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Style: Rene Daniella in Paris

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Introduce yourself!
R:
What ever you do, Own It. That is my mantra, my style, my piece of advice, and my motivation; all in one.

My name is Rene Daniella. I am half English/ half American and have lived in both places so I can’t quite put a finger on the one I am “from”. I am definitely a city girl. With London, New York, and my current home, Paris, all in my address book, it’s easy to understand why. I thrift, I use music to solve everything, and I have massive wild honey caramel curls.

What is your style philosophy?
R:
Golden rule: Style over labels. If you like how it looks, then Own It! Dress for you, and if you please them too than that’s a nice little bonus. Personally, my inspiration often comes from my body type. I have curves. They have needs. Unfortunately big baggy boyfriend tops and those cute old-fashioned flapper dresses don’t meet them. So I take anything, and I mean anything, and cinch it with a belt. Voila!

How would you describe your sense of style?
R:
I love statement pieces. I always stay well stocked with the basics, including tanks, tights, and belts, so I can pair them with those one off finds you fall madly and deeply in love with in your favourite shops. I often like to dress with some kind of theme in mind, whether its 90’s hip hop, Parisian chic, Egyptian goddess, classic or bohemian and so on, a good theme absolutely keeps fashion fun.

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What is your process of deciding what to wear in the morning?
R:
Mood check. I see how I feel, or even how I would like to feel. Then proceed. I keep certain pieces that I am particularly in lust with hanging up on my walls in hopes I will be inspired to incorporate them. My bedroom walls stay busy, some what like a living vision board for fashion.

What are the three favorite things in your closet?
R:
It’s hard to pick individually as I have a pretty stocked closet but the things that usually melt my little heart are playsuits, high waist skirts and waist belts. I am a belt fanatic. I am obsessed with new belts. If you gave me a potato sack I would put a waist belt on and rock it.

What are some of your favorite shops/websites for clothes, shoes and accessories?
R:
I am not a huge online shopper as I like to be able to see myself in the clothing and try things on. It’s half the battle but half the fun too. If I do go online, I check out ASOS.com and similar sites. Occasionally I have a little gander through Urban Outfitters online SALES (never full price, hmph). But primarily, I am a vintage shop girl and am proud of it. There are so many clothes that have a lot of life left in them and need a good home! No but really I just love unique signature pieces and if you have a good eye and you know what flatters your body type, you can be creative and really OWN your wardrobe.

Also, even though they may not be your typical accessories, I think lipsticks and well polished nails will upgrade any outfit almost instantly and they are so simple to add! I love to go to Sephora for their lipsticks and lip stains. Reds, deep purples, and bold pinks are my go- to colours.

How long have you been natural?
R:
I have had one relaxer and one “texturizer” in my life. The first relaxer was to make my hair a bit more manageable as a kid and then the texturizer was just for a style change. I cut the it out about 6 and a half years ago and have been letting my curls live ever since.

How and why did you transition into natural hair?
R:
Well just before I got my last texturizer, I would wear my hair massive as it had some pretty good length to it. It was lovely. Once I got the texturizer I immediately missed my volume and realized I had to have it back. My curls absolutely have had a massive influence on my personality. With hair that draws such attention, you learn to use it as a platform and that has always been something I am grateful for.

What is your signature hairstyle?
R:
Volume is my signature. As long as I keep my hair moisturized, then a wash and go works perfect. I apply fairly light products, do the finger fluff technique and use a wide tooth comb on my roots to keep it as big as possible. I will not blend into a crowd. Fact.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
R:
I wash every 7 to 10 days. I moisturize using different products depending on the look I am going for, the weather, the state of my hair. Some days my curls need more TLC than others. I try to vary my hairstyles. I do love the puffy bun or scarf up do’s because you know what, sometimes my hair just isn’t acting right and needs a moment to its self haha. I also do the occasional twist out which I am a huge fan of. It always delivers bouncy, well-defined curls!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
R:
Absolutely! I just recently started a blog and you can check it out at OwnByFemme.com I mostly talk about fashion, travel, curls, and life. You can also find me on Instagram @OwnByFemme and Twitter @OwnByFemme

 

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Love JAH
Love JAH
8 years ago

Just as cute as a doll!

