Style Scout: Raya Bowden


Raya Bowden, Lawrence. Clothing details: Glasses, Costco, four years ago; scarf, Burberry, four years ago; sweater, J.Crew, six years ago, $30; jacket, Banana Republic, years ago, $80; bag, online Kate Spade sale, years ago; corduroy pants, ShopBob online, years ago, $50; shoes, Giuseppe Zanotti on sale a long time ago.

Age: 24

Relationship status: Dating

Hometown: Lawrence

Time in Lawrence: Four years

Occupation: I work in a law office and a jewelry store.

Dream job? International puppy baby sitter

What were you doing when scouted: Getting coffee

Describe your style: I love the color black although I’m not wearing any today! Besides that, I like comfy, soft, rich, textural clothing that is well made.

Fashion trends you love: I like leather, black and white everything, big as well as minimalistic gold jewelry and stilettos.

Fashion trends you hate: I know it’s huge for spring, but I don’t like floral patterns.

Fashion influences: My mom, Kate Moss, the style blog called “They All Hate Us” and anything Alexander Wang.

What would you like to see more of in Lawrence? I would like to see people dress up more.

Less of? Everyone wearing the same thing.

Tattoos or piercings: Just my ears pierced!

Who do people say you look like? I used to get Blake Lively occasionally. But that was when my hair was longer.

What type of music do you unwind to? Right now I’m really into funk!

Tell us a secret … My parents are going to kill me, but I really love “The Bachelor”!


PeriMac 5 years, 3 months ago

Sweet! Nice style! By the way, The Bachelor was a hilarious show when it first came out so it's definitely entertainment. Ha

Sanford213 5 years, 3 months ago

Stunning, almost like a nerdy Victoria's Secret model!

EDemasio 5 years, 3 months ago

Hey Did, Thx for the positive compliment! I don't comment much because everyone has their opinion on what style is and most importantly, I want readers to enjoy Style Scout for what it is! Here's a perfect quote that someone left recently:

"Style scout seems like a column that targets individual styles. If we saw "normal" styles then we would see profiles of the same "style". If style is a mode of expression, then a style scout ought to seek out unique styles. Though I am not courageous enough to pull off Amanda's awesomeness [who was previously profiled], I can appreciate her individuality."

Hearing that just makes me want to give you all a group hug! Lol!

Seriously, whether it's someone wearing a $2000 shirt or a .25¢ sweater, I hope you, along with others, continue to enjoy the ride as well as respect and appreciate each person's individuality or self expression! Lawrence is a vibrant city with beautiful people. Personally, I'm so thankful for those individuals who allow me to scout them. They are fun, confident, kind, and good-natured. It's great to see when you all appreciate that and leave relevant and positive comments.

Best, Ed

alm77 5 years, 3 months ago

Ed, thank you so much for your Style Scouting! I love the looks you choose to feature.

EDemasio 5 years, 3 months ago

Thank you so much for the positive feedback! I really appreciate that!

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