About the blog
Create. Uplift. Inspire. Everyday.
XOXO, Shelly is a creative, lifestyle blog designed to uplift and inspire others in everyday life. Whether you get inspired to try a new recipe, create your own style or try a new look; this site provides you with easy to follow, step-by-step tutorials aimed to spark your creativity and make every day life a little more beautiful and fun!
I am a one woman show and I like to keep things real and do-able. My motto is “make it pretty and keep it simple!” I am not perfect and I’m not trying to reach perfect people. Because hey, let’s be real, no one is perfect! Most days, I am just here flying by the seat of my pants, fueled by a whole lot of coffee!
Who is Shelly?
I am Shelly! First and foremost, I am a mom to my beautiful daughter Sophie and my wee little Logan. I am the girl whose mind never sleeps. I am an adventurer at heart, a bit spontaneous and believe life is an adventure. I love to explore beautiful places, try new foods and snap photos everywhere I go (which I post regularly to Instagram). I find beauty in the world around me and seek inspiration from just about everything! I blame this on being a Pisces!
I currently live in Virginia Beach, but I was born and raised in Michigan. I have lived in the Midwest, Pacific Northwest, on the east coast and spent a lot of time traveling to San Diego. My heart is forever in the Midwest. Unless it can be in Seattle. I would love to live in Seattle again! Upon graduating high school, I didn’t immediately go to college. I thought I needed to broaden my horizons so I decided to join the Navy! I got to explore places like Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore!
I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration majoring in Accounting. Don’t ask me why because there is nothing creative about that degree and I’ll probably never put it to its full use. I have a love-hate relationship with numbers. I dabbled with a few careers in my life, mostly working in administrative offices. I spent several years working for the government, was an office manager at a local, beach resort near my hometown and even tried my hand at being a mailman!
I started blogging in 2011, shortly before my daughter was born. I needed a space that would serve as a creative outlet for me. My first blog, Behind Blue Eyes, was a mommy + lifestyle blog that turned into a fashion + beauty blog. Then at the end of 2015, life happened, which you can read more about here. I did not have the time or energy to continue blogging so I stopped. But the truth is, every day I wasn’t blogging, I wished I was blogging. I missed it. So I decided to start blogging again and started this one fresh.
When I’m not here blogging and spending way too much time on social media, you can find me with a coffee in my hand, being a mommy, doing some yoga and listening to 90s music like its nobody’s business!
What you’ll find
- Beauty loves, how-tos + reviews
- Fashion finds + style ideas
- Delicious, easy to follow recipes
- Simple crafts + DIY projects for your home
- Bits + pieces – small peeks of my daily life through photos
Interested in working together or just want to stop by and say hi? Shoot me an email at email@example.com. I look forward to hearing from you!