When I first started this blog I had no idea where it would take me or the kinds of opportunities I’d have because of it. I certainly couldn’t have fathomed staying with it for 6.5 years (Inexpensive Chic would be turning 7 in June). When I first started this blog I was 16. It was the summer following Sophomore year of high school. I created the blog to have a space where I could express two things I’ve always been passionate about: writing and fashion. While that has remained the core of this website, I noticed that in the past year or so I began interspersing personal stories with deeper meaning. I wrote about my struggles living in New York, ten lessons my mother taught me in honor of Mother’s Day, and my journey fasting from all social media–– all with one common thread: FAITH.
I have a few fashion blogger friends who are also Christian, and they shared with me their dilemma of wanting to incorporate God in all areas of their life, including their blog, but feared losing followers who weren’t interested in the faith aspect. Ultimately, they chose to add a segment to their pages which would allow them to have the best of both worlds. I really admired that and let it sit with me for several months. Through a series of epiphanic events, God revealed to me that I needed to create an entirely different platform with a focus on faith and an element of fashion. I have been working on this new project for 4 months now, and am currently in the research and planning phase. With the balance of school, interning, work, my styling business and this blog, I knew I had to let something go. Plus, with the new community/brand I am creating I will be able to combine and condense several of my passions into one.
Writing this blog post–– a closing chapter–– is a part of this transition. I wanted to end with closure versus just letting the blog go without any explanation. Going through the archives of this blog has been a treat! I have certainly come a long way and I want to share some of my journey for those of you who may not have followed it from the beginning.
My Most Embarrassing Outfit Of the Day’s
*To read the captions and see which year these outfits are from, click a photo to be taken to slideshow view.
My Favorite Outfit Of the Day’s
A Visual History of My Logos
This was my very first one. Yikes!!!
Slightly better, but doesn’t really convey the message
I really like this one. It’s readable and conveys the message. I had the actual name of the blog above this when it was displayed on the website. Now, I just have it simple with text only.
My Top 10 Favorite Writing Pieces
- 10 Things That Are Imperfect About Me Why is #8 something I STILL do???
- Why I am No Longer Obsessing Over My Follower Count on Instagram and Why You Shouldn’t Either
- Happiness is a Choice and 5 More Lessons I Learned While Living in NYC
- Tips For Incoming College Freshmen This was written by me and a group of my contributing writers at the time
- Everyone Looks the Exact Same and It’s Pissing Me Off This was written in 2016, but is still VERY relevant
- My Modeling Portfolio + My Thoughts on the Industry
- Opinion Piece // Cincinnati Fashion Is Not New York Click for a laugh
- 20 Thoughts I Have Walking to and From Work in New York City
- These Are the Black Fashion Stylists You Should Know About
- Why I am Inspired By Cardi B. Even Though I Didn’t Know She Existed a Month Ago
Some Fun Stats
- Since the creation of this blog in 2011, there have been over 1,000 published posts (Note: I deleted some of the one’s from back in the day that were just awful, bringing down the number to 800).
- My site has had viewers from 6 of the 7 continents. See the map above. It’s reached readers from Cuba to India, Kenya to Germany, and New Zealand to Canada.
- I’ve had a total of 18 contributing writers throughout the 6.5 years. One of them was a high school friend who wrote under a pseudonym. A few of them I’ve never met before and lived across the world.
A List of Opportunities That Wouldn’t Have Happened If It Weren’t For This Blog
Collaborating with Brands
I’ve worked with brands such as Boohoo, Redbubble, E-Shakti, Mujjo, 7 Charming Sisters, etc. and have received everything from clothing, jewelry, perfume, skincare, and makeup to laptop and phone cases, artwork, books (my favorite blogger mail), a duvet, and wireless speakers.
Speaking With PR Maven, and ANTM judge, Kelly Cutrone Over the Phone About Season 20 of America’s Next Top Model (Click HERE to Read About That)
This! Instyle Magazine Named Me Reader of the Week and S/O the Blog
I First Started Out Styling My Friends From High School on This Blog Which Helped Lead to Me Building the Portfolio You Now See For My Styling Business!
This was for my “2012 Fall Lookbook” blog post. I also created a video to go along with it.
Getting a Handwritten and Signed Note and Free Clothes From Designer, Nanette Lepore
Through my blog, I entered another blogger’s giveaway contest (A little known blogger named Michelle Phan 😉) , I WON and received a bunch of clothes from the designer (my favorite designer at the time) and a personal note from her where she revealed she’s an Ohio girl too.
Fashion Show Invites
Beginning in 2012, I started to receive fashion show (New York, London, Paris, and Milan) invites from PR agencies. Although I was flattered, I was never able to attend because of my conflicting school schedule and the fact the closest one was in NYC. That changed when I lived in New York for a semester-long Internship, and was finally able to RSVP– Yes! I write about those experiences HERE and HERE.
Speaking on a Panel at Brandemonium
Most recently, I was invited to speak on a panel at Brandemonium, an International Brand Conference & Festival (with the likes of Google, Target, and Kroger executives). I came in with knowledge from my experience as a blogger, and also some of my internship experiences. I honestly didn’t think I was qualified… but it was still an amazing opportunity that wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for this blog, so I am GRATEFUL.
Inexpensive Chic has been my baby! My classmates throughout the remainder of high school would often refer to me as “Inexpensive Chic.” The nickname stuck with me even when my family moved a few states over and I did my junior and senior year in a completely different school. While it’s bittersweet to part ways with it, I am really looking forward to my next few endeavors. I feel like this blog was never meant to be the end goal, but is just a catalyst for the many blessings that have come and will continue to come. I literally couldn’t have gone on this nearly 7 year expenditure without those who have supported this blog. So thank you to all of YOU, the readers, the contributing writers, the brands! I hope you’ve received something out of it.
While I will not be updating this site anymore, I am going to leave it accessible as an archive for anyone who wants to reference an old post (As you may have noticed I switched it from Dotcom to DotWordpressDotCom for this reason).
I have decided to add a blog to my styling business page. I will be blogging twice a month about style tips, fashion week, and pop culture as it relates to fashion in conjunction with my services. Feel free to follow along THERE.
Before You Go, Here’s How We Can Stay In Touch…
LET’S WORK TOGETHER TO ENHANCE YOUR STYLE: See a list of my online and in person services at StylingxNiyah.com and sign up for a consultation!
EMAIL: StylingxNiyah@gmail.com Feel free to shoot me a message if you have any questions, comments, or need style advice. Or, If this blog has meant something to you I’d love to hear why 🙂
Thank you Thank You Thank you! It has been real 😘