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Chictopia Influential Blogger of the Year Winner

Wow, this is just beyond amazing. You won’t believe it.. I won the Chictopia Influential Blogger of the Year Award.

I owe it all to you – my fantastic readers and the Chictopia community for the incredible support. I really didn’t expect to win, so this came as an exciting surprise.

This post is really just to thank you. To let you know that I appreciate you and that I will continue to work hard to deliver good content, pay it forward, and support my fellow bloggers.

Here’s an excerpt from the announcement – You can read it in full on Chictopia here.

Folake will be jetted to New York to attend NY Fashion Week with Chictopia’s editors, featured on Chictopia’s YouTube channel, the EIU blog, and will also receive $2400 worth of outfits for an entire year! You excited Folake? 😉

A huge thank you to Chictopia and American Apparel for making a girl’s dream come true.



  1. Anonymous October 4, 2011 Reply

    So so proud of you!! I can’t think of any other Blogger who deserves it more:)

    • Style Pantry October 5, 2011 Reply

      Collette!!!! Thank you. Muah!

      • Anonymous October 6, 2011

        You are so welcome hunnie….Im so happy for all of your successes:)

  2. Rocquelle P. October 4, 2011 Reply

    YAY!! I knew you would win because you’re so amazing!!

  3. Kateshia Pendergrass October 4, 2011 Reply

    Congratulations!  I just started following your site, and am quite impressed!  I’m glad I found the site in time to get my vote in.  You absolutely deserve to win.  Congrats again!!

    • Style Pantry October 5, 2011 Reply

      Wow, thank you, Kateshia. Means a lot to me. Welcome, and hope you enjoy the site.

  4. June Van Hooser October 4, 2011 Reply


  5. SoCreo October 4, 2011 Reply

    This is amazing!  Congrats!  We definitely knew you were one of a kind and oh #socreo!  Continue to create and inspire!

    • Style Pantry October 5, 2011 Reply

      “Oh so creo” I just love that. I have been using the term lately.. Thanks to you!
      Thank you so much. You have showered me so much love and I truly appreciate it. xx

  6. Anonymous October 4, 2011 Reply


  7. Anonymous October 4, 2011 Reply

    Congrats! You so deserve it!

    • Style Pantry October 5, 2011 Reply

      Thank you, Davina. Appreciate all of your continued support.

  8. Anonymous October 4, 2011 Reply

    Awwwwwwwwwww! I’m so pleased for you – congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t say I’m surprised, though – I had a feeling you’d win!

    I can’t wait to see the outfits you put together with your prizes!

    Oh, and ………… I’m awaiting the “famous happy dance” with bated breath!!! 😉

    Enjoy NY Fashion Week, you jet-setting fashionista, you!!!

    • Style Pantry October 5, 2011 Reply

      Ahhhhhhhhh! I was just talking to hubby about the happy dance. Hoping no one will notice, and I’ll just let it slide. Hahaha.

      You are too much. You do read my stories, huh? Darn it!

      But really, thank you so much. You are super awesome!

  9. glamazini October 4, 2011 Reply


  10. Ashley J Brown October 4, 2011 Reply

    Yah!!! you won! congrats, you deserve it!! 🙂

  11. marthe moussavou October 4, 2011 Reply

    I love your style, CONGRATULATIONS


  12. How exciting! Congrats. A well deserved award!

  13. Trini Chutney October 4, 2011 Reply

    I voted for you. Congratulations!

    • Style Pantry October 5, 2011 Reply

      Thank you for your vote, Trini. See? You did it – I won because of you! 🙂 Muah!

  14. Donna Dorrane October 5, 2011 Reply


    I knew you would win.  Your style is a 10, and off the chain.  Now all you have to do is tell them to give you the $2400 in cash…fly to Philly to shop…and clean up.:)

    • Style Pantry October 5, 2011 Reply

      Hahhahaha.. Donna, you are silly! Thank you! Are from Philly? I do hear that there’s great shopping there. Especially vintage finds. Hmmm 🙂

  15. Laiza Elizabeth October 5, 2011 Reply

    BIG CONGRATS. You truly deserve it!

  16. Anonymous October 5, 2011 Reply

    No surprise.  I just found your Blog last week and I’m hooked. The first day you were wearing the leopard dress and I left work and headed straight to H&M.  You are such an inspiration!

