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My Style: Nathalie Fobi

Ijeoma Balogun

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16837_537732608109_72802506_31198579_2472176_n[1]It’s your regular dose of the BN feature; My Style! If you are interested in appearing on this page, simply send two pictures of yourself or that of a friend depicting a typical Day and Night Look with a short summary of your style to my email box: [email protected]

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Camerounian Bella Naija Reader and designer Nathalie Fobi has a closet full of shoes and bags every girl would hope for! Her style is a true representation of all the angles to her personality!

NATHALIE’S STYLE:

My style explores my sense of self first and then my personal style, whether it’s what I do or the way I dress, live and love. My image and the way I present myself happen to compliment my mode which is also my expression. My style is fashion driven and creative; it’s not just about the fabrics, brands, patterns and looks but who wears it and the ambiance it carries. My presence and complete ensemble is what I think gives me freedom to expose, to take risk and come up with what friends call a sultry urban innovative look. In a nut shell, I am a sucker for shoes and bags and believe in the power of accessorizing. I think fashion in general is bold and my style to be particular is highly unpredictable and really depends on my sense of self, what mood I am in.

WHY I LOVE MY STYLE:

I love my style because it has no formula, it’s just what my senses feel like going for and I love letting my look match my rhythm which is highly unpredictable and allows me to make wild bold decision. I always seem to determine the driving piece in my look and go from there which make it fun to create wicked collages with a strong fashion statement. I am a sucker for timeless pieces so I have a lot of flexibility with my ensemble which makes great use of my collection. I am currently in the process of launching my fashion line NaNa-Rozette a dream that has been deferred for a while and coming to life. The line will display another side of my fashion sense which encompasses my African culture, primitive fashion and modern couture all in one.

HOW IT EXPRESSES NATHALIE’S PERSONALITY:

In the words of India Arie “I am not my hair” but at the end of the day it seems like I am because it makes the strongest statement apparently. Regardless of how I wear it and with what I wear it, it screams Afro-neo soul/ electric funk facade which actually matches even if it’s not what I want to present you know. My hair seems to be the determining factor behind my look.  My style compliments my poetic personality which is unpredictably sensitive and  I always end up on the soft romantic edge with my looks. My style which is stream lined by my locks flatters me and pulls from different layers to be me especially since it’s a unique blend and not purely one dimensional Just like my personality, its carefully crafted and with swank.

HAIR:

For someone with locks, generally well kept, stays maintained and very clean which requires a lot of attention and work in order to fit the looks I am going for.

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MAKE UP DAY/NIGHT:

Maintaining healthy skin with lots of vitamin E and fish oil will prepare your skin for the different seasons and make-up application. I make sure my eyebrows are waxed and use an eyebrow pencil if necessary. A light powder to blot powder is also necessary all the time as it adjusts my skin tone for a soft glow and I’m definitely best friends with my mascara especially if are not wearing any shadow or have on a soft choice of colour which widens the eyes. Less is always better but sometime the make-up is what makes the statement so I just try to be cautions with this one but generally love a smoky eye with some colour at night and some interesting colour blends any other time depending on the look and occasion.

Make-up( M.A.C ) and some accessories

Make-up( M.A.C ) and some accessories

An example of mascara and soft eye shadow for a day look

An example of mascara and soft eye shadow for a day look

An evening look with noticeable lip color and blush on blat power for the perfect glow

An evening look with noticeable lip color and blush on blat power for the perfect glow

A smoky night look with some colour

A smoky night look with some colour

FAV CLOTHING STORES:
I am an online shopper and have past the stage where mall shopping was fun, except when it’s less crowded and filled with exciting bargain deals I just cannot resist. You will find me shopping at:
Zara
Nordstrom
Boutiques
Shopbop
Ruelala
Bloomingdales
J. Crew
Steve Madden
BCBG & Max Mara
Vicky’s
French Connection
Topshop
United Colors of Benetton
Bebe
Saks Fifth Ave
Neiman Marcus
Filenes Basement
NaNa-Rozette

WARDROBE STAPLES:

Shoes: There is nothing like a perfect  pair of  pumps to complement an outfit; open/close toe, wedge or platform it does it. Heels are undisputed in my wardrobe!

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Bags and Purses: Investing in a nice collection of bags and purses that will change your entire look and take the place of the main piece in a look. It is all in the ambience and almost always standout if there is nothing else overshadowing that look. Investing in timeless pieces as such I know we (women) are all guilty of and yes it’s worth it.

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Scarves: I love scarves I think it puts interest to a rather simple look or even complex look. Scarves are also so versatile they add colour and style to any outfit and can change the look of an ensemble almost immediately.

Scarf: Hermes

Scarf: Hermes

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Belts and Hats:  I can say the same for belts and hats which depending on the way it’s worn mostly will nourish the poetic sensible side of me which I am in love with and may actually be the most executed

Zac Posen bag

Zac Posen bag

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Skirt and Top: Bebe; Shoes: Steven

Skirt and Top: Bebe; Shoes: Steven

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Scarf: Paoli

Scarf: Paoli

Hat: Vintage; Glasses: Valentino

Hat: Vintage; Glasses: Valentino

DAY LOOK:

I try to keep my day look quite comfortable yet and stylist and serious. I do not stick to the same corporate look as I find it boring sometimes repeating different shades of pencil skirts, dress shirts and blouses. I let the accessories guide me more during the day.  By adding some cardigans, thin belts and flats with stockings and a sweater tied around my neck give me that preppy hard working look or low heels on a loose fitting straight dress and a blazer + scarf. It all usually just blends in.

