Hi my name is Laviniah, Kenyan by origin, I’m a media studies graduate working towards building my career in marketing. My biggest passions are fashion and music; I’m enthralled by each equally and couldn’t separate the two. I’m a singer/songwriter and a fashion blogger, I run a fashion blog that is a personal style journal detailing my style, inspirations and tips. Both fashion and music provide an outlet/platform for me to express myself artistically and bring my creative mind to life.
I would describe my style as innovative and chic with a moderate touch of elegance. I love a simplistic chic look and other moments I opt for a daring, creative, edgy look. I love bright bold colours and soft pastel shades, while experimenting with different textures and styles to create my own signature look. This is not only evident in how I dress but how I style my hair, those who know me know that I change hairstyles as frequently as I change my outfits he he…Which brands or designers ‘speak to you’ the most?
I like a mix of smart/casual and chic/sophisticated looks. I like The Row’s casual/smart look, Victoria Beckham’s feminine/sophisticated dresses, Christian Louboutin heels are gorgeous and Hermes Birkin bags. In terms of what high street brands I like to wear; Dorothy Perkins, New Look, Miss Selfridge, Select, Primark, River Island, H&M and Zara. For me it’s not what you wear but how you wear it, how you put an outfit together that makes a statement.
Any beauty secrets?
I wash my face every evening using a face wash, when I do wear makeup what I normally do is use a facial wipes first then I use a face wash. I have naturally oily skin and I discovered the less cream I use on my face, the less likely I get spots. So I tend to not to moisturise my face when I go to bed, the only thing I apply is eye cream. I highly recommend using a good eye cream and applying at least once a day, it really makes a difference and keeps at bay dark under eye circles or bags.
–Favourite make-up brands.
Mary Kay foundation– I stick to what I know, I use Mary Kay liquid foundation, and I’m currently using the new range which is designed for dry and oily skin. I use the matte finish and it’s great as its light and gives a natural look
Mac cosmetics– love the range of eye shadow palettes
Sleek contour kit– contour and highlighter compact
No7 matte lipstick– I love this brand’s lipstick collection, I prefer matte lipstick as it doesn’t wear off and it’s not too glossy. This range is perfect and it doesn’t chap my lips no matter how much I wear it
Rimmel lipstick– I also love this range, especially when it comes to bold colours such as red salsa and fuchsia pink
Maybelline eye gel liner– comes with a brush so it’s easier to use and its long lasting
Rimmel London lash accelerator mascara– I apply a few coats and it makes my eye lashes look fuller and longer
I have learned to love me as a whole, flaws and all. But if I had to choose I would say my eyes, lips and smile. I accentuate my eyes by creating winged liners, sometimes very fine and other times very defined. With my lips I wear lipstick, my staple colour being red and my smile because others say it’s sweet and sincere.
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional. With whom would it be and why?
I wouldn’t trade with anyone, my reason being is no one is perfect as everyone has flaws, struggles or things they have to deal with. I am happy being me as the best person I can be is myself. No one can do what you do better than yourself.
Your favourite music track would be…?
That’s too difficult to choose, there are too many to list. I love acoustic, gospel, R&B music. If I had to choose one track that resonated with me and I still love hearing it’s Miseducation of Lauryn Hill by Lauryn Hill.
-What is your favourite trend right now?
My favourite trends rather… these are what I would call my trans-seasonal trends, I still can’t resist colour blocking my outfits, pastel shades, peplum is a favourite of mine from peplum dresses to skirts to tops. For Autumn/Winter trends I love the navy on denim look, monochrome, faux fur and leather and burgundy.
-Comment: ‘If you got it, flaunt it’… I believe you can be able to flaunt what you have without having to put it out on full display… I prefer “If you got it, flaunt it tastefully”
-If your life was a movie, what would be its title and who would play you?
Errm I can’t think of a name but the storyline would be something along the lines of a girl who came from humble beginnings and established herself…I can’t think of anyone better to play me than myself
Your top 5 must-haves.
-A good pair of comfortable but sexy heels
-Blazer is a must
-A chiffon top
-A pair of skinny jeans
-A pencil skirt or fitted dress
-Your house is in flames, what one item would you save out of your closet and why?
At the end of the day everything in my closet is materialistic and can easily be replaced. As long as my family and I were safe I wouldn’t be concerned about what I left in my closet.
-Your all time fashion icon is…
This is an easy one…I absolutely adore Olivia Palermo’s style and dress sense, the way she accessorises and put different pieces together and still make it work and look distinct. I also love Australian Harper Bazaar’s fashion editor, Christine Centerena’s style, she has impeccable taste.
-Your favourite quote/saying
I have many but the one that comes to mind is,
“You are what you think, as a man thinks so he is”
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why”- Mark Twain
-Do you have any blog, video links or website we can catch you at?
Fashion blog: (bffbestfootforward.blogspot.co.uk)
Facebook: (laviniah k)
Youtube: (YouTube channel is luv2lav)
Thank you again Lydie xxxGosh, who else is digging Laviniah’s style? I love that blue dress and the sparkly clutch. The braids just killed me! Thanks for indulging. What do you guys think about her style? Rate, subscribe, comment and share. Visit her blog at www.bffbestfootforward.blogspot.com. Join me on: Facebook: Art Becomes YouTwitter: @enjema