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Posted by Editor On JULY - 18- 2011

Happy New Year!Yes, I know I'm a little late on the wishes just like the way I'm late with our new January Issue but it's finally here. New year, new layout, new name, basically, new things. Its all about the new new! For all those who knew this blog as The Ladies Room, I now introduce you to AfroElle; a blog for women of afro-descent from all over the world.


Posted by Editor On JULY - 18 - 2011

The year has literally flown by, I can't believe it's already December. To many, December is a month of in depth self evaluation and stock taking; taking that walk down memory lane to see if you accomplished the goals you set at the beginning of the year.It's also about looking at your present to see what has worked for you or what you need to eliminate before you head on to the new year.

Fashion Inspiration: Mlle Trendy

Posted by AfroElle On 12:52 AM
Oumou Sanogo was born in Mali but at the age of 2 she moved with her parents to Senegal then back to Mali in 1996 and finally to Montreal in 2003. Since then, she graduated with a degree in International business and she is now working full time for a ceramic tiles importation company. For fun, this fashionista enjoys blogging, going to the movies, discovering new gourmet restaurants throughout the city (especially anything Italian or French inspired) and of course, trying out (finding out/exploring) new places to shop.

Describe your signature style

I don’t know if you could quite qualify it as a signature style but it’s definitely what I enjoy wearing the most and that would be dark skinny jeans, with sky high heels, that I always pair with a Statement blazer or leather jacket, that is preferably really fitted with strong/structured shoulders.

That way, whether it’s for a date night or a nice outing with friends, I feel like I can be both comfortable and effortlessly stylish.

What's different about your style?

I guess a certain duality that invariably goes with my personality. Because even though I like everything girly, chic and Elegant, I’m also all for the rocker/biker chick look.I absolutely adore motorcycle jackets, wearing “all black everything”, short edgy haircuts and tattoos!So despite the fact that I’ve been more color oriented in my looks recently, in preparation for the sunny days ahead, I’m definitely looking forward to showing off my «Rocker Chic» side in the future. I guess you could also say that I have a never ending need to always switch hairstyles. I get bored really really easily and I also have an obsession for bold colored lipsticks.

How did you get interested in fashion?

It started when I was a kid; my mother used to dress me like a little doll back then; puffy dresses, white socks and everything, but by doing so, she gave me the inspiration to always be mindful of how I put my clothes together.

She is my true inspiration and the person who started it all for me, since then, I’ve always loved playing dress up and expressing myself through my clothes! I felt like it was the only thing I had as I was an extremely shy kid. Through the years, fashion and style definitely helped me come out of my shell. I mean fashion is great but defining and developing your own sense of style is what’s interesting to me and also exciting about the whole thing.

It’s always fascinating to see how people’s style choices throughout the years mirror the changes in their inner self, that’s what happened for me at least, so, after years of insecurities, awkward fashion phases and self-defining, I can safely say that today I’m happy with what I came up with and I’m very much looking forward to see what the future will bring lots and lots of pairs of Louboutin hopefully.

Where do you draw your fashion inspiration from?

On a daily basis, pretty much like everyone else mostly magazines and celebrities,yes, I’m not afraid to admit it ,but also people I see on the street who might be wearing something interesting, in a different or original way.Most of the time though, I like challenging myself to put together an outfit in order to reflect my mood or a certain idea that I’d like to convey,that’s the fun part,creating something and wearing it like no one else could have.

What's your favourite accessory?

Bags; I love them in all shapes, colors, textures and sizes! They’re so much fun, so handy and on top of all, soooo pretty!!!

What’s your perfect everyday shoe?

Ballerinas; I can’t be wearing heels everyday so ballerinas are definitely a comfortable , yet oh -so -chic option for me not to kill my feet, and I guess they also remind me of the shoes my mom used to force me to wear when I was a child, now I see why she liked them so much!

What fashion trend do you think is overrated?

Fur; It’s just not my thing, I don’t mind other people wearing it, I can even find it nice but I don’t know what all the fuss is about,I guess it’s my African side showing , we’re not used to those things and even though I’ve been living in Canada for almost 8 years I still don’t get it.

What do you consider as fashion no-no's?

Mixing two different animal prints together; zebra & leopard for example,.that’s just bad, bad, bad!

What is the best way of looking sexy without going over board?

Wearing a nice high-waisted pencil skirt.It’s not too revealing yet sooo feminine.

What is your best fashion advice to every woman?

Know and love your body. It may sound cliché but when picking up clothes, it’ll be easier for you to know what you should look for, instead of being completely lost. Good fitted clothes really can change everything, so take the time to know yourself and most of all, try to be confident!! It may be hard because as women we always have those insecurities filled days but once you stop worrying so much about what people might think or say, trust me, it feel so much better !


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