September 3, 2014 - Easy Outfits, Style

Q & A Wednesday + A BIG Thank You!

Happy Wednesday pretties!  Before we get to today’s Q&A post, I just want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart.  On Monday, my book went on sale and you all responded in a BIG way.  So big that you put “Get Pretty, Kick Butt” at #1 on the Parenting & Relationships best sellers list on Amazon!

Thank YOU for making my dream of becoming an Amazon best selling author come true.  I’m over the moon!


Now back to today’s business.  I put out a request to GYPO Facebook followers yesterday to submit questions for a Q&A today on the blog.  First off, I LOVED your questions.  Some of them made me outright giggle, so I knew this was going to be a lot of fun.  So much fun, that I might just make this a regular monthly feature.  Without further ado, here are my A’s to your Q’s.

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Q&A Wednesday with Alison

Q:  What was your worst style purchase/decision?  What was your best?  What’s the one item you’ve had the longest and still wear?

A:  Worst, hmm.  Can we just count most of the 90’s and early 2000’s?   I didn’t understand fit back then so I had a lot of ill-fitting clothes.  Mainly baggy jeans and pants that made my lower half look out of proportion.  Now, I know myself so well that if I don’t love how something looks on me, I just don’t buy it.

On the other hand, my biggest appearance faux pas (which my kids are more than happy to remind me of) was when I got my hair chopped off super short while wearing braces…as an adult.

Not my best look.  🙂


Moving on…

Best style purchase?  Definitely my Frye Boots in Cognac.  When the weather turns cooler, I wear them almost daily.  Totally worth the splurge on a cost per wear basis.

The item that I’ve had the longest and still wear is my pair of cheap leopard flats from Target.  I’ve had them for five years!  They’re starting to wear out now but they’re just so darn comfy and worn in that I can’t quit them.  Really, I should just spring for the $14.99 for a new pair but I don’t want to break them in all over again.

Q:  If they made a movie of your life, which actress would you want picked to portray you?

A:  Tina Fey or Sandra Bullock.  Yes, I’ve given this some thought. 🙂 They’re both incredibly funny, smart and down to earth brunettes who aren’t afraid to poke fun of themselves or look silly.  I LOVE that.


Q:  Who is your style hero?

A:  Another easy one.  Hands down, Kate Middleton.  She has classic style nailed.  I love that she throws in some trendy elements and sometimes even wears things that I can actually afford.  What’s not to love?


Q:  Can you give us some ideas on transition pieces that we can turn into fall outfits?

A:  My all-time favorite transition piece is a boyfriend cardigan.  You can throw it on over t-shirts, button downs, tank tops and pair it up with skinny or boyfriend jeans and ballet flats or ankle boots for a cute fall look that takes the chill off without being too warm.

This outfit is totally me in the fall.


Boyfriend Cardigan + Striped Top + Scarf + Gold Watch + Boyfriend Jeans + Leopard Loafers

That’s it for today’s Q&A.  Thanks everyone for submitting your awesome questions.  Let’s do it again next month!


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  • I love the Q&A. I used to do this regularly. I think I need to bring it back. 🙂 Good idea to ask on your FB page! And I love that photo of you with short hair and braces. You were still gorgeous, but definitely long hair suits you. 🙂

    • It’s so much fun, Jo-Lynee! You should definitely bring it back. I agree, long hair is way better on me. 🙂

  • I loved this post!! Q&As are the BEST! And listen, even with short hair and braces, you’re still gorgeous!

    • Aw, thanks Shay! Those braces were totally worth the three years of agony.

  • Congratulations Alison! That’s such exciting news! Happy Wednesday!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

    • Thank you Blaire! Looking forward to guest posting for you girls tomorrow!

  • Congrats on the book sales on amazon. That’s AMAZING!!!!!

    • Thanks sweet friend! I’m so excited.

  • This is SUCH a fun post! I too, had a pair of leopard flats that I wore almost everyday – they didn’t look like the one’s in your picture but I bet they were similar – they were hands down my favorite shoe for YEARS. But then they died a slow death and I had to buy a pair of shoes on my way back from the DTLA library on my way to work after lunch one day!

    Happy September!

    • Haha! Mine are dying a slow death too. I should probably just go ahead and get a backup pair for situations like the one you had. 🙂

  • Such a fun post to read! Love the Q&A!


    • Thanks Jill! It was a fun post to do too!

  • I really enjoyed reading this! And I love that you picked Tina Fey and Sandra Bullock. I respect them so much as women in the entertainment industry!

    • Aren’t they the best? Love, love both of them. Now if only they were playing me in a movie. LOL!

  • Very fun post with the Q & A!! Congratulations on being a #1 seller what an amazing accomplishment!! 🙂
    Marta, xo

    • Thanks Marta! I could hardly believe it when I got the news yesterday. SO exciting!

  • Erika Slaughter

    Loved this post!!! Q and A’s are so much fun!!! And…congrats to you girl!!!

    • Thanks so much sweet girl!

  • Congrats on the book success, it is such a great book, I’m not surprised! I love Kate’s style too!

    • You are too kind Morgan! Thank you.

