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Why I am Parting Ways With Inexpensive Chic After Nearly 7 Years + A Highlight Reel

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 …

Why I am Inspired By Cardi B. Even Though I Didn’t Know She Existed a Month Ago

We were all spread throughout our Airbnb in Washington D.C., getting ready for the first bachelorette-party activity of the weekend when the next song started playing through the TV… One of the girl’s squealed in excitement and made her way from the bathroom to the living room to use as her dance floor. I’d never heard the song before, but she was hype, and the other girls quickly followed suit. If I wasn’t familiar with the song up until this point, I had nothing to fear, for it would play approximately 40 more times that weekend. The song was Bodak Yellow by Cardi B. Little did I know the impact it was having on the rest of the U.S. Some of you may be surprised that I hadn’t heard of her sooner. And what I want to say to you is: don’t judge me. I’ve never watched an episode of Love and Hiphop a day in my life (which I learned she originally became widely known for). I also don’t really choose to listen to …

10 Lessons My Mother Taught Me

In honor of Mother’s Day, I thought it would be fun to share some of the nuggets of wisdom my mommy has instilled in me. Enjoy! Lesson One | “You Only Have a Minute to be a Kid, but a Lifetime to be an Adult” I was in fifth grade, and my best friend Victoria showed me she had shaved her legs. I had hair on mine still and I felt embarrassed that I wasn’t shaving too. I went home to ask my mom if I could start too and she said no. A similar situation occurred when my friends started to wear makeup. My mom didn’t let me start wearing anything more than mascara until I was 16. “You only have a minute to be a kid, but a lifetime to be an adult,” she’d say. She didn’t want me to rush into shaving and convinced me to enjoy not having to shave, because once you start you have to keep it up. With the makeup, she showed me that I have naturally beautiful skin and I don’t need to cover it up. She wanted me to enjoy not …

Nia’s Complete Style Makeover

As most of you know I am a fashion stylist as well as a blogger. I just posted my latest style makeover with my client, Nia, on my Styling Portfolio website. I figured, I’d show you the process here as well.  Name: Nia B. Age: 26 Occupation: Director of External Relations Step 1: The Consultation // Find out the need for a stylist, get sizing & fit preference, take style quiz, examine budget. Mainly looking for business attire since it’s mandatory in her office. Doesn’t want to wear a bland white shirt and jacket everyday. Wants to incorporate color, stay youthful, and have variety Has wider hips and a small waist. Often has to go up a size in bottoms, and get the waist tailored. Has given up on pencil skirts because they always ride up Generally prefers loose fitted clothing Prefers the preppy + romantic style for work based on the style quiz Wants to avoid yellow, orange, and neon colors Style influences are a Olivia Pope from the tv show Scandal, and Bow Johnson from the …

I am Having a HUGE Closet Sale + Everything is Super Cheap

I am selling a ton of clothing and accessories ranging from dresses, to pants, jewelry, and shoes. Most everything is under $20. To purchase download the Depop app and find me “inexpensivechic.” The first person to purchase and comment the word “YOUTUBE” on the item they’d like, will receive an additional item of their choice for FREE. Below are some of the pieces I am selling, to see what they look like on check out the video. Keep in mind that I am 5’11”. Happy Shopping!

Happiness is a Choice + 5 More Lessons I Learned While Living in New York City

I am back home in Ohio now, after living in New York City for a 4 month internship at a fashion PR company [Read More About It Here]. When I left home, I was ready. I felt confident, and was eager to start a journey being completely independent and “free,” while also taking the next step in my career. Little did I know this experience was about to be the best and most difficult thing I’ve endured yet. I figured I’d do a little recap and share with you the lessons I learned while living in New York. Lesson 1 | Your True Friends Aren’t Always Going to Be The First People You Meet  One of my goals coming into this city was to make an effort to make friends. As an introvert, this isn’t the easiest of tasks for me. That’s why after a week of living in my all girls-dorm-style-apartment, I was elated to meet a group of women who accepted me into their circle. From that point on we ate every meal together, and …

These Are the Black Fashion Stylists You Should Know About

Fashion styling is something I knew I wanted to do as a career since I was 13 years old. Ever since then, I’ve made decisions (starting this blog, going to fashion design school, styling my friends, creating my own company, interning, etc.) to set me up for success in this industry. Since I’ve been living in New York City, and working at a PR firm, I see stylists come in the showroom to pull several times a week. I’m also the one who gets cc-ed on their emails with the account executives and am asked to pull the looks they requested to pack and send to them for use. When I come across an African American stylist, I feel joyous seeing someone who looks like me doing exactly what I want to be doing. So this post is for those of you who need that encouragement. Obviously you don’t have to be black to enjoy this. If you want to be a stylist, or are even remotely interested in fashion, this will be a great …

3 Holiday Gift Suggestions That I Tested Myself

Hips-Sister | For the Workout Woman Created by a woman who wanted to design an alternative to the dreaded fanny pack, Hips-sister is a fashionable and functional belt that you can slip over your hips and store your phone, keys, money, earphones, etc. when you workout.  I think this is a genius idea. There’s been times where I didn’t have pockets to keep my phone or keys in, but I wanted to go for a run on the campus track. I didn’t feel comfortable leaving it on the bleachers where I wouldn’t be able to keep an eye on it, so I awkwardly held everything in my hand, or in my bra. Thankfully, Hips-sister is a much better alternative. I can be hands free when I run without having to worry about anything spilling out.  Hips-sister comes in three sizes, A, B, and C ranging from a size 2-24. They have plenty of fabric choices and colors so you can express yourself in your own unique way. Best of all, they’re very inexpensive, averaging at $25. …

These Are the Black Fashion Designers You Need to Keep on Your Radar

Black girls and guys rock. I feel like we often have to be our own cheerleaders because let’s face it – in the world that we live in, who else can we truly rely on to root for us? I love being black, I am proud of who I am, and I am proud of who we’ve become. We are smart. We are creative. We are successful. And it’s about time the world sees us for what we truly are. It’s no secret we don’t hold enough representation in several areas, but let’s focus in on the fashion industry… as this is a fashion blog after all. Of the 260 designers that showed at NYFW for F/W 16 only 3 were African American. The issue isn’t that there aren’t a lot of black fashion designers, it’s just that we aren’t as well known. I’m hoping to change that at least a little bit with this post. Some of the designers listed below you may have heard of, but I am hoping there’s at least one …

Cool Career Avenues For the Next Generation of Girls Who Tech

Who says techies need to be hood-wearing computer geeks? There is a new breed of women who are making their mark on the web with jobs you may have never known existed. Each of these high-reward career paths provides a sizable salary, ample benefits and unbelievable perks. More than 5.1 million people worked in core technology jobs in the U.S. at the end of 2015, but just 25 percent of those jobs were held by women. This according to a recent study done by Carolyn April, senior director of industry analysis for CompTIA, the trade association for the tech industry. Several factors take play in discouraging girls from IT jobs: Not a lot of female role models in the industry and girl’s lack of awareness about tech opportunities. Hopefully this post will shed more light on those opportunities. To learn more, email me at inexpensivechic@gmail.com with the subject line: “Girls Who Tech “and I will send you a free to e-book. Music data scientist: Music data scientists use machine learning to test and refine playlist algorithms. …