What I Wore + Q&A

If you haven’t seen it, Instagram has this new Ask Me A Question feature in their Stories, so one night last week when I was bored at the beach, I decided to give it a whirl.

I don’t have many outfits from this week, so in addition to sharing my outfits today, I’m also posting the Q&A from my Instagram Story last weekend.

I’m always afraid it sounds super self-absorbed to tell people to ask me a question, as if I am that interesting, lol!!! But I always enjoy it when other bloggers do a Q&A, so I figured I may as well put it out there.

I got quite a variety of questions, and I know a lot of you aren’t on Instagram, plus I never know if my stuff is getting seen or not with the finicky algorithm, so I thought it might be fun to share them here. I’ll just intersperse what I wore this week among these questions. There’s not much to say about my outfits, it’s mostly the same old, same old! #tistheseason

Q // What kind of church do you attend?

A // We attend a PCA (Presbyterian Church in America) church that was started almost 15 years ago by our former church. When we moved to this area 12 years ago, we switched our membership.

Speaking of church, this is what I wore last week:

dress // similar shoes // earrings // bracelet // clutch

Q // How did you get into or decide to be a fashion blogger?

A // Totally a fluke! I sort of fell into it — I’ve been blogging since 2006, but it started out as a family/mom blog, turned into more of a lifestyle site with various topics, and at one point I even had a few contributors, but then I decided to niche down to fashion a few years ago. Who knows what’s next… I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. Haha!

Q // How do you keep your clothes organized and from not getting out of control?

A // Ahhh… that’s a constant battle. I keep blog clothes and my personal wardrobe separate, for one thing. I also have a basket where I put things I’m done with — to eventually donate or sell. I keep a separate basket with items I want to return, and I try to go through it and get them to the post office once a week, but that doesn’t always happen. I would actually love to hire someone to help me with managing all of that.

Q // Do your daughters ever ask to borrow your clothes and/or your purses?

A // Haha, no. They know better! That said, my older daughter sometimes rescues tops or dresses from my donation pile, and my younger daughter sometimes inherits my sneakers or sandals. (My older daughter doesn’t wear the same shoe size.) Oh, and sometimes they like to look through the jewelry and bags that I’m getting rid of, but that stuff is usually too mature for them.

Q // What is your least favorite thing about blogging?

A // For the Q&A, my answer was the technical side of things, and that can be a challenge for sure. But for this post, I’m going to amend this answer and say that equally as difficult is having so much information out there for public consumption. Sometimes I feel like I’m just talking to you guys — faceless internet people that I’ve come to know by your user names in my comments section, ha! It’s easy to get too comfortable with that and feel more anonymous than I should. I’m an over-sharer by nature, and I’m always trying to temper that with the realization that people from every part of my life can see everything I put out here.

When I go to church or to my kids’ school events, I’m aware that some people who I don’t know are familiar with what my house looks like inside, what I’ve spent on my outfit, what’s going on in my kids’ lives, and where I went to dinner the night before. It’s all very strange and disconcerting at times. I’ve had to make peace with this aspect of blogging, but sometimes I wish I could go back to being a completely anonymous “regular” person.

similar tee // jeans (option) // shoes (option) // bag // earrings // sunnies

Q // How did you and your husband meet?

A // Blind date! 🙂 You can read more about it if you want.

Q // Are you gluten-free by choice, or because of health issues? How do you stay so trim?

A // It’s for health issues, but I’m not celiac. It just doesn’t agree with me. I run and work out and try to watch my food portions… but it’s an uphill battle at 46!

Q // What kind of meals do you make for dinner? And do you take vitamins?

A // I don’t take vitamins because I’m lazy. I try to cook with real, whole foods as much as possible — mostly meat, veggies, potatoes, rice. I don’t buy packets and mixes and things; even when I make tacos or chili, I make it from scratch. That said, there are plenty of nights we do takeout or go out to eat or just snack. I probably cook a healthy home-cooked meal on average 4 nights a week.

Q // What is your favorite dessert?

A // That probably depends on the day you ask, but my go-to desserts when we eat out are flourless chocolate cake and crème brûlée — mainly because they’re the most common gluten free dessert options. I also love a good key lime pie.

top // jeans (option) // shoes (option) // bag // earrings // bracelet // ring

Q // Do you do your own housecleaning, or hire someone?

I’m going to preface this answer by saying, if you saw my Q&A on Instagram last week, I was trying to be flippant and funny when I responded to this question, but my husband and both daughters told me I sounded like a snob and my response was in poor taste. They were all in complete and unapologetic agreement on this, so if I came off sounding that way, I apologize.

I try very hard to weight my words carefully when putting them out there, and I’ve learned over the years to go with my gut if I feel like something I want to say is going to come off the wrong way, but it’s practically impossible to put as many words out into the public sphere as I do and never misspeak. So with that said, here’s my reframed answer… 😬

A // I have someone who comes in several times a month and does the major cleaning (floors, bathrooms, kitchen) but of course I still do a lot in between her visits, and Paul and the kids help too.

Q // Will you have another Shop Jo-Lynne’s Closet post?

A // Maybe at some point. It’s just a lot of work to sell things online, and I recently discovered Clothes Mentor. It’s easier than consignment because they decide what they want to take and pay you on the spot. I know I’m not getting as much for my things as I could if I were to sell them individually online, but if you consider the time involved in doing it that way, it might be a wash.

Q // Best over the knee boots that don’t cost more than $150?

A // I haven’t tried them, but I like the looks of the Steve Madden Brinkley. They get great reviews and are less than $100 at the #NSale.

Q // Best pant style to wear with ankle boots?

A // The nice thing about ankle boots is, you can wear them with pretty much anything. I like them best with ankle-length or cropped skinnies, but they’re also great paired with the cropped straight or cropped flare styles. You can wear bootcut jeans over them, but the pants have to be at the exact right length for the heel, so I’ll say an ankle-length skinny or cropped flare is the easiest.

See my how to style ankle boots post for more info! (I need to update that this fall.)

Speaking of jeans, I just got these J.Crew toothpick jeans in the mail, and they are SO GOOD and only $69.50. I know that’s not chump change, but they’re a lot less than most of the jeans I link to, and they’re really good for the price point. Comfortable, flattering, a nice light wash, and the perfect length too (for me, anyway.) They’re true to size, or size up if in between; I have the 29.

top // jeans // similar bag // shoes // earrings (pink cats eye) // ring // watch

Q // What is your favorite feature or aspect of your new home?

A // Ooooh… tough one. I love the privacy of the backyard and the pool. I love the mudroom, the 2nd floor laundry, and having a 5th bedroom. But most of all, I love how light and spacious it is throughout.

Q // Do you get Botox?

A // Nope! I’m not opposed, though. I’ve considered it for my forehead; I just haven’t gotten around to it.

And that’s all I’ve got! I’ll do this again another time, but you can always email me questions if you have them. I’ll work them into a Facebook Live, an Asked & Answered newsletter feature, or I’ll just reply to your email.

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