Hailing from Eugene originally, Amelia Hart made the move to Portland with her boyfriend and adorable pit bull, Rowdy, last year. Prior to that, Miss Amelia was already planted firmly on my radar after I found her via the Burger Records IG feed that time a few years ago that I discovered a bunch of Burger acts. I was totally enamored with her ever-changing hair color, rock n’ roll attitude – and I mentioned Rowdy the adorable pit bull, right? After seeing Amelia model for Altar Boutique in last year’s Open Season showcase, I made it my goal to share her style gospel with you by way of a Sister Style feature.
In addition to pushing the style envelope herself (in all the best ways), Amelia is a hair stylist and from what I can tell is just about the best colorist in town. Specializing in, of course, rainbow and pastel coifs her IG feed is an eye-candy-filled testament to her work but really, it’s a close friend who sold me when she recounted how Amelia saved her from a botched dye job that turned her hair green by transforming it to a lovely platinum lavender.
Arriving at Amelia’s house, I was instantly smitten with her abundant vintage + kitsch decor, Rowdy (duh) and Miss Amelia herself: a total sweetheart and the best model a photographer could ask for …
VGS: What is your first fashion related memory?
A: I remember being a little kid, like 3 or 4, and wanting to wear my “Rainbow Shield” everyday. It was a handmade crocheted poncho, a black base filled with every color of hand formed flower. It was my favorite garment, found at a thrift store on a shopping trip with my mom, and worn until it was much too small for me!
VGS: Any advice for those who are afraid to wear color?
A: My advice for people who are afraid of color is don’t be! Having grown up in Oregon, the winters can seem perpetually grey and drab and never ending. You know what color pairs wonderfully with grey? Yellow! Color makes me happy, color is more fun, more alive, more exciting. The most beautiful things in the world are bright and colorful, so why not wear them on my body and in my hair?
VGS: Which item can you never have too many of?
A: I think you can never have too many shoes! You can wear the same solid color dress 5 days in a row, but with different shoes, no one will notice.
VGS: Which shops / designers / brands should readers be checking out?
A: I shop at every vintage store, thrift shop, yard sale, goodwill, junk store, anyyyyywhere!
Many thanks to Amelia for being such an awesome model and for letting me fawn over her dog! Follow @missameliahart on Instagram and like Amelia Hart Hair and Makeup on Facebook for more of her bitchin’ style, both on herself and her clients.