I love this saying by Yves Saint Laurent which goes; Fashion fades, style is eternal. And by golly is he right! That is why all the people in this diary are not only fiercely fashion forward but each one has got a unique sense of STYLE. It comes naturally to them. Today we’ll be going down Audrey’s style lane. Audrey is the proud CEO of Uzuri Couture and most recent winner of the Music And Fashion Battle (MAFB). Style is the invisible middle name on her birth certificate. Seriously, like she was born to do this. Correct me if I am wrong but first read on.
Who are you? My name is Audrey Ngo Mbog , I’m 23 years old, Cameroonian and living in Holland. I’m a student in International Business and Languages with the drive and dream to become a fashion designer. Which is the profession I exercise next to being a student. I love chilling with friends and family, travelling and everything evolving around fashion.
What would you say influences your style choices? My style is casual chic. With ethnic influences from time to time. But how I dress from day to day really depends on my mood and where I’m going to. I love dressing up, but doing it in a practical way.
All time favourite shops/clothing brands. Jeffrey Campbell heels, Tory Burch ballerina’s , Zara & H&M (for basics, not for statement pieces. Because I don’t like entering somewhere and everybody instantly knows where I got my clothes from), River Island, Topshop, San Marina.Unlike certain people I don’t have an all-time favourite brand. I buy whatever looks good to my eyes and fits right on my body. Online shops: theoutnet, asos , topshop , nelly.
You had me at Zara, haha…Some really good brands there. Anyhoo, you are glowing! Any particular beauty secrets? I don’t have a beauty secret. I’m really not too much into make-up and crèmes and such. I don’t watch what I eat or put on my skin (is that a bad thing?), but since a few weeks my mom brought back dis cleansing lotion made out of lemon and aloe vera juice from Cameroon. I tried it out and it works REALLLLLLYYY GOOD! Better than all the things I’ve put on my face so far! So that is kind of part of my daily ritual now. It gives me a smooth, healthy, glowing skin. LOVE IT!
Googling it as we speak, LOL. What are your favourite make-up brands. I don’t really wear make-up. Especially not foundation/concealer and stuff. So when I buy my RED/PINK lipstick (because if I even put on make-up it’s mostly lipstick) I make sure to just find the PERFECT colour. I don’t look at the brand. But if I really had to choose one brand I’d say MAC. My cousin had their foundation at home and one time I tried their foundation. Thinking it wasn’t noticeable, coming out of the bathroom, my cousin asked me what I did with my skin. So even though I only put a SMALLLL portion of it on my skin it really changed my skin tone and complexion. It was really complementing my skin. I didn’t go and buy it though. And I also love their other products, especially for the colours they have sometimes. But when it comes to make-up just give me crazy lipstick colours and I’m good.
What is the most beautiful thing about you and how do you accentuate it? Wauw, such a funny question to answer myself. I should ask my boyfriend or so haahaha. But personally I love my eyes and my lips. Like I said above I rarely wear make-up, so when I do it’s only to accentuate those two points. I do that with eyeliner, mascara and lipstick. Two other things I like on me are my legs and my skin(soft and good complexion). So when I want to put my legs out there I wear short skirts, dresses or shorts.
Your favourite music track would be…? Without doubt, Blick Bassy – Donalina. From the 1st time I heard it until this day it gives me an indescribable feeling!
Comment: ‘If you got it flaunt it.’ I agree! Although I think some people take that quote to the extreme!
If your life was a movie, what would be its title and who would play you? Damn I love your questions! For real 😀 !! I’ve spoken so many times about this with my bestie. Because I go through the strangest things and people really have NO IDEA of who I am or do! And my bestie is the only one who knows 95% of what goes on in my life. Sometimes I think I should write a book!
Anyway to answer your question.. The title would be “The Undefinable ”
I would have 3 women who would play me. To cover the 3 parts of my life: my childhood, my teenage years and the grown fine (young)woman that I am and growing into more and more. I don’t know who would play me as a child and teenager, but me as a young woman would be played by Jada Pinkett-Smith. Just love that woman and all the movies she has played in. And also important: she’s beautiful (to me) and petite (like me).
Your house is in flames, what one item would you save out of your closet and why? Knowing me I’d just panic and run out of the house! I don’t care too much about material things, they can be replaced. Let me first get out of there SAFE!
Good answer…But don’t come begging me later when I rescue one of your Jeffrey Campbells…:) Who is your all time fashion icon? I would have to go for Grace Jones! I’m not as crazy or daring, but for me she has the IT-factor.
Your favourite quote. “If you want to fly get rid of the shit that weighs you down”.
I have been in a stage in life where I had people surrounding me that were not bringing me anywhere. They stayed on one spot whereas I wanted to fly! I got rid of them. Those so called friends, acquaintances or even people I just said hi to from time to time. I’m not giving them the opportunity anymore to get in my perimeter. I only want and need POSITIVE energy!
Word! Do you have any blog, video links or website we can follow you on? I don’t have a blog yet, it’s coming soon. I’m not the writer type, but I’ll do my best to make it interesting and bring something new to the table than just the usual blog. Same goes for the website.
The video links I have so far are of my fashion shows I did.
What’s your advice to young people? I’m young, but I am blessed to know what I want to do from this young age. If you want something don’t let go of your dreams. Even if everybody thinks you won’t make it, how would you know if you don’t try? Try your best to prove it to yourself that you are worthy. Worthy of love, worthy of doing what you love best. If you believe in God, praise him for everything he has done, is doing and will continue to do for you. Think of yourself, but don’t be egocentric. Be humble, give back to the ones that help(ed) you, appreciate everything, everyone and every day in life. But especially don’t forget who you are, where you come from and let that have an essential place in where you are going to.
Me and my models:) Go Uzuri!
Audrey is definitely the ish! Stay connected for updates on Uzuri Couture. And if you wanna be the next diary we’re flipping through, whether you’re a boy or girl, just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peace n Love.