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We welcome Isabelle to the SCARPA staff. We hired her because she can turn a phrase in a way we can't. We hope you enjoy her insights on scarpa, our customers, our community and the flirty and fun world of fashion and how we incorporate it in our lives in Charlottesville.

My name is Isabelle Conner, and I’m a fourth-year student at the University of Virginia. Starting this week, I will be contributing to SCARPA’s blog. I grew up in Alexandria, Virginia and my first word was “shoe.” I am in the undergraduate poetry program at the University, and had the pleasure of quizzing longtime Charlottesville resident and SCARPA shopper Lisa Spaar about her favorite shoes, pencil skirts, the magical contents of her pocketbook, and whether or not all poets wear black.

What's your name?
Isabelle Conner

What’s your astrological sign? Do you read your horoscope?
My birthday falls on the Virgo-Libra cusp, so I get two horoscopes. I always pick the better of the two.

Did you have a favorite pair of shoes as a child? Do you have a favorite pair of shoes now?
I remember having a pair of red, patent leather buckle shoes as a child that I wore almost everyday. I now have a pair of python boots that I found downtown at the Vintage Vixen—they were custom-made in Fort Worth for the previous owner, and they are fierce and incredible.

Do you have a spirit animal? If so, what is it?
I think I’m a dolphin most of the time, but occasionally switch to an owl.

When (and how!) did you get to Charlottesville?

I came to Charlottesville on a humid, rainy day in late August of my first year at UVA.

What do you never leave home without?
Chapstick and a library card from the Wilmington Island Public Library in Savannah, Georgia that I received as a child. My name and address are handwritten on the card in blue ink, and it’s almost completely shredded, but it stays in my wallet all the time.

Who is your style icon?
A combination of Stevie Nicks, Mary-Kate Olsen, Emily Dickinson (there was a consistency to her look that is admirable) . . .

Favorite sandwich in town?
One of the special sandwiches at Greenwood Grocery in Crozet—the one with brie and chutney. They are spectacular!

Do you have any secret talents?
I can fry eggs quite well.

Describe your perfect day in Charlottesville.
A walk to the farmer’s market downtown, sandwiches, a long drive out of town, a visit to a vineyard, a nap, porch or balcony sitting, a gorgeous sunset and dinner somewhere fun.

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