Tell us about yourself, who is Banke?
My name is Banke Balogun and I am the author of With Love, Banke. I am also a full-time MPH candidate at UCLA. I remember becoming interested in fashion when I was entering the 6th grade. In middle school, I was known as the student who always wore a different bag everyday. I was even nominated as the most fashionable student in my middle school. It wasn't until I turned 16 that I becamevery serious about fashion. When I was 16, I left Virginia to
modelin California. It was
at that moment, thatI realized I want to have a career in fashion for the rest of my life whether it
be continuing to model or
becoming a stylist.
As a model, I was exposed to many different types of fashion. I am grateful for that because now, when I blog
,I never shy away from a certain style. Modeling was
definitelythe catalyst that
caused me to become serious about a careerin fashion.
What inspired you to start blogging
It's a very interesting story how I actually got into blogging. I've been following fashion blogs for over 3 years now but not once did it occur to me that I would one day have my own blog. During my undergraduate studies at Cal State Long Beach,I constantly "dressed up" to class and would sometimes
these outfits on my
. I remember it was my
who said I should just make a fashion blog instead of posting my outfits solely on Instagram. In January
,I created a fashion blog with nothing but my boyfriend's Samsung Galaxy s4 camera
(which surprisingly did the
job)and a free blog layout I found after a few h
ours of searching
for one on Google. When I first started blogging
,I was very confused on how to manage my blog, promote it, maintain it
.,but now I'm
proud to say that I amfinally getting the hang of it.
What are some trends/pieces that you're wearing this Fall?
Ok,so I think this is w
here I differ from a lot of bloggers
,but I try
ing trends for different seasonsand there's also the unfortunate fact that I reside in southern California so we don't
necessarily experience Fall (unless you're living in Big Bear Mountain) but
,if I had to choose colors
that I would wear for the fall, Iwould choose olive green, taupe, black
(I love wearing black
Where do you find style inspiration?
I find my style inspiration within myself and my surroundings. In addition to this, I like to try to feature looks from different eras because I feel that each era had a very memorable look.
If you would like updates on my style, visit my site Withlovebanke.com or check out my Instagram @Lebanke!
Visit Banke's amazing blog HERE!