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Discover what makes the cut with this peace-loving stylist-turned-interior designer who’s found her groove as a hip-hop dance instructor
"In hip-hop, your shoes speak before you do. I figured if I was going to teach classes, I'd better get some gear."
Art for the Heart:
"My husband and I bought our first piece of art from Shari Elf at a Santa Monica flea market. I love that it uses recycled materials and has a message of acceptance."
"A friend gave me this purse by an L.A. designer for my 30th birthday."
"My daughter painted this
when she was three. It makes me happy every day."
"I love to flip through this book, which has photos of what different people view as their biggest
"Every time I wear this vintage necklace, I get comments. It always makes me feel confident."
"This retro ceramic kitty by Italian maker Flavia was used as a prop for That '70s Show. Now, it sets the tone for my living room."
Angel rounded up these bottles and vases from L.A. rummage sales. "Every piece has a story. I plan to keep adding to the collection."
"I like to be visually stimulated when I'm in my office." The inspirational room hosts vibrant swatches, pictures, and thrift-store finds.
Personal Shopper: "You have to really pay attention to what looks good on you. You can't just buy what's on the mannequin."
DJ Dreams: "My husband helps me turn oldies and Broadway songs into danceable hip-hop using a computer program."
Good Listener: Angel's favorite album is The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Also on her current playlist? "I am kind of in love with Nicki Minaj right now."
Photographs by Kelly May