How did you get started blogging?
I realized after finishing a 4-year degree at the UofU studying Behavioral Science and Health and with the plan of heading to Physician's Assistant school after, that I loved fashion and everything about it and didn't want anything to do with what I had spent my entire college years doing. I had also started a blog initially to keep in touch with family and sisters back home but it somehow turned into a place where I could express myself and eventually what it is now :)
Did you grow up in Salt Lake?
No, I actually grew up in a tiny tiny town called Roosevelt, Utah, about 2 hours east of Salt Lake City. I was raised on a semi-farm and grew up bailing hay, riding horses (and had my own for quite a while) and shooting shotguns. I love, loved growing up in a small town and am definitely a small town girl at heart (even if you can't tell by the way I dress!! ;)
What kind of camera do you use?
I use a pretty basic start up camera- the Canon Rebel XS with the stock lens that comes with it. It's been a great camera for what I use and need it for, but eventually I would love to upgrade to a fancy camera :)
Who takes your photos?
My wonderful, patient hubs. He has become pretty darn good at it too!
What is your workout "routine"?
As far as my "routine", I try to hit the gym 3-4 times a week and lately I've fallen in love with my classes because I makes it easier to go and not waste time at the gym! I love Zumba and do that a few times and then go to a yoga class once or twice a week as well. If I'm not doing classes and just want to hit the gym for an hour or so I usually start out with at least 20 minutes of cardio whether its the treadmill, elliptical, or stair stepper- it's always a good warm up and gets your heart rate up. Then, although I know they tell you to focus on one set of muscles every time you work out, I try to do a little of everything to get a full workout, which works for me personally :) I do squats and lunges for legs, usually 5-10 minutes worth of abs and arm curls while doing lunges or do some lifting with weights.
Do you have hair extensions?
I do not, it is all real and I'm very proud of it! I have a few great tips and tricks for how I have kept my hair strong, healthy and long. Please let me know if you have any questions at all!
What are your best hair secrets?
I am definitely no expert on hair (for heaven's sake, I color it by myself in my bathroom out of a box!) but I do have a few tips that I use for keeping my hair healthy and shiny!
-I try to as often as I can let my hair air dry, heat has been the one thing I've noticed destroys my hair when I use it too often! I rarely use a blow dryer these days, but have it on hand for those times you have to have it dried quickly! I will either shower before bed (which I usually do anyways) or shower on a Saturday or a day when I have nowhere to go and nothing to do, and if I do, it's a place I can go with wet hair!
-I also always use moroccan oil in damp hair, especially on the ends! I have noticed it has been one of the few products that actually works and does what it says it's supposed to! It keeps the ends healthier and keeps them from breaking less, as well as adding shine!
-Again with the heat- when I do curl my hair, I always leave about an inch or so out and away from the iron. Again, my ends are usually what gets the brunt of wear and tear so anything I can do to prevent any more breaking than has to happen, I do!
How often do you wash your hair?
This would be included in my hair "secrets" if I didn't get this specific question asked- but I truly try to wash my hair only once a week! I try and let it go as long as I possibly can, at least 4-5 days (if not more if I can handle it) to let the oils reach the ends. However, I was very blessed with thick, less oily hair. Since not everyone is lucky to have less oily hair, I would say just go as long as you possibly can, it doesn't have to be 5 days! Also, when I do wash my hair, I will only wash the ends every other time because they never seem to be as dirty, so I will just wash my scalp and down about halfway and then only use conditioner on the ends. I've definitely noticed that this helps and keeps my hair shinier as well!
What advice would you give to new bloggers trying to start a fashion blog?
The absolute best advice I can give to new bloggers just starting is to stick to what you know and love! Blog about things that are interesting to you, not necessarily what you think people want to see or read about! People follow along because they love what you do and because they love how you do it. I have definitely tried to stay true to who I am whether it comes to my beliefs, my style, or my personality! I can be a little out there, not very politically correct and even at times a little "on the edge" to some people, but I always stay true to myself! That's the best advice I can give :)