Ask Me Anything – I’m Doing a Q&A!

Summer outfit - striped shorts, one shoulder top
Love this summer outfit and the Chanel handbag
one shoulder top, striped shorts

Chanel vanity case in beige

Vertical stripes elongate your body - love these cute ones!
Summer outfit - striped shorts
Chanel handbag, similar HERE and HERE // Chanel earrings, similar HERE
Michele watch // Celine sunglasses, similar HERE // Steve Madden heels
David Yurman bracelet // MAC lipstick in “pink nouveau”

This is one of my favorite outfits I’ve worn in a while! These striped shorts are SO comfortable and they really elongate your body since they are high waisted and vertically striped. (I’m wearing the XS for reference.) I also love the one-shouldered top with it because it adds an element of playfulness! I’m crossing my fingers that the top comes back in stock (it sold out last night) but I think there’s a good probability it will be restocked – a lot of basic Topshop items usually do come back!

Okay on to the fun part! My birthday is on Friday and to celebrate, I’m going to do a Q&A blog post! I’ve seen other bloggers do this and think it’s such a cute idea… and I’ve never done a Q&A before. Feel free to leave me a comment, shoot me an email or comment on instagram with your question. I look forward to reading them! No question is off limits! πŸ™‚

xoxo

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  1. So first things first: I absolutely LOVE this look!!! <3

    And my question is: What were you doing before blogging full time? πŸ™‚ LOVE your blog girl!

    xo Vanessa from http://www.Trendique-Magazine.com

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  2. What a cute outfit! I feels classic because of the color and the Chanel bag, love it! Fun idea with a Q&A! I'm wondering if you still have another job or are you a full time blogger now?

    http://sequinsinpink.blogspot.com

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  3. Those shorts are so fun!! I love how they fit you! My comment is, do you have a media company or do you do all your own negotiating/deals with brands?

    xo,
    Sara Kate Styling

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  4. You're such a beautiful woman!! LOVE, love your bag!

    http://www.lartoffashion.com/2016/07/06/visit-helsinki-yume-love/

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  5. This combination is SO cute on you! I just love the shorts! And I can't wait to read the Q&A!

    Fizz and Frosting​

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  6. This outfit is perfection!

    I have 2 questions:

    What is your ethnic background or heritage?

    What is the coolest place you have traveled to?

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  7. How long does a blog post typically take you to write (not including taking the photos)? Is there any tricks you use to link up all your items for each post? That seems to be so time consuming. Thanks πŸ™‚

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  8. LOVE that top, I really need to get myself a one shoulder this summer!

    xoxo
    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl
    http://poorlittleitgirl.com

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  9. Question: Are you living in Charlotte still? You mentioned something about your mom coming to Winston.

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  10. This is such a beautiful outfit, Caitlin! It really so gorgeous. Two questions: 1) How old are you turning? 2) What camera body are you currently using?

    Arum Lilea

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  11. Those shorts are so cute! I love the vertical black and white stripes. It looks so chic!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

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  12. Those shorts! <3

    Your hair looks super thick. How long does it take you every day to get it so perfect/what is your hair care routine? I have super long, thick hair as well.

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  13. Hair, Hair, Hair! Is your hair naturally that thick or do you take supplements or do special hair treatments? I wish I had your gorgeous hair.

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    • Anonymous

      In love with your hair. What products do you use?

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  14. Do you blog full time or do you also have a day job? If so, what? And how do you balance it all?

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  15. Cutest outfit ever!! LOVE this top!

    How Gorgeous

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  16. LOVE that top/shorts combo! So excited to read your Q&A! What is your absolute favorite designer handbag?

    http://www.rosyoutlookblog.com

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  17. I love this outfit!

    Question: 1) Need all hair care products, how you take care of it, etc) 2) how do you shop for your blog? Do you go to a store to get ideas or just shop online?

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  18. I have so many questions! haha. Hopefully you pick one you like πŸ˜‰

    What would you do if you weren't a blogger?
    What is your favorite place you've gotten to visit because of blogging opportunities?
    What do you like to do for alone time/down time to just really relax?
    What is your favorite thing about your boyfriend?

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  19. How did you turn your blog into a career? How does one get started on becoming a full time blogger and is it feasible?

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  20. I love the birthday Q&A! Such a cute idea πŸ™‚
    What is your current fitness routine?
    How do you negotiate with brands for sponsorships?

    http://www.altogetherbeautifulblog.com

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  21. One of my favorite looks!!

    // http://lifeplusbe.com/

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  22. I love the questions I have seen above and would love if you answered the one above about if you have a media team or if you do all of the outreach/negotiating with brands that you work with? (Specifically curious about your travel adventures :)) Thank you so much!!

