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.

Style Chronicles: Amandine Schmitt

we talk with French blogger and influencer Amandine Schmitt about her style

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My name is Amandine and I have the soul of a traveler. I moved around often in my childhood because I'm lucky to have a military dad. I traveled in a lot of countries and I had the opportunity to live the French adventure show called 'Kohlanta' in 2016, it’s a survival game better known as 'Survivor'. Since then I have kept traveling, every time I have the opportunity I take it.

Beyond my adventurous side, I love fashion. I live in the north east of France and the mentalities tend to differ according to the regions, but in Strasbourg I am able to adapt my style (rock, Parisian or boho) according to my moods.

My style essentials are blue jeans and black leather pants that I love to accessorize with a beautiful belt, a handbag, a pair of mules, or pretty boots.

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For me, the French style is elegant and chic but never shocking. When I'm outside of France I allow myself a sexier style, lighter while remaining elegant and natural. I love wearing a crop top or lace top with denim shorts or a flat skirt and accessorise it all with a cute handbag, hat and/or sunglasses.

I started a travel blog (www.soydine.com) that I intend to expand with fashion articles. I take care to incorporate my different outfits in each of my Instagram posts. This is so I can share the way my style changes through every country I visit. I always let myself be influenced by the atmosphere of the countries that I am in.

Some people take direct style inspiration from others, and you can appreciate this better when you yourself become a reference. Fashion really is a connection between people which is why I'm so drawn to it.

We loved hearing about Amandine's story, and we’re definitely inspired by her Parisian style.

Make sure to follow her on Instagram and check out her travel blog. 

Thank you, Amandine for taking the time to talk with us!