What makes great style? Being yourself. With this post, you’ll learn new ways to develop or improve your distinct look. This includes learning how to buy items that highlight your assets, how to make the most of your current wardrobe, … Continue reading
Reader Sally G. had a fashion crisis… “I’m not sure what to wear for my 21st birthday!” “It’s my 21st birthday, I want a fun outfit but nothing that is outrageous and screams I’m 21. I have a pretty simple style, … Continue reading
“Awesome blog! Do you have any tips for aspiring writers? I’m planning to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m totally confused .. Any tips? Cheers!”
Thanks Natalia for your question! I can definitely understand your confusion. It wasn’t too long ago that I started Inexpensive Chic and I had to figure all of that out and do my research. My advice would be to start with a free blogging platform– WordPress or Blogger. Both have everything pretty much laid out for you, so you won’t have to worry about a lot of coding or anything. There are both pros and cons to this, mainly being you won’t have as much customization as you would on a hosting site where you hav to pay a monthly fee.
For beginners though, either of these sites is perfect! I prefer WordPress because it’s a little more professional in my opinion. I have tried Blogger before, but I just didn’t like it as much and I felt like I didn’t have enough options. A lot of people prefer blogger though, because they find it easier. My suggestion is to try both and see which one you like best and stick with it. Or, take a look at lists like these
(http://www.peppervirtualassistant.com/blog/2012/07/03/blogger-vs-wordpress-which-works-best-for-you/ and http://heartifb.com/2011/11/15/why-new-bloggers-shouldnt-use-blogger/) that lay out for you the pros and cons of using Blogger vs. WordPress.
Other general tips to keep in mind when starting a blog
- Pick a niche. Fashion and beauty are two very broad categories. That’s not a niche. Try narrowing it down further. Inexpensive Chic’s niche is “a fashion blog that shows you how to look like a million bucks without spending a million bucks.” Or in other words, it’s a fashion and beauty blog for people on a budget. Other blog niche’s may be a DIY blog or a street style blog, etc. Be as specific as you can because that will keep your focus in one place, something that’s very attractive to readers.
- Quality over quantity. We’ve heard it a million times before and it’s true! Don’t rush to put a new post up just because you feel like you haven’t blogged in a while. Only put up your best work. Take your time. Readers would rather read a well organized and thought out post once a week, than a new post everday that’s rushed and is filled with grammatical errors. Trust me!
- Be engaging, authentic and add personality! Being bland won’t get you very far. Just be yourself!
- Network, network, network! I cannot stress enough how important this is! Social networking is huge. If you start a blog, make sure you set up a fb page, twitter account, IFB account (if it’s a fashion blog), pinterest , etc. and get the word out. You’ll gain more followers and could possibly start earning money this way.
- Success won’t happen overnight. When I first started this blog, my average view per day was 14. Mostly from friends and family. It takes time and effort to build up an audience, so you just have to be patient.
I hope this advice helped you Natalia, and any of you who may have had a similar question. If you want me to answer more specific questions about starting a blog just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d be happy to answer any fashion or beauty realted question that you come across. Your question and answer could be featured in the next post…
You may have noticed the “Advice” page that was one of the top tabs is now replaces with “Ask IC” a new advice column with a “personal styling” service in the mix. Read more about it here and feel free to submit your questions along with your email as a comment and I will get back with you shortly!
This look will definitely embrace your rocker side with the funky rings and rock ‘n’ roll tee, but it’s girly with the hi-low skirt and heels. Fun Fact: Black is one of the most flattering colors on a redhead.
What I love about this outfit for you, is that while the dress is flirty, it’s also simple. Paired with a bowler hat and toms, you get the same tomboy feel that you would from shorts and a t-shirt. Fun Fact: Purples with blue undertones like the shade of this dress, are your best bet for adding a color punch. Red-toned purples won’t be as flattering for a redhead, neither will yellows or oranges, so stay away from those colors.
Here, I’ve added the boots you say you love to wear, and paired them with lace shorts (girly) a loose button down top (tomboy) and a spiked necklace (rock). Together, you’re look will be one of a kind! Fun Fact: Mossy and olive greens were made for redheads! In fact, most shades of green are. Although, stay away from yellow greens.
Sydnee, I hope these outfits gave you some inspiration to switch up your everyday look! Which look is your favorite?
Q: What do I wear on the airplane?
A: Hi slytherin_rules! First of all I just wanted to say that slytherin is definitely my favorite house too, but about your question, I think summer is the best time to get a new haircut. Personally I think summer is the best time to go for any drastic change. With your oval face shape, there are endless options because an oval face is the most versatile. Loose waves, and tousled beachy hair is still trending, so you can get away with minimal styling because of your natural hair texture.
Q: What should I wear for my 21st bday? I want to stand out but not look obnoxious. I’m thinking black would be best,Q but it’s all I ever wear and I want to mix it up. Do you have any suggestions?
Price Range: Under $75
A: Hi Megan! A big happy birthday to you for getting to your 21st, now that’s exciting! I can totally understand your dilemma, you want to wear something that makes you stand out, feel special, say twenty-one, but also not scream it. When I think 21, I definitely see someone rocking a little black dress, but if that’s what you wear most of the time I can see why you would shy away from it. Black is one of my personal favorite dress colors because it flatters most skin tones, and has a slimming effect to flatter most body shapes.
My advice to you would be to wear something black with a pop of color, sequins, or a pattern to make it unique. Now I have no idea what your plans might be for the night, but here are some dresses that I think can be worn anywhere, reflect on your sense of style, and are also in budget. Have a great birthday, and stay chic!
Look 1- Since you’ll be on the beach you want to be in a comfortable shoe, corkscrew wedges are just the choice! Pair it with a classy layered chain necklace, and a color blocked clutch.