Ok, so I've been thinking about this for a while now... 

Over the last few years I've found myself getting more and more overwhelmed with blogging. I see all these amazing bloggers out there, travelling to this crazy places, producing the highest quality of content that ever existed. To tell you the truth, it just gets me down! Honestly, it makes me feel like there is no way I can keep up with that. Especially because it's just little ol' me running this thing and my poor husband doing his best behind the camera. Don't get me wrong, I still LOVE blogging but I at some point I realized that I wasn't getting this same joy out of it that I was when I first started allllll those years ago. When I took a deep look into why that might be, I realized it comes down to comparing myself to others and wanting everything to perfect. As a perfectionist, is really hard to let things go. When a picture isn't quite right or a post doesn't doesn't turn out the way I imagined, I would become incredibly frustrated.  In the end, most of the time I would give up on the photoshoot with Ken (poor guy would do his best to make things works but I'm just so stubborn we would walk away with nothing) or abandon the post all together and not post anything for weeks at a time - just because I didn't think anything was "good enough". I hate that it's become that way, but it has. BUT in the last few months, I've slowly started to make a change to the way I blog and how I think about blogging.

It all started out as something I did for fun, as a creative outlet and way to learn about photography. But somehow it was lost along the way. Blogging is a lot of work. So when you add the fact that it makes you feel like you can't keep up with the big guys, what's the point? A few months ago, I started to ask myself this more and more and I came to the realization that if I wanted to continue blogging (and enjoying it) I had to make a change. So, gradually I've been doing that. Have you noticed? 

So, I decided that instead of trying to create the perfect post with the best pictures and best light -  I would just post when I want, about whatever I want. Who cares if it's not popular, who cares if the pictures aren't perfect. If I love something and what to share it - I'll snap an iphone photo and blog about it. Recently I've been incorporating more and more of these casual/iphone posts and have really been loving it. In fact, they are some of my favourite posts. They feel much more real, personal and are so much fun for me to look back on. Let's be real, I'm not a editorial type of blog. My blog is a personal online diary of my life that includes anything from fashion, beauty, travel, lifestyle, food, home - my whole life! And when it comes down to it, that's what I love about other blogs I read myself. Personal blogs that I can relate to. Some how I forgot that along the way and was wayyyy to focused on creating a perfect post. Who wants to look at a perfect post? No one! It makes us feel bad about our own lives!

So, long story short, although I still LOVE creating pretty pictures, wearing a cute outfit and editing together a nice post - I feel like I've finally seen the light. I'm no longer following the crowd. I'm going to do my own thing and share whatever I want, whenever I want! And most importantly, worry less about getting the perfect shot and spend that time really LIVING the moment. So expect a lot of 'iphone only posts' and random sharing of things between the "pretty" posts (like this one) in the future. I hope you love the new direction as much as I do :)

Here's to realistic blogging and taking it old school :)

Let me know what you think - I'd love to hear from you :)

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Xo, Andrea


  1. First of all, the above pictures are fabulous, hats of to Ken. But it is quite easy, when you have a pretty subject in a stunning city. ;)
    Second, so so so refreshing that you are just following your heart. Go back to why you did this in the first place, and the joy you get out of it will shine through in the content you will show us.

    Looking forward to much authenticity, fun, and real life!

    1. Thank you so much for this comment! Yes, Ken does do a great job! I need to tell him that more often. - sometimes I forget to because I'm so caught up in getting that perfect shot I had imagined. Sad but true.

      Exactly, I'm doing just that - following my heart! And I can't wait. Yes it means there will be iphone pictures on the blog more often, but who cares, I just want to share things!

      Thank you again for the comment - makes me day everytime :)

  2. I personnaly enjoy a "real" blog entry a lot more than a perfect one that looks staged and a little too perfect. This is real life, and I like to read real people blogs!
    Great idea to make this change, especially of it makes you happier! Your life seems so exciting at the moment, with the new country and everything that comes with it. I love reading your posts and watching your videos about "real" life in France, even when it's just about the small moments!

    Keep on having fun, abd thank you for sharing with us!

    1. This makes me so happy!!!!! As much as I love taking "pretty" pictures while we are away, the iphone simple ones are always my favourite ones to work on. I don't know what took me so long to realize this but I'm going to give it a go and try to let go of the perfectionist in me.

      And thank you do much for reading and watching my videos! Sometimes it feels like no one actually sees any of it. You've inspired me to vlog more real life stuff - I really wasn't sure anyone was going to like that last vlog I posted but when I stop and think about it, those are the kind of vlogs I love watching myself - even if they all take place in the house!

      Thanks again! :):)

  3. Hi - this is the first time I've been to your blog, I found you through your recent home tour vlog on YouTube. Your photos here are really lovely - hubby does a great job! I know what you mean about setting a high bar for your blog and blog pictures - I'm the same and am frequently frustrated and fall short of the posting schedule I set for myself. So I feel ya! I think your attitude is a good one - just do it at a level you enjoy in a way that you can be happy with! I look forward to reading more posts and watching more YouTibe videos! I hope you really enjoy your time in France!


    1. So glad you found my video! Welcome! He does do a great job doesn't he?! My blog wouldn't be have as nice without him :) Yah blogging can be tricky like that, It can get you down in a way. Happy blogging to you!

  4. I much prefer a realistic blog written by a “real” person. What good is a blog if it makes the readers (including other bloggers!), feel badly about themselves? I feel like many of the bloggers have lost sight of what a blog - a web log - is supposed to be, and become obsessed with churning out “content” that is completely artificial in the same ways that advertising is, and 100% geared towards separating the reader from their money. Also, it’s hard to take a person seriously when they have a new list of “must buys - swipe up to shop!” practically daily. It’s like the lipstick “advertised” (because it is an advertisement - not a web log!) yesterday must have not actually been that good if you’re already buying another one the next day or even a week later. Their “content” is actually a constant, never ending commercial (and ironically many of the popular bloggers advertise the exact same items, stores, and sales so most of it I’ve already even seen). If I bought even 10% of what many bloggers are claiming their “must haves” are I would, I would develop a hoarding problem. I would rather see blogs about different ways someone has styled a specific piece than new items every single day (many of the bloggers I follow have admitted having financial problems or low credit scores - apparently compulsive shopping results in real consequences - and when you take in that piece of context it appears that even the very popular bloggers are having trouble keeping up with THEMSELVES). I don’t even like when bloggers go and shoot a bunch of outfits - again for content - because the outfits are usually completely impractical to the weather and the daily activities most people have (not sure about you but I don’t typically do my grocery shopping or sit around the house in high heeled rockstuds, skintight skinnies with tons of holes in freezing cold winter, with an off the shoulder ruffled crop top, I would like to see what these people actually wore and hear about how it went - to me the whole creative challenge in being an influencer is coming up with something that’s visually appearing but still comfortable, functional, and weather and cost appropriate - otherwise we’d all just stick with taking style guidelines from impractical magazines). Ugh. Your big change is very welcome news and I hope others follow suit.

    1. I hear you! I know that scouting perfect locations and planning 5 outfits to shoot in a day is efficient and if you have to work with a photographer it might be the only way but I just think it's way less natural. I like to just take my camera out with us when we are out for lunch for something, snap some pictures of what I'm REALLY wearing to keep it real. I'm going to do my best to keep it even more real and I think i'll enjoy it much more :) Thank you for commenting! And I'm so glad you're on the same page! :)

  5. Yes for more "real" pictures, I personnaly love it. and you are right nowadays pictures are WAAYYYY too editorial!
    Working from home today and your videos onyoutube have been on the background :D

    1. Yes! Blogging was so simple back in the day! I love that you have my videos on in the background! I do the same with my favourite videos allll the time - I kind of feel embarrassed thinking that someone enjoys my video enough to watch then back to back haha! But thank you for watching! :):)


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