Q&A: Roberta Jane of Camp Comfort
We recently had the opportunity to interview Roberta Jane, the voice behind one of our favorite blogs, Camp Comfort. Roberta talked to us about her style inspirations, and shared some photos from her life:
You recently moved back to San Francisco from Portland (both great cities). What do you think you’ll miss about Portland and what excites you about living in San Francisco?
Mostly we will miss our Portland friends, but I will also miss Northwest style. People in Portland have an amazing ability to look pulled-together and stylish even through many, many months of cold and rainy weather. For me, Portland style was about mixing cues from nature with city elements, which I loved. Returning to San Francisco is the best homecoming for us. We’ve missed it always. I’m excited to explore all of San Francisco’s new shops, restaurants, and city spots that have opened since we moved away four years ago.
Tell us a bit about the name Camp Comfort. Where is it from and what does it mean to you?
When I started the blog, we lived near a California County Park called Camp Comfort. At first I just liked the sound of it, but the more I thought about it, I realized it fit my casual aesthetic really well.
Do you remember your first favorite item of clothing?
It’s not the first but definitely a highlight would be my little Courreges patent leather purse. Back in my mod-loving days (late 90′s/early 00′s), it was my ultimate “it bag” with its iconic Courreges ultra-modern and futuristic design. I was working as a San Francisco shopgirl at the time and could not afford it until one day I stumbled across one on mega-sale at Wilkes Bashford in San Francisco. It was a major victory at the time! And while I don’t carry it anymore, I’ll always admire it.
What’s the last good movie or book you read?
Between work and a very busy life in general I’m left with very little time for books and movies. I miss reading a lot, so I’m excited to dig into a few books on my new mass transit San Francisco commute. We eventually get around to renting movies and recently loved Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene. I know I’m late to the party, but I am looking forward to seeing 2 Days in New York and Moonrise Kingdom.
What was your favorite vacation?
I guess it’s a toss up between our one-month-long European backpacking trip (London, Paris, Stockholm, and more) or our six-week-long all American cross-country road trip in our then Volkswagen van named Rosebud. My husband has always been my favorite travel companion, but now we are looking forward to traveling with our son. I’m hoping another European cities jaunt or Mexico beach vacation are on the radar soon!
What are some blogs or sites you find particularly inspiring?
The list is long and ever-changing as my life and aesthetic evolves over time, but currently I am loving The Glow, Into the Gloss, I like Garance Doré’s Pardon My French video series, and Refinery 29 is always a go-to favorite. I also get endlessly lost in a few Tumblr blogs like Intelligent Clashing, Convoy and Whaleboat. Pinterest is also pretty damn addictive!
Whose style do you most admire?
My mother, Jane, has always been a style icon for me. She is an artist and jewelry maker with a casual California aesthetic. I grew up studying pictures of her from her Renaissance Fair-going hippie days. While I was pregnant I really wanted to channel her pregnancy style from when she was pregnant with me . . . embroidered Mexican dresses and long hair pulled up into Heidi braids. She was (and still is) beautiful and free-spirited.
Many thanks to Roberta! Be sure to check out her picks for our $2500 fall wardrobe sweepstakes (going on now – get in on it if you haven’t already).This entry was posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2012 at 12:29 pm and is filed under Uncategorized. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.