Lina Hoyos is one of my newest friends in Calgary and like most people I happen to meet, she has a very interesting background and unique contribution to the community. I just happened to meet Lina over Instagram last summer and she was nice enough to meet up and shoot photos just days later. Since then, we've got to hang out over a couple instameets and other shoots, and she has continued to surprise me with her exuberant personality and all-around great outlook on life. It's definitely been a pleasure getting to know her, and i wanted to extend that opportunity to everyone else, so without further adieu here is the Lina Hoyos interview:
First off, what’s your name, what do you do here in Calgary, and what is you involvement in the style community?
Hola – Hi! I’m Lina Hoyos from Colombia. I have been living in Calgary for 2 years now. I really love this beautiful city, even the cold! In fact, I do prefer the cold instead of the heat (yep call me crazy haha) because I was living in a super hot city in Colombia.
I went to a Nursing School back in Colombia, but for now I am working as a Nanny of 2 beautiful kids. This temporary job has given me lots of fun and funny moments. I plan on going to college next year.
My involvement in the style community has always been to be able to show people a positive and simple kind of fashion, more specifically street style from my personal point of view. I don’t really know much about trends or what is in or out of style, but I want to show people that we don’t need lots of knowledge or money to look nice. You can still look trendy without making much effort - wearing simple, wearable clothing for anyone.
You seem to have a natural talent to make anything you wear look beautiful, but do you have any specific preferences on what styles you like to wear? Is there a concise way to describe your fashion sense overall?
A. Aww thank you so much! I honestly don’t really have a specific style, but I like to be a bit of everything like Boho, casual, chic, sporty and so on, but always something feminine, girly, and of course, colour is never missing in my outfits. I usually dress depending on where I am going and what I will be doing.
How would you say relocating to Canada affects your perception of our style and scene, and how would you say it affects your own style?
A. When I was living in Colombia, I wasn’t able to explore my own style because of the very hot temperature. Because it was 35 degrees Celsius the whole year, all I wanted to wear was a light t-shirt and a skirt with flip flops – that was my day to day outfit. When I came here I found myself – I found my style.
Style in Calgary is so diverse – we can find all sorts of items in different shapes, texture, and even prices, and the four seasons also make dressing up very fun. So I would say moving to Canada affected my style in a very positive way... getting my very first boots, jackets, and sweaters – it has been such an exciting experience and a great learning opportunity. I am still learning and am open to get inspired by everything around me.
Who are some of your biggest style and/or life influences (in and/or outside of Calgary)?
A. Ever since I moved to Canada I became more open-minded. I get inspired by people around me – trust me watching people helps haha. I didn't even know how to dress for cold weather but I have been learning little by little.
Some of my biggest influences are YouTubers Ashley Brooke, Trendy Taste, and Lindsay Albanise. I also learn a lot from other social media platforms like Pinterest.
If you could pick three things you couldn’t live without, what would they be?
A. Hair straightener: my hair is too curly that if you see it you may get scared haha.
B. Blush: I love pinky cheeks!
C. Internet: here I find anything and everything from worship songs to how to wash my converse haha.
Lastly, the world wants to know how you are so photogenic all the time. Can you give us a hint, or is it a secret?
A. *Blushing right now* To be honest I think I’m not that photogenic – I started getting a lot of photos taken when I began sharing some outfits on a Fashion App just a few months ago. I can tell you that we all have a good side, which is that one that we should show off. Getting photos taken should be fun – you need to enjoy it. Another hint that works for me is to take as many as you can. Don’t be afraid of the camera, we all get good and bad ones too haha
Style Out Here, thank you for letting me share my story. I would also like to say thanks to your Instagram account because I have learned so much about style and all the nice, fashionable people from Calgary.