This month’s #QueenOfTheZoo features a Seattle native model and blogger fulfilling the LA dream – to work, live, and play in the city of angels. At a young age, Aiko discovered a heartfelt love for the industry and has taken every measure to pursue her passion. She defines her style as girly chic – pairing timeless accessories with simple, statement pieces.
We got a glimpse of the fierce & sultry side of her on a ZooShoo shoot and it definitely heated things up in the studio! Read on to hear her fashion tips and what she’s up to on the daily.
1.) What is a current fashion trend that you just don’t understand or can’t get onboard with?
There’s one in particular that I can’t get on board with and that’s only because of my body type. Boyfriend jeans- I love them so much, but I’m so petite and I have no curves that when I wear them, they’re not flattering on me! My best friend can pull them off but I can’t. I’ve tried on like 20 of them! They’re literally boyfriend jeans, I wish I could wear them.
2.) Where do you pull your style inspirations from?
These days it’s everywhere- social media, TV, magazines, even when I step outside… I know back then it used to just be magazines but now it’s everywhere I go. Right now, I really look up to @sincerelyjules just because her style is so effortless.
3.) What is your favorite shoe trend at the moment?
Besides wedges, it’s anything with laces on them. Sandals with laces, wedges with laces, pumps with laces, I LOVE the lace trend.
4.) Oh no! You’ve slept through your alarm. What quick outfit do you throw on?
Usually, which is hardly ever, it’s a pair of really tight fitted jeans from PacSun, a t-shirt, and a really tight blazer with a necklace.
5.) What is something you can’t leave the house without?
Definitely my purse! My purse is like my life because my camera’s in there, my makeup when I’m running late, my phone, everything’s in there! This is my everyday purse, it’s not branded or anything, but it literally fits everything. I used to have this little clutch that I would use, but now that I have this one, I’m like how did I ever fit everything in there!?
6.) Since you’ve been in LA, what are your favorite places so far?
Lately it’s been the Griffith Observatory and Malibu. I literally go there just to take pictures because it’s so nice and relaxing.
What are your favorite shopping places in the area?
I always go to The Grove when there’s a big clearance. I just bought so many accessories from TopShop this weekend- You guys have to wait til the end of the clearance! I’m always going for inexpensive, good quality items and TopShop is usually where I go. Honestly, I shop at Forever21 a lot too- they’re always on top of the latest trends!
8.) It’s Friday night, where are we most likely to find you?
Since my bestfriends and a couple of my close friends live here, we usually just go out to dinner. We try to go to the highest-reviewed places on Yelp- So far my favorite places are definitely Korean BBQ places and dry ramen!
9.) How do you describe your personal style?
LOVE YOU AIKO!