Classic or Trendy?

Welcome back family! This blog is dedicated to my style evolution.

In my first blog post, “Who is Chi?”, I talked about how I have always been interested in fashion and style; however, it wasn’t until my junior year of high school that I started to “look nice”. Although I don’t have any pictures due to being camera shy, I still remember my first day of school outfit that year. I had my natural hair blown-out and wore a teal blue blouse, jeans, and white Keds with teal laces to match the blouse…it was a cute outfit, but the mind that put it together was unhealthy.

I never wore t-shirt and sweats/jeans because I felt too ugly to pull it off; I wore only bold/bright colors & prints in order to feel attractive. I couldn’t leave the house without earrings and statement jewelry because a girl, in middle school, told me that maybe if I started wearing more jewelry I wouldn’t look so much like a boy. My hair was natural, but always had to be done or else I would be paranoid about my appearance. I had put outfits together and made people think I was confident; however, I craved track meet days because I could wear my track suit, my brief escape from the facade.

Fast forward to today, I rarely wear bold/bright colors. I prefer whites and colors on the light end of the color wheel (blues, pinks, greys, etc). I can walk out of the house without earrings. I cut my hair (my sophomore of high school), and have been keeping it short since my senior year because less is more for me and I’ve never felt more beautiful. I like structured garments, which I formerly avoided in hopes I wouldn’t be mistaken for a guy. I don’t wear sweats, but that’s because I don’t like them. Sadly, I still find it hard to wear a t-shirt and jeans as an outfit because of some lingering insecurities.

My style leans towards more of a classic, capsule wardrobe look, BUT with a twist. I wouldn’t use words like chic or street or vintage because I believe I can wear anything as far as I’m comfortable in it. I like to add splashes of color with my shoes & bags. I like print in my jackets, bags & other accessories. I prefer dainty jewelry and don’t own statement jewelry. When I get my nails done, it is a neutral color (pale pinks, tans, etc). I indulge in trends as far as I feel comfortable.

I don’t hide who I am behind fashion; I use fashion to tell the world who I am. That is what fashion should be, an extension of personality, NOT a means to hide the wonderful & unique you God made! It is not about what you wear, but why you wear it.

Below are a few pictures I think best encompasses my sense of style today (from spring to winter)! For where I got each piece, head to my Instagram!

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How would you describe your sense of style? Leave some answers, questions, & feedback in the comments or contact me privately on my IG! I would really love to hear from you! 💙

Get Ready to Spend!

Welcome back!

Being a full time college student who loves to shop, I have to take advantage of sales now that I have started to spend more money on things I buy, particularly shoes, jackets, and accessories. I believe no matter how much net worth you acquire, a bargain could never hurt; therefore, to celebrate launch week of my blog, I am bringing to you some of the hottest sales right now, both in places I shop at and ones I don’t but know are popular! I will link and expand on my top 4 right now and link the rest in a list at the end!

If you have any questions or comments, leave them below or message me on any of my social media! If you end up purchasing anything due to this post, let me know because I love to hear back from you all! If you post a picture with the item you purchased use the hashtag “#flfxchi” so that I can find you!

Happy Hunting!

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New Balance

Right now, my favorite lifestyle sneaker brand is having a semi-annual sale! I love their designs and how classic the sneakers look.

Tip: For all my short girls with big feet (I’m 5’4” with size 9.5 feet), their sneaker design helps to shorten the way your feet look so it looks more proportional!

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Zara

I am in love with this store! It isn’t always a perfect fit because I am short and their pants tend to drown me; however, I know how to hem things so I don’t mind too much. The price range can be quite jarring for a college student, so I encourage you all to take advantage of this sale because they only have a sale 2x a year (the next one will be around New Years).

 

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Aerie

The lingerie, workout, and lounge sister of American Eagle is an all-time favorite of mine! They have great quality stuff and they are ALWAYS having sales so it is definitely the more affordable alternative to Victoria Secret. If you decide to commit to them, join their rewards program, it’s free!

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Clinique

Recently, I started investing in my skin care and it is paying off because I get so many comments on how good my skin looks. Many people ask me if I have make up on and I have to convince them that there is nothing on me. I also use them for my foundation which works exceptionally well on my OD oily skin! They are having a 25% off, you get 15% off your first order, and a variety of free gifts is included depending on the price of your purchase! Eeeeeee!

Other sales to check out:

  1. Michael Kors
  2. Asos (students get an additional 10% off)
  3. Boohoo
  4. Victoria Secret
  5. Aldo
  6. American Apparel
  7. Baublebar (jewelry)
  8. Tommy Hilfiger
  9. H&M
  10. PrettyLittleThing (students get an additional 20% off)

Who Is Chi?

Welcome to my blog!

My name is Chiamaka Onuoha, but most people call me Chi. I am 20 years and currently a senior at Rutgers University-New Brunswick majoring in Public Health and minoring in Nutrition. I am from (and was born in) Nigeria and I moved to America when I was almost 8 years old.

I enjoy a lot of things which include sports/ anything to keep me active, reading, fashion (obviously 😂), singing, dancing, and anything new, but relatively safe. I also love puns, but not the cliché ones (unless they are really clever). I love to laugh, which may seem obvious; however, many things do not amuse me so I appreciate those who can put a genuine smile on my face. That’s it for the traditional bio aspects, but more will come as I continue to post and communicate with all of you!

Now on to what most of you are here for: how I got into fashion.

I’ve always loved dressing up and putting outfits together even in times when I didn’t have the money to smell the doorstep of stores like Zara. Three years ago, when I had more money than usual, I would dress in ways I wasn’t comfortable because I wanted boys (& honestly everyone) to know I may be skinny but I was “sexy”. This desire came from being bullied when I first came to America and feeling like I was unattractive, particularly because I’ve always been the skinny, yet muscular black girl. Growing up and even now black girls are known for being curvy, something I am not naturally. I don’t have the butt or the hips or the chest and I just wanted to stop being called “cute”. I don’t find myself struggling with these insecurities on most days (the walk to loving oneself is hard & not always consistent).

It wasn’t until last summer when I told God that I would like to invest in MY style, but with His help, especially because I was just starting to discover who I was without the pressure/desire to please anyone. As broke as I was that summer, I got myself a whole new wardrobe. It’s funny because one of my brothers was starting college that summer and we were doing back-to-school shopping together and he could not understand how I was getting so much stuff with the little I had. That was when I knew God was answering my prayers and giving me a testimony.

My junior year, I got numerous compliments and recognition for my outfits, which was a surprise to me because I thought most of the things in my closet were quite ordinary. I didn’t see what others were so impressed by. This pushed me to make my dream of having fashion as a side hustle a reality. I have learned and am continuing to learn what suits me best and that I am quite talented in styling and designing clothes/outfits. God led me to my passion, hence my tagline: “Faith Led Fashion”.

That is all for now; however, before I end the blog, I want to inform you of some things you can expect on my page…

  1. One posts a week (Mondays) on topics including:
    • Styling
    • Getting to know me
    • Designing
    • Shopping
    • “How to…”
  2. Short blog on the biggest sales bi-weekly
  3. Anything else you all would like to know!
  4. Giveaways!!!!

 

Thank you so much for your support thus far! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog and follow me on all my social media accounts! Welcome to the FLFxChi family! I love you all and remain blessed!💙