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Conversations with the Inspiring Notorious Nicolette

Today we’d like to introduce you to Notorious Nicolette.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Notorious. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
From a young age, I have always had an interest in fashion. I have several inspirations, but my biggest inspiration has been my mom and her eccentric fashion sense. When I was a little girl, I would steal her heels and walk around the house in them when she wasn’t home. She always taught me to be myself and have my own style, regardless of what others think. My style has changed and become more refined throughout the years, but one thing that has remained is my bold and bright colors. I started my fashion blog, Notorious Nicolette, out of my dorm room during my undergrad in January 2015. Between going to school full-time and internships, I needed a place where I could express my creativity. I always loved documenting and sharing my fashion and experiences, especially through photography. Starting a blog was the most logical outlet for me to do so. It now gets thousands of visitors every month and my Instagram has grown to over 14,000 followers. Most importantly, I have made lasting friendships and relationships through the fashion blogging community. My blog is a place where I can showcase my fashion and travel adventure, as well as inspire others.

Has it been a smooth road?
Just like any other business, blogging has its challenges. When it comes to fashion blogging, people don’t realize the time that goes on behind the scenes. From planning outfits, finding photo locations, synching schedules with my photographer, shooting the photos, editing photos, writing content for the blog, and then actually posting consistently, it’s a big time commitment. Managing my time wisely and planning my posts months out in advance is crucial to remain successful. My best advice for those who want to start a fashion blog is just start! Don’t wait for tomorrow. But, the most important word of advice would be to be authentic and have fun with it! While the time commitment is the biggest challenge, it is definitely worth it! I love being able to share my fashion and inspire others.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am the blogger behind Notorious Nicolette. I showcase my fashion in local Chicago and my adventures all around the world. My blog is my outlet to share my fashion with the rest of the world and encourage others to dress how they want. Furthermore, my fashion blog has allowed me to showcase my evolving personal style. While some aspects of my style have changed, there are some that will always stay with me. For example, I am rarely seen without bright colors, heels, and a statement jewelry piece. My belief is bright colors are a great way to bring a little sunshine into your everyday life. As far as what sets me apart, a passion of mine is traveling globally to interesting destinations. On my blog, I merge those experiences along with the fashion I wear. Not only is my style is a true reflection of myself, but also a reflection of my life experiences.

Looking back on your childhood, what experiences do you feel played an important role in shaping the person you grew up to be?
One experience that laid the groundwork for my future success was starting my own online jewelry business at the age of 14. This idea began when I started making handmade jewelry, and people would constantly ask me where I got my jewelry and where they could buy it. My dad had the brilliant idea to create my own website to sell my jewelry. With his help, the website was launched and within a few months, I started making a profit. I was doing something that I loved and it gave me the opportunity to express my creativity. That experience made me realize I could do anything if I set my mind to it. It doesn’t matter what age you are, you can achieve so much as long as you have the determination and vision.

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