styleberryFAQ | style & beauty

Discuss beauty & style products?! TWIST MY ARM! Another one of my favorite subjects & quite a nice break from the heated BabyWise debate over on the styleberry facebook page. Whew! Keeping it light again today with some fun stuff that I use every day! Here are your FAQ’s on style & beauty!


Any advice on how to look chic on a stay at home mommy income (without feeling over dressed)?

Yes!! I wrote about it here & here. Enjoy! :)

And what are your go-to items or basics that you wear everyday?

I am a dress gal. Dresses, dresses & more dresses. I live in them! Flip flops in the summer (Rainbows for casual, but often fancier flip flops if I am feeling it) & boots (like my Steven Intyce) in the “winter.” You can learn how to tuck boots into jeans here. My Hudson Jeans & big cowl necked sweaters…when the weather is awesome. Jeans, shoes & handbags are where I put my money. You can wear any old top & it still looks chic if at least some of your accessories are designer quality.

What are your favorite stores/brands/websites?

Hmmm…so many! I don’t often shop online so stores I frequent include Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Anthro, Banana, J Crew occasionally LOFT and I love shopping for bargains at Marshalls & TJ Maxx. I often find all the Nordstrom brands there–you just have to know where to look! Oh, and Target!

Where do you shop?

^^ should answer it!

Where do you shop for your daughter’s clothes?

Hmmm. Grammy sends them?! Really though, she sends a lot of it. My favorite places are Nordstrom, Naartjie, BabyGap, Zara Kids, Target & occasionally Gymboree.

Do you have suggestions for where to shop for cute baby boy clothes?

Zara Kids or Crew Cuts have my favorite baby boy clothes!

Do you have suggestions for a cute work bag/briefcase that is both functional and stylish?

I always used to get my work bags from Franklin Covey. & holy moly–haven’t been to the site since I left the workforce, but Amy Butler has a line over there now! CUTE! But my bags were always black, conservative & HUGE.

Have any favorite everyday purses that you recommend!?

Hmmmm. I recommend my favorite HOBO Wallet (the Lauren) but I am not brand loyal to bags. I tend to buy one really expensive one every year or so. & I usually fall head over heels for it. My favorite splurge bags have been random Italian leather finds at Marshalls! One I picked up for $200 & found online for $650 the same day. SCORE! My best advice, dig, be picky & save so you can splurge!


What brand of make-up do you use?

I am a loooooong time user of Bare Minerals. It was developed back in the Bay Area & I used it way before it became popular! I’ve been using it for almost ten years now.

What are your must-have makeup products?

  • Bare Minerals Powder
  • Bare Minerals Bronzer (Faux Tan is my favorite)
  • Blush (I use Vintage Peach)
  • Bare Minerals Mineral Veil (key to not having shiny skin in this nasty southern heat & humidity)
  • Urban Decay Eye Pencil (in Bourbon)
  • Shu Uemura Mascara (it’s pricey, but it lasts forever–especially when you wear it maybe once a week…)
  • Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
  • Japonesque Makeup Brushes (again, pricey, but mine have lasted nearly eight years now & look brand new, as I have cared for them well)

& what they look like on:

What’s your skincare regimen?

I keep it super simple, but I was blessed by the skin fairies. I’ve never had any major problems with my skin that I’ve had to trouble shoot. I’ve been using this routine for gosh, ten years? I credit a lot of my success to eating a very clean diet & drinking TONS of water (like at least a liter a day). I think that diet & hydration are key. Oh, and I never go to the pool without a hat with a huge brim. The sun scares me. I stay out of it!

What are your must-have hair products?

I was a Kerastase user for about seven years, but Nowlin recently converted me over to his favorite products by L’Oreal Professionnel & I am seeing equally as good results without spending as much money. Make sure you buy them directly from L’Oreal or a salon so you know you aren’t getting a counterfeit product. Soon Nowlin will be offering them on his website–& I cannot wait to be able to send you there! I use:

What is your favorite nail polish shade of all time?

OPI Cara Mia Crimson :) Just enough shimmer that it stays on my toes forever…

Do you have any favorite products that I just NEED to try? Many of these I have discovered thanks to friends who were huge fans. Let me know what you love!!

Hi! Hello! I am Shawna, the founder of Styleberry Blog. This creative corner of the internet has become a learning haven for moms and creatives, offering a warm and encouraging nudge to those who wish to be better and do better, but often don't know where to start. From Decorating to DIY to Diapers and Paleo-ish Dishes, I strive to make the complicated simple and empower women to take action beyond their personal comfort zone. I subscribe to the Shine Theory & so strongly believe that we shine when the women around us shine and mutual support—lifting up instead of tearing down--will always be the culture here. Are you in? I hope so! Beyond the computer, I run Styleberry Creative where I work with clients to create low fuss, high function spaces that are pretty and practical in San Antonio, Texas and beyond. I LOVE making a house a home. My own studs out renovation is now complete and I am now back to working with clients. Please don't hesitate to drop me a line if you'd like to work together! I hope you’ll join me on this fun new adventure! Xo.