So, as you may have guessed, I am constantly falling in love with people or things and then have to know everything about them. My latest style/fashion crush? Alissa Nichole of Originally Remixed. Why? She has this thing that you can’t quite pin down. She wears granny glasses- but they’re pink and have glitter on them. She may be playing a character, but her reactions and insights are super real. She is actually pretty smart, but with a sort of madcap dizziness last seen in old movies starring Carole Lombard.
I’ve been doing the NY Fashion Blogger Project since 2013, so at this point I’m not as easily moved or amused- but I have to admit, Originally Remixed is a complete original.
Sassy Ethnic Bohemian: First of all, how awesome to meet a fellow Brooklyn Technite! It’s one of the best specialized schools in New York. What did you major in there? What was your passion?
Alissa Nichole: I majored in media communications. My passions have always been within the creative realm, but with technology becoming a big thing back then (late 90s), I figured that I could mesh art, creativity and tech. I actually started building webpages and designing graphics back in middle school, but before that you could always catch me being crafty, drawing, sketching or coloring something. I’m still very much creative, but now I’m hoping to use my creativity as a personal stylist.
SEB: Do you feel that helped you when you decided to take up blogging? How long have you been doing it?
AN: It certainly did! I actually started blogging back in high school before it became a big thing like it is now– I just wish I wouldn’t have taken a 15 year hiatus! But I’m back now, so hi! hey! hello! I used to design my own websites and build my own WordPress templates. Now, when I’m working on my blog, I’m able to navigate through (some) of the back end stuff, create my own graphics (when I have the time), and touch up images really quickly.
SEB: And you recently graduated from both FIT’s styling certificate program and a course at the School of Style? Can you tell me about why you felt the need to pursue that avenue?
AN: Yes! Yay me! Whew… so, it’s really funny… at a previous (and even current) job, I’ve had people come up to me, tell me that they like my style/I always look put together and then they would ask me about the latest trends in fashion or for help with picking out gifts for their wife. I even had one person flat out ask me to take them shopping because they had an art gallery opening to go to and wanted to look extra sharp. That was about 4 or 5 years ago, and I didn’t even consider styling as a career option back then.
One day there was a little voice in my head that told me to do some research and see if there was any sort of training for “helping people pick out clothes”… that’s when I came across the Image Consulting certificate at FIT. It really opened my eyes to the possibility of owning my own business. I really like the thought of being able to set my own schedule, being on the move and interacting with people instead of sitting at a desk all day. Plus, I still get to exercise my creativity while helping people look AND feel good. That’s so awesome to me.
SEB: What is your ultimate goal with the blog? What inspires you to keep writing and sharing with your readers?
AN: I’m trying to tie my blog in with my styling business… but on top of that, I want to let people know what’s cool and new as it relates to local events and travel. I guess be something of a virtual concierge. What inspires me to keep sharing with my readers is knowing that someone out there may be looking for the perfect outfit and next travel destination, and I helped them out!
SEB: I am in LOVE with the fact that you are a hardcore thrifter. Where does that come from? Who influenced you to start doing that?
AN: My mom got me into thrifting. I remember that she would take me to a shop in Brooklyn called Domsey… and honestly, I was totally ashamed of being in there. I absolutely hated it, mostly because the kids I attended middle school with were all about labels and would tease you mercilessly if you didn’t fit in… and all I wanted to do back then was fit in.
Also, the clothes for that time period (the 90s) weren’t all that great or maybe I just hadn’t developed my fashion sense yet? Either way, here I am now… in love with thrift shopping because I’m comfortable with myself, my style and knowing that I can look good for so much less!
SEB: What are your absolute favorite places to thrift and can you pass on any pointers on how to find the best stuff?
AN: I’ll go thrifting no matter where I am! I’ve been to London and have gone thrifting… I absolutely loved Oxfam; there was also a cute little thrift shop right near my hotel! When I’m here in the states (specifically NYC), you can always find me in Goodwill or at Housing Works Buy The Bag.
I recently went to Massachusetts to visit family and discovered a store called Savers; they had so many great pieces at crazy good prices! And I also experienced the thrill of hunting down tag sales. My strategy is to hit the thrift shops/sales in wealthier neighborhoods (if you’re into higher-end goods)… and to check out the accessories section first. Accessories are much easier to sift through than looking through racks of clothing, inspecting for damage and then trying on.
SEB: You’re also big into travel; you’ve been to Dubai and you’re planning a trip to South Africa… what would you say is the ULTIMATE place to get away from it all? Your dream trip?
AN: My dream trip is to Fiji… actually, that’s my dream honeymoon… but it will happen at some point in life, regardless of what my status is. Also on my list are Bali and Thailand; I’ve seen so many great pictures of both places and thinking of Thai food makes my mouth water. As for places I’ve already been… Bermuda is worth checking out. It’s so beautiful and relaxing.
SEB: You have the smoothest skin- how do you keep your complexion so perfect? What’s your skin routine?
AN: Oh wow… thank you! Well, I use three things on my face (not all at the same time, though)… Neutrogena Body Clear Body Scrub, Shea Moisture Black Soap Facial Wash & Scrub and Charcoal Detox Cleanser by Michael Todd; I usually alternate the days in which I use them, but right now I’m sticking to Neutrogena.
I also swear by Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion, which I apply after washing my face. At the end of the day, I make sure to remove my makeup; if I don’t wash it off, I use a makeup removing wipe… you DO NOT want all of the stuff clogging up your pores!
SEB: I also noticed that you’re in amazing shape. Are you working out anywhere special or is it just metabolism?
AN: Ha! It’s just metabolism… however, I do try to keep in shape with the occasional yoga/stretching session. Plus, I’m big on walking. Since the weather is nice, if I’m not pressed for time I’ll do something like get off a few train stops before my actual stop and walk the rest of the way.
SEB: What would you say to your just starting to blog self after all of the adventures you’ve had? What advice would you give yourself now that you’re starting to get more well-known?
AN: In the beginning, I wish I would’ve told myself that everything is a process. Seriously, things take time and you WILL NOT be an overnight success, so don’t stress yourself out about it. Find your niche… you can’t get anywhere if you’re all over the place.
Now that I’ve been blogging for a while, my main takeaway is to not let everyone know my every move… and on top of that (going back to finding your niche)… you don’t need to have your hands in EVERYTHING. Stay in your lane and do what makes you happy… not what you think will make you the most money or get you the most followers. If an activity doesn’t make me happy or align with my brand, why bother?
*check out the Summer Swim Shoot featuring Alissa from Originally Remixed for details on her outfits!
xoxo, Faith/Sassy EThnic Bohemian