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Daniela Milosheska

1. Who is Daniela Milosheska? Tell us who you are.

My name is Dani, and I’m the founder of Bastet Noir. I’m a founder of 2 companies. One is a DTC fashion label that makes made-to-order and made-to-measure pieces in partnership with women, single-owned studios. The other one is a small co-working space. I’m also a creative person and a cat mom and someone who simply loves fashion.

2. How do you define fashion and or style?

Hmmm. I really think that there’s not one universally accepted definition of fashion and style, but if I had to define it, I would probably say that it’s an extension of who we are, an expression of our moods, dreams, and hidden desires. It’s part of our personality, and so as we evolve as an individual, so does our style.

3. What influences your style? ie travel, work, movies, magazines, social media trends, celebrities, color, etc.

Travel and movies I think have been the biggest influence for me. I don’t really follow trends to be honest, even though I work in fashion. I believe in building your own style by experimenting a lot. Work also influences my daily style choices. If I’m on the move or visit the production studios I always put some sneakers on and plan my outfit accordingly. If not, I’d like to dress up and put some heels on.  

4. How has your style evolved?

I used to buy things that looked pretty, not considering the fact that they are uncomfortable nor thinking about who produced those clothes, how they are made and so on. I’d like to think that I’ve evolved since then, as I really think twice now before buying an item now. My style has gone from being trendy fast-fashion to minimal classy. Nowadays, I always choose comfort before trendy and pick more slouchy silhouettes with natural materials. 

5. What does your dream wardrobe consist of? 

Capsule collection of all the beige shades. Hahaha, but no, really I love beige in pretty much every tint imaginable. As far as the pieces go, I think a mix of 5 staples like trench, oversized blazer, pencil, and a pair of oversized pants and shirts (lots of them in different pastel colors.)

6. If you were to give fashion advice to your younger self what would it be?

To think twice before making a decision to buy something. Knowing what I know now and just how much effort goes into the making process, I really started to appreciate hand made things much more than I used to. What I wish my younger self knew back then is to buy less but pay attention to the quality of how an item is made, as well as who made it. The devil’s in the details.

7. How important is it to be body positive and to appreciate the skin that you're in?

Oh, the most important thing is to be comfortable in your own skin. It’s how your confidence is built and when you have confidence, girl you can take over the world! I think it’s important for us to learn how to take care of our health, make healthy food choices, and exercise. I know that a lot of times the pressure that comes with social media, seeing all these pretty people on there with flawless skin and impossible bodies can really take a toll on us. Comparing yourself is always bad, but for what it is worth, if you start seeing them as an inspiration and try to show for yourself every day like they do, you’ll learn to appreciate the skin you’re in. It’s amazing what you can do if you just change your mindset.

8. What do you love about jewelry?  What is your absolute favorite is it earrings, necklaces, etc.

What I love most about jewelry is the fact that it can elevate every look. You can wear the most basic stuff, but when you pair it with a few bracelets, rings and necklaces the whole look just gets a totally different appearance. I don’t wear a lot of earrings to be honest, but I do wear plenty of rings and necklaces. 

9. How do you incorporate accessories and jewelry into your daily looks? 

I wear a lot of silver. Sadly, I’m allergic to everything that’s not gold or silver, so I can’t wear a lot of things, but I love wearing rings, bracelets, and a simple necklace. When I want to be dressed up, I also put on earrings.

10. What are your non-negotiables...  What must you have / wear / do?  and what are your, “I’m never ever doing or wearing that”?

I try to be open to trying everything, so I never say "I’m never doing that." I like to keep an open mind and experiment. It’s what life’s all about. I don’t like wearing things that are too tight and materials that feel uncomfortable on my skin. So I would probably never wear latex. That’s where I draw the line. I also don’t really like neon colors, so you won’t see me ever wearing a bright pink or bright green. I try to avoid buying fast fashion brands as much as I can, knowing how they treat the people who are directly involved in the production process. I really don’t want to take a part of that anymore, so everything that I wear nowadays apart from jeans is made by some of the single working women we work with.

11. Tell us why you choose fashion and style.  So what we mean by that is, we don’t have to dress up, we don’t have to adorn ourselves with jewels and embellish with accessories, but we do, we choose to… why do you?

    It simply makes me feel good when I see myself looking into the mirror wearing a cute outfit that fits perfectly. A well put together outfit also gives me the confidence to take over the world. I think that’s basically the whole point of fashion. It kinda gives you that extra layer of assertiveness and conviction.

    12. What’s your favorite fashion/style quote or mantra?

    "Reality is wrong, dreams are for real" - Tupac Shakur 

    It’s not a fashion quote, but I love it honestly. It’s something I’ve been following my whole life and having this kind of mindset has really helped me to not just launch my label, but make it successful worldwide, despite a lot of people being skeptical about it at first. 

    13. How and where can people connect with you?

    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bastetnoir/

     

    We love neutrals too, Dani. Minimal, classy, and natural- it's like music to our ears! Thank you for sharing your story with us.  

    XoXo Golden Stories

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