Style Star of the Month | August 2019

Hi Gorgeous!

We’re so excited to announce our next Style Star of the Month: NIKÉ!

In addition to being ambassadors for KOLLECTIN, our Style Stars are passionate Boss Babes who aspire to inspire women across the globe through their style, business, music, travels, lifestyle, and art, and Niké is no exception. Her creativity, drive, and passion to give back to the community are traits that KOLLECTIN deeply admires and values.

Get to know our most wonderful Style Star of the Month:

NIKÉ

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CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF?

Niké is a Nigerian stylist, artist, and activist. Her passion is for the homeless youth in her Los Angeles community. She works alongside the United Nations and volunteers weekly to feed and help the homeless. Niké has a special place in her heart for the homeless because years ago, she was homeless when she came to Los Angeles to chase her dreams. During that time she learned many lessons, especially that life’s possibilities are endless, and as long as you are tenacious and have faith, any dream is yours to make a reality. She expresses thanks to her friends (who she considers family), family members and everyone who has mentored her along the way for all of their support and love. She finds her inspiration through all of you and hopes to use this space to inspire you all in return.

WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS?

To one day retire in my country of Nigeria. However, first, to have my own sunglasses line.

WHO ARE YOUR MUSIC AND FASHION INSPIRATIONS?

James Blake is my favorite artist and I do tend to listen to him as I get ready for work every morning. I am a huge Olivia Palermo fan. My style is polished and I do look to her for inspiration.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ACCESSORY? SOMETHING YOU CAN’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT.

My pearl earrings.

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HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

I normally don’t describe my style as it changes based on my mood. However, if I were to describe it in one word, I’ll say “Polished”! Whether I’m experimenting with of-the-moment trends, or infusing my outfits with a splash of color, or tastefully wearing an elegant hat, I’ll say the outcome is consistently pulled together. I also try to make sure my outfits are accessible, a savvy mix of designer investments (Balenciaga and Givenchy) and high-street finds (H&M and Zara).

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 love how interactive the app is. The variety as well.

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?

My sunglasses line!

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CONNECT WITH NIKÉ ON INSTAGRAM - @SPECSANDBLAZERS

VISIT NIKÉ’S TINY BOUTIQUE - KOLLECTIN.ME/SPECSANDBLAZERS

Style Star of the Month | July 2019

Hi Gorgeous!

July already?! We’re not complaining. Pass the sunscreen because we’re LOVING the sunshine here in Southern California! 😎 Speaking of, we’re so excited to announce our next Style Star of the Month! Our very own LA-based LAURA BARRETT!

In addition to being ambassadors for Kollectin, our Style Stars are passionate Boss Babes who aspire to inspire women across the globe through their style, business, music, travels, lifestyle, and art, and Laura is no exception. Her love of fashion, creativity, and versatility are traits that Kollectin deeply admires and values.

Get to know our most wonderful Style Star of the Month:

LAURA BARRETT

CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF?

Sure! I am originally from Long Island, New York but I moved around a lot as a kid. I lived in Michigan, Florida, Arizona and the UK before moving to Los Angeles so I've kind of been all over the place. I am a huge foodie, I love to cook, and I'll try just about anything (food wise) once. I'm a huge feminist and I love supporting other women and female owned businesses, my favorite color is orange (weird, I know...), and I am deeply obsessed with Halloween. I originally moved to LA 7 years ago to pursue acting, which is still a huge passion of mine - especially comedy - and I kind of fell into the social media scene because my agent told me I needed followers & I had no real idea of what I was doing or the fact that I was creating a business and a brand. I started gaining followers by posting outfits and photos at places that I guess were considered "cool" (if you consider chilling in LA nightclubs cool because that's probably all I was doing at the age of 23 lol) and started to find my foothold in the industry. At a certain point a start up in Santa Monica approached me to head up their social media division because they liked what I was doing and while I personally thought I was WILDLY under-qualified a department head role, they believed in me and gave me a shot. My career in this crazy world kind of started from there.  Aside from that, I tend to thrive under a bit of chaos, so I my apartment is always a bit of an organized mess and I tend to do my best work at the last minute. 

 WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS?

Oh god, there's so many. I was asked to speak on my first panel at a marketing conference in Las Vegas this past year, so that felt like a really cool milestone, to be considered an "expert" in my field before I was even 30. I really enjoyed public speaking more than I thought I would so I'd love to be offered a keynote speaking position and eventually I'd love to do a Ted Talk. 

