FEATURE Friday w/ Kiwi The Beauty

As the saying goes, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder"  
Today's feature for this FEATURE Friday is KiSheyna of 

I met Kiwi just a little over a year ago and from day one she's been real.  I found her to be down to earth and full of blogger knowledge.  Our conversation went a little like this....

*What were your life plans before you started blogging?
     ~ I was going to college to be a publicist.  To past the time away, because there wasn't as many of the current social media platforms of today, I starting blogging.  

* How has blogging affected your life?

     ~ Blogging has effected a big part of my life, mainly my income.  Through blogging, I've experienced some great opportunities.  So much so that if I'd have gone the PR route I don't think I would have encountered them.  It has changed my life dramatically.  It's almost surreal at times just looking at where writing has taken me...  I love it!!!!!!!!!!!! 

* What are some of your greatest blogging accomplishments

     ~ Oh gosh!  Being on billboards for Miss Jessie's, magazine features and more recently, making the cover of It's My Hair! Magazine.

* What do you like least about blogging?

     ~ Editing!  Don't get me wrong, blogging is beautiful.  It's just that this piece can be the most time consuming piece.

* Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

     ~ I guess that depends on how social media goes... Definitely blogging to my highest potential.  Having an extremely high reach, over the 100k mark.  Making six figures all while continuing to create a brand from my blog.  I would really be doing myself a disservice if I wasn't operating with multiple streams of income.  This is my goals  

* Being a social media-lite, what would you do if social media didn’t exist?

     ~ Social media effects not just bloggers, but everybody.  Without it a lot of people would be lost.  Social media is how we connect with people.  It has changed the game for quite a bit of people.

* Describe Kiwi in one word?

     ~ Creative

* As a blogger, what would you say is your area of expertise?

     ~ Being a creative being, I don't have any one specific area.  My niche is media, beauty and lifestyle blogger

* What advise do you have for rising bloggers? 

     ~ Don't get caught up on what other bloggers are doing or social media numbers.  Don't be intimidated.  In the blogging community, there's enough room for us all.  And most importantly, be willing to learn.  Read books, take workshops, even attend conferences.  If you don't believe in your brand, no one else will.

Photo Cred: ZOA Photography

Keep in touch with Kiwi: 
FB, Twitter, IG and Periscope 


FEATURE Friday with

Fashionably: chic, smart, modish, voguish, elegant.  
Bold. Be Fabulous. Be You - Natasha Bernard


Can you get into these fabulous palazzo pants sown and styled by stylenista Natasha.
Check out our conversation....

* How did you come into sowing as a hobby?  What's your best work yet?

     I first learned to sew in home economics class back in high school.  Once I entered into college, sewing got pushed to the back burner.  I was inspired to start sewing again after viewing a few sewing blogs.  At least 30% of my wardrobe contains pieces that I've sewn including my best work yet; which are these magenta colored Italian wool palazzo pants. OMG, they are my go-to, my staple, my most prized possession.  I can be 70 and I will still be rocking them.

* What's your signature style?

     I'm very diverse.  My style can be put three categories: urban, vintage modern and sophisticated chic infused with lots of colors and prints.

* As an interior designer, how often do you redesign or revamp your home or work space?

     My approach whether it's interior or fashion is from a modern perspective.   When I establish my wardrobe or an element of my home, my mind set it to be modern enough to be able to transition for years to come.

* Does your family express your enthusiasm for style and fashion the way that you do?

     My husband is a very conservative dresser.  I'm trying to get him to incorporate more color into his wardrobe.  Although, he has peaked outside the box a little bit.  My son, on the other hand, has inherited my fashion sense.  I think he's going to be a dabber / debonair type of dude.  At 5, he's already aware of his appearance.

* If I looked in your closet, how would I find it arranged?

     By color, then by function.

* Heels or Flats

     Although I'm not that crazy for shoes, I still love shoe a good shoe.  My preference is more of a classic approach.  I have a nice selection of flats, however, my favorite shoe type are pumps.  I love a classic pointed toe pump.

* What's your favorite season as far as fashion goes?

     Fall, I like being able to layer.  In the fall you can still incorporate some of your spring/summer pieces into your fall look.

* You have fabulous photos.  Who does your photography?

     Believe it or not, my husband.  I have to give credit to my husband (who has no training) and the settings on my camera (with minimal editing).

* Fashion Fab Style Academy... What's the motivation behind this venture?

     I've always looked at my blog as brand.  So I wanted to do something to expand it.  Since I was always giving out advise, I thought it would be a good idea to have a symposium.  This would be my platform to give style tips, demonstrate how to style for your body type and how to integrate colors and prints into your wardrobe from my prospective.

I would like to thank Natasha Bernard of Fashionably Fabulous for her time and advice. 
Twitter: @fashionfabstyle

Natural Chic

Hey there Stylenista's!

I call this look natural chic.... I have been natural for over 2 years and I LOVE it.  I wish I would have done it earlier.  I didn't grow up wearing makeup and I never learned how to apply it so I don't wear.  I'm okay with my natural beauty.

Outfit Details:

Top - Thrifted - $1.00
Skirt - Thrifted - $2.00
Shoes - Plato's Closet - $10
Belt - Thrifted - .50
Accessory's - B&R Thrift Store - $1.50/ set


Denim & Florals

Hey there Stylenista's

Thanks for checking out my latest post!  I really appreciate it.

It amazes me to see how unintentionally I create similar looks within the same month and not even realize it. It wasn't until I was going through my photos that I noticed that I'd created the denim & floral look twice in one month.  I guess subconsciously, I was really feeling this look. I especially like the fact that both the denim tops and floral skirts were thrifted/gifted.  

Outfit Details:

Plain denim top - Old Navy / gifted
Dark Floral skirt - New York & Co. / $1.75
Floral denim top - Old Navy / &2.00
Floral bottom (it's really a dress styled as a skirt) - You're A Hanger Boutique / $5.00

Total combined: Less than $10