Tuesday, June 11, 2002

Law office clerk dresses to please herself

By Joy Kraft, jkraft@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Carolyn Vandivier came to Cincinnati 35 years ago from Harrodsburg, Ky., as a teen-ager with her eye on the sky.

        “I just love planes,” she says. “They are beautiful things. I wanted to get a job with Piedmont (the now-defunct airline).”

        While staying here with her aunt, she applied for the job but needed money to get to the third interview in Atlanta. “So I got a job with Youth Corps as a secretary in Lincoln Heights. To me that was glamorous, working in an office.”

        She has been here since — and now is a fax clerk at Dinsmore & Shohl, attorneys, and she makes silk flowers for weddings on the side.

        “I'd like to own my own business some day,” says the evening college business student at the University of Cincinnati.

        Nominator Crystal Rayls says, “Carolyn walks in each and every day looking like a million bucks. She can mix and match so well.”

        You can be found shopping at: I have no favorites but JCPenney, Value City, Dillard's, Lazarus.

        Your favorite designers: Liz Claiborne, and I like the cut and style of Jones of New York.

        You wouldn't be caught dead in: A bikini, because at a certain age there are bulges you just can't get rid of.

        Describe your style: Eclectic, conservative but fashionable.

        Fashion pet peeve: I hate to see someone in a nice suit and a bad hairstyle. Some people work so hard on their clothes but don't do anything with their hair.

        Earliest fashion memory: When I got my first job I bought a pair of mauve slacks with a belted tunic and blue fox fur trim at a store in Tricounty.

        Best bargain: I bought a skirt at the Limited for $3.99 on a markdown rack.

        If you had big bucks you'd buy: A silk suit in that champagne green or purple color. And a Jaguar.

        You splurge on: Coats. I'm hard to please, and when I find one I like I don't worry too much about the price.

        Fashion philosophy: Dress to please yourself.

        Favorite finishing touch: Pins of all kinds. I have collected them about eight years. I started collecting with coffee cups, then dolls and teapots, but they were too expensive. I shop for pins everywhere — from vacations to Goodwill.

       Send nominations to Joy Kraft by mail: c/o Cincinnati Enquirer, 312 Elm St., Cincinnati 45202; fax; 768-8330; jkraft@enquirer.com Include their name, age, daytime phone and why they should be featured.


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