Frequently Asked Questions

Where is your initials necklace from? 

It’s from Kate Spade and you can find it right here. I bought each charm separately and then used pliers to add them all to one chain.

How did I get into sewing and making my own patterns?

I went to school to be an artist and after I had my first baby I started dabbling in sewing. I took sewing lessons when I was younger for a couple of years just to learn the basics. I’m mostly self-taught and learned how to make my own patterns from my friend Leanne. We went on to create an online sewing guide called The Modern Girls Guide to Sewing. I shared a post all about the course here.

What kind of sewing machine do you use?

I currently sew on the Skyline S9 machine from Janome. I’m part of their on-loan blogger program so I get to try their latest machines in exchange for sharing my sewing projects. But I started sewing on an old hand-me-down Kenmore and that’s what I used to make all of my projects for the first four or five years of my blog. I shared some sewing machine recommendations and some tips for how to shop for a new sewing machine in this post.

Who takes your photos?

Tara from Rad and Happy. But before I hired professional photographers for my blog, I did almost all of my own photos on a tripod with a remote. I shared a post all about it here.

How tall are you?

I’m 5’6″.

Are my eyelashes real? What mascara do I use?

My eyelashes are real. I did eyelash extensions once and they ruined my eyelashes so I started using a lash growth serum to grow them back. You can read all about the process here. I’ve tried a lot of mascaras and these are by far my three favorites: Stila Huge Extreme Lash MascaraL’Oreal Telescopic Mascara, and Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara.

I want to start a blog. Do you have any advice?

I truly believe that there is no specific formula for success in blogging — so much depends on your content, your readership, timing, luck, etc. Don’t go in with any expectations of becoming the next big thing, because you’ll probably be disappointed. Instead, do it because you are passionate about something and want to share. Post consistently and keep your content genuine, and you’ll be successful!

Who cuts and colors your hair?

I go to Hair by Jana, and she’s amazing for medium and long hair. We keep my natural color and she paints in blonde highlights through the lower half. It’s a really low-maintenance cut and color — I go in every 8 or 9 months!

How do you curl your hair?

I shared a video tutorial right here!

What makeup products do you use?

I shared my beauty routine here!

What is your fitness routine?

I have been doing BBG for a few months now and have loved the results I’ve been getting. I shared my experience with BBG in this post.

Are my eyebrows microbladed?

My eyebrows are not microbladed. I over plucked for a few years and used a brow growth serum to grow them back. I also fill in my brows with Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in the color dark brown using a small angled brush. When I went to Hawaii I used a waterproof filler on my brows and I continued to use it every day since then.

Where are my leather barstools from?

My bar stools are from CB2, you can find them here.

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