Q + A (Momming, Working, Side Hustling)

Hey friends hey!  I have been wanting to do another Q + A post for awhile now since I know there are  some new faces around here.  I also think posts like this are fun to read!  Hopefully this helps you get your Monday off to a great start!

Do you work full time & what do you do?

Yes, I work full time for a shoe company as an ecommerce site experience specialist.  I manage a couple of different brands and make sure that these websites provide an easy and elevated shopping experience to all of our customers.  I have worked in digital marketing/ecommerce in some capacity for the last 10 years and it has been fun to watch this industry evolve.

ecommerce site experience specialist

Photo cred:  Woven Bone Photography

How, why & when did you start your blog?

Emmy Lou Styles is an idea that had been brewing in my mind for a couple of years, but sort of got put on hold once we had our kiddos.  However, in September 2017 ELS officially launched!

Back in 2012 I had a little blogspot account where I documented our home renovation and DIY projects.  I’ve had the blogging bug for awhile.

I started ELS because this “bug” didn’t go away.  I’m by no means the most creative or best dressed person out there, but I do have this side to me and my blog is my way of expressing those ideas.

emmy lou styles blog

How do you find time for your side hustle?

I believe that if you have a passion for something, then you find the time.  The time I put into my blog definitely ebbs and flows depending on what life has thrown my way at an given time, but for the most part, I spend a lot of my weeknights on my laptop / phone after the kids go to bed.  Even before ELS started, I spent a lot of time on my computer at night doing many of the same things (i.e. online retail browsing/shopping, reading other blogs, scrolling Pinterest, etc).  The hubs is usually on the couch next to me and we sometimes turn on our latest Netflix binge at the same time.

I believe in old school pen and paper too.  I use a paper planner to try and plan out my content for about 2 weeks at a time (I’d love to get better at this and plan further out), however I’m not quite there yet.  I try to write out most of my IG copy on Sunday nights using the notepad on my phone (I find copy/paste works best using this).

Who takes your IG & blog pics?

This is a question I get asked A LOT.  The majority of my pics are taken by my husband on my iPhone 8 Plus.  We also have an Olympus E-M10 Mark III camera which I love!  It has an awesome app for your phone which allows you to quickly transfer the pics from the camera onto your phone, plus it takes great photos.

I usually try to have the hubs take some shots on Sunday afternoons when our youngest is napping.  But I also take my own (selfies, mirror selfies).  Side note, prior to starting this blog, I could probably count on one hand the amount of selfies I took of myself and actually put out into the worldwide web.

I also occasionally use professional photographers depending on what I need shots of, and so far most of these cases have been pro bono.

Number 1 piece of advice for new moms?

Don’t take advice!  You have to not get bogged down in all the things people will tell you, and modify / adapt advice based your baby.  Trust your gut, afterall, mama knows best!

Where do you typically shop for yourself?

Target – usually my go to for casual/work appropriate dresses!

universal thread red dress with buttons

Red Dress

Madewell – the best jeans!  I can’t believe I only discovered these magical jeans in the last year!

ASOS – trendier / fun pieces for events or the occasional night out!  Accessories too!

straw boater hat

Straw Boater Hat

Red Swimmie

H&M – depends on the season, but I usually have a lot of luck with sweaters here!

Forever 21 – trendy pieces that I don’t plan on wearing for long!

Old Navy – basics!

Gap – you can always find quality tops that pair great with denim!

Where do you shop at the most for the kids?

Target – Cat and Jack basics!

Old Navy – I love their mix and match shorts and tees (or pants and tees) depending on the season!

H&M – super cute affordable swimwear!

Do you have a workout routine?

Not really.  I take barre classes at The Bar Method when I can and I really enjoy this, but I’m looking for more cardio lately.  I plan to sign up for Class Pass soon so I can try out some new things and figure out what I like.  Suggestions are welcomed!

How tall are you and what size do you wear?

5’3″, 24/25 in most denim brands, XS/S in tops and 0/2 in dresses.

How old are you?

Halfway to 70.  Do the math.  Ewwww.

Thanks for stopping by and please let me know if you guys like posts like this!  If you have more questions you want me to answer, please comment below!  Have a great week!