I remember before I got into the fashion industry I used to work in the finance/corporate industry and it was very challenging building a career with major stumbling blocks but I have met many of the most driving forces in the industry and today I bring you one. By the end of this interview you will learn a bit from a working class girl’s take on fashion, beauty and her competitive industry.
Hi Lele….! Lets talk about your career first, tell us about your job:
I’m a Chartered accountant currently working in the Corporate Finance Division at Deloitte and Touch. My job entails valuing shares and companies typically for purposes of Merger and Acquisition.
It sounds like a lot on your part so what are your beauty essentials that you can’t go through the day without:
I can’t survive the day without my L’Oreal lip gloss and hand-cream
Wait now I want to know what outfit sends the message for you…..I’m the Boss!
A classic black suit does the work for me, I love suits by Zara with a white long-sleeve shirt. This industry is more male-dominated so I sometimes have to stay away from the feminine clothing just so my male clients don’t focus on the fact that they are interacting with a woman. However when I’m not seeing clients I like rocking my feminine professional look. A pink skirt with stilettos and a white shirt or skinny work pants with a slim fit shirt.
You know I have to agree with you on this one because I used to go through the same issues about my outfits that they somehow appeared too feminine, then again I used to wear floral dresses and bright coloured pants….chuckles! True but I knew better to wear a black suit or skirt for important meetings!
Now let’s jump to the lighter things. I know you’re one hell of a socialite so what are the essential items for a party girl?
A short cocktail dress, six-inch high heels and a clutch just big enough to fit my keys, lip gloss and credit card.
What’s the best beauty and style advice you’ve ever received and from whom?
The best beauty advice I got was from a make-up artist who told me to moisturise my face in circular anti-clockwise motions in order to improve my blood circulation and the best style advice was from my sister who told me to never wear clothes with horizontal stripes as they tend to add more kilos on my body.
As you travel around the world a lot, can you give us a few tips and a few good places for shopping:
I love shopping in the US, clothes are generally half the price we get them for in South Africa. They have a lot of outlets that don’t leave a huge dent on your wallet. I loved shopping in West Hollywood LA, the shopping experience is close to none plus you get a wide selection of boutiques and retail stores. The service is awesome and everywhere you go you’ll be treated like royalty xx..! Las Vegas is also great for shopping designer garments at retail prices. My tip,take empty luggage bags when you go shopping in the US, you’ll need all the luggage space you can use!
Well I have to agree with you on the empty luggage bags whenever travelling to foreign countries especially with the intentions of shopping….!
Last question for the fashion community….Do you read fashion blogs?
It’s been a pleasure having you on Lima Brown….