Frequently Asked Questions

Hi there beautiful friends!

One of my absolute favourite things about this space is the relationship I have built and continue to build with all of you! It is always so special to me to have the opportunity to learn more about each and every one of you. From who you are, your names, your ages, where you come from, where you plan on going and to your dreams, your hidden talents and your life goals. 

I have been working on becoming even more of an open book and a place for you guys to come and feel like you’re truly talking to your best friend. So, I wanted to round up some of the most frequently asked questions that reveal a little bit more about the face behind La Belle Sirene. 

Q. What is your name?

A. My name is Courtney Rose Klimka ( I amended my name to accept my husband’s)

Q. How old are you?

A. I am 27 but I am often told that I lean more towards 87

Q. How long have you been married?

A. We are just celebrating our one year anniversary and it has been a wonderful year! We have actually been a couple for 8 years!

Q. Where do you live?

A. We live in the incredible city of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, only an hour west of Toronto. It is the most magical city filled with a massive arts community and a small town vibe. It has been hailed as the Brooklyn of Canada, 

Q. Is your hair colour natural?

Yes! Completely natural! I hated it growing up and I dyed it black in high school but quickly realized I was meant to be a redhead! I have been rocking it ever since and it’s what makes me ME. 

Q. What does La Belle Sirene mean?

A. It is French for “the beauty mermaid”. When I decided to start a blog I wanted to pick a name that would last the test of time and would mean something special to me. I played around with a few different ideas but I decided to honour my grandmother who inspired my love of makeup. She loved France and classic French cosmetic companies so that is where “La Belle” comes from and “Sirene” is in regards to a book she gave me as a little girl that inspired my love of mermaids. 

Q. When/Why did you start a blog?

A. I started my blog back in 2012 after leaving my studies in fashion business in order to focus on my health. Diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder, I needed to find a purpose that didn’t require a lot of physical activity. I decided to focus on my love of beauty and my love of journalism with a combination of the two. I was able to work from home and be creative!

Q. Do you blog full-time?

A. I have been for the last 5 years but I recently joined two of my closest friends in running their lifestyle boutique La Bichette. I have absolutely loved getting back to my retail roots but I continue to work on the blog 24/7. 

Q. What camera do you use to take your photos?

A. For the blog, all flat lay photos and product shots are taken with a Canon G16 Compact DSLR or occasionally with my iPhone 7+. 

For Instagram, I take most photos with my phone and all of my lifestyle content is taken by my wonderful friend and photographer Dorothy Kuc, owner of the Beloved Studio

Q. How do you edit your photos?

A. For my blog photos I use Adobe Lightroom and play with my own presets. 

For Instagram I use the apps Aviary, Snapseed, and VSCO. 

Q. Where is your phone case from?

A. I have the Bloom case from Loopy Cases. It’s an awesome case with a silicone ring that prevents you from dropping your phone.