amber was saying "Brigitte Bardot" the whole time. Anyway, Baby Margot is funny to me, and as much as I love clothes, I think trends and "Fashion" are funny.  I'm not sure I have a look. I'm not very rigid in my approach to fashion. JUST LIKE BABY MARGOT.
8. Recommend something to me! 

I recommend the application Evernote to keep track of all the things you want to read on the internet (who can keep up?). It's very handy. I also recommend watching the FKA Twigs music video for Glass and Patron if you want to see super badass dancing andvoguing, and awesome styling. It's very provocative and weirdly erotic though.... Not safe for work! I also recommend the Province Apothecary cleanser. This stuff feels so luxurious to massage into your skin and it keeps my pores happy. 

Thanks for reading this week's "Get to know your Shopgirl!" 
May 22, 2015 — Regine Paquette