Photo: Jamar Stephens

Photo: Jamar Stephens

Afiya Francisco is a Style Expert, television and fashion personality, speaker, and brand ambassador. The Style House is a multimedia platform designed to help women approach their personal style with confidence, simplicity & joy. 

Kimberly Lyn

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I’d rather make an outstanding good first impression that a lasting bad one.

Fashion Blogger, The Souls of My Shoes.

Model: Naomi Campbell. Comedian: Chris Rock. Designer: I can't name just one, I love too many! Colour: Red (or anything that is bright & vibrant). Astrological Sign: Aries.

A rising star in the blogosphere, and as one of a curated collection of Toronto's best blogs in The Grid's fashion and design section (Off the Grid Blogs), Kimberly's opinion on fashion – and especially footwear– is a trusted voice in the industry. Style watchers just can't get enough of her vibrant look & personality and she's been snapped by Flare, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star & Now Magazine, with latter listing her as one of the next up and coming Toronto fashion bloggers. Here she shares the details of her personal style.

Do you prefer to dress for an occasion or for everyday?

My mood dictates how I dress; I can go weeks where I'm extremely well-dressed and then other times when I'm a little more laid back in my sartorial choices.

Would you rather be overdressed or underdressed?

Overdressed for sure! I'd rather make an outstanding good first impression than a lasting bad one.

Do you have a signature style or do you prefer to keep 'em guessing?

I don't feel that I have a signature style; change is part of fashion, so I like to be versatile by mixing and matching clothes, colours, and silhouettes to keep people guessing.

Your all-time favourite outfits:

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1. Actually, it was an outfit I posted on my blog, very recently where I wore a fuchsia and red from head to toe. I had a big work meeting and threw this ensemble together at the very last minute (aka: at 7 A.M. as I was running out the door to be in the office by 8 A.M.)

Your top three celeb style moments:

1. Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face (1957)

2. Diana Ross in Mahogany (1975)

3. The opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games which featured Britain's top models wearing British designs.

What would you buy with an unexpected windfall?

Two pairs of designer shoes and a dress from The Room's seasonal blow-out sale. I also prowl online site such as eLUXE, INTERMIX, Net-a-Porter, Saks.con ad LUISAVIAROMA.

Heels or flats?

Both, it depends on how I feel and where I'm going.

Will you suffer for fashion or should be it comfortable? Is there an occasion that you will break this rule?

I think a happy medium can always be found in fashion, one doesn't always have to suffer for it. Though when I attend big events I'm usually in a pair of high heels and have been known to walk/stand through the pain for hours; however once I leave and get into my car off goes the shoes and on go my flats.

Always stylish or does even fashion need to take a break? Any exceptions?

When stepping out of my house I always make sure I look stylish, but behind closed doors I let loose and don my jogging pants.

Team Anna (Wintour) or Team Carine (Roitfeld)?

Ugh, so hard to choose! I love them both – Can I plead the fifth?

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