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My Style: Monica Awe-Etuk



My Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013027“Fashion is what you make it” – Monica Funmilayo Awe-Etuk

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 Monica Funmilayo Awe-Etuk is a Canadian-Nigerian living in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a wife and mother of 2, has a double major in both Mass Communication and Sociology and studied the business of fashion. Coupled with her experience in working in the high end fashion industry for 15 years she has a blog called Awed by Monica that celebrates her love for fashion and style. 

She likes to keep her style true to her personality and believes that fashion is like art and should be treated as such. Find out how she mixes up her style and what she thinks every girl should have in their wardrobe.

My Style Is
…a mix of everything stylish. I treat fashion like art and leave my style to my own interpretation.

Where Style meets Personality
Like my style, my personality for the most part is fun and very much alive. I do have a serious side, however I am trying to be more adventurous.

Where I Shop till I Drop
There is no one store that carries all the designers I love. There are so many designers that I am passionate about, it is impossible to pinpoint one brand that sums up my style.

Like any Nigerian girl, I love a great deal. Being that I understand how the industry works, I’d rather shop during sales. However if I find an item I absolutely love, there is no such thing as waiting for a sale (unfortunately I find too many things I absolutely love).

My Tresses
My favorite hair look would be to wear my hair super long, even as long as my backside, however I am rocking shoulder length hair right now and I love it.

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My Makeup Look

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How I Accessorize
I love accessories and I think they truly complete any outfit. I have tones of statement pieces, sunglasses in every major silhouette, silk scarfs, wool scarfs and tons of belts.My Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013023My Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013025My Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013041My Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013046Feet & Shoes

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How I Pattern my PrintsMy Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013002 My Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013039 My Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013055My Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013036 My Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013057

My Advice for Other Stylistas
I encourage my clients to find pieces that work for their personality and look awesome on their body type. I also advice people not to buy items because you see your favorite celebrities wearing it. Instead be conscious of your body shape and style and make sure you ‘own’ every outfit you put on.

The Short LifeMy Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013010 My Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013020 My Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013068 My Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013067 My Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013059 My Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013027 My Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013008 My Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013006 My Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013007

On a Regular day
A regular day look for me would be a silk shirt, boyfriend jeans, and a blazer with a Chanel pin.My Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013052

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For work I love a great fitted suit. Prints are totally in, so I would mix patterns and still keep it professional.My Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013038 My Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013053My Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013030

I Own the Night
I am totally in-love with Clover Canyon right now. I would definitely rock one of their scuba dresses at night.My Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013065

My Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013015I Think Every Girl Should Have
Every stylish person should have an amazing pair of jeans, a great black dress, a pair of neutral pumps, a blazer and a killer tote.My Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013031 My Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013037

Let it FlowMy Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013001 My Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013069My Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013009 My Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013029 My Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013042 My Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013061 My Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013062

If I Could Steal a Celebrity’s Wardrobe
There are a few people’s wardrobes I would love to own. Kim Kardashian and Bridget Awosika, for example are two that stand out. They both have amazing style.

Which Celebrity Stole my Look
I would compare my style to Tiwa Savage’s. I think she plays with trends but always has a way of making it her own and I love that. It’s totally me.My Style Monica Awe-Etuk - BellaNaija - August2013074

My Style Philosophy
I truly believe fashion is what you make it!

Thanks a lot to Monica for sharing her My Style with us. For more on her style check out her blog | Follow her on Twitter at @monicaaweetuk | Like her page on Facebook | Follow her on Instagram
If you are interested in appearing on My Style, 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 style(at)bellanaija(dot)com. When your entry is approved, you will be required to send in more pictures and personal commentaries on your style or that of your friend as the case may be.

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  1. Florence

    August 20, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Hmmmmm, this is STyle personified…..

  2. Unveil

    August 20, 2013 at 11:49 am

    u go girl!!!! totally loving it…

  3. Ariyike

    August 20, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Me likey!!! I like the fact the her style is ‘easy’ and ‘effortless’.

