I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Erika of The Fashionesta when I attended a Lucky FABB Conference. She is such a magnetic, open person, and a sweet woman of God. Oh, and she’s smart (pursuing a Masters degree!) There is no reason NOT to love Erika. Read more about her and her sense of style below…
Tell us a bit about your blog and why you started blogging.
The Fashionesta is the online space for my personal style, fashion inspiration, and what I like to call “the soundtrack to my life” (every style post is titled with a song from my personal music library). Believe it or not, I actually started blogging at the suggestion of a few friends. I didn’t even seriously consider the idea of blogging at first, but I’m so glad that those friends believed in me and my aesthetic. The Fashionesta is [almost two years old] now, and I’m still amazed by the wonderful readers that continue to come to the blog to be inspired and engage with the things that inspire me.
What are 5 fashion items (clothes, shoes, accessories, etc.) that describe your personal style?
Only five? Hmm….a killer pair of heels, an eye-catching coat, a pair of pants with some interest (i.e., a special cut, color, and/or pattern), a button-up blouse, and a bold lipstick (I know that’s technically a beauty item, but it’s essential).
What’s your go-to hairstyle?
My go-to hairstyle is an up-do of some sort, mostly because it easily accommodates my hectic schedule. I usually alternate between a top-knot and a high, curly puff. My favorite way to wear my hair, though, is loose in my big, curly ‘fro—the bigger it gets, the more I love it!
How do you feel about the presence of Black fashion bloggers and Black style bloggers (too many, not enough, etc.)
From what I’ve seen, I think that there are a lot of black style bloggers in existence, which is awesome! Unfortunately, though, there is a paucity of black style bloggers who have been able to break into the “front row” of the blogging scene. When I think about the style bloggers who have been able to reach the upper level of the blogging world (with endorsements, high-street and luxury brand collaborations, invitations to shows, etc.), not one black style blogger comes to mind. I look forward to seeing that change, though.
For more of Erika, be sure to read her awesome blog!