    Blessings, Rebecca πŸ™‚
    PS Happy Early Birthday!! πŸ™‚

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  23. I love this Look and have a similar one at home πŸ™‚
    I would like to know how you style your Hair?
    How you take your Pics? Becauise they are so clean and clear, i love the white color in your pics. Is it with photoshop? Or when du you take the pics?

    Kisses from germany

    Johanna

    http://www.fashionstylebyjohanna.com

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  24. Happy almost birthday! I can't wait to read the Q&A! Where do you look for inspiration when you feel like you're in a creative rut?

    xo, Nina
    Law of Fashion Blog

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  25. 1. What is one this you love to do that isn't related to blogging, travel, or fashion?
    2. If your time blogging was to end in a year what would you like to do for work?
    3. How much time do you spend shopping at a physical store versus online? That's a lot of online browsing! πŸ™‚

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  26. I know you eat well and try to be healthy but do you work out? Your clothes always look so great on you!!

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  27. Love this outfit! The one shoulder top is stunning! My question is what setting you typically shoot your photos in and what specific tools you use in lightroom/photoshop to edit your pictures

    HashtagFabLife

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  28. Where is the most exotic place you've visited?
    How do you get such beautiful curls? πŸ˜€

    21standmain.com

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  29. How have you been editing your pictures on Instagram lately?? They look so good!

    XO Katie
    http://allglammedupstyle.com

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  30. This is such a cute outfit and your right the shorts look adorable. I recently just wore a top like this and they are just so cute and fun. My question is Would you ever visit the Philippines and if you do I'd love to meet you? Also I know you probably already got this question or something like it but would you mind showing us all your camera and accessories you use for blogging? Please and thank you.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

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  31. This post, and your blog are perfect! are there any financial tips you'd give to someone starting a blog?

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  32. Cute look! Love those shorts.

    What are the struggles of blogging? Everything about the job seems glamorous and amazing. At what times are you pushing yourself to work, or what are some things you don't Iike to do?

    Thanks!

    http://www.Melanie-V.com

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  33. Hi Caitlin!

    What are your favorite places to eat and favorite things to do in Charlotte?

    xoxo,

    Kalina | simplysemisweet.blogspot.com

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  34. It seems like you never wear clothes more than once, which makes it hard for readers to relate. Would you consider doing points about how to style items more than one way?

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  35. Cute outfit!

    My question: being a fashion blogger it seems you have to buy new clothes,shoes,etc very often. Do you constantly make donations to make room for new things?

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  36. What are some of the "behind the scenes" facts you can share with us? i.e. sponsorships/PR packages, taking photos, maybe some of the not-so-glamorous aspects (if any). Thanks!

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  37. What other blogs do you read/follow?

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  38. Hey Caitlin!

    I check your blog everyday and always love seeing how gorgeous you look in pictures and how your fashion blogging career has truly taken off. For the smaller bloggers like myself what are some tips to get more exposure without annoying people with comments like "come check out my blog?"

    http://www.jerseygirltexanheart.com

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    • Love that question!! I know you asked Cait but I have advice for commenting. (By the way, commenting on other blogs with a link back to yours is called Cross Pollination. Not a lot of fashion bloggers seem to know the nerdy tech lingo so I figured I'd throw that out there. My husband works in internet marketing haha.)

      Cross P is an important part of getting exposure for your blog; however, two rules of thumb I like to live by:

      1. I only comment on blogs that I genuinely love. (For example, I'd read and love this one even if I weren't a blogger so that makes me feel like it's not "taking advantage" of Cait's creative space or being spammy if I comment on Southern Curls and Pearls!)
      2. Don't ever do cross P when you're tired! I know that sounds random but sometimes if I try to do it too late at night I just get defeated like WHY ARE THERE SO MANY GORGEOUS STYLISH GIRLS BLOGGING OUT THERE. WILL ANYONE READ MINE?! Haha. Whereas if I'm genuinely in the mood to be inspired (and not exhausted) I'm just happy for the all hardworking, stylish, creative other girls out there doing what they love.

      Again, I'm sorry to presume and butt in on your question! But I hope that helps! Between the fact that I live with someone in the biz and have gotten emotionally in touch with what feels "right" for me, I couldn't help but weigh in on this important discussion. πŸ™‚

      xox Xx Maya from Maya Unmarketed

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  39. What camera do you use for all of your blog posts? They are always so clear and perfect! Would love your help! x Arianna http://www.blakeandgold.com

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  40. First of all, love you and love your blog! How to you get rid of all the clothes,shoes and bag you don't wear anymore or outdated. Do you donate or sell anywhere? πŸ™‚ XX

    Shall We Sasa

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  41. My question is: How do you make money blogging full time?!

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  42. Hi Caitlyn! I was wondering who takes your pictures and what camera and settings is it on? Also do you use an edit website at all? Also what is your career?

