This week’s CHIC is the lovely Cam Veronica from Boston, MA. We love everything about Cam’s style; from the way she mixes in feminine silhouettes to her signature added touch of a floppy hat! Cam is always so poised and polished with her looks. She sports a CHIC natural color pallet that we can’t help but admire. We also love Cam’s fierce tapered curls, and lovely marley twists that she wears as a protective style. Check out what she had to say about her hair and personal style!
1. How long have you been natural? Did you transition or big chop?
I've been natural since 2010, I transitioned my pixie cut for awhile, but eventually did a chop (it wasn't all that big) in 2011.
2. How would you describe your hair texture?
My hair is fine, kinky and coily- 4C hair texture perhaps.
3. What is your go to style and how do you maintain it?
I fluctuate between two styles: my tapered fro and marley twists. When my hair is out I cowash weekly using a twisting butter to flat twist and set my fro. When in the protective style, I make sure to moisturize daily (with water) and use a light leave in conditioner once a week.
4. What are your problem areas if any and how are you working to combat them?
Retaining moisture is a constant struggle for my mane. I have to be very proactive about making sure my hair has enough water on a daily basis. By that I mean spraying my hair with water (sometimes including a mix with aloe vera) and drinking lots of water! A few years ago I became much more mindful about what I eat and drink. The increase in vegetables and water and decrease in consuming processed foods definitely improved my overall health - healthy hair included!
5. What do you love most about being natural?
The versatility of natural hair is unparalleled, but what I love most about being natural is the sense of community and empowerment that comes with wearing your natural hair. I'll see someone on the street with a fro and for whatever reason, I feel like there is a shared experience between us.
6. What are your top 3 hair products?
Right now, these three products have my heart. I prefer brands that have natural ingredients and smell delicious.
1. Camille Rose twisting butter (an absolute staple)
2. Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Hair Oil
3. Karen's Body Beautiful Luscious Locks Hair Mask
7. How would you describe your personal style?
I wear a lot of black and maintain a mostly neutral color palette. I prefer feminine silhouettes and like to incorporate a touch of menswear in the form of structured blazers, oversized pieces and of course – hats.
8. What are your favorite clothing stores?
ASOS. I’ve purchased some amazing leather goods from here that have lasted years. I’m a fan. Madewell and Everlane are becoming new favorites as well.
9. Who are your favorite celebrity fashionistas?
Victoria Beckham, Kelly Rowland and of course, the Olson twins.
10. What is the most worn piece in your closet?
A wool blazer that I picked up on consignment is by far my most worn piece. It was $15 and crafted by an awesome indie Parisian designer – love at first sight.
11. What is your favorite Fall trend?
Oversized knits and a dark lip – there will be a lot of that on the blog over the next few months.
12. What would you say is your most prized item in your closet? Is it a vintage charm you found thrifting, or a designer splurge?
Just about every day, I wear a gold bangle that was passed down by my great grandmother.It’s from Trinidad and serves both as a reminder of my roots and my family legacy that I get to carry around with me. The bangle fits me too big so one day I started wearing it as a forearm cuff and I haven’t stopped since.
13. Where do you draw your style inspiration from?
Art, photography, other style bloggers, and my mood inspire my looks.
14. Since you are obviously a ChicNaturalista what would be a bit of fashion advice for our readers?
Style is an extension of your personality – so wear what makes you feel best, but don’t be afraid to take risks. I believe in quality over quantity. Quality doesn’t always mean expensive, pay attention to those fabric labels and craftsmanship! Investing in staple items that will last not only saves money in the long run but also helps you curate style that truly is personal.
How can we keep up with you?
For a little style and life inspiration, check out my blog: www.thesamepg.com