Lindsey Louise Bales is a big fan of cute things. Toddlers. Kittens. Bunnies.
So it makes sense that the aspiring kindergarten teacher and part-time nanny cultivates an adorable and quirky style.
On any given Saturday, you’ll find Bales, 21, shopping local flea markets in a ’60s-style frock and vivid tights — her collection of wooly legwear comes in a rainbow of colors and fills one whole drawer.
Bales’ favorite source for vintage wear is the West Bottoms: She’s a regular at Re-Runs Vintage Warehouse, 1408 W. 12th St.
“It’s really nice vintage clothing, and it’s all at thrift store prices,” Bales says. “Everything’s categorized by era, so it’s really easy to look through.”
Shopping recently became a source of income for Bales, who sells vintage clothing on Etsy under the name Hello, Mr. Rabbit. Bales has a style blog under the same name. There, she posts photos of her outfits as well as vegan baking recipes and DIY craft projects. Lately, she has been making scarves out of old sweaters and sewing patches and pockets to otherwise plain garments.
Bales loves retro style, but she’s a thoroughly modern girl: In addition to the online shop and blog, she’s on Instagram, Tumblr. and Twitter (@hellomrrabbit). When she needs an ideas boost, she goes online to find photos of ’60s fashion icon Edie Sedgwick, reads her favorite lifestyle blog, A Beautiful Mess, or listens to songs by French pop star France Gall.
“It’s so artistic,” Bales says of that music. “It inspires me to create.”