Shirt: bennetton; Scarf: Vintagee

Shirt: benetton; Scarf: Vintage

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Bag: LV speedy 30, Aldo booties, Tights and Tunic: Urban Outfitters

Bag: LV speedy 30, Aldo booties, Tights and Tunic: Urban Outfitters

TRADITIONAL LOOK:
NaNa-Rozette Blend

NaNa-Rozette Blend

Euphrasie

Euphrasie

NaNa-Rozette

NaNa-Rozette

NIGHT LOOK:
It seems like as I grow older I am drawn closer to darker colours but not sure yet, waiting on the summer to prove that. Regardless of the occasion I prepare for the worst as I would rather be over dressed than the opposite and that’s my approach to selecting what to wear at night. I have a collection of timeless pieces which I try to keep in balance and not let the accessories confuse the look entirely. Getting dressed for a night out is a process I look at walking distance/parking to decide heel inch and fit on the knees if it’s a pencil dress/skirt and even length of dress, exposure etc.  I consider how accessories will be kept part of my look and  how it will accommodate it. I seem to have grown attached to dresses and would say for now, it is my thing when it comes to nights out. As for the rest it all depends on how I want to express myself.
Little Black Dresses:
Dress: Bebe

Dress: Bebe

Dress: Zara; Platforms: Steve Madden; Clutch: LAMB

Dress: Zara; Platforms: Steve Madden; Clutch: LAMB

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Dress: Laila Azhar; Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Dress: Laila Azhar; Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Little White Dresses:
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Dress: BCBG; Shoes: Steven

Dress: BCBG; Shoes: Steven

Dress: Zara

Dress: Zara

Tailored Silhouette:

Dress: NaNa-Rozette

Dress: NaNa-Rozette

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Shoes: LAMB; Clutch: Nine west

Shoes: LAMB; Clutch: Nine west

Colour Ensembles:
Pants: Nine West; Shoes: Stuart Weitzman

Pants: Nine West; Shoes: Stuart Weitzman

Dress: Ralph Lauren

Dress: Ralph Lauren

Dress: BCBG; Belt: Ferragamo; Shoes: Christian Louboutin; Bag:Fendi

Dress: BCBG; Belt: Ferragamo; Shoes: Christian Louboutin; Bag:Fendi

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Dress: Kay Unger

Dress: Kay Unger

Ex-Style Editor at Large - BellaNaija.com , Now Founder/CEO Redrick Public Relations Limited. @ijeomabalogun

13 Comments

  1. Bola #1

    March 5, 2010 at 8:15 am

    I like the striped blazer + she’s cute
    anyone who shares their style has guts n shuld be commended.

    let the catty comments begin…

  2. Sia

    March 5, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Very pretty girl. Don’t fancy her style. I think simple (more chic) / more flattering clothing works the best for her.

  3. ruzy

    March 5, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    oh my, ur fashion is so lovly am lost of word. u are just beautiful and i do like(luv) ur style.

    • ayoyinka

      April 12, 2012 at 10:17 am

      lost of word…okayyy

  4. Ngozi

    March 5, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    The only MYstyle on bella that I have words to comment on:

    I love it. Beatiful, colorful, and inspiring….not trying too hard, age appropriate and fit to her body type!!!

  5. LULU

    March 5, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    I like…especially the NANA-ROZETTE brand. The picture where her hair was in some type of Mohawk was lovely.

  6. emily

    March 6, 2010 at 12:08 am

    nice style but not all that glam. not flattering on her

  7. bukki

    April 8, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    NICE!!! this is what u called style, sorry it not the every day trends most girls wear these days, u know the forever 21, wet seal, papaya and other cheap looking clothers. u got style…2 thumbs up 4 u!

  8. Anya Posh

    April 9, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    She looks gorgeous! Her clothes flatter her body-type. And her hair is always gorgeous. What a woman! She’s not afraid of colour. And I like those exaggerated skirts she wears.. DIVA!

  9. Blossom

    June 28, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Your clothes are gorgeous but I think your eyebrows are just too darkly pencilled-in… Just my opinion, though.

  10. Tumi Jegede

    July 12, 2010 at 4:38 am

    A lot of interesting outfits there!! I see a theme developing with the skinnies and boots, I guess you’ve chosen to show off your best features :)??

    I think I would love to see some more daytime non-party looks.

    I’ve seen this MyStyle section grow, we can dress lovely, at night, but I think what really shows someone who has style is how they dress to school/to work, how they bring out their individuality OR creativity when it seems there are fewer choices.

    🙂

  11. Oddie

    August 24, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    She is a DIVA !!

  12. Tito

    September 8, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    BABE I LOVE UR STYLE ITS REALLY INSPIRING,BUT I LOVE UR BOOTS AS WELL NICE DRESS SENSE.

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