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November featured blogger Chic on the Cheap

4758732075_ae29012321_bIt’s finally November and I can now introduce you to a blogger I’ve been stalking following for… oh, heck, a long time! Chic on the Cheap is an inspiration blog with great photography and cute, affordable outfits. Lyddie Gal is open about how she spends her money, her clothing budget (if she breaks it!) and how she manages to look fashionable and fearless all the time.

So, without further ado, read all about Chic on the Cheap!

Describe your blog in three words:
Today I wore…

How would you describe your style?
Quirky trying to be classic.

Who/what are your style inspirations?
Lately I’ve been getting tons of inspiration from other bloggers, and I always think it’s fun and interesting to see how trends travel amongst the fashion blogger community – everything from they way the ends of belts are looped to how we wear our hair. Every time I see someone trying something new, I have to do it myself!

4987945865_cb27ae685f_bWhat are your three favorite items in your closet?
My leopard pencil skirt, floral cardigan, and bubble hem dress – but wait – what about shoes?!

What outfit or item would you purchase if money was no object?
I think it would be more about where I would shop. I would love to be able to walk into somewhere like saks 5th ave and head up to the shoe floor and just buy a pair, without a care about how much they cost.
Also I’d love to know if my theory that $700 heels are magically 100x more comfortable to wear than $40 heels is true.

What is your favorite magazine?
It would have to be Lucky, since it’s the only one I currently subscribe to. I like that they have very attainable looks and even some things I can actually afford.

5002491979_fc05eeb76a_bWhy did you decide to start a fashion blog?
I thought it would be fun to have a creative outlet, and when I started getting readers I loved posting outfits and getting to show them to people who were actually interested. (Unlike, oh say, coworkers.)

What is the hardest part about blogging?
Trying to keep up with everyone else. When I started blogging, I followed about 10 blogs. Now it’s somewhere upwards of 200, and I often spend several hours each day reading through new posts.
Even thought it’s something I want to, and enjoy doing, I start to feel guilty if I haven’t gotten to someone in a few days.

What is the easiest part about blogging?
Reading comments :)

4569725079_96af30021f_bWhat has blogging taught you?
How to be a shopaholic.
And maybe now it’s trying to teach me how not to be a shopaholic. It’s a work in progress.

What fall trend are you excited for?
I’m anxious to layer my faux fur vest over my leather jacket!

What fall trend are you dreading?
I’m not a fan of the midi-skirt. I feel like only the really tall girls can pull it off.
(So yes, you look fab in the Anthro skirt.) <— LOL! :)

4736677641_83be94c0c0_bAre there days where you’d rather not take photos? What do you do on those days?
There have been many days when I haven’t taken photos. Last year especially, I only took photos a few times a week.
But now I force myself to get dressed and get out there. Even if I’d been in PJs until 3 pm that day.

How has your style evolved over the years?
I’ve become much more willing to try new styles and ways of wearing clothes — before the fashion blog, did you ever belt a scarf, or wear a dress as a top? Because I certainly didn’t! I’ve also stopped wearing pants/jeans five days a week.
My three biggest changes are probably, high heels (anything above 2″ used to scare me), horizontal stripes (“I’ll look enormous if I wear those!”), and pencil skirts (I’m too curvy).

Have you always been interested in fashion/clothes, or did you have to learn to like it?
When I was little I loved making clothes for my dolls, and then I started making clothes for myself; and I’ve always been very interested in the consumer end of the fashion industry, but it’s only recently that I’ve given a second thought to a fashion designer, or what goes on in New York during September.

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What piece of advice would you give a beginning fashion blogger?
Write things you would enjoy reading. Take photos that make you happy. Buy a tripod. (Don’t buy a cheap one.)

Do you think you’ll still be blogging in five years?
I’d like to say yes; I’ve found the past two years to be very gratifying. I am always amazing at how large, and how welcoming the fashion blogging community is. I’ve learned and evolved a lot, and hopefully will continue to do so.

To date, what has been your favorite post to write and why?
I wrote an April Fool’s post on Crocs as being just as stylish as they more expensive clogs trending at the time (or still trending) and there were a few people who actually thought I was being serious! I couldn’t decide if I should be flattered or offended, but I was howling with laughter.

Anything else you’d like to add?
Thanks so much for featuring me Suze, love you and Miss Vinyl Ahoy, and your Anthro necklace DIYs – which I’ve been meaning to, and need to do!