The past year seems to have experienced a shift in terms of personal style. Some people began to take more risks while others remained true to what works for them. The biggest takeaway? As long as you're comfortable in a look, it doesn't matter what you're wearing. Blogger Cyrena Monique realizes the importance of this and sticks to her own set of rules when it comes down to her style. I was able to pick her brain about the things she's most drawn to in the interview below and it came as no surprise that she has a solid idea of what works for her. Keep reading to learn more!

Nai's Visions: Some people can easily define their personal style while others could care less about labeling it. How would you personally define yours and how it relates to who you are?

Cyrena: Hmm, I don't know if I can label it. I used to call it rock chic (skinny jeans, leather jackets, tees, ankle boots), which is still very much my style but I don't think that's the right name for it. My style is kind of an amalgamation of a few different styles; I love Rock Chic, and I love Minimalism, but I also love a good statement piece. What do you call that?

When you decided to start blogging and sharing your personal style with others, did you ever have a moment where you questioned how others would respond to it?

Most definitely! I had a blog for years before I put myself on there. It was more of a newsy blog, like an online magazine; when I would go to events, press days, etc., people would ask me why I didn't feature my style on the blog. My style has pretty much always been what it is now. It's very relaxed and casual for the most part. I set up a separate blog for my style, but then it got to be too much running two blogs; so I kind of combined the two on my original blog Freak Deluxe.

One of the first things I noticed about your style is that you have a knack for completing your looks with stellar outerwear. Do you think outerwear can make or break an overall look?

Yep! If I wanted to answer with one word! I do think outerwear can take an outfit to the next level, however I try to make sure my outfit looks good with and without the outerwear too, just in case I have to take my jacket/coat off. I've made that mistake before LOL!

Because I have a slight obsession with all things related to natural hair, I couldn't help notice your hair as well. How long have you been natural?

 I've been natural for almost 10 years, but I only discovered my curls 3 years ago.

With spring being just around the corner, what are you looking forward to wearing the most? Is there a particular season you prefer?

Hmm...I don't know (laughs) maybe my leather jackets? My favorite seasons are spring and autumn because they are transitional seasons. These are the seasons where my style can really flourish. Can't really wear much during (a good) summer, and in winter you have to cover up.  Of the two transitional seasons, I would have to say spring is my fave; I just love seeing the blossoms blooming, and the days getting longer. It signals new beginnings.

If you could tell your younger self one thing about personal style what would it be?

Don't waste your time and money buying into trends! Stick to what you love and buy well - two quotes, "Buy less, choose well" and "Quality over quantity".

Freak Deluxe