Question and Answer May 8th 2018

Question and Answer May 8th 2018

Thank you all so much for sending in all of these great questions! If your question didn't get answered this time, I'll be sure to include next time I post my Q&A here. 

Q. Are you so much happier/content in your new home? How does it compare to your old home? Lifestyle? It just seems like such a wonderful fit for your family!

A. Thank you, I truly appreciate the fact that you have noticed just how great is has been for us here! I'm much more relaxed in general, both as a mom and my own self. It feels a bit freeing, and I've been able to identify what makes me happy, and actually go out and do it. Happiness is truly an achievement. I strongly believe now that you can create your own happiness, and once I stopped my negative mindset, because I was unhappy where I lived, I was able to breathe again. You could say I'm also a believer in if you aren't happy where you live, move. Life is too short, that's for sure!

In comparison to our old home, our budgets were a lot tighter. It cost SO much more to live in Florida, and what you get for your money there is not worth it one bit. This is all my own opinion, of course. Especially if you enjoy a more relaxed, country lifestyle. If we were party people, who didn't mind living on top of our neighbors and paying way too much to surround ourselves with people who are mostly rude and annoyed, then we would have stayed. I get there are rude people everywhere, but it was prevalent there! I actually grew up here in Georgia, and not far at all from where we are currently living, so it all feels familiar even though so much has changed since moving away when I was 18!

Q. Why did you move to Georgia? And how old are you?

A. We moved for a lifestyle change! Everything I answered in the first question above is why we moved. Truly the best decision we've made.

I'm 26 in June!

Q. Your favorite foundation? Do you use any tinted moisturizers?

A. Dior forever will always be my #1 go to if I need a full face. Im currently undecided on a lightweight, more natural finish foundation. I keep trying new ones to see which works best with my skin. I've been reaching for Giorgio Armani luminous silk in shade 4.5 most recently.

I currently do not use a tinted moisturizer!

Q. What is the correct technique for layering coats of mascara. Do you apply on to second coat when the top is moist or wait till dry? Primer please explain.

A. Not a dumb question at all! I usually apply my second coat on my right eye after applying my first coat to my left. It gives a few seconds to dry but not too long to make it harden and flakey when I try to apply the second coat!

Q. What are some of your best blog tips? For photos? Content ideas?

A. I can only speak from a part time bloggers position, as I do not have advice like a full time blogger would, so bare with me here! When I first started, I didn't have kiddos and a lot more time to dedicate working on time consuming, behind the scenes tasks. (Basically, I feel I spent a lot more time building my blog than I do now!) I would share every blog post to a lot of different Google+ groups, and tried to post pretty consistently. My best tip would be to share your posts as much as possible, on Pinterest, Google +, Social media, and even create ads on Facebook!

For photos, I have been so blessed to have Chris. We actually met at the Art Institute, where he was attending for photography! So, before I even thought of creating a blog, I was lucky to have him when I decided to actually do it. I can imagine how challenging it is to find a photographer that gets you and vice versa! I wish I had specific tips for photos!!

It's been just Chris and I this entire time. It definitely takes time and it's a learning process for both you and your photographer. There are photo styles to think of, and what you want to portray in your photos and work. Editing style is another tough one! I still can't for the life of me create a cohesive Instagram feed with filters and whatnot ; )

Content ideas are another challenging aspect of blogging. I really do believe it's easy to not realize just how many hats a blogger wears. There is so much that goes into this, and it looks so easy! For me, I try and only write about something that sparks a fire in me. That could be a problem for those of us who want to pump out content consistently, but I've found what works best for me is posting less if that means I'm going to get better content when I do post. Try thinking outside the box, and creating content differently. What hasn't been created yet? Have a few brainstorming sessions every week, or daily if your schedule and life allows it!

Q. Possible wedding planning? How is that going?

A. It's great! Thankfully, the venue is our home and there aren't too many obstacles to worry about. It's going to be very small, intimate and simple. I'm using our landscaping and entertaining barn as the backdrop so that makes me super happy that the money we invest will be enjoyed much longer than one day!

