Kayla Stamboul


Kayla Stamboul

At 22 it's hard for me to refer to myself as a woman. I feel like I'm still stuck between the sweet spot of being a 'grown' woman and being a little girl. The word 'woman' carries weight (well at least to me it does), it feels like a huge responsibility and perhaps I'm running away from that. However, deep down I know the woman I aspire to be; a strong woman, a powerful woman, of course an independent woman (that goes without saying) but most importantly, a woman who's proud to be a woman.

Oh how I love being a woman, in the infamous words of Dolly Parton "If I hadn't been a woman, I'd be a drag queen for sure" - that pretty much sums it up for me. Apart from the glamorous side of being a woman, what really counts is the woman within. Sometimes I become frustrated at how emotional it is to be a woman because we're emotional beings but the older I become, the more I appreciate the gentle heart of a woman because without that, love would not exist. Don't get me wrong, I believe that men love just as hard as women but different. The feeling is different and the expression of that love is definitely different.

You might be wondering why that came up. Well... sometimes we as women (myself included) have the ability to think that in order for us to succeed (especially in the business world), we need to think like men. You know the saying "act like a lady, think like a man, work like a boss" - by whose standards? I know this is probably a way of empowering women but at the same times it devalues our ability to think for ourselves as women. Well you know what I say? Act like a lady, think like a lady and work like one too. You know why? Because women have the most incredible work ethic; constantly giving more than what is expected of them so why would you want to change that?

Before I prolong this feminist rant into ten more paragraphs, let's talk about this look. I had the pleasure of viewing the new Ronald Sassoon collection before it went into stores (the perks of being an ambassador) and I immediately fell in love with this grey melange set. It is the epitome of effortless, chic and clean style. Infatuated by the colour and texture, I paired it up with minimal accessories to create an effortless look, finishing it off with my current lip obsession since I got this new hairdo.

Hope you enjoy!

I like being a woman, even in a man’s world. After all, men can’t wear dresses, but we can wear the pants.
— Whitney Houston


Top & Skirt: Ronald Sassoon

Shoes: Steve Madden

Earrings & Handbag: Fifth Avenue Collection

Watch: Guess