KiK Style Star: Tanaka from Jamaica

Style Star, Tanaka of Jamaica

KiK: Tell us about yourself.

Tanaka: My name is Tanaka. I’m a 5ft tall, 24 years old Pisces, born and raised in Jamaica where I still currently reside. When I am not blogging, I am busy monitoring social spaces for several brands as a Social Media Manager. If you ever need to bribe me, coffee, ice cream, Ferror Rocher chocolate or Baileys cheesecake will do the trick!

Tanaka wearing a striped top (F21) paired with asymmetrical Missguided skirt + round sunnies (Urban Outfitters)
Tanaka wearing a striped top (F21) paired with asymmetrical Missguided skirt + round sunnies (Urban Outfitters)

KiK:  Describe your fashion style and does your fabulous hair play a part in your personal style?

Tanaka: My style is a fusion of the laid back bohemian and sleek satorialist. I love comfort and simplicity so classic aesthetics, clean lines and tailored garment have my heart. I’m not big on colours or print but I have found that since I’ve gone natural my style has shifted mostly in favour of boho-chic pieces so I have bought less black and white clothes these days.

Tanaka shows her locs for monochrome neutrals in a F21 outfit with shoes from Zara
Tanaka shows her locs for monochrome neutrals in a F21 outfit with shoes from Zara

KiK:  What are your 3 favourite items of clothing?

Tanaka: No matter what I find that I can never have too many button downs, tailored pants/shorts or blazers

Tanaka in a denim button from Forever 21 paired with shorts,
Tanaka says, “I can’t do without my denim button down (got this from F21). Paired with shorts, this look is essentially my summer uniform.”

KiK:  Name your favourite places to shop?

Tanaka: I am almost always on a tight budget when shopping for something and so my favorite one stop shop would have to be H&M. I’ve never been disappointed with the quality of their items and since I love to rewear/restyle pieces while I am bargain hunting, quality is always a factor when making that final purchase. Otherwise I love Missguided, Zara (especially for shoes) and the old reliable, Forever 21 (F21).

Tanaka in Culottes (WetSeal) + crop top (Missguided) + earthy sandals (Zooshoo)
Tanaka in Culottes (WetSeal) + crop top (Missguided) + earthy sandals (Zooshoo)

KiK:  What is your favourite hairstyle and how do you maintain your hair?

Tanaka: I am almost always embarrassed when talking about my hair for I am really as clueless as they come. I have never done any style other than a twist out with my hair. Before I went natural last year, I have had processed hair since I was 8 so I am just learning how to take care of and style my hair. Now that its growing and is at a more manageable length I will be consulting Youtube tutorials to try something new! As far as maintenance goes, I wash my hair once a week, twist it at nights and pull my hair out in the mornings lol. I know, so not impressive lol.

A favourite look, Tanaka pairs a high slit maxi top (F21) + tailored pants and shoes (GoJane)
A favourite look, Tanaka pairs a high slit maxi top (F21) + tailored pants and shoes (GoJane)

KiK:  How do you wear your hair and what are your 3 favourite hair products?

Tanaka: My hair is almost always in a twist out or now that its a bit longer sometimes just leave it twisted if I’m just going to work. I am super low maintenance and with my scalp eczema I don’t experiment with many hair products to avoid irritating my scalp. I have found that my hair absolutely loves Shea Moisture’s Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo and Keracare Cleansing Cream. I can’t do without Jamaican Black Castor Oil/ Coconut Oil and Shea Butter. I am looking for suggestions for a great Deep Conditioner and Leave-In Conditioner as so far I havent found one that really works for me.

 

Tanaka's take on Amazon woman in a suede top (Missguided) and fringe skirt (H&M)
Tanaka’s take on Amazon woman in a suede top (Missguided) and fringe skirt (H&M)

KiK:  How do you select what you are going to wear each day? What is your process?

Tanaka:  At the very least I take an hour to get ready lol. I am really working on becoming more decisive but for now, I am always the late friend because of how long I take to get dressed. You will rarely find me in a dress so a great deal of the time is spent pieces items together. I tend to select a specific top or bottom as the focal point and then work around that.  Most of the times what I choose depends on the occasion or if I bought a new item that I’ve been itching to wear. I can say though that the outfits that I take less time to decide on are usually my favourites.

Tanaka makes sequins chic in a blush button up + chiffon shorts + taupe jacket (F@21) with neutral pumps (Gojane)
Tanaka makes sequins modern in a blush button up + chiffon shorts + taupe jacket (F@21) with neutral pumps (Gojane)

KiK:  Where can we keep up with you online?

Tanaka: You can follow my blog www.swankxtar.com or follow my social pages
www.instagram.com/swankxtar (@swankxtar)

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