About Me & My Blog

As so many others have done before me the past few weeks, I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and do a little about me and my blog for today’s post. I always enjoy reading these as I get to know the women behind the blogs that I love to read a little bit better. For any new followers or existing readers, I hope this offers you additional insight as to who this Midwest girl is!

Karlyn – pronounced Kar-lyn, not Kar-a-lyn – is my legal name, but I’ve always gone by Karly. I’m 25 years old, and I currently reside just outside Milwaukee, Wis. 

My husband, Ryan, and I have been together for six years, and we are just about to celebrate our one-year wedding anniversary! Our little family grew by one in July when we adopted our Lab mix fur-baby, Finley (Finn for short). I’m the youngest of three kids with an older sister and brother. 

I have a background in journalism and mass communication. I worked in a corporate communications office for three and a half years during and right after college. I now operate my own virtual assistant and consultant business, and I’m pursuing my long-time passion of freelance writing.

What I Love to Do
Blogging has become the ultimate passion project in my life, but beyond that, I also enjoy reading, binge-watching TV shows, fitness, catching up on the latest pop culture news, shopping, painting my nails, and of course, spending time with my husband and fur-child.

Favorite Food
Spaghetti – all day, e’erday. Oh, and Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Oh, and Snappers from Costco. Those things are life-changing. 

Favorite Color
Pink/blush and gold (probably obvious from my blog design). For interior decorating, I like to stick to grey, white and black with splashes of color that correspond with the time of year. 

Standard Coffee Order
I typically only order coffee during the holidays, so as you can probably guess, it’s either a Pumpkin Spice Latte or Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks.

Standard Bar Order
Moscato or Riesling for wine; Amaretto Sour or Malibu and Diet for mixed drinks; Angry Orchard or some sort of hard cider for any time.

Places I Shop
Target, Old Navy, Kohl’s, Forever 21, TJMaxx, Ulta or Sephora, and TJMaxx (especially for home decor).

Bedtime and Wake up Time
We typically are in bed between 10 and 11 p.m. Nowadays with Finn, he has us up between 5:30 and 6 a.m. to go outside. If we can swing it, we typically go back to bed until 7 a.m., and then we are up and ready for the day. 

Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without
It always takes me forever to decide how to answer questions like these! I would have to say Estee Lauder Double Wear Light foundation, MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed, an eyelash curler, CoverGirl Clump Crusher mascara, Rimmel Lipstick in Paradise, and Urban Decay’s De-Slick Setting Spray.  

What I Blog About
I primarily blog about beauty and style. Once in a blue moon, I’ll post a delicious recipe that I tried out and loved, or a tutorial for a DIY home project. I also share highlights of my week every week as part of the High Five for Friday linkup. 

First Blog I Read
Cupcakes and Cashmere. Emily’s style, interior design skills and general way of life instantly inspired me, and she continues to be one of my favorite bloggers today. 

How Did I Start Blogging
After Ryan and I moved from Des Moines, Iowa, to Madison, Wis., last year, I was looking for a creative outlet and a way to document the last remaining months of our engagement and all things about our wedding. So, without much planning or any idea what I was doing, Miss in the Midwest was born in August 2013. Since I was naive about how much time and effort blogging really took, my posting schedule and topics were all over the place, and I decided to ultimately go on hiatus until this past February when I could dedicate my time and effort to make this space on the Web what I always envisioned it to be. 

Why I Blog
This blog has become more to me than I ever thought it would. I blog because first and foremost, I love to write. Secondly, this little place allows me to channel my creativity into something productive and provides an outlet for me to discuss all things beauty, style and fashion with others who find joy in the same topics. I feel like I’ve come a long way since I first started this site, and my hope is that it only continues to grow and bring other people as much joy as it brings me. I’m so thankful for the friendships that have stemmed from this blog as I am continually inspired and motivated by the women that I speak to on a daily basis through this little community that we have.

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  1. 9.19.14
    Tif Fannin said:

    Thanks for sharing! It's always nice getting to know other bloggers better. I'm glad that I found your blog–I really enjoy your posts/content:)

    Tif @ Bright on a Budget

  2. 9.19.14

    I'm so glad that you've started to follow along! And, thank you for your sweet words – I'm pretty bias, but I think my family is pretty cute, too. 🙂

  3. 9.19.14

    Um, right?! I'm glad someone else gets it!

  4. 9.19.14

    I've only been following your blog for a short time now, so I loved getting to know you better! These posts are one of my favorites. You have a beautiful family!

  5. 9.18.14
    Ashley T said:

    Those Snappers from Costco are SO addicting! I can't eat less than 2-3 at a time. Flossing afterwards is a must or that carmel stays put in my teeth all day long!

  6. 9.18.14

    Thanks, momma!

  7. 9.18.14

    Awe, thanks girl! I'm so glad you've decided to follow along. I love my fellow Midwesteners!

  8. 9.18.14

    You find the greatest stuff at TJ Maxx – I told you that I want you to take me with you shopping so I can learn your secrets!

  9. 9.18.14

    Ha ha, right? It sounds so delicious!

  10. 9.18.14

    And, I am so happy to have found you!

  11. 9.18.14

    Right?! I'm too old for hard liquor! Glad to know we'd do just fine going out for drinks. 🙂

  12. 9.18.14

    Girl, you're good! Yes, that's Senorita Rosalita – an oldie, but a goodie!

  13. 9.18.14

    And, you know how much I adore YOU and your blog!

  14. 9.18.14
    Debra Stachelski said:

    This was fun to read today! You have created something special here and I hope it just keeps getting better and better for you!

  15. 9.18.14
    Caroline said:

    Great post! I'm happy that I got to learn more about you. I've enjoyed reading your posts and I look forward to reading more. It is always nice to meet someone who lives nearby in the midwest too. 🙂

  16. 9.18.14

    Love this! It's always fun getting to know more about the girl behind the blog. I am with you on the favorite colors, can't get enough of those. And you know that I have a special place in my heart for TJ Maxx. Glad to have connected with you in this blogging world!

  17. 9.18.14

    I love the blogging community too! And I'm not ready for winter but now I really want a peppermint mocha– YUM!

  18. 9.18.14
    Biana Perez said:

    So so happy to have found you through this blogging world!! I'm a Riesling girl too!!! And also love painting my nails!

  19. 9.18.14
    Pamela said:

    Yayyy! Love this! We definitely have a similar bar order! Those are my favorite wines and an amaretto sour is pretty much the only alcoholic beverage I get… I can't handle liquor any more!

    <3, Pamela

  20. 9.18.14
    Jo Elizabeth said:

    Aw I just love this! And is that senorita rosalita? One of my all time favorite OPIs!!

  21. 9.18.14
    Mia- MakeMeUpMia said:

    I just adore you & your blog! I like amaretto sours too, I forgot to mention that in my bar order list 😉 And mmmm spaghetti!