Q+A Tag (1st Post on the New Blog!)

Welcome, everyone!  Wow, I can’t believe I did it, but I created my own, self-hosted blog.  My new web address is https://instinctivelyenvogue.com.  It would mean the world to me if you continued to be the amazing supporters you have been, as I have enjoyed connected with each and every one of you.

The lovely Danetigress nominated me to participate in this fun Q+A tag.  Please check out her fun beauty and fashion blog!

I will answer the 10 questions she has left for me and create 10 of my own for other 10 other bloggers.  See the nominees at the end of the post!

Danetigress asked the following questions.  Find my respective replies below each question:

~What got you into blogging?

I have been a stay-at-home mom of my twin girls ever since they were born 2.5 years ago.  Once they turned 2, I knew I wasn’t yet ready to return to teaching elementary school, but I realized I needed to do something for myself that was completely unrelated to mom duties and housewifery.  My mom gave me the idea of starting a blog, and the next day, my blog was born.  I had no idea what I was doing, but I have loved it every step of the way and hope to continue loving it for years to come.

~How do you edit your photos?

I take all of my photos with my iPhone, although we do own a Nikon, which I hope to transition to eventually.  I recently discovered the app Photoshop Express on my iPhone, and I use it to improve clarity and reduce noise in a lot of photos.  I look back at some of my first posts and cringe at the blurry images!  Also, I try to limit filtering to maintain the integrity of the photos.

~What’s your favorite hobby?

My number 1 hobby (outside of blogging) is definitely shopping, and when I am not shopping-1073449__340shopping, I love relaxing on the beach or reading novels.  I also enjoy cooking comfort food, sipping on Cabernet, and watching The Bachelor or The Bachelorette.

~What’s your favorite makeup product?

This is tough.  If we are referring to which product I would hate to leave the house without wearing, it would have to be mascara.  I have eye allergies, which perpetuate the tired appearance of my eyes, so mascara is a must.  Check out my high and low favorites here.

~What do you use as your photo backdrop?

I like to use neutral backdrops:  a simple whiteboard, neutral tile, or a light-colored granite countertop.

~Which country would you love to travel to?

Italy is on my bucket list.  I am of Italian heritage, and I love my wine.  I would love to sightsee in Rome and then head to the Tuscan countryside.tuscany

~What’s the hardest part of your makeup routine?

The most tedious part would definitely be applying eyeshadow.  There are just so many
layers to the whole process (pun intended), and sometimes it’s cumbersome to blend the darker shades.  Here is my current favorite palette by tarte.  See how I use it in my 5-minute makeup routine.  tarte-energy-noir

~What’s your favorite skincare?

I’ve never met an Olay product I didn’t like.  (I’ve been using them since I was a teenager!)  I am currently using Olay Total Effects Moisturizer+Serum Duo.  It’s not too light or heavy and has the perfect blendable texture.  It is great for combination skin.

~Kylie Jenner Lip Kits Yay or Nay?

They look enticing, but I have never tried one!  I am sure I will one day soon, but if they are all liquid mattes (Are they??), I don’t want it.  I am not a huge fan of liquid mattes.

~Who’s your biggest inspiration?

My mom!  She’s kind, giving, patient, and has the best heart.  She raised me to have the same attributes, and I could only hope I would be halfway as golden.

That was fun!  I hope you enjoyed reading my responses.  Great questions, Danetigress!

Here are the nominees:

Owl U Need Is Luv

Jessica Jade


Queen of the Girl Geeks

Bluefish Beauty

Alifya Lifestyle

Saturday on Wednesday


sunshine and teacups


Sophie Samantha

My questions are:

  1. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
  2. What’s your favorite online shopping destination?
  3. When and why did you begin blogging?
  4. What is your favorite subject to blog about?
  5. Describe an ideal day off from work or school.
  6. What do you love most about blogging?
  7. Which place did you love traveling to most, and why?
  8. Where is your favorite place to purchase makeup and beauty products?
  9. Where is your favorite place to buy clothes?
  10. Who is your celebrity role model?

That’s what’s up today guys…a brand-new blog and a fun get-to-know-me post.  It was the ideal first post!  Thank you so much for reading.  Don’t forget to comment and share!

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  1. 9.20.16
    Karen said:

    You are awesome.❤️

  2. 9.21.16
    Kathy said:

    Way to go! Thanks for all the great inspiration!

  3. 9.21.16
    Kathy said:

    Way to go! Thanks for the great inspiration!

  4. 9.21.16
    Lisa said:

    Congrats! So proud of you! ?

  5. 9.21.16
    Alexa said:

    Congrats sweetie! Many kissessss and keep up with this great blog! :*

  6. 9.21.16

    Thank you for the nomination <3 So jealous you live in Italy, such a wonderful and beautiful country!

  7. 9.21.16

    Thank you so much for the tag! I will get on this asap. Love the new design! Congratulations!

    • 9.21.16

      Thank you so much! I accidentally enabled mobile mode in my settings earlier, not knowing what it was, and it made my blog look so plain on mobile devices. Ahh! Hopefully you saw the real thing. I fixed it now. Enjoy doing the tag! It was a fun post.

  8. 9.22.16

    Thanks for the nomination!! Enjoyed reading through this! 🙂


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