Today we are taking it easy in the world of Friend Friday hosted by the lovely Katy of Modlychic.  Easy for some that is…I dislike talking myself.

Here are my 10 things about me. 

  1. My hair is naturally reddish brown now, but I was born with hair as blond as my daughters.
  2. I’m three inches taller than my husband, but neither one of us minds when I wear heels. 
  3. I’m legally blind without my glasses or contacts.
  4. I’ve never been a bridesmaid.
  5. I paid for my wedding myself minus the photographer and food.
  6. I’ve had a regular job since I was 16, and before that I spent summers working for my dad at his cabinet shop.
  7. I’ve never broken a bone, but I’ve injured just about everything you can possibly injure through years of dance and gymnastics.
  8. I know how to drive a stick shift.
  9. My favorite color is blue, but I seem to have more purple in my closet.
  10. I’ve lived in the same house twice. Once, with my mom and sister before I moved out. Than Nate and I bought the house from my mom.

>Yours truly made it into this weeks Independent Fashion Bloggers Links a la Mode. Can you believe it? Little old me up the with some other fabulous blogs.

links a la mode

The Blogging Diaries- Introspects, insights, and inspirations

Edited by: Marie Denee of The Curvy Fashionista

As  bloggers, we often find ourselves looking to other blogs for  inspiration. Sometimes we look to our closets, magazines, or in the  mirror. This week’s roundup fashions some of the most introspective and  insightful posts from bloggers who reach across the blogosphere as they  look for ways to build upon, contribute to, and pull inspiration for and  from the fashion world.

  • 365 Fashion Rehab: Lessons from a (Reformed) Shopaholic: A beautiful handbag repaired (for free!). One more reason to buy quality over quantity.
  • Boheme Noir: The first ladies of Vogue – a closer look at the most important editors in chief.
  • Daisy Dayz: Friend Friday: How to learn from your mistakes and let your blog grow
  • Devilishly Pleasurable: Reflecting on the evolution of my blog and tips for better blogging!
  • Fish Monkey: The notion of flattering dressing is oppressive and unnecessary. Rather than conforming, why not chose a different shape?
  • Hazel Eye Personality:  Who has what it takes to be the next big and game changing designer? It  takes a lot of time, passion and sanity to make it in the fashion  world.
  • Independent Fashion Bloggers: Work Smarter, Not Harder–3 Ways to Massively (and Permanently) Increase Your Traffic.
  • Miss Viki: “Love Me” and what is wrong with our beauty ideals, if anything?
  • No Guilt Fashion: I put on my game face and tried out my biggest fashion trend fear
  • Passionista Place: qvc, hsn…oh my! find out why home shopping networks have become a bit of an addiction for a modern passionista like me.
  • Seamstress Stories: Reflections on the role that mirrors play for our body image and self-perception.
  • Showcase Edge: Indie Fashion Goes Back to the future. A look at designers who hand-make clothing inspired by times of the past
  • Sidewalk Chalk: I’m a poser, baby: 7 steps for posing naturally in outfit photos
  • Stylish White Female: Transitioning from vegetarian to vegan: Some things are hard to give up. Fur is not.
  • Taxonomy of my Wardrobe: Shopping the Wardrobe. My version of this month’s Harper’s Bazaar Buy Now wear Forever list selected from my own wardrobe.
  • The Coveted: Three Way With a Long Chiffon Skirt
  • The Curvy Fashionista: Nordstrom reaches out to plus size fashion bloggers to collaborate on its newest plus size endeavor- Sejour
  • The Demoiselles: She is not a fashion blogger. She’s just a woman, sitting in her bathtub.
  • The Simply Luxurious Life: In a world that seems to be changing quicker than the seasons, what does it mean to be a lady?
  • The Wondergirl: retail-me-not: waxing poetic on two interesting happenings of late in the world of specialty retailing.
  • Vogue Mornings:How not to lose motivation when blogging, a few quick solutions to the problem many bloggers face.
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Today all of the Friend Friday Bloggers are talking about building there blogs. See ModlyChic’s post for a list of all the bloggers following her in this weeks discussion. As always, feel free to join in the discussion. 
Sidenote: Whenever, I think about the term baby steps I don’t think of my daughter’s first steps I think about the movie What about Bob? Has anybody seen it? Is it just me that thinks about that movie when they hear the term?
1. How has your blog changed over the months/years you’ve been
I only started my blog in June. It has changed a lot since that 
first post. I’ve bought a tripod, learned how to edit photos a bit, messed around with my template design, and figured out what posts I like to offer. Over all the basis of my blog has remained the same. I still feature affordable fashion.

2. What was one thing you did wrong in the beginning and how have you changed that?
I’m still in the beginning. I’m sure I have/am doing things wrong, but I’m still figuring that out. I think the biggest surprise to me is how fast I would gain readers. My mistakes surrounding that is I didn’t take time in the very beginning to encourage my readers to discuss the post, and not building connections with other writers.

3. When you visit a blog what’s the greatest turn off? The thing that
makes you close the tab?
One word: Music

4. How did you find your voice?
See answer two…I’m still working on it.Do I have a voice yet?  I think my voice is a young, busy mom who likes to look nice, but doesn’t have time or money to always buy new things.

5. If you had three pieces of advice to give to a new blogger what
would those be?
The best advice I can think of is if you are writing about something you would read you can guarantee somebody else will be interested too. You just have to take time to allow yourself to build bridges, and really connect with other bloggers. After all, most blog readers are blog writers too.
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This week Katy from ModlyChic and the rest of the group are discussing criticism, comments and how to be truthful but constructive. Remember to check out Katy’s post for a list of all the other bloggers participating.

1. Do you allow comments on your blog? Why or why not? Yes. I allow comments, because, I want to open up a chance for readers to dialogue with me. I love getting comments (who wouldn’t?) Also, if a reader has a question about something in the post it is a great opportunity to open it up for discussion with my other readers too.

2. Do you think at times people leave comments that are insincere or not well thought out? Of course. I know a few times I’ve wanted to say something about a post I read, but when I go to comment everything I want to say doesn’t come out as a complete thought. How do you talk about the great pictures, amazing content, cute shoes, and liking how the blogger changed around the furniture in there normal photo spot all at one time?

3. Would you ever leave a comment that could be considered negative?
Not intentionally. However, sarcasm and joking attitudes don’t come across in text very well. I’m sure something I’ve said/will say may be taken out of context and sound rude.

4. Most people claim to like constructive criticism. Do you really and
how do you offer that kind of criticism to others?
I love constructive criticism. As a dancer criticism is important to developing my art. You can never get better without a teacher, and sometimes constructive criticism from my peers is the only teacher I have. I apply that same principle to my blog.

5. Some bloggers don’t allow comments in order to cut down on
negativity. Do you think that is the way to go or are there other ways
to deal with the negative vibes?
  I don’t think not allowing comments is the only way to go. I think you can also not allow anonymous comments. People aren’t as likely to say something mean if they have to put there name to it. I also think that as a blogger you are putting yourself out there to be seen and heard. People aren’t always going to like what you have to say, and you may have to be the bigger person and take it all with a grain of salt.
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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.

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