March 21, 2012

Blogger Inspired Fashion Week - Featuring Eboni Ife': The Fashionista Next Door


Hey Dolls!!

Blogger Inspired Fashion Week has been such a fun challenge so far!  Today’s Feature is on Eboni Ife’ from The Fashionista Next Door.  Let me just say, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Eboni’s style and her blog.  Not only is it Fashionable but for me it’s very Informative.  She provides tips that help blogging newbies like me and if you can’t be inspired from her style, I don’t know what’s wrong with you, LOL!!!  Joking….but NOT really. 

I have been following Eboni’s blog for years and believe it or not, this will not be my first stab at re-creating one of her looks.  Before I started blogging, I tried several looks of Eboni’s and included several items “like” hers into my closet. 

I think Eboni’s style is just fabulous.  It can be playful, flirty, and relatable all at the same time.  There is never a dull moment and she TOTALLY embodies The FASHIONISTA Next Door!  From our interactions from Blogging, Facebook and Twitter, I think Eboni is such a sweet, cool, and helpful down to earth chick.
 One of the things I look forward to on Fashionista Next Door is the Style Me Friday Series.  Its soooooo good.  Eboni allows her readers to submit looks that they’d like to see her try and she puts her own unique spin on them and posts them along with the inspiration photo on Fridays. 

I am also in LOVE with this girls SHOE Game!  Her collection is full of color and variations in style.  If you don’t believe me take a look (here).  And I personally believe that she should be the Spokes Model for Sole Society because she put them on the map, but that’s just my opinion, LOL!!  Eboni is such an inspiring young lady, read more about her below: 

Name: Eboni Ifé

Age: 29

Full Time Career: Account Manager

How would you describe your signature style? Eclectic, Fun, Unexpected

How do you go about creating an outfit or look? I usually start with one piece that I really want to wear, and build around it.  I also build outfits around themes – sporty, minimal, boho, etc.

What is your FAVORITE Feature to accentuate? Hmm, my legs.

Do you have any Fashion Challenges?  Don’t we all?! LOL I have a very broad back, and I am busty.  The combination makes certain tops unflattering – pretty much anything bulky or hi-cut.  These styles can make me look much larger than I really am IF they are not styled properly.   I put emphasis on the “if” because, I don’t like to limit myself and say that I “can’t” wear something or that I’d “never” wear a particular style. I just know that styling may be trickier for some pieces than others.

What are your FAVORITE places to shop?  Right now, I am all over the large European brands – Zara, H&M, ASOS, and Topshop.  They have GREAT prices.

Who are your FAVORITE Designers and/or Clothing Brands?  Well, Michael Kors is my ultimate fave.  If I could stock my closet with wardrobe staples exclusively from Michael Kors, I’d be a happy camper. I also love Rachel Roy and her RACHEL line is relatively affordable.  She does a great job designing staples with unexpected details that set them apart.  Her clothes are fun, but not over the top.  I also love J. Crew, but rarely shop there because the price point is too high for me; however, the styling is impeccable, so their website and catalogs are a great place to draw inspiration from.  I just shop around for similar pieces in my price range.  I also love L.A.M.B.  Again, all of the pieces are totally wearable...a little edgy and unexpected, but wearable.  I obviously love all the big luxury brands, too – Gucci, Prada, YSL, Dior, Miu Miu…oh and Tom Ford! (LOVE HIM!), but I can’t say that I’d stock my closet with these brands. If I could afford them, I’d probably stick with accessories, and still get my wardrobe staples from the designers I mentioned above.  They just really suit my “stylish girl next door” aesthetic.

Is there a Spring trend that you’re dying to incorporate into your wardrobe? Hmmm, florals on top of florals on top of florals. I LOVE all the floral print mixing. It’s so pretty! I also want a short suit, and I’m loving the return of the peplum.

Why Blogging?  What turned you on to the Blogosphere? Blogging is such a fulfilling form of personal expression. I’d say that is true across all genres.  If you love to cook, and you blog about food… if you love art, and you blog about art… whatever it is that you love, blogging allows you to express that love in a tangible way, AND it gives you a platform to connect with other people who share that love.

Where do you see your Blog a year from now?  I have no idea. I just take it one day at a time!
Name 3 Bloggers whose style you just live for.

As you know, my blog is geared towards FASHION and FINANCE, so tell me in what ways you combine the two.    Girl, don’t ask me about finance. I am such an impulse shopper. I need help!  LOL! Okay, seriously, I am a sale shopper. I don’t believe in paying full price, so I’d say 95% of the time, I wait it out.  Something has to be really special for me to pay full price (or cheap already!).


What advice would you give to up and coming Fashion Bloggers?  Be genuine.  Allow your blog to grow organically.  Produce content that is original.  There is nothing new under the sun…this is true, but you have a unique perspective, so don’t shortchange your readers by simply reproducing “hot” topics and content from other blogs.



Her interview was great wasn’t it?  I enjoyed learning things about her like how she creates looks based on themes.  Such a cool idea.  And I couldn’t agree more on her feelings about blogging.  It’s a very fulfilling platform to display your perspective on what you love. 

OK, so choosing an outfit of Eboni’s to re-create for this post was a task in itself for me.  She has soooooooooo many good ones to choose from.  But I settled on this look she created last year in a Style Challenge she participated in with some other Super Stylish Bloggers.  Here is my Inspired Look as a Tribute to Eboni:  The Fashionista Next Door. 

 

So……How did I do?  Eboni I hope you like it Girlie!!! 

As ALWAYS Dolls…
Love You for Following,
G

28 comments:

  1. Love Eboni! She's so cute and stylish! Digging your statement neckalce :-)

    Roni

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    1. Me Too! She is so fab to me!!! Thank you Roni!

      G

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  2. I'm loving all of the blogger inspired looks this week. You're pulling them all off. Fab!!!

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    1. Thanks Sis! It's definitely been a challenge! But I'm having so much fun.

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  3. I will definiltey be checking out Eboni's blog and you recreated her look so well...I love those turbans!

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  4. i love eboni's style, you rocked the turban!

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  5. Girl, you worked it out!! I love that yellow turban on you. I am gonna have to get a yellow scarf or turban myself! It's so pretty for spring.

    ...and thanks for the interview, and for all your kind words about my blog and my style! You are just too sweet. :)

    xoxo
    Eboni

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    1. YAAAAAAAAAYYY!!! I'm so glad you like it Eboni!!! The yellow is fly, right? Who knew that little Beauty Supply Turban could be so hot!!!

      G

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  6. I absolutely adore Eboni. This was such a great interview and you nailed the look. Great idea!

    I'd love it if you checked out the Tiffany & Co. giveaway on my blog!

    Jillian
    www.NuSophisticate.com

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    1. Thanks Jillian and Welcome to What's More Important Than Fashion? Eboni is great and so fun to feature. I will definitely check out your Blog. :)

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  7. I think you did a great job recreating her look. Def a great interview G!

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    1. Thanks Bessie!!!! Glad you liked it Doll!!!

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  8. cute!!!

    http://glamourgirl-bg.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Doll!!! I will be checking out your Blog soon.

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  9. Would definitely check out her blog she has a cool style!

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    1. Yes, please check her out. You won't be disappointed. She is so fly!

      G

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  10. I love Eboni Ifé first outfit! The one with a striped shirt.. great features :) x

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    1. Thanks Yolandaas!!! All of her looks are great to me!!!

      G

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  11. This reminds me I need a white blazar asap.

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    1. LOL!!! Just a warning, you will wear it a LOT!!! I know I do with mine!

      G

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