Friend Friday: Free to be You and Me

21 Jan

Shirt: Ralph Lauren (thrifted) – Skirt: Talbots (thrifted) – Jacket: Old Navy – Tights: Merona – Shoes: Franco Sarto

It’s another Friend Friday! This week Katy (of Modly Chic) asked us about what it takes to being an authentic person/blogger. Here goes nothing!

1. Most readers and fellow fashion bloggers value authenticity in the blogs they read. How would you describe blog/blogger authenticity?

How I determine whether a blog is authentic or not, is whether or not I’d like to be friends with you in real life. Could I grab a cup of coffee with you? Could I go shopping with you? I think the key question I ask is do you let me enough into your life that I see that you’re a person with high points and low points, good days and bad?

2. When it comes to your blog how to you infuse it with that true/authentic feeling?

I try to share when I have a good day and when I have a no good, very bad day. I have trouble buying into bloggers who make their life seem perfect so I try to keep my blog lighthearted but honest.

3. Have you stopped following a blog in the last three months? What made you lose interest?

Yes. As with some friendships, blog relationships ebb and flow. There have been a few bloggers who I’ve stopped following for awhile but then come back to after a period of time. I think what it comes down to is whether or not what a blogger is writing about rings true for me (style, personal thoughts, attitude) and if it doesn’t any more, then I will distance myself.

4. We can’t communicate effectively on our blogs, something we don’t live in real life… what are some ways you try to live an authentic life?

Um by being myself? Really, it’s about a lot of things, some of which defy definition.  To live an authentic life I think that surrounding myself with people who love and accept me, people who challenge me and also by giving myself a lot of time to read and think about things on my own are all equally important. I also think honoring my diverse interests is essential for me to live my fullest, truest life.

5. Give a shout-out… Which bloggers do you think are truly genuine and why?

I really admire Jen of JenLovesKev and Indiana of AdoredAustin. They are so present and upfront about their thoughts and feelings in such a way that is not off putting or judgmental. Every time I read a post of theirs, I’m struck by how much grace they have (especially when they talk about something controversial).

    Have a great weekend!

6 Responses to “Friend Friday: Free to be You and Me”

  1. No Guilt Fashion January 21, 2011 at 8:19 am #

    Love your answers. I agree I’m more likely to follow a blog if I could see myself being friends in real life with them. Cute twirling pic!

  2. Liz January 21, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    Couldn’t agree with you more in regards to question #1 {of course great answers all around}. Happy Friday.

  3. Katy January 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    I love Jen and Kendi too! Great picks for #5. Also, I never would have thought animal print shoes would go so well with the plaid skirt but I am really liking the look you’ve got going here. – Katy

  4. sagemag January 21, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    Great outfit and love your answer about authenticity.

  5. Jodi January 22, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    CUTE outfit!! I am also doing FBFF!!! Hey, I cant see where to sign up to follow you?? I am using friend connect??

    xoxo jodi

  6. Ashley January 23, 2011 at 12:25 am #

    I heart your TRENCH! You look so cute!

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