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Answers to the following interview questions.
1 Briefly introduce yourself. What’s your name? Birthday? Location? Job?
I'm Lisa Holowaychuk and was born on the 8th of November, 1984 in Edmonton, Canada. Although I moved to Cape Town, South Africa four years ago and now call it home. I had started my studies in Social Work but after two years of pursing this direction, I did a 360, and embarked on a new path. My passion has always been fashion which lead me down this new road without a cloud of uncertainty. I am now a student at the University of South Africa, completing my Degree in Consumer Science with Specialization in Clothing Management. It covers more of the business side of fashion - merchandising, buying, marketing. I have never looked back.
2 When did you first blogging and why?
I first started blogging in August after following a handful of blogs for about six months. I possessed such a desire and passion to express myself, and the blogosphere was awaiting me with open arms. It has truly allowed me to pursue my passion, while continuing to further my education and knowledge. Although with lots of professions and things in this world, experience, experimentation and a burning desire can get you farther than you ever thought possible.
3 What is your signature style?
I've always had a problem trying to put my style in a certain category! I feel like I am all over the place, and most things I buy /own are simply because I love them, and are drawn to them. But to put it into a few words : masculine flare, with an ever present feminine twist, with dashes of parisian inspiration and to top it off, simple and classic lines as an all-encompassing base.
4 When and how did you come about establishing your own style and look?
Through time and gathering inspiration that surrounds me on a daily basis. I dress for me, and what I truly feel comfortable in. Of course designers are an ever-present source of guidance but most importantly just a true passion to express myself in a way which allows my heart to shine, more so than my attire.
5 What is your fashion/styling rule?
Dress from the inside out.
Listen to your heart and wear what you love!
All the confidence of the world stems from this.
6 Explain how you get dressed in the morning, step by step.
I definitely look out the window first thing and take the weather into account, as I have been known to dress inappropriate for weather conditions, but for the most part I let it guide my foundation. Next up is the days activities, therefore if I out the door for a coffee run then heading back home to hit the books, while continuing to take my dog for a walk. I slip on my worn in Levi's or skinnies, a vintage t-shirt, and black flats with a clutch. That is my normal daily attire in Cape Town.
If I am heading out to meet girlfriends or out with my boyfriend then I love to stare at my closet and combine things that don't traditionally go together and just have fun with it. I love wearing skirts and dresses in the summer, and I always feel fabulously feminine in a long maxi coupled with a cropped leather jacket for the evening chill. But for the most part I stick to minimalist looks, with a touch of me!
7 What is your key fashion item? I have 3 key items:
- a killer pair of heels which makes any female feel like the most gorgeous girl in the room
-a large purse or clutch
-a masculine cut blazer
8 And what’s your favorite way of styling the item?
I think a good pair of heels can be worn with just about anything. Personally I love wearing them with skinny jeans, pencil skirts, and the plethora of dresses that are overtaking my wardrobe. The same goes for a classic and simple bag or giant clutch. Bags are an obsession of mine, and I will and always do wear a bag with everything. I don't have a rule with wearing a certain bag with a particular outfit. I definitely prefer oversize to miniscule as I tend to carry my life with me! Oh and the beloved blazer. I love pairing it with a floral above the knee dresses, jean cut-offs and a vintage t-shirt, leather-like skinnies, and classically cut black pants and a collard shirt, which has the most crazy, cool masculine vibe to it, which leaves me feeling incredibly empowered.
9 Explain how you mix and max color palette.
Most of my wardrobe consists of neutral basics (grey shirts, black & white tanks and skirts, jeans, nude tones) which can be paired with more bold colors and prints. I love pairing a print or floral with a navy or black menswear blazer. You still get the color, but it is classified and toned down with a monochromatic piece. I am always really drawn to bold electric pieces, like an electric blue clutch or a pair of magenta pumps. I also do not believe in color pairing "rules", because if you look to nature and our beautiful environment, there is no bad match. Marni, always showcases this point season after season.
10 Who’s your fashion icon and why?
The ridiculously, fabulous Carine Roitfeld and the forever fashionable Kate Moss. Both of these ladies not only possess style, but they exude confidence that is unparallel. Style simply flows from their veins and is as natural as sleeping. They never follow a trend, are seen in high-street wear and their everyday wear is coveted day after day. Not to mention, they are both insanely gorgeous and successful. To me, they are and always will be an inspiration. Their longevity was established long ago, and their class will carry on through the decades.
11 Where do you shop? What are some of your favorite shops and why? I am all over the show with where I shop, and truly do not shun any store, as a treasure can be found anywhere you look. My favorites include: american apparel, h&m, zara, club monaco, net-a-porter.com, yoox.com, forever 21 and of course Vintage, anytime, anywhere. I love the hunt and gathering.
12 What are some things you keep in mind when you shop? Do you have any shopping rules?
For the most part I know what I like, what fits my body type and my go-to stores. Therefore, I am not swayed by trends or new items that hit the store each week. If I'm simply perusing the shops and see something I love, I will try it on, think about it, walk around the store with it in my hand. If after 5-10 minutes I am still holding it, and feel the exact same love, I will purchase it. But if I am shopping for a purpose I tend to only hit the stores which I know I can find a "hit" piece. I can get too sidetracked if I just simply browse, and end up purchasing things I do not need.
I have one small rule: Never shop on an empty stomach! Hunger can make you do/buy crazy things.
13 What’s your most recent purchase? Can you give any tips on how to wear it?
A pair of black Frye boots (Veronica shortie), and I have been eyeing the PS1 pouchette or medium satchel by Proenza Schouler since the day it was released! I think the Frye boots can be worn with anything, from a floral mini-dress to a pair of skinny jeans with a boyfriend blazer. A timeless pair of boots will truly carry you through the seasons and years, and are worth every penny. Oh and if I ever get my hands on a PS1, I would never let it go, so it would be carried with every single article of clothing I own.
14 What’s your favorite show from 2009 S/S collection? Has this show affected the way you dress in any way?
Hands down Stella McCartney. Stella and Chloe are my all time favorite designers. But Stella's 2009 S/S runway was like heaven walking down the catwalk. All of the nude palettes mixed in with black tailored blazers and jumpers, my heart definitely melted when my eyes met these beautiful creations. It also reintroduced me to sea-foam green which was showcased and brought to life in all its glory.
Stella always pulls off the slouchy boyfriend blazer with perfection, and can put it on over anything and everything and look refined yet stylish. This collection has be hunting for the perfect nude blazer, sea-foam green pieces, jumpers, and more refined grey cotton dresses. It also reaffirmed my simplistic aesthetic, no one does this better than Stella. Complete and utter class, with a understated sex appeal.
15 If you can buy one item for the summer, what would it be?
A nude pair of leggings + PS1 ;)