We’re excited to celebrate real women who do it all, who put everyone else before themselves and give back even more than they receive. They balance work, family, friends, hobbies and interests. And they do it with style and grace while looking fabulous. Meet Keona, one of our Real Life, Real Style inspiring women.
Keona is a single mother and Fashion Coordinator at Stage Stores who recently moved to Houston from St. Louis to pursue her career. Having to balance work, after school activities and homework makes for a busy life, but she does it all with style and grace.
She starts her day at 5:15 and arrives at the office around 8:00, where she puts her fashionista eye to work, researching and predicting trends, styling mannequins and attending meetings. Once at home, she begins her second full-time job of being a mom to her seven-year-old daughter Kennedy, who Keona says is full of energy and keeps her on her toes.
As excited as Kennedy was to hear that her mom had been nominated, Keona says she couldn’t give her too many details because “she’d want to be part of my photo shoot!”
When she’s not working and caring for her daughter, Keona enjoys reading, searching for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe and creating looks on her Polyvore app.
“Some days it gets exhausting to do it all while being fabulous,” she says. “But my daughter, my drive to be successful and passion for fashion keeps me going every day.”
Keona’s job is to stay on top of the latest in fashion, so it comes as no surprise that she describes her own style as trendy, but she says it depends on what mood she’s in on any given day.
She’s constantly inspired by other fashionable people (like Kerry Washington, Rhianna and Marissa Webb), magazines, runway shows and the research she does for work. Her style has also been influenced by her role as a mother.
“Things have gotten a little looser, a little more conservative. I’m very conscious about what I’m projecting on the outside, both as a mother and as a fashion coordinator.”
Keona can regularly be spotted in jeans, a t-shirt, and a leather jacket or blazer, and her go-to piece is anything denim. “I don’t feel like there’s a right or wrong way to wear denim,” she says. Her go-to colors are cream, tan, gold and, of course, black. “Everyone looks good in black,” she notes. She also loves an all-white ensemble.
“Your style sets you apart from the rest,” she says. “It’s a way of saying who you are without having to speak!”
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