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I'm Caitlin Israel, a twenty-something midwesterner with a penchant for neutrals, donuts, and makeup.
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FBFF: I Don't Whisper When I Speak

This week’s Fashion Beauty Friend Friday is all about getting personal with our blogs and our perceptions of them. If you’d like to join FBFF, you can check out ModlyChic.
1. Have you ever looked at someone’s blog and thought yours will never measure up?
Ummm, yes! Unfortunately, being a girl usually means that we automatically compare ourselves to everybody else. Let me clue you in, just in case that was new information to you: even we bloggers compare our blogs to other blogs. I sometimes have to remind myself that I can’t compare my blog to other blogs. It’s like trying on clothes; when the clothes don’t fit, that doesn’t mean there’s a problem with your body. There’s a problem with the clothes! You have to have a certain disconnect from feelings of inadequacy, otherwise those feelings will begin to define and affect you, which will translate into your blog.
2. Do you (did you) feel pressure to meet some kind of undefined standard for fashion bloggers?
I do feel pressure, but for me it’s a good pressure. Many of the other bloggers I follow have very individual and unique styles, something that is necessary for a blog to succeed and be interesting. This has inspired and motivated me to find out what my individual style is, which is definitely an ongoing process. 
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?
To me, these extra hobbies of fashion bloggers are yet another outlet of creativity that influences and enhances their styles. Creativity feeds on creativity, so I believe that these extras can only help. Whether you’re a DIYer, a knitter (like me), or a musician, these other outlets of creativity can only enhance fashion creativity.
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?
As I said above, I’m still trying to find my unique and individual style. Having a blog has made me pay attention to certain trends and certain items I’m drawn to while shopping. It has made me more aware of what I tend to reach for when getting dressed in the morning, which is helping me to develop my style voice. Practicing writing every day for the blog, as well as majoring in it currently in college, is certainly helping me develop my writing voice, as well. It’s all about personality and not being afraid to let that shine through what you’re wearing and what you’re writing.
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?
My financial savvy, which is evident in my love for garage sales and thrift stores, is something that gives my blog an edge (garage sales in particular, in case you couldn’t tell from my many, many posts about them in the summer). I am a real girl living on a real budget, which translates into real and applicable style.

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