When Christie Griffiths graduated from Towson University, she found herself going back home to New York City to shop.
After working for New York designers, she came back to Baltimore to open a store she had always dreamed of: Brightside. At this "trendy boutique that any girl can afford" in Federal Hill, she brings styles from New York and Los Angeles to town. Brightside also does triple duty as an art studio and tattoo shop.
"We have a lot of fashion-forward girls around here," she said. "They just needed a place to shop."
Griffiths, 27, who now lives in Federal Hill, is also the fashion show coordinator for the 6th annual Fest-of-All, held Saturday at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.
"Fest-of-All is a fun way to celebrate as a community the wonderful neighborhood of Federal Hill," she said.
There are fashion, food, drinks, live music and a silent auction from restaurants and boutiques from Federal Hill, and the proceeds go to the Federal Hill Main Street program, an award-winning nonprofit. Griffiths took some time to talk about Vera Bradley, leggings and the joys of Hersh's.
Worst pet peeve? Sparkly Uggs. Sorry girls, I know you love them!
What song are you hating/loving right now? Ke$ha, "Die Young"! Her voice kills me, but then I find myself dancing to this song!
Last concert/gig you went to? Ellie Goulding in NYC. Totally loving her right now.
Your worst habit? Leaving the refrigerator open.
Trend that has exceeded its natural life span? I'm going to get a lot of haters over this, but anything Vera Bradley. Unless you live in Martha's Vineyard or you are 50 years old and up, then I think you should consider another option.
Article of clothing/accessory you can't live without? My new Alexander Wang "Rocco" handbag! It has been the bag of my dreams for many years now, and with some hard work, I am finally able to afford it.
Last movie you liked/disliked? Loved "Django Unchained," fell asleep during "Lincoln"
Any awkward moments ever happen at the Fest-of-All? The models are all local neighborhood girls, so every time they walk the runway in heels, I cross my fingers that no one falls. I've seen many close calls!!
TV shows you can't get enough of? "Mad Men," anything reality and any murder mystery show on ID.
Last great meal you had? Woodberry Kitchen for my fiance's birthday. It was phenomenal.
Favorite and most loathed fashion statements? Favorite: Anything polka dot. Timeless and always fancy. Most Loathed: Leggings that have a jean detail printed on them. Just wear jeans instead.
Favorite place to get a drink in Baltimore? Hersh's Pizza & Drinks in Federal Hill. Best cocktails I ever had, hands down.
Favorite piece in your store right now? These '80s-inspired zodiac necklaces that just came in. We can't keep them in stock. They are a total hit.
Best advice you ever got? "In breaking away from the familiar and the expected, you'll be forced and privileged to face greater challenges, learn harder lessons, and really get to know yourself."
Favorite thing about Baltimore? People here don't take life too seriously. Baltimore is so casual. They enjoy weekends, weeknights, brunch, football games and life in general. NYC is so exhausting, and I have finally been able to rest while living here.
If you go
The Federal Hill Fest-of-All is 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway. Tickets are $75 in advance and $90 at the door. Call 410-727-4500 or go to historicfederalhill.org.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun