Today’s Fxshnjunke Spotlight features 28 year old Baltimore, MD native Dayna Bolden aka @ItsDaynaDane who is a mom, wife, blogger and co founder of the blog @CHICNaturalistas ! . Dayna talks with us about how passionate she is about inspiring women to embrace their natural hair in style and uplifting and encouraging women to pursue their passions.
Dasia: Let’s talk about how you became a blogger, what inspired you ? Is it your fulltime job ?
Dayna: I became a blogger after starting my social media page @chicnaturalistas. After the success of that page, my partner Brittany and I decided we should expand upon our style and hair on a blog, so we started chicnaturalistas.com and haven’t looked back since! Currently, I am working my blog like it is a full time job, but I do still have a 9-5- for now 🙂
Dasia: How long have you been blogging?
Dayna: I have been blogging for 2 years
Dasia: I love what you and Marcy are doing with CHICNaturalistas , which is a natural hair and fashion blog combined. How did you two meet ? How did you guys come up with this idea ?
Dayna: Brittany (aka Marcy Marz) and I have been friends for over 15 years! We both went natural together, and have always loved fashion. One random day, we decided to create a platform where we can showcase the beauty of natural hair while merging our love for fashion. We felt that there was a void in our community where both the hair and the fashion was combined, so we decided to fill that void.
Dasia: For new followers, what exactly is CHICNaturalistas about?
Dayna: A CHICNaturalista is about the fashionable and stylish woman who embraces the beauty of her natural hair. She is effortlessly classy with her style and creative with her hair. She is fierce, she is bold, she is herself. She is a CHICNaturalista. This is what our website and platform is all about; showcasing and inspiring that woman.
Dasia: What is some advice for aspiring bloggers who wants to become a blogger fulltime?
Dayna: I would definitely say it does not happen overnight. I have been blogging for two years now and I still have a ton of goals that I want to achieve before I leave my full time job. But I must say, in order to get to that level, it will take a ton of hard work, effort and passion. You have to be willing to make certain sacrifices to go above and beyond for your brand in order for it to reach its full potential.
Dasia: How long have you been natural?
Dayna: I have ben natural for 4 years.
Dasia: I’m obsessed with your pictures, what camera do you use?
Dayna: Thank you so much!! I personally use my iphone a lot, but I do have a Nikon D5300 camera that I use if I shoot my own style photos. But the majority of the time, I work with a few different photographers. ☺
Dasia: I also love that you’re in my area as well (DMV) , and I’ve seen that you have collaborated with so many other natural hair bloggers in the area as well, such as Natural Temi and Ronkeraji , what do you love about collaborating with other bloggers?
Dayna: I think collaboration is great, and I am all about woman supporting other woman. One of my favorite things about blogging is being able to meet and create with other like-minded creatives! It is the best thing.
Dasia: Let’s talk about how you be slaying on a daily basis. Absolutely love your style! What inspires your style?
Dayna: Thank you so very much! Honestly, my style is inspired by my mood, whatever I am feeling that day is what I will put on. From super classy chic, to dressed down and casual. I like to switch it up. But one thing that remains constant with my style, is that it is clean, timeless and CHIC!
Dasia: Favorite places to shop?
Dayna: I am loving Zara right now. Every time that I go into that store I am guaranteed to find something! I also love Top Shop.
Dasia: What are your current must haves for the fall/winter?
Dayna: My current must haves are cute high-ankle boots and a fur coat!
Dasia: Have you visited the new casino MGM yet ? If so, what do you think about it?
Dayna: I haven’t visited it yet, but I am down for you to take me and help me win some money lol!
Dasia: LOL !!! Not only are you a blogger but you’re a mom and wife aka #ThemBoldens ( love that lol ) , What do you think is the key of managing your blog and family at the same time ?
Dayna: Aww thanks so much! Yes, it is definitely a struggle at times, but what I have found to work for me is prioritizing and time management! I start my days SUPER early (like 4:45am) so that I can tackle everything, from blog work, 9-5 work and mommy/wife duties. I am hashtag Never Not working lol, but I love what I do so I make it work. It definitely helps having an understanding support system like my husband and family that helps me when I am traveling for my blog, or attending events!
Dasia: When did you see or hear about Fxshnjunke ? What are your thoughts on it ?
Dayna: I have been following you all for a long time, I think since the beginning. I remember when you had around 500 followers! I love how much it has grown! I found you through Instagram simply because you have shown so much love and support to my page. I love that you are consistently sharing dope looks that inspire me! I love what you are doing, keep it up!!
Dasia: Awee thanks so much 😊 . What are some of your goals for 2017?
Dayna: Some of my goals includes to continue to grow my blog and personal brand, have an event here in Baltimore and build a business that will allow me to be my own boss-forever.
Dasia: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Dayna: In 5 years I see myself owning my own creative agency, an accessories line for CHICNaturalistas, and having an amazing blog on the level of Fashion Bomb Daily! ☺
Written by @dasiatheceo