Friend Friday: The One and Only MVL

January 21, 2011

By Katrice

{My dream team, Tania Calderon and Londyn Juelz}

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

I always say that I hope people leave my blog feeling as if they have met me or at least have an impression of my zest for life. I want all of the impressions that I make, whether people meet me through my day job as an editor, on the train or through my blog, to be the same. I love my life, I love people and I love handbags (in that order). I blog about the things that bring me joy (which could be any number of things) and hope that I'm effectively inspiring anyone who comes across my blog to go out and LIVE!  

{Behind the scenes of my last photo shoot with the most amazing makeup artist and photographer}

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

I am random but also extremely precise. And if you talk to any of my friends or family, they will tell you that you almost never know what you're going to get from me, while they find me laughably predictable. But, even with all of my quirkiness, I like for things to be done in excellence. So, when I plan posts, I make sure that I will have time to provide engaging content and great photos thanks to Calderón Foto and The Artistry Londyn. And above all else ... I am completely uncensored here, which has been one of the best things, for me personally, about blogging. It has allowed me to become my most authentic self. 

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

The only blog I stopped following was one that was no longer active. However, interestingly, that blogger reached out to me last night, and I raced back and happily found that she's back. 

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?

I am an information seeker and I am interested in everything. I'm also completely decided about the direction I want for my life. So, I do what I want and I do NOT do what I don't want to do. I recently heard my cousin say that this life isn't meant to come around twice, so we should make every effort to get it right the first time. That could be my mantra. In life and in my writing, I am careful to present as if a second draft is not an option.

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

Shout out to my girl Fajr Muhammad of Stylish Thought. I learn something new every time I visit her blog and am completely enamored with the amount of attention she pays to making sure her blog is better than good. What I most enjoy, however, is that I felt like I'd met her face-to-face after my first visit and would have probably scheduled lunch with her if we lived in the same city. lol

Shout out to Stephanie Taylor of Blashionista. Simply put, she grinds out information like no other blogger I know.

Shout out to Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs of Street Etiquette. Their perspective on menswear is well-thought and fresh. In a word, a-mazing! 

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  1. You are about to make me cry K! I couldn't agree more that your personality and passion for life come shining through your blog, your twitter and your style. I love how your polished style is reflected in everything from your fashion choices to your layout.

    Girl, we have to get on scheduling that lunch, whether in Atl or Philly!

  2. Fajr, your blog is fab! It's just that simple. And yes, we will have to make lunch happen sometime very soon.

  3. After looking at so many blogs today I have to give you major props for how awesome your header is! It's really refreshing and inviting for a reader. Thanks for participating in FBFF this week! - Katy


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