keeping it real: jill from good life

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Today I’m proud to announce a new series on MML called Keeping it Real. Inspired by the applause from my humbling bikini photo, I knew that I needed to wipe away the “blog gloss” a bit. But rather than show you a gross-ish picture of me every week, I thought you might like a little variety. (I kid.) 

So that called for a guest series asking bloggers from around the web to share a peek into the not-so-great side of their life which might not be apparent. 

Kicking the series off is Jill from Good Life For Less. She’s a gorgeous fashion blogger and a mom of two little ones. From looking at her beautiful pictures and pulled together outfits, it would be easy to think she’s doesn’t have a care in the world. 

Take it away, Jill! 


Hello makeundermylife readers!  I’m a huge fan of Jess – both what she does here on MML and with  Jess LC.  So naturally, I was more than happy to air my dirty laundry via Keeping It Real.

As a blogger, I try my hardest to put my best foot forward and luckily since I’m the Editor in Chief of good life, I usually succeed.  But we all know that blogs have a way of making our lives look pretty and shiny – or more specifically OTHERS’ lives look pretty and shiny.  I personally wouldn’t describe my life as pretty OR shiny (those two words wouldn’t even be in the Top 20 Words I Use To Describe My Life).  Here are a few facts about my life as a blogger in real life:

  • To get five or six decent pictures for an outfit post, my husband usually has to take 80 or 90 pictures total. (I’m terrible at closing my eyes mid-shot or of just generally looking awkward).
  • Good lighting and make-up are essential for good pictures. In real life, good lighting rarely follows me around and as a busy working mom… make-up just doesn’t happen some days.  Like in these photos… taken, ironically (or not!?), on the day that Jess asked me to contribute to this series!
  • I stand in my closet and protest “I have absolutely NOTHING to wear” regularly (daily!?!?).  And I call myself a “stylist”.  I know, I’m such a fraud.
  • At age 33, it can feel hard to compete with the gals that are much younger, prettier and peppy-er than me.  There I said it, the age ‘cat’ is out of the bag.
  • Also, I’m pretty sure there is a toilet or shower in my home that needs scrubbing right now.  I’m actively avoiding that bathroom.

Love Jill? You can find her here

This Post Has 28 Comments

  1. Cathy

    This is a fantastic new series! I’ll come clean about something. I strategically take pictures for blog posts that avoid the piles of clutter in our house.

  2. Cathy

    This is a fantastic new series! I’ll come clean about something. I strategically take pictures for blog posts that avoid the piles of clutter in our house.

  3. Jackie

    Great idea for a series, and a fun “behind-the-scenes” look at one of my favorite bloggers and friend Jill!

  4. Jackie

    Great idea for a series, and a fun “behind-the-scenes” look at one of my favorite bloggers and friend Jill!

  5. Kendall

    Love this series, and I am a huge fan of Jill! This is really neat

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  6. Kendall

    Love this series, and I am a huge fan of Jill! This is really neat

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  7. This is amazing! I loved reading this and instantly liked Jill! Love this new series. I can’t even begin to tell you what the other side of the room looks like when I style a shoot for a piece of furniture.

  8. Kim

    Fun series! Jill has been one of my favorite blogs for a very long time. I like how she wears ‘practical’ outfits, that are very pulled together, but simple and cost relevant. I have a work from home job, so I find myself wearing ‘jeans’ as my uniform, so Jill’s style is my fav! Keep up the great work – nice to see you on Everygirl today! Great article

  9. Kim

    Fun series! Jill has been one of my favorite blogs for a very long time. I like how she wears ‘practical’ outfits, that are very pulled together, but simple and cost relevant. I have a work from home job, so I find myself wearing ‘jeans’ as my uniform, so Jill’s style is my fav! Keep up the great work – nice to see you on Everygirl today! Great article

  10. Margaret

    Go Girl! I love that you exposed yourself. And here I thought you were perfect. Ha, as if that even exits! Love your blog! Thanks for sharing.
    BTW, as a 44 year old mom I can attest that it doesn’t get any easier about keeping up with the younger girls, but you start to not care as much. Compare yourself to yourself!

  11. Margaret

    Go Girl! I love that you exposed yourself. And here I thought you were perfect. Ha, as if that even exits! Love your blog! Thanks for sharing.
    BTW, as a 44 year old mom I can attest that it doesn’t get any easier about keeping up with the younger girls, but you start to not care as much. Compare yourself to yourself!

  12. Linda

    accept for the kids part, i could have written this same thing! thanks for helping me realize it’s ok not to have it all.

    ps: you’re even beautiful without make-up!

    xoxo

  13. Jess

    Thanks so much ladies for the support for Jill and her “keeping it real” story. : )

    And thank you Jill for being the first to share your truth!!

  14. Jess

    Thanks so much ladies for the support for Jill and her “keeping it real” story. : )

    And thank you Jill for being the first to share your truth!!

  15. Thank you so much for sharing Jill. I’m a mom of two and 31 years old (also creating a career as stylist) so I felt a strange connection to your truths.
    And kudos to you Jess for starting this great series!
    Raj

  16. awwww, so cute to see Jill on here! For the record, I would crack my camera lens without makeup. You manage to look fresh and cute!

    Great series Jess!

  17. awwww, so cute to see Jill on here! For the record, I would crack my camera lens without makeup. You manage to look fresh and cute!

    Great series Jess!

  18. Jill

    Whoa! I hadn’t been here in a while to see all the amazingly sweet comments you ladies left for me! Thank you for having me Jess! I feel more “perfect” in my imperfections because of you…

  19. Becca

    I’m enjoying this series. It’s nice to hear someone speaking about the imperfections of all of our lives while keeping a sense of humor.

  20. Becca

    I’m enjoying this series. It’s nice to hear someone speaking about the imperfections of all of our lives while keeping a sense of humor.

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