Heard of Miss Lyle Style? Meet blogger Cheralee Lyle of Miss Lyle Style. South African bred and born Cheralee has been featured by Marie Claire, Refinery 29 and now here – her blog is fashion-focussed and her DIY skills are amazing. She currently lives in Washington D.C. (with regular forays to the Big Apple) and has three years of blogging under her pretty belt. We chatted to her about style, DIY and, of course, blogging.
I love fashion, fun and pretty things. I also have a classic case of wanderlust and am currently on an adventure in USA trying many new things and taking lots of photos.
What do you want people to take away from Miss Lyle Style?
I hope my blog provides some light-hearted fashion fun and inspiration. I hope it inspires people to try something new, whether it is a new outfit, a fashion trend, a travel destination or a DIY project.
And when you’re not blogging?
I do some illustration, graphic design and photography.
What’s the fashion scene like in D.C?
It’s very diverse. Most people living here are not from D.C. so they bring their own style to the city, which creates a very unique and interesting scene. The city is full of smart activists, artists, journalists and bloggers who keep its style totally original. And New York City is close by and that is a whole different world where the street style is on another level.
What do you miss most about SA?
I miss the closeness, being able to see my friends and family every day, being close to Table Mountain and close to the sea. I also just miss Cape Town’s relaxed vibe and creativity − things you don’t find anywhere else.
Describe your style?
I always try letting my personality speak with a fun sartorial piece or a unique accessory.
Has being South African influenced the way you dress?
I feel so lucky to have grown up in SA. Being surrounded by shweshwe, bold prints and beaded jewellery when I was young gave me a strong appreciation of colour, prints and fabrics. It also opened my mind. We didn’t have any of the high street brands like H&M or Topshop so you had to be more creative. I would make my own clothes or shop at charity stores, which became my favourite thing to do.
I have always been in love with the ’60s, Andy Warhol and his muse Edie Sedgwick. Ever since I saw a picture of Edie in her famous leopard-print coat I wanted my own and was so happy when I spotted this one in a vintage store. I wear it often and dress it up and down. Here I am wearing it with a comfy dress and everyday black leather ankle boots for a comfy look.
We say: If you are in Cape Town, you have to pop into Coats For Africa near Cavendish Square for the most beautiful coats!
If you know Cheralee, you will know that this girl knows how to rock a hair accessory. On her winter must-have list is a pom-pom beanie. (Yes, you read right.) Get the look and here:
Make your beanie cuter than the rest by adding a pom-pom
Get your hands on:
1. A beanie (Mr Price has a great selection)
2. Wool (a haberdashery or some Checkers stores even has a selection)
3. Scissors, needle and thread
Step 1: Choose the wool for your pom-pom. You can match the colour to your beanie or do a contrasting colour. Follow this easy video tutorial on how to make a basic pop-pom. It’s super easy.
Step 2: Sew the pom-pom onto your beanie right at the centre and secure it with a double knot.
… and you’re done! If you’re feeling playful, sew on two pom poms like animal ears.
What’s on your radar?
Superga sneakers! They are a super versatile sneaker brand that the Olsen twins are the creative directors of. I just bought a metallic pair and they are so comfortable!
Three things everyone has to do in NYC?
1. Buy a disposable camera and go to Coney Island for a day to eat hotdogs on the pier, go on the classic funfair rides (the spinning tea cups are the best!) and take as many photos as you can.
2. Go shopping in Brooklyn. It is packed with indie labels, markets, vintage stores and random quirky spots. Brooklyn Charm, a jewellery shop, is a must too!
3. Visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art. There is always a breathtaking exhibit on. Right now the fashion exhibit is Punk: Chaos to Couture.
What’s next for Miss Lyle Style?
I plan on going on more spontaneous adventures, attending New York Fashion Week, visiting more cities in America and evolving my blog while keeping it fresh and authentic.