I'd love to write a book. I promised my grandfather before he passed away that I would write a book about my life. 

Another one would be finding a way to combine all my passions into one cohesive Job. Like, can I have a show where I make everyone laugh while cooking bomb ass food and wearing head to toe Chanel? Is that an aspiration? 

And also, boring as it may sound to some, I am really looking forward to starting a family someday in the near future, maybe I'll become a mommy blogger or something? Who knows. 

WHO ARE YOUR MUSIC AND FASHION INSPIRATIONS?

Ok well, let me start by telling you that my music taste is super all over the place and makes no sense. One minute I am blasting Backstreet Boys and the next I'm rolling down the freeway bumping Bone Thugs & Harmony, so, no one should really listen to me about music. But I guess I'll give this a shot anyway.

Currently I am loving Lil Nas X and everything he stands for, which probably sounds so insane coming from a 30 year old woman but I am loving how unapologetically himself he is. Coming out as a gay man who is involved in both rap AND country music - two genres that are notoriously homophobic, at only 20 years old, is really brave and inspiring. That and 'Old Town Road' is a dope song. Another would be Madonna. From a very young age my mom was playing Madonna songs for me and her whole career is just badass, she's such an icon. 

My fashion inspirations are a bit easier. I love the Olsen twins. I love Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City, I realize that Carrie was a bit problematic but like, her wardrobe was NOT, ok. A more current one would be Lily Collins, I love everything she wears and HER BROWS man, I'd kill for those brows. 

 WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ACCESSORY? SOMETHING YOU CAN LEAVE HOME WITHOUT.

Hmmm.. I don't know if this counts as an accessory but I don't leave home without spritzing on a nice perfume. Other than that, I'd say i love a good dainty necklace.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

It's constantly changing but I think overall I am pretty classic. I like trying new trends but I don't spend a ton of money on them. If I'm going to invest in something I want it to stand the test of time. 

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 I mentioned earlier I am a huge proponent of working with companies that are geared towards helping women succeed, so that's a big part of why Kollectin appealed to me so much. I use it to showcase the things I am loving, I like to throw in my favorite dainty pieces but also some fun statement pieces that you can use to mix things up! It's great to be able to have all your favorite pieces in one place and be able to direct your followers to a tiny boutique and just say "oh you like this stuff? Head to this one super easy place to get all of it, and it's priced lower than anywhere else you could find it online, so everyone wins."

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?

There's so many things coming up! I am currently in a long distance relationship with a lovely man in Europe, so I have kind of switched gears on my page to make it a bit more travel focused, so that's new and exciting. I also want to start focusing a bit more on body positivity. My body changed a lot as I crept into my 30s and it's taken me a moment to get comfortable with having curves, so I'll likely be opening up a bit about that journey soon. Outside of social media I'll also be contributing to some comedy podcasts coming out soon so stay tuned for those as well!

CONNECT WITH LAURA ON INSTAGRAM - @THELAURABARRETT

VISIT LAURA’S TINY BOUTIQUE - KOLLECTIN.ME/THELAURABARRETT

Style Star of the Month | May 2019

Hi there Beautiful!

Can you believe it’s already May? Us either, but you know what we really can’t believe? That we get to feature such a fantastically FIERCE woman as our next Style Star of the Month: Gia Gunn!

In addition to being ambassadors for Kollectin, our Style Stars are passionate Boss Babes who aspire to inspire women across the globe through their style, business, music, travels, lifestyle, and art, and Gia is no exception. Her ambition, creativity, and confidence are traits that Kollectin deeply admires and values.

Not to mention we can barely keep our excitement in check for Gia’s NEON VICE collab with us! That’s right, Gia is launching an exclusive Tiny Boutique as a part of our Tiny Boutique capsule collection, and it is going to be FAB. We’re talking everything neon. Perfect in time for summer! Be sure to save the date: Gia’s collab drops JUNE 13TH.

Without any further ado, our Style Star of the Month:

GIA GUNN

CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF?

I am of 4th generation Japanese decent, born here in America.  Some of my hobbies include performing, doing yoga & expressing myself in all ways glamorous!  I love spending quality time with my loved ones while also being very focused and driven to be the best version of myself!  I was blessed to gain international notoriety in 2014 from being a contestant on the 6th season of Rupaul's Drag Race and in 2017 I came out as being openly transgender on Instagram!  Since then I am dedicated to the fight for human rights and on a mission to continue to break the boundaries of gender while continuing to inspire others through sharing my story!

WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS?

My aspiration in life is to create as much change as possible in this world.  Us as human beings have the tendency to fear change instead of embrace it.  Change is something that I have consistently had to adapt to during my journey and I see so much of the world’s struggle to embrace their changes.

WHO ARE YOUR MUSIC AND FASHION INSPIRATIONS?

Some of my music inspirations are Lady Gaga, because I love the messages behind her lyrics and also what she stands for.  I appreciate any woman who puts their money where their mouth is!  I definitely love Beyonce because she is a woman of color who demonstrates what excellence looks like and sounds like, she is an overall goddess!  When it comes to fashion I like very bold and outstanding things, like #NeonVice!  Some of my favorite designers are Jean Paul Gaultier, The Blonds,  Galliano...and the list goes on!

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

My personal style is either super basic or super glam!  When I'm off I love to wear sweats and a hoodie with a cute pair of sneakers and a designer bag/glasses.  However for an event or a shoot I really like to be super glam, always sparkly & just overall goddess vibes!

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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?

What I love about Kollectin is that they make it shopping through influence super easy for everyone, and their team is amazing to work with!  Very supportive and overall nice people.  I also love how they have included all my personal needs and wants into this collaboration to bring you all the best line of summer jewelry!  They let me pick everything out and match it all up with my own personal style.  I love how inclusive Kollectin is!

WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO PIECE OF KOLLECTIN JEWELRY?

Honestly my go-to piece of jewelry from #NeonVice are the ALL STAR clear star earrings!  I think I've literally worn them like 5 times this week simply because they just go with everything and are so cute and fun!  As much as I love big bold statement earrings, I also love a piece that is big in size but minimal to the view and not specific to any color scheme!

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

My tips on getting the perfect picture are honestly know your lighting and have a mirror near when taking pictures so you can see yourself and how you’re looking while having your photo taken!

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?

This year I'm really focusing on continuing to perform all around the world, spreading as much awareness to the trans community as possible and really looking forward to continuing to meet all of you while sharing our stories!  In the near future I look forward to a one woman show & of course another collection with Kollectin!  In the mean time, catch me in a city near you!

CONNECT WITH GIA ON INSTAGRAM - @GIA_GUNN

VISIT GIA’S TINY BOUTIQUE - KOLLECTIN.ME/GIAGUNN

Style Star of the Month | March 2019

Hi Gorgeous!

We’re so excited to announce our Style Star of the Month, mainly because we have TWO Style Stars for March: Arianny Celeste and Alejandra Boggiano!

In addition to being ambassadors for Kollectin, our Style Stars are passionate Boss Babes who aspire to inspire women across the globe through their style, business, music, travels, lifestyle, and art, and Arianny and Ale are no exception. Their ambition, creativity, and confidence are traits that Kollectin deeply admires and values.

Arianny and Ale are co-founders of the Girlfriend Box, and if you didn’t already know (and if you didn’t, girl where have you been?!) we are SO STOKED to be partnering with them to launch Kollectin X Girlfriend Box!

To celebrate our Tiny Boutique collab with Girlfriend Box - which officially launches next week on April 3rd (!) - we’re shining the spotlight on our favorite badass ladies, the incomparable:

ARIANNY & ALE  

What’s the Girlfriend Box? 

Girlfriend Box is a curated fashion box subscription delivered monthly. 

How did the Girlfriend box come to life? 

It was created by 2 best friends with an entrepreneurial spirit wanting to do something special and different!

Can you tell us more about the Kollectin X Girlfriend Box Collab?

Each month we curate fashion boxes for girls to feel special, spoiled and up to trend. The collab with Kollectin made the most sense since we share the same vision and style and wanted to provide our girls with the trendiest pieces.    

What fashion and jewelry trends are you looking forward to for the Spring?  

For fashion, animal print and neons. For jewelry, chains, stacked pieces, and statement earrings. 

What is your go-to piece of jewelry from Kollectin? 

Our collab’s layered dangly necklace called Freda! It’s this adorable 3-layer neck piece with gold plated Puka shells!

What can we look forward to seeing from the Girlfriend Box in the future? 

