Imperfect (See Jane Miss the Mark)

Blogging has always been a great way for me to tap into my creative side.  I initially started See Jane as an outlet of sorts back in 2010 and for a way to explore my passions.  Years later, it’s evolved but still remains a way for me to express some of my favorite past times: fashion and food (fine, and shopping).

The thing about blogs is that they often portray perfection.  I totally get it–I don’t want to post a hideous picture of myself on the internet (because the internet IS forever, you know) or an unappealing meal that I cooked.  If you didn’t already know, blogs can be a bit of smoke and mirrors; they often only show the pleasant and the poised–and that’s ok!  I’m the first to admit that I prefer looking at pretty, inspirational images.  Just know that not everything in the blogosphere is as perfect as perceived and that many have become a business where their job is to constantly inspire.  A style editor once said to me, “it takes a lot of effort to make a shoot look effortless.”  Her words have always resonated with me and as a result, I try not to take myself too seriously.  I wanted to give you a glimpse into some things in my life that DIDN’T make the blog.  They’re self-explanatory (I expect zero of these images to be pinned), but I’ll explain myself anyway.

I tried to make homemade gnocchi and failed…miserably.  It tastes as good as it looks.
This is what happens when you try and take outfit pictures in 30 mph winds.  They look like this.
Mmm, grilled pineapple.  Nope, tastes like burger.
Tried to change up the scenery and all I got was awkward in front of strangers who kept walking by.  This whole ‘scene’ consisted of me moving out of the way.

49 comments

  1. Amen. And 90% of the photos I make for an outfit post are bloopers as well. Sometimes even 100%. I gave up on trying to be "pin-worthy" a looong time ago. It's just not fun that way, now is it? xo

  2. Thank you for being 100% honest. It's refreshing to read. You are one of my favorite bloggers (it helps that you feature your adorable English bulldog frequently), and it's nice to know that life for some bloggers isn't all sunshine and perfection.

    I love the skirt in your second photo! It's adorable.

  3. Love this! I just stumbled on your blog a few weeks ago and it has been come part of my morning coffee routine :). As a new reader I love that now I know you are a real person too!
    -Daniella (Seattle, WA)

  4. I looooove this post! It's hard sometimes to remember that everything we share on the Internet is often the "highlight reel" – we share the pretty, the inspired, the poised, and sometimes we even share a bit of the tragic and the lowest of lows – but not often do we share the mundane, the small mistakes that happen in the everyday! It's nice to be reminded that they happen all the friggin time! πŸ™‚

  5. really appreciated this post. obviously, different blogs have different ultimate missions and objectives, some to inspire and exude that polished, envy-inciting lifestyle, others to celebrate the mundane or the imperfect. i think balancing honesty and humanity with the beautifully edited moments is important.

  6. This post is awesome – even though I know that what I see on blogs is the perfect, glossy version of a person's life, it's still hard not to get caught up in that illusion sometimes! This post is a good reminder of what really goes on behind the scenes sometimes πŸ™‚

  7. I love your blog, I have been following it for a long time! And this your post is so sincere and nice, and makes fall in love with your blog even more πŸ™‚ Blogs are all about perfect photos, colors, food, but everybody knows that behind the perfect there is always failures, disaster and so on, just not everyone likes to share it. So thank you for sharing πŸ™‚ your gnocchi made me smile :))

  8. Digging this post, Anna. For every shot that makes my blog, ten are deleted while making a, "Ew, no way!" face. πŸ™‚

    And at least you gave those recipes a try- because if I could make decent gnocchi myself, I'd be all over it, too!

    Hope you're having a good time in LDN!

    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

  9. Ah! That wind-blown photo totally hits home for me! If I had a nickle for every photo I've had to delete because I looked like I was standing behind a 747, I'd probably have $5!

    Seriously though, great post.

  10. Thanks for sharing the imperfect side of your blog! It's refreshing to see – especially the food gone wrong. My attempts to make what I pinned never seem to come out like the picture!

  11. Thank you for this. How completely refreshing and honest! As blog readers I think we certainly get swept up in the perceived perfection of it all…
    It's nice to be reminded that all blogs are very edited (and of course, very beautiful) works of art πŸ™‚

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