Fashion & Style: Banke

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Introduce yourself!
Hi readers of Culture of Venus. My name is Banke Balogun and I am the author of the fashion blog “With Love, Banke.” With Love, Banke was created in January of 2014. I wanted to showcase my eclectic sense of style while adding witty and in some cases, quirky commentary. Aside from running With Love, Banke I am a first year Masters in Public Health candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles. In my free time, I like to browse through other fashion blogs, watch Korean dramas and listen to music.

How would you describe your sense of style?
Eclectic. I’m all over the place as a result of this, many people have found it very difficult to pinpoint my exact style--it’s constantly changing! On my blog you’ll see me emulate many different styles.


Where do you get your inspiration for each look?
I get my inspiration from many different places. It could be from watching a t.v. show, to seeing an outfit I really like on Instagram or just my personal mood. As of late, I’ve been trying to find within myself more inspirations so I’ve opted out from skimming on a lot of fashion bloggers pages and looking at magazines.

Are there any celebrities/fashion icons whose style you admire?
Rihanna: Amazing sense of style. She could wear a trash bag and still look amazing.
Bebe Zeva: A recognized blogger who I believe should gain more recognition. Not only can this girl write killer commentary, but her style is to die for. She’s never scared to try anything new and she has a lot of confidence.


What’s your ‘Go-To’ outfit for when you need to get ready in a hurry?
I would say I always throw on a pair of high waisted jeans, a crop top and some converse or my Peter Pilotto for Target slip on sneakers.

What are the three favorite things in your closet?
1.    My ASOS platform shoes
2.    My H&M wide brim hat
3.    My American Apparel Silver Disco Pants

If you had the option of replacing all items in your closet with items from a particular designer. Who would that be?
Ted Baker! Whenever I go to that store, I’m like a kid in a candy shop. I love everything in their store from their clothing to their bags.

What are some of your favorite shops or websites for clothes, shoes and accessories?
For online shopping it would be ASOS, Urban Outfitters and Topshop. For in-person shopping it’s Forever 21, Zara, H&M, Buffalo Exchange and thrift stores.

What fashion or styling tips would you give to someone who wants to improve their sense of style?
Try something that’s never been done before and be true to yourself. Fashion is about having fun! 


Is there a blog/webpage or Youtube channel where we can find you?

Instagram: @LeBanke

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