We have a lot of exciting things coming in partnership with Kollectin, debuting on April 3rd. We can’t wait to share it with everyone!  

How would you describe your personal styles? 

Ale: California lux, a more relaxed style with lots of denim and ease 

Arianny: Sharp and elegant. Very trendy and high end. 

What are your favorite things to do together?  

We love coming up with fun projects, going to music festivals, going to dinners and relaxing.    

Tell us something exciting that people don’t know about you and your partnership.  

We are both really dedicated to it and do a lot for the company. We personally style all the boxes that go out and stalk our customer’s social media to better understand their styles!

CONNECT WITH GIRLFRIEND BOX ON INSTAGRAM - @GIRLFRIENDBOX

CONNECT WITH ARIANNY ON INSTAGRAM - @ARIANNYCELESTE

CONNECT WITH ALE ON INSTAGRAM - @ALEBOGGIANO

Style Star of the Month | February 2019

Style Star of the Month | February 2019

Hi Lovely!

It’s time for February’s Style Star of the Month, and we couldn’t be more excited to feature Marina Rose!

Marina embodies all of the qualities we look for in a Style Star. In addition to being ambassadors for Kollectin, our Style Stars are passionate Boss Babes who aspire to inspire women across the globe through their style, business, music, travels, lifestyle, and art, and Marina is no exception. Her ambition, creativity, and confidence are traits that Kollectin deeply admires and values.

Read on to get to know our latest Style Star:

MARINA ROSE

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CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF? 

My name is Marina Rose I am 20 years old and a former SoCal resident, now living with my hubby in the Pacific Northwest! I have a full time job of working with Jr High & High School students teaching them music, hanging out with them, and working along side of them as they discover who they are as individuals and musicians. I have a full time life of adventuring, road tripping, creating, and sharing with social media.

WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS?

My aspirations are to inspire and empower girls to relentlessly pursue their dream jobs and encourage the realization that there is a place in the world for their passions. My current project is creating a space for creatives to come together and collaborate. I am a BIG believer in collaboration over competition and I aspire to inspire people to share that passion.

WHO ARE YOUR MUSIC AND FASHION INSPIRATIONS?

Ariana Grande is my biggest music inspiration, Vanessa Hudgens is my biggest fashion inspiration, and Gwen Stefani is definitely both. She’s a queen.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

The closest thing to my personal style is a mood ring for sure- Some days I wake up ready to be a street style queen and some days I wake up and I’m too down to be a glam goddess. For the most part I’m somewhere in between, wearing mules and a denim jacket with pretty much anything. 

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?

Personally I don’t remember that last piece of jewelry I’ve purchased that wasn’t from Kollectin. I love being able to honestly support such an amazing company. So being able to wear pieces that I absolutely love and share with my following is a win for me. I love feeling confident that others will have a great time shopping around the app and that they can find my favorite jewelry so easily!

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

Thank you!

Valentino FLEXED on the runway with those hoops in the spring/summer collection. So I’m super excited to jump on the bandwagon and pick some up from HoopCbyRaqC collection! Another fave of mine every spring is pastels and I will probably be rocking both this spring!

WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO PIECE OF KOLLECTIN JEWELRY?

My favorite go to piece is a battle between the Dasha Necklace (aka the best way to add a pop to any outfit) and the Zelda earring (because who doesn’t love a good sparkle?!).

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

Thank you!

2 years ago I NEVER would have expected to be in front of the camera instead of behind it so I definitely look to so many influencers for tips on how to work it for the camera. The things I found most useful are:

-Practice your angles in front of the mirror. You have to know yourself and what you think looks good!

-Keep moving! Sometimes you can look back and want to have placed your arm or your head differently so if you just keep moving you can avoid that!

-BE CONFIDENT. Some of my least favorite pictures are ones where I wasn't feeling myself, and it shows. Some of my faves are the ones where I owned my confidence. 

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?

Definitely more content!

I just launched my blog and I hope to keep it as honest and consistent as I possibly can with some new travels and hopefully presets!

If I can keep up with that I might just launch a youtube channel too...

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CONNECT WITH MARINA ON INSTAGRAM - @XOXOMROSE

VISIT MARINA’S TINY BOUTIQUE - KOLLECTIN.ME/XOXOMROSE

Style Star of the Month | January 2019

Hi Beautiful!

We’re so excited to kick off 2019 by highlighting such an amazingly passionate and driven woman. Our Style Star of the Month for January is *drum roll please* RAQC!

