Fashion & Style 411 : Samjah Iman

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Born and raised in Monroe, LA. Attended Grambling State University for undergrad and Howard University for graduate school. In DC I worked for two prominent modeling agencies where I got the opportunity to work behind the scenes on major fashion shows and magazine shoots. I’ve written for online publications and magazines such as Everything Girls Love, Trenched In Style, and the Rouge Collection to name a few. I’ve been featured on fashion websites like Fashion Bomb Daily and Naija Fashion Daily. I am co owner of an online t-shirt boutique – http://www.chokolatcreme.com. This t-shirt company encourages women to wear what they are feeling literally and figuratively. Chokolat Creme is ambition and culture personified through fashion.

I currently reside in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with plans on locating to New Orleans in the near future

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Question 1: So when’s the first time you fell in love with FASHION? I fell in love with fashion when I was very young – about 4 or 5 years old. I would watch my mother get dressed for different occasions, and I would be in awe. When she would leave for her events, I would go in her closet and emulate what I just saw her wear. I would put on her dresses, tie her belt around my waist to hold the dresses on me, put her hats on, and her heels. My mother was my first connection to fashion….then I was exposed to the The Cosby Show. I witnessed Lisa Bonet’s (Denise Huxtable) style evolution and how she was free in her choices and different. Watching Lisa each week and seeing my mother take pride in her look turned me on to fashion. It became my drug of choice.

Question 2 : Do you have a signature STYLE? My signature style would be a great pair of distressed jeans, a soft t-shirt or bodysuit, some leather booties, and a worn leather bomber jacket or cardigan – add a big bag/purse, some big gold hoop earrings, a gold watch, some cool aviator shades, and I’m good to go.

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Question 3: Who is your favorite DESIGNER? I love minimalism when it comes to style so I would have to say American Apparel, H&M, Steve Madden, and Jimmy Choo.

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Question 4 : Who is your current STYLE crush? Elisa Johnson – Magic Johnson’s daughter. She is the epitome of style. It’s all about attitude/confidence, and she has that down to a tee.

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Question 5: How do you pick the ensembles you display? I get style inspiration from anywhere. I could be driving and hear a certain song and an outfit comes to my head. I could be going through my closet and see something that inspires me differently from how it inspired me before, and I rock it. Watching other people’s styles helps me choose my style. Window shopping helps me choose my looks. I sit down and outfit brainstorm sometimes, and I come up with looks. My style inspiration can come from
anywhere.

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Question 6 : What are some of your favorite boutiques to get your fashionable pieces? ASOS, Intuition.la for costume jewelry, Urban Outfitters, H&M, Steve Madden, American Apparel, and @shopvintagebowtique on Instagram.

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Fashion & Style 411 : KeepingStyleAffordable

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Keshia is an Garland, Texas fashionista and blogger whose website , www.keepingstyleaffordable, is synonymous with style , grace and femininity; think crisp white linen and floral prints. In between being a claims adjuster in the Healthcare Field and wearing ensembles that would make the cast of Married to Medicine jealous , Keshia has time to be apart of multiple workshops and fashion events. Keshia will be sharing her fashion and style with the whole EG community – get ready to give your wardrobe cpr!

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Question 1: So when’s the first time you fell in love with FASHION?

I have always loved fashion for as long as I can remember. I can remember as little girl playing my mother’s clothes and high heels and being mesmerized by the characters on Dynasty because they were so glamorous and fashionable.

Question 2 : Do you have a signature STYLE?
When asked what my style is I always describe is a classy and chic sprinkled with edge. I feel that I’m versatile.

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Question 3: Who is your favorite DESIGNER?

If I had the finances to truly buy from any designers I wanted, I would definitely say Chanel. I think the designs embody my style aesthetic.

Question 4 : Who is your current STYLE crush?

OMG if I could I would raid Solange Knowles closet and Marjorie Harvey’s closet. They have such great fashion sense and they are not afraid to take risk and live fashionably outside of the box!

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Question 5: How do you pick the ensembles you display?

There is no rhyme or reason to what I pick. It really just depends on my mood. I’m a shoe lover so I can say the majority of my choices start with shoes first.

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Question 6 : What are some of your favorite boutiques to get your fashionable pieces?

I honestly don’t have a favorite boutique. I literally shop everywhere! If I see clothes shoes or accessories I’m walking in…I don’t discriminate. I will say that I find lots of great affordable fashion forward pieces at H&M.

Make sure you follow @KeepingStyleAffordable on IG and keep in touch with her fashion at http://www.keepingstyleaffordable.com

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