The Liebster blog award is given to bloggers by bloggers. It is a new way for up-and-coming bloggers to expand their network and discover new talent in the blogosphere. “Liebster” is a German word for “favourite,” therefore, the award is the “favourite blog award.”
The rules for the award are that nominees are to post 11 random facts about themselves, then answer the 11 questions asked by the nominator. However, it doesn’t stop there. You are to then answer 11 questions from the blogger which nominated you. Pass the award onto 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 questions. Nominees must have under 200 followers. Make sure to let them know that you nominated them and thank & link back to the blogger who nominated you.
Thanks to Your Style Forecast for nominating me!
11 Random Facts About Me
- I’m extremely introverted
- I’m a published poet
- I’m a strong believer in individually and being unique
- I love to sing
- I’m obsessed with Desperate Housewives
- I model
- I have a little brother
- I’ve never broken a bone
- I’ve lived in 5 different states
- I’m super tall… 5’11″
- I run track
Here Are My 8 Nominees:
The 11 Questions I Was Asked:
- What’s the meaning behind your blog title?
I’m the kind of girl who heads straight to the back of the store to check out the “sale” racks. I love to thrift shop and just find a good bargain! I wanted my fashion blog to be about something I can talk extensively about– and dressing for less is something I naturally do.
- Who would play you if your life was a movie?
Hmm. Maybe Keke Palmer? Lol.
- What song(s) would be the soundtrack of your life
“Girl On Fire” by Alicia Keys or maybe “This Too Shall Pass” by India Arie.
- What are your favorite books to read?
I love dystopian novels and African-American Lit. Send me some Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, etc. and I’ll be good. I also enjoy reading nonfiction fashion books.
- Who is your style icon?
I love Alexa Chung’s style, Erin Wasson’s, and the Olsen twin’s.
- Describe yourself in 3 words.
Introverted. Fashion-Forward. Driven.
- What’s the most inspiring city to you fashion-wise?
I haven’t traveled enough to be able to answer that. My guess would be Paris though!
- What is your dream job?
- You are invited to The Oscars to present an award, what do you wear?
Something long, with a dose of lace near the neckline.
- It’s your first date and you want to make an impression. What do you wear?
Red. I read somewhere that guys like it when you wear red.
- What are your favourite colours to wear?
The colors that look good on my skin tone, i.e. oranges, reds, corals, yellow– warm colors.
My 11 Questions for The Nominees:
- What’s your guilty pleasure?
- What are your tips for dressing for the holidays?
- Who would you want to play your life in a movie?
- What’s the top must-have gift on your list this season?
- Who inspires you the most?
- What are your goals?
- What’s your favorite song of the moment?
- If you had a motto to live by, what would it be?
- What’s your least favorite thing about the holidays?
- Are you a morning or night person?
- When did you start your blog?
Thank you so much for this award once again! I truly appreciate it.
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Fashion and film are essentially the same. Creativity and passion fuel the creation of each of them and they are both enjoyed in a way that is emotional and intellectual. Therefore, it makes sense that when the two join forces the outcome is larger than life. Below are some of my favorite combinations of fashion in film. Whether it be a documentary or a fiction tale of the fashion industry, each one of them have a distinct specialness to them that have caused them to not only resonate with me over the years but also increase my knowledge of the craziness that is the fashion industry. So grab some snacks and settle in for a long night because believe me, you have a lot of movies to catch up on.
The September Issue
The september issue is Vogue’s largest issue every year and quite possibly the most important publication of any magazine, ever. The film, The September Issue, with the help of fashion A-listers Anna Wintour, Grace Codington, Andre Leon Talley, & more, gives you a behind the scenes look on how this monumental issue is created. From conception to creation, Vogue journalists, editors, and designers encounter every obstacle possible and overcome each one of them confidently and gracefully. From friction in the office to making deadlines, the Vogue office is never dull or lacking in drama. Vogue is in a league all its own and anyone who is interested in journalism or fashion in any capacity needs to watch this and try to learn from their example.
Seamless is yet another documentary that involves Vogue. Seamless takes viewers on the journey of three CFDA & Vogue Fashion Fund finalists: Alexandre Plokhov of Cloak, Doo Ri Chung of Doo. Ri, and the infamous duo of Proenza Schouler – Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough. The three finalists go through interviews, studio visits, and showings that are worthy of Anna Wintour herself. You get to learn a lot about who the designers are and the struggles they’re going through to make a name and a living in the fashion industry.
