You can be outspoken, and you can be Outspokenly Chic, and Shantae Smith is just that. Today we are going to get to know Houston fashion blogger Shantae Smith a bit better and the top 11 reasons why Shantae is Outspokenly Chic!
Top 11 Reasons Shantae Smith is Outspokenly Chic
My name is Shantae the CEO and Founder of Outspokenly Chic, a personal style blogger, and stylist. I’m from Houston, Tx born and raised. I work at Dillard’s as a Contemporary Manager, and I’ve been with the company for three years, and I’ve been promoted four times. A little fun fact you should know about me is I’m an only child that is a loving, giving, fun, and outgoing person who loves taking tons of pictures.
What motivates me every single day has to be my mother. She motivates me to hustle hard and work for what I want especially growing up in a single-parent household watching my mother work very hard to provide for her one and only child.
I found fashion as my passion by playing dress up all the time growing up as a little girl and working in retail since I was 17. I’ve always followed trends, and I call myself a trendsetter. After graduating high school, I went to HCC for Fashion Design because I made up my mind I wanted to design clothes.
Being in the design program didn’t work out too well with my finances since I was paying out of pocket for classes and working part-time at my job. I wasn’t as focused as I should have been because it was very hard for me going to school full-time, having to buy fabric every week, and working part-time to pay for bills, etc. After two years in design, I decided to switch my major over to Fashion Merchandising because I was working in a clothing store were my job requirements were changing mannequins, customer service giving customers style advice, and putting out stock. Fashion Merchandising went very well with my work schedule and was less stress on me. I was still able to work and go to school full time without having to sew garments every week.
My style philosophy is trendy, urban chic, and retro.
My dreams for Outspokenly Chic is to grow bigger, collaborating with big fashion retailers and celebrities, and letting people know it’s okay to be outspokenly chic through clothing. What I mean by that is inspiring individuals to wear whatever they feel. In the next five five years, I see myself being debt free, traveling all around the world, and seeing myself inside of magazines showing readers how to style different clothing pieces.
The name Outspokenly Chic has a lot to do with my personal style and personality. I’m an outspoken individual who doesn’t mind telling you like it is. Outspokenly Chic’s goal is to inspire an individual’s sense of fashion one outfit at a time. I was inspired by my aunt who is a Travel Blogger for www.fliheritage.com which is why I decided to blog about personal style. Watching her blog and YouTube channel grow made me think I can upload pictures to express my love for fashion and dressing up in the latest trends.
Houston has influenced me by going out to fashion events and networking with different bloggers in the area and learning from them. I feel like there is a lot of opportunities for my business to grow if I remain focused and consistent. Especially in a huge city like Houston.
Style icons who have influenced me are:
- Rihanna because she reminds me of myself. She’s very edgy and can put anything together and look fashionable, and she also creates her own trends.
- Marjorie Harvey because she’s so fierce and stylish and has an ambitious mindset and loves giving back.
- Kylie Jenner for her fierce and stylish street style looks.
My favorite quote that I live by is
THERE WILL DOUBTERS, THERE WILL BE MISTAKES, BUT WITH HARD WORK, THERE ARE NO LIMITS!!!!!
The most important things in my life are:
- God is the most important thing ever!
- My family
- My outgoing personality
Now that you’ve gotten to know Shantae a bit better go and get to know her more and see how she shows that Houston has style at Outspokenly Chic.