Ethnic background: Jamaican & Chinese
Hometown: Montego Bay, Jamaica
Fashion-related occupation: Blogger
Facebook/Twitter/IG: Stylishleeds; @stylishleeds; natashaleeds
Weapon of choice: Retro, matte-finish, cat-eye shades
Go-to accessory: Sunglasses
My look is not complete without my sunnies!!!
People always stop and stare whenever I wear my kinks, coils and curls out.
Backed by the breath-taking scenery of her native Jamaica, Natasha Lee prides a fashion portfolio filled with color, class, and awe-inspiring attire. Her style is clean, her wardrobe is mean, and she’s mastered the art of taking a getup from Plain Jane to a bad gal ting. So if you’re into fancy garbs and spiffy style stars, keep your eyes open for this rising blogger as she leaves her mark on the fashion world one article of clothing at a time.
CM: Being from the beautiful island of Jamaica, has your Caribbean background influenced your sense of fashion in any way?
Natasha: Definitely! Our culture [in Jamaica] is very rich and vibrant and that is evident in my brightly-colored outfits. My style is also influenced by the dancehall/reggae culture from my island. We really embrace womanly curves and often times wear outfits to showcase that, so occasionally one can find me in a figure-fitting outfit to ‘show off’ the ‘little’ curves I have.
Besides your island, who or what inspires your style?
As cliché as this sounds…EVERYTHING! I take inspiration from my surroundings, from other bloggers, from magazines, and even from my mom, who is quite fashion-savvy herself.
I would classify your style as chic meets young and free. How would you personally describe your style?
I don’t quite have a defined style because my style is forever evolving; from very feminine, to the edgy tomboy seeking comfort, or to the glam and chic gal. At the moment I’m really into minimalistic and monochromatic styles.
What is it about fashion that you enjoy or find liberating?
Apart from allowing me to look good and give me a boost of confidence, fashion allows me to express myself without saying anything at all. My thoughts, my energy, my feelings are all projected through my outfits, and creates an initial impression in the eyes of those who see me. Fashion is a lot like art because you can enjoy it all day long. Nothing can lift my day quite like a good pair of heels, a statement necklace, a beautifully-textured scarf or a new pair of sunglasses.
Are there any celebrities whose style you admire?
Solange Knowles. She is a risk-taker, and for that I have so much respect for her. She doesn’t follow trends, she creates them. I live vicariously through her and her fashion choices because I’m not as daring as she is.
Speaking of daring fashion figures, who would you say is your favorite designer?
My favorite designer is Coco Chanel—well, I suppose I should really say Karl Lagerfeld since he has taken Chanel to what it is now. But I love Chanel because they have remained true to the brand itself, keeping their trademark suits, little black dresses and quilted handbags. The designs are timeless and are still popular even today.
I’m sure you keep up with things like that because you run your own fashion blog. But what was the main source of inspiration behind you starting a blog about your outfits?
For years I talked myself out of starting a fashion blog. Eventually, I got the push that I needed when I joined Instagram. My followers loved my #OOTD [outfit of the day] posts and day-by-day my following grew. This allowed me to see that there was a demand for a second outlet where I could share the full details of my outfits with my followers. So I will forever thank them for motivating me to take that plunge into the blogging world.
Other than blogging, are you pursuing fashion professionally?
Yes and no. I occasionally will work on [photo] shoots, but I consider styling and [fashion] photography to be more like hobbies.
But from the looks of her flicks and outfits, those are “hobbies” that Natasha has mastered. Tap the tabs and you’ll see what I mean.