Your Style should feel like home. You should feel at ease in it. Like a nice snuggly blanket engulfing you in love.
So how do we develop our style? Style is a mixture of past events, movies, people you've admired, friends etc. that you've taken bits and parts of what you've enjoyed and combined them into one cohesive look. YOUR STYLE IS NOT RANDOM. It's YOU.
There is a reason for it. It's an extension of you. Just like you decorate your house full of things you love, clothing decorates your body full of things you think are neat and cool and want to say about yourself whether you want them to or not.
Big baggy clothes often say you don't want to be noticed or you want to look like modern day Mary Kate & Ashley. People who love bold prints and colors often have those bold bubbly personalities to go with it! Our personality plays a huge roll in how we dress. The book "Wired that Way" talks about four different personality types. Sanguine, Choleric, Phlegmatic, & Melancholy. This often directly correlates with what we like in our clothes. For example I am a mix of sanguine & phlegmatic which means I like my clothes to be comfortable and not full of prints but I like a pop to each outfit. It correlates perfectly to my personality profile. Now this doesn't mean you can't mask certain personalities which you will learn in the book if or when you read it but often when you haven't discovered a style that you like or if you change it daily it often means that you first need to learn who you are.
SOME TIPS TO HELP YOU HONE IN ON YOUR STYLE
1. BABY STEPS- Start by setting aside time to flip through a variety of magazines and cut out pieces that you find appealing, it could be movies, outfits, places, influential people, things, It doesn't specifically need to be clothing! Other aspects can say a lot about what you enjoy, such as colors, textures, etc.
2. COMPILE- Glue them all to a board and just choose your favorites! OR if you're more the Pinterest person you can do it on Pinterest OR photoshop would be better with images from online. Then you can make the images you like best bigger than the others!
3. EXECUTE- Print it out or enjoy your glued board of gorgeous images and ask yourself some questions as you correlate it to your style! (Hey I have a pen that has glue on one side, theres beauty in the hands-on side of things haha You never know when you may need to glue something! haha)
4. TRANSLATE- Look at the color palette your board leads towards. Jewel tones? Pastels? Neutrals? Neutrals w/ a pop? etc. Write down which prints you liked. Are the outfits more fitted? Looser? Mixture?
5. NAME GAME- Name your style! It doesn't need to make sense. This is for you! And it's fun! When you name it, it's easier to decide while out shopping if a piece fits the theme of your closet.
If you need help feel free to send me pictures of your board and I can help you name it!
Since there are many new faces around here, I thought it'd be good to get back to the basics! Even if you aren't new it is always good to relearn the mission behind Cut Chic! Also for me to reintroduce myself to you!
I believe that everyone is cut out to be the chic'est/best version of themselves no matter what stage or point in your life you are in and thats how Cut Chic was developed. I believe you are fearfully and wonderfully made so why not embrace that everyday?! In turn, when you feel put together you will have the confidence to go out and conquer your own dreams/goals whether they are practical goals like surviving the day with your rambunctious kiddos or having the confidence to go for that promotion at work!
I have never wanted my fashion/style blog to be about me, hence why it is not full of pictures of me in outfits BUT I do want to help YOU on YOUR style journey because whether you want it to be a part of your life or not, you choose fashion everyday! That graphic tee and denim are still fashion! This being said I do realize that you do need to get to know me and see practical outfit ideas which is why you'll be seeing more of me on the blog and on Insta! The face behind Cut Chic and who I am so that we can be virtual or IRL Best Friends. I'm suriously serious.
I've always loved fashion, at a young age if I did not like the clothes my mom picked out for me wear I was not too pleasant. Thankfully she gave up on that and let me start choosing and expressing myself in any way I pleased through the way I dressed at a very young age. One time when I was 4 all my siblings were at school and I wanted to play my computer Barbie dress up game but my mom didn't know at the time how to turn it on so I did it myself and made it happen! (It's ok she's much more savvy now with the technology don't worry haha) As you can see I've always understood fashion & it's meshed with me. The perfect mix of creativity and analytics! Fast forward a few years... When I found out in high school that I could actually major in something so fun I was ecstatic. I ended up in the Fashion Merchandising program at Kent State and the rest is history. I studied fashion abroad all throughout Europe which changed my perspective on the industry and grew my love for it even more if that is possible?
I've never wanted to be a part of the high fashion world though even though I love and admire it dearly. I knew I went to school to HELP people through fashion/style, not judge them as many people remind me on the daily that they think that is what my job is all about. I promise thats not why I am here. But inspiring you IS why I am here. YOU. Not content full of models, Avant-Garde pieces or magazine layouts. Now don't get me wrong, I still drool over a pair of Manolo Blahnik's, an amazing runway show or a Birkin bag ANYDAY but those are the pieces that make up our everyday fashion as the styles/concepts trickle down.
