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Hi Everyone! On Instagram Stories yesterday I asked you all, what you wanted to see more of on The Finishing Touch. I had a wonderful outpouring of suggestions and recommendations and am going to work on implementing them. One of the tops was a FAQ post.
I really want to be open and honest with you all. This is one of my favorite spaces on the internet and I want it to be yours too. With that being said, I will work on letting you into my personal life a little more but I would also love to get to know you all! I would love for you to email me (email@example.com) a little about you and what you want to see here. In the meantime, I have taken the top 10 questions I am asked and answered below. Let me know if there’s something I am missing and I would be happy to add it or answer for you!
How did you get into blogging/ Why “The Finishing Touch”?
Fun Fact: I am a Stella and Dot stylist and have been since September of 2016. I originally created The Finishing Touch – OKC on Intagram as a creative outlet and a way to share my #stelladotstyle. After a month or so, I realized that I was sharing more outfit post than I was jewelry and accessories and I wanted to do more. After a lot of thinking, I finally told Russell I wanted to start a Blog. He was fully onboard and even offered to start taking my pictures (needless to say he got good at Iphone 7s in the beginning). A few weeks later, I started working on my WordPress.com site. I was on the computer day and night (well – before and after work) creating and designing my website. There were tons of changes daily to my theme, the header, and everything in between. Finally on February 27th of 2017, Russell finally talked me into publishing The Finishing Touch an Oklahoma City life and style blog.
The name goes back to my original Stella & Dot Instagram. When I was thinking about names I really wanted something that reminded me of Jewelry and my initial mission which was sharing Stella & Dot. I always thought of accessories as “finishing touches” to your outfit and the name kind of stuck. Since then, I have considered changing my name but so far I have not thought up anything I was in LOVE with.
Do you have any advice on getting accepted into Reward Style?
This is a question I get all of the time. Truthfully, I am no expert on reward style or blogging and I can’t be sure exactly why I got accepted but my biggest advice is this… Stay engaged. For two months leading up to finally applying for Reward Style I posted every week day at the same time of day and worked to tag all of my photos with what products I was wearing. I actively commented and engaged with fellow bloggers and even my followers. Finally, I tried to make sure all of my photos were edited the same and had a consistent flow. I am not one of those bloggers that has an amazing color scheme that just mesmerizes you, but I did try to keep my outfits bright and simple which attracted a lot of my followers in the first place. For those of you still trying to apply to LIKETOKNOW.it GOOD LUCK – you’ve got this. If you have any other questions I would be happy to do my best to answer them.
What sizes do you typically wear/ how tall are you?
I am a 5’6.
I am a 34D to a 34DD so I typically size up in dress and tops to a medium. If I am wearing a small I will be sure to mention it in the post. I have a bigger back side 😉 so I really try to find higher waisted jeans but depending on the brand I wear between a 26 and a 27 in jeans and jean shorts. I am almost always ordering mediums in rompers, sweatpants, and any shorts that are sized like that.
Who is Russ/Russell?
Y’all don’t get me started on Russell. He is not only the best man I have ever met but I have been lucky enough to have known him since middle school and to call him mine for the last 2 ½ years. He is totally my rock, my best friend, my adventure buddy, and as of late he has been the one to make my little corner of the internet possible.
Who takes your photos?
I have a few different people I work with to take my photos. Who take them usually depends on the look, the week, and the vibe I am going for. I have a great friend Meredith Croak who has been taking my photos once or twice a month for the last few months. You can find her website here. I also have a couple of great blogger friends I occasionally meet up with to take pictures as well – Courtney from Life of a Medschool Wife and Abi from Abigail Say. I also am super lucky because Russell has played a huge role in taking my photos and that role is constantly growing with the new camera and equipment.
What app do you use to edit your pictures on your IPhone?
I try not to edit my photos too much but I do use a couple of apps. I have the full package on Rookie Cam – I love it. This app is great because it will allow you to adjust the brightness and contrast without turning your photos a weird color like the IPhone camera does. I also tend to use the “Bluebell” filter in the Vivid Focus package. It is a fairly bright filter with a blue tent that can be adjusted. It also has a blurring effect that can be adjusted which helps give your photos that expensive camera lenses “glow’. I also use the app ColorStory occasionally. There are a ton of great filters to brighten your photos or give it a warm glow. The great thing about this app is the free version has a ton of amazing filters!
Is that your natural color or do you use a go tanning/ use self-tanner?
I was honestly surprised by how often I get this question. I am definitely lucky because I was blessed with Olive skin. I do not go tanning nor do I use self-tanner (not that I am opposed to it – if you have a good self-tanner please comment below – winters are not my friend). Like my dad, I tend to tan very easy and most summers I am darker than I am now. I also have a pretty even completion so I tend to only use tinted moisturizer with SPF in the summer rather than my usual makeup base.
What is the pink lip color you always wear?
I love love pink lipsticks but I also wear a lot of Nude, especially in the office. I like that a good pink lip not only adds little color but also make your teeth look 10X whiter which is great in pictures (haha). I go back and forth between drugstore lipsticks and nicer brands like Clinique and Mac.
The bright pink I wear is “flat out fabulous” by Mac. I also wear a lighter pink called “fire and ice” and it is my first lip sense! As far as drugstore brands go I use a couple of different ones. The first is NYX Matte Lipstick in “Shocking Pink” and Wet n Wild’s MegaLast lip color in Smokin’ Hot Pink or a gorgeous nude called “Bare it All”
What store/s do you shop at the most?
Unfortunately, we do not have a Nordstrom’s in Oklahoma (yet – I am convinced we will get one) so I do most of my shopping from there online. I also love Dillard’s, Francesca’s, various boutiques around the city, Loft, and of course I am a loyal DSW customer. I am constantly mixing cheaper clothing (TJ Maxx / Target) with more expensive clothing from Dillard’s & Nordstrom’s. The majority of my work wear does come from Loft so I am constantly looking in their stores and on their websites for sales.
What are your favorite “reasonably priced” accessories brands?
I have heard from a lot of you that you would like to see more accessories, especially those that are reasonably priced or under $50! I totally hear ya! Accessories can completely transform you look but it’s so hard to spend a ton on an outfit then even more for the right accessories. I tend to go with these four stores when buying accessories:
Nordstrom – between their various partnerships they have a ton of vary reasonable priced jewelry, purses, and other accessories.
Stella & Dot – With new collections and pieces launching both quarterly and now monthly there is always something I need. Their signature engraveable necklaces have become a wardrobe staple. I throw mine on with everything. They also offer a ton of trendy pieces that are very versatile in every price point. One necklace can take you through the whole year by adding or removing a layer.
Charming Charlie – I have recently fallen in love with their on trend jewelry. They have several pairs of earrings and necklaces that are not only affordable but come in so many colors that you can always find one to match your outfit. I also love that they have perfect designer dupes when it comes to purses. This adds an extra element to your look without having to spend an outrageous amount of money.
Target – Y’all I love target. I am always finding perfect designer dupes on bags here. They also have a great selection of jewelry, and they have even stepped it up a notch with their SugarFix collection. I have been living in a few different pairs of their tassel earrings and I was shocked at how well they are holding up.
A few other places I shop for bags, jewelry, shoes, and other accessories are Dillards, Forever 21, & Francesca’s.