Natasha Ndlovu is inspirational with her blog “Snow Black”, BGKI invited her over to play Xbox and chat about her style…
What inspires you to blog?
Many things inspire me. Sometimes I discover an item in a boutique and I want to share it with people, at times it is a particular celebrity’s style that I love or editorials in magazines which make me think of how I would wear a particular item.
How would you define your personal style?
I don’t think I am at a point in my life where I can define my style. I am still experimenting, but one thing for sure is I am not going to box myself into one type of aesthetic. I love skirts and dresses but I also love a good pair of jeans with cowboy boots and a white tee and beanie. I love clothes so much, I wont restrict myself to just black and structured looks or just prints.
Do you find that you follow fashion trends, or do you play by your own rules?
I take note of them with each season, but for the most part I wear what I like. I think I follow what actresses and fashion people wear, in terms of their styles, not so much that they too are wearing leopard print or snakeskin, but HOW they are wearing it. I would be more inclined to follow trends if I had tons of money to spend, but I need to have items in my wardrobe that will last a few years.
Items to get, what are you searching for right now?
- An Acne Rita jacket
- red ankle boots
- maxi dress for the cold months
Are there any colors you tend to shy away from, and if so why?
I don’t think I have any pink or neon pieces. Again, I’d much rather go for items that can be reshuffled with other pieces. I’d like to think I wear pretty much everything, it’s more the design than the color of an item of clothing that is important to me.
When you hear the term “Black Girl Killing It” what comes to mind?
Sisters doing it for themselves!
As a child were you always into clothes or did you grow into your own fashion sense?
I was never “fashion conscious” as a child. I think also in my teens with a limited allowance, growing up in a single parent household my priorities lay elsewhere other than in fashion. It’s when I got into modeling and being exposed to other models and the fashion industry that I developed my sense of style.
Do you participate in your local fashion scene?
Not as much as I should come to think of it. (Gasp!) I mean working as a model is already one thing. I try to diversify my portfolio in terms of personal interests.
How does your day to day life factor into your wardrobe choices?
For castings, I have to stick to simple outfits like jeans and t-shirts and it ends up with a black, white and grey affair because you have to be a blank canvas when you go see clients for jobs. Weekends is when the heels come out in full force and the accessories.
What is your greatest fashion pet peeve?
Wearing stockings as pants with Uggs. Especially when you can see someone’s underwear. I personally think Uggs belong in a ski resort where there is snow and as an apres ski thing, but then again some people out there might want to murder me for saying that, but hey, that’s just my opinion.
Have you ever tried your hand at design or sewing?
When I was younger, I made clothes for my Barbie, which involved laying her on fabric and drawing an outline around her. That did not always go well. I bought a sewing machine once and that went downhill fast too. I am more into jewelry design. I did a bit of that in Vancouver and managed to sell a few pieces.
Are there any designers that you like to wear or whose clothing stands out with you?
I like Swedish brands like Acne, Nudie Jeans and Cos. I would love to wear Celine and Stella McCartney if I can afford it.
Who are your style icons?
The Olsen twins, Kate Moss, Alexa Chung to name a few.
Your five must-haves as a girl:
- Little Black Dress (of course)
- A pair of sexy Louboutins
- Leather jacket
- Gold watch, like Michael Kors
- High-waist skinny jeans
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