Chantea Harris aka Lola Nicole is a digital creator who is sharing her life and fashion with a community that is growing day by day! You don't want to miss out on what she has in store next!
When did you fall for fashion?
I have actually been into fashion since I was a little girl. I did pageants just for fun when I was little and I always loved to dress up. I started dabbling in designing clothing when I was in middle school and hit a growth spurt and it was really hard to find jeans for tall girls. I would add fabric to the ends of my pants to make them longer. That was around the time a store called Delia‘s came out and they were one of the first stores I found that I had in style clothes but extended length jeans.
Would you wear the very first outfit you put together now?
I think the very first outfit I styled is definitely one I wouldn’t repeat. Mainly because it was in style then but I wouldn’t bring it back to life now.
What is the best part of creating your look?
I think the best part of creating any look is that it’s all me. It’s all things that I love put together and it tells the story of my style and personality without actual words.
Do you like a theme when it comes to putting together a look?
I definitely love a good theme. I love good leather or sparkly moments. But my theme is mainly color. So a black outfit or some neutrals mixed and matched. On an everyday basis I don’t usually go with a theme in mind unless I’m going somewhere special or I just want to dress up but most days it’s the same goal for me which is comfort. I work from home so I love sets when I’m not trying to think about what I’m going to wear that day. But even with sets you can dress them up or down depending so a theme can come from anything really.
What is the most consistent advice you have to give when trying a new look?
Wear it around your house. If it’s a new style and you aren’t used to it. Start in the most comfortable place you know, which is usually your home. If I get new shoes or a new outfit and I’m not sure about it I will put it on and take pictures in it or just walk around my house and see how I feel. That’s usually how I get used to a new look I’m trying. If I’m not comfortable in it when I’m by myself then I’m certainly not going to be comfortable in it out in public and that will definitely show to others.
Are there any challenges to coming up with THE vision you know is just perfect for yourself but might not be ready to take the leap?
I think when coming up with any sort of work it really comes down to either having a creator's block or imposter syndrome creeping in. I feel like those are the two biggest challenges when it comes to finding a vision and taking the leap.
How important is branding when it comes to style?
I think it’s definitely important in terms of finding out who you are and what you’re about. Your brand is you and once you’ve found out how to share and convey that with your audience it makes your job a whole lot easier. It’s really just a theme of what you like so if you love pink, make sure there’s pink in your brand.
Is there a style that is a NO GO every time?
For me it’s always going to be kitten heels and gauchos.
What is a trend that is always a YES?!
I don’t think the little black dress or the LBD will ever go out of style. It’s always a yes in my book.
How do you set yourself apart to keep your uniqueness?
I really try to be myself. Even if something is trending or really popular I don’t run to grab it. There’s a lot of new age fashion that I’m just not into that people think because I love fashion it’s just automatically my thing but I think everyone has a uniqueness of their own that gets stifled sometimes if you aren’t being true to yourself.
Where does your confidence come from?
I always live by the saying you can be the ripest juiciest peach and someone will still not like peaches so I think coming from having no confidence at all and seeing that even the most successful or beautiful women are bullied, judged, and ridiculed so you might as well just be yourself because you’ll never please everyone.
What is the most daring decision you have made so far in your career?
Honestly it sounds odd but I think to just show up as myself has been the most daring thing. Because I also don’t edit my photos really and I know that’s like a really big thing for social media. I use pretty basic filters to get the overall color theme that I’m going for but I don’t photoshop, enhance, or remove anything. I am who I am and I think that brings in the people who actually want to form a connection with me and follow my style journey (my tribe basically, lol) and it weeds out those who want me to be in the same box as everyone else.
What is the most daring style you've done?
I once wore a scarf that had Jesus written all over it in little gold letters and low rise jeans to the club in college because I couldn’t find a top to wear and had no time to go shop for one, lol.
Is there anything in your closet you're updating right now that you would like to pass on to others?
I actually donate all my and my family's clothing to battered families shelters so every season during the year I donate clothing I’m not wearing anymore. Right now I’m revamping my wardrobe and style a bit so I’ve been donating a lot as new things come in. That’s my main rule is I can’t buy more things if I’m not getting rid of something I don’t use to make space first.
How can people follow your fashion journey?
My blog lolanicole.com is currently being revamped but when I’m not on my blog you can find me on Instagram @lolanicoleblogs I’m active on there daily and I have a podcast as well on Instagram @theawkwardmomstage or theawkwardmomstage.com
Any upcoming projects you want to share before you go!?
Currently I’m working on some changes to my site lolanicole.com so I’m excited to see that come to life in a new way again. I’ve also been working hard on my podcast The Awkward Mom Stage and I’m in my 3rd season currently so that’s been a really big project for me as well.
Last but not least, leave us with your best style advice you've received EVER.
Never overspend on trendy clothing. Always bargain shop for things like that. If you’re going to spend a lot on it make sure it’s going to be worth your money and something that will last a long time.
Blog Instagram and Twitter @lolanicoleblogs
Podcast Instagram @theawkwardmomstage and Twitter @awkwardmomstage