  4. Jo!

    August 20, 2013 at 12:01 pm


    • Bamzi

      August 20, 2013 at 1:14 pm



    August 20, 2013 at 12:07 pm


  6. Vanessa

    August 20, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    This babe really looks good for a mother of two. I love the ash(or so) handbag. Very vintage. I also love most of the outfits and the way they were combined. However, the razz(torn) jeans is a NO for me.

    • Just saying...

      August 20, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      Yeah, u can say that again @ mother of two
      Great body!

  7. Hurperyermie

    August 20, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    love it

  8. Vanessa

    August 20, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I also agree that every lady should own the LBD(little black dress), good jeans and good shoes.

  9. Anita....

    August 20, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Now this is my style right here….sophisticated cool – with a dash of bohemian.She looks gr8,has a bangin bod a(mother of two!) and her shoe game is tight.

  10. naana

    August 20, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    rrrrrrrrrrrrrock them darling…….

  11. Sbaby

    August 20, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Love love love and love her style, hot mother of two

  12. Desola

    August 20, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    I guess every1 is a fashionista>>>> when the paper rolls in well…nice though!!!

  13. Ok o

    August 20, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    She had some looks similar to Stella of Jadore fashion….Great body for a mother of two and nice style!

    • British/Naija

      August 20, 2013 at 1:29 pm

      My thoughts exactly!!!….

    • Oyinmomo

      August 20, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      and mine too….

  14. Fashionista

    August 20, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Her hot pink Valentino bag is giving me life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Ada

    August 20, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    I love her style. She looks quite comfortable.

  16. Heeba

    August 20, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Nice ,you werk it girl!!! She has great classic style

  17. TYO

    August 20, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I am in LOVE with her style.

  18. Chikaka

    August 20, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Very good.

  19. X- Factor

    August 20, 2013 at 1:23 pm


  20. Afrik Lounge Show

    August 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Mama Itoro, NICE!!!

  21. lilz

    August 20, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    just love the fact that she has really unique pieces..not the regular asos and h&m..and not too many heels.. she just has this calm not-trying-too-hard look. i love

  22. Aibee

    August 20, 2013 at 2:11 pm


  23. Tuu

    August 20, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Not thrilled,her style is gr8,no1 shld gt me wrong bt i feel lik i’v seen too many of dis type of style dis yr on BN nd oda blogs,doesnt luk unique,she luks good tho(wit d cheddaz of course)….+BN i’ld rily love to see more home girls(girls dt live in Nigeria/Africa),as i’v nt yt hammered enuf to buy 4rm Gucci stores,,lemme c babes dt wear affordable clothes wit a gr8 sense of style.I tink dose r d realest fashionistas.

  24. kaddy

    August 20, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Lovely Legs And Pretty face


    August 20, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Mother of two? Wow! She looks awesome.

  26. guess

    August 20, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Errrrrr no hating but her style is really shabby. I wanted a more sophisticated look,with her resume and all. No heels,jst comfortable flats and dat wedge boots? like seriously???’ nice figure tho.

    • Fashionista

      August 20, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      Is your eye paining you??!!!! it is HER style, not “what guess thinks her style shud be”!! schewzzzzzz

    • 2bylala

      August 21, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      Errrr no hating but u shld check her blog which i’ve been following since late last year, when u see all the loub pigalles et all, then comment constructively. Till then, zip it…

    • Zara

      August 21, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      I’m not agreeing with guess because I do think this lady has style. However, regarding your comment, owning loub pigalles like you stated doesn’t equate style. Style is not about design labels.

  27. honeymix

    August 20, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    She has a cool and calm style. I love it. Damn! For a mother of two,with that body, thumbs up girl.

  28. shay shay

    August 20, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    … that first picture tho… almost went back to home page before deciding to scroll down. Abeg that first picture is NOT IT at all.. for me sha

  29. Jane

    August 20, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Can’t say if it’s her hairstyle or poses, she looks like Stella of Jadore Fashion in some pics. Nice and hot Mama of 2!

  30. Ranti Co.

    August 20, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Love her looks and style. Her twist on trends are chic and stunning. Love it.

  31. Titi

    August 20, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    One word to sum up her style , untidy!

