These are questions I get asked a lot either in person, through a Facebook message, Twitter tag, or Instagram comment. Want to know anything else? Comment, or click here!
Where are you from? West Virginia, born and raised, but I married an Ohio boy. We technically sleep in WV, but we spend time at our Ohio farm almost every weekend.
I read your “About” page and saw you were a former Miss West Virginia. When did you start competing in pageants? I was 14 when I participated in my very first pageant. At the time, there was a local pageant for a community festival. My mom brought it up to me because it involved dressing up and public speaking, two things she knew I loved! It turned into more of a scholarship hobby. I chose to go to an expensive, private college and my pageant experience helped to cover what my scholarship did not.
How tall are you?
5’8″ flat foot. 6′ or taller with heels! I LOVE MY HEIGHT!
What type of cosmetics do you use?
Currently, it’s a mixture between Too Faced and Lorac, but I love my Kat Von D foundation and Dior mascara. I am going to record an updated “Get Ready with Me” video soon. When I do, I’ll link it here and on my Beauty page.
Where do you shop for most of your clothing?
I am a huge bargain shopper, so (truly) most of my finds come from T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, or Gabriel Brothers. For online, I’m usually browsing Macy’s, Nordstrom, and the auction-style web sites. I also love vintage, so some of my pieces are items I find at Goodwill or the Salvation Army. Occasionally, I will update these finds with my own flare while other pieces are simply preserved in their original style.
What is Gabes? I see you reference that store a great deal in your fashion posts. Formerly known as Gabriel Brothers, Gabes is an off-price clothing and housewares retailer on the East coast. They’re only found in 11 states, but their deals are unbelievable! It’s not a place where you can just run in and find exactly what you’re hunting for; however, if you have a little time on your hands and are a patient shopper, you’ll be rewarded with savings! Retailers like Express, Old Navy, Ann Taylor, The LOFT, Urban Outfitters, and Michael Antonio – just to name a few – are retailers who sell their overstock, damaged, or discontinued items to Gabes for resale within their locations.
What are your “must-have” beauty products?
The three Bs – Blush, Big Hair, Big Eyes
What is your favorite part of being married? Actually seeing him face-to-face. My husband is a joke a minute and I always knew he was an “impressionist.” He had stories for days, but I always had to view them via FaceTime when we were dating. Now I get to see them in person, and that is one thing I look forward to each day! Cuddle time on the couch, watching our favorite shows, or “pinteresting” while he scourers the internet for the latest and greatest farm equipment isn’t too bad either.
I really cannot see you on the farm. Do you like it?
Honestly, I do. I never would have seen myself here either, but as soon as I met Jimmy I knew what I was getting and how my life would change if he were to ask me to marry him. It is worth the “change” to see him light up in his element! Oh, the things you will do for love! Now that we’ve been married for three years, the farm has become a shared love where we want to create more memories and see our children grow up.
Do you have any brothers or sisters?
Yes, I have one brother, Tyler, who is two years younger than me and married to my sister-in-law, Molli. Jimmy has two older brothers – Josh & John – and they have families: Sara, my sister-in-law, and my nephew, Noah. Stephanie, my other sister-in-law, and my two nieces, Charlotte and Margaret!
Are you and Jimmy going to have children any time soon?
Only if that is God’s will. I think that God would see that our track record with cats – having had many die unexpectedly and one run away – in the three years of our marriage and think it best to spare a human’s life from our hands at this point! No, really we do want to have children, eventually (2+ years). For now, we’re in no hurry!
What is your style?
I love the loose, layered look with skinny jeans or leggings and boots, similar to Jessica Simpson back in the day. Lately, my style has really evolved into vintage-flare with hints of couture. Black and white have always been my staples, and I love finding something that is both unique and figure flattering. I’m also a jewelry fanatic! Shoes and huge earrings are my obsession.
What was it like to be Miss West Virginia?
Amazing! If I could be Miss West Virginia for the rest of my life, I would be! I loved the travel, the speaking opportunities, the growth, the people. I am still very involved with the Board, former Miss West Virginias and contestants. I feel I owe the Miss West Virginia Scholarship Organization credit for much of my personal success. The Miss America Organization, as a whole, empowers women to go after their dreams and equips them with the support and scholarship to make those dreams come to life!
What was it like at Miss America?
My mom and I had ventured to Vegas two other times to watch the Miss America preliminaries and support West Virginia, but being a contestant was completely different from watching in the stands. It is very exciting to be a part of such a wonderful group of women who are so talented, driven, and accomplished! As an added bonus, I made a best friend in the process: Miss Oklahoma, Taylor Treat.
Why do you blog?
I am a story-teller. I always have been and I always will be. I think with a blog, you can really look back and almost feel the story being told, even if you weren’t there. I want to remember those days and relish in the current moments by documenting them. Even though I have no education or true experience in this profession, I feel I am a teacher at heart. With that being said, I am a total girly-girl and appreciate all things beauty and fashion. Why not incorporate that profession by documenting sewing projects, decor DIY, fashion, hair styling, and makeup?
Plus, as my cousin CaSandra Winter – who has an amazing blog – says, blogging is cheaper than therapy! And….I am finding that to be so true! It is up to my readers whether they want to really see (read) what my life looks like through my blog, and it also allows my family to be able to stay up-to-date on our farm activities.
If you had to describe your blog, what tagline would you give it? That one is hard, because I don’t think I could describe it in a simple tagline. When I started blogging, I vowed that I would not be shoved into one blog arena or another. I am me. I am unique. My blog is equally unique. I love styling clients, personal shopping, detailing my closet contents with my fashion posts, beauty routines, documenting my life on the farm with my husband, and relaying written words that have moved me. I am a lover of love, of fashion, and of making women feel the very best in who they are. I am a teacher, a storyteller, and a public speaker. I am all of these, and above all else, I am a lover of my Lord. This is my space, my loom where all of my loves are intricately woven into a tapestry of my life. This journey of life is far too complicated and amazing all at the same time to not celebrate the unique you!