Is your curly hair normally wash and go or do you do a wet twist out or a similar process? I’m trying to figure out how to get those big fluffy curls.
The curls you see on me are alwayssss wash and go. I wish I was more talented (and patient) with my curly hair, but since I haven’t worn it in years, I’m relearning how to style it. I haven’t experimented with twist outs or any other styling tools other than flexirods. My wash and go results came from using Ouidad Climate Control shampoo and conditioner which has proven to work the BEST for my prone-to-frizz curls. Ulta sells them in travel sizes if you want to test them out without paying full price. After I wash, I use a mixture of the products below, before diffusing. I split my hair in half, put a good amount of product in it, using the raking method with my fingers, and then diffuse. Once I diffuse, I use a metal pick to fluff my curls with my head upside down or leaning sideways.
I know cold weather doesn’t last down south but I’m looking for an everyday boot to wear while I run around. I have a one year old baby I have to chase, so nothing uncomfortable or with too high of a heel please!
We’ve had cold weather for the last few days and when I tell you, I’ve pulled down every pair of boots I own! LOL from moto boots, to thigh highs, suede, leather. I know I only have a limited amount of time to wear them and I’m going to make sure that I do. Here are some really great options and most of them come in several colors, so you can find what you’d get the most use out of –
I’m looking for a dress to wear to my company holiday party. There isn’t a theme or dress code but I know I either want a long sexy gown that’s still appropriate, or something short and dramatic. Help please!
I recently started a YouTube channel along with an Instagram page beauty and fashion and I want to know tips on how to gain supporters and a following. I post on Instagram frequently and upload videos as frequently as I can. I’m not the most popular person and don’t have tons of friends. On Instagram I run into big companies, bloggers etc. that simply follow me from seeing me in a hashtag on Instagram then unfollow to just gain a follower. I want to know if you have any tips on what I can do better to gain a following. Do you think having a Facebook is important as well?
I’d have to see your actual pages in order to give you more specific advice on what I think you should be doing differently, but the most fitting answer that I have is to maintain an organic following. No matter how long it takes you to grow a big following, the most important part will be making sure the people who are following you are doing so because they genuinely like the content that you create or even you as a person. Unfortunately, there’s no “get rich quick” scheme to growing an audience, but I do know that consistently and quality is the magic combination. Make sure you’re creating valuable content that will add value to whoever is watching it and sharing it consistent enough to keep eyes on your pages. A Facebook isn’t important. Focus on what you want to build, in your case Instagram and YouTube, and don’t spread yourself too thin trying to grow too many channels. I hope this helps!
Do you have suggestions for a versatile black dress? I have a few bachelorette parties next year and want to find a dress that I’ll be able to wear to all of them.
Those are hands down my favorite to keep in my closet. In addition to the bachelorette parties, you can wear it to date night, or girls night. Here are some options that you can rotate –
How much time do you spend at your day job vs your own personal blog/business? When it comes to prioritizing the two, how do you manage to prevent your job affecting your business and vice versa?
For the most part, I have 40 hour work weeks just like everyone else. Those hours can vary due to events that may cause me to work late or early. My job is important to me and I without a doubt want to continue to grow within my career, so I don’t want to cheat my job by working on my business during that time. I’m also lucky enough to have the flexibility to handle things as they come up. So, if I get an email from a brand during the day I can quickly reply or I can print shipping labels if products need to go out. My priorities change on a daily basis and on slow work days, I try and brainstorm for my business. There are also days my job requires my full attention, so I decide each morning what my focus will be. I understand off top that I need my evenings and weekends to dedicate to my brand since the majority of my week is designated to my career.
I just landed a new job that’s going to require me to travel weekly. I need the perfect makeup and toiletry bag that can handle being stuffed into a suitcase four times a month. Do you have any suggestions?
First, congratulations! That’s awesome. I have one toiletry and one make-up bag that I pretty much keep packed at all times. So when it’s time to go, I zip them up and roll out. I have this toiletry bag and love it because it’s unisex, so Nate takes it when he travels too. It fits everything we need and believe me, I pack A LOT of stuff. I’ve had this travel cosmetic bag for almost three years and it’s been worth every penny. I’ve had my eye on this case for quite a while but it’s a little too pricey for me. Here are some great options below –
Advice please! My boyfriend is turning 30 in March and always said he wanted to wake up in Turks and Caicos on his 30th birthday. So naturally, I purchased tickets without him knowing as a gift. I’m afraid he may book the trip himself if he doesn’t know sooner than later that he’s already going. Should I gift him the tickets for Christmas or just risk him booking?
To play it safe, I’d go ahead and give the tickets to him for Christmas. But make it fun! Maybe set up a treasure hunt where he has to find clues that eventually lead him to the tickets hiding in an envelope. Or have him unpack boxes inside of boxes until he finally gets to the tickets folded up inside. Now the question is – does he get another gift for Christmas since the trip is technically his birthday gift? LOL y’all have fun!
I bought this leather skirt over a month ago and am struggling with what kind of top to pair it with. Could you give me some suggestions for both warm and cold weather? It’s a simple basic but I’m struggling!
I love a good leather skirt, there’s so many ways to style it. This bodysuit would be perfect with a long coat over it or this cross front blouse. You could also do this chunky red sweater with black tights for the holiday season. Here are some other top options you could pair with it –
I feel like you literally KILLED this year and leveled up in EVERY single way possible. Do you mind sharing your plans for 2018? I know that if it’s anything like this year, it’ll be something special.
Aw man, thank you so much! 2017 has been SO memorable to me for so many different reasons. My personal and professional life even amazed me. Honestly, I feel like all that happened slowed me down a little. It was all so unexpected that I needed time to take it all in. As far as 2018 goes, I’m planning a couple of webinars and an entire e-course on building a blog from start to finish. I should have some new merchandise in the store pretty early on and I also might plan an event. One thing at a time is what I’m telling myself LOL. We’re also in between planning a wedding and deciding whether or not we’re going to buy a home or continue to rent. So lots of changes! It should be a good year. The main goals are growth and I’m so looking forward to it.
I’m sure you’ve answered this before but can you tell us again – how do you fill in your brows? I love them!
I’ve filled my brows in the same exact way for the past 5-6 years. Hopefully I’ve gotten a bit better as time goes on LOL. I use the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Ebony with this brow brush. A little bit goes a long way, one dip should be good for one entire brow. This may be something I do a quick Instagram video on just to show you exactly what I do!
I’m in the market for some new distressed denim. Do you have any favorites?
I sure do! Peep them below – also, they’re all under $100
I’m so glad I finally got around to getting to these questions. Life’s been a bit hectic with the year coming to an end. If you have any questions for next week, send them over to me via DM or email. I have my company Christmas party on Saturday and still don’t have a dress, so that’s a hint at how my life’s been going lately LOL. Enjoy your weekend! xx