It’s that time of year again. People rejoin gyms, begin new diets, and quit bad habits. What do all those things have in common this time of year? Resolutions…beginning of a new year attempts to better ourselves. This week the bloggers of FBFF* are divulging their blog resolutions.

1. What’s the one thing you vow to learn or do in 2011 to improve your
I want to try and learn how to find a way to be more connected to my readers despite my tight schedule. Any suggestions?
2. What did you learn about blogging in 2010 that you plan to put into
practice next year? 
I learned so much about blogging this year, as I just began blogging six months ago. One thing that I plan on carrying with me to 2011 is developing unique content. IFB‘s Evolving Influence had two different sessions 
(Cupcakes & Cashmere & the Cut) devoted to explaining how important original content is. Grit and Glamour also had a post that explained the results of a survey she ran that clearly stated that content is queen in the blogging world.
3. Do you have any high-level goals for your blog in the coming year?
Monetization? More comments? More connections with other bloggers? A new template? 
 There are some things I would like to work on in the coming year. I had several offers from companies that wanted to “advertise” with me, but in reality they wanted to take advantage of me. Once I actually took some time to look into what I wanted to get out of any potential sponsorships I got nothing. I guess we will see where the future takes me.
4. If you could collaborate with one other blogger within your sphere
of influence in 2011, who would you like to collaborate with, and what
would you like to collaborate on? 
Too many to choose from. Honestly, it would have to depend on what the project is. As of now, I just want develop genuine connections with other bloggers.
5. What do you plan to do to support other bloggers next year?
I actually began my new feature that I hope to support other bloggers with last week. Every Man, Women, and Child shows off other bloggers and links back to there blogs to help build their traffic. I have a few things that can be done with this feature, and I’m very excited to see where it goes.
*Katy of ModlyChic has a full list of participating bloggers on her post.
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I’m sure most bloggers are like me and love receiving comments. Honestly, I have the email notifications on my phone. I read all of them, and when my schedule slows down for just a second I try and reciprocate the comments on your respective blogs. As much as we all love the comments; what do you think when you get an overly generic comment? Or a possible cookie cutter, copy and paste, “love the blog…it’s my new favorite. Check out my blog at blahblahblah.com” Today’s Friend Friday has to do with blogger self-promotion. Check out the post that inspired Katy from Modlychic‘s questions today.

1. How do you promote your blog? 

I interact with current and potential readers both on my blog and theirs. If I am commenting on a post I try and find some specifics about the outfit or post content that I like. That way I don’t just say ,”OMG love this outfit!” I find that the blogs I’m more likely to check out are those that put some effort into the comment. I keep that in mind when I leave comments. I will admit I include my blog link in my comments. I do this, because, I have two blogs. I’ve often had someone leave a comment on my other blog that should have obviously been posted on this blog. I’m assuming they found the other blog via my profile, and didn’t take the time to look before clicking.
2. In your experience what has been the most effective form of self
I’ve gotten the most out of joining groups such as specific boards on IFB, Friend Friday, and Kendi’s 30 for 30 challenge. Not only are they fun, it gets you out there too.

3. Do you think there is a wrong way to promote yourself and your
Not being genuine to yourself. Don’t comment on a blog that is obviously not your style just to put yourself out there. Don’t get me wrong. We can all be inspired by anyone even if they are different from our normal style, and commenting to tell them you were inspired by something they shared is great. Like I said just be genuine about it.

4. When is comes to others pushing their product what annoys you? 
Hmmm…I think the point I made earlier about the fashion bloggers commenting on my other blog when it has nothing to do with what was posted. I generally dislike comments that don’t have any sort of feedback to them. Good or bad it doesn’t bother me. 
5. In Dressful’s post on this topic earlier in the week she said,
“It’s impossible to respect someone who wants all the attention, but
adds nothing worthwhile to the conversation.” Do you agree?
That is a tricky one, but I’m leaning toward agreeing with this one. I know a few attention divas in real life, and I still respect them. Mostly, that is because I know that they just have a flair for drama. Down inside, they are great people
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This week we are taking a deeper look of the beauty side of the Fashion Beauty Friend Friday. We are talking about taking are beauty routines over to the Green Side. Take a look at the brains behind this group by visiting Katy over at ModlyChic. She also will have a complete list of my fellow bloggers participating this week.

1. The move to do away with soap, shampoo and deodorant has been
growing in popularity in the last year. What are your thoughts on this
I wouldn’t say we should do away with them all together, but using greener choices isn’t a bad thing at all. When lessening the use of some of the products, or switching to an alternative item can be done without loosing the effectiveness I’m all for giving it a go.

2. Be honest how often do you wash your own hair?
I shampoo my hair probably two times a week. However, every third shower I wash with conditioner. That way I avoid the greasy look by getting it wet, but I still keep it moisturized.

