Hi, I’m Katie!

Katie Dunlavy, Lularoe boutique owner, of The Pearl Pages standing outside smiling in the grass by a tree in a long yellow skirt and white shirt.

Have you ever started reading someone’s blog and suddenly you have a million questions? And you don’t want to read through, like, 5 years of content to find the answers? Well, this post is going to solve that problem. Here are the answers to some quick questions you probably have about me, why I started The Pearl Pages, and what I hope we achieve together in this blog community!

I find comfort in knowing I’m not alone.

And I bet you do, too. I feel SO many feelings (some of which I’m pretty sure I should be taking medication for). When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I’ll do a quick Google search. Finding a blog or article from someone who shares the same thought, situation, or feeling is enough to put my mind at ease. It’s when I can’t find that shared experience that I begin to panic.

Then I thought, ‘What if someone else is out there doing the same thing, trying to find someone to connect with?’ Well, maybe I can help that person feel a little less alone with this blog. I intend to get pretty vulnerable here, but you should know that also scares the HELL out of me. If you’re just here to troll and be a hater, get a hobby and go away! This is a place to get real and feel supported. 

Here’s more about me and my family.

Katie Dunlavy, Lularoe boutique owner, of The Pearl Pages and her husband Mike sitting on the floor with their two children standing next to them in a kitchen.

I’m a mother of two girls. I own a salon. I own a clothing boutique. I teach dance to tiny ballerinas. I’m married to a handsome fellow named Mike. And we’re currently waiting for our first foster placement. My husband is a type 1 diabetic, diagnosed at 8 years old. This is our biggest marriage struggle and something I haven’t been able to find much about in the world of Google. So I’ll most likely discuss as much about this as I can without getting divorced (lol).

My 4-year-old was also recently diagnosed. Yes, you read that right: I have TWO type 1 diabetics in my family. If you’re familiar with the diabetes scene, you can imagine the endless blogging I could do on that topic alone. But that’s just one part of our life and I’ve got so much more to share with you. Blogging should be FUN! Well, it’s me, so it’ll also be EMOTIONAL. Let’s make it FUN-MOTIONAL–believe me, I have enough feelings and emotions for all of us!

My husband is a total dreamboat.

Mike and Katie Dunlavy, Lularoe boutique owner, of The Pearl Pages sitting together on a couch next to colorful pillows.

He’s kind and patient. He’s supportive and loving. He’s crazy talented at all things. And he’s the BEST father on the planet. We met while we were in college. I obviously knew of him before he knew of me because, as I said, dreamboat. He was a baseball player and I was the Sports Editor of the college paper (yes, I have a journalism degree). The story of Mike and Katie, a love story of hope, is a whole post in itself so I’ll save that for a later date. Back to Mike: he’s obsessed with his family, fashion, coffee, travel, midcentury architecture, baseball (not that he gets to watch it as often as he’d like) and photography. He’s an amateur photographer but absolutely amazing in my book. Most of the pictures you’ll see on The Pearl Pages are Mike’s!

We are a perfect team.

And we’re always together. We run our businesses together. We sell clothes together, we cut hair together, we raise our family together, and together we are so much more than we are apart. And although we’re SO DIFFERENT (he has 3 feelings, I have 3 million), we’re exactly the same in our life missions:

  • We take care of our girls and our family, no matter the sacrifice.
  • We want to make you look and feel YOUR very best.
  • We want to be Day Makers. Every. Single. Day.

So that’s us in a nutshell. I’m so happy you’ve found your way here, and I hope that this blog community serves you in some way. That’s right, this is a community for ALL of us…so let’s get to know each other in the comments! Tell me all about you and your family, what you like to do and what you’d like to see here on The Pearl Pages.



P.S. I post every week! Want to know what we’re talking about next time? Join the Pearl List to send the convo straight to your inbox.

12 thoughts on “Hi, I’m Katie!

  1. Hey! I’m so excited for anything you post. I’m single and live with my sister at the moment, love to crochet and watch all the things, and work as a project manager for a ministry!


  2. Katie! I finally got around to sit and actually read your blog in peace! I’m so excited to follow along. I can relate to a lot of things you’ve said thus far! The excitement is REAL!


  3. I’m so damn proud of you little one. You amaze me…from the little girl who couldn’t even paint one fingernail without it being a catastrophe to the beautiful woman who can create wonders today. I love you!


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