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20 Questions, No. 1


Did you ever play that game, 20 Questions?

I remember always being surprised by people’s unexpected answers. As silly as it sounds, that game was one of the best ways of really getting to know someone and their intricacies. I thought it could be interesting to share and answer some of the most commonly asked questions about me, about THD and about life in general… maybe not 20, though? That could be overkill.

Instead, let’s start this exercise with 5 really good ones…

Over the course of the next 4 weeks, I’ll be devoting a Thursday post to a set of questions submitted by YOU!

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What’s your normal schedule/day like?

The one thing I can say with certainty about my current life is that every day is different. My days are like sliding scales where one day can be 90% family centric and the next will be 90% work focused. No two days are ever alike.

5:00 am – 5:30 am — I usually wake up early to get a jump start on the morning and get my kids ready for school. I’ve always been a morning person, so the early hours are when I seem to be the most mentally “fresh” and can efficiently bang out a ton of my to-dos while eating breakfast (I’ve been loving cereal lately!?).

6:00 am – 7:00 am — Get the kids up and ready for school

7:00 am – 9:00 am — Once the kids are on the bus, I designate this time block for styling work, creative work, planning and writing for the website. I’ve been known to send more than a few early morning e-mails! Most of my local styling clients are also booked between 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.

9:15 am – 12:00pm — I try to make exercise a priority in my day. It gives me so much needed energy and always leaves me feeling refreshed and reinvigorated. If I can, I try to make a spin class M, W + F at 9:15am. Post spin, I generally run any errands that happen to be on my list — post office, grocery store, dry cleaner, Target, etc. This is also when I do the majority of my local shopping for styling clients.

The mornings I don’t work out I try to schedule my blog shoots. My photographer, SHANNON and I have been collaborating for so long that we have developed a really efficient system in place as we snap and chat. In the matter of an hour, I can shoot 3 looks which you’ll then see on the blog over the course of a week or two.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm — Lunchtime is my time to catch up with local friends/business associates for an hour and unwind a bit! If I’m not meeting up with anyone for business or pleasure, I try to eat something simple at home. It’s amazing how much money I’ve been saving since I started making more of an effort to eat at home! Lunch usually consists of dinner leftovers, a salad, sandwich or wrap. Nothing too time consuming or messy to prep!

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm — Post-lunch is when things start to get a little bit more hectic. I work on photography (still images and product shots), editing and compiling scheduled blog posts.

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm — My kids get home from school around 3pm and that’s when I shut down my computer and switch gears to “Mom-Mode.” We do homework, have a snack and get changed for our sports and after-school activities. If I have time, I’ll start prepping dinner so that I’m halfway to mealtime when we get home from soccer, cross country, dance, etc.

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm — Dinner at our house usually starts by 6, followed by some family down time, baths/showers, story time and lights out by 8:30pm. At this point in time I am totally drained — but lunches still need to be made, dishes put away, the house tidied up and my calendar organized for the following day. Thank goodness for my husband who pitches is to get us to the finish line each night.

9:30 pm — I try to be in bed by 9:30 (10 at the very latest!) where I can unwind with some mindless TV watching. Recently, I’ve started doing a bedside BRAIN DUMP before shutting down which has helped a lot with late night anxiety and sleeplessness. I write down all of the things on my mind: tasks, responsibilities, to-dos, deadlines,etc — no matter how big or small. I then power down my phone, close my eyes and hopefully get 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep before I do it all over again!


20 questions

Do you actually wear what you post about?

Yes, yes, YES!

Every outfit I have photographed I have worn. Sometimes on multiple occasions! Each outfit I photograph usually has a style theme, lesson or notable brand behind it that I’m dying to tell you about. For years, people have stopped me to ask me about what I was wearing. Now I get to share my answers on a much larger scale!

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How do you style your hair in those messy waves?

Ahhh, my hair. I have a love-hate relationship with my hair. Since my hair is pretty thick and wavy, it tends to get unruly. If it’s not styled, most likely it’s in a braid of some sort. But back to the styling…

To get my signature messy waves, I use:

1. Paul Mitchell Heat Seal Spray
2. Matrix Oil Wonders Volume Rose Plumping Mousse
3. T3 Featherweight Hair Dryer + Alligator Clip
4. Rounded Edge Chi Ceramic Flatiron
5. Davines Invisible No Gas Hairspray

After towel drying my hair, I apply a few spritzes of a heat protectant that helps to set the look and protect my hair from the flatiron’s high temps. I then squeeze a golf ball sized amount of volumizer mousse and work it through my hair, concentrating on the roots.

If I have time, at this point I let my hair air dry while I do other things. If I’m under time constraints, I give my hair a quick, rough blow dry to remove all of the moisture.

Next, I separate my hair into 3 sections starting from the bottom layer — I pin the rest up with an alligator clip. I take the flat iron and twist it through my hair creating loose waves that twist away from my face. When I finish the bottom layer, I take down layer #2 and do the same thing working the flat iron through 1 inch sections. This time, I twist towards my face. Lastly, I take the flat iron to the top layer of hair and again, work in 1 inch section twisting hair away from my face.

When my whole head is finished, I shake out the curls/waves and give it a quick spritz with hairspray. Occasionally, I’ll take a bit of shine serum and run it through the ends of my hair to make it a bit more piecey and glossy.

That’s it!

20 questions

What blogs do YOU read?

There are so many wonderful lifestyle and personal style blogs out there — BLOGLOVIN’ is an easy way to explore all of the options and follow your favorites!

Personally, I love finding inspirational blogs that I can relate to. Generally, that means women in their 30’s (some married with children), who have a classic and minimal leaning style. I love urban environments, so many of the fashionistas I follow happen to live in large cities like NY or LA. Le FashionHappily GreyLittle Blonde Book, Brooklyn Blonde and Damsel In Dior are some of my absolute favorites!

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What pieces have you bought for yourself for the upcoming fall season?

This season I got a jump start on my fall fashion while in NYC. IRO was having a huge sale and I couldn’t resist — I literally wanted everything. Although I thought I reigned myself in, I walked out of the store with:
•  Carmel Lace Up Mini Skirt
•  Printed Mini Skirt
•  Black Sweater
•  Bell Sleeve Knit Tunic
•  Black Chelsea Boots

Since that trip, I’ve added a Rag & Bone Military Pea Coat — a major score at TJ Maxx — and an ATM Eyelash Fringe CAMISOLE. I’m still looking for that PERFECT CHOKER and saving my pennies to splurge on those GUCCI LOAFERS I’ve been drooling over forever. I definitely want something VELVET — just haven’t pulled the trigger on anything quite yet.

At this point, I’m pretty happy with my fall options already in my closet, so I’ll most likely wait until later in the season before I buy anything else. Sometimes, it takes a few weeks of seasonal dressing to figure out exactly what’s lacking — if anything at all!

It makes me so happy to see people genuinely interested in what I do. I love getting all of your inquiries and feedback notes — so please, keep ’em coming and stay tuned for the next installment of 20 Questions!

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