I love Paola's blog! It's chock filled with amazing style, beauty and life inspiration. Not only is Paola beautiful and impeccably stylish, she's a talented and captivating writer. She also brings a lot of positive energy and exuberance to her posts. I find Paola's posts about Haiti especially powerful and thought-provoking, each time I read one, I want to visit. They also bring back wonderful memories about my childhood in the Caribbean. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Paola.
Tell us about yourself, who is Paola?
My name is Paola, and I'm from Haiti. I'm an enthusiastic, energetic, and passionate person who likes all things magical, sparkly, and romantic. I love to see the good in people, and I believe in unity in order to progress. I love clothes, art, cozy homes, subway performers, and people who struggle to follow their dreams. I don't believe in handouts, but I believe in people helping others. I have a lifestyle blog, and it's: www.findingpaola.com.
What can readers expect to find when they visit your blog?
My blog is like my personality and style- it's all over the place! It's essentially a lifestyle blog about a Haitian girl living in her dream city, New York City. I cover my personal style, some makeup, some hair, where I like to eat, my favorite intersection, what my studio apartment looks like, and what I like to do with my friends, and Harlem ( I love Harlem). Wait! That's not all... I also talk about my Haitian heritage, and will start to feature some other people (friends, Haitians, Harlemites, New Yorkers) who inspire me on the blog. Why don't you come to find out?
How would you describe your style?
I guess I kind of already answered that question. My style is eclectic. It's all about what I'm feeling in the moment, and it doesn't matter what designer I'm wearing at all. I think less is more, but I love me some bold accessories, and colors, and patterns, and African prints! You see how excited I get? I love texture. I shop at thrift store, basic stores like Joe Fresh and Gap, trendy but cheap stores like Zara or H&M, big discounted department stores like Loehmann's and TJMaxx, and I love online shopping too.
Where do you find style inspiration?
I find my style inspiration just the way I find my life inspirations. Everywhere! The street corner, a random blog, my mother (she's one sassy lady), and some old magazine pictures, they don't have to be current.
What are three of your favorite pieces in your closet?
Eek! I like my black and white oxford shoes a lot right now, and I've had them for a while. You know when you have something for a while like a lipstick or something and you just fall in love with it all over again? That's it. I really like my boyfriend's hat, I wear it often too. It's just a regular men's hat. And I love my small bright yellow BCBGMaxazria purse whenever I wear that little pop of color, I feel alive!
I have this photo project called jump file. It's really exciting. It's easy, I basically just jump with friends around NYC attractions and places I enjoy. Check it out: http://jumpfile.tumblr.com/And thank you so much for featuring me. I feel so humbled that others are interested in what I do or wear. In high school I was told that I had a quirky style, I just never thought people actually like it!