Closet Confessions: Mana Mansour of Style By Mana

I gave the front door two knocks and before I could tap for the third time the door swung open with all 5’1 of Mana Mansour. Big smiles and big hugs followed as I entered her home. This isn’t the first time I’ve been to Mana’s home but still, I’m in awe if it’s decor. The colors and style scream Mana and if you know her then you know what I mean.

A little bit about her…. Mana Mansour is a Leo award-winning lifestyle television host, reporter & producer based in Vancouver. Her latest project is where she is currently pouring in her efforts – and it’s a gem! You can follow her love of decor and style with her uber helpful and entertaining site Style By Mana.

When I first started my career in fashion, I remember seeing Mana on TV for West Coast Style. I can’t exactly remember the first time we met but I’m sure it was a vibrant moment – as it can’t be anything else when you’re talking to Mana. It’s lots of laughs and hand gestures, haha!

If you’re thinking she looks familiar on the blog, you probably remember her from our styling sessions with I See Noise prints. Click HERE to review.

Mana was so kind as to have myself and The-Unprecedented’s own Kate Williams in her home to shoot her closet, let’s dive in shall we?

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“One thing that I loved about my closet when I bought my place is that it reminded me of Carry Bradshaw’s walk-through closet in Sex and the City. Hers might have been twice the size of mine, filled with Manolo’s and the like, but mine works really well for all the various items in my closet. It can sometimes get full in there, but incorporating shelving and shoe shelves on the bottom have greatly helped make things organized. I don’t have pieces sorted by colour, but rather by item, so all the party dresses are in one place, all the blouses, all the skirts etc. This party dress is a recent find from Top Shop. I fell in love with the boxy cut of the sleeves, and after seeing it on Beyonce, I just had to own it!”

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Pic 1 – “This Jason Wu for Target Dress will always carry a special meaning for me…it may have cost next to nothing, but it was the dress I won my Leo Award in last year. When putting my look together, I wanted to wear an ensemble that was all made up of bargain items to show how dressing for a red- carpet event didn’t have to cost a fortune. I paired it with my $30 Army and Navy shoe sale pumps, along with vintage costume jewelry I bought at the flea market!”

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“My fashion mood at the moment has me drawn towards mixing edgy or masculine pieces with very feminine ones. I love mixing military with floral (as seen here in this floral skirt and vest from Winners), ripped boyfriend jeans and a sequined top, or lady-like dresses with leather moto jackets. As mentioned before, I always have an element of high and low in my styling, so Winners is worn here with my platform pumps from Saint Laurent.”

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“I have a lot of pretty jewelry boxes, but I also like using non-traditional items to house and showcase jewelry, like this cupcake/pastry stand. I wanted something that looked pretty, but still could give me easy access to my bracelets (without having to place them on a bar of some sort). I saw this at the Latest Scoop, at one of their very first pop-up shops, and thought it was perfect.”

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“This is where the majority of my jewelry lives in my bedroom. I found this leather chest of drawers at Wonderbucks a few years ago, and it looked similar to the leather jewelry luggage that women use to travel with in the early part of the 20th  century. This may not open like a folding piece of luggage, but it had lots of room to house my jewelry collection, both fine and costume,  along with my pairs of glasses. I had Daniel help me place a big glamorous mirror from Homesense right above so it’s almost like a mini vanity. “

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Pic 2 – “I am currently obsessed with statement necklaces; they can elevate even the most casual blouse or t-shirt into a fashion-forward look. This antique necklace stand was another flea market find. It perfectly holds some of my statement necklace collection, while allowing for room underneath for more delicate pieces like these earrings from locally based jewelry line Foe and Dear.”

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Pic 2 – “Anyone that knows my interior design style, knows I am obsessed with animal elements from stag heads to horns to animal prints etc., but done with a touch of glamour, as seen here with my metallic stag head that hangs above my bed, found for a great deal at Homesense (my happy place!). This punk-inspired gold and crystal necklace was nabbed at Barefoot Contessa, which has become my new go-to spot for statement jewelry.”

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Pic 1 – “This box holds some of my most loved objects, including these name necklaces I received as gifts from my Dad to celebrate significant moments like my 16th birthday. As you can imagine, Mana isn’t a common name, so my dad got a jeweler to make them from scratch, which makes them all the more special. The gold one is Mana in Farsi. “

Pic 2 – “Just like my space, I love incorporating thrift and vintage in my wardrobe, especially with purses. The craftsmanship of by-gone eras is seldom seen today, unless you’re shelling out the big bucks. I try to only invest in one major purse purchase a year, which allows me to play with vibrant colours and textures when buying vintage and thrift pieces as they are often quite affordable. Other than my white vintage Chanel, most of my vintage/thrift purses were under $15 at places like Used Vintage, Value Village or Salvation Army.”

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Pic 1 – “This is still one of my most favourite fashion items I have ever owned, my custom-made Jason Matlo couture evening gown he so graciously made for me for the 2012 Leo Awards (the first year I was nominated). I knew I wanted to wear white that year (after seeing Gwyneth Paltrow where that white caped Tom Ford dress at the Oscars), and after one chat with Jason, he made my vision come to life. I felt like a true goddess wearing that dress, and was so flattered by the kind reception it received in the media.”

Pic 2 – “I have a bit of a jewelry-hoarding problem, and so my lovely fiancé Daniel purchased this useful hanging jewelry organizer for me to display more of my costumey pieces, right where I can see them- in my closet. Some of these pieces I’ve had since high school, others were my mom’s in the 80’s then passed down to me. I have a hard time letting go of certain things, especially if they’re attached to a really good memory.”

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“My mantel is one of my favourite places in my apartment (I even did a whole write-up about my styling it!) It’s filled with some of my favourite objects and people, including this little antique glass and brass jewelry box I found at a flea market. It holds a cherished gift from my mother, an amethyst and diamond cocktail ring signifying my birth month, February.”

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“I love mixing high and low, be it in my closet or in interior design. This leather Moroccan pouf is the real deal from the 1970’s, found on an adventure in New West’s Antique Alley. Most people can’t believe I found it for how much I did, a fraction of how much a new one costs. Same goes for these fun orange and pony hair Jessica Simpson strappy heels bought at one of the Hudson’s Bay’s year end sales…I love incorporating trendy brands with investment pieces like these Tory Burch flats.”

All photos by Kate Williams.

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Follow Mana on her style adventures on Instagram & Twitter at @ManaMansour.
Follow Style By Mana on Twitter at @StyleByMana.
You can also catch Mana on Vancity Buzz as one of their Lifestyle Contributors.

Follow Kate on her photography ventures on Instagram & Twitter at @Adore_Imagery as well as Facebook.

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