Meet October style icon Ouijesuis. Not only does she give us an effortlessly chic look, but she’s here to give EIU a little inspiration, a la Q&A! So tune in to one of the only people I know who can make plaid and leopard prints look incredibly rad.
First of all, tell us the basics, name, age, residence, occupation, etc?
My name is Anya; Iâ€™m nineteen years old. I was born in Russia and about 9 years ago I moved to Sydney, Australia where I now reside and study Psychology along with other less interesting subjects. I work in retail and really enjoy that most of the time.
Where do you draw your style inspiration?
Everywhere! Magazines, fashion blogs, people on the street and at university. Iâ€™m likely to go up to people and ask where they got a piece of clothing. I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve ever gone and bought that item, but Iâ€™ve found a lot of great stores that way. Also, searching though Chictopiaâ€™s style gallery is really useful, I often do that in the morning before going out, not only does it help me to settle on something to wear, I also figure out what styles to be on the lookout for in stores. I love the style of the Olsenâ€™s, but then again so do most people who follow fashion.
Are there any style rules that you think shouldnâ€™t be broken? Or that you break for the sake of breaking?
I think if Chictopia has taught me one thing, and its taught me many, the point is that what one person sees as a fashion faux pas, another will pull off effortlessly and have all the none believers in awe at how wonderful it looks in the end. Anything I ever hated fashion-wise, Iâ€™ve seen done tastefully by all the lovely and talented people on Chictopia. But thereâ€™ll always be things I wonâ€™t understand like ugg boots in rainy or scorchingly hot weather. If you are aware of what looks good on you, itâ€™s less likely that youâ€™ll break any fashion rules, or cause horror when you do.
Any tips for those trying to break into online fashion or just starting out on Chictopia?
Firstly I think itâ€™s important to know that itâ€™s a two-way relationship between you and all your readers. Communicate with everyone, its not just about posting pictures and waiting for people to tell you how freaking awesome you are. You can have the best photos and the most expensive clothes, and of course people will notice that, but if you canâ€™t keep an open mind to other peopleâ€™s styles, youâ€™re probably not going to go very far. Its also nice to give and learn to receive compliments, we all have that friend when you tell them their hair is nice and they break down and cry because they think its ugly, and you contemplate whether your going to ever be nice to them again. And just have confidence in your own style, as clichÃ© as it sounds, it makes for one awesome quality to have.
So, Iâ€™m no multilingual and had to look up what â€œOui, Je Suisâ€ meant. Can we know why â€œyes, I amâ€?
I wish there was a really cool story, but I donâ€™t even speak French, except for the occasional phrases my friends and I exchange. It sort of comes from when I was younger and lacked confidence to wear what I really wanted, Iâ€™m sure most of us know that feeling when you love a piece of clothing but youâ€™re too timid to wear it out. You know people will criticise you and then any self-esteem you had goes down the drain. Itâ€™s like a little confidence boosting comeback to when people are having a little chat about you, think exaggerated bitchy accents â€œLike OMG, is she wearing THAT?â€ Just be confident in your choice to love and wear something and say â€œOui, Je suis!â€
Any big future plans?
Oh goodness, NO! Iâ€™d like to finish my Psychology degree, and maybe buy some shoes online, Iâ€™ve never bought shoes online for the fear that they wonâ€™t fit and Iâ€™ll have to return them. Sadly, I donâ€™t really think that far ahead.