    • Style Pantry October 5, 2011 Reply

      Oh, wow! That’s amazing. Thank you. Did you get the dress? Please say “yes” 🙂

  17. atiya.anj October 5, 2011 Reply

    Congratulations! You deliver such wonderful content and I enjoy reading your blog EVERY.SINGLE.DAY! lol

    • Style Pantry October 5, 2011 Reply

      Thank you so much, Atiya. Feels so good to hear that. Thanks for coming back every single day – That’s dedication! xx

  18. Anonymous October 5, 2011 Reply

    I love your humility and graciousness in winning this.  I have to confess that, to me, it didn’t seem like a possibility that anyone else but you could/should win (no disrespect to the others nominated!).  As soon as I saw you were nominated, I was like, “Well, yes, Folake will win, because of DUH.”  Congratulations, girl!  This is well well well deserved! I just look forward to all the new goodies you’re going to get, and hope to see lots of pitchaaaaas!

    • Style Pantry October 5, 2011 Reply

      Wow! Not sure how to respond to this, dear. This got me all emotional. I wish I knew your name, so I can properly salute you. Hope you leave it for me next time 🙂

      Thank you! It’s people like you that made Style Pantry what it is today, so I owe it to you. I appreciate your support. Thank you so much! xx

      • Anonymous October 5, 2011

        Aww, well I meant it all.  You’ve been such an inspiration to me, and you continue to be one on a daily basis.  And, my name is Nefertiti, by the way!

  19. Style Pantry October 5, 2011 Reply

    That means a lot to me, Nikell. Thank you.

  20. Anonymous October 6, 2011 Reply

    Congrats Folake! I have been following your blog for a while now and absolutely love it, and love your style, of course. I voted for you – not only because of your style, but because you seem to be a genuinely kind and humble person. So happy that you won!

  21. StyleLust October 7, 2011 Reply

    Congrats, my dear! You deserve it!


  22. Citizen Rosebud October 8, 2011 Reply

    I am not one iota bit of surprised. This award is sooo well deserved. I am happy to see that others, like me are inspired by you and your amazing, individual style! Congrats!

  23. Tracy October 8, 2011 Reply

    YAY! I’m so happy for you, Folake. You are amazing and you really deserve this award. XOXO

  24. Mikki Stardust October 10, 2011 Reply

    Congratulations! you totally deserve it!!

  25. Huntfour Anarnia October 14, 2011 Reply

    Folake, woman I am so emotional right now in hearing this fantastic news of your win! Of course I voted for you on Chictopia and blasted to my other blogger buddies on Facebook of your inspiring interview regarding “Racism in Fashion”, my call to action was “Will You Listen?”

    I’m recalling when I first signed up for a Chictopia account sometime in 2008 and I spent days trying to “link” with other bloggers like myself – there were none. With the exception of yourself and another incredible fashion blogger from D.C. named Chomy aka The Culture Cynic.

    I chose to simply follow you two, hoping to remain inspired while working on my own clothing line and discovering my own since of style. I’m happy to report that I am happy with the baby steps I’ve taken so far to build my own original content. I can now be found on blogger, facebook, chictopia and many others. But I’m learning that you have to put in the work, simple and plain.

    Fast forward to 2011…
    After almost 11years of sewing and designing I will be a featured designer at my very first fashion show! #fullofnervesandexcitment

    Chomy’s blog the Culture Cynic is still going strong and continuing to build a strong voice and presence on the web – I love her in-your-face, what you see is what you get persona!

    And you Folake, for you dear this is ONLY the beginning your imagery alone has burned confidence, focus and respect into my spirit and it feels fantastic to be able to connect with someone so dynamic! You keep the inspiration to be powerful in your own beauty flowing constantly. That’s why this win for you, is well deserved, but the symbol behind a blogger of color winning the crown, is a victory felt by all of us who follow you.*smiling*

    So I’m signing off, but thank you for knowing your beauty and strength then sharing it with the rest of us who dream of greatness among our peers.

    Biggest Hugs!


  26. Kena November 15, 2011 Reply

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you. I don’t usually vote in these things but when I seen you were a nominee I made sure to vote. Again congrats!!!!

  27. Tan Neg January 6, 2012 Reply

     You have the greatest blog and the most beautiful outfits!!! You are simply gorgeous! Keep on the great job! You are fantastic!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  28. Lagelle January 28, 2012 Reply

    U are simply inspiring, I’m super excited I came across your site!


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