Friday Five Vol. 6

The End of March Means New Beginnings
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The End of March Means New Beginnings[Location: Gather]

The end of March is nearing, but that just means new beginnings for this entreprenuer. From new travel opportunities to side-hustle endeavors and more!

I’ve been a busy bee lately. In fact, March has been one of the busiest months I’ve encountered since the holidays. It’s been a lot of ups and downs, that’s for sure, but I’m grateful for what it’s brought me and taught me. There have been some fun new adventures I’ve gone on, and more to come. Plus I’m working on multiple side-hustles that suck up every hour of my day. Let’s just say, this girl is running on some serious dry shampoo and lots of coffee.

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Friday Five Vol. 6

Oh The Places You’ll Go //

Last weekend, in the midst of a super hectic day, my mom kidnapped me. Okay, okay, she didn’t actually – but we planned to go for coffee and instead she trekked out into what felt like the middle of nowhere to a beautiful historic home that’s been transformed into Gather. It’s like a unique gift shop with fair trade goods, local gifts, props used for weddings, and more. It’s Instagrammable at every turn, and parked outside is a cherry red Chevy pickup from the 50’s or 60’s. Talk about cute!

Brandon and I escaped to Staunton, VA for a night at The Blackburn Inn. I have an entire review post coming soon (and maybe a Staunton travel guide), but all you need to know for now was that it was spectacular. Every moment in this quaint little town was something out of a novel. Imagine Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls, but in real life!

Speaking of traveling: I’m excited to announce that I have several trips coming up this spring and summer! My ultimate goal this year is to introduce more travel content on my blog and social platforms. I may even begin a series with a close friend of mine. So much to brainstorm!

Springtime Shoe Shopping //

I love love love a good block heel sandal. I especially love them if they’re not a super high heel. I’ve had a pair of white braided ones that I’ve completely worn out, so I’m interested in these.

Speaking of a block heel, how cute are these cognac slingbacks? I don’t have any spring/summer shoes in this color, but I want to grab some for myself!

I run through white sneakers like it’s my job, but lately I’ve been considering this blush set since blush is practically a neutral.

I’ve owned these shoes for a few years now, but they’re getting a little tired. So I’m thinking of just re-purchasing the same ones since I love them so much!

Photography //

I’m finally getting back into my side-hustle: She Shoots RVA. A.K.A. my photography business. I’ve been quiet about this for a while, but I’m honestly pretty proud of my recent work, and I’m looking to take on more clients over the following months. My primary focus is photography for content creators, bloggers, and influencers. I shoot for you and not myself – so I edit to your taste, shoot to your photography style, and make sure you 100% love the photos before ending our session. It’s been so much fun to get out there, and I can’t wait to see what will come of it!

Blog Posts You Loved This Month //

You all loved reading about the Harry Potter party I threw for my 25th birthday. I think a lot of you came for the butterbeer recipe freebie, but stayed because that party was so dang cool. 😉

Unsurprisingly, my post on how to deal with a bad day definitely received a lot of views. Hey, we all have them. It’s just good to know that we’re not alone and that there are ways to push through with grace!

An oldie, but a goodie, my post about the top cafés and coffee shops in RVA is gaining traffic again. This is definitely the most-read article I’ve ever written. I try to update it as often as I can, but I think it’s time for another refresh!

Empties //

As always, I’m sad when I finish a container of my favorite charcoal mask by Origins. It’s fantastic for “that time of the month” when I’m breaking out more than usual. And over the past few weeks, I think I had an allergic reaction to a particular primer I was testing, so my breakouts were 10x worse. This mask helped a TON. I’ve repurchased several times.

My shampoo and conditioner set from Davines has been a lifesaver for my hair. Not only does it help me prolong washes, but it also keeps it sleek and smooth and makes the color last longer! I’ve repurchased this a handful of times as well. I love nearly every product I’ve tried from this brand.

I’m still trying to find the perfect dry shampoo. I’ve been using the Divine Dark by Batiste, but recently I’ve also tried their volumizing dry shampoo, as well as The Brunette spray by SGX NYC. I still haven’t found the ideal product, since I love the volumizing one (my hair tends to fall super flat with dry shampoo since it’s so fine) but I prefer a darker tint since I hate seeing white flecks throughout my locks. Not sure what I’ll purchase next.

I was bummed to run out of my Perversion mascara by Urban Decay. I’ve loved the Too Faced Better Than Sex for so long, but this one topped it! It lengthened my lashes wonderfully (and goodness knows I need all the length I can get. My lashes are minuscule). It’s on the pricey side, so I chose a drugstore product to purchase this time, but my next Sephora giftcard goes straight to this mascara, for sure!

Also incredibly sad to run out of my Tarte Shape Tape concealer. It’s my favorite of all time. However, it’s also pricey, so while I’ve repurchased it a dozen times over, this time I decided on a drugstore option that I’ve used in the past. It’s definitely not up to par.

Related Posts: Friday Five Vol. 5 // Friday Five Vol. 4 // Friday Five Vol. 3

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Are you looking forward to the end of March and beginning of April?



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    Anna English
    March 29, 2019 at 10:12 AM

    I’ve been dying to try Tarte’s Shape Tape concealer! I have heard such great things.

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      Stephanie Whitman
      March 29, 2019 at 10:39 AM

      There’s never a better time to try than the present! You should definitely give it a go. It’s by far the best concealer I’ve ever used (and I have hyperpigmentation, adult acne, and acne scarring + horrid dark circles – so I’d know)!

