Reader Request Week: Ask Elle--All About Elle

To wrap up Reader Request Week, I thought I'd do a Q&A:

What's the one thing you would most like to accomplish in your life?
By Heather 

  • When I was 18, I made a 30x30 list. I completed everything (and more) on that list, except get married/have kids and learn to drive a stick shift (manual). So those!

What is the WEIRDEST product you've ever used???
By Jax 

My question is: If you could describe yourself in just one word, what would it be?
By Heather 

  • Caring

Hi Elle! Could you possibly do a post on how to use the Sunsilk Straighten Up? 
By Theresa 

  • It's not a product that's readily found in stores anymore (sad face), but I use it as I would any serum/cream. I put it in my wet hair and comb through. It helps straighten, soften my hair, defrizz it, and get the waves out. I still can curl it though. I either blow dry or air dry and then style as usual. Regardless, I'd have to use heat though.

Subjects like why you blog, where you grew up, who taught you how to be feminine?
By Shybiker 

  • I blog because I feel like I'm helpful. I love the community and kinship I feel here.
  • I grew up in Waycross, GA...a small South Georgia town. I always had mixed feelings about growing up in a small, judgmental town, but looking back I wouldn't change it.
  • My paternal Grandmother & my paternal Great Granny (Sugar) and of course, my mom & sisters.
  • My Grandmother (still) runs a beauty shop, so growing up around makeup and getting my hair done was my norm. Fun!
  • My Sugar owned a dress shop in the 70s, and seeing all of her clothes and costume jewelry definitely left an impression!

Here's a question - what are some ways to get rid of puffy eyes from lack of sleep, crying, etc.--
Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird

I would like to know how you were published in a real live magazine! I think it's such an amazing accomplishment and I want to hear more--Laura

  • Thank you!!! It's been a dream of mine and I still can't believe it. The magazine contacted me--as simple as that! Seriously, that's what happened. The hardest part was waiting, and telling people for months it was gonna happen. And it finally did! For the most part, the response has been positive. I have encountered that haven't been supportive (Oh, that must be a local magazine or something. You? Why? Her blog sucks, mine's better etc). I've been tickled when friends/fam from all over the country send me pics of them with the magazine. My friends even threw me a surprise party to celebrate!

"Post more pics of yourself!"-- a lot of y'all!
  • Ok.
obligatory bathroom pic, braves game, do use while driving
australia, well, um, it's me, cancun
obligatory b&w bathroom pic, me? in stripes? you must be kidding, serious dancer

Anything you'd like to know? Comment!
And I'll update this post.

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I'd want to win it.
There will be four winners.
This is not a poem.


  1. I love beer on the hair! I remember in middle school i read it in a magazine and I asked my Mom if I could try it. She was worried I would drink it, I was like Mom- I'm 12! and I didn't. Now when I do it, I must admit I have one swig before doing it! But I'm many years past legal :)

    I'm still planning on driving a manual car too! every guy in my life who has promised they would teach me has failed me! :)

  2. Haha! Never heard of beer on the hair before! Might have to try it this summer. I wonder if the quality effects the outcome...

    I suck at manual. I've tried so many times. I've accepted it as one of those things I am just no good at.

  3. Koala AND dolphin? I'm jealous!

  4. Elle, this is so fun! I love the concept!! You are great. You are so lucky to have grown up like that. I love 70's style clothing. I love boho, any day over anything else. Love.


  5. You are amazing, Elle! Such a wonderful person and I'm so happy I can learn more about you bit by bit. xo

  6. Lovely interesting post, it was learning more about you. Its so great that you achieved everything on your list. Happy Friday dear!

  7. yay, another planner! i made a 5year plan when i was in university and by the time i was 24, i crossed off every item from that list :)

    btw, will this fab new giveaway be offered to your northern friends (canada)? *winkwink*

  8. I love getting to know you a little better!

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

  9. Love this post! Great pics!! You've been to Australia? That is awesome!! Sounds like you have lots of fabulous women in your life. Hope you have a great weekend!!

    Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

  10. Good for you for completing your 30by 30 list! I'm still trying to chip away at mine, but I only have a 1 1/2 years to go :o/

  11. Love your responses on who taught you to be feminine, and I'm glad you appreciate growing up in a small town :) And I would agree that you're a caring person! Have a great weekend, Elle!

  12. Love this post:) I love reading personal stuff about my fave bloggers! And yes...definitely more personal pics.

  13. Aww I liked hearing about all the beauty influences in your life. Man I need to learn how to drive manual too!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  14. Here's a question - what are some ways to get rid of puffy eyes from lack of sleep, crying, etc.

  15. Love your Q&A and you *are* very helpful! :)
    Also, you're so beautiful you def. need to post more pics of you :)

  16. Love learning more about you! I may have to try beer in my hair. Interesting.

  17. thanks for this post, i learned a lot especially on beauty tips!

    It’s a GIRL Thing

  18. I've never tried beer on the hair, but I kind of want to now!
    xo Josie

  19. So fun to hear that your Grandma owns a beauty shop. How could you not love all things beauty, right? :)

    Have a great weekend, Elle! xoxo

  20. This is great! I would like to know how you were published in a real live magazine! I think it's such an amazing accomplishment and I want to here more...and I read the beer/hair post. It would be smelly, wouldn't it?

  21. Haha, beer on your hair? Sounds so funny

    xoxo Sootjeelina <3

  22. Loved reading your answers. Off to read your post about under eye puffiness! My dark circles are crazy right now.

  23. Beer for your hair! I gotta check that post out :D lol Xox <3 hautepinkpretty.com

  24. Beer on your hair??? Oh I need to read up on that!!! :)

  25. I've put beer, egg, lemon juice and some more in my hair. That is awesome you were able to complete your 30x30 list.

  26. How fun that your grandmother runs a beauty shop! :)

  27. Great post!
    Concerning your question on my blog (u got my answer there)- I speak, use and understand more languages... At the end Google translator is not so good tool for some languages!:)

  28. Great post! Love the indepth information and the pics.

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  29. Really sweet post! I love reading and doing these.
    Can't believe you made that list of things you wanted to do and did almost all of them!
    I might make one :)

  30. you're so fun!!


  31. Such lovely, interesting answers! :)

  32. It's nice to learn a little more about you!

  33. Love all the answers, I loved learning more about you! You are so gorgeous and your blog provides so much useful information! Thank you! xoxo


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