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  43. Gorgeous shorts and top! You look adorable!

    http://MARTASFASHIONDIARY.com/

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  44. This outfit is super cute and I love those sunnies!

    My question for you is, what is your favorite part of blogging?

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  45. So excited for the Q&A!

    1) What are some of the biggest things you learned from your past relationship?
    2) How did you meet your current bf and how long have you been together?
    3) What are 5 facts that most of your blog readers don't know about you?

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  46. Such a gorgeous chic outfit Caitlin! I love that top, fingers crossed it comes back in stock!

    Also, so excited for your Q+A! I would love to hear how you recommend new bloggers get more exposure for their blog (both on social media and the web)?

    xo,
    Caitlin
    caitlincarol.com

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  47. You are too adorable!!
    ||D I A N A||
    http://www.TheNeonFactor.com

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  48. Love your outfit! I have two questions for you: What is your favorite outfit post you've done? Where are your favorite places to shop? I can't wait for the Q&A!
    XO Alyson | My Life as Alyson

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  49. LOVE this outfit, Caitlin! Just recently started following you because I love fun outfits like yours. Happy almost birthday too!

    1. Where does the majority of your blogging income come from? Affiliate links, click ads, or sponsored posts?
    2. Where do you shop for CHANEL accessories?! Do you always buy new or are you more of a vintage gal?
    3. What's your secret talent?

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  50. Anonymous

    Hey Caitlin, You and Emily are my biggest blogger inspirations πŸ™‚
    My question is how old were you when you started blogging and how long did it take to get your first big brand collaboration?

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  51. Hi Caitlin! Happy early Birthday! I am so glad I found your blog as your posts are always so informative and your pictures are gorgeous! I love when bloggers do Q&As. I have so many questions and actually a lot of people asked some of them already. My other question would be how long were you blogging before you could make a full time living off of it? I just started in April so I know I have some time but I hear others were able to quit their "regular" job after a year to blog full time. That would be my dream!! <3

    Thanks!!
    Michelle
    jellarie.blogspot.com

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  52. You're style is so amazing!! I love those shorts and your bag is gorgeous! Can't wait for the Q&A πŸ™‚

    xox |Tess
    Sequins are the New Black

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  53. I really love your blog, I live in Charlotte and loved seeing where you were out and about when you lived here too. My question is more of a comment, but I guess you could address it as a question… your posts never/rarely specify if an item/brand/trip is sponsored by a certain store/brand/etc, so I'm sometimes wary about your recommendations because I never know whether it was brought on by yourself (your recent make up post), or because of a company sponsorship (just about every other post). I would love to see more transparency with your posts, which I've heard is a big sticking point right now: https://www.businessoffashion.com/articles/intelligence/the-art-of-disclosure-fashions-influence-economy-and-the-ftc

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  54. Q&A. Do you work as a model? You are so pretty. Love your blog.

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  55. How much of your clothing posted do you actually purchased versus what is gifted from sponsors?

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  56. Hey Caitlin!
    First of all, I read your blog every day and absolutely love your style! For you Q &A, I was wondering if you could tell us how you keep in such good shape, especially how you keep your legs so toned, yet thin! I am in college and sometimes struggle with keeping my legs toned, so I was wondering if you had any tips! I wear an xs, so I am always worried about bulking up when doing certain workouts. Also i was wondering if you could share your tips on starting/maintaining a blog while in college. Thanks πŸ™‚

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    • I second this! I want to keep my legs slim, even with muscle. Is there anything you avoid eating or limiting to help keep your legs slim AND toned? Where do you tend to gain weight, if any?

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  57. Such a cute & classy outfit! And I'm loving all of the Chanel!!

    Jordan: The Teacup of Style
    Instagram: @teacupofstyle

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  58. I saw your recent post about becoming a morning person and devotional reading. I'd love to know your faith story and how it influences your daily life. Thank you!

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  59. Hi, long time reader, love your content! Q & A- Do you ever get anxiety about being so dressed up in public and/or worry about trolls/creeps. How do you keep a thick skin?

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  60. Love the vertical stripes! What a cute outfit!

    My questions for you:
    How long were you blogging before you decided to do it full time?
    Can you write a post about what a typical work day is like for you? I know each day is different but I just want to know how much time you spend photographing, writing posts, and doing business related things for your blog.

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  61. I have 2 questions for you 1. what camera lens and settings do you use to take your gorgeous photos? πŸ™‚ (I have a hard time taking photos in the strong light of the day and would love to know if you have any recommendations) and 2. How long were you blogging before you decided to go full time? How did you know you were ready, and what factors went into your decision? Ok, maybe that was more than 2 questions. πŸ™‚

    xoxo,
    Bailey
    Here’s The Skinny

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  62. How do you plan your outfit out.

    http://www.amysfashionblog.com/blog-home/

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  63. Hi! I absolutely love your blog soo much (you're literally my favorite)! My question is what are your favorite lenses for taking photos? They're always fantastic! xx

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  64. Anonymous

    Just adore you and your outfit… so perfectly styled! What is your favorite part of blogging?

    xo, Jennifer
    http://www.publicistinpearls.com

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  65. Those shorts are fabulous! I'd love to know more about your previous career and the path that you took to blogging full time.

