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Jamaican Style Blogger: Monique Solomon from IrieDiva

This month, as a tribute to my island nation, I wanted to introduce you to a few of our Jamaican style bloggers who are making waves in the online fashion community.

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Blogger Monique Solomon is one of the many people that I have met through my blog by way of twitter. She stood out for me because of her absolutely beautiful curly head of hair (mi grudge har fah (-: ) and her tongue-in-cheek humor. This Jamaican based blogger is the face and voice of of IrieDiva, a popular online destination for lifestyle, fashion, natural hair, natural beauty products and Jamaican culture.  

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When did you start blogging?
I started way back in summer 2007 with a blog called Fashion Over Style. Those were the fun days!

What inspired you to start your blog?
I was working at a fashion house here in Jamaica at the time and felt like a magazine with all our local designers was missing from the industry so my blog was created to help fill that void.

How would you describe your style?
My style is very cutesy, very girly, reflective of me living on the islands, light materials, flirty fabrics and cuts that flatter my ever changing figure.

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What three tips would you give to women who are trying to find their own personal style?
Go through your closet and figure out what you would fight with Stacy and Clinton with if they ever came to invade your space. Then figure out why you love these items so much. How does it flatter your body? What does it say about your personality? Is it sending the message you want it to send? Once you’re able to answer these questions, you’re well on your way to finding your style.

It also helps to look back through years of Facebook pictures to see outfits that have worked for you, trends that you keep rocking over and over again and favourite pieces that keep popping up. Going through old photographs was actually how I figured out that I wasn’t as fashion-forward as I thought I was, but I was rather quite cutesy!

What is your beauty routine?
I’m currently trying to figure this one out and stick with it. After going natural a year ago, my skin went to war and we’ve been slowly coming to compromise now. Things like black soap, organic ACV, argan oil and mud masks are in rotation as I figure it out.

Three items every woman should have in their closet?
A great shift dress, a classic pencil skirt that flatters the body with a crisp white shirt and a great pair of black pumps.

She has been featured on Curly NikkiStyle and Vibes and was nominated for a Jamaican Blog Award.

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Monique Solomon is the last Jamaican style blogger for this August series. However, In the weeks and months ahead, as I incorporate additional content to make this blog a better reflection of all that I am, I will be featuring other “extraordinary” Jamaicans who are also in the fashion community. In the meantime, check out Monique’s blog and follow her on Facebook.

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To discover other Jamaican Style Bloggers, click on the Jamaican Style Bloggers tag below or search for Jamaican style bloggers in the search box above.

XoXo, Natasha

 

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4 comments

  1. thanks again for the feature!!! i read your blog all the while but im so bad with leaving comments because i read from my google reader which became my feedly reader since google went defunct on me but i do love your blog 🙂

    • You are welcome! It’s ok about the comments. If you come across a post and you feel compelled to drop a line or two then please do so. But I understand totally. I keep up with blogs through Bloglovin and because I have such a long list of blogs its impossible to comment on all of them.

  2. I am such a fan of Irie Diva and follow her blog via Bloglovin. She keeps me up to date on tings a gwan’. Thanks for this great post and for the JA Series. All a unno a fi mi fambily!!!!!!!

    • Yes, she is a really great blogger and you are welcome. I really loved the response that I got from this series. I didn’t want to post them so close together though, especially since I asked all of you the same questions and some of the responses were very similar. I will be doing more of these in the months to come though. Next up, a few Connecticut based Jamaican-born designers. There are also a lot of other Jamaican bloggers who I discovered after I started publishing this, etc.