“In Her Closet” Episode 4- Forty And Fabulous, It’s Helen And Irene.
So this week, I have 2 women with me, they are not celebrities or in the media in anyway and it took quite some to get them to do this episode. What I found intriguing about them is how they still manage to look so fabulous at 40 with such great taste in shoes. Everyone knows how much I love to be #teamfitfam (Don’t judge me by my size), but seeing these women who at 40, with families and businesses to run, manage to burn an average of 500calories a day (at the very least) working out and eating healthy, inspires me to work towards a fitter 40’s. Yea, they all say its to be healthy, but with their shoe obsession, I know it’s low key for the heels.
Let me introduce you to these beautiful women before we get into the interview.
Irene Fajana: is the young at heart (and body) mother of 3 kids with a home accessories store who is totally in love with what she does which is being a wife, mom, entrepreneur and fashionista. She loves to travel,is the ultimate party planner and the perfect soccer mom. Not until I saw pictures from her 40th birthday did I believe her age.
Helen Anatogu: a mother of 2kids, CEO of a software business incubator and a business lawyer with past corporate counsel at Nokia, Shell and Microsoft. Sugarcraft, gardening, music and art are some of her favorite things but none of these trumps her time spent with her kids and evenings out with her husband.
Enjoy the interviews after the cut
JAY: Has turning 40 changed your shoe style preference? Do you now feel like there are some designs you should leave to the younger ones?
IRENE: Turning 40 hasn’t changed my shoe style at all. I have never really followed fashion for the sake of it, I like what I like and of course there are some shoes I can’t be caught in no matter how in vogue I hear they are. If it’s not my taste i won’t wear them.
JAY: What are your favorite pair of shoes at the moment and why?
IRENE: My favorite shoes at the moment would have to be my aquazzura sandals. I find them reasonably comfortable.
JAY: You have quite a thing for luxury pieces, where’s your favorite luxury retail outlet?
IRENE: My favourite retail luxury outlet has to be Harrods. I can go there everyday, being there lifts my spirit even when I am not buying.
JAY: Who’s your favorite luxury footwear designer ?
IRENE: My favorite luxury footwear designer would have to be Gucci . They are always true to size and shoes are comfy.
JAY: What’s the most you’ve spent on shoes at once??
IRENE: I think the most I have spent on shoes would probably be 550/ 600 pounds
JAY: Would you wear flats to a red carpet event or wedding?
IRENE: I don’t think I would wear flats to a red carpet event or wedding. I could change into flats later if need be .
JAY: You’re a very fashionable lady, what do shoes represent to your sense of fashion?
HELEN: Style, Elegance, identity