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Allow me to introduce Joy of the blog Joy the Baker. You may have seen a couple of her recipes featured on this blog, and I regularly include her posts in my Friday Link Love. Joy not only has an amazing blog, she has a podcast, and two, that’s right two, cookbooks: one available now and the other on October 14th. I love that her blog isn’t just well composed food photography; she includes shots of the process and the mess. She also includes pictures of her fluffy orange cat, which looks very similar to my fluffy orange cat, and she adores him as much as I adore mine. One of my all time favorite reads. Do yourself a favor and click on over.
PS: She calls her orange baby Tron. How cool is that?
All images from Joy the Baker .
I am a little embarrassed to admit this, but I started reading Sarah’s blog because of her hair. I have a serious crush on her hair color(s). It wasn’t long before The Laughing Medusa became one of my favorite daily reads. It’s has a bit of everything, food, fashion, tattoos, crafting…kind of like a greatest hits on the things that I love most. It’s more than shared interest though; I found it truly inspiring to read about how she fell in love with Europe while traveling for work and how she carefully tucked away her pennies so she could move there for a year. I sympathized with how heartbroken she was when she realized she’d have to leave her cat with her parents while she was overseas; I am well aware of how off it feels to be a crazy cat lady without a cat (my first two years of college). But don’t take my word for it, check out her blog and you to will find yourself rooting for this self proclaimed “urban pixie”.
For those of you who pay any sort of attention to the list of “Favorite Blogs” on the right hand side of the screen (go ahead look now if you haven’t before, i’ll wait……back now? Okay, lets continue) you have probably noticed the blog entitle Keiko Lynn, it is one of the few blogs that has consistently been on the list. This may sound a little dramatic, but Keiko (pronounced cake-o) is the blogger that brought me into the blogging universe. Her blog and I Go By Katie, which is sadly no longer being written, are the reason I wanted to become a blogger.
This makeup tutorial, featured on Facebook by Urban Decay was the first blog post i’d ever read. I remember being in awe of this girl, she had great personal style, was amazing with makeup, and had the quirky artistic life in NY that I had so desperately wanted after growing up in a small town.
After being on the other side of the blog for a little over a year, I realize that a lot of what we see as readers is carefully choreographed by the writer. Photos are staged and carefully edited, stories are often tweaked for dramatic effect and things are rarely shared in real time. All that being said, I still love this blog. Keiko just seem real to me, she has pets, siblings and an adorable boyfriend; she talks about growing up without her father, wearing a foot brace as a child and even about how ridiculously often she gets the flu.
Two years of devoted readership, a wedding and a house later, I’ve learned that the glittering jet-setting lifestyle that I so envied isn’t really what I want. And that’s fine. It doesn’t make reading about someone else living it any less interesting and sometimes it even reinforces my confidence in the decisions that I’ve made. But all the soul searching and self awareness aside, this is a seriously fun blog and even if you don’t understand all of the fashion, it worth the look just to see whats out there.