Phenomenal Women

Published on June 12th, 2011 | by thevyne


Vyne Reader Spotlight: Titilola “Lola” Bakare

Hometown: Harrisburg, PA

Current City (if different): on my way to Austin, TX!

Roles you play in life: Daughter, Sister, Friend, Reader, Writer, Talker, Marketer, Entrepreneur, Dreamer…this list could go on forever!

Education: UPenn English Major, NYU Stern MBA

Occupation: newly minted Marketer at Dell, Inc.

3 words that describe you: Gregarious, Ebullient, Curious

What is your favorite TV show?: What isn’t! I live for TV. If I had to pick an absolute favorite it would have to be Mad Men. Watching is like taking a trip into the elegance and opulence of the 1960s. Matthew Weiner does such a beautiful job of juxtaposing that lushness with the repressed emotions and societal tensions of the era. Absolutely delicious.

Shuffle your iPod – what’s the first song that comes up?: I actually did this and I got the Glee version of “Baby its Cold Outside”. Yep, huge Gleek. I am not ashamed.

What is your favorite travel destination?: My homeland of Lagos, Nigeria is up there. There really is nothing else like the madness of the place. Accra, Ghana is a close second, definitely the most beautiful beaches in West Africa.

What beauty product can’t you live without?: My Giorgio Armani Skin Fabric. It is without question the most natural skin coverage for women of color. You can put it on in the back of a cab without a mirror, that’s how wonderfully this stuff blends. I haven’t put anything else on my face since the day I tried it. Hit up the Bloomingdales in Soho and tell them I sent you!

Finish this sentence, “To feel more centered I…”: Spend time with my family. I have been blessed with parents and siblings that understand and accept me unconditionally without hesitating to let me know when I need to catch a ride back from crazytown. They tell me the things that I least want and most need to hear.

Who is your celebrity fashion inspiration?: I’m inspired by both Oprah and Whoopi Goldberg, Lady O for her figure-flattering classic pieces and Whoopi for her nonchalance. You know you’ve made it when you have reached her level of really, really, really not caring what anyone thinks of the way you are dressed. I’m certainly not there yet.

What is your favorite restaurant?: That is so hard! On the low/indulgent end, probably Chick Fil A. If I’m going all out, I love a good festival of asian fusion like Buddakhan in Philadelphia or Japonais in Chicago.

What words do you live by?: Anything worth doing is worth doing fabulously.

What is your biggest accomplishment?: I would say getting my MBA but we all know that was mostly fun 🙂 The thing I am most proud of in my life is my relationship with my younger sister. She is intellectually disabled and absolutely the most soulful, caring, and entertaining person in my life. Our relationship has taught me that communication and love can be exchanged in so many unexpected ways.

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