Fall Fashion Finds and My Take on this New Influencer Landscape






The title of "influencer" on social media can take so many shapes, and it's actually kind of hard to narrow down a definition for the term. It definitely covers a variety of subjects, or niches, so it's kind of a catch-all term that encompasses lots more than just fashion bloggers (where I would consider my niche to be). While I'm considered by a few people to be an influencer, I have mixed feelings about the term. On one hand, I'm totally flattered that some people trust me to guide them in the direction of what they should shop for, and I honestly try to showcase good quality and affordable pieces on my blog, and also to share my honest opinions of the items I purchase and the stores that I buy from. On the other hand, the term "influencer" seems to carry with it a lot of responsibility, and I would never want anyone to think that they need to purchase something I'm sharing, or to make someone feel inferior just because of some purchases I've made, or some perfectly lit pictures that I took on the weekend, when I had a few moments to actually get ready. 

The truth is, I'm usually running around SO tired with very little makeup on, wearing Mom-jeans and a t-shirt. My life isn't the perfectly lit pictures that I try to capture for my blog and instagram (even those aren't always looking as good as I'd want them to! haha). My kids are usually wrecking my house, and my life is rarely as put-together as it may seem on social media. I think it's important to share these aspects of our lives, though. There's a reason that I don't do "insta-stories" very often, and that's because I feel like I don't have much to capture in the day-to-day, which often consist of driving Lorelai to and from school, playing with my kids, running errands, typing out blog posts, struggling with nap-times, cleaning up toys, and maybe cooking dinner, before I put the kids to bed and just collapse for the day. (I know some Moms just share their days of them doing those things, but I dunno... I just feel like most people would rather not come along for our ride. haha!) 

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What is the point of all this influencer and social media talk today? I guess my point is that no one is perfect, and to encourage you not to let peoples' instagrams make you feel inadequate, for any reason. Always remember that they're showcasing their best self for social media, and we're all just trying to create beautiful content to inspire each other. I know that beautiful content is what I want to see. It inspires us all, and makes us happy. We just have to be careful to reflect well, be introspective, and realize if something is no longer inspiring us, but creating feelings of jealousy or inadequacy. I hope you take the time to do that, and please let me know if I can do anything to help foster those feelings. I'd love to talk! Thank you so much for reading, today, and I hope you have a lovely Thursday! 
Jessica
  1. such an inspiring post, Jessica! I love it when bloggers get real! I really agree with you on everything you wrote. I try to create great contents on my social media accounts because I want them to be great but that doesn't mean that my life is all about it. I am glad you post this because it reminds me that everyone else too has another life beside social media, and it's interesting x
    have a lovely day!

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    1. Totally agree! Thank you so much! Have a fantastic Thursday!

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  2. Couldn't agree more with this post. I think it's so important to remind people that instagram, as well as all other social media, is everyones 'highlight reel' -- all the glamour, and rarely the REAL day to day stuff.

    PS your fall outfit is amazing! love the fray on the bottom of the jeans.
    xo, allie
    www.champagne-tuesdays.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Allie! Hope you're having the best week!

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  3. Love the jeans! Everything really compliments each other so well!

    Asha xo http://www.ageofyouth.co.uk

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  4. I have many days like that too, Jessica!! But it's the fact that you keep doing this that is so impressive!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  5. I "Fall" in love for this look. Your blog is inspiring and so influences anyone who is looking for refinement and glamor.

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    1. Thanks, Filipe! That means a lot! Have a great weekend!

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  6. You look very pretty & beautiful in the outfit. Your smile is adorable, hunny! Kisses:)
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    1. Thank you, Tina! Hope you're having a fantastic Friday!

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  7. Your shoes are such a cute touch with this outfit - leopard print is so big for autumn, it's fun seeing all the different ways people have been incorporating it into their outfits :)

    It's good to remind ourselves that there is more to life than social media sometimes, it's good of you to share that in this post.

    Hope that you are having an awesome weekend :)

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    1. Yes! I agree, and thank you so much, Mica! Have a great weekend, yourself!

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  8. Great post! I enjoy reading it and I really like it because you are honest about your life and influencer title. I love your photos, blog posts, your style and just keep going with publishing new posts.

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  9. I couldn't agree more with everything that you said! It's always lovely to know that what people show on Instagram is just the highlights, and that we all experience similar things in life. I feel the same way too about Instagram stories sometimes, but I always find the ones I love watching are just showing what they do day to day. Keep up the amazing work with your blog! I always enjoying reading your posts, and you have great style.

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net

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    1. Thank you so so much, Kara! I really appreciate that!

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  10. I am glad to read your post.
    You look so pretty with simple fashion.

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    1. Thanks, Brian! Hope you're having a great Tuesday!

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  11. gorgeous fall outfit, love your heels

    I definitely agree with you. I think we are increasingly comparing ourselves to "perfect" influencers, but the beautiful content should only be there to inspire.

    xx

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  12. Thanks a lot for your honesty but I'm convinced you look always beautiful and this post here is no exception!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  13. Great post, Jessica! These posts are meant to inspire and not a complete reflection of day-to-day life. Love this look on you, by the way. It made me smile! :)

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