Sassy24
Sassy24
8 years ago

Pretty love your style

Alisa
Alisa
8 years ago

Love the hair!

TMC (toronto meet up. nov 16)

wow! she’s so pretty! I choose style over label too.
great hair, great style. You must put a lot of time thinking about what to wear in the morning, since you go with themes, you don’t throw on what seems reasonable like a lot of us.You must have an exciting wardrobe with all those themes! and i’m sure you really read into fashion.
awesome read.
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Madame Batifole
Madame Batifole
8 years ago

She is lovely and quite chic! Great hair color too!!

Marcia
Marcia
8 years ago

Gorgeous hair and style

elsa
elsa
8 years ago

She is so beautiful and her hair is amazing.

rick
rick
8 years ago
Reply to  elsa

Marry me Daniella. 🙂

Mel
Mel
8 years ago

Her hair is everything.

Lih
Lih
8 years ago

Wow. You’re goergous, your beauty get me speechless. I really love your style !

Rain
Rain
8 years ago

LUV, Luv, Luv your style!

chinamountain
chinamountain
8 years ago

I luv asos. Ur hair is kaa-ute!

MJ
MJ
8 years ago

Love your style and hair! Major crush on it!

Lorijaye
8 years ago

Gooorgeous hair. And gosh, that coat in the second picture is to die for! Where can I find something like that?

Asana
8 years ago

Whao teh bglh icons always get it right! You are gorgeous Daniella! Love d the pictures, the interview, clothes and hair!

Latte
Latte
8 years ago

Adorable! I think I’ve seen you on curlynikki.com.

Danielle Rene
Danielle Rene
8 years ago

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Hi! I’m Danielle Rene and I love your feature!

rick
rick
8 years ago
Reply to  Danielle Rene

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CurlyQ53
CurlyQ53
8 years ago

I was sitting here glaring (read: admiring) your pics, trying to hate (read: loving the COLOR off the photos) and I couldn’t even do it. You and your hair are absolutely exquisite! Beautiful, woman! 🙂

*slow clap building to thunderous applause*

person
person
8 years ago

her curls make me despise my 4c kinks. 4c hair is so much harder to deal with man. its a love hate relationship.

Fairy
Fairy
8 years ago
Reply to  person

wow!! How sad!!!

Djanira
Djanira
8 years ago
Reply to  person

🙁

person
person
8 years ago
Reply to  Djanira

what? 4c hair is harder to deal with.

Princess C
Princess C
8 years ago

BEAUTIFUL!!!!

Jessica
Jessica
8 years ago

I love this girl! Great feature.

Toni
Toni
8 years ago

Now this a bad chick !

Camillia
Camillia
8 years ago

I absolutely love her! Found her on IG a while ago and have been following her ever since. Fabulous!

sammi
sammi
8 years ago

Love her hair and style!

Danie
Danie
8 years ago

cute as a button and fabulous !

Summerbaby
Summerbaby
8 years ago

I love the hair and fashion sense!

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[…] discovered René Daniella because she was recently featured as a Style Icon on one of my favourite natural hair websites, Black Girl With Long Hair. But seriously, not only is […]

ymb
ymb
8 years ago

Her hair, style, and blog are truly beautiful! I would love for my hair to be that big and soooo appreciate her feature!!!

lafricanista
lafricanista
8 years ago

MY FAVE! love love love her style and personality!

D
D
8 years ago

You are definitely OWNING IT!
I would love to know what you use to keep your hair moisturized.

Jesse
Jesse
8 years ago

You are beautiful. Your sense of style is absolutely everything!

Shell
8 years ago

Your hair and style are simply fab!!

geri
geri
8 years ago

um, she’s gorgeous and her body is on point! i want my body like that yo 🙂

Ain't I an African
Ain't I an African
8 years ago

Wooooow, she is so gorgeous! And I love her style!!

rik
rik
8 years ago

She is physically perfect…Proof of the existence of God

Cidriana
Cidriana
8 years ago

Perfect hair, perfect body, perfect face . . . Just all around gorgeous!

Diandra
Diandra
7 years ago

I took a class with her. I remember I was always just staring at her hair. She is so gorgeous!

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