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5 MINUTES WITH @FASHIONBYMNP

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This week we chatted to the gorgeous Monique Palumbo owner of fashion blog @fashionbymnp. She revealed her top tips for nailing a capsule wardrobe, that we will definitely be following.
“Don’t spend a lot of money on clothes, but invest it great accessories.
LBD: Is Influencing/Blogging your full-time job?
MONIQUE: No, I’ve been blogging as a hobby for nearly 3 years now. I’m studying Fashion Business full time at university and work part time so sometimes its hard to fit it all in but I’ve tried to make it work! When you love doing something you always find the time for it. It’s also good that I’m studying a subject that relates to my blog so I can combine them both in a way!
 
LBD: That’s a busy week! What does a day in the life of Monique look like?
MONIQUE: Everyday is different! When I’m not working/at university I usually spend the morning shooting for my blog or writing a new blog post then socialising in the afternoon or at night!
LBD: We love your effortless chic outfits. How would you describe your own style?
MONIQUE: I would describe my style as girly but simple. I love a simple outfit that makes a statement. I like wearing cute dresses and skirts and dressing them down with trainers during summer. I tend to wear a lot of basic clothes but always style them up with lots of jewellery and accessories.
LBD: So over on your Instagram you post a lot of outfit pics, but what is your fave item of clothing at the moment and why?
MONIQUE: My fave item of clothing right now is a pair of Levi jeans, they are light blue wash, high waisted and have a raw hem – they are perfect for summer and go with everything! I usually always stick to skinny fitted jeans but these have a straight loose leg and I love how they can be worn during the day with cute summery tops or dressed up for nights out with a bodysuit and heels!
'Clothing trends go in and out of style but an amazing handbag and pair of shoes can be worn everyday and every season for years.'
 
LBD: We always struggle with keeping our wardrobes neat and tidy. What would your tips be on nailing a capsule wardrobe?
MONIQUE: Not hoarding things that you won’t wear often or can’t style easily. I’m always clearing out my wardrobe to make sure I still actually like what’s in it! I’d much rather take time to find things that actually fit my body well – I’d rather have 2 pairs of amazing fitting jeans than 20 pairs that lie in my wardrobe that I’ll maybe wear once in a blue moon.
 
WARDROBE TOP TIP
“Don’t spend a lot of money on clothes, but invest it great accessories.
My wardrobe is mostly made up with black and white basics that I can wear again and again with a statement/patterned piece. I don’t tend to buy too many highly detailed items of clothing as I definitely get more wear out of basics unless it’s for an occasion.” – Monique 
LBD: You are such a natural beauty! What is your everyday make up routine?
 
MONIQUE: Usually on a normal day I’ll try keep makeup minimal – flawless skin is a must so I always wear a foundation and bronzer to have a healthy glow but I’ll just do a swipe of mascara and a nude lip, I don’t really wear much eye makeup unless I’m dressing glam! I go way over the top with highlighter I love to be tanned and glowy!
 
 LBD: We love a glowy base!! What would be your go-to day time outfit and why?
 MONIQUE: If it’s a nice day my go-to day time outfit would be a girly dress dressed down with a leather jacket and ankle boots! Or leather trousers, a bodysuit and a statement jacket/blazer. I also love simple outfits that can be transformed with a statement bag and shoes, an outfit doesn’t feel complete without a statement accessory!
MONIQUES MUST HAVE MAKEUP PRODUCTS
 
 Giorgio Armani  - Luminous Silk Foundation             
Charlotte Tilbury  - Penelope Pink Lipstick                
Kiko Bronzer                       
Dior - Nude Air Highlighter
  
 
We hope you enjoyed hearing a little bit about Monique be sure to follow her on Instagram @fashionbymnp and visit her blog www.fashionbymnp.com
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Written by Lauren Collins @laurengcollins  laurengcollins0@gmail.com