I’ve been sharing my life on the internet now since 2011. And how is it that I’ve never done a FAQ? Over the years there are definitely a handful of questions I get over and over again. Here’s a list of the most common questions I get. Do any of these surprise you?
The Most Common Questions I Usually Get
Where are you from, you don’t seem Southern at all!
My entire family is from New York, about 30 minutes outside the city. I was born there but moved to Montreal when I was 3. My childhood was Montreal 100%. Speaking French, figure skating, and eating all the poutine.
At the age of 10, my family moved to Portland Oregon. I spent my adolescence there until the age of 16. Then in the middle of my sophomore year of high school, moved to the suburbs of Atlanta. Fun, right? Not really. I’ve stayed ever since. I moved to Atlanta to attend Georgia State University and never left.
Even though I only spent a couple of years in New York, I feel like this is just something that’s in your blood. Being raised by New Yorkers and going back to visit family many times a year (it was just a few hours’ drive away to see family) I feel like my childhood was also spent a lot in New York. Which is why I truly feel like a New Yorker in my heart.
How tall are you?
I’m 5’5″ and secretly wish I was 3 inches shorter with long legs. Is that weird? I have a long torso, and just wish I had long legs. The grass is always greener, right?
How did you get into blogging?
I have a big post on this here, but I basically hated my day job and wanted to get into fashion and writing. My cousin over at The Zhush said: “start a blog, if I can do it so can you”. So I did! That was back in 2011, and many years later, it looks a hell of a lot different than it used to. Wouldn’t change a thing!
How do you curl your hair?
I rotate between a few techniques depending on the length of my hair and my patience. Typically I use a 1-inch curling iron to get beachy waves (view the tutorial here). When my hair is SUPER short, I have to use a wand, the 1-inch iron doesn’t do well with it. Here’s my tutorial on using a wand. This tutorial is on my long hair, but the technique is the same. The technique works great for any length, but it’s my go to when it’s at its shortest. And lastly, I love doing flat iron waves, super fast and easy. Check out my flat iron wave tutorial here. The latter is probably my most used technique now.
Is that your natural hair color?
Yes! And I DREAD the day I have to start coloring it when I begin to go gray. I despise being at the hair salon for more than 40 minutes. I’ve colored my hair a handful of times and I almost always wish I didn’t because I hate the maintenance. A few years back I did do some very subtle balayage with Redken and actually LOVED it. I would 100% do that again once I start to go gray.
Where did Pork get her name?
Her original owner actually named her Lulu. But I got her a few weeks after he realized he couldn’t take care of her. I didn’t particularly like the name and couldn’t come up with anything. Her original owner’s BROTHER randomly said when I asked for some ideas, “POOOOORRRRKKK”. So there you go. It ended up being very fitting. She snorts like a pig, loves to roll in mud and is a good eater!
Pork is my Boston Terrier who I lost in 2022. The hardest thing I have ever gone through. Miss her so much each and every day.
Are you dating?
Yes but not really. I’ve done the dating apps, hate them (you can read my take on one of them here). I’ve been set up on countless blind dates through the years too. Nothing worth writing home about sadly. I’m glad I’ve grown my confidence over these many years of singlehood. I can’t imagine doing it any other way.
What jewelry are you wearing?
Since I live in my jewelry (I never take it off) I always get asked about something. From my layered necklaces to my gold rings and so on. I have an entire post on all my jewelry and information on where it’s from here. But below are all the pieces I’m typically wearing.
How do you make money?
A few ways but mostly through two funnels. The first being sponsored content where a brand hires me to create content with their brand or product. And second, affiliate commissions. If you shop any link on my blog from a retailer, I make a percentage of it. You can check out this post on how to shop from bloggers to support them! It means the MOST when people make a small effort to shop our links. It’s at no cost to you and helps to support us.
I also run a blog network community called The Blog Societies. This is a fantastic community of influencers and bloggers where I share tools and resources to grow their businesses. You can learn more about what we offer here.
What’s your skincare routine?
I have good days and bad days. On a good day, I do everything you see here. I really love Cosmedix products and have been using them for years. I’ve added in a handful of other brands lately from Dermalogica to Avène. On lazy days, I’m lucky if I wash my face at night if at all. But I NEVER go to bed with makeup on. I am 100% that meme of doing my full skincare routine while drunk before bed. It has to be done. Either way, I always wash my face in the shower and then tone, serum and moisturizer with SPF after. I have yet to do botox but would definitely do it in the future just haven’t seen any wrinkles yet!
What did you do before blogging?
My first job out of college was as a revenue accountant at Norfolk Southern. I hated it. Cried every day on my way to work. But it ended up being the reason why I started a blog so there’s a silver lining. I then was an account manager and then the Southeast sales rep at Alternative Apparel. I LOVED MY JOB. Worked there for about 4 years before taking the blog full-time back in 2015. I gave myself 6 months to generate enough revenue to make it worth doing full time. Never looked back. This has been my full time job ever since and I am so thankful for the followers and readers that allow me to do this.
What’s your go to outfit?
Usually some variation of jeans and a tee. I can find any way to mix that up to make it work for the day, night, dressy or not. Add a leather jacket and heels for a cocktail. Add a loafer and a blazer for a casual meeting. Swap for an espadrille and a straw hat for summer. See? Endless options.
What else do you want to know?
Photo by Hannah Lozano