Haven't found my dress yet, which gives me a touch of anxiety ;) Other than that, it's falling into place nicely and I can't wait to share more soon!

Q. What's your biggest tip for growing your blog?

A. I will add to the advice I wrote above, that being yourself 100%, and staying kind and humble is so important. Think of how you can inspire someone and what you have to offer. How are you unique and different from the hundreds of other blogs and what will make you stand out and apart from them? It can be your personality that you choose to focus on sharing too! Nobody is you my love, go out and share that!

Q. Do you live on the lake? Or does your family live on a lake? We want to maven a lame at some point. Your new home is beautiful!

A. Thank you! We do not live on the lake, but I grew up on one and that's where my parents still live! If you're interested, email me and I'd love to talk with you further about it. My mom is a real estate agent so it would be super easy to give recommendations! For security reasons, I am not displaying on my blog or social media our exact location. Promise I wouldn't be so cautious if I wasn't a mom. Actually, maybe I would LOL :)

Q. If you're just starting out blogging, how do you afford to do it if you can't buy new clothes all the time?

A. It can definitely be hard if you want to create content for a fashion and/or lifestyle blog! I hear you on that one, girlfriend. I really do. Everyone has a budget, and you are not alone.

When I first started, I worked 2 different retail jobs and used my discount to purchase clothes. I also contacted boutiques to borrow a few garments in exchange for promotion. I suggest borrowing pieces that actually reflect your style, and what you would actually buy if you could. Never wear lotions or perfumes and keep everything in a garment bag. I worked with a few different boutiques and Chris would shoot the outfit right outside the store so we weren't far, but it is the same concept a stylist does for a photoshoot when borrowing garments. This is obviously not what you would do constantly, and all the time, but it certainly helps! I do not recommend buying and returning. It's much easier (and better karma!) to be upfront with a store and ask permission.

If you have enough experience, you can request a boutique to gift you clothing in exchange for coverage on your blog and social channels! There are tons of small shops, and boutiques out there that love to do this because you are helping each other.

You can also wear what you already own, style it differently and share how your readers can recreate with similar items online!

Q. "Hi!! Just wondering if you decided whether you prefer Vital C or Drunk Elephant Firma C? Just curious of your opinion, Thanks!!"

A. Hey! I prefer the Vital C from Image Skincare. I am currently writing a post about my Sephora sale purchases, but I will go ahead and share that the Drunk Elephant C Firma did not work for my skin. It may very well work for others, as we do not all have the same skin! For me, it was too drying and didn't give me the glow or the results that the Image Vital C does! Plus, the C Firma doesn't have the delicious scent like Image Skincare does :)

Q.  "I would love to know what you wanted to be before you became a blogger? And if you've always been confident in front of the camera? I would love to look as good as you in photos"

A. First of all, thank you! You are SO incredibly kind. I'll have to start sharing some of the photos here as "bloopers" that didn't make the cut, so you guys can get a good laugh, and see that I look decent in some and not all LOL.

It definitely takes time and practice to be comfortable in front of the camera. There are people who are naturals at it, but everyone starts somewhere and progressively gets better. I'm scared to look at my photos from when I first started this blog, I can only imagine the faces and poses.

Before my blog, I had a little bit of practice in front of the camera. I was attending the Art Institute and would model for my friends all the time. From photoshoots, to runways shows, and video segments.

I would suggest watching Youtube videos of models posing for photoshoots. Sometimes there are awesome behind the scenes videos you can watch to get ideas and see how to let loose and have fun with it!

Before I became a blogger, I truly had no idea what I wanted to do. I was working retail and hated it. School was never for me, and I couldn't take a test to save my life. I knew that fashion was my passion, I just didn't exactly know how I was going to work with it. I played with the idea of interning for a fashion magazine, or becoming a stylist. Ultimately, my hobby turned into my job and I couldn't be any happier or more grateful for it!

Q. Where is the abstract art from in your dining room?

A. Answering this here because I get this question SO often, and I am happy to help!! The print is from Lindsay Letters, and you can check out the canvas here. I purchased the largest size available, 40 x 50 with the Gallery Gold style frame.

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