About Me

Hello Friends!  Welcome my little corner of the internet. It happens to be the only piece of real estate I own! I want to first thank you for stopping by My Thrifty Chic (aka MTC), and secondly, for being intrigued enough to read more about me. My name is Tori Thompson and I am the sole creative force behind this blog. I reign (like we’re royalty or something) from a long line of artists. My ancestors who were not artisans were farmers, so making things with my hands has always been important to me. I grew up with a paint brush in hand… that is until I discovered high heels and then my creative spirit manifested into fashion. I cannot paint you a portrait (well, not a good one), but I can pick out an entire wardrobe for you.

I’ll skip all the boring details of adolescence and fast-forward to college. I initially began studying psychology, because human behavior fascinates me, but I realized that was never going to be fulfilling to me. 2.5 years into college and countless credits later, I transferred across the country, 2,000 miles away from the only home I’d ever known and I began pursuing a BA in Fashion Marketing & Management at the Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago. The experience put me both, in enormous debt and changed my life. My love and knowledge of fashion grew more rapidly than I could have ever imagined. Then, the scariest part of all happened, college graduation. It’s a time when you think you can rule the world, and then Craigslist reminds you, that you need both a Degree and 5 years of experience for any entry level job.

I was not entirely defeated by the lack of fashionable positions available to me in 2009, but I did have to settle for a marketing position with a health care consulting firm. This position turned into my most hated job ever (and I’ve been working since I was 15). The dissatisfaction I felt towards my job, caused me to seek other creative outlets, and thus a blog was born. MTC was the product of a very disgruntled woman, seeking any sort of satisfaction and purpose in life.  Looking back, I am so thankful for the discomfort within my career, it caused me to look elsewhere for happiness.

My Thrift Chic was created in late 2010, and I spent all of 2011 trying to figure out what I was actually doing. After the first year of writing only once a week I hit my groove. I have been blogging for a little over 2 years, but really only one of the years did I have any inkling as to what I was doing. The whole experience has been 100% self navigated. I have had no help or guidance, except from my best friend Mr. Google. My Thrift Chic is my platform to share my thoughts, my inspiration and my own fashion sense. I have developed a very loyal following and I feel indebted to them, and I feel socially obligated to not lead them astray. This blog brings me the utmost gratification and I hope to grow further and touch more lives.


Why did you pick the blog title My Thrifty Chic?
First off, the “my” is an abomination and I never wanted it, but it seems someone already had “thrifty chic dot com” and now they don’t even use it (grr). But, that is okay, because this is “My” take on being thrifty and chic, so I guess it works. I think the “Chic” is pretty self explanatory, it’s just another term for fashionable. The “thrifty” however has a deep meaning and is truly the essence of who I am. On the surface the thrift represents the idea that I love to shop at thrift stores, but if we dig a bit deeper, I have been frugal my entire life. I was raised in a pretty low-income home and almost all of my clothing was second hand. Even when we had extra cash, my mom and I chose thrift stores and yard sales over traditional retailers. Thrift shopping reminds me of my mother, so it’s a very sentimental endeavor, if you will. I have never been afforded the luxury of purchasing something without looking at a price tag, and I don’t know if I ever will. I am very conscious of what I buy and I only pay competitive pricing. Don’t get me wrong, I drool over designer threads on the regular, but I still can’t afford them… so, I strive to find more affordable options.

What were your goals for creating this blog, and where do you see yourself in 5 years?
When I began this adventure, I had very few expectations. I had witnessed other bloggers being gifted trips to fashion week, book deals and licensing partnerships, so of course those things did cross my mind. I didn’t know what direction MTC would take though and I didn’t even know if I would be able to keep it up actually. I was pleasantly surprised by my fortitude with blogging and my ability to change and grow with the every changing blogosphere. At this moment (and this could change) I would like to see MTC continue to grow and become viral. I would like the opportunity to work with brands and designers to collaborate on projects, I have big ideas! I would also like to use MTC as a platform/resume to show businesses what I am capable of and what I bring to the table. It would be amazing to land a job at a fashion magazine or online publication, that is probably my ultimate dream. Or… who knows, maybe MTC will become a huge publication itself.  I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know I will press on and I will follow fashion wherever it may go.

How would you best describe your personal style?
I get asked this question A LOT, which is totally fitting for a fashion blogger, but I hate it. I feel like I have a knack at being able to pin point other people’s style much better than I actually can define my own. I know, crazy right?!? If I had to pick one word which describes my style, it would be eclectic. Not because I love to wear giant tiger face blouses with a pleated skirts, a bomber jacket and dainty heels.. no, that’s not me, but because I like to experiment with fashion and that means crossing those traditional style lines. I hate boundaries and I hate being told what to do (I know control issues), but I don’t want to live in a world where I have to define myself as “preppy” and then only own J Crew. I love J Crew, but I also love Betsey Johnson and Michael Kors and Kate Spade… all of which have completely different styles.  My closet is truly the most random assortment of clothing from vintage, to modern, to classic and everything in between. I’m a mixed bag, what can I say?

Do you want to know more about me or My Thrifty Chic? Please submit any inquiries to mythriftychic@gmail.com and I will answer them with a swiftness!