RaqC embodies all of the qualities we look for in a Style Star. In addition to being ambassadors for Kollectin, our Style Stars are passionate Boss Babes who aspire to inspire women across the globe through their style, business, music, travels, lifestyle, and art, and RaqC is no exception. Her ambition and fearlessness to flaunt her individuality are traits that Kollectin deeply admires and values.

Read on to get to know our latest Style Star! Also, be on the lookout for RaqC’s collab with Kollectin. RaqC’s hoop line - HoopC by RaqC - is launching FEBRUARY 1ST, available exclusively on the Kollecin app!

So without further ado, a woman who needs no introduction:

RAQC

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CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF? 

I am a self proclaimed ball of energy. I was born with a natural passion for life. Since I was a little girl I have always been super energetic, outspoken, wild and free. I began my radio career at the young age of 18 fresh out of high school. I started interning for an LA radio station which allowed me to get my foot in the door and from there the rest is history. I like to refer to myself as a modern day renaissance woman because I am good at anything I put my mind to. I love to work, create, build other women up and truly live everyday as if it were my last day on this planet. Every day is a BIG DEAL for me. 

WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS?

My aspirations are to build an empire and a legacy to my future children. My ultimate goal is to have a talk show like Oprah had. I love story-telling and I'm very good at it. I am also good at getting people's stories out of them. I call it a gift. I want to be remembered for actually being a doer in my community. My soul motivates me and my intentions are always on point. I believe that when you have the right intention in anything you do, you will succeed.

WHO ARE YOUR MUSIC AND FASHION INSPIRATIONS?

My music inspirations are very diverse. I absolutely love Caribbean music, my favorite artist being Celia Cruz. Her music and fashion were so UNIQUE to her. I love music that speaks to my soul, like Jill Scott, India Arie, Sabrina Claudio, Alina Baraz. 

My fashion inspo comes from my imagination. I have never been one to follow trends. I create my own trends. I rock what compliments my body, my curves, my mood. I definitely love the classic jeans and high heels look though. You can't go wrong rocking jeans and heels . One thing I never leave home without are my accessories. My GO TO accessories are: Gold Hoops, gold watch, gold rings, chokers, head wraps. Whatever I'm in the mood for I rock it unapologetically. 

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

I would describe my personal style as bold, edgy, sexy and unapologetic. I base my style on my mood. 

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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?

What I love the most about Kollectin is the variety of accessories. I love having choices. Some days you feel simple, some days you feel more bold. 

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

I am looking forward to more hoops this Spring. I am obsessed with hoops, to me the bigger the better. I am also looking forward to rocking bold and bright pieces. Spring is the time to be glowing like the sun. 

WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO PIECE OF KOLLECTIN JEWELRY?

My go to pieces with KOLLECTIN are the stackable gold chains. I love that I have to put on one piece and it looks like I'm wearing 5 necklaces in one. I also love the chokers. So many people think chokers are from a particular era but to me they go with everything. I feel like they give your outfit attitude. 

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

I would say its knowing your angles and your facial expression. Some days you will feel goofy or playful and other days you might feel like a boss and more confident. Your pictures must portray that. Don't be afraid to NOT SMILE if you don't want to or feel like it. The eyes say it all in a picture. 

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?

Well 2019 will be a year of a lot of surprises. I have my hands on a few projects right now. I am working on project right now that I am really excited about that has to do with fitness and women. I am pretty much combining my 2 passions, yoga and spinning into one. Stay tuned for details. I also plan on being heard more. Many people know me or recognize me from my radio days and that is not ending. Also my YOUTUBE CHANNEL will be going through a major reconstruction. If you love the content I have there now wait till 2019 kicks in. I will be busy filming a lot with my channel in 2019. Stay Tuned to all he goodness coming! 

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CONNECT WITH RAQC ON INSTAGRAM - @RAQCSWORLD

VISIT RAQC’S TINY BOUTIQUE - KOLLECTIN.ME/RAQCSWORLD

Style Star of the Month | December 2018

Hey there Gorgeous!

Pop the bubbly because 2018 is coming to an end! We’ve been honored to feature so many wonderful women as our Style Stars of the Month this past year. This month, we’re recapping all of the Style Stars who made our year such a great one!

