Would you believe us if we told you the Creator of Curlybyrdie Chirps, Mary Byrd is in her mid-40s?! Yeah, we couldn’t believe it either! The fashionista and blogger is adored by many for sharing her budget-friendly pieces so we had to catch up with Byrd to get her advice on how to be fashionable on a budget and being confident to showcase your inner and outer fabulous!
Tell us a little about yourself.
Well, I am a mother of two. That defines me so much even though my kids are almost grown, I have a daughter in college and a son who is a senior in high school, and he’s getting ready to be in college. I work full-time and I have a love for fashion, I always have. It began when I was a young girl and it’s continued to evolve as I’ve gotten older.
What inspired you to create Curlybyrdie Chirps?
Well, I had just turned 40 and my kids were getting older. I felt like I needed something that belonged to me, something I could take ownership of, and a platform where I could share things that were important to me. I always had a passion for finding deals, not only for myself but also for my girlfriends and sisters! I was sending them photos of great things that I got well before Instagram came around. It just seemed like something that appealed to me and I felt like I could help inspire other women like myself, single moms who don’t have a lot of money but still wants to look fabulous when they walk out the door.
You are all about affordable fashion pieces! Do you have a favorite budget-friendly store to shop from?
There are so many! It’s hard for me to say which one in particular because I have many. I like Goodwill, Target’s clearance, H&M’s clearance. I love TJ Maxx; I’m a clearance-shopping girl! It has to be on sale but it doesn’t mean I want to compromise quality.
Do you have any advice you could offer to fashionistas who are “balling on a budget” because you don’t have to drop an arm and leg to be fashionable?
I would say, don’t be afraid to try new things. As far as the Goodwill, they have a lot of staple items that you can build your wardrobe with that are quality-brand names for less money. Even TJ Maxx, they get a lot of brand names in such as Zara, Calvin Klein, Gap, a lot of different items. They sell them at a more reasonable price. I would also suggest apps like Poshmark, which is kind of like Goodwill at the fingertips. Those are ways that I like to save money when it comes to my fashionable finds.
Sheen Magazine is the Ultimate Beauty Guide for the Modern Day Woman; do you mind sharing your holy grail products?
Well, I’m a hair junkie when it comes to products. There are so many curly hair products out there but if I had to highlight one, it would be a budget-friendly one; it would have to be the Cantu line. I think it’s amazing; I always go back to it!
As far as cosmetics, I really love NYX Cosmetics because you can get great-pigmented eye shadows and not have to spend a lot of money on it.
For my skincare, I really like the brand Derma MD. I actually did a sponsorship with them but I’m not just saying this, I love their products!
There is a moisturizer too that is sold at Aldi by LaCura that is only $4 and I love it!
Where do you hope to see yourself and your brand in the years to come?
Right now, my brand is solely focused on fashion. There is little beauty but I want to continue to talk about different issues. I’m mid-40s so there are a lot of things that I like to touch on, lifestyle things and tough issues. It’s hard getting older but you can do it! I have an appreciation for it now, I was afraid to get older and I want to show other women that they don’t have to be afraid of it either! You can still be fabulous at 40 but still, be fierce at 50! I want to get into different genres with my brand. I have two children coming up; I wouldn’t mind putting focus on how it feels to be in an empty nest. I want to evolve my brand and not just include fashion.
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