It’s rare these days to find a totally honest blogger that stays true to themselves through thick and thin, but that’s exactly what you get when you visit Someone Like You, the blog of Lauren Pfieffer. Her blog is filled with gorgeous photos of her classy stylish outfits and her take on the world. She’s heading off to Kent State in the fall for her first year of college but took time out of her day to talk to us about her blog, college, and how to stay confident.
College Lifestyles: How/why did you decide to start a blog?
Lauren Pfieffer: I started my blog my sophomore year as a sort of online diary because I could never keep up a written one! My English teacher at the time though stopped me one day and told me that I should find a way to document my everyday outfits and my style evolution because I had a special gift…No one had ever had confidence in me like that, and I was so touched. Someone Like You was then born as a fashion blog/personal diary and has remained that ever since.
CL: What’s your advice to someone who’s thinking of starting a blog?
LP: Never stray from who you are. A lot of beginning bloggers try to be what and who they think will gain them followers and exposure, but it’s not about that. Copying someone else isn’t going to get you anywhere. Blogging should be about you; never about the fame, but more about being passionate and sharing what you love with others. If you’re always yourself, the readers will come at the right time and they’ll love you for you and for all of the right reasons.
CL: What are you most excited for about college?
LP: I’m definitely excited about meeting new people! I didn’t have any friends in high school or anyone who I could really connect with. At college, I’m hoping I find at least one person who shares similar hobbies, beliefs, and way of life I do. College is my second chance to (I know it sounds cheesy but it’s true) find the best friend I never had.
CL: Who takes all your pictures?
LP: I do, actually! I never wanted my family to feel obliged to drop everything they’re doing and take outfit pictures for me, so I always found it easier to take them myself. That way I don’t have to worry about conflicting schedules and sour attitudes…an additional plus is I get to learn the art of photography!
CL: On your blog, you often talk about your insecurities. How has Someone Like You changed (or not changed) the way you feel about yourself?
LP: Someone Like You has changed my insecurities tremendously. Actually, I shouldn’t say my insecurities per say, but the way I deal with them. My blog has given me the chance to outwardly express my insecurities and feelings instead of hiding them away. By sharing what I feel, I’ve been able to hear so many stories similar to my own that make me feel so stupid for pitying myself. Opening up about these insecurities has made me realize that you’re never alone and there will always be someone there to lean on and support you. When people say that I’ve given them confidence or changed their life (even if it’s in the tiniest way possible) it truly is the most rewarding, incredible feeling. Because some girls consider me a role model (not that I ever set out to be one because trust me, I find it hard to see myself as much at all), but it makes me try harder to love myself because if I can’t love myself, then how can I be an example for these young girls who are struggling? I don’t want them to have to go through the years of self-loathing that I did.
CL: What’s your favorite thing about blogging?
LP: My favorite thing is the people I’ve met. It may sound so silly, but I just sincerely and truly love my readers. I’ve made so many true friends with girls all around the world who I have so much in common with. All of them inspire ME. Their stories and spirit touch my heart and give me the will power to keep sharing my life.
CL: Who are your role models? What do you love about them?
LP: Audrey Hepburn is a huge role model for me because I feel like she embodies the full picture of the girl I want to be someday, but have a lot of growing up and learning to do. She is so classy, mannered, wise, intelligent, poised, social, and not to mention stylish. I can’t go without saying God is a huge role model for me, as well! I suppose that’s pretty self-explanatory though.
CL: Who’s fashion style do you most try to emulate?
LP: I draw inspiration from places and objects rather than people. I think these things give a fresh, and wonderfully unique feeling to dressing that emulating another human being simply can’t bring. Going with your heart is always the best ♥
Sarah Albert is a lifestyles writer for College Lifestyles. She’s a senior journalism major at the University of Maryland and loves reading Someone Like You when she’s not in yoga class or interning in New York City!