In addition to being ambassadors for Kollectin, our Style Stars are passionate Boss Babes who aspire to inspire women across the globe through their style, business, music, travels, and art. Their ambition and fearlessness to flaunt their individuality are traits that Kollectin deeply admires and values.

Let’s not only raise a glass to this year’s Style Stars, but to YOU, too, babe! We made it through this year together, and we so look forward to crushing 2019 with you!

XOXO,
Your Friends at Kollectin

SERENA LAUREL

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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.

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.

READ THE REST HERE, AND VISIT SERENA’S TINY BOUTIQUE AT KOLLECTIN.ME/SERENALAUREL.

KAILA YU

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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!

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!

READ THE REST HERE, AND VISIT KAILA’S TINY BOUTIQUE AT KOLLECTIN.ME/KAILAYU.


JEZLAN MOYET 

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WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS? 

My mission is to create a platform that inspires, enlightens, entertains, and ignites a positive change in the world. I aspire to inspire through fashion, beauty, and business.

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

Have fun, don't take yourself too seriously. Turn up the music and vibes. Keep it simple, less is always more. And be sure you have great lighting! 

READ THE REST HERE, AND VISIT JEZLAN’S TINY BOUTIQUE AT KOLLECTIN.ME/JEZLAN.

MAYA HOPE HAIDER

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HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

Streetwear. I'm on two very distinct sides of the style spectrum. I can be the most casual tomboy in athletic inspired street wear (you'll pretty much NEVER see me in jeans) and also very girly when I want to dress up in party dresses.

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

I don't always wear these, but I'm getting excited about big statement pieces. Hoops. Stars. Anything eye catching.

READ THE REST HERE, AND VISIT MAYA’S TINY BOUTIQUE AT KOLLECTIN.ME/MAYAHOPEHAIDER.


KIKI WONGO

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WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS?

Ultimately, I would like to achieve world domination. Haha, half kidding. I want to travel the world and share stories of culture and beauty from across the globe to our viewers. 

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?

Currently, Kaila and I spent the year traveling the world to so many exotic destinations. We’re in the process of some great new beginnings for next year, so stay tuned on our adventures at www.nylonpink.tv.

READ THE REST HERE, AND VISIT KIKI’S TINY BOUTIQUE AT KOLLECTIN.ME/KIKIWONGO.

Style Star of the Month | November 2018 | Kiki Wongo

CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF? 

My name is Kiki, but my real name is Kristin. I got the nickname “Kiki Wongo” from my high school computer teacher, which stuck throughout my career as a musician. I’m an internationally toured musician who shared the stage with acts like Taylor Swift, Usher, Bret Michaels, The Misfits, and more. Currently, I love traveling the world with my bestie, Kaila Yu, and we are both founders of the Travel/Beauty/lifestyle blog NylonPink.tv.

WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS?

Ultimately, I would like to achieve world domination. Haha, half kidding. I want to travel the world and share stories of culture and beauty from across the globe to our viewers. 

WHO ARE YOUR MUSIC AND FASHION INSPIRATIONS?

I listened to a lot of death metal when I was in high school. I was definitely inspired by a lot of goth and heavy music initially. However, throughout the years, I’ve learned to love pop music, KPOP, and electronic music along the way. I definitely have a darker edge when it comes to style inspiration, but also have a feminine side, which is derived from my travels playing music. 

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

My personal style is like a chameleon. I’ve had so many influences throughout the years that I couldn’t categorize it under a particular umbrella. I love edgy, artsy and street styles during the day, but I also love feminine and pretty outfits for the night. Also, I’m currently obsessed with the color yellow.

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 can’t describe to you enough how much Kollectin has changed the way I see style. My style is still changing here and there, but the biggest evolution was when I discovered your brand. I can really get the most creative inspiration basing my outfits with your bold pieces. I’ve found pieces in my Kollectin boxes that I would have never worn before, but found them to be astonishing and style-defining. I’m obsessed and will for sure be a long time customer of Kollectin.

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

I am obsessed with big bold pieces. Things that pop and become a stand-alone statement. I also love everything gold.

WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO PIECE OF KOLLECTIN JEWELRY?

By far, my favorite piece of all time are the huge pearl drop earrings. They went well with EVERYTHING I wore and got so many compliments on them!

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

The number one thing is to be yourself. Your authenticity is something people are wired to read a mile away. Don’t try to force anything that you wouldn’t do. Also, the rule of thirds. ;)

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?

