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. 

Leah Alexandra

I layer multiple pieces of jewellery from my collection. Gotta represent!

Designer, Leah Alexandra Jewelry.

Model: Alexa Chung. Personality: Gwyneth Paltrow. Album: The Score, Fugees or Moondance, Van Morrison. Designer: Isabel Marant. Colour: Turquoise. Astrological Sign: Aries.

Inspired by a lifetime of summers spent on the shores of Cape Cod, it seems natural that hand-selected gemstones and freshwater pearls, with their beachy aesthetic, are key elements in the signature style of her eponymous label. Leah's love affair with baubles was reinforced with a degree in design, studies in metalsmithing and a stint as a goldsmith apprentice. Today the Vancouver-based designer's handcrafted baubles are sported by celebs and chosen by editors to grace the pages of major publications including Real Simple. Today Leah tells The Style House about her personal style.

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

An occasion especially if I have something I'm excited to wear (as opposed to a last minute scramble).

Would you rather be overdressed or underdressed? 

Underdressed, as long as I have makeup and jewellery on. 

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

I tend to rotate favourite staples from Club Monaco, Madewell and Zara – and thee layer on multiple pieces of jewellery from my collection to finish the look. Gotta represent! 

Your all-time favourite outfit: 

A vintage dress I found in Paris last September. 

Your top three celeb style moments: 

1. Carrie Bradshaw  (Sarah Jessica Parker) on her SATC wedding day.

2. Alicia Silverstone in Clueless

3. Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction


Heels or flats? 

Flats, but my Rag & Bone heel boots are so comfortable, I wear them almost as much.

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

There are winter days you night find me working from home or in the studio in some questionable getups that might as well be men's pajamas. 

On an average day, how long does it take you to get out the door? How about a special occasion? 

About an hour – double that for a special occasion – I like to take my time and I'm easily distracted! 

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

The world needs both of them! 


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