Smashing! Patience — and church sales — pay off for fashionable shopper

Herald-Leader fashion writerApril 25, 2014 


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It's so easy to get sucked into the glossy world of fashion magazines. Pages tout the latest couture collection to lure us into high-end department stores for expensive clothes.

But when it comes to real life, part of dressing stylishly day to day is to know what looks good on you and just go with it. That means not always shopping at luxury stores or paying full price for a designer original, but finding those pieces that complement your body.

Sumayya Rashid of Lexington is a fan of fashion — and of a great buy.

"I'm a huge bargain shopper," she said. "I get things from the church grab bag all the time. I do that, and I go Goodwilling a lot. You have to have patience, which I've learned."

Rashid is a trained cosmetologist. She is not in a salon right now, but says she wants to open her own business someday. In the meantime, she styles friends' hair and has worked as a bartender and cashier during Keeneland's spring meet.

One of her favorite things about being at the historic racetrack is the people; specifically, what they're wearing.

"I love Keeneland because you see the coolest outfits, the prettiest dresses, the daintiest jewelry, fabulous hats," she said. "I love just people watching."

Her own style, she says, is "a mixture of things from all over the world, Eastern, Chinese, geisha-type things, to Arabic princess to hip hop."

There are touches of her heritage, too.

"I was born and raised Muslim, so that's influenced me tremendously," said Rashid, who no longer is devout in practicing the faith. "The garb has influenced me."

Head scarves are a favorite accessory.

"I think it's a cute option instead of constantly putting heat on my hair," said Rashid, who writes a fashion and style blog, "So I really do wear my scarves a lot, which I'm pretty known for, my scarves."

It appears Rashid has passed along her love of fashion to her daughter, Nahla, 8.

"She tells me what to wear and not to wear," she says of her daughter, who has a fondness for looks from The Gap. "She's a bigger fashionista than I am."

What she wore

Top: Embellished jersey tunic with beaded accents that was picked up at rummage sale at church.

Jeans: Another church find. Rashid is not big on labels, so she didn't know the brand. Notice the stylish cuff, the better to show off her spring sandals.

Shoes: Wedge sandals from Express.

Scarves: Rashid says she wears head scarves "maybe half the time." This scarf was found, again, at a church sale.

Earrings: Gold hoops from Kings Beauty Supply on North Broadway. "They have the best African-American hair care products, and on the side, they have jewelry."

Fave products: "I'm not into any one brand, but I love Suave hair products because they're cheap and they work. And I love Pond's skin care products, but I like to mix it with olive oil."

Harriett Hendren: (859) 231-3175. Email: Twitter: @harrietthendren.

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