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. 

Lisa Ng

I feel silly when I’ve overdone it for an occasion.

Editor in Chief, The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide (HUG).

Personality: Kristen Bell. Astrological Sign: Sagittarius.

As one half of the founding duo behind the popular digital guide to food, travel, style & events for the female urbanite, Lisa has many opportunities to flex her fashion muscles. Sharing her favourite spots & events in the city, she also knows a thing or two about what to wear while there. Today, she takes a look at the elements of her personal style.

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

I like dressing for everyday – I feel more like myself. But that's not to say a little bit of flare can't be added here and there!

Would you rather be overdressed or underdressed?

I would have to say underdressed. Sometimes I feel silly when I've overdone it for an occasion.

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

I keep it pretty simple and would say elegant chic with an urban twist. I like to look polished and put together, so I can feel like I'm at my best.

Your all time favourite outfits:

Okay this one is probably going to sound cliché, but I was in love with my wedding dress from Spanish designer Pronovias. It was perfect for my petite frame and a classic mix of traditional strapless A-line with modern ruching. I also love Tiffany blue – this easygoing dress from Aritzia is one of my favourites. Just add flats, a belt and some fun accessories and you're good to go.  I was heading out for a girls night out dinner at  The Thompson Hotel with LOFT.


Your top three celeb style moments:

1. Michelle Williams 2006 Oscars [in Vera Wang].

2. Mila Kunis 2011 Oscars [in Elie Saab Haute Couture]

3. Kate Hudson 2003 Oscars [in Valentino].What would you buy with an unexpected windfall?

1. Classic black pumps from Louboutin.

2. An extra warm & stylish winter coat from Moncler.

3. A hip new blazer & tunic dress from Elizabeth & James

4. I would finally invest in a proper Chanel purse.

5. Anything and everything from Madewell or Anthropologie.

Heels or flats?

Heels for going out to an event or somewhere special – I'm 5'2" and hate talking into people's chests. Flats when I'm running around the city.

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

My suffering always comes from being too cold. I'm usually freezing my ass off for fashion!

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

I say wear whatever makes you feel good – but yes sometimes fashion can take a break. I love weekends away at the cottage with my hair in a ponytail, no make-up with comfy shorts and an old t-shirt.

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

Anna all the way! She's a force to be reckoned with and I admire that.

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