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  66. Hi Caitlin!

    I know you have said before that you don't use extensions in your hair. How did you get your hair to grow so naturally long and full and how to you keep it that way?

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  67. Hi Caitlin!

    I know you have said before that you don't use extensions in your hair. How did you get your to grow naturally so long and full? How do you keep it that way?

    Love your blog!

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  68. YESSS such a cute idea!!! Happy early birthday! I have so many questions I don't even know where to begin. Here goes haha…

    1. What camera/lens do you recommend for someone who has a nikon D3300 with a kit lens and wants to upgrade her lens game BUT is on a bit of a budget? I saw you and Emily's snapchat tutorial a couple months ago she mentioned a "nifty fifty" for around $100? Do you use that too? Also how did you and your Mama learn photography? Just free youtube tutorials or did you do Udemy or Treehouse or anything of that nature?
    2. What was your process when you were a beginning blogger, before you could afford to buy as many new clothes? Just create cute outfits with what you already had and link to similar items? I'm a new blogger and that's what I do currently but I'd love your input!
    3. What's been your process for "crossing T's and dotting I's?" Do you consult an attorney and/or an accountant for Southern Curls and Pearls?
    4. What's your process for shooting? Do you typically shoot more than one look at a time so you don't have to do your hair and makeup every day? Do you prefer sunrise or the golden hour or does it depend?
    5. Any must-have apps? Face tune? Aviary? etc?
    6. Do you do any kind of gloss/treatment at the salon? Gloss? Kerastase? Olaplex? LOVE your hair!!
    7. Do you have any secrets for being so thin without having any prominent veins? I'm thin too but the more I work out, the more my arm and hand veins bulge. I hate it! Sorry if that's a weird question haha.
    8. Do you have anything you do to stay awake/energized besides coffee? Any kind of herbal supps like Optimind (I've tried it but I didn't feel like it did anything. A friend swears by it though!) or BrainOn?
    9. If you could give one piece of advice to your past self as a brand new blogger, what would it be? Would you do anything differently?
    10. What personality quality do you find has been most important in your journey to success? Congrats on that success, btw! You're killing it and I admire you tons! Both for your style and success as a business owner!

    Okay whew… Ten questions is probably enough! πŸ˜‰

    Thanks so much in advance and I LOVE your blog!!!

    Xx Maya from Maya Unmarketed

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  69. Love this outfit! The striped shorts are the cutest!! // Questions: What are your favorite & least favorite things about blogging? What would you be doing if you weren't a blogger? Where is somewhere you would love to travel to?
    xo, Wendie

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  70. Love your outfit! Sophie x

    sophiehmstewart.com

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  71. Happy almost birthday! Do you have any tips for people who are looking to start a blog? What do you think you would be doing if you weren't a blogger? Also, how long did it take you before people were really starting to read your blog?

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  72. Love those high waisted shorts! Does your mom still take your pictures for the blog?

    xx Kathryn
    http://www.chicandshimmer.com

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  73. There are a looot of good questions here, hope you answer the most of them πŸ™‚

    My question:
    How do you manage it to stay so fit and healthy? When I'm stressed out for example I just eat pizza and chocolate… what are you eating over the whole day and what are your tips for a healthy lifestyle?

    xx Kate

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  74. Anonymous

    Awkward, semi-intrusive question: how much do you weigh? I just think you have the most perfect shape! <3
    Also, and these questions have most likely been asked in the previous questions, but just to be sure: what kind of camera/lens do you use? Did you ever set a goal to have a full-time blogging career? If you could only shop at one store for the rest of your life, where would it be?
    Seriously love your blog. ^_^ And happy birthday!!!

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  75. Would you ever cut your hair?

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  76. Anonymous

    Happy birthday! My question is where do you see yourself in 5 years? In 10 years?

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  77. Question: tips for getting back together with an ex boyfriend? "Rules" to follow?

    Does a media company handle your sponsorships or do you do it all yourself??

    Love the outfit πŸ™‚

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  78. Cutest outfit ever Cait!!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  79. Love your blog! I would love to see a "behind the blog" post – sort of like a behind the scenes look Into everything it takes to run this awesome space

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  80. Hi! I love your blog! Just wondering if you use sunless tanner and, if so, what brands you like for body and face, how you apply (including what exfoliants you like) and how often. Thanks!

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  81. It looks great

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  82. How are your layers cut? Thanks.

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