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Sunny California!

(By Chiquita Nicole)

Dress - HM

Purse - Furla

Shoes - Puma

Tee - FAF.EP

Fanny Pack - FashionNova

Shoes - Reebok

Top - LA Fashion District

Shorts - Belmont Army Surplus

Purse - Kate Spade

Shoes - Akira

 

 

90's Vibes

(By Chiquita Nicole)

In 1991 my mom, brother and I moved to the southside of Chicago and that move was one that shaped my life tremendously. 

 

I have so many fond memories of the 90's living in Englewood, but what I remember the most were the summers. You know that summer time CHI before it was a hashtag, neighborhoods filled with people on the porch, walking down the block or riding around in their drop top Chrysler Sebrings. 

 

My friends and I would put on our best biking short set, walk to store to get our daily (non nutritional) snacks and hit the block. I mean we were outside from sun up to sun down (or until the street lights came on).

 

Of course the music, dope as ever! I attended my 1st concert in the 90's, Crucial Conflict in Grant Park (nka Millennium Park). Do y'all remember the Whatta Man video, I had my hair like Salt's; pin curls at the top and finger waves on side. All my friends were so jealous, lol!

But by far the best thing that happned to me in the 90's was that I learned to love fashion and cultivate my own style. It was that decade that introduced me to higher quality pieces, red carpets and street style. Every Sunday after In Living Color would air, I would try to copy the fly girls outfits from items in my closets. My go to look was a bodysuit, baggy jeans and Jodeci boots with a purse to match. I learned that from my older cousin Jennifer, she was the epitome of a 90's fly girl. She was everything and I wanted to be just like her, I even told my mom I wouldn't have kids so that I could have purses to match my daily looks. Still no kids, lol! I was so into clothes and everything fashion, I started asking for specific clothing for Christmas and trips to Lerner instead of Toy-R-Us. I even asked to go school shopping at Barney's, *insert eye roll* , kids. 

Aaaaaand then here comes the red carpet, *swoons* I had never saw anything like it. I thought OMG, I LOVE IT! Style, Style, and more Style! And ever since I've been glued to the red carpet. Now that I think about it, I should have been hosting my own red carpet review. Oh well! Can't cry over spilled milk. Watch me here (shameless plug) 

 

Yeah, it was a pretty dope decade if I must say so myself. I guess you could say it was the beginning of Chiquita Nicole.

 

The Bud....cont

(By Chiquita Nicole)

The Bud was everything I expected it to be, from bands to dance teams, politicians to radio personalities. I was early arriving at 9am and posted right at the corner of 45th and King Drive. I needed to make sure I had a clear view of my oldest neice's 1st performance while being in a drumline. The parade kicked off right on time and from there it was non-stop fun. The royal court rolled down first and then the bands and dance teams had the 2 mile stretch on south King drive lit. I snapped a few dope people and cheered for two hours straight. The crowd was great, consisting of all people young and old and from all areas of Chitown. As each float passed by you could hear sounds of summer...oldies to trap. IT WAS LIT! I even saw a few of Chicago's own, Deon Cole, Kendra G and even Mayoral candidate Willie Wilson. It was so summertime Chi, I had to enter a footwork battle to prove my Chi-ness. LOL!

 

Next year will be its 90th year and know they have something special, I can't wait!

The Bud

(By Chiquita Nicole)

I was born and raised in the CHI and I have never attended The Bud Billiken Parade. Well my mom says I did as a baby, but who remembers that. As a teenager me and friends would get up, get dressed and attempt to go, but would never make it. And now as an adult with no children I've never had the urge to attend. UNTIL NOW.....my niece and her drum line will be performing and I am GEEKED. My outfit is ready, I have my folding chair and I will be there at 8am ready to cheer at the top of my lungs. 

 

The Bud Billiken Parade is said to be the parade to kick off the school year and has been for the last 89 years. The parade got its name from a fictional character said to been an angel watching over kids detailed in the Chicago Defender newspaper. The parade starts in the historic Bronzeville neighborhood on 39th and King Drive and goes south to 51st in Washington Park. And there is where more fun starts from facing paintings to bbq's Chicago gets lit for the BUD.

