Featured Shop: Sun Sister

February 14, 2023

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you based? How do you spend your days?

I’m currently based in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains just north of Santa Fe, New Mexico, after a decade living in New York and a couple years in Miami. I’m a creative producer, plant dyer, and a lover of curating vintage. When I’m not working, I love to spend my time out in the sun, hiking, gardening, practicing self care, eating all the amazing food in Santa Fe, and traveling.

View of high desert landscape somewhere in New Mexico. Bright blue sky, and a path filled with desert plant life.
Model stands facing the camera from the chin down. They wear a blue tank top tucked into light wash vintage levi jeans.

View from a favorite hike in Tesuque

How did you hear about Noihsaf Bazaar / when did you become a part of the community?

I joined Noihsaf this past July after discovering your new site through the vintage community. Being a visual person, Noihsaf's design first drew me in, then the more curated nature of the shop and the sense of community.

Model stands facing the camera from the chin down. They wear a long neutral colored halter dress with small designs throughout. She holds a large hat.

What is your favorite secondhand score?

The vintage Via Spiga boots currently listed in my shop. I really love these boots because their style—chic & black with a southwestern feel—embodies a combination of New York and New Mexico, the two special places where I followed my heart in moving to and calling home. I’m passing them along since they're sadly too small for me.

I also have a handful of favorite vintage pieces that I found in my mom’s closet, including a black Calvin Klein button-down dress shirt with a beaded collar and a dark brown Andrew Marc quilted jacket with a faux fur collar. She lived in New York from the 70s to the 90s, and a lot of these pieces were purchased during that time. When I was home last year, she kept unearthing these old suitcases from her closet filled with vintage to sort through with me; so fun!

An image of vintage black Via Spiga cowboy boots worn by a model. The tip of the boot is made of black raffia, and the rest is a black suede.
An image of vintage black Via Spiga cowboy boots unworn. The tip of the boot is made of black raffia, and the rest is a black suede.

Vintage Via Spiga boots, available in the shop

Do you have any designers/brands that you’re especially into these days?

Vintage Levi’s, always! In terms of contemporary brands, I'm currently loving Rudy Jude, Ozma, Bees & Bones, Roam Vintage, Kelci Potter, and Christy Dawn’s regenerative cotton line.

What trend are you currently loving, or what trend would you like to see?

Truthfully I don’t actively pay attention to trends, instead following what my eye & essence are drawn to. My style is more minimalistic, with an emphasis on natural fibers and colors that bring to mind my experience of the American southwest—for example, natural linen and creamy raw silk, dusty pinks and earthy browns, blue denim and brown suede. However I am really into the move towards increased sustainability & regenerative farming of fibers, as well as the 'resale revolution’!

Model stands with arms behind her back, facing the camera. She is wearing light wash vintage Levis and an embroidered vintage white cotton top.
Image of piñon wood burning in Nikki's kiva fireplace & some of the items she keeps on the mantel: baskets, dried herbs from her garden, candles.

From my home, piñon wood burning in the kiva fireplace & some of the items I keep on the mantel: vintage winnowing baskets, a bundle of dried herbs from my garden, beeswax candle.

Favorite song to play when getting dressed?

So hard to choose! I’ve been listening to a lot of Fleetwood Mac lately—I’d say Gold Dust Woman, Little Lies, or Everywhere.