FEATURE Friday With
Edgy, chic, bold and trendy. These are just a few words that come to mind when I think of this stylenista. Meet NeShanta Davis a.k.a. Ms. Style Is She.
First of all let me say that this look (pictured above) is everything and more.
Check out our conversation...
*When did you realize you had a flare for styling?
I've always been into fashion, it has been at the forefront of my life since forever. I opened a boutique after I moved to Atlanta. I think that was the catalyst for many styling opportunities to come. One of my close friends, who is also a celebrity stylist, recognized my potential. She took me under her wings. After about a year, I launched out on my own.
*How long does it take for you to put a look together?
It depends on the day and my mood. Sometimes I can be really anal and other times I can be really indecisive. Ask me how long it takes for me to get my room back together on those indecisive days. Lol!
*You were in the military for 10 years. How did this time period effect your ability to express your sense of style?
Being in the military completely hinders your creativity. However, I was born to break the rules. Military guidelines only allow women to carry a certain type of black bag. When the majority of the other women carried that one bag, I had 20 different black bags. The handbook stated that we only have 3 inches of hair in bulk, I would have maybe a millimeter over the 3 inches. And just for spice things up, I'd sneak in a little 1B33 hair color.
*What prompted you to start blogging?
Blogging was the platform that I used to highlight my style. I wanted to show people how, with just a few coins, I could create a top dollar look.
*How did you transition from military vet to wardrobe stylist?
Well, I had to leave the military due to medical issues. I thought now that I'm a civilian, I may as well get a good corporate job with 401K, benefits and enjoy the 2 weeks of vacation a year until I retired. So after a lot of upsets and set-ups, my husband suggested that I follow my passion.
*Who is your favorite style icon or stylist?
*What is your favorite trend(s) this season?
Right now, I am OBSESSED with plaids. My other two are leather and fur
*As "The" thrift maven, do you repeat looks or styles?
If you had asked me that a few years ago, I might have been offended. Today, it's a challenge for me to see how many ways I can recreate each piece. It's a determining factors when I'm selecting pieces envisioning how many ways I can style it.
*Where did Style Is She come from?
I started out as NeShanta Stylish She. But not knowing the law or business etiquette; I was almost sued over the name. Very quickly I had to change the name. Since I already had a following and to keep down confusion I wanted something similar to the old name. So I decided on Style Is She.
*Fashion often ostracize curvy girls; what's your opinion on style and size?
It's kind of two-fold for me. I'm a firm believer in self expression. However, every trend isn't meant for everybody. While I applaud those who have the courage to do it regardless of their size; I still feel you should respect your body type and dress appropriate. Joan Rivers said it best, "Just because it zips doesn't mean it fits."
Just a word of advise for those wanting to get into the fashion industry - The fashion industry is cut throat. You have to have tough skin and a strong determination. Do whatever it takes to stay on top of your game. Figure out your niche and make it work for you. Be Consistent, Persistent and Never give up.