  • CONGRATS on the best-seller, doll! That’s amazing news- and definitely kicks some serious butt. 🙂


    • Thank you Ashley. I’m still jumping with joy!

  • Congrats on the book Alison, quite an accomplishment!

    • Thank you friend. I’m so thrilled!

  • Wow congratulations! That is HUGE!!! So very happy for you.


    • Thank you Suzanne. I’m still so excited about the news!

  • ADA

    First of all, huge congrats on your book. That is huge success right there. When I am back in the States, I will make sure to get a copy.

    Secondly, loved reading these Q+A post today. You made me smile about choosing either Sandra or Tina Fey because they are both great, funny and witty. I also super love everything about Kate Middleton’s style. Great answers, Ali.

    Always a pleasure linking up. Today, I am starting my second 30 for 30 remix challenge for Summer. I just posted my first outfit that I’d love for you to see.

    Happy Hump Day Beautiful!!

    • Thanks Ada. I love both Sandra and Tina. 🙂 If you want to download a copy on your Kindle, you can get it here: I am looking forward to seeing your first outfit on your blog!

  • Becky

    Totally agree with Kate! I love her style!

    • Isn’t she inspiring?

  • Ah congrats!!!! 🙂

  • Many congratulations Alison! That is such an acheivement & so well deserved! I can’t wait to read your book & have a Kindle on my Christmas list this year! I love the Q&A sessions & seriously can’t believe thats you with short hair!! Thank you for being such a wonderful hostess as always! Ax

    • Thank you, thank you Andrea. I can’t wait for you to read it as well. I had so much fun with the Q&A session!

  • This was fun to read! Totally agree with Kate Middleton being a style hero. Congratulations again. Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person. ~Cynthia |

    • Thank you Cynthia! You are so sweet!

  • Congrats on your success!!


  • Congratulations on this wonderful milestone Alison….you deserve it for all the hard work you put into that book! Thanks also for sharing more bits n pieces of you via the Q&A!


    • Thanks Rebecca. It was fun putting the book together. Can’t wait to share more Q&A in the future!

  • Congrats! You rock, Alison!! 🙂
    xox, Crystelle

  • Congratulations on your book success! Loved this post – so fun! You looked gorgeous, even with braces :)!

    • I had so much fun writing it. Your compliment is too kind!

  • I have those same leopard flats from Target, and I’m on my second pair. Love them!

    • They are a great find. I think I should go out and get a second pair!

  • Congratulations! Good for you! I think that you look super adorable in the short hair and braces. And I totally agree about leopard flats and boyfriend cardigans as fall staples.

    • Thank you Tracy! Are you ready for Fall?

  • Ruth

    Alison, Big congratulations on your book. I went on Amazon right away and ordered mine! You are such an inspiration and I really love following you. Can’t wait for the fall challenge…….as much as I love shopping, I keep waiting for your list to come out. Thank you for making us all PRETTY!!

    • Thanks Ruth for following GYPO. Enjoy the book. I can’t wait for you to join the fall challenge! Registration opens this month. Stay tuned!

  • Love this post and always getting to know you better!! And Kate is just so amazing! I also feel like Sandra would be a good person to play me in a movie!

    • I agree! Now we need to send Sandra Bullock a script for the movie. 😉

  • So many congratulations on your book!! That’s so exciting! Love the Frye boots – I’m buying some when we get back to cold weather! And with you on Kate – she always looks stunning and makes it seem so effortless.

    • Thanks KC. I’m ready and looking forward to using my Frye boots in the cooler weather. I can’t wait to see what style boots Kate decides to wear this Winter season!

  • Congratulations Alison!! I am so happy for you! And I love the Q & A session!! Susan

    • Thanks Susan. The Q&A session was fun to answer! 🙂

  • Jody

    First, congrats on the book! Second, I am with you on the cheap Leopard flats from Target! Going on year 3, starting to shred on the bottom but I just can’t bring myself to replace them 🙂 I can’t even imagine the cost per wear, I am down to pennies at this point!

    • Thanks Jody. The cheap leopard flats are worth every penny! 😉

  • Wanda

    Hi Alison
    I got your book on Monday and I’m so glad I did. I read it that same day which, btw, is a huge accomplishment for me considering I have a 3 year old and rarely get the chance to read anymore. Your book just made so much sense and it’s gotten me thinking about ways to incorporate some of your advice in my own life. It always feels so impossible but the way you broke it down was so simple. I think I’m definitely guilty of overthinking things to the point I feel paralyzed and end up doing nothing. So I just wanted to say thanks and congratulations.

    • Hi Wanda – Thanks SO much for taking the time to let me know that. It really is about the small, implementable steps. They add up and can help a lot! I’m glad you enjoyed the ebook.

  • I’m so glad I found your blog and look forward to reading your book! I’m sad to see summer go, but am loving the cooler weather and the chance to wear boyfriend cardigans and jeans! Throw in some leopard print in any form, and it really can’t be beat!!!!

    • It’s great to have you here Erin. Welcome. Cooler weather calls for pretty, comfy and warm outfits!

  • I agree with your Frye Boot choice! A MUST! Here is another one that I think you will love:

    • Cate, You are right! I love it!