    • Your Uncle

      August 20, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      One word to sum ‘YOU’ up , Clueless!

    • Titi

      August 20, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      Not even going to get into a war of words with you dear, like I said, her style in MY opinion in untidy!! Less is more and always aim for a super clean look, works all the time! It’s not about wearing designer items. I live in nyc, Chinese girls always look so hot because they wear very simple clean outfits.

  32. Miss Concerned

    August 20, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    great 4a mother of two. ayam awed indeed. so dats how pointees came back into fashio; shoot me already; i knew i shd v kept my collection of old shoes…:)

  33. The Real Madam the Madam

    August 20, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    I like her style. Very nice! And she looks great for a mom of 2. Dang, I need to be looking that hot when I pop out the kiddies.

  34. tatafo!

    August 20, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Omo! I so want to be like you when I grow up!

  35. Ngozi

    August 20, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Love this lady’s ” personal style”, and I think is fab for a mum of 2!
    @ Tuu Do check out my “home grown Nigerian blog o!”

  36. Chizzy

    August 20, 2013 at 5:27 pm


  37. Opium

    August 20, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Bella Naija should just have a poll on Mystyle features jare..cant be bothered to analyse nada…That said, I would rate her a 6 out of 10 overall.If you have a problem with that (panadol-takers) I wouldnt mind giving y’all directions to River Thames!

  38. Ugo vanessa

    August 20, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    i think she,s cool and shes got a nice shape for a mother of two.i love her style.

  39. elle

    August 20, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    did u say mother of 2??? well damn!

  40. JB

    August 20, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    She does have an OK style but it is true tho that it could be viewed as untidy and shabby because its quite all over the place – too much designer mismatch/accessories… screaming loud fashionista!!! If she scaled down just a wee bit, I think she’d appear more crisp!

    • Ib

      August 20, 2013 at 11:20 pm

      I concur.

    • Msunderstood

      August 21, 2013 at 1:11 am

      Same thing I thought but she’s not bad.


    August 20, 2013 at 6:41 pm


  42. Faith

    August 20, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    I love her style, her shape, her hair, her personality. I love to see people make items that normally wouldn’t go — “go”. Her style is her style so no one should question it. If it doesnt work for you then leave it alone and move on to the next. Great post love the pics. I also love the site! I only found it because of this feature on Monica. For those of you who are looking for a nigerian gal living in nigeria that is fashionable google the Fashion Engineer.

  43. Nada

    August 20, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    I dont think this is stylish at all, and there’s no shoe game here!

    • D-Rock

      August 21, 2013 at 1:09 am

      You are clueless….

    • Msunderstood

      August 21, 2013 at 1:11 am

      I concur, nada.

  44. iba

    August 20, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    her style is hot hot hot

  45. damepenelope

    August 21, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Hhmmnnn bag lover like me!

  46. Jubby

    August 21, 2013 at 3:45 am

    She is basic jor. She reminds me of me. Her style reminds me of my style ..and I’m quite boring so yeah he oring too

  47. aya ilorin

    August 21, 2013 at 4:46 am

    loving it all the way, you go girl! senior Funmi

  48. Berry Dakara

    August 21, 2013 at 8:06 am

    I love her bags and the flat ankle-strap sandals.

  49. Aduke

    August 21, 2013 at 8:08 am

    I luvvv ur laid back yet very unique sense of style! U dont seem to be trying too hard n i really dig that! And YESSSS to Clover Canyon!!!!! 😀 Very unique n super gorgeous dresses!

  50. deshola

    August 22, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Go funmi, u rock!

  51. amarachi

    August 22, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Really 9ice

  52. datigbolady

    September 5, 2013 at 4:34 pm


  53. Omoteleola

    September 11, 2013 at 7:56 am

    very stylish.. nice!

  54. UJU

    October 7, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    you look amazing and chic

  55. temiloluwa

    October 18, 2013 at 10:32 am

    You rock dear! I totally love your sense of style.

  56. pweetypeepy

    November 19, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    your style is cool. keep it up.

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