 

Read more about the parade here 

Fashion Nova (insert eye roll)

(By Chiquita Nicole)

Where do I start? I understand as a curvy girl (size 14) I should appreciate us being represented in the fashion industry and I do! But, Fashion Nova really needs to step up their game. 

 

1.) They have no customer phone line with a live person to inquire about merchandise for sizing, returns or etc.

 

2.) They have no consistency in sizing; I ordered a 15 in a pair of jeans and they fit but the XL in biking shorts did not, even after their sizing chart says a 15 is a XL.

 

3.) Not only do you have to pay for return shipping, they don't even send you a return label.

 

4.) THERE ARE NO REFUNDS just a store credit and for a store that is not consistent in sizing they need to offer refunds. 

 

BUUUUUUUUT,

 

1.) They have great jeans that fit my butt.

 

2.) Their clothes are afforable and they always have a sale or coupon code.

 

3.) They have all the cute trendy pieces.

 

I know I know, I should deal with the negatives because the positives outweigh them, but can we just get a customer service phone line, $5 return labels and a refund. Is that too much to ask?!

I'M Ready!

(By Chiquita Nicole)

Some of us creatives have not reached the point in our career were we are doing what we love full time. Some of us have full time 9-5 jobs that may hinder our careers and most times we pass on opportunities because of our commitment to our day jobs. I am here to tell you, you can make time for your career and still keep your 9-5. Number 1 rule and the only rule:

 

1. Use the benefits of your job, i.e. you have at least 10-15 paid time off or sick days to use per year. If you get a styling job that requires you on set at 1pm, use your time and take a half day. 

 

Need to fly to LA for a one in a life time opportunity, use a full vacation day or two and fly out, do the work, secure the bag and come back like aint nothing happened. 

 

Use your funds to add to your make up kit every two weeks, building your supply.

 

You may also have the choice to start later or leave earlier ask HR and then you can plan your career moves around the new schedule. Bottom line; you have opportunities both in your job and your career and if you play them right you can keep your day job (not for long lol) and build your career. 

 

MAKE UP DONE

(By Chiquita Nicole)

It was definitely challenging, I was late for work some days and other days I loss out on sleep. But, I DID IT! It has made me aware of the techniques I need more practice with, as well as what techniques I'm good at. So, I am not saying I will do it everyday going forth but I will do it more often than before.

 

What do you guys think? DM me here 

2018 BET Awards Red Carpet Recap!

(By Chiquita Nicole)

BOOOOOOO sums up my reaction to the red carpet!

 

It was 2 hours of up and coming artist performing and I have nothing against up and coming artist but when the host says "We have xxx and she will be covering the red carpet beauty and fashion" and then there is no beauty or fashion. TRAGIC!

 

Bright side...I hosted my 1st Style Corner Red Carpet Review...detais below.

 

Dress - Vintage Victoria's Secret (lol)

Shoes - Akira

Earrings - HM (before the scandal)

Rings - Forever 21

Makeup - Done by Moi

 

 

We See You!

(By Chiquita Nicole)

I have answered yes to all those questions before and I am sure I will answer yes to those questions in the future. We all want success, we all want our hardwork to match our bank accounts but sometimes we can't see how far we have come. 

 

Sunday I was in the mall shopping for a client, just minding my business; when this lady asked excitedly "Are you TruVanity?", I am I answered. She said" OMG I follow your page and think you are doing a great job, congratulations on how far you've come." My face LIT UP, oh my god someone notices me outisde, are you serious? But that is what we want as creatives, we want to be recognized and we want people to talk about us. 

 

That was my reminder to keep pushing. Imagine if she shared my page with her friends and family and now more people know who I am and what I do. So even though it may seem like you are going nowhere fast, remember somebody is somewhere saying you are dope!

In Style I Trust

(By Chiquita Nicole)

As you can tell I changed the name of my blog to In Style I Trust, which I had been using as a hashtag since forever. The blog name change came about from me changing my company (and social media) name to Chiquita Nicole. Chiquita Nicole is my real name and I was not always happy about it. Chiquita is always spoken in parallel to "being ghetto" and while I am clachet (ratchet and classy) I did not want to be seen as the "ghetto black girl". And we all know Chiquita on a resume will not get called first. So over the years I changed my corporate name to Nicole and when I started my own company I wanted something catchy, unique and not Chiquita...TruVanity. 

