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Intro­duce your­self!
S: Hel­lo!! My name is Sheila Amo. I’m a Philly girl who’s made the sub­urbs of DC my home. By day, I run the HR depart­ment for a non-prof­it and by night I’m a per­son­al style blog­ger (among oth­er things).

What is your style phi­los­o­phy?
S: In one word, my style phi­los­o­phy is Time­less. I like to look pol­ished, grace­ful, and effort­less. I DO believe Con­fi­dence is the key to pulling off any look. I DON’T believe in flash­ing my stuff all over town;-). I also believe in tai­lor­ing clothes, when nec­es­sary, for a per­fect fit (I do this with all my jeans).

How would you describe your sense of style?
S: I’d describe my style as glam­orous, play­ful, and clas­sic with a hint of edge. While I try not to suc­cumb to the tyran­ny of trends, I wear what I like (and that some­times includes the lat­est and great­est). I always fig­ure a way to make a look unique­ly mine because I don’t want to look like every oth­er wom­an (that’s a huge turnoff for me). I under­stand my body & pro­por­tions, which are key for all wom­en to know. This knowl­edge makes you more adept at choos­ing clothes that suit your fig­ure.

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What is your process of decid­ing what to wear in the morn­ing?
S: Work­ing in a cor­po­rate set­ting I try to focus the fab­u­lous­ness around my hair, shoes, and some great pieces of jew­el­ry. I typ­i­cal­ly build my looks from there.

What are the three favorite things in your clos­et?
S: It sounds cliche, but I tru­ly enjoy wear­ing all my clothes! How­ev­er I’ll say that I feel most glam­orous in my vin­tage Saks Fifth Avenue win­ter coat with the fur col­lar, my striped rafia pants, and my DVF dress col­lec­tion that I’ve been cul­ti­vat­ing for years.

What are some of your favorite shops/websites for clothes, shoes and acces­sories?
S: I go into the occa­sion­al J. Crew black­out, but I most­ly try to vary my shop­ping choic­es. So in addi­tion to them I also love Anthro­polo­gie, Asos, Bloomin­gales, Etsy, and Urban Out­fit­ters.

How long have you been nat­u­ral?
S: My last relax­er was in May of 2010.

How and why did you tran­si­tion into nat­u­ral hair?
S: I was nat­u­ral in the past but I didn’t have the resources/patience/knowledge to man­age my hair effec­tive­ly when I decid­ed to grow it. So I went back to relax­ers but ulti­mate­ly grew tired of my activ­i­ties being lim­it­ed by my hair choic­es.

This time around I tran­si­tioned by wear­ing a weave for about 18 months. When I took that out I was delight­ed with my hair growth and health. Then came the straightening…dumh, Dumh, DUMH!! I straight­ened my hair for 6 months (at the hair­dresser so yeah, a lot of heat) and was com­plete­ly igno­rant to the effects of heat dam­age (clear­ly I hadn’t done my research). All I new is that I was nat­u­ral. When I tried to rock a fro, my hair said, “Umm, excuse me but what are you doing?” I had kinky roots and straight ends that were irrepara­ble. So in July of 2012 I asked my hus­band to cut it all off and I start­ed over. It was a cathar­tic move for me. I’d nev­er felt so free!

What is your sig­na­ture hair­style?
S: My sig­na­ture style is a kinky/curly fro! I get this look by two strand twist­ing on wet hair and putting ban­tu knots at the ends then wear­ing it out. I love this look! Learn­ing to man­age my hair and keep­ing it “cor­po­rate appro­pri­ate” has been an expe­ri­ence and this style lasts with con­sis­tent results as long as I re-twist.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
S: I co-wash/wash and deep con­di­tion my hair every week to two weeks depend­ing on how it feels. I use my steam­er once a mon­th in sum­mer and twice a mon­th in win­ter. I detan­gle and style in sec­tions and I re-twist night­ly. The only pro­duct I absolute­ly love thus far is coconut oil (I use it to detan­gle, con­di­tion, and seal). It leaves my hair soft, man­age­able, and shiny. The brand I use is Barlean’s Extra Vir­gin. I also real­ly like Shea Moisture’s Curl & Style Milk for styling.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
S: Please come sup­port me on my blog, www.itgirlallure.com. You can also find me social net­work­ing on
Twit­ter https://twitter.com/ItGirlAllure
Insta­gram http://instagram.com/itgirlallure
Face­book https://www.facebook.comItGirlAllure
Pin­ter­est http://pinterest.com/itgirlallure

Rinny

Tex­an by birth, Los Ange­leno by sit­u­a­tion. Lover of Tame Impala and Shoegaze music. Come­di­an by trade. Mac­a­roni and Cheese con­nois­seur by appetite.

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Ronnette

Con­grat­u­la­tions on being fea­tured! I love the arti­cle and the pictures…very classy and stylish…hair and cloth­ing!

Sheila

Thanks for the sup­port Spec!!

Shawne

Great arti­cle & great looks, esp luv’d the bun. ;-)

Sheila

Thanks Shawne;-)!

Amma Mama

I LOVE you hair and style! You are beau­ti­ful! I got a new blog to fol­low!

Sheila

Thanks Amma!! Wel­come to http://www.itgirlallure.com!!

TWA4now

Nice website/blog on twit­ter too #itgit­lal­lure

Abii A

Incred­i­ble style. Love it!

Sheila

Thanks Abil!!

Smallfro

I absolute­ly love your style. Fab­u­lous with­out being over­down. Absolute­ly beau­ti­ful.

Sheila

Thank Small­fro! I try to wear the clothes and not let them wear me;-).

TWA4now

…nice, classy, and pol­ished! #makethem­sayy­our­name!

Sheila

That’s what I’m going for…thanks!

GSoldier

You Got S.T.Y.L.E!!!

Sheila

Aww, thanks so much;-).

Colalover

I love your style!:-):-):-):-)

Sheila

Thanks sweets!

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