Stye Star Spotlight - Kaila Yu

CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF? 

I'm a food and travel writer who also happens to be a fashionista, brand strategist, and cat lover!

WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS? 

I want to teach everyone that travel is accessible to everyone, and I plan on launching a course, teaching on how I built my travel career!

WHO ARE YOUR MUSIC AND FASHION INSPIRATIONS?

For music I love Muse and Guns N Roses, Lady Gaga and Britney spears. For fashion I will always be in love with Chanel and gwen stefani's style

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

My personal style is preppy boho with a splash of sexiness 

AS A KOLLECTIN STYLE STAR, HOW HAVE YOU BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN USING KOLLECTIN TO SHOW YOUR PERSONAL STYLE AND INFLUENCE OTHERS? WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT KOLLECTIN? 

I absolutely love the selection of jewelry within kollectin. I am a statement jewelry type of girl and Kollectin has an endless collection of dangling designs. There's nothing better than having a new selection of jewelry every month to inspire all of my ootd choices!

YOU HAVE SUCH GREAT STYLE! WHAT JEWELRY TRENDS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO FOR THE SUMMER? 

I'm loving the 80s throwback designs and bold necklaces. I love that jewelry right now is trending towards bigger and glammer, totally me!

WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO PIECE OF KOLLECTIN JEWELRY? 

Definitely this gold cuff!

YOUR PICTURES ON KOLLECTIN ARE STUNNING. DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS ON HOW TO GET THE PERFECT PICTURE? 

Luckily I have @kikiwongo as my amazing photographer and editor so that definitely helps a lot! The most important thing is lighting. A bit overcast is great, too sunny is not great for taking photos.

WE ARE SUCH A BIG FAN AND WANT TO SEE MORE OF YOU! WHAT CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING FROM YOU IN THE NEAR FUTURE? 

More upcoming travels to Bali and Puerto Rico, I'm definitely bringing my Kollectin pieces with me!

 

Connect with Kaila on Instagram - @kailayu

Visit Kaila's Kollectin Boutique - kollectin.me/kailayu

Style Star Spotlight - Serena Laurel

CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF? 

I am a Singer-Songwriter, Actress, Fashion Model and Brand Ambassador. I'm best known for my original singing and songwriting which is a stylish blend of retro-acoustic pop. I tour venues on the west coast and have Headlined originals at the Whisky Go Go, House of Blues, Lucky Strike and Roxy. I have a residency at the State Social House on Sunset Blvd montly where I perform live original music. My credits include a recurring role in the NC-16 series, co-star in It's Just A Story, Total Eclipse, award-winning Phoenix Song and stars as Sansa in Bird Song just to name a few. On YouTube I host my own show called Record Rant. I advocate self-love, acceptance and respect by using the creative arts to promote healing and positive messaging as an Artist Ambassador working closely with Free2Luv.org and BreakingTheChainsFoundation.org. I am a fashion model and brand influencer. Most recently, I have partnered with beauty and fashion brands: Bare Minerals, Speechless Dress, Louise & Eleanor, STSblues, LuxuryScentt Box, and Raw Sugar Living and of course, Kollectin.

WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS?

I'm an Artist an I aspire to create. Music is my passion and sharing my music with the world makes me happy. I just finished my first year of college for Music Composition and will continue working on my BA while navigating auditions, working with brands and making music.

 
 

WHO ARE YOUR MUSIC AND FASHION INSPIRATIONS?

My two favorite music and fashion Icons rolled into one are Zendaya and Zoe Kravitz. I covet their music, sense of style and self confidence. But I'm also inspired by everything that surrounds me. Particularly interacting with people and friends, it can cause a writing frenzy. Creating is simply a part of who I am. It's how I'm wired. I don't have a on or off switch for that it just happens.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

My music is a stylish blend of retro acoustic pop sprinkled with jazz. I feel like I dress the same way. I pull from vintage finds. I like modern bold one-of-a-king statement pieces mixed with relaxed garments. I'm also very attracted towards suiting in bold colors and patterns. I like to blend styles like a good acai bowl.

AS A KOLLECTIN STYLE STAR, HOW HAVE YOU BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN USING KOLLECTIN TO SHOW YOUR PERSONAL STYLE AND INFLUENCE OTHERS? WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT KOLLECTIN?

As an Artist, I use fashion and styling to help create my distinctive vibe. I really enjoy sharing my style with others. Curating my own jewlery collection on the Kollectin app allows me the opportunity to share my ideas and access a large selection accessories from top designers for my own styling transformations. Social media is my lookbook, That's where I share my style and link to my collection on Kollectin. When I'm working with clothing brands, I bring my Kollectin pieces with me to the social media shoot. This helps with cross promotion and gives more

YOU HAVE SUCH GREAT STYLE! WHAT JEWELRY TRENDS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO FOR THE SUMMER?

Color and patterns. I am energized by brilliant color and patterns popping up. I'm loving the saturated color palettes and florals in the summer air.

WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO PIECE OF KOLLECTIN JEWELRY? 

I lean towards the very dramatic one statement piece going out like the Starr Necklace.

 
 

For easy going daytime, if I only wear one piece, it's a pair of hoops.

A few of my favs are:

-The Wilma Earrings

-Peggy Earrings

-Trinity Earrings

YOUR PICTURES ON KOLLECTIN ARE STUNNING. DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS ON HOW TO GET THE PERFECT PICTURE?

Know your best angles, find the right light, take a little extra time on your make-up and remember that you are beautiful, your conficence will shine through your photos. If you aren't comfortable shooting yourself, hire professionals. It's always nice to have a glam team on your side.

WE ARE SUCH A BIG FAN AND WANT TO SEE MORE OF YOU! WHAT CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING FROM YOU IN THE NEAR FUTURE?

The film IT'S JUST A STORY will be released to the public this summer. For live music sets, I'm at my residency once a month in West Hollywood at the State Social House. I will be filming NC-16 in the fall. You can watch me rant about music/albums with my celeb friends on my Youtube channel called RECORD RANT. And a full album is in the works as I continue going to the recording studio. You can follow my journey @SerenaLaurel#LaurelHugs

 
 

Connect with Serena on Instagram - @serenalaurel

Visit Serena's Kollectin Store - kollectin.me/serenalaurel