q + a: fashion, life, design, beauty, and de-cluttering

One of my favorite types of posts to read is a Q&A.  I love getting to know the personal side of someone, it makes them so much more relatable and interesting.  I’ve received a fair amount of email and instagram questions lately, so I thought it would be fun to answer a few of the most common ones here in a post.  I’m covering lots of topics and nothing is sponsored – this is just a fun q+a post.  Here we go!

Q:  Would you be able to share the source of the black ankle booties you were wearing in a recent IG story–the one captioned “Goodbye Atlanta snow”?  Thanks so much!

A:  Sure thing!  Funny you should ask because I was beginning to think that finding stylish, comfy, non-frumpy, AND well-priced black booties was about as easy to find as The Holy Grail.  It felt like I was on the hunt FOREVER but I finally found some that I love.  These booties are the ones I was wearing in the shot – they’re super comfy, are great for lots of walking, and the price is good!

Q:  What lipstick are you wearing in the instagram snow post with your husband?

A:  Burt’s Bees lip shimmer in Cherry.  I love their lip shimmers, it’s the only product I’ve found that doesn’t cause my lips to peel from the crazy chemicals they put in all lipsticks.  The color Cherry is a great pop of color and it’s only five bucks!

Burt’s Bees lip shimmer in cherry here.

Q:  What is your skincare routine?

A:  It’s pretty simple – for my nighttime routine I drink one glass of water then cleanse and hydrate my face with these affordable products I usually pick-up at Target.

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holiday touches in our home: part two

Welcome to part two of the series, special holiday touches in our home.  Today’s topic is throws, one of the key elements that make a home extra cozy, especially this time of year.  Throws can liven up a simple space, bring colors together, and add a quality of warmth and texture that really charms up a furniture grouping.  Throws welcome us as if to say “come right over here and get comfy.”   They make watching a movie or sitting by the fire much more cozy and special.  And this is probably half the reason why I hardly ever go to movie theaters – I’d rather watch a movie wrapped up in a cozy blanket at home! 

This isn’t just any post about throws – this is the mother load.  I probably have an addiction to throws, as we have many in different colors, materials, and price points…so this is a topic I can speak on with expertise.  Throws make a lovely gift for pretty much anyone – I mean, who doesn’t like receiving a nice blanket for a present?!

Links and my personal thoughts/real life pics (and which two blankets are tied as my FAVE for totally different reasons – plus a bonus throw not on the list) all listed below.

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holiday touches in our home: part one

Hey guys, here is my part one of special holiday touches in our home.  The topic is home fragrance, which is one of my favorite parts of any home.  I had to start with this category because I think the aroma of an abode is personal and really completes its personality and overall style.  Our kids are really into our “home smell” and tell me they find comfort in its familiar scent when they walk through the door.  This time of year they love the smell of a fresh Christmas tree mixed with all the fragrances of our favorite candle, mulling spices, and home-cooked meals.

I like to carefully combine different scents, as it creates an original bouquet of fragrances that make our home original.  These are a few of my all time faves – some I’ve mentioned before and others have been my secret weapon in creating a lovely home scent.  Links and personal comments on each product below.  Here we go!

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fun holiday post idea

I’m soooooooooooo excited that Christmas season is officially here!  This week we plan to go out for hot chocolate and pick out our tree, a family holiday tradition we love.  We are a “live tree” family and really enjoy the fragrance, warmth, and texture it brings into our home.

This is my favorite time of year and I wish all of the twinkly lights and cheer could last through February.  Wouldn’t that totally change those dreary, post-holiday months?  All of the special touches make the cold months seem much more cozy and fun.

So many different things make the holiday season magical – from the festive music to the glittering lights you see everywhere.  Not to mention all of the generosity and giving to others.  You can’t help but be in a cheerful mood.

I’ve seen a lot of “holiday gift guide” posts floating around and have a fun idea for my blog that I think is a little more personal:  I’ll soon share a few of the special touches we do to make our home feel extra cozy and stylish during this time of year and include links to our faves.  Thought it would be good to share one idea per post as we near the big day.

My first “special holiday touches in our home” post will hopefully be up by tomorrow (fingers crossed!) or at the latest Wednesday.  My oldest daughter helped me put much of it together yesterday which was really fun.  She loves anything related to style and home – and she has SUCH a good eye.  We even went out for a little early Christmas shopping and “test drove” some of the products I plan to feature to make double sure.

Can’t wait to share with you!

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