January 21, 2011


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{Top: Target, Cardigan: LOFT, Skirt & Tights: Express, Scarf: Nordstroms, Boots: Macys}

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Hopefully, my Friend Friday responses are a little less scatterbrained than yesterday's post. To learn more about Friend Friday, visit Katy's blog Modly Chic.

1. Most readers and fellow fashion bloggers value authenticity in the blogs they read. How would you describe blog/blogger authenticity?
I’m sure this is different for everyone and I am by no means the end-all-be-all authority on this subject, but I enjoy blogs/bloggers who offer a bit more than words/photos on my computer. I suppose, you could call that personality or voice. Do they have that joie de vivre {there I go being French again}? Do I leave wanting to know more about that person? I am excited when they post? The most authentic bloggers resonate with me and they are the ones I keep visiting over and over again.

2. When it comes to your blog how to you infuse it with that true/authentic feeling?
26 and Counting was designed to take something as potentially boring as work wear and kick it up a notch. Work may not always be exciting and fun, but I try to add a twist with creative styling and the stories {or ramblings} I tell. Despite having a serious job, I don’t like to take myself too seriously. If I can’t have fun and laugh at my own blog, when can I?

3. Have you stopped following a blog in the last three months? What made you lose interest?
My google reader is a mess. 2 years ago if you had a blog and I found it, chances are I added it to my reader. So from time to time I go through and try to phase out the blogs I don’t really read. Funny that I say “read” because it wasn’t until about a year or so ago {when I started thinking about my own blogging aspirations} that I really started to read the blogs I followed. For a long time I followed “pretty” blogs. I looked at the images and that was it. As a blogger myself now, I appreciate the written thoughts and stories of friends just as much as their photos.

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?
A few years ago I read the book, The Radical Lead for work and it resonated with me on such a personal level. I won’t summarize the entire plot {but I will recommend it}. It boils down to loving what I do. If I love what I do, I will have energy. I will be excited and audacious about my endeavors. All of which will provide proof to others about my life. Love, Energy, Audacity and Proof {LEAP}.

5. Give a shout-out... Which bloggers do you think are truly genuine and why?
No brainer. Kendi. I think she’s great {I’m sure you do too}! What I am about to say, could go true for question #1. She seems like a real friend. She’s relatable. I’m interested in her blog, outside of what she wears {although her outfits are adorable, no?}. I’ve said multiple times to my friends "Read her blog and I dare you not be hooked!" Not mention she’s adorable, funny and keeps it real. I’m pretty much her biggest fan. I should disclaim that I am not stalker, but I am not even sure that’s true, as I find myself refreshing her blog daily checking for new posts.

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  1. I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading your blog. I don't always comment but I am always inspired by your fashion sense;)

  2. I love, love, love the colors in this outfit. Question how long does it take you to get ready in the A.M.? Do you style the night before or just work some magic in the morning. I totally dig your blog because its real... I’m guessing you take these in the morning right before work and thats so much more REAL then other blogs I’ve read where they are posing in the woods and graftied walls.I liked them at first but recently, as a business chick it kind of annoys me. So kudos to you working girl!