Every New Year brings a flood of trends that we can boldly confess are irresistible and no matter how we try to avoid them somehow end up gravitating to them. I personally can’t deny how much I love seeing the amazing trends on social media when it comes to fashion and style. Isn’t it crazy and awesome at the same time that social media helps define what’s trendy and what’s not?
As usual, we are very fond of African bloggers and normally check out their pages to learn a thing or two about what’s hawt. Their perspectives on style fascinate me and the infusion of our African culture is always something of admiration. While browsing through Instagram and using our hashtag #AfricanBloggersKillingIt in search of some fashion inspiration just in time for the New Year, I came across a very stylish young lady, Valerie. Amazed by her Instagram presence and colourful gallery, I quickly clicked to check out her style blog www.veefinition.com.
Like every other style enthusiast, I clicked and checked out her style posts and had to reach out to her to share some tips to our style lovers. Catch our interview with Valerie Egbuniwe of Veefinition as she defines fashion in her own way and shares some great insight on brands to watch out for this year.
I’m Valerie Amara Egbuniwe
Where are you from?
Firstly I’m Nigerian before I’m Igbo.
I blog at VEEFINITION.com
The GlowingColours.com: Would you tell us a bit about yourself and your love for fashion.
I would say when it comes to fashion and I. Expression is my best bet. I’m the kind of girl who would put outfits together based on her feelings.
The GlowingColours.com: How would you describe your personal style and what’s your style formula?
When it comes to my personal style, my personal style is still evolving based on the fact that I’m an 18 year old living in Nigeria and still a student. My style isn’t where I want it to be yet but I love every bit of this journey
My style formula would be…
Expression + Comfort = Confident Style
The GlowingColours.com: What made you decide to start “Veefinition” ?
This story is a really long one which I would summarize by saying…back in secondary school I always used to write down articles and journals for people to read on fashion trends etc. I wanted a platform to share these ideas with a wider audience and a platform to express myself completely.
The GlowingColours.com: What was your idea behind “Veefinition ” when you conceived it?
The idea was a blog at first since the idea was conceived when I was about 15 or so but as time went by I saw the need to make the VEEFINITION name a brand which I’m still working on as I’m a person of many interests which as time goes by I guess you all get to see that part of me.
The GlowingColours.com: How long has it been running?
Before VEEFINITION there was BlvckNautical. I’ve created online content for a year but VEEFINITION is 6 months old.
The GlowingColours.com: What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion I would say has to do with a lot of things from trendy items to recommended ones with rules here and there. I see fashion from a creatives point of view as an opportunity to experience art and the beauty of creativity in fabric.
The GlowingColours.com: Do you have many style icons?
I do have style icons … A lot of people who I would love to raid their wardrobes and look up to for inspiration from fashion editors to models to street style queens …there’s a long list.
The GlowingColours.com: How has your style evolved since starting your blog?
Ever since I started blogging my style has evolved so much. I’m excited to try new things a lot more now. I’m the kind of person who doesn’t really care when someone says I don’t like what you’re wearing….truth is I used to be so conservative with my self-expression with clothes before but blogging helped me quit that part of me
The GlowingColours.com: Let’s dive into fashion talk real quick, what are you into this season?
This Season well…. I’m into the Sheer Trend, Wide Legged Pants, Fringe, Mules
The GlowingColours.com: What are your favourite pieces in your closet?
When it comes to pieces, I’m a momentary lover so right now I’m so in love with the unicorn tears bag I won from the Desiree Iyama giveaway.
My white strap heels…..
By January it’s definitely something different *laughs*
The GlowingColours.com: What are your most favourite stores and why?
I’m a fan of thrift stores firstly. Then I love ShopMaju their pieces are so intricate and unique. I do hope to cop some from them this season. I do like Asos, Forever 21,Topshop, Debra’s Grace, Jumia these stores I love because they retail a lot of good not overly expensive pieces. Zara because you could find almost every designer in a Zara form and it’s cheaper.
The GlowingColours.com: If I raid your handbag, what am I likely to find in it?
My phone, blog journal, money, sun glasses….
The GlowingColours.com: What are your must carry-on essentials?
Sunglasses or any pair of glasses at all because my eyes are really sensitive to light.
The GlowingColours.com: What three items in your wardrobe can’t you live without?
I can live without any item in my wardrobe. It’s only God I can’t leave without.
The GlowingColours.com: Nigerian fashion industry keeps evolving and growing, how would you describe style in Nigeria and what’s your opinion on the state of the industry.
I’m so glad at where the industry is right now but I feel there’s more to be done which I believe would occur as the years go by. I was really amazed at the Lfdw at how much talent we have in this country. Also seeing everyone come out in their own style…what ever they deemed fit also felt real good.
The GlowingColours.com: Did you follow the Lagos fashion design week? Pick 2 looks from the runway that were your favourite?
The GlowingColours.com: Which designers in your opinion had the best showcase? both womenswear and menswear?
When it comes to the women I fell in love with 3 showcases • Andrea Iyammah’s swimwear collection
*April By Kunbi’s James Bond inspired showcase
And oh Maki Oh especially that fringe dress.
For the Men I loved
TI Nathan’s showcase on his heartbreak collection
The GlowingColours.com: Which up-and-coming designers are currently on your radar?
hey, they’re a lot of really good ones out there but I’m currently following up
HOUSE OF TNT
The GlowingColours.com: What trends are you most excited about from the fashion week in Lagos?
The GlowingColours.com: How would you spend your time if you weren’t blogging about style?
I’ll just relax in bed and surf the net reading up different content or eat and get good sleep. I’ll probably hang with friends too or study school work.
The GlowingColours.com: Your blog is a favourite among many bloggers and non, including us lol. How do you keep your readers interested and inspired?
TBH I just do me. When I blog I’m pouring out content directly from my head and heart and if they’re inspired and interested in that. I’m glad
The GlowingColours.com: Name 3 female fashion bloggers and 3 male fashion bloggers that you think are #Africanbloggerskillingit
The GlowingColours.com: What advice do you have for those who are interested in starting a fashion blog?
If it’s what you love, if you’ve got passion for it? Then go ahead and give it your best shot and it’s for all the wrong reasons…..you probably should invest your time in discovering you and finding something you’re passionate about
The GlowingColours.com: *Which three blogs would you recommend?
- VEEFINITION of course *wink
The GlowingColours.com: Can you give us a sneak peek at what’s next for you?
I’ll just say 2016 is the year… I’ll end it there