Style Chronicles: Liliana Garcia

Fashion, street style, and music are my daily inspirations. These are the things that shape my mind when I have to decide what to wear. I like formal-looking clothes, as well as cooler, more relaxed and grunge stuff. I was born in 1979, so the grunge scene and rock n’ roll from the 80’s and 90’s are present in my style with laid-back looks or edgy rocker-chic style.

I worked in Public Relations in “Casino Lisboa” and I had to look impeccable every day with a classic look. But now I don’t have these rules and I have my own style because I’m totally dedicated to my blog. Lisbon is a city that inspires me to have my own style but with influences of what surrounds me. In Lisbon, I like to play with tiles. Lisbon has amazing tiled façades in Alfâma, Bairro Alto…

After ten years living in a city I moved to the countryside (my birthplace) and it was a good change because here I have more time to relax and think more clearly without the stress of a city. But Lisbon is my lover.

When I travel to other cities/countries somehow I feel the vibes of that place, the culture, the music. In Paris, for example, I would avoid wearing clothes or accessories with the name of the brand. I don’t like the big logos, it’s a little bit extravagant and out of style.

When wearing something chic, I do natural makeup, and if I'm wearing only a shirt and a pair of jeans, a red lipstick will do the trick. I think lipstick can be used like a bold accessory.

Thank you Liliana for giving us an insight into your style! Readers follow Liliana at @umblogfashion.

Style Chronicles: Tara Monfared

My name is Tara Monfared from the IG account @styledbytara.m

My blog and IG channel started as a creative outlet during my career working in finance for the Federal Government of Canada. I always dreamed of working in the fashion industry since it has always been my biggest passion, but living in Ottawa, Canada my options were limited which is why I decided to take it online. StyledbyTara has since grown into a visual diary where you will find a collection of style inspiration, life experiences, travel adventures, and beauty tips.

Fashion has always been an important part of my life. It has accompanied me since a young age and has shaped my life. I believe fashion is a statement. It’s versatility enables you to express yourself in who you are.

I believe personal style evolves as you learn who you are, what you want, and what you love and much like my blog, my style has evolved a great deal over the years.

Although I’ve always leaned towards the trendy side of things, I still try to keep it timeless. I rock trends like fanny packs and chain belts but use them to compliment an outfit rather than making the pieces the main attraction. I love mixing modern embellishments with classic items.

As much as I love my city, I have to admit fashion is not most people’s priority here so I have always found inspiration through other means like travel, social media, and good old fashion magazines. I spend a few months of the year in Europe which is where I find most of my inspiration. I love street style fashion the most and I always get inspired by the diversity of people’s style and in turn this influences me to unleash my creativity and have fun with fashion rather than to tame my style solely because of the conservative style of my city. I feel content dressing the way I feel best even if some of the items I wear may be ‘too trendy’ for where I live.

Thank you Tara for giving us an insight into your style! Readers follow Tara at @styledbytara.m.