We all know designer runways and top fashion magazines are great places to seek inspiration and get a first-hand look at the latest trends. But here at C+C, we’re more interested in seeing clothes and accessories worn the real way by real people!

Every week or so, we select a particular reader whose sense of fashion sets him/her apart from the rest. “Muse” is meant to be a platform of great style and individuality, and will hopefully inspire other readers to continue looking their best and experimenting fearlessly with their own wardrobes!

Name: Christina Brown

Age: 24

Location: New York

Occupation: Online Editorial Assistant/Blogger

Coco + Creme: Tell me about yourself and how you came to fall in love with Fashion.

Christina Brown: I’ve always loved fashion since Junior High. When I was in college at the University of Pennsylvania, I founded a fashion magazine where I was the Senior Editor. While I was the the magazine was able to forge relationships with designers and boutiques in the Philadelphia area. From there I went to intern at Saks and I did digital marketing at BET. Then when I was at Honey Magazine, I was able to do editorial work professionally. Now I’m at Uptown Magazine! I also started my blog LoveBrownSugar so I could talk about fashion the way I wanted to.

C+C: You inspire a lot of people with your blog but who are your inspirations? Who do you look to as a style icon?

Christina: I have so many! Tracee Ellis Ross is my biggest one. Diana Ross too; I love that old school glam. I’m an old school head; I love the older black stars. I love a Bille Holiday flower behind the ear. I really like the fashion of the ’30s and ’40s too. Currently, I love the Olsen twins and their hobo chic look as well as June Ambrose and of course, Sarah Jessica Parker!

C+C: How would you describe your personal style in 5 words?

Christina: Ugh! This is so hard, but I would say: vintage, bohemian, romantic and downtown chic.

C+C: It’s interesting that you chose those words, how does your personal style reflect your personality?

Christina: I’m really creative and my style reflects that. But I also have a strong business background. I’m very calculating and strategic so that’s a part of my style too. I like to mix business with pleasure. It’s all about balance.

C+C: If we took a peek into your bag, what would we find?

Christina: My blackberry of course, red lipstick L’Oreal Infalliable in Beyonce Red, my digital camera that I not only take pictures with but also shoot HD video for LoveBrownSugar and Uptown Magazine. My Jimmy Choo business card holder, it was a gift from a friend and everytime I pull it out people ask about it. I think it’s supposed to be a coin purse but it’s just cooler this way. I also carry Maybelline Lash Stiletto Volumptous mascara with me for touch-ups. My lashes are one of my biggest assets, they are naturally long and I love the look of big lashes. You would also find my wallet and mirror.

C+C: What trends will we see you in this summer?

Christina: I am loving the midi skirts (they hit the middle of your leg, think calf area). They’re so old school and retro. Plus I like that you have to be really creative to pull them off. I also am loving turbans. I especially like to go to African fabric stores to make really creative ones.

Are you loving Christina’s creative style like we are? Then check out her blog, LoveBrownSugar for more!

–Channing Hargrove

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