Samantha Smikle, editor of O.M.O Writes and a jewelry designer tells BGKI about her style…

What inspires you to blog?

I am inspired to blog because as a writer I love to share “the story.” O.M.O. Writes is sharing the story of what inspires me, interests me and what I admire. It’s writing on my own terms [On My Own Writes]

How would you define your personal style?

I am redefining my style at the moment. It was a mix a mix of Denise Huxtable, Blossom and Bianca Jagger. But it’s a lot more feminine now. One thing that remains constant is my love of vintage and jewelry. But starting points for my new style are in stepping up my beauty regimen as well as wearing heels more often.

Do you find that you follow fashion trends, or do you play by your own rules?

I am definitely aware of trends and I often see them before they blow up to the masses. Skinny jeans, medium brim fedoras, almond nails, red lipstick—all things that I had going on almost a year before they really caught on. I naturally gravitate to what’s burgeoning but only if it suits my style and taste.

Items to get, what are you searching for right now?  

  • brown platform loafers
  • crushed velvet leggings 

Are there any colors you tend to shy away from, and if so why?

I wear all colors, really. But I don’t care for Fair Isle—that knit that just says holiday time. Eeek!

When you hear the term “Black Girl Killing It” what comes to mind?

"Black Girl Killing It" brings to mind a girl who has it in the bag. She owns her style and and all her nuances. She has great accomplishments but she defines herself by what she believes not what she’s done.

As a child were you always into clothes or did you grow into your own fashion sense?

My fashion sense is constantly evolving but I was always into clothes. As a kid I would sketch outfits and I had my fave pieces like these patchwork jeans with suspenders or these black patent leather Karl Kani chunky heeled sneakers. In high school I got my first designer piece: a Betsey Johnson dress that I wore to every special occasion thereafter!

Do you participate in your local fashion scene?

New York City is def more than a fashion scene—it’s one of the main fashion meccas of the world. I certainly participate in going to events, shows, exhibits and parties.

How does your day to day life factor into your wardrobe choices?

Transitioning from day to night means wearing something that can function for both day and night or can be transformed with different accessories and makeup. Since usually don’t have time to head home an after work outfit change, it also may mean packing a heel. I have to be flexible and willing to lug stuff around.

What is your greatest fashion pet peeve?

Ill-fitting clothes on the bigger side. For example, imagine how tacky a too-big tailored button up looks on a man or woman!

Have you ever tried your hand at design or sewing?

Yeah, I have. A butterfly sleeve top came out looking like a smock! I design jewelry really well though!

I have a jewelry line called TNEMNRODA. It’s all mixed metals and semi precious stones with inspiration from Egypt, West Africa and the 70’s.

Are there any designers that you like to wear or whose clothing stands out with you?

Alexander Wang’s piece fit me well. And all my pieces by him are black actually, I think of them as basics with flair. But my fave brands besides Wang would be Stella McCartney, Chloe, Miu Miu and YSL.

Who are your style icons?

Giovanna Battaglia, Tracee Ellis Ross and Mary Kate Olsen. Together they represent an effortless, feminine mix of high/low style.

Your five must-haves as a girl: 

  • A killer shoe that goes with nothing, so it goes with everything
  • A LBD for a sexed up look
  • A LBD for a classic/professional look
  • A good fitting blazer that can go from day to night
  • A good fragrance. My choice is Viktor & Rolf Flower bomb mixed with Pink Sugar. Sometimes Tom Ford’s Black Orchid. 

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