Interview with Stylist, lifestyle and fashion blogger : Oge Ajibe
Over the weekend, I met up with fashion and lifestyle blogger Oge Ajibe also founder of fashion voice. Our very first meet up was at the Vancouver Black bloggers brunch which was organized by her company. It was simply inspiring to meet a bunch of bloggers with so much passion, grit and determination. Down below are deets of the chit-chat we had. Enjoy!!
How would you describe your company?
"My company can be described as a platform that educates people on how to better represent themselves in all aspects of fashion. We pride ourselves in providing and encouraging comfort and confidence to everyone through our clothing. Consultancy meetings on personal stying and shopping, wardrobe styling, closet creating and so many others are also provided to enable our clients explore and experiment with fashion while also maintaining their identities. The company also hosts workshops in which everyone is invited to participate in, these include aspiring bloggers, YouTube's, entrepreneurs; the purpose is to encourage growth within the community, not just among youths but with everyone who has a dream." - Ajibe Oge
Why did you get into styling?
Fashion is huge, fashion is big and there are a lot of opportunities in the world of fashion. I don't want to set boundaries for myself.
What are you doing at the moment?
I am currently a student at Laselle College studying fashion design.
When did you find fashion voice?
Fashion voice was founded in 2016 and it started as a blog. in 2017, she organized the black bloggers event in Vancouver.
How did you start working with photographers?
Initially, I started working with photographers from my school, that way I was able to build my portfolio. That enabled my collaborate with makeup artists, stylist and other photographers.
How would you describe your style?
I love to work with colours. Thus, I love when colours pop.
What inspires you?
My goals, my dreams- I find it simply rewarding to help people grow. I love to help people.
Where do you get your unique pieces from?
I get my unique pieces from the thrift store. You don't need to break the bank to look good. You can style yourself with $20.
Simple or tacky?
Simple is the way forward- everything in life moves so fast, especially with the society we live in. When things are simple, we save time and people get the gist of it .
Blazers, trench coats, (black)- because black is safe. If you've got no idea on what you want to wear, just wear black.
Advice for upcoming bloggers
It is important to explore before you decide on the aspect you would like to focus on. It is only in the process of exploring would you identify your true passion, make mistakes and know what works best for you?
You have to be intentional about everything you do, including your blog post. You also should have a goal.
Step out of your comfort zone
Networking is very important, linking up with other creative minds, "You can't do it alone".
You need to humble, humble enough to ask questions.
Know your target audience
It was so lovely, having this chit-chat with Oge. Here's to wishing her success in all of her endeavours.