 

When I decided to make my company a legal entity I was torn between TruVanity or a version of my name. It was going to be C.Nicole or Nicole C. or whatever else my mind thought of and one day I said NO! Chiquita Nicole is my name and if I want to leave a legacy/wealth I want to be remembered as me CHIQUITA NICOLE CAREY! 

 

Many people from Tracey Reese to June Ambrose use their real names and since I'm working to make my name known in the fashion realm I want it to be my name. Several friends have asked "don't you want to appeal to a more successful clientele?" meaning white...and I said no I want to work with who wants to work with me. My name is only deemed "ghetto" because white society said so. And why do we (all other cultures) have to try to appeal to the majority. I want to appeal to those will come to know and respect my talent, orange, red, black or white.

 

So for all the Chiquita's, Akisha's and TaShawna's out there let's be us and if we are not accepted we applied to the wrong position anyway. 

Another One! 

(DJ Khaled voice LOL)

This birthday I decided to eat and do all my favorite things in my home town of Chicago. My staycation was in full effect; I started the weekend with a quick trip to gun range to practice my aim. Then I checked myself into one of Chicago's boutique hotels the Raffaello. All weekend long I ate and drank all my favorite foods, desserts and libations. On my actual birthday I woke to a delicious cake, strawberries and champagne; enjoyed a mini photo shoot followed by a thai massage and facial. After I stopped by the best accessory store in Chicago...Accessorize and got of course a emerald bag. Makeup Trap Sushi stopped by painted my face and off I went to have an amazing night on the town. I ended the staycation tatted with a pink bow to remind myself everyday is a present and should be celebrated. 

One Time For The Birthday Biiiiih!

Make sure you follow me on IG for this years birthday shenanigans 

Actually I don't know when I started celebrating my birthday in such a grand way, I can only remember always doing something very true to who I am. Whether taking a trip to a relaxing beach to being surrounded by my girlfriends at a posh restuarant to a shopping spree sponsored by bae, I make my birthday a day to remember. Depending on what I'm doing I start planning no later that April 1 (January 1 if I'm going out of town). My friends and family loathe it (LOL), because they have to hear about it every few days until its perfectly me. 

 

So make sure you watch my IG live everyday starting now to see what I have planned this year. 

 

Back Down Memory Lane.....

Make sure you follow me on IG for this years birthday shenanigans 

Closet Edit....Won & Done!

Style Corner Update

No Meat Week

Breakfast

Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal w/Blueberries

1 Boiled Egg

Cup of Tea

 

A.M. Snack 

2 Belvita Crackers

1 Pear

1 Kale & Quinoa Patty

 

Lunch

Mushroom, Shrimp and Asapargus stir fry no rice, or

Greek Salad

 

P.M. Snack

1/2 Sweet Potato

Broccoli 

 

Dinner

Salmon

Brussels Sprouts

Get The Look

New Friends?

If your mom is like mines, I'm sure you've heard "everybody ain't yo friend". Meaning of course be very selective about who you bring into your life. I currently have 5 bestfriends (seriously) with the most recent new friend being added in 2000. So yes I have not accepted any new friends in 18 years. And not because I'm not friendly, but because I was under the impression, subconsciously all be it; that my friends have to prove friendships to me. For instance, we grew up together, went to school together etc. But that's not true, you can literally meet someone today and because you haven't known them for 20 plus years does not mean that can't be your friend and be just a valuable as your current friends. It crazy my bestie of 22 years told me that, in reference to a new person I met. 

 

Long story short, I have been feeling very hamster on the wheel ish, going and going with nothing to show for it and I didn't know how to get off. Two people that I met in 2013 and 2015 whom I've been resistant to letting all the way in gave me the best advice. They had been watching me struggle, being frustrated and upset and have been wanting to give advice; but because I had not made them feel 100 percent included in my life they didn't know how I would take it. And what they had to say helped me get off that wheel and gain clarity. I'm SOOOO happy I let them in! They know who they are and I'm glad to call them my new friends.

 

Your old friends will always be there to support you and be your foundation, but new friends can help you to that next level.  

