Spring has sprung and I’m so excited to finally bring you fashion as we transition into Spring weather!
When you think of Spring, you probably think of floral print, pastels, lace, and dainty dresses. Well that’s not me, or my style. I absolutely despise floral print. It’s too dainty for my taste. But this dress provided the perfect mix of grunge fashion with a subtle floral print. I even cut the slit a bit higher in the dress to make it more me.
While I’ve paired it with red boots, a pair of Doc Martens, and a black corset under bra belt would look just fine with this dress. It probably isn’t your style, so it may not sound appealing but I promise it can be pulled off with ease by me.
If you knew me in high school, then you know my style has always been bold. I’ve always lived in Hot Topic. I’ve always preferred chain belts. I’ve always loved tights under shorts. And boots can be worn year round. Nothing about my style has ever changed. It’s just slowly evolved as I’ve grown older.
Are you living for the colorful trend of bold colored boots this Spring?
I love to pair my boots with mini skirts and mini dresses through May, weather permitting of course. One of the things I love about living in the northeast, is that you can absolutely get away with long sleeves and boots well into early May. Just a year and a half ago when I was still living in Virginia Beach, I likely would’ve already been living in bikinis and on the beach already; because there’s no better place to study or work from then sitting ocean side (when it’s not tourist season).
But back to these boots and this look. This entire outfit, accessories and all is from @shein_us. I wasn’t a believer in Shein when I first learned about the brand a year ago. In my mind, there was no way a brand could offer good quality clothing for an affordable price. Get rid of the doubts in your mind, this brand has been nothing but hits for me.
As promised, I’m currently working on a series of videos reviewing pieces I’ve recently purchased from Shein for Spring. They’ll be up around the first full week of April.
Chelsea Nicole, The Mod Little Melanin
This past weekend to celebrate the fifth anniversary of The Mod Little Melanin, I participated in a socially distanced photo shoot! Over the last five years, I’ve fallen in love with being in front of the camera, styling outfits for myself, and clients, striking a pose and sharing my love of fashion with the world. Instagram has certainly transformed over the last five years. Growth isn’t quite as easy, and solving the algorithm to get your content to your followers is a never-ending struggle.
But with those changes to Instagram, new opportunities have arisen for me. Brands now pay me to create content with their products to share with you all on my page. I now have the opportunity to use Instagram as a source of income that is certainly needed as a broke podiatry student. I’ve even transformed Styled by Mod - my OG followers remember those days of me styling clients and my Polyvore flat lays - to my own brand (@shopthemodlittlemelanin) that is re-launching with accessories on February 14th!
My love of fashion didn’t just bloom overnight though. It started as a child when I would march around the home in my mom’s heels and layer on her necklaces to play dress-up. Flourished with me coloring in my Barbie fashion coloring book at age four, and falling in love with my patent red leather shoes as a kid.
To me, fashion is more than the way you dress. It’s a form of expressing oneself non-verbally. The fashion taste of a person can reveal much about their personality. Are they a minimalist? Are they adventurous? Or do they prefer classic, traditional pieces? Do they like to stand out? Or would they prefer to blend in with the trends of the times?
Think about my taste in fashion. Bold prints, bright colors, fun textures and statement pieces are my favorite to incorporate into my everyday wardrobe. I like to mix high-end and low-end pieces, and love to show that body size does not determine what is and is not meant for you.
My love of fashion has inspired me to take The Mod Little Melanin one step further by developing a clothing line specifically for mid-size women, size 10-16. There isn’t quite anything out there that caters to women my size. The traditional S, M, and L doesn’t always fit, and going into plus size may be still be slightly too big. By developing a clothing line with my body type in mind, I’ll be able to cater to a clothing line for the girls that are what I like to call mid-figured. This is something that has been in the works for months, and I’m so excited to share what I’ve been working on with you all this Fall!
XOXO, Chelsea Nicole
The Mod Little Melanin
Pop of Color Check! ️🧡
Nothing makes me feel better than adding a pop of color to my outfit! Outerwear is an easy way to brighten up your OOTD!
You’re probably thinking, Chelsea Nicole, I only own black coats. And if you do that’s okay! But listen to me when I tell you that bright colored outerwear is totally in! If you’re not quite ready to make the transition to such a bright color, like this green leopard print faux fur coat from @boohoo, choose a subtle navy blue or even taupe colored coat. It’s an easy way to incorporate color into your outfit, and can serve as a neutral piece that can be worn with a variety of different looks!
I’ve linked a few navy blue and taupe coats in my Like to Know It! Visit the link in my bio to shop! #themodlittlemelanin
And P.S. Happy Mod Little Melanin Monday! 🦋
For reasons I haven’t figured out yet over 1,000 of y’all follow me for my fashion posts when I haven’t even followed y’all back!
When Iaunched this page five years ago on this very day, there was no such thing as being an “influencer.” Being on here was not a job, and I don’t think anyone would’ve ever imagined this could become a source of income. Fashion bloggers would literally go out in their backyard and shoot some pictures to upload with the hope that their page would get enough hits for someone to post their pictures on Pinterest so they could grow their following.
We all had phones with so-so camera quality, so photos weren’t as detailed. Camera tripods for phones were not yet a thing, and you had to beg someone to follow you around all day to get good content for your page. No one cared about how the aesthetic of your feed looked. Back then likes wouldn’t show the number until you hit “11,” but you would never worry if your page gained traffic or not because the algorithm was still in chronological order. (Hint, hint @instagram.)
It was so easy to grow. And then everything on Instagram changed to focus on monetary growth. Paying to promote posts was the only way to get traffic. Engagement groups are a must for your page to even get 10% of the likes it should. And it became difficult for little bloggers like me to grow.
I’ve taken numerous breaks from blogging because I felt discouraged that I wasn’t as big as I should’ve been in five years. Was it my content? Was it me? Neither. Instagram is catered to pages with a big following, and it becomes easy for smaller pages to fall through the cracks and to never be seen. We can’t even see what others like anymore to see if that content would be interesting for us to engage with.
I’ve decided to vow to make this year the year I’m dedicated to creating the content that I love for my page, regardless of the likes, and the growth. For doing what makes me happy brings me the most joy, and I encourage you to do the same.
Happy Birthday, The Mod Little Melanin ️ #themodlittlemelanin
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A Fashion Blog by Chelsea Nicole.