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CHIC Style| Tia Nicole

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On any given day you may see Tia Nicole walking the streets of Baltimore wearing a CHIC floppy hat and a nice pair of shades. Her style ranges from classic CHIC to retro CHIC. She gives some of her fits a sporty look by adding one of many pairs of Converse sneakers. Shoes are her thing and she uses them well! We can't fail to mention her awesome fro! Take a look at what she had to say about her personal style and hair journey.

1. How long have you been natural? Did you transition or big chop?
I have been natural for about six years now and I transitioned into it.   I definitely was not brave enough to do the big chop at that point in my life.    

2. How would you describe your hair texture?
My hair texture is probably a 3C even though I don’t consider myself an expert on this matter.

3. What is your favorite go to hair style?
I love wearing my hair out, big and curly.  I have known about clip-ins before they were really popular, so I have always favored adding volume to my hair with them.  I moved to California right about the time I decided to go natural.  I found a store in California that sold tons of curly hair.  I found some hair close to my texture and made clips that blended perfectly with my hair.  I like it big and full of volume.  I still do that to this day.

4. What are your problem areas if any and how are you working to combat them? 
I have been wearing my hair natural for quite sometime.  When you first transition, I think it takes a while to really get to know what your hair likes and doesn’t like.  At this point, I am pretty much comfortable with my hair.  As my life is getting busier and especially since I have picked up blogging, I have gotten a bit lazy with my hair.  I really don’t like to wear it out because it takes a lot of work.  Protective styles are really my best friend at this point.  I think it especially allows me to play with color and I don’t have to put heat on my hair.  I love color but I will never put it in my natural hair again.  I have never found anything that didn’t damage my hair and it is just not worth it. 

5. What do you love most about being natural?
I feel like my hair is stronger and healthier. 

6. What are your top 3 hair products?
Shea Moisture is my favorite product period.  I try not to overload on products so once it is done, I move onto something else or if I like it, I stay brand loyal.  I hate clutter and I have had problems with hair product overload.  I promised myself that I would never buy products on top of products.  Right now, Shea Moisture does it all for me.  The Coconut and Hibiscus…OMG, it smells so good.  I use the hair products and bath products. 

7. How would you describe your personal style?
I have such a hard time defining my style.  If I see it and I like it, I buy it!  I will admit, I favor black looks but every time I say that, I am never wearing black.  I also love a good suit. 

8. What are your favorite clothing stores?
Zara, Urban Outfitters and Free People.  I should have stock in these companies because of how much I spend on a yearly basis.  They are my go-to for my work and casual looks!

9. Who are your favorite celebrity fashionistas? 
Sarah Jessica Parker, Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen, Cassie, Jourdann Dunn and Solange. 

10. What is the most worn piece in your closet? 
It will probably have to be my converse.  Just as much as I love hats I also love shoes.  I work for an online retailer that sells shoes, so my obsession has grown pretty substantially.  Converse pretty much has me in their pocket.  I’ll be a fan for life. 

11. As we prep for fall, what is your favorite Fall trend! What are you excited about? 
Knee-high and thigh-high boots!  I am completely obsessed with them.  My legs are so skinny and I have never been able to find a pair of boots that actually fit my legs until recently.  I plan to splurge on a pair of Stuart Weitzman boots for Fall.  They fit like a glove and they are very comfortable.  I have my eyes on the Hijack boot and the Highland Boot. 

12. What would you say is your most prized item in your closet? Is it a vintage charm you found thrifting, or a designer splurge? 
The first designer thing I have ever purchased was a pair of Chanel aviator glasses when I turned 21.  Years later, they are still my most prized possession. 

13. Where do you draw your style inspiration?
I work in fashion marketing and I also teach fashion merchandising.  Nevertheless, I find it very important to always educate yourself and as I do so, I draw inspiration from numerous places.  I read WWD, Vogue magazine’s from all over the world,, T Magazine, blogs, Love Magazine; you name it, I probably have a tear sheet laying around somewhere.   

14. Since you are obviously a ChicNaturalista what would be a bit of fashion advice for our readers?
Get to know the brands and silhouettes that work best for your shape.  I think it is important to dress for your body and be comfortable in those items. 

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