My Style: Brenda ChuinkamPosted on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 at 5:03 PM
By Jennifer Obiuwevbi
My Style is one of our favourite features on the BN Style page, and judging from the responses it gathers, I can safely say, it has our readers interested.
BellaNaija reader Brenda Chuinkam of beauty and style blog Canneverbeaskinnybish is our My Style focus for this edition. She is a Cameroonian style and beauty blogger that loves to dress up and look pretty. With a curvy body and a love for body con dresses, Brenda likes to dress sexy at all times. Find out about how she expresses fashion and how her personality makes her style pop.
My Style Is
Fun, cute and sexy. I love that I accentuate my curves even in subtle ways without coming off as a “hoochie.”
Style Meets Personality
My style is happy because I am a happy person. I believe my personality is as colourful and adventurous as I am. I love trying new things – from trying new food to going on a helicopter ride or even moving to a new city. I express this in the bold colours and prints I wear.
Although when I’m in a less happy mood, I tend to be attracted to darker colours in my wardrobe.
Where I Shop Till I Drop
My favourite places to shop are basically on-line stores because I hate going to malls. I like stores like Asos, H&M, Zara, Lulus, Gojane, Shoedazzle, Andrea Iyamah, Designofadiaspora, Zeena Kay, Forever 21, Boohoo and Topshop.
I used to have a very unhealthy shopping habit which stemmed from the fact that I never created a budget for myself. My shopping used to be; see, like and buy. I always ended up regretting it. Thanks to some good counselling from my brother, I was able to come up with a great budget based on my income. I have a fixed amount that I spend on clothes and that amount increases when Isell my old clothes. So I created a store where I sell the clothes I don’t wear any more The money I make becomes extra money for clothes. This way I can shop without going into my savings.
My hair has actually been changing recently. For a long time all I did to my hair was braids – box braids to be specific. Then I tried to use weaves but now I think I’ll be going back to braids pretty soon. I find them easy to maintain and versatile. My hair is natural underneath so I am growing it out until it reaches a certain length. Then I’ll be rocking my afro. I find that I am not creative when it comes to styling my natural hair so I’m working on that.
My Calm Side
What I Wear to Work
My regular day look is always appropriate enough for work, but I am not a fan of wearing the corporate look every day. So I switch it up. Instead of that, I wear maxi skirts, leather jackets, shift and body con dresses as well as cute mini skirts. Whatever I’m wearing to work usually involves throwing a blazer on top-just to be on the safe side. I can’t risk losing my job for the sake of fashion.
I Own the Night
I hardly go out at night but when I do, I like to pick a subtle but attention grabbing dress that is still classy. I love to accentuate my curves and I find that bandage and body con dresses as well as cute skirts do this for me. During the cool nights, a black leather jacket is a must for me.
Strike a Pose
I Think Every Girl Should Have
A large black tote, nude pumps, at least one black leather jacket, a white blazer, a Kente skirt, a bright and colourful maxi skirt, red lipstick, a gold watch and a long black dress.
The Bare Accessories of Style
I am one of those people who has a lot of jewelry. I used to wear a lot of accessories but now I keep them to a minimum. The ones I wear the most include my watch, a leopard print scarf, my cat-eye sunglasses, my white and gold dangling earrings, a set of gold bracelets and 2 cute gold necklaces.
My Advice for Other Stylistas
I don’t like giving “advice”, I like giving my opinion and whoever wants to take it can. What I would say is get to know what looks good on your body. I know that certain styles of dresses and skirts that look horrible on me and I stay away from them. No one can tell you what to wear, but people can tell you what you look better in – not everyone can where cropped tops and shorts and still look cute.
Also go to stores and try on clothes just to see what colours, textures and cuts accentuate your natural beauty and body. Never wear something because it is “in”. This is because you may end up looking like a clown and as quick as it became the “it” thing, is how fast it will be “out of fashion”. Then you’ll be stuck with something you bought in the spur of the moment.
I Love Bold Colours
If I Could Steal a Celebrity’s Wardrobe
I would like to mix up several wardrobes because I don’t think anyone out there has a complete wardrobe. I would mix Solange Knowles, Shirley B. Enaing, Agatha of Irony of Ashi, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Yvonne Nelson, Duchess Kate Middleton and Audrey Hepburn‘s wardrobes. See what I meant by there’s not just 1 single person? With all of these combined, I would be able to have the most versatile wardrobe.
Which Celebrity Stole My Look
Eku Edewor. She’s just the slimmer, richer version of me.
My Style Philosophy
Wear what looks good on you. The philosophy of my blog revolves around this subject. I was once an obese teenager and then I went on to become skinny with a very bad eating habit. I became the skinny girl I wanted to be and yet it wasn’t enough. That’s when my body retaliated and I got really curvy so I had to work hard to tone up.
Thanks a lot to Brenda for sharing her My Style with us. For more on her style follow her on Twitter at @yesbrendacan, Instagram at @theonlyskinnybish and visit her blog; Canneverbeaskinnybish
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