It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten to, and there’s been questions piling up.  Here’s a bunch that kind of pertain to me, & my opinions etc.:

hey carly! what do you think about lauren conrad’s book style? thanks!

Well, I haven’t read it (and I have never seen “The Hills” so have only an inkling of her claim to fame), but if there’s even one tip or idea in there that is helpful or new then it’s all worth it!  More power to her!

Socks or bare feet (and why)??

Socks…and legwarmers…and slippers!  My feet and ankles get really cold year-round.  Probably bad circulation or sumpin.’

how did you do the gradual glitter manicure that you have on your nails in the diy challenge tutorials?

Done by a gel nail professional in 3 layers.  She mixed gel with fine glitter, spread it on the nail, then hardened them.  Then she mixed more gel with medium-chunky glitter and spread it on the nail tips, and hardened them.  Then she sealed it all with another layer of clear gel and hardened it.

I love your photos – they look so professional..what type of camera do you use? Does it have a timer where you take your own shots or do you have a photographer?

Thanks for your kind words!  For most of my photos we use a Canon EOS 40D with a removable Speedlite 430EX II Flash and a 77mm (woops, my bad – edited 12/10) 24-105mm f/4 L lens.  The shots were I am visible or both my hands are in the shot (like my tutorials) are taken by my husband.  The rest of them are taken by me.  Sometimes when traveling it isn’t efficient to take this heavy camera and all its equipment, and so then we use a Sony Cybershot DSC-TX7.  The Canon has a self-timer but to our knowledge it will only take one shot at a time, so it’s just easier to wheedle my husband into taking my shots, though I am barking out directions on how to frame me and what details to take every step of the way.:-)

Hi Carly! I was reading you post about you Husband and you anniversary. I know you said you guys were fated for each other and I wanted to know if you believed in soulmates? Thanks for answering!

Sure I believe in soulmates – i.e., two people who feel so deeply connected they feel it’s at their souls.   I also believe that someone could have many soulmates; i.e., a different person who just fits perfectly with them at a certain point in their lives.  However, I don’t think one’s soulmate is necessarily the best person to spend the rest of your life with.  All of us change due to environmental factors, pressure from jobs, family roles, friends, changing situations, and maturity – someone who fits perfectly with you at a specific point in your life may not still fit with you 10 years (or even 5 years!) down the road as you change and mature.  I think the key to finding a successful long-term relationship is not to find the person who fits perfectly with you at the current moment, but to find the person who is a good-enough-fit for you, at present and in the future, and all the changes that you will weather throughout your life.  The median of all the ups and downs, if you will. And if that person happens to be your “soulmate,” then you’ve just won the lottery, lady!:-)

Hi Carly! I love your website and all your DIY’s. I’m an aspiring graphic designer and I wanted to know how did you go about getting/finding jobs like your recent one for Set Theory? I’m really interested into becoming a freelance graphic designer as well

Thanks for your kind words!  I haven’t had an exactly stellar record in the the getting/finding jobs arena, and have only looked in the obvious places (postings on or Craigslist, for example).  The “Set Theory” thing was a fluke, really – I just happened to meet the creator of it, and volunteered my time doing whatever they needed for the shoot. Volunteering your skills or interning could be a great way to get people to vouch for you, to network, and to stay connected to your industry.  You could get involved with your college alumni group in the area to network that way as well, or see if there are professional associations in your field.  You could also check out for informal gatherings and groups that might be of interest. Also, definitely check out if you haven’t already, as she is a freelance graphic designer and has a ton of tips for doing that, as well as advice on branding, portfolio-creation, networking, and marketing yourself.  It’s a must-read.

Part 1: What do you consider to be your personal favorite and least favorite of your own physical features?

I like my face in profile – I can see a number of my female ancestors in its shape.  Least favorite: a tie between my jawline and my knees…neither of which can be remedied by working out, diet, or anything else DIY.

Part 2: What are personal favorite and least favorite character traits about yourself? Emotionally, mentally, etc…. ????

Favorite: I’m really quick at thinking up solutions to problems…except when they’re my own LOL.  Least Favorite: I take everything reaaallly personally.  Comments on my blog, people who stop following my blog, people who don’t return email, family not celebrating a holiday that’s really important to me…  The ideas of “let things slide off your back” or “go with the flow” are difficult for me to master.

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Do you have any fashion/ or just blogs that you love to visit everyday?

I’ll visit daily since I love their witty sense of humor, and I’ll always pop in and check …love, maegan to see what she’s been up to. I’ll visit every couple of days, along with a couple other style blogs.  But those are probably my big fave 3 right there.

Hope that satisfies some of your curiosity!;-)

Next up in Part 3: DIY’ing answers!

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