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. 

Sherise Cromwell

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Life is too short, and you never know when you will bump into your ex!

Owner and founder, REESE.  

With the kind of beauty that makes you do a double take, it's no shock that this globetrotting, self-taught, designer has amassed over 40,000 Instagram followers – but it's her unique style & designs that have her fans truly clamouring. Sherise has evolved from a fashion lover with sewing skills and confidence to a risk-taking designer revered for her statement pieces. Arguably best known for her handcrafted jewellery (her pieces have been spotted on Giuliana Rancic), her clothing & swimwear divisions are gaining momentum as seriously covetable, well-priced, items – so popular, in fact, that the launch shut down the e-commerce site – literally. Today the style maven shares the details of her personal style.

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

Everyday, of course! I love the task of getting dressed in the morning. In my opinion, occasions do not best represent your personal style. I'm a huge tomboy so I am not into glitter and too much colour. What I enjoy most is taking androgynous pieces, and making my statements through details. Life is too short, and you never know when you will bump into your ex!

Would you rather be overdressed or underdressed? 

I prefer to underdress. I find that you can still make a statement - I like the challenge...

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

I wouldn't say that I have a 'signature" style. I prefer to live by… "It's not what you wear it's how you wear it."  The majority of my wardrobe is based off my my tomboy aesthetic. I prefer to keep everyone guessing.  I don't consider myself to be predictable when it comes to style.

Your all-time favourite outfits:

1. Heading to Soho House Toronto in... Jacket, Aritzia. Shirt, Dior (with a vintage Tartan wrapped around my waist). Pants, Mens Nudies. Shoes, Christian Louboutin. Jewelry, Ottoman necklaces.

2. Photo shoot for some creative shoots for my website... Hat, Lack Of Colour. Shirt, En Noir. Jewelry, Ottoman necklaces.

3. REESE X TNT trunk show… Leather jacket, A.L.C. Shirt, stained t-shrt (with a vintage Tartan found at the Flea market in L.A.) Jewels, Flea market (Nepal). 

Your top 3 celeb style moments:

1. Charlize Theron [in Christian Dior Couture], 2014 Oscars. 

2. Lily Collins [in her Zuhair Murad dress & Christian Louboutin shoes] at The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones premiere in Norway. 

3. Sienna Miller [in Burberry] at the Burberry Prorsum Spring'14 show in London.
These ladies looked beyond amazing!!

What is on your shopping list for spring?

Contrast sports wear will be consuming my closet for Spring'14… Asymmetrical garments such as dresses and t-shirts. You can never go wrong with maxi's. Anything with embroidery or any other fabrics with sheer qualities. Jersey knit pants and dresses that are able to be worn day to night when heels are thrown into the mix.

Heels or flats?

Depends on the occasion. My daily shoe right now is a heeled grunge boot from American Rag or the famous Isabel Marant sneaker. 


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

I find that I'm always suffering for fashion. From the shoes that are one size too small because they were the last pair or that jacket that MADE the outfit, but it's definitely too cold outside to be wearing it. There are numerous occasions where it is worth it to suffer for fashion!

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

In my opinion, being stylish is part of ones personality. So no, fashion never takes a break.

On an average day, how long does it take you to get out of the door? 

It takes me about 10-15mins to get ready and out of the door. 

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

Carine Roitfeld hands down! Her attire for any occasion is absolutely unique. This women can do NO wrong - love her!!!

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