January 7, 2011

Friend Friday

Yay! It's Friday {but you knew that, didn't you?}. Below are my thoughts on this week's Friend Friday questions. For more about Friend Friday, visit Katy's blog, Modly Chic

1. Have you ever looked at someone's blog and thought yours will never measure up?
Sure. I think that’s what held me back from the taking the blogging plunge last year. It’s a little scary to put yourself {and your outfits} out there for the world to see, but I realized that blogging, for me, wasn’t about success. I was interested in being more creative in my own closet and joining a community that I had been admirer of for a long time. I try my best not compare myself to others when it comes to blogging. We are each our own individuals with a different perspective and reason for blogging. It’s important for me to stay focused on my own goals/ideas and stay true to who I am.

2. Do you (did you) feel pressure to meet some kind of undefined standard for fashion bloggers?
The pressure I find myself dealing with is balance. The balance of my real life, work and this blog. I would love to post everyday, take better pictures and be more adventurous with my blog, but I’m not going to let myself get down when those things don’t happen. Instead of feeling pressured, I try to turn that into inspiration.

3. Many established fashion bloggers are also extraordinary DIYers, bakers, and crafty people. Do you think you need to combine all of these things to be successful at blogging?
Absolutely not. I am by no means crafty so DIY is something I will more than likely avoid. But that’s not to say I don’t appreciate those who are crafty and share their projects on their blogs. 26 and Counting and is an outlet for me to share my outfits that I wear to work {with the occasional weekend outfit} so my goal is to stay true to that vision and keep my posts focused.

4. The most successful blogs are the ones that have their own personal voice - how are you developing your voice or how did you find yours?
I try not to take myself too seriously. Work and what you wear to work can be a little serious, so I try to have fun with my writing and my outlook. With that said I’m hoping to keep my writing quirky/funny but also streamlined. I can get caught on a tangent and go from zero to infinity in a blink of an eye {or ellipse…} and I’m sure as a reader that can be distracting.

5. Toot your own horn... what's one thing you do that is unique to you and your blog? What gives your blog an edge?
I try to put an interesting twist on business casual attire. It’s easy for the day to day business of work to trump being creative with your style. Rather than let work get the best of my closet, I’m trying to dress with more intention and have fun. Being a curvy girl I wanted to showcase that you can have style and flair while still dressing appropriately for the office.

I'll be back later with today's outfit.

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  1. likewise, i love your answers as well! you definitely put a twist on business-casual attire and i love it! i love your answer to number two too! you keep it real, Liz. i like it. (: can't wait to see your outfit!

  2. I love your blog Liz! I'm glad you decided to take the plunge and start your own! I am not crafty at all, so I sometimes feel like I don't measure up either! Love your business casual attire, it is always spot on and work appropriate!

  3. You do business casual so well and I love your blog, mirror pictures and all!

  4. orchidsinbuttonholesJanuary 7, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Fantastic responses — I most like how you point out that it's far more productive and positive to be inspired than pressured. That's so so true. And I love your writing style, by the way. It's your own, and that's pretty special.

  5. I love that your 'edge' is business casual attire. It's something a lot of women struggle with in the work place (including myself, but getting better). It's so helpful to have blogs to go to when I'm bored or stumped with my wardrobe and need new ideas on how to wear work clothes without looking like everyone else.

  6. Thanks Kinsey, I really appreciate it.

  7. Rochelle that made me smile! Thanks for accepting me and my mirror.

  8. Thank you! That means alot.

  9. You are very real and I loved this post. I'll be back!

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