Bill Cunningham New York
Bill Cunningham is quite possibly the sweetest man on the face of the Earth. Cunningham is an 83-year-old street style and fashion photographer for The New York Times who has completely dedicated his life to fashion. The film Bill Cunningham New York gives a glimpse into the life of Bill, who is a mystery to even his closest friends. Cunningham genuinely cares about fashion as an art and his drive to deliver his best work and capture a moment in fashion is not only beautiful but inspiring as well.
Issac Mizrahi, Kate Moss, and Naomi Campbell are all household names now. However, in 1994, when the documentary Unzipped takes places, they were all on the brink of stardom and all involved in Mizrahi’s successful fall collection. Unzipped gives a behind the scenes look on how the idea for the collection was conceived, executed, and brought to life. The documentary is filmed in black and white, and color and captures not only the craziness but the fun and creativity that surrounds fashion shows. With an awesome cast, New York, the 90′s, and Mizrahi’s sharp-witted sense of humor – Unzipped is a film you really need to check out.
Yves Saint Laurent is one of the most iconic names in the fashion industry. But what many people don’t know about, is the man who stood behind him, his lover and greatest confidant: Pierre Berge. L’amour Fou is a documentary that tells the story of Saint Laurent’s rise to fame while also following the aftermath of his death and recounting the love story of Saint Laurent and Berge. The film gives a glimpse of not only the joy of success but also the dark side that accompanies it. L’amour Fou is in subtitles but if you can overlook that (which I highly suggest you do) then you should definitely take the time to watch it.
Valentino: The Last Emperor
Valentino Garaveni is over the top, highly stressed, and possibly slightly neurotic. However, he’s also a creative genius. Valentino has been making beautiful women’s clothing for decades and the documentary Valentino: The Last Emperor gives a glimpse into his fabulous world. Similar to L’amour Fou in many ways, the film documents the celebration of Valentino’s career while also telling the story of his success and the people who have supported him, which includes his long time lover and business partner, Giancarlo Giammetti.
The Devil Wears Prada
Chances are if you like fashion you’ve already seen this. If you haven’t then I advise you to do so… immediately. The Devil Wears Prada is a fictional (but semi accurate) glimpse into the world of fashion magazines. With A-list stars Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway leading the cast, The Devil Wears Prada is quite frankly an awesome movie that is a necessity for any fashionista. Best of all, the film contains a makeover montage! And honestly, who doesn’t love one of those?
Confessions Of A Shopaholic
A little cheesy, seriously relatable, and a lot of cute. Confessions Of A Shopaholic is a lighthearted romantic comedy that focuses on a problem all fashionistas have most likely encountered at one point- shopping addiction. Isla Fisher portrays Rebecca Bloomwood, an aspiring journalist whose life is being taken over by her persistent need to buy anything and everything. With the help of her best friend & incredibly good-looking boss, Bloomwood works on overcoming her addiction and reaching her goals. In regards to substantial plot as far as film making goes don’t expect a whole lot, but if you’re just looking for an easy-going girl’s night in type of film- this is perfect.
Sex And The City The Movie ( 1 & 2 )
Undoubtedly, the best fashion in any film. With Patricia Field behind the styling of the Sex And The City empire, it makes perfect sense that these movies would be extremely stylish. If you’ve watched the series then you know all about the fabulously fashion forward gal pals Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte. These films tell the story of what happened after the series came to it’s end in 2004. The first one is probably my favorite but honestly, you can’t really go wrong with either one of them. Fashion references are made left and right. From a photo shoot with Vogue to an encounter with Rent The Runway, Sex And The City covers the entire spectrum of fashion.
I had an amazing opportunity to collaborate with “Style Says.” If you don’t know about it yet, watch the video below that explains what it’s all about! You can also see the looks I’ve uploaded here.
I collaborated with them in the form of a guest post that is now featured on their blog “411 on StyleSays.” I wrote about how you can take fashion inspiration from the streets, and adapt what you see to your own personal style. So, it would mean a lot to me if you checked it out!
A few weeks ago I got an email from one of the media relations contacts (Teresa) at DOTS clothing store inviting me to be given a walkthrough of their store. I knew very little bit about DOTS, mainly being that it is next to Target, and it is an affordable clothing store for teens/young women. I replied with a yes, because I knew that this would be a great opportunity for me to go in and see what it really was about.
So, everything was scheduled and I was set to meet with the manager at my local DOTS store. I brought along one of our families Nikon cameras and was ready to go! Below is a slideshow of my tour, what I saw and the latest summer fashion trends…
I was taken around the store and snapped pictures as the manager told me about the trends that were happening right now (lots of bright colors, animal prints, neons and colbalt) and the current sales that were going on. One of the unique things about DOTS is that they also carry “plus” sizes. They go from sizes 0-24, which is rare to find in such a trendy teen clothing store. DOTS even carries “plus” size jewelry (bracelets and rings) which is something I never knew existed until then.