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    Tanvi Rastogi
    March 29, 2019 at 10:21 AM

    Quite a month you had … busy is good right? I am ready for April though. I think I am finally prepared to deal with 2019 now … haha


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      Stephanie Whitman
      March 29, 2019 at 10:41 AM

      I read a story on someone’s Instagram recently that said, “instead of saying you’re busy – say you’re blessed with so many opportunities in your life right now,” and that really hit me. So I’m going to say just that! It can be exhausting to have so much on my plate, but in the long run, I’m really thankful for the things I do!

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    March 29, 2019 at 11:32 AM

    Sounds like a great, busy month! Love that you’re going to share more about your photography business! PS I love that origins charcoal mask too… so good!

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      Stephanie Whitman
      March 29, 2019 at 2:10 PM

      It was definitely great! I don’t mind being busy so much. I think of it more as being productive 😉 YES. That mask is the bees knees. I gotta get it again.

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    March 29, 2019 at 12:04 PM

    Sounds like a busy yet great month! Tarte Shape tape is my favorite concealer for under eyes. So worth the splurge but if you find a good drug store one, I’d love to know!


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      Stephanie Whitman
      March 29, 2019 at 2:11 PM

      The one I’m using currently is the Maybelline Fit Me concealer. It’s a better dupe for the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer – so it’s got a lightweight feel, but the coverage is still pretty great – just not quite Shape Tape great haha!

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    March 29, 2019 at 12:07 PM

    It sounds like it’s been quite a busy month! I know what mean though. I have two businesses and I’m getting ready to launch two more side hustles lol! I had no idea you did photography! My husband wants to start. We just wrapped our first maternity session this past weekend! 🙂

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      Stephanie Whitman
      March 29, 2019 at 2:14 PM

      Whew that sounds exhausting – but also super fulfilling! I hope you’re enjoying all of that! Yeah – I’ve done photography longer than blogging (and actually do a lot of my own photos), but now it’s something I just do on the side! My husband is in videography, so eventually we wanna do a team thing!

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    March 29, 2019 at 1:19 PM

    March was my craziest month so far this year too – I feel like Jan and Feb are always a bit chilled, and then come spring things get nuts again until the following Jan LOL. But it sounds like it’s all good things, so excited for your photography venture! Can’t wait to see more!

    xx Mollie

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    Laura Adney
    March 29, 2019 at 4:56 PM

    What a busy month! March has been wild for me too girl, but atleast it was all good things right.

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    March 29, 2019 at 5:08 PM

    Gather sounds like such an awesome place to visit! I love finding those little hidden gems

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    Lecy | A Simpler Grace
    March 29, 2019 at 10:07 PM

    Wow! Sounds like you had a great month. I need to check out that Inn. I’m only about an hour away from there!

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    Sharon Wu
    March 29, 2019 at 11:57 PM

    omg i love the charcoal mask by origins too. they make some really awesome products! one of my empties this month is actually origin’s ginzeng tinted moisturizer! that was so good i’ll definitely be getting a second tube. so great to hear that you’re getting back into your photography business babe! looking forward to seeing what’s in store for you 🙂 xx

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    March 30, 2019 at 12:15 AM

    I loved, loved, loved the Harry Potter birthday theme. It was just everything.

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    March 30, 2019 at 2:42 AM

    Sounds like a busy but amazing month! So awesome that you are also pursuing your photography business, that is amazing babe! You are so inspiring!

    cute & little

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    Kenzi || Life of a Sister
    March 30, 2019 at 7:42 AM

    What an amazing month you had! I wish I liked the Tarte Shape Tape concealer. it’s just too dry for me. I love that you are pursuing your photography business, I can’t wait to see!

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    Rachel R Ritlop
    March 30, 2019 at 8:13 AM

    loved your HP themed birthday!! so fun!! I loved moving into our first ever home as home owners this month!

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    March 30, 2019 at 9:50 AM

    So excited to hear about all of these new things happening! I think it’s so cool that you’re doing photography. I used to do that as a business and want to get back into it!

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    March 30, 2019 at 10:57 AM

    The Gather store is SO cute! That’s so exciting that you are getting back into photography! Congratulations!

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    Jamaria Johnson
    April 1, 2019 at 12:00 AM

    It sounds like March was a great month for you! I’m so looking forward to April. XO

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    Taylor Mobley
    April 1, 2019 at 9:39 AM

    I loved March!!! What fun things. I’m so excited for April.

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    April 1, 2019 at 11:10 AM

    I didn’t know you had a photography business! I just followed your account – I go to Richmond sometimes. I’ll be sure to look you up for photos when I do! 🙂

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    Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins
    April 1, 2019 at 11:37 AM

    What a fun way to share about your month! Gather looks like such a fun place!

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    April 1, 2019 at 11:59 AM

    What a month! You go girl for balancing all of this! I hope you do take a breather soon because we all need those self care days of rest lol. Loving the red lace dress you’re wearing in the first pic and all the places you hit up this month look so adorable!

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    Laura Leigh
    April 2, 2019 at 10:44 AM

    All about that photo of you with the truck! Seriously one of my favorites! I cannot wait for your review on The Blackburn Inn – it looked so adorable from what you shared on IG.

    xo Laura Leigh

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    April 3, 2019 at 12:21 PM

    The Blackburn Inn looks so cute – definitely need to plan a trip there!

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