"I believe feeling good in your own skin starts with self love. Self love can be really hard sometimes, but I truly believe that practicing being kind to yourself, and seeking out resources can help everyone become better at owning who we are."
It's an earring party, and you're invited. Influenced by the lives and styles of women we admire, The Look was created to celebrate what the incredible women in our community are thinking, doing, and wearing. Inspired by Amara Haywood, this edition of The Look features earring stacks — from subtle studs to statement hoops. Advocate for body positivity, racial equality, and women's rights, Amara is one of our H&B style muses. She inspires us with her fashion sense, creative layering techniques, and use of personal style for embracing self-love and expression.
H&B: What's the key to a successful earring party? How do you layer your earrings?
My current jewellery style is everyday maximalist with simple gold pieces. I always start with my first holes, and decide what my “feature earring” will be – whether it’s a hoop, statement earrings or stud. My second holes usually takes a supporting role, and I look for different shapes, stones and metals that will complement my feature earring. My third hole is always the cherry on top. This earring is typically small and simple, but complements the two other pieces.
What's your go-to earring look?
As of right now, the charm hoops in gold with the pearl charm have been an everyday essential for me. The pearl is detachable, and the hoop alone is the perfect everyday gold hoop. You can pretty much always find my gold Clara Hoops in my second holes as they are an everyday staple.
From head (or ears) to toe, describe your ideal fall outfit.
My favourite part of dressing for fall is layering different textures. My ideal fall outfit would include a silky midi skirt, a graphic t-shirt (usually featuring one of my favourite bands), a knit cardigan, a leather jacket (in case I get too cold), paired with a pair of ankle boots. I love my accessories, and am usually wearing a headband or hat, and of course my favourite Hillberg & Berk pieces, which is currently the Beryl Herringbone Choker, Charm Hoops and the Petite Pearl Hoop Earrings.
What social cause are you most passionate about, and why?
Narrowing this question down was difficult, as I think we have all learned a lot about different social causes. 2020 was an eye-opening year for many people, myself included. But the core cause in my life has been the feminist movement. Growing up with strong women, it was always instilled in me to have a passion for female empowerment, which developed into a genuine interest in the social and political movement. Throughout my education in University, I was exposed to feminism which sparked my participation in community events as well as local and online activism. This grew into an interest in different branches of feminism and how they relate to my world, including the body positivity movement, racial equality and women’s rights.
What's your favourite thing about fall?
To put it simply – everything. Canada can have some crazy weather, but fall temperatures are always the most comfortable for me. The colours are amazing, and nature always puts on a show in the autumn months across the country. And of course, Halloween. In October you can always find movies like Beetlejuice playing in my house.
Any tips for feeling good in our own skin? What works for you?
I think as women we can be really critical of ourselves, but I believe feeling good in your own skin starts with self love. Self love can be really hard sometimes, but I truly believe that practicing being kind to yourself, and seeking out resources can help everyone become better at owning who we are. For me, I am really aware of the language I use when I am talking about myself, specifically my body and take time to reflect through different methods when I am being critical.
When do you feel most empowered?
I feel the most empowered when I am connecting with other women. I am lucky to be surrounded by such influential, and passionate women in my work life, friendships and family.