Frequently Asked Questions


Current AM skincare routine?†First, I wash with my†Tula cleanser†(save 20% w/ code CRISTIN), then I apply this†vitamin c serum.†After that I use this†sunscreen†which also acts as a primer for my daily†cc cream. If Iím wearing†my foundation†instead of a cc cream I will apply†this primer†after the sunscreen. You can read my entire skincare routine here.

Current PM skincare routine?†I night I again wash my face with my†Tula cleanser†then I apply a prescription retin-a from Obagi. I will also use this eye cream and occasionally different serums depending on the condition of my skin.†You can read my entire skincare routine here.

What are the best products for under eye puffiness?†I love these eye patches and have heard this product is also great!

What is the best drugstore under eye serum? This one by Cetaphil, this one by Neutrogena or this one by CeraVe.

What do you recommend for skincare for men? Guys need the same holy grail of skincare products that women do! SPF to protect, Vitamin C to protect, boost collagen & brighten &†Retinol to speed up cell turnover. Truthfully I would just get this product because it’s a retinol and vitamin C in one AND it exfoliates the skin. Sephora has an impressive selection of skincare for men as well.

What med/spa or skin treatment do you recommend? Hands down lasering + microneedling. If you don’t want to spend the money then microneedling alone would be great! Also, the best thing that you can do for your skin is to use Retin-A + an exfoliator. Go read this post if you’re interested in skincare!

GloPro or PMD?†I’ve only ever used a†PMD and definitely thinks that it helps to exfoliate the skin. I’m interested in trying a GloPro though!!

What sunscreen are you using for Scottie?†Think Baby! Itís the only sunscreen Iíve found that doesnít irritate her†eczema.

Do you wear sunscreen under your foundation?†Yes! Sunscreen always! My two favorites are†Neova†&†EltaMD. Read more about the order I apply my skincare†here†but I always do serum -> sunscreen -> primer -> foundation. I skip the primer if Iím using a†tinted moisturizer!

What products are good for removing dark spots on your face?†My skin guru has prescribed a mix of hydroquinone and retin-a and then after Iím done with the hydroquinone (you should only use for 6 weeks) Iíll switch to this†pigment corrector.

Did you like microblading? Where did you get it done? I do! I got it done by Shelley at Clemson Eye in Greenville, SC & I highly recommend her!

What sunless tanner do you recommend?†St. Tropez! You can read all about it†here. If you need to know how to apply it they give tutorials on their website!


How do you curl your hair? I usually use a 1.5″ curling iron unless I want more beachy waves. In that instance I’ll wrap my hair with a 1″ curling iron. The biggest tip is to let it cool & spray with hairspray before brushing it out! There are a few videos on my YouTube channel.

Do you have hair extensions? No but I take these hair vitamins!

What is your favorite shampoo & conditioner? Read this post for all of my favorite products!!

What hairbrush do you use?†I use a huge round brush! You can find it on†this page.

Do you have a favorite texturized hair product?†LOVE Oribe.

What do you use to get volume at your roots?†I use the†texturizing spray from Oribe†and the†dry shampoo by Ouai.

What hair vitamins do you use? I use HUM Hair Sweet Hair Vitamins. You can also read all of my favorite hair products here.


Why don’t you like SNS nails? I think that they are too thick (yes even if you do 2 coats) and that they break and chip way easier than gel. Plus it takes FOREVER to soak them off.

What are your favorite nail colors?†I rotate between†CND Romantique†&†OPI Funny Bunny. You can see all of my favorite neutrals here. I buy the†gel polish on Amazon†and take it with me to salons when I get my nails done!!

What black nail polishes do you like? OPI Lincoln Park After Dark, OPI Black Onyx, Essie Licorice.


What are your favorite lip colors / foundations / cc creams / etc?†I have so many!! I keep up with everything I’m loving & trying on my makeup posts. Start there!

Will you do a tutorial on eyelashes?†I have them! They are saved on my highlights on instagram.

What is your go-to eyeshadow palette right now?†I am still loving this†Charlotte Tillbury†one but the ultimate is†this one by Tarte.

What eye makeup remover do you use?†I use†this product by itCosmetics.

What is the best eyeliner? How do you keep it from creasing?†This is my favorite fancy eyelinerand†this is my favorite drugstore one!

Iím in desperate ned of new makeup containers. Any recommendations?†I have the ones from†Glam Boxes†but†the Container Store,†Nordstrom†and†Sephora†have similar ones too.

Where can you find Tarte Shape Tape / Does it ever go on sale?†You can buy it on the†Tarte website†or at†Ulta†and it rarely goes on sale! Also, I wear the color ďlightĒ if you are wondering!

Do you find that the Tarte Hydrating Foundation keeps your skin hydrated and moist sufficiently during the winter months? I†use a moisturizer beneath and then the Tarte and itís great! Love the Olay Whips Regenerist or the Elta MD Moisturizer!

Do you use the setting spray on top of your setting powder or one instead of the other? Wondering if the spray would cause the setting powder to cake?†Yes!! I set my foundation with my powder and then I will use a setting spray after Iíve put on all of my makeup. I only use the setting spray if I need long wear!

