Get Familiar: Interview With Entrepreneur And Model N'Jeri A
I had the pleasure of meeting and sitting down with creator of ArtsyJunkie.com herself, N'Jeri A.
If you're not familiar with her site, I suggest you get familiar quick. The 23 year old, Washington, D.C. native took her talents to the web and launched her website ArtsyJunkie.com a little over a year ago.
Through her site she merges every art form, giving young entrepreneurs and creatives a platform for them to be recognized. She has some great things in store for the future, but in the meantime -- if you're interested in learning a little more about Miss N'Jeri and her love for fashion, keep scrolling because you're in for a treat.
Q: How long have you been into fashion?
A: Oh gosh. So obviously the common answer would be since I was a kid, but I come from a creative family. So pretty much everyone had their own creative outlet in my family, so fashion was like my second passion. Dance was first. As I got older, I just realized that dance was something I wanted to do freely versus as a career choice because I didn't think that I would love it as much as I would if it was so demanding on my schedule. Fashion was always there and I guess you could say I gave more focus to it. I was always modeling locally as a kid and when I went to college I took it more seriously. I went to castings and I was a real girl model in Seventeen Magazine. When I came home from college I was looking for full time stylists (a couple in my area) and started working for the company I work for now, DC Style Factory and it just kind of went from there.
Q: Where or who do you get most of your inspiration from?
A: Wow, there are quite a few. I know that I really love Solange and Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele (French stylist). Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele taught me that "style" is effortless and there is beauty in simplicity. To be daring too! Be you! It's all a perfect mix. She is the queen of street style! I love how she effortlessly brings high fashion in as well and infuses the two. She is everything. She's inspired me and continues to inspire me all around. I just love her.
Q: Favorite Blogger or Youtuber?
A: FashionBombDaily, UrbanBushBabes and Afro Punk. Those are the three that I follow and I'm always looking at their pages. These sites made their own niche in the market for themselves, similar to what I want to do.
Q: If you could give one fashion tip to beginners, what would it be?
A: I think one thing that I would say is that you don't always have to march to the beat of the fashion industry. I think it is okay to be yourself whether it be outside the box or whatever you describe your style to be. Just stay true to that. Sometimes simple is just enough and effortless always wins. Let your style be your voice.
Q: Must have fashion item for the fall?
A: One thing I am really into this season is thigh high boots. I know this season they are a little higher than normal. Something always changes each season and this season I'm into Christian Dior's f/w 2015-2016 Ready To Wear collection. I really gravitated towards that collection and it inspired me to get thigh highs. I'm also into the grey on grey monochromatic trend this season. I've always been into the whole monochromatic trend, I think that it's still going strong.
Q: A leather jacket or boyfriend jeans?
A: That's hard. Wow. You know, I actually think that I would go for the leather jacket. I feel like the leather jacket is a timeless piece you can never go wrong with.
Q: One word to describe your taste in fashion.
Photo Credit: [photographed by Morgan Hungerford West and styled by N'Jeri A at Violet Boutique]
Q: Favorite fashion item you own?
A: It would have to be my acid washed vintage Guess over sized jean jacket.
Q: What's one fashion faux pa that drives you crazy?
A: The first thing that came to mind were peplums. Although it has run its course I didn't really take to the peplum, but I do think when some trends do die there is an exception to the rule.
Q: Favorite fashion designer or brand?
A: I would say that I have certain designers that I gravitate to. I love Mara Hoffman and I've always had a love for Betsey Johnson. When I was younger it was more so her products, but as I got older I fell in love with her message. I love the history behind what she's done in the fashion industry. She has always been someone who has inspired me to just march to the beat of my own drum and whatever I'm doing is okay. I can go on and on about fashion designers, but as far as brands I think I'm the kind of person that if it's cute and if it's well made I'm good. I don't think it's bad to dive into trends, but I think it's important to have those essential and versatile items.
It was definitely a blast sitting down with this lovely lady.
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