Ask Kate Anything

Have a question for Kate about hair, beauty, style, home decor or family? Ask Kate or explore the frequently asked questions below! You can also send an e-mail to [email protected] if you prefer to ask a question via e-mail.


Life

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Free time, what’s that?! Just kidding. I love to play with my kids outdoors, I love to read, and I really enjoy being in the pool in the summertime. I enjoy traveling and cooking and going out to connect with girlfriends or family. I love movie nights with Justin and putting together puzzles while I listen to him play guitar after the kids have gone to bed. I’m happiest at home with a cup of coffee around my family.

Life

Tell us about your family…

I am wife to Justin and mom to David, Luke, and Emily. We live near Raleigh, NC. David and Luke are 14 months apart and Emily is 2 years younger. They are all different with amazing personalities that I have the pleasure of seeing the older they get and I love being their mom.

Justin’s a fantastic dad and husband and runs his own drone flying business called Raleigh UAV.

Life

What do you love about Raleigh?

So many things!

One. The climate. 

Two. The city-feel with access to beaches and mountains.

Three. Southern warmth, and I’m not talking about the weather.

Four. The food/restaurants.

Five. The flow of the city.

Six. The greenery and access to outdoor activities.

Seven. It’s full of great colleges, universities, medical care and has a strong research + technology market.

Eight. Lower than the average cost of living. 

Nine. Family-friendly with a great mix of community and privacy. 

Ten. It is continually highly ranked in “US best places to live” lists! 

Life

How did you get started as a Content Creator?

I started over 10 years ago as a blogger and posting hair tutorial videos on Youtube and Pinterest. The job has changed SO much over the past several years and I’ve found that I have to be adaptable at every turn. If you’d like to know more about my career path feel free to read all about it here:

Behind the Screens: Influencer Business Part 1

Life

How do you make money as an influencer?

Great question! I make an income in a few different ways and I really think it’s important to be transparent about being a content creator. This blog post will break it all down for you!

Behind the Screens: Influencer Business Part 2

Life

How do you organize your closets?

One. Take everything out of the space. 

Two. If you want to buy organizational containers, keep the receipt!

Three. Ask yourself, “if I needed to, could I replace this one day?”.

Style

Can you recommend a denim jacket?

I LOVE the Merly Denim Jacket from ABLE. It fits so well and is so soft and comfortable, especially for denim.

Style

What is your favorite bags for travel?

I recently purchased the AWAY carry-on and like it a lot. The backpack that works for me (and my family…you can never have too many snacks on a plane) is the Tumi Uma Backpack. I was so happy with this purchase.

Style

Where do you find your delicate gold jewelry?

I’m a huge fan of Miranda Frye for everyday basics. Their London necklace and tennis bracelet are two of my current favorites! I also love my gorjana pieces and my all-time favorite initial necklace is from Maya Brenner.

Style

Can you recommend a favorite bra?

Natori bras are extremely comfortable and fit my body really well, and if you’re interested in exploring some of my other favorite bras you can read this post!

Beauty

Where do you shop for beauty products?

I typically like Sephora or Ulta for makeup and some hair products. I’m a fan of Amazon as well, especially if I need something quickly. Target and Walmart have some great drugstore finds! As a former stylist, I also frequent Sally’s Beauty for many of my salon-quality hair products.

Beauty

Tell us more about your short haircut!

I love my new shoulder-length bob cut! If you need photos to show your stylist for a similar cut, you can find them here.

Beauty

I see your eyebrows have been mircrobladed. How long will it last?

Microblading is a semi-permanent tattooing method for your eyebrows. It can last for a while, sometimes up to 2 years. I will get them touched up annually. You can read more about my experience here.

Beauty

What is a lash lift?

A lash lift is like a perm for your eyelashes. It lasts about 6-8 weeks, depending on how frequently your lashes naturally shed. It’s a game-changer for stick straight lashes that won’t hold a curl!

Life

Are you originally from the South?

No, but I’ve lived in North Carolina since 2006. I’m originally from outside of Chicago, Illinois. I got weary of the winters and was craving a change, so I moved down south and never looked back!

Style

What robe do you love?

I absolutely love my Lake Pajamas Pima Cotton Robe.

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Style

Most versatile handbag?

I really love the size of the Tory Burch McGraw Camera Bag

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Beauty

What is your favorite blush?

I’m loving the Patrick Ta Powder + Cream Blush Duo in “She’s That Girl”.

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Beauty

Where can I find your tutorials?

On my Youtube Channel!

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Style

Where is your favorite place to shop for clothes?

It has to be Madewell!

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Beauty

Are you a hairstylist?

While I’m not currently working behind the chair, I was a hairstylist for many years before shifting over The Small Things full time. I knew at a young age I wanted to do hair, so I went to beauty school during high school and got my Cosmetology license at age 18.

Life

Where do you live?

I live in Raleigh, NC. I’m originally from Illinois, and grew up near Chicago! I love the South, but the pizza here doesn’t compare to Chicago Style Pizza!

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