About Me

Thanks for popping in!

I’m Keira, and I’m a small town girl from the sunshine state with an affinity for bookstores, beauty counters and unfussy style. I spend my days running my flower shop, and my nights running this blog. That is, when I’m not occupied with family time, a good book, a Netflix binge, or a girls night. I’m determined to master this work/life ‘balance’ thing in my 30s.

I started the blog as A Pretty Penny in the spring of 2010, when I stumbled into the world of personal style blogging and fell head-over-heels. I created this space to share my take on real-life style on a real-life budget.

After five years and a new decade, it was time for a change.

These days, you’ll still find the style and beauty posts of yore; but they’re peppered with snippets of our blooming business, the occasional easy-to-follow DIY project, stories about my life, and glimpses into my kitchen.

I hope you’ll stay a while! Use the link in the sidebar to subscribe and receive new posts by email, or follow along on Bloglovin!

107 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Keira! I started my blog, StylisticReaction, for the same reasons as “A Pretty Penny” – to help readers explore their personal style on a budget. (Who doesn’t like playing around with their wardrobe/look?!) I love how you’ve expanded it with DIY projects, beauty reviews and even more importantly – fun dishes! Thanks so much for sharing! I can’t wait to keep up with your latest posts :)

  2. Hi, I was just updating my blog when I stumbled across yours, it’s really pretty! I was wondering if anyone wanted to check out my blog, I started it a couple months back and would really appreciate new readers.
    Look forward to seeing you on my blog! x

  3. Heya! Would you be interested in appearing on my blog for a set of questions that I ask booklovers, in a section called Reader’s Nook? Alternatively you can also post a guest blog if you do have the time. Let me know and we will take it from there :)

  4. Hey I love your name :) I started my new blog couple of weeks ago, came across your blog recently and can I tell you when I read about you, I totally connected to your story :) Keep up the good work :)
    Swati :)

  5. Isn’t it wonderful how there has been a paradigm shift in fashion? It used to be cool to brag about how much you paid for something, as though the more expensive it was the more cachet it had. Now it’s the total opposite, as getting something of good quality at a ridiculously low price is the goal. I’m allergic to paying retail and buy pretty much everything on Ebay. When I got married, I was horrified at the price tags on things like the tiara I wanted. $200 was way too much, so I went on Ebay and found the exact same tiara for $15. One of these days I’ll write a book entitled ‘The Ebay Bride’, detailing how you can save money for more important things by using your head when shopping. You can have designer brands, you just don’t have to pay designer prices.

  6. So Glad I found your blog! I absolutely love it! You are so inspiring and I decide to create a blog myself. I would really like it if you check it out!!<3
    You can see it at teenagegirladvice.wordpress.com!! thanks so much for you inspiration!! I enjoy your fashion blogs so much!

  7. Hi there, LOVING the blog! So much that I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Blogger Awards! Basically it’s an award to recognize great bloggers in the community and get your blog out there. If you’ve been nominated before that’s fine (and congrats!) But if not all you have to do it write a post about being nominated, recognize the person that nominated you and link back to their blog, answer the questions I’ve given you so your readers can learn a bit more about you, then nominate 11 blogs you love to pay it forward and come up with a set of questions for them! Easy! Here are my questions for you that you:
    1. When and why did you start blogging?

    2. Favourite thing to do to wind down after a crazy day?

    3. How would you describe your style?

    4. Who is your style icon?

    5. Favourite place to holiday?

    6. Favourite food?

    7. Summer or Winter?

    8. What is one outfit you regret?

    9. One thing you cant live without?

    10. What do you want to be when you grow up?

    11. Your number one most favourite blog ever? (Besides The Little Red Blogger. Because we all know that’s your fave. Jks!)

    Congratulations, and happy blogging!

    Xx. TLRB

  8. Your blog is quite possible the cutest thing ever! So many lovely ideas, and your approach on fashion and style is very refreshing because you go for the every day person! Love it!

  9. Girlfriend – I just happened upon your blog, and I think we’re best friends. You are a true, standout “every girl.” Can’t wait to follow along and steal your tips. ;-)

  10. Hi Keira, your blog has a very happy and inspirational vibe to it! You definitely have a unique way of spreading the joyful things in your life and I look forward to have a good browse through your posts.

  11. Hello, my name is Nicole Yolanda Laureen. I’m from Indonesia :) You can call me Nicole. I’m just a little girl who born on Singapore on July 31, 2002 ^^

    Your blog is so pretty!

  12. Hey Keira! Your Blog is so beautiful and you honestly inspire me! That’s why I nominated you fot the One Lovely Blog Award. Here you can find out more about it, just scroll down, then you will find the englisch part: emilinabooks.wordpress.com

    Emily xx

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  14. This is so lovely! I want to nominate you for every blogging award their is, but I can see that previous commenters beat me to it. ;) I’m so glad I found your blog!

  15. Just found you!! My dream is to become a Fashion blogger. It’s nice to read about a person who wanted to do it, and eventually it worked for her! I love your site so far… haven’t gotten to read ALL your articles yet, but enough to know I am going to enjoy reading it :)

  16. I can’t believe I found someone in the blogging world who cares more about the actual clothes and buying it on sale rather than the brands that go with it. Keep it up!

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  19. Hi! Love your style! I’m 14 years old so try been stylish on an allowance budget :) I just recently started a fashion blog myself (cardigansandnecklaces.com). I’m not looking to make myself rich but hopefully get enough followers to be noticed by a college and get a scholarship. Anyway, check me out when you have a chance. Tips are super welcome! By the way, we moved from Stuart, Florida 3 years ago. I miss it so much! You are a lucky girl. Good luck with your business.

  20. Just stumbled upon your blog and really like it! Great pictures with a friendly and heartfelt vibe. If I were as pretty as you I’d also be blogging about fashion! X from Switzerland, K.


  21. Great story. I met my husband, a writer, left my corporate fashion job, and then became a writer and now blogger! Still love fashion, don’t love corporate. Worked out well as it seems it did for you too :-)

  22. I started following your blog, never really took time to read your “about” section until now. Im so happy i did you seem like such a nice person and its crazy how i can have so many things in common with a complete stranger!! Your my new favorite!! Love your blog!!

    1. Thank you! As you know, it takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears (and a sleepless night or two) but it’s totally worth it. What kind of business are you in?

  23. Your eclectic mix of interests to blog about are intriguing. I love your fashion input and especially the lucrative knock-offs we all want…naturally :) I own an online fashion jewelry boutique named Autumn’s Way. My shop, Lauren’s Picks, is filled w/ countless pieces I hand select from inventory my parent co., Kitsy Lane, receives from emerging and ever so talented designers. Lauren’s Picks is eclectic in jewelry style and color scheme. There is a bonus to my business – every piece is budget-friendly depending on the individual & I offer weekly Flash Sales to knock down already low prices. If interested, my address is: https://laurenalain.kitsylane.com. A Pretty Penny is a great find!

  24. Hi Keira, I just nominated you for the Liebster blog award. I’m a follower of yours and love your blog. I feel like it’s a shot of sun and springtime and really look forward to every post. I’m not sure if you participate in the blog awards stuff and I know that they can sometimes be a bit tedious with the rules and all of the writing so no pressure at all! :) http://wp.me/pVHMq-xE

  25. I love how you decided to blog about fashion so differently…most blogs go for haute couture and expensive clothing aiming to attend the most “must” fashion events.

    1. SoundEagle is in agreement with lfiorelina about your blog, and hopes that you and Chad are doing well with the busy little flower shop.

      May you and your family enjoy the festive season!

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