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. 

Industry Insider Interview with Sarah Hamel

As the brains behind the jewellery emporium Made You Look, Sarah Hamel has facilitated a design community that includes more than 100 local Toronto jewellery designers. With that kind of talent on-hand, the perfect baubbles await you, no matter the occasion. In the off-chance that something in-store doesn’t suit your fancy, the design studio specializes in custom designs. Be sure to check out both locations (situated directly across the street from each other) one featuring “serious” jewellery (think diamonds and gold, wedding and engagement rings); the other featuring fun and funky fashion accessories (plastic, fabric, glass, wood, bottle caps, tape measures, feathers). Your Inspiration… People, fashion, self-expression, colour and art.

Fashion Tricks … Wear jewellery/clothing from second hand stores mixed with local designers work or mall accessories mixed with a great hand-me-down from a friend. The result will be a solid look that no one can quite put their finger on.

Current Obsessions… My Community.

Classic or Trendy… I really do not like to be defined by a certain style or look – it is a total mix.

Street Style or Runway… Both are inspiring. The runway is amazing for art’s sake and being totally over the top. Street style is raw and real and is a true reflection of diversity in a big city. Worth the investment… Handmade jewellery is definitely worth spending money on. The work is unique, eye catching, well made, and it can say a lot about you. Sometimes it is all you need to make an outfit go from ‘blah’ to ‘bling!’

Your colours… I wear a lot of black, with accents in other colours. My favorite colour combination is black, cream, celadon and peach – just to look at, not to wear!

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