We are starting a new series over here on Mint to Inspire called ’21 Questions’.
First up is 22 year old Mitraya Barber of Leopard Couture. This half Japanese, half Canadian beauty hails from Victoria, and goes by the nickname Mitra. She’s a recent graduate from the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at UVIC and is a manager in training for the popular Montreal-based retailer Dynamite.
Her interests include basketball, chocolate, matcha lattes, dancing, running along the beach, learning Spanish, shopping, and of course everything fashion related. Mitra loves mixing Japanese and North American fashion, which is also where she draws a lot of her inspiration. She has an unhealthy obsession with leopard print, as you can probably tell from her blog. She started Leopard Couture last November while on exchange in Tokyo and has been enjoying every moment of it. Leopard Couture is her escape to write about her favourite outfits and trends, as well as a place to offer advice and inspire readers to try new styles. She hopes to return to Tokyo in the near future and work for a fashion magazine, then open her own business as a personal stylist.
Talk about ambitious. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for this lady!
I am from Victoria, B.C.
Before launching Leopard Couture, I was on exchange living the dream in Tokyo!
This morning, I woke up craving crepes with whipped creme and strawberries!
My style icons are Kourtney Kardashian, Eva Longoria, Lauren Conrad
My favorite daydream is having a pet leopard or an infinite amount of shoes!
My favorite places to shop are Bebe, Zara, Forever21, VS, Aldo, Dynamite, Aritzia, TopShop..should I keep going? ; )
I am happiest when I am with my best friends for a girls night out! (The getting ready part is just as much fun!)
My greatest fashion moment was when I wore … honestly…I don’t think I’ve had THE moment quite yet but I’ll let you know when it happens ; )
My greatest style regret is apple bottom jeans…boots with the fur…
Every girl should own the perfect LBD!!
My favourite piece that I own is my MK Signature Mirror Metallic Tote in Pale Gold because it is so shiny and beautiful and makes me feel fabulous! ; D
Right now, I’m obsessed with camo print and faux leather
The key to life is doing what makes YOU happy and surrounding yourself with people that love and support you. To challenge yourself, take risks and opportunities that come your way. As well as staying positive and balancing a healthy lifestyle!
These days, the thing I wear most often is printed leggings with combat boots
What inspires you in the morning when you get dressed? I definitely pick out my outfits and makeup depending on the mood I am feeling for the day! I also go on Instagram first thing when I wake up to get some style inspiration
My fashion pet peeve is mixing gold and silver (but I’ve definitely done it before)
I’d like to steal Mariah Carey’s closet
The coolest place I’ve ever been is Shibuya!!
Victoria’s best hidden gem is Bin4 Burgers! LOVE this locally owned burger lounge, plus it’s half off after 9pm everyday ; )
I never leave home without my VS Coconut Passion body spray
To inspire, one must inspire themselves first : )