Hi! I'm Vanessa Alvarado. Let Me Tell You About Thrift Core...

Middle School Yearbook Photo. Forever a pensive, inquisitive nerd. No shame.

I'm an expat copywriter and marketer from the gray world of cubicles turned full-time freelancer/bohemian lifestyle writer. My adoration of vintage, kitsch, horror, animation and making is lifelong. I'm a curious, pensive "scanner"-type personality with a dizzyingly hyperactive right-brain and I've been making nerdy websites since 1997. (They were about anime and riddled with animated gifs. The shame.) I love living a life pursuing health, education and creative passions. I'm a certified herbalist working toward my master herbalism degree and a trained gourmet raw vegan chef. Next I want to finish my studies in digital media and fine arts! I've come to terms with the fact that jumping from passion project to passion project will be a lifelong path; it's crazy, but that's part of the fun! Life would be boring if we weren't constantly learning. I will always be engrossed in a project. I'm a happy work-a-holic chasing my dreams, and I want to help others feel the same way:

With Thrift Core I Share Inspiration for Living a Happy, Healthy Life Outside the Status Quo.


My grandparent's house in Ponce, Puerto. Built by, and still fully maintained by, my grandfather. My love of the simple life, sustainability, gardening and creativity start with my cultural roots in Mexico and Puerto Rico. Being a resourceful maker is in my DNA.

Raised in Naples, Italy and Jacksonville, Florida, I bring that colorful, tropical, eclectic backdrop into everything I create. My love of dinosaurs, robots, and cephalopods knows no bounds.

Passions: Just a few things that influence everything I write around these parts...




Art/Design, Kitsch, Copywriting, Webdesign, Blogging, Herbalism, Veganism, Gardening, Interior Design, Mid Century Modern, Kitsch, ALL Animation, Comic Books, Classic Cinema, ALL Cinema, Video Games, Marine Biology, Ecology, Horror Genre, Burlesque, Film Noir, B Movies, World History/Culture, Kawaii Japanese Aesthetic, Japan in General- huge Japanophile here, felines, hell- the whole animal kingdom. Rather fond of them.

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