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What are your two favorite brands from our STYLEFAV website?

Vero Moda & Rudsak are my favorite brands from Style Fav. I’ve been buying Vero Moda jackets and blazers for a long time. I love the quality of their products and it’s worth the price. And Rudsak has the most comfortable footwear. I highly recommend shopping for their winter boots as they are sturdy yet light on your feet and will last you for years.

Describe your Instagram aesthetic and how did you develop it?

When I began blogging, I didn’t really have any particular aesthetic. It was a lot of trial and error. However, once I found a couple of color schemes and tones, I was able to establish a theme that truly defines my personality. I would say that it is a mix of light tones with hints of pink and rose gold. Also, a lot of sunlight AKA the best filter!

What is your favorite and least favourite part of creating content for your Instagram?

My favorite part of creating content is being able to meet people with such great stories behind them. I have been sooo lucky to have met so many inspiring people, more specifically, WOMEN! I am all for the women empowerment movement and want to be able to contribute my part to it. It is amazing how far we have evolved as a society and continue to do so. I love seeing others strive and want to help anyone out there in any way I can. In terms of things that I don’t like, I would say being limited to my creativity. I have been fortunate enough to have a highly engaged audience that likes, comments and shares the content I create. I know what they want and I’m able to cater to them! So when working with brands, it is a conversation that I usually have with them to explain that an integration of my “style” and their brand will give them the highest return possible on my digital platforms. Fortunately, it’s worked every time!

What are some tips and tricks you can offer our readers for creating content?

PROVIDE VALUE! Always provide value. When you GIVE, you GET BACK. That has been my go-to method of growing my account and working with these brands. It is also important to hold onto your own “brand voice” when writing captions as it makes the content more personal. As for images, it is completely normal to take 100 PICTURES and choose 1 winner. We all do it but if a brand is paying to create such content, you want to make sure that they are getting more than their money’s worth. Make sure the quality is high resolution as most brands don’t look at the number of followers you have but rather your content. Select your images carefully, be consistent with your colors and tone, and most importantly check the background of your photos; it’s something I used to develop my content over time.

What equipment do you use when creating content?

Honestly, even an iPhone is good to get started. I actually prefer my iPhone over a DSLR camera (Nikon D3500). Another piece of equipment I have purchased is a ring light which has been the best purchase ever since it’s useful for creating videos and Instagram stories.

Coffee or Tea?

I prefer tea over coffee.

Do you have any fashion rules when putting an outfit together?

I don’t have a particular fashion rule but I like to dress myself according to my body shape and not by trend. It’s important to know what looks best on you. As for me, I have a “pear shaped” body so I prefer wearing tops with patterns, colors, off the shoulder, and some ruffles. For bottoms, I wear darker colors, and A-line skirts.

What are some of your current fashion obsessions?

Since we’re in quarantine my current fashion has to be the tie-dye loungewear set.

What are some of your favorite skincare and makeup brands?

When it comes to skincare brands my all-time favorite products are the Clinique Acne Solution, which I have been using for a few years and it’s a savior for acne treatments, and Alya Skin Mask which is an excellent product to detoxify and brighten your skin. My favorite makeup brands are Tarte Rainforest of the Sea for their concealer and Estee Lauder Double Wear for their foundation which was recommended to me by a friend. I’ve tried many concealers but this one has to be my favorite as I keep restocking it, and this foundation is one of the best makeup purchases I’ve made. Lastly, my go-to product is an eyebrow pencil and the one I use is from Benefits.

What are three skincare tips or hair care you can offer our readers?

Tip 1: Alway apply sunscreen even when it’s winter.

Tip 2: Apply hair mask (it helps nourish and hydrate your hair), and after your wash apply Nuxe oil.

Tip 3: Apply rose water throughout the day (it’s also known as a natural toner)

If you could collaborate with any brand, which brand would it be and what product would you make?

A brand that I would love to collaborate with is Yves Saint Laurent, a brand that is famously known for its modern and iconic pieces. The product that I would like to work with is their makeup line, more specifically their mascara. Personally one of my go-to products is mascara and my ultimate favorite product is “Vinyl Couture Mascara”. It would be a dream come true to work with them for a mascara ad.
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