Currently, Kaila and I spent the year traveling the world to so many exotic destinations. We’re in the process of some great new beginnings for next year, so stay tuned on our adventures at www.nylonpink.tv.

CONNECT WITH KIKI ON INSTAGRAM - @KIKIWONGO

VISIT KIKI’S TINY BOUTIQUE - KOLLECTIN.ME/KIKIWONGO

Style Star of the Month | October 2018 | Maya Hope Haider

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CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF? 

My name is Maya and I’m 19 years old. I love to stay busy. Exploring new things, new tastes, and new places! In my free time, I love learning about new fashion trends and seeing where the world is headed. When I was younger, I used to make Vine and YouTube videos. I hope to take YouTube more seriously in the not too distant future!

WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS?

I'm pretty ambitious. I want to be successful in as many areas as possible.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

Streetwear. I'm on two very distinct sides of the style spectrum. I can be the most casual tomboy in athletic inspired street wear (you'll pretty much NEVER see me in jeans) and also very girly when I want to dress up in party dresses.

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 love the team here. I hang out with them at the office, meet up with them after they're working, I feel super close to the company. I love learning from how Nadia runs her business. I love hanging out and growing with Mariana. And of course I love being a part of their awesome campaigns and photo shoots.

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

I don't always wear these, but I'm getting excited about big statement pieces. Hoops. Stars. Anything eye catching.

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WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO PIECE OF KOLLECTIN JEWELRY?

My Los Angeles necklace by Melios ❤️

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

I like my photos to look candid but with a hint of vintage. Can't live without the grain tool on VSCO.

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?

I really hope to open up an online store with clothing inspired by my own streetwear meets girly style. That's one of my big aspirations right now.

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CONNECT WITH MAYA ON INSTAGRAM - @mayahopehaider

VISIT MAYA’S TINY BOUTIQUE - KOLLECTIN.ME/MAYAHOPEHAIDER

Style Star of the Month | September 2018 | Jezlan Moyet

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CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF? 

My glass is always half full, usually with French roast or French rose. Fueled by faith and caffeine, I'm a believer, a dreamer, a model, and a Gemini. As an entertainment correspondent based in Los Angeles, I host America's first daily live streaming lifestyle talk show, Good Morning LaLa Land, avail on AppleTV + ROKU. With years of experience hosting premieres, press junkets, and some of the most glamorous live events, I've been blessed to interview some of the most notable influencers, celebrities, and pop culture phenoms.  My purpose – my passion in life – is to create and tell unforgettable stories. 

WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS? 

My mission is to create a platform that inspires, enlightens, entertains, and ignites a positive change in the world. I aspire to inspire through fashion, beauty, and business.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE? 

Chic, and trendy. A wise woman once said, "Life is not a dress rehearsal." So I do my best to wake up, show up, and SHINE.

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 love the community of Kollectin! It has fostered creativity and collaboration and provides women the ability to build a business for themselves. It gives me the opportunity to explore new styles, stay on trend, and share with my fellow lady bosses. I never know where the day will take me and with Kollectin I'm ready to rock whatever meeting, date, premiere, or run way comes my way.

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

I love layering necklaces and sharing your personal style/story through jewelry.... like my Charmed zodiac piece by Mehgan James. It's perfectly on trend and timeless.

WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO PIECE OF KOLLECTIN JEWELRY? 

The Brenda Ring - love LOVE love! I get more compliments on this single piece of jewelry than any other piece I have ever worn - its the perfect addition to any look, day or night!

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

Have fun, don't take yourself too seriously. Turn up the music and vibes. Keep it simple, less is always more. And be sure you have great lighting! 

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? 

You can follow my journey from the studio to the red carpet and all of my pretty messy life in between on insta @jezlan. There are some amazing guests, influencers, and inspirations Monday - Friday live at 9am on my talk show, Good Morning LaLa Land and my podcast LA Unscripted, is available on iTunes. I'd love to connect with you and share your story, ideas and suggestions.

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CONNECT WITH JEZLAN ON INSTAGRAM - @JEZLAN

VISIT JEZLAN’S TINY BOUTIQUE - KOLLECTIN.ME/JEZLAN

Style Star of the Month | July 2018 | 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 Tiny Boutique - kollectin.me/kailayu

Style Star of the Month | June 2018 | 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 Tiny Boutique - kollectin.me/serenalaurel