Will you do a post about the best beauty product dupes? I have several. This post is all about drugstore makeup, this one is about makeup dupes and you can find a ton more on my beauty tab.

Where can we view the makeup tutorial you did?†Glad you asked! I loaded it to my†youtube page!


To address ALL the questions about “where did you get that”. You can shop all of my instagram images here. If something is shown in an instagram image and I have the link for it then it will be on that photo on this page. If something is from Amazon then you can find that on my Amazon shop. I also keep up with all of my outfits for my blog on this page.

Top upstate boutiques? Check out my Greenville City Guide!

How tall are you?†I’m 5’6″ and usually wear a small on top, medium on bottom, size 4 & size 27 in denim.

If you could only buy one bootie for fall what would it be? These! They are very comfy and run true to size.

Zella or Lululemon? Athleta is my all-around favorite. These are my favorite workout shorts†and these are the best leggings.this postI do have a lot of Zella and love it too. Check for a few favs.

Do you have a recommendation for comfy lounge pants? Yep! I have these and love them!

Where is your delicate gold necklace from?†Itís a†Melanie Auld†from Nordstrom.

Where are your sunglasses from?†Shop my Ray-Bans†here, visit†this post†for my favorite sunnies and visit†this post†for even more!

Where is your phone case from?Target! Only $19.99!

Where is your index finger ring from?†Nordstrom. Itís only $35 and I love it!


How did you and Zach meet?†We were friends at Clemson for years and started dating seriously after college.

How did Scottie learn to swim? I wish there was some program I could direct you to but both of my girls essentially taught themselves. We are at the pool a LOT. Both of them had one or two lessons with a lifeguard to learn the basics and kind of just went from there. We told them they couldn’t go off of the diving boards until they could swim so that was good motivation I guess?

Do you want more kids? Yes and no. Realistically we are 99.9% done. Ideally I would love 3-4 but I also want to be an involved mom and not go completely insane trying to raise these kids. Not that you can’t be involved with many and maintain sanity… just saying it might be hard for me. If (and that is a huge if) I was going to have more it would be when my girls were older so I think we’re done!

What did you major in? Marketing and communications.

Were you in a sorority at Clemson? Yep! I wasn’t super involved because I was on the dance team but I was a member of ADPi.

What are some toys that your girls are loving that keep them occupied? All our favorites are on my amazon page!

Where do you live? 30 minutes north of Greenville, SC in a tiny little mountain town on the SC/NC border. I grew up in SC and married a boy from NC.


What advice do you have for someone who wants to start a blog?†The best advice I have for someone who wants to start a blog is that you don’t need a mentor or someone to answer all of your questions, you just have to get started. And starting anything new takes work and a lot of it. There are so many tutorials on Pinterest, YouTube & the internet for how to start a blog. If you are willing to type “how to start a blog” into google and spend a couple hours on the computer then you will be able to figure it out. If that seems intimidating then maybe a career or intense hobby 100% on the internet isn’t the wisest move. #HarshButTrue For people who aren’t scared to get to work and are looking for a trusted source I would direct you to Blog with Me or Blogdoo. Both of those are bloggers who created platforms to train other aspiring bloggers.

How do you grow your instagram? Through time, lots of time. Time spent curating†content, engaging with other accounts, researching hashtags, studying analytics to see what people respond to and not getting frustrated along the way.

What photo editing apps do you use? My favorite two apps are Lightroom for all of my editing and then Snapseed for when I have certain areas of a photo that need lighting, saturation, etc. I also use Planoly to plan out my content & make sure my feed looks cohesive.

What camera do you use & who takes your photos? This is the camera I have been using and I love it! I also have this camera with this lens and this lens. All of my style posts and party photos are taken by my friend, Katheryn Blythe.

How did you get started blogging? I was about to open up a boutique when I lived in Greenville and then I got married and moved about 35 minutes from downtown. When Hayden was about 8 months old I started a website called The Southern Style Guide with the goal of it being a resource for shopping in the South and a place for people discover the best places to shop, eat, stay and play. My end goal was for the site to get enough traffic that I could open up an online boutique and fulfill my retail dreams. I started a blog as a way to drive traffic to the website and quickly learned that I could use a blog to do what I wanted with a boutique, share my favorite finds with others, create curated content and help people shop for clothes and style looks.

Food + Fitness

Are you still doing the Faster Way To Fat Loss?†Yes! I am! You can read all about ithere.

Why should I start taking collagen?†So many reasons! It helps with your skin, hair, nails, digestion, joints, weight control etc, etc. Here is a†great article†I found about the 7 reasons collagen is good for you!

What fitness plan are you following?†Itís the†Faster Way To Fat Loss! Read more†here.

What is your go-to breakfast? I do intermittent fasting with the Faster Way to Fat Loss so no breakfast! If I wasn’t doing that it would be 0% Fat Fage Greek Yogurt, berries & bran buds. The fiber + protein will help you stay full and jumpstart your metabolism as your body breaks down the fiber.


Where is your white bedding from?†Pottery Barn! You can find any of my bedroom stuff on†this post.