After my tour I decided the best way to see if I really liked their clothing was to try it on for myself. So, I dashed around the store picking up anything that caught my eye and tried to create a few looks. I took a few phone-in-the-mirror pics just for you, so you can get a feel for how it looks on.
What I love most about DOTS is that it coincides with everything Inexpensive Chic stands for. There motto is “Looking good shouldn’t be expensive,” I couldn’t agree more! When I asked what their highest price point was, I was told $30 for an item. That’s crazy!! I was expecting maybe $50 or less, but $30 sounds much better; less of a strain on your wallet…
I’m really appreciative of the associates, manager and Teresa for setting this up and welcoming me to the store. I hope you guys check it out for yourselves!
Describe your style: Comfortably polished. I enjoy bold patterns, sheer and frilly material and anything with a touch of femininity.
Last item of clothing you bought and for how much? The last item of clothing I bought was a snake skin print (and super light weight), trench coat from a Jones New York Outlet I went to with my mom. It was originally $195, marked down to the low cost of $29.
Your fashion inspiration? I take inspiration from basically everything around me; the people I meet and their styles, magazines, art, DIY projects and even being outside in nature.
Something about yourself most people don’t know: I would love to spend time abroad, ideally somewhere in Europe, studying and experiencing fashion at some point in my life.
What color do you own most of: With a fear of sounding boring I’m going to exempt black and white on the technicality that they are shades; in that case, my closet consists of a surprisingly large amount of red and pink.
Fav stores: Zara, H&M, rag & bone, Joe Fresh, thrift
One outfit you couldn’t live without? A maxi dress, or any kind of summer dress for that matter
Fashion mantra? Dictate your own style
I love the details Jay puts into each outfit. So, what do you think of Jay’s style? Let us know in the comments below.
Meet Brae, age 20 from Montana…
Describe your style: Depends on the day! I can go anywhere from girly chic to edgy, though my edgy is usually pretty tame.
Last item of clothing you bought and for how much? A bustier top from ASOS for $25.
Dream Job? My absolute dream job would be to be a stylish for KPOP stars. The style in Korean pop culture is so out there and amazingly creative, like something from a parallel universe. I would love to be apart of it.Your fashion inspiration? Drawing from the previous question: I love watching Japanese and Korean music videos for inspiration. I also draw inspiration from a wide variety of bloggers such as Megan from The Briar Rose and Olivia from Lust for Life.
Something about yourself most people don’t know: I can speak Arabic.
What color do you own most of: Definitely black. Can’t go wrong with black.
Fav stores: ASOS, thrift stores, American Apparel and Solestruck.
One outfit you couldn’t live without? High waisted skirts and frilly tops.
Fav designer? I quite like what Dolce and Gabbana have been putting out lately.
Fav fashion mag? Nylon is something of a guilty pleasure.
Fashion mantra? Wear whatever you want.
Exactly one year go I started Inexpensive Chic. I honestly cannot believe how fast the time has gone! I began the blog as a way to do something with my passion for fashion right now, while I’m still a teenager in high school. I love putting together clothes, reading magazines, shopping and giving my friends fashion advice; after doing a lot of research, I realized I wanted to become a fashion stylist. Inexpensive Chic was going to be my way to get a foot in the door of the fashion industry.
Like most blogs I started out with only few readers, mostly friends and family, but somehow Inexpensive Chic began to grow and grow and grow… Read on to find out more about the history of the blog, fun facts, tidbits and accomplishments all in celebration of this special day!
One of the things I was worried about when I first started the blog was how long I’d be able to keep it up. Would I lose interest? Would it be too hard to maintain? These were the questions running through my mind. In retrospect I’m glad I took this chance. Being a fashion blogger has been the most rewarding experience yet. It has opened so many doors for me, just some of those doors include:
- Affiliate programs
- Interviewing established designers, stylists and photographers in the industry
- Being contacted on a regular basis by PR firms and upcoming businesses to collaborate
- I’ve gotten to add pictures to my portfolio through all of the photoshoots/ootd’s
- I’ve become a better writer, learned how to prioritize/organize and network
The best part of blogging for me is that I have a place to share my passion with whomever is willing to listen. I’ve discovered a whole new world and I’m not ready to leave it anytime soon! I can’t wait to see what my second year of blogging brings, I know it can only get bigger and better from here…