It's Raining Men

Not really, but it will soon enough. No I am not saying that I will no longer style women, of course I will that is what comes natural to me. But in a effort to challenge myself and grow, I am venturing into the male side of fashion. Wish me luck!

 

See below some of my most recent male style looks.

Hello Winter!

2018 Goals

Make sure you follow me on Instagram to watch me take steps and crush my goals.

 

1.) Monthly mini photo shoots

2.) Produce a fashion/style event

3.) Secure 5 new clients by 12/31

4.) Rework the style corner

5.) Create fashion talk show

2018 HERE I COME

How does the saying go "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results". I am a true Taurean, stubborn and consistant and it is hard for me to change. But I realized something, I had to change in order for me to get to my next level. So I visited another stylist to help me get some clarity because I felt stuck, non-creative and uninspired and I did not know what to do. She suggested saging  and creating a vision board. Now when she said vision board I had to admit that was a great idea because I have a family member whom I admire who does a annual vision board, so I thought maybe I should give it a try. I also had a friend tell me about crystals used to give you energy. So for 2018 I will breaking my resistance to change and I will be creating a vision board, saging and meditating creative energy into my life. Stay Tuned!

HELLO FALL! 

 

 

I would like to say THANK YOU to all the people who supported me and allowed me to have the below opportunity. If you donated, liked, commented or shared my post I appreciate it. If you sent money thru go fund me, paypal or the cash app I appreciate it. Even if you said "Go Girl" and said a pray for me I appreciate it. I THANK YOU again for however you supported my dream!

Image Creates Opportunity 

 

 

Seems simple right? A wardrobe stylists career is based on image, but what will you do when the opportunity comes? J. Bolin #AskJBolin Fashion Boot Camp taught me how to perfect the image in order to gain & own the opportunity.

 

Kauwuane Burton Studios was the perfect backdrop to 30 budding stylist all dressed in nudes to learn from the best. When we arrived his staff welcomed each and every one of us with a warm smile & embraced. They even took our bags and bags of items and placed them for us. They led us to a room that had the most beautiful donut display I have ever seen complemented with a mimosa bar. As more and more people arrived the excitement grew each time a smiling face entered the room. So in true fashion I grabbed a glass, poured a mimosa and asked the entire room to toast to a wonderful and imformative day. Cheers!

 

J. Bolin came out greeted us with a huge smile and asked if we were ready? A resounding YEEESSS filled the room and we followed our teacher into a exposed brick studio transformed into a rustic floral oasis. The table was adorned with white roses in gold flower pots, with leafy green accents and the shimmer from white candles framed in gold wire holders made the look complete. The designer even took photos of J's work and created a table runner. Kudos! 

 

Then before we did anything Mo his online store manager led us in one of the best prayers I have ever heard; there was not a dry eye in the room. We gathered ourselves and J. Bolin got right to it. We each introduced ourselves and stated why we were there and what we hoped to get from our visit. He explained how he started and what sacrifices him and his family had to make in order from him to be where he is today. He gave us the do's and dont's in the style industry, tore down all our fears and explained to us that we are worthy of this journey.

 

The agenda for the day ranged from how to write a pull letter to working with what you have to style a client. Each participant had to bring 10 of their favorite wardrobe items and we had to pair up and style our partner with any of the 20 items. Me and my partner Dawn got the Red Carpet look and we nailed it. Of course, a few welcomed tweeks from the best was the icing on cake. We also had to makeover a celebrity and J and his staff lovingly nitpicked every detail and then showed us how to improve.

 

We ended the day nothing like we started, we were now given the knowledge to conquer our very own styling fears and taught how to make a business from our dreams. The best word I could use to describe the day would be beautiful....the space was beautiful, J. Bolin's team was beautiful, Mo's prayers were beautiful, the spirits of every person in the room was beautiful and the fact that GOD put it on J.Bolin to give his personal knowledge of this industry is BEAUTIFUL!

OOOOMMMMGGGG! 

 

 

OMG....was all I could say when I opened the email from the J.Bolin brand. I am so excited to have received this opportunity and I pray I hit it out of the park. Follow me on instastories starting Friday to join me on this journey. 

 

 

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SUMMER 2017 LOOK-BOOK

 

#ISSABIRTHDAY..... in Puerto Rico

 

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