Meet the Blonde

Hi there!  I’m Kellyann and this is my little space of the internet called “This Blonde’s Shopping Bag” a spot where I’ll share all kinds of good finds. At almost 50 I have years of fashion love under my belt. I have found that as I’ve gotten older my love of fashion continues and has even strengthened. Unfortunately I do not have a money tree growing in my backyard so I do have to shop responsibly.

Growing up I scoured magazines and fondly remember reading the Seventeen Magazine Back to School issue each Fall. Drooling over the fashions and trying to figure out how I could emulate those same ideas fascinated me. As an adult I continued to enjoy magazines and found other ways to quench my thirst for good fashion and beauty. I religiously watched every episode of TLC’s “A Makeover Story” and “What Not To Wear” – in fact I watched the BBC version as well. I just couldn’t get enough! Then when I was introduced to Pinterest I found fashion blogs and the rest is history!

Although fashion is my passion it’s not the field in which I work. I have a degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and although I practiced that for a number of years I now work as an elementary school counselor. Blogging is a nice outlet for my creative side!

I live in Orlando, FL with my husband, our two sons, and our Shih-Tzu named Sophie. Yup, I am a boy mom through and through! Our oldest son is a freshman at the University of Florida and our youngest son is a high school junior. We are almost empty nesters and honestly I can’t believe it! Being a mom to our two sons has been the greatest joy of my life!

I am an early riser, waking each weekday at 4:15 to head to the gym before the day gets started. Exercise is so important to me and plays a major role in my life. Additionally I value healthy eating. I was a Weight Watchers group leader for 15 years and learned so much about the role good nutrition plays in living your best life. At the same time I love baking and dessert is my favorite! So while I’m all about clean eating most of the time I have no problem indulging in some yummy concoction I discovered on Pinterest or another blog! It’s all about balance, right?

In my downtime I enjoy reading, coffee, Happy Hour, and of course shopping! I am snarky, sensitive, blunt and love to laugh. In fact I think laughing is absolutely the best medicine! Honestly I don’t take myself too seriously and I’m all about finding a good deal.

So follow along as I share affordable fashion finds, beauty products, and really just about anything else that tickles my fancy! I am thrilled you’re here!

Fashionably,

Kellyann