Why photographer, stylist, model, vintage-lover, mother, fiancé Janell Shirtcliff shot straight into our hearts.

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You want to be as full of inspiration as her photos and her being reflect. Janell Shirtcliff is all strategically placed blonde messy-ness, her friends are all super beautiful (but more so, interesting on the inside), her outfit choices and her lean but sexy in the right places silhouette, the talent that starts with a click of of the tip of her finger… We want to classify her ever-evolving style but we just can’t, because putting her in a category would just be wrong, she’s just free.

HOW DID YOU INITIALLY GET INTO MODELING?

Luck!

WE ARE IN LOVE WITH YOUR HAIR, WHO DOES IT?

My bed usually does most of the styling for me, but Amber at 901 Salon does the color.

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photographed by Janell Shirtcliff

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST STEP IN THE PROCESS OF STYLING?

How many rings can I fit on my fingers with this outfit and where are my favorite boots?

THE BIGGEST STRUGGLES YOU’VE COME ACROSS WORKING IN THE BRANDING WORLD?

People that don’t play “make believe” well.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE BRANDS YOU HAVE WORKED WITH?

Love me some Levis and some Urban Outfitters peeps.

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photographed by Janell Shirtcliff

WHO ARE YOU COLLABORATING WITH RIGHT NOW?

Awesome people.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START LONELYDOT.COM? WHAT DO YOU FIND TO BE THE MOST DIFFICULT CHALLENGES IN RUNNING THE WEBSITE?

The necessity to rid myself of vintage I was hoarding is really how it started. My 7 year old son, Bowie came up with the name.  Also, it was my exit plan outta modeling. I refer to it now as my college. I learned sooooo much from that little tiny ecomm nugget – it’s wild. Lonelydot is like an extension of my business card. It really enables me to have the freedom to create on a professional platform.

The most difficult part of running a site is all the errors you run into before getting it right. Then you realize that you’ll never really have it totally right – it’s a constant challenge and evolution. For now she’s just chillin and cruising.

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Bowie

FAVORITE VINTAGE SHOPS?

The kind you accidentally stumble upon in random small towns.

IF YOU COULD DRESS IN ONLY ONE ERA’S STYLE OF CLOTHING (50’s, 60’s, 70’s etc) WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Can we do a 60’s 90’s combo?

STYLE ICON?

Pippi Longstocking.

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WHAT WOULD YOU CONSIDER TO BE THE BIGGEST FASHION FAUX PAS?

Bedazzled Uggs.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE STYLE TREND THIS YEAR?

Pretty down for some Birkenstock action lately. I like to wear them with my favorite moto jacket to balance out the granola.

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photographed by Janell Shirtcliff

WAS IS DIFFICULT LEARNING PHOTOGRAPHY? HOW LONG DID IT TAKE UNTIL YOU FELT FULLY COMFORTABLE BEHIND THE CAMERA?

I’ve always toyed around with picture taking here and there, but never on a  professional camera. My finance bought me a 5D for Christmas one year in order to ensure my creative freedom – and the pressure was on. I was free as shit! It was like I was given a key that unlocked this door of mystery I’ve had lingering my whole life. I absolutely love it! Thank you Sam.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE FROM WORKING BEHIND THE CAMERA, AS OPPOSED TO IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA?

I feel much more fulfilled and I’m stoked I don’t have to wear a bunch of makeup anymore for work!

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SO YOU’RE ENGAGED, AND YOUR MAN AND YOU ARE THE HOTTEST COUPLE ON EARTH PRETTY MUCH. WHAT’S IT LIKE HAVIN’ A RING?

He put a pretty fancy ring on it sooooo I’m pretty content. Every time I look at it I feel an adrenaline rush of girly go to my brain alongside butterflies cause I love him so much! Hehehehe.

FINISH THE SENTENCE. KATY PERRY…

Nice tits.

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I WAS ALWAYS ATTRACTED TO DUDES THAT…

Have the name Sam.

GOLD OR SILVER?

Both.

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photographed by Janell Shirtcliff

EVERY HOUSE SHOULD HAVE A…

Window.

THE BEST KINDA MODELS…

Play make believe well.

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photographed by Janell

THE ONE SHIRT I CAN LIVE IN IS…

Any old white beat up thing in my drawers – I’ve got lots!

WHAT ARE YOU DRINKING?

What time is it?

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photographed by Janell Shirtcliff

WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO?

Sam won’t stop playing Future so I’m down with that at the moment. I mean, he puts it on everytime we get in the car so I’m brainwashed and I like it!

WHO IS YOUR GIRL CRUSH?

I have a lot of beautiful friends – I crush on them.

WE INTERVIEWED THE TALENTED LANGLEY FOX A LITTLE WHILE AGO. HOW DID YOU TWO BECOME FRIENDS? DO YOU DRAW INSPIRATION FROM HER WORK?

She’s a cool and very talented girly. Anyone would find that inspiring.

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WHICH PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE YOU MOST INSPIRED BY?

One of my best friends and photographers Magda Wosinka inspires me on the daily. Love that girl and her rad and honest aesthetic. Plus, she’s easy on the eyes so I’m down with that. Other than that, there are lots of images that inspire me. I’d say I’m most inspired by characters from an old film I saw or some make believe person in my head. Oh and clothes. I can pick up a dress and I could wrote a novel based on just that.

[featured image photographed by Olivia Malone]

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