[INTERVIEW] Fortnight Chat with LOLA (@styleby.lola)

Lola Odutokun is the founder and voice behind the Style by Lola brand, a popular campus style blog. Lola as she is fondly referred to as, is a 21 years old stylist, photographer, model, and a student of Ahmadu Bello University currently.

Lola’s platform is a place to chronicle and share her personal style, beauty tips, and fashion obsessions.

Lola have been kind enough to talk to us via our Fortnight Chat platform about her creative vision, inspiration, and style secrets.
To connect to her, head over to IG page: @styleby.lola

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Hello Lola, we would like you to tell us a little about yourself and what you do.

Okay, hello.
I’m Lola Odutokun, a student of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. I am studying ‘Graphics Design’, and i’m going to my final year.
I’m the last of four beautiful girls, I was born march 18th and currently 21 years old. I am a stylist, photographer and a model amongst other things.

Wow, that’s nice, so tell us Lola. You often refer yourself as a Style blogger, what’s the difference between a Style blogger and a Fashion blogger?

Well, there isn’t so much difference. But then a fashion blogger would blog more about fashion as a whole. Fashion tends to lean towards clothes strictly while style deals with clothes, makeup, hair, combination of colours, etc. For me, being a style blogger and a stylist. I blog more about styling people, and style itself.

We see you have a personal style, how would you describe your personal style?

Yeah….. Comfortable, I’m on d plus size, so i wear what makes me comfy, plus i’m a bit of a sucker for bold colours. I don’t follow trends, I love timeless pieces.

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How did your love for fashion/style start, and how did you end up being a Style blogger?

My love for fashion and style is pretty much like any girl out there. When i was a kid, I’d wear my mums heels, and put on her lipsticks.

Lol, but how did you end up as a style blogger, tell us more.

But i guess over time i just became more aware, and wanted to join this “gang”ߘ…..Lolz

It kinda started form home with my sisters (elder). Whenever they had to get dressed, they asked me what i thought about what they were wearing, if i didn’t feel it was ok, i’d help them make better combinations of what they had on.
But eventually, i started feeling like i wanted to take it to another level. The styling that is…. And i figured what better place to start than on campus, with my friends, and students who would appreciate it.

Wow that’s really nice, so is there a person who inspires you, fashion wise?, like a mentor or so?

Coco Chanel. She was a french designer. She inspires me.

What do you splurge on? (spend a lot of money on)

Clothes, clothes and more clothes….. Its an addiction

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How do you get your amazing outfits, do you buy or make them?

I buy most times, accessories, like some jewellery i make or if i need some clothes to look a certain way, i dye or alter them

What’s your favourite accessory, you can’t live without?

Favourite accessory would be my ‘sunnies’…. I love sunglasses.

We noticed from your IG page, you model with certain individuals, who are they?

Friends of mine….. Some of whom are also students of A.B.U.

Have you considered running a model agency at any point in time ?

Yes i have actually, Its one of my many goals. A “plus size” modelling agency.
There are a lot of beautiful plus size ladies out there who strive to be signed to an agency but find it quite difficult because of their sizes, so i want to put that to an end one day.

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Wow, that’s nice! we believe that, which outfit have garnered the best response from your audience?

Thats kind of a close call. Most photos get great response from my audience. I can’t quite ‘jit’ the hammer on a particular look or photograph.

Who takes you those spectacular photographs, do you have a personal photographer or?

My sister does…. ߘʊ

Superb!… can you share with us photos of what you consider your best/ favourite outfit so far

* Photos she shared were those attached to the post *

What challenges do you face as a style blogger?

The only challenge i face would be in terms of locations for photographs. Being in this region kinda limits the locations i might want to use for certain looks, and I’m sure you guys know how troublesome my schools security can be ߘĮ… But i don’t let that stop me nevertheless…ߘʊ

Okay..What’s the biggest tip you have for anyone wanting to start a fashion blog as you.

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Not to go into it for the money or the fame. Be sure to have passion for it.
And be consistent in your uploads. Your audience want to know that you would always have something they can feed their eyes with.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

In the next 5 (five) years. I see myself having a clothing line and being a celebrity stylist as well.. ߘɊ

As a celebrity stylist who would you like to officially style for ?

Tiwa savage and Adesewa Etomi

Cool! Hope you don’t mind if we asked you why?

They both are women who look absolutely gorgeous at every event. Hard-working, and sophisticated, i couldn’t ask for better muses.

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Aside anything related to fashion, what do you do at your leisure time?

For leisure. I draw or paint, basically whatever i’m in d mood for.

Are you currently into any relationship?

I am.

Finally, are you making money yet?

Lolzzz… Unbelievable, Yes i am, from both the styling and the photography

Nice!….
Alright! Thanks for the time, we really appreciate. We wish you all the best in your endeavours….#Blessings #Trendkingzblog
Any sign out words??

Thank you so very much. God Bless you all, its amazing what we are all able to do as students, its just the beginning for all of us.
Keep it stylish, even in the most unpleasant conditionߘɠxoxo. ߘ؊

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