This month, as a tribute to my island nation, I wanted to introduce you to a few of our Jamaican-born style and beauty bloggers who are making waves in the online fashion community.
Cheryl of Oh to Be A Muse is originally from Kingston, Jamaica. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area in California and launched her blog in 2009. I met Cheryl at a rooftop party back in 2011 right after launching my blog. She has style, is a great inspiration for petite women and her blog is a great resource for fashion and beauty news. With 2,172 followers on Facebook; 402 followers on instagram 1,855 on twitter, and various features and awards she has certified fashionista status!
Where have you been featured/awards?
InStyle Magazine, Glamour.com, Magnum Ice Cream video, Fashion Bomb Daily, Black Girls Killing It, Chictopia, MTV Style, eCollegeFinder Top Fashion Blogs Award, EverydaySale 50 Best Beauty Blogs Award
What inspired you to start your blog?
I was inspired to start a blog because I have a journalism background so I wanted my own space to convey my thoughts. Also, I was preparing for my wedding so I wrote blog posts about wedding hairstyles, reception dresses, etc, and received feedback via comments that inspired me to transition my blog into more of a fashion-related outlet.
How would you describe your style?
I consider my style to be comfy chic. I like to wear items that make me feel comfortable instead of restricted. But I also want to put effort into my overall look so I add some glam in terms of color, texture or accessories.
What three tips would you give to women who are trying to find their own personal style?
Know what you look good in and create looks that enhance your best features2. Be comfortable in your body so you’re not afraid to take risks. 3. When your fashion is inspired, your style is inspirational–so buy pieces that aren’t just throwaways, but ones that you can keep for the long haul.
What is your beauty routine?
I wash my face with Aveeno Clear Complexion and then moisturize with Eucerin Daily Protection Moisturizer (SPF 30). Right now I like to use a tinted moisturizer for a light, even coverage before applying a liquid eyeliner or pencil (Urban Decay 24/7 glide-on) and an e.l.f. tone correcting concealer. I add Dior DiorShow mascara and sometimes apply a rosy blush to my cheeks depending on the occasion. I finish with a lipgloss unless I’m feeling feisty and want to add more color then I’ll do a lipstick in a pink or brown.
Three items every woman should have in their closet?
- A colored blazer–a blazer looks great with jeans, a dress, shorts or a skirt and one in a beautiful color will always dress up any look.
- A signature dress–it doesn’t have to be an LBD, but there should be something about the dress that makes it stand out (cutouts, patterns, texture, the hemline) and it should fit you like a glove.
- A pair of killer heels that make you feel good all day, every day. They should be the type of shoes that can be worn with a lot of your outfits and that stand out for all the right reasons.
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