It may never pay my bills, grant me invitations to fashion shows, or afford me collaborations with notable designers, but this blog is so much more than I ever imagined it could be.

Each year that passes I am grateful for the people I have met, the fun events it does grant me invites to, and the amazing brands that do want to collaborate with me. In complete transparency, the little money I do earn from this blog affords me a few more sartorial purchases, and splurges, than I'd normally make.

Today marks seven years since Chic on the Cheap began. It's evolved a lot over the years, but some things have always remained the same; it gives me purpose, even during times when I feel I have none, it gives me motivation to get up and get dressed, even on days when I'd rather stay in bed, and it gives me friendships spanning the globe with everyone who takes the time to read and leave a comment.


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The Rundown
Chambray Tee Shirt Forever 21 similar
White Shorts Old Navy similar
Sandals Franco Sarto via TJMaxx similar
Leopard Clutch Gap similar
Earrings Gorjana via Rocksbox (one month free with lydiaxoxo)
Necklace via Rocksbox (one month free with lydiaxoxo)
Mini Punk Princess Bracelet CC Skye c/o Serendipity and Grace
Gold Bracelets The Cavernous Jewerly Box
Chevron Ring Etsy via Silver Canyon Jewelry
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx



  1. love that top! super cute outfit :)

    Christina, Esq.

  2. Sven years! My gosh, time does fly when you're having fun. I've been reading for a big part of those years (five at least, I think) and it's been wonderful to see your blog and style evolve over time. Blogging is a journey in so many ways, not just sartorially (although it is fun to look back and see how far we've come, because we have come an incredibly long way) and a bit part of the fun is people that we get to meet along the way. I'm always so glad that the internet brought us together all those years ago and I look forward to reading your posts for many more years to come.

  3. Happy seven, lady! Your blog is a constant source of inspiration and you've curated an authentic voice for your readers. Here's to many more blogging celebrations! :)

    Le Stylo Rouge

  4. I adore this entire outfit, especially the chambray top. The first love is the one that matters, and as long as you never quit loving what you do, keep going. We love reading what you do! Congrats on another year with chic on the cheap!

  5. OMG, has it been THAT long ?!
    Congrats and you describe perfectly what the blog does sometimes, it gives you a reason to get up and get going.

  6. Congrats on seven years! Time flies, thanks for bringing constant inspiration to the blogging world! Love the look.

  7. Yay! Congrats on seven years! I hope you keep blogging for many many more! Love your blog!
    Jeans and a Teacup

  8. So much congrats to you on your seven years of blogging Lydia! As I've said in recent posts and hopefully convey genuinely through my comments, your blog has been a long time favorite of mine. I hope you are in for several more years to come! Cheers friend!!!!!

  9. Happy Blogiversary! That is such a big accomplishment!


  10. It's bloggers like your good self, Lydia that has given me the confidence to wear what I desire regardless of a lifetime of body insecurities, so thank you from the bottom of my heart lovely stylish lady(congrats on blog anniversary:)!

  11. What an achievement to have been blogging for 7 years.
    This is the perfect chambray shirt you are wearing. You look wonderful. I really enjoy your blog dear. :)
    Michele xx

  12. Cute outfit! Congrats on your seventh blogiversary!

  13. Your chambray top is a lovely shade of blue on you, goes beautifully with the white shorts. Gorgeous leopard clutch too!

  14. What an amazing milestone! Congrats on 7 years of blogging! :)

    I'm glad your blog is doing so many wonderful things and you're enjoying it - I hope I'm still enjoying my blog as much in 7 years :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  15. Happy 7 years lady, that's amazing! Glad that you are still enjoying it after all this time!

  16. Congratulations on 7 years- what an amazing milestone! As always, you look great in these photos and your hair is looking extra long and luscious!

  17. Congratulations on seven years! That's awesome!

  18. Happy 7 years Lydia!! I'm so glad you're still going strong! Yours was one of the originals on my Google Reader (back when that existed) and I'm so glad to have gotten to know you over the years. You always have great style and beautiful photos! Cheers to you! :)

  19. #1 love that top!
    #2 - wow, 7 years! Such an accomplishment! There's still plenty of time for great collaborations and fashion shows ;) I just met someone today who has had a blog for 8 years and just started getting invited to things.

  20. How amazing to have had your blogs for 7 years!!! I am so glad to have found your blog - love your style!


    Would love for you to stop by & join TBT Fashion link up.

  21. Love this post! Congrats on 7 years, WOW!

  22. Congratulations! What an incredible accomplishment!

  23. Happy blogiversary!! This is a great top. It's interesting to see chambray done up as a fancy version of a T-shirt!

  24. Goodness, has it really been seven years?! I feel like we've been blog buddies forever!

  25. Fresh and chic look. I LOVE it! Happy Blog Anniversary....glad to have connected with you. XO!