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Marissa of Shabby Chic + Cheap

Hi Marissa! What’s the name of your blog?

Shabby Chic + Cheap.

Where are you from?

Raleigh, NC.

Tell us a little bit more about you and your blog, Shabby Chic + Cheap.

I blog about affordable fashion and beauty with some lifestyle posts!

How many years have you been blogging at Shabby Chic + Cheap?


Give us your best tip to staying on top of the blog/work/life balance?

I believe that if you blog about something you’re genuinely passionate about or interested in you’ll want to make the time for it!

Fill in the blank. What people don’t realize about blogging is….

that it is hard work!

What are three things you wish you knew about blogging before you started?

  1. It’s labor-intensive.
  2. There’s a great community.
  3. There’s a niche for everything!

What skills and qualities do you think are necessary for a successful and professional blogger?

Being genuine and ambitious.

What has blogging taught you/given you that no other career or job has before?

The blogging community can be so supportive which is great to know whether you’re a newby or veteran.

What’s one piece of advice you would give to someone just starting out in the blog world?

Don’t focus on the numbers and write about what you want to write about!

Is there an app or business tool that you swear by?

I love the app airbrush for editing photos!

What is your main focus, blog or Instagram?


What makes your brand different than other bloggers?

Every blogger has unique qualities I try to remain as authentic and share my reality as much as possible.

What topic do you most enjoy writing about?

Lately, I’ve enjoyed talking about the Black Lives Matter movement. (Read about how to use your influence to support Black bloggers here.)

What would your dream partnership look like?

I’d love to land a longterm partnership with a clothing or skincare brand! I enjoy shooting content and working with local photographers and sharing products and clothing that I love!

A current blogging goal you are working on?

Increasing my engagement.

What does a typical workday for you look like?

I have a regular FT job, so I try to fit blogging in when I can. I typically post to IG at least 3 days a week on my feed and daily to my stories.

What’s your most recent WIN with your blog?

I recently wrote a personal post that resonated with many that read it.

What is one thing in the blogging industry that frustrates you that you wish you could change?

Lack of diversity and lack of opportunities, especially for those with smaller followings.

What’s your guilty pleasure TV show?

Love watching Wendy Williams.

What’s your Starbucks order?

Love a chai latte with 2 pumps of chai made with soy milk.

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  • Rachel
    May 20

    I love how blunt this is! Such a to the point interview