Whether they do it well, or the results are disastrous, we always applaud a fashion risk-taker. Which is why we’ve asked Ola Munia (www.instagram.com/stylesbyola) to join our Instagram style party this week. The 31-year-old image consultant and fashion blogger says she strives to mix up the contents of her closet, and the closets of her clients. The Brookline resident hails from Canada and has an impressive background as a graduate of Parsons the New School for Design and stints at global fashion companies. Aside from admitting that she collects brass animal figurines, we like what we see. Now let’s hear what this week’s Instagram style star has to say for herself.
Q. I’m a little worried about your brass animal figurine collection. I’ve heard once you start with brass animals it can lead to a Precious Moments figurine and Franklin Mint plate addiction. Any concerns?
A. There is no need to worry about Franklin Mint plates as I am definitely not a plate-as-decor person. But when I was a little girl, I do remember begging my mom to buy me more and more of those Precious Moments figurines. I haven’t carried on with that collection. But animals, now that’s a different story.
Q. One of the most dangerous things you can do is tell me that you’re Canadian because I enjoy having a bit of fun with Canadian accents. Do you use words that aren’t common in the US?
A. I’ll admit, “eh” comes out once in a while and when it does, you’ll be happy to hear that someone always calls me out on it. I still say “zed” not “zee” and I’ll never get used to the term “beanie,” it’ll always be a “toque” to me. I can’t seem to adjust to Fahrenheit instead of Celsius. I manage to always throw someone off when I say, “Warm day, 20 degrees.”
Q. You have impressive credentials, but I’m wondering how one becomes a certified image consultant? Is there an exam?
A. I was certified with the London Image Institute and I am also a member of the Association of Image Consultants International where I serve on the New England board as the vice president of communications.
Q. What’s the most common image problem people seek help for?
A. Dressing for their body. It’s important to get educated on how each type of clothing should fit and what flatters your body type, shape, and proportions. I always say it’s great to follow trends, but only if they fit and work for your body.
Q. Aside from the lobster rolls, what’s your favorite thing about living in New England? You’re not allowed to use the words “Cape Cod,” “Red Sox,” or “Ben Affleck.”
A. My first year in Boston we lived right in Fenway, so you don’t have to worry about me saying “Red Sox.” I love everything about the coast. Having lived in big cities before Boston, I really appreciate the beauty here.
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