True Fashionista: Buki

Style seems to attract style, at least it seems that way here in DC. Through my stylish friend Alison I met the ever-chic Chelsea, though Chelsea I met the fashionable Rosana, and through Rosana I found Buki’s blog James1542. I loved her positive outlook, spunky style, and true knowledge of fashion and her personal style. Not only does she look fabulous in clothes, she designs and makes many of them! Because of this, I asked Buki to be part of my True Fashionista series.

Buki 1While Style with Buki is primarily a personal style blog, Buki often discusses trips, home décor, and food. It’s surely what one would call a style blog for you can understand Buki’s personal style clearly through her posts. I love the little style tips she has at the end of each post. Each one is realistic, possible, and can add a touch of flair or style without much effort or money. She also is quite creative with her wardrobe, be it making a rice bag into a purse or belting a thrifted skirt and transforming it into a top. Buki doesn’t have a ginormous wardrobe, and it’s fun to see how she re-wears different pieces in different ways, giving them new lives.  She proves that you don't need a lot of clothes to have a lot of style.


Buki 2

Buki’s positivity is infectious. She’s so grateful for her readers, sees the bright side of every situation, and isn’t afraid to grin from ear to ear in her outfit posts. Her smile is such a welcome change in a sea of serious-faced fashion bloggers and while Buki is expert in accessorizing, her best accessory is that wonderful smile. Her Grateful Four series is a non-materialistic twist on a popular blogger feature and often reminds me to see the good and the beautiful in the everyday. I also love how she blends Nigerian Ankara with current trends, thrifted goodies, and mall staples. She truly is a definition of personal style.

Buki 4

As with every True Fashionista, I asked Buki the same five questions; here are her answers.

How would you describe your personal style?
A Classic twist: I enjoy mixing tailored pieces with feminine silhouettes in textured fabrics and bold prints.

Where did you get your passion for fashion?
I'd have to say, from my mother. She has impeccable taste so at young age, I enjoyed playing dress up in her closet with my and going with her to local tailors as she designed custom clothing.

Where do you find sartorial inspiration?
I get inspired by observing life in general: people, places and events inspire my style. I absolutely love to travel locally and globally. Experiencing new textures in food, different moods created by local musicians and unique colors and patterns in the artwork of different cultures fill my mind with ideas to interpret into my wardrobe!

What is the difference between fashion and style?
Fashion consists of curated items offered to the public seasonally while style is one’s translation and personalization of those curated items.

Any advice for a woman who is starting to find her personal style?
First of all start with your greatest asset, Self Confidence. Then experiment with different silhouettes and trends to see what suits your figure and personality best.


  1. February 8, 2013 / 1:11 am

    I absolutely love this series. I have discovered some really great blogs from this. Off to check out Buki’s blog!

  2. Jamie
    February 4, 2013 / 11:53 am

    This girl has awesome style! Thanks for introducing her to us!


  3. February 2, 2013 / 10:45 pm

    Great post- I love Buki’s style, now off to check out her blog…

  4. Buki of James1542
    February 1, 2013 / 2:50 pm

    Allie, thanks for the feature!

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