What’s the concept for your podcast with Dave (“Just Ignore It”)? Will it be interview format or based on questions from readers?
It will just be casual conversation between us. Talking about our relationship, parenting, maybe work topics, phases of life, experiences, growth. We will definitely be taking feedback from readers/listeners about episode topics, too!
What would you tell your younger self now that you’ve experienced/learned some of life’s lessons?
Trust your intuition. The rest will follow.
What Instagram filters and/or presets do you use for your photos?
I use Lightroom and it is completely random! I generally like my photos brighter, less shadows, more black, less green and more warmth.
How do you approach discipline with your kids? Dealing with a VERY strong-willed 3-year-old over here.
Oh I have been there and it’s SO HARD. With Charlie I felt like we worked so hard to get him to listen and understand where we were coming from and nothing worked. With Jack, we’ve realized that they are 3 and they just don’t get it or aren’t old enough to put effort into understanding. So we really try to stay calm and tell him that what he is doing is not acceptable and give him the opportunity to calm down and realize that his behavior is wrong. It sucks and honestly you go into these situations having no idea what will be learned. Some times is takes 5 minutes and sometimes it takes hours. But remember there is no rush and patience as a parent is EVERYTHING.
Any suggestions for black-tie dresses to wear to weddings this season?
Why is your style so expensive now? I miss your lower price points and more achievable style.
First of all I want to say that I completely understand where you’re coming from. I think compared to a lot of influencers in this space, I am definitely not accommodating when it comes to all price points. But honestly, that’s not my motive. Not only do I not have the time to find items from all price points to give you options (it’s so time consuming, props to my friends that do!) but I also just don’t care to…
I spent many years shopping from the fast fashion retailers to give you options. I would wear those items once or twice and they would never look the same or were ready for donation. I got sick of recommending items that I didn’t respect the quality. Are the things I wear more expensive? Absolutely, yes. Am I shopping as much as I used to? Absolutely, no way. Long story short, I don’t want to recommend items that I personally put in the donation pile after two wears.
If you’re looking for someone to always give you options, I am not that influencer. I want my style to inspire you to find your own. Getting a commission on a recommendation isn’t worth it for me. I completely understand and RESPECT you if that doesn’t make you click through to my posts. You do you, girlfriend! But I don’t want to be the influencer that accommodates everyone. I can barely accommodate my own family. So I’m here to share my style and what makes me happy. I hope you respect that.
How do you keep your light-colored couch clean?
Lots of vacuuming and FOLEX.
What skincare products have you been using + loving lately?
Ohh good question and I’ve been meaning to do an updated post! These exfoliating wipes are my HOLY GRAIL. I use probably 3X a week. I just finished this cleanser which completely flushes out your skin and makes it feel squeaky clean and ready for your other products. I’m also OBSESSED with these makeup towels, they take your cleanser to the next level. Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum is incredible (I need to repurchase). Legit makes you GLOW and also makes me fall asleep like a baby because it smells like a dream. I’ve been using this RMS Radiance primer and really loving it. I put it on before my foundation.
Looking for a cute, neutral midi dress for family photos! Any ideas?
What are some of your favorite products (toys, gear, etc) for Webster? And where did the name Webster come from?
Webster doesn’t have much gear anymore. He sort of lays low and has never really been a ‘toy’ dog. He honestly just loves to be around humans and sleeping on a couch, ha! Webster is named Webster because when Dave bought him he lived on Webster Avenue in Chicago.
What is your prediction for each of your kids’ careers?
Charlie will be an architect or builder of some sort, Jack will be Justin Bieber and George is going to live with me forever. All George wants to do all day is hug me and nuzzle is head into my shoulder.
Recommendations for a timeless investment bag, please!
Celine Belt Bag. I personally like the Micro size!
Were you ever one the fence about having a third kid and do you think you’ll go for #4?
I have always wanted 3. Dave would have been done after Jack but he is soooo happy we went for 3. Georgie is a special little angel baby. That being said, 4 is probably not in the cards. I still bring it up here and there but ultimately I don’t think it will happen. I’m like 80% no, 20% maybe. But we are finally, maybe getting into a groove with 3 and that feels like a huge success right now. I’m very happy right where we are.
Favorite clothing and home stores in Charleston?
Did any of your kids refuse a bottle? How did you work through it?
George did for a bit! I recruited the help of Bumble Baby and Kate was so incredible helpful!! I’m not going to give away her tips because that wouldn’t be fair since it’s her business but I highly recommend reaching out to her. She did a video consult with me, helped us with bottle type, etc. and it was so helpful.
What are you currently doing for exercise?
I usually workout 5x a week and do a mix of bike cardio, running and strength training. Usually it is cardio 3x a week and strength 2x a week.
I’m looking for some low-heeled shoes for my upcoming wedding in February in Florida. I don’t want to spend a fortune on shoes that people may not see, but I still wanna feel classy. What would you suggest?
Favorite weekender bag?
The Cuyana weekender is a favorite + the Paravel Grand Tour is actually on my Christmas list! Mark & Graham has some great travel bags on their site, too!
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