3. Have you tried to go the more natural route by forgoing shampoo?
What happened? Or would you be tempted to try it?
I absolutely can’t forgo shampoo, or I end up with some of the greasiest hair I’ve ever seen. As I mentioned in question #2 I use other alternative means of “washing” my hair. Also, I use dry shampoo on the occasion I still need to soak up a little extra oil.
I found a good article about going sans suds, but I agree with the writer that this is a better option for culry/coarse hair. Straight strands like mine I feel need to be washed every now and then, or else you end up with oily, limp hair.

4. What products do you use and have you ever gone with more organic
Goodness, I don’t think I can list all of the products I use here. Maybe, I should do a separate post for that post sometime. However, I have tried a few more organic options with unsatisfied results. I tried Tom’s toothpaste, but really disliked the flavor. (hate is to strong of a word) I have also tried there deodorant. I’ll be honest with this one I don’t think I smelled bad, but I need an antiperspirant also.

5. What about that daily shower? Would you forgo that opting to shower
three times a week instead?
As a dancer anytime I have or teach a class I shower when I get home. If I truly did nothing all day to dirty myself I would try to shower only three times a week, but for me it just isn’t practical.

Feel free to join in the debate below!
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This week we are talking about fashion do’s and don’ts. Here are the questions Katy asked us. Hop over to ModlyChic to see her answers, and a list of other participating bloggers. You can join in too.

I honestly had a really hard time answering these. I don’t know why, but I just couldn’t come up with very good answers. Maybe I’ll be back at the top of my game next week.

1. What do you think are some of the top fashion don’ts? (Things you would never be caught dead in and cringe when other people wear them.) Socks and sandals. Not the cute 50′s inspired look. I’m talking regular old sandals and crew socks.

2. What previous fashion don’t do you now wear with pride? I can’t really think of an answer to this one. I guess I wore white after Labor Day. Does that count?
3. Do you think there is a universal fashion do? This is going to sound cheesy, but confidence. You can be wearing something last season, but if you really work it and wear it with pride you will feel like a million bucks. You will look pretty darn good too. (I warned you it was cheesy)
4. What items lately, either recently in style or coming in now, do you think should never make it off the retail shelves? I personally don’t like the leather bags with the fox tails hanging off them. I don’t know how big of a trend that is, but I know I’ve seen it a few times. I also would like to see the end of Ed Hardy gear, and overly blinged out purses.
5. In your opinion, is there any blogger, fashion icon, celebrity who some how manages to pull off some fashion don’ts and still look good? Ummm…I guess the first person to come to mind is Sarah Jessica Parker. That really isn’t don’ts as much as it is a mash up of eclectic styles.

See! I told you I didn’t have very good answers this week. Help me out. Tell me your fashion do’s and don’ts.

This weeks Friend Friday is a little hard for me to answer. The topic is Fashion Week. While I thoroughly enjoy fashion. I wouldn’t say I am necessarily “Current” on the field of fashion. It is only withing the last couple of months that I have started to seriously put some thought into what I wear and purchase. That being said, be sure to hop on over to our fabulous host Katie’s blog ModlyChic. She has a page that will tell you how you can become apart of Friend Friday, as well as, her Friend Friday post that will have links to all of the participating bloggers. Check them all out. It is great reading everyone’s answers.

1. Do you pay attention to the shows during fashion week? Which designers collections are you looking forward to seeing? I did a little research, and a few shows I would be interested in seeing, if I actually had the time, our BCBGMAXAZRIA, Betsey Johnson, and Z Spokes by Zac Posen. There are several others that looked interesting, but I don’t know much about the designers.

2. Where are you getting your Fashion Week news from?
Most of my news is coming from fellow bloggers via Twitter. It wasn’t purely Fashion Week related, but Grit and Glamour did a wonderful job keeping us updated on the Independent Fashion Bloggers conference. Thanks V! P.S. Check out her blog too. Girls got game!

3. Over the years the runway has become more than just models displaying the creations of a designer. They are now spectacles. Do you think that adds or detracts from the fashion?
I think the spectacles that shows have become adds to the experience. Fashion isn’t just about the clothing anymore, fashion is for the senses too. Why do so many people tune in to watch the Victoria Secret show every year? It isn’t just for the girls in underwear, it is for the whole shebang. Plus, designers aren’t necessarily putting out everyday kind of clothes. Some of the stuff out there would look quite odd if someone was to simply walk down the runway.

4. Twice a year, as models begin to strut the catwalk we see articles about model size and body image. Do you think the super thin models are offering an unattainable goal to the public or are we immune to their looks?
I’m fairly small myself, and even I am not immune to there looks. However, I know that I’m never going to look like the girls on the runways. I know without a doubt society as a whole is not immune. I’ve had a friend or two I’ve had to talk down from unrealistic goals set by what is in a magazine. Beauty isn’t a number, it’s who you are.

5. If you could sit front row at any show what would you want to see? And which celebrity would you want to be sitting next to?
I can’t answer this one. Too many great choices.

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