Ever since I graduated I've dabbled in the high-end jewelry industry and cosmetology world doing inventory and being a part of the buying world. BUT I've always wanted to help people hands on and encourage and uplift them by the frustrations so many face getting dressed everyday or on a shopping trip. I now work for Stitch Fix as a stylist which goes hand in hand with my passion but I continue to desire to reach more people and have a more personal impact which has led me to create Cut Chic. So here's a few fun facts! If you're ever in the Cleveland area call me!
1. I like my dog ALOT. I know it's surprising. She's the best dog in the world. For reals.
2. I had two weddings an American & a Cambodian wedding complete with like 10 dress/hair/makeup changes. I looked like a mermaid!
3. I've been flipping the house I live in for about 2 years now and I DISLIKE it strongly. Yep real story. I did NOT miss my calling. I shall leave the flipping to gymnasts or Chip & Joanna.
4. When I'm not writing or styling you'll find me doing yoga, tennis, dancing the night away especially at the Dusty Armadillo or adventuring around CLE.
5. I get weird injuries/illnesses. I'm now part of the 1% of people who had chronic appendicitis and when I was younger I broke a bone in my knee playing soccer that they had never seen broken before! I'm just that talented somehow.
6. I love bitter things. As in drinks that is, not people. Dark Coffee, Red Wine, Lemons, Gin. According to the most recent Facebook video going around this makes me a psycho path... hmmm haha
7. I love having a good time, joking around, listening to comedians, doing rediculous things. JET SKIING, BOATING, LAKE ERIE. TRYING random new things. I'm up for any adventure!
Looking forward to getting to know all of you better! Feel free to introduce yourself if we haven't met yet!
1. Blanket Scarf- God's gift to the scarf world. I mean a blanket disguised as a scarf?!? What more could you want?
2. Cozy boots- not suede because seriously, I've never met a suede boot that survived the slushy ohio weather have you? Talk about wet cold feet. Leather, faux leather, rubber, really embrace a more athleisure flair this winter if possible!
3. Fleece Leggings- I KNOW! These actually exist and they are AMAZING. Just stop what your doing immediately and go find them.
4. Vests- LAYERS LAYERS LAYERS- I personally hate layers, but I do live in Cleveland, Ohio so I've had to do a ton of personal market research as to what kind of layering I do like! It's mostly vest related or tall boots layered over leggings. Don't be afraid to go to stores and try on EVERYTHING to find out what works for you. Just ignore those fitting room attendant death gazes.
5. Cozy Sweaters- I will also be the first person to tell you how much I hate sweaters. haha I know what you are thinking why are you writing this? Because actually I'm the perfect person to be writing this. If I can find comfortable ways to stay warm and stylish when I hate the majority of winter clothing you can too! If you find sweaters to be itchy and annoying, don't give up! Look for cotton sweaters or fabric blends on the tag! OR invest in some cuddle duds. They are just as great as they sound.
DISCLAIMER: When temps/windchill are Below 0. Let me be the first person to give you permission to just survive out there in the vicious wilderness, I mean trip to Target for survival essentials. No one will be looking at what you are wearing besides your 5 hats and 20 scarves you layered on :) WE ALL UNDERSTAND. Mutual fashion understanding and unwritten rules
Stay Warm Friends!
You know what sucks? Being told continually time and time again that you aren't good enough, that you should be ashamed of yourself. Not smart enough. Not thin enough. Not short enough. Not tall enough. Not loud enough. Not quiet enough. Not fast enough. Not talented enough. Not pretty enough. Not whatever enough.
******I just want to start out this year telling you, you are enough. Especially in this month of January when the whole wide world tells you you need to be more of who you aren't.
Now don't get me wrong, never stop thriving for greatness, those dreams and the new year is a great time to set goals but never let anyone tell you that you are not enough because shaming others has never boosted anyone's confidence to go out and conquer their dreams and thrive for greatness. We are all human and not perfect. Remember this as you create those goals for the year.
Having goals is great for giving you that mindfulness needed to accomplish things!!! Mindfulness is your BFF. But if you fail, if that one day your goals have to change due to taking care of yourself, a sick child, or anything of more importance. Don't shame yourself. Don't get discouraged. You are enough. Pick up the next day with your goals or the day after. You are not a failure. You are human. Everyday can not be perfectly planned as we desire it to be.
I have been struggling with what to write this week as I continue to seek out and hone in on what I want this blog/business to become as I search for clarity. I realized I don't need to know 100% what this year needs to look like as long as I am moving forward and not listening to our shame culture. Don't let the world stand between you and your goals and don't let it's definition define whether you are enough for the world.
SO WHAT ARE MY GOALS/THEME THIS YEAR?
A lot of small things make up the big things. Personally and for my blog/business. As I opened up my brand new 2018 InkWell press planner this year (Yes it's even purple the Pantone color of the year!) the quote for the year in it reminded me exactly of this!!!
Forever is composed of nows. -Emily Dickinson
Couldn't be more appropriate for this year! Let's be mindful this year together & conquer our dreams. One moment at a time!