Friday, August 27, 2010

You Asked, I Answered: Pt. 3

Circa 2006 in Vegas drinking beer out of a cowboy boot at a bowling alley.

Have you ever travelled outside of the US?
Yes, I love traveling and I'm lucky enough to have had parents who encouraged it. I've been to Germany (where we stayed with my mom's aunt), Ireland, and Japan. I was actually in Japan for about a month during college, I got to travel all over the country which was incredible. I've also been all over Canada, but where I'm from (Maine) that's a pretty common thing because we're so close- my mom, brother and I used to do a road trip to PEI every summer to go camping. I've also been all over the US. I would love to go overseas again, but right now my dream trip is to go cross-country.

Who is your favorite artist?
Ah, that's such a hard question! I would say it's a bit of a tie between William Eggleston and Cindy Sherman as all time favorites. Eggleston had such a knack for documenting people and places, and Sherman's concepts are really interesting to me. I also love Kiki Smith, Frieda Kahlo, Nikki S. Lee, Jeff Coons, Louise Nevelson and Andrew Wyeth. Those are pretty random, but a good example of artists whose works that have inspired me over the years.

What is your daily skin-care routine?
My routine is pretty basic: In the morning I splash my face with cold water, towel dry and apply Oil of Olay spf 15 lotion. I then wait about 15 minutes to apply make-up. For make-up in the summer I usually only wear liquid eyeliner and mascara (in the winter, I wear concealer too). At night, I use a baby-wipe to remove my eye make-up (pampers sensitive skin- it cheaper than make-up remover), wash my face with cold water and Alba Pineapple Enzyme facial cleanser, towel dry and apply the same lotion as before. In the winter, I apply Jojoba oil at night instead of lotion. About twice a week I use St. Ives Apricot scrub to smooth away any dead skin.

What is the most expensive item of clothing you have ever bought?
I once had to buy a bridesmaid's dress that cost $200, and keeping with tradition I never wore it again. Other than that, everything in my closet I paid under $100 for. If you want to count my snowboard boots, I paid $150 for them on sale at Chris' work! (Erica, if you read this the wedding was beautiful and I was so happy to be a part of it!)

What eyeliner do you wear?
I use L'Oreal Lineur Intense in Carbon Black

How many tattoos do you have and do they each have a special meaning?
I have three tattoos: Two traditional swallows on my back and a set of script numbers on my wrist. The swallows I got about 6 years ago, they don't have a specific meaning other than my appreciation of traditional tattooing and my love for that specific bird (I grew up on a farm where there were a lot of them). In traditional folklore they also symbolize the coming of spring, which I like. The numbers on my wrist are a little more personal, they are the last four digits of the phone number of my family home, which burned down in 2004 while I was at college.

Where in Germany is your mom from and do you speak German?
My mother's side of the family is from Weilburg, Germany (my dad's side is Irish). She spent most of her formative years in the US but my Grandmother had dual citizenship, so they also spent a considerable amount of time with family in and around that region. My mom speaks German, unfortunately I do not.

You have probably some of the most gorgeous hair I've ever seen, and I read awhile back that you only wash it two days a week! I was wondering if you wash it after you exercise and if not, how you keep it from looking sweaty and gross?
Thank you! I DO only wash my hair about twice a week, and I don't typically wash it after going to the gym. When I'm working out I usually wear it up in a bun with an elastic headband wrapped around my head to keep fly-aways out of my eyes. I wait until after I shower to take it down. I don't know if that helps with keeping it less sweaty, or if I just have a really high gunk tolerance, but it seems to make a difference. You could always try using a dry shampoo to soak up any excess oils post-workout. I occasionally use Tresseme "Fresh Start". I like the texture that a little grime adds to my hair, and not washing it constantly keeps it healthy.

I always wondered, are you married?
Nope! Chris and I have been happily un-married for a little over 6 years. The topic of marriage has certainly come up in discussion, and isn't out of the question, but it's not a priority for us right now. (the answer to this question has clearly changed since then!)

I love your blog! Any tips for newer bloggers?
Thank you so much and welcome to the blogging community! Blogging can be tough at first, but I think staying true to your own voice is the most important thing. Write about what you love! If you're a fashion blogger, quality pictures help volumes with your readership, make sure they're in focus and well lit. Don't focus on getting sponsored, or getting X amount of followers, those things will come if you stick to it and enjoy yourself!

Have a question?
Ask me on Formspring!

Chris and I are headed to Maine this afternoon to celebrate Punky's birthday. I'm so excited, the weather is perfect, and I can't wait to be sea-side finally! It's been kind of a crazy week, which ended with me losing my phone. I've had the same terrible Verizon phone for the past five years, and today I'm finally taking the plunge and buying an IPhone! Have a great weekend!

Remember, you still have time to enter the giveaway!


dear kate said...

i've had so much fun reading these posts about you!
thank you for answering the last question! you blog is the one that inspired me to start mine!
it has been so fun and i've really enjoyed reading yours!

Emily, Ruby Slipper Traveller said...

Haha! A high gunk tolerance... I love it. As Kate says, your blog was definitely one that made me think I could enjoy this whole blogging thing... I read your previous q&as (from the winter, I think?) where you explained how blogging had made you shop less and enjoy your wardrobe more and it just seemed inspiring... : )

Lexie, Little Boat said...

hahaha yes, the marriage question has changed since then! i hope you post some wedding inspiration soon ;)!

Sabrina said...

Thank you for letting into your life alittle more.

p.s. Everytime I hear about PEI, I always think of Anne of Green Gables.

upatreecupatea said...

So interesting to read this. I basically have the same hair routine that you do, except I usually wash it after I run because it gets really sticky :(
I need to look into dry shampoo.

Love reading your blog!

Santina said...

Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed reading your advice to new bloggers. Also, that is a pretty awesome picture!


Becca Jane said...

PEI! That is where I am from! I live in Manitoba right now, but my heart is on my fair little island. My blog title photo is actually taken on the beach by my cottage on the north shore...

Rio said...

Love these Q&A posts! :) Hope you have fun in Maine!

Under Urooba's Umbrella! said...

Oh, you must post your wedding day photos!

Intelligent Tool said...

Gosh you are so beautiful. I am excited because I use the same eye liner as you! Yay! And I wash my hair like never, even after I run (which is 5 times a week!) hehehe, I love when the gunk builds up, more texture. I guess us thick haired gals are just lucky.


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genevieve, sandbox romance said...

What fun! Little snippets of blogger's lives are always so fascinating, and being new I really appreciate the last question. You've got a fantastically fun sense of style, and I can't wait to see more of it!

Dana said...

I love seeing the old pictures of you, If you dig up any more, please post!

Lilpixie said...

Love that picture :)

Tilly said...

Thanks so much for taking the time to do this! They were very so fun to read! Like others have said you are such a big inspiration ;) xxx

Kelly Valentine said...

Great post! And welcome to the world of Iphone...I'm sure you'll love it...I do!!

xxo Kelly
Glamourous Spirit

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