My Favorite Blogs: Part I

Now that I'm officially obsessed with perusing Bloglovin for the cutest blogs out there, I've discovered a few new ones that I just had to add to my reading list and I want to share some of them with you!  

Because there are some wonderful local bloggers and friends I'd like to link to, I plan to have another post with some of those a little bit later, but for now, here are my top 4 favorite blogs to read at the moment:

Chalk White Arrow

Chalk White Arrow

1.  Chalk White Arrow is probably at the top of my favorite blog list right now, even though I've only been following for a few weeks now.  I just fell in love with this post in particular, because first of all, I'm a sucker for beautiful, simple, colorful photography, and second, pictures of food, comfy homes and flowers are my own personal faves and Sara included all of them in one post.  How could I not fall in love?  Oh yeah, and then there was her bathroom makeover, which is so adorable that I realize how much I've neglected my own little bathroom over the years...project inspiration!

My favorite thing about Sara's blog is that just like life, she includes a little bit of everything.  She shares some of her favorite clothing moments, we get to fall in love with her dog Kramer, and she's not afraid to post real images of her home life that aren't staged or forced in any way.  There's always something down-to-earth, organic and natural, yet full of personality about everything she posts, which is why I look forward to seeing her updates.

Paris in Four Months

Paris in Four Months

2.  Paris in Four Months is Carin's blog about her love affair with the city of Paris, complete with endless, vivid, color photographs of the city and her adventures there as she lives them.  As a fellow Paris lover and someone who has frequent fantasies of picking up, moving there and never looking back, it's an irresistible read for me.

My first trip to Paris was in 2007 and I haven't been the same since!  I have pictures that I took in the city hanging over my bed, and I'm anxiously awaiting my next trip to the city I fell in love with 6 years ago.  Carin's blog only makes me miss it more, but I don't mind because reading it reminds me of all the things I loved so much about it.

Who knows, maybe someday soon I'll be blogging from Paris!  Anything is possible rigiht?  ;)

Breanna Rose

Breanna Rose

3.  Breanna Rose always makes me feel inspired to create something new, and her blog and posts are all so visually appealing, that I never skip over them.  Breanna is such a talented graphic designer and I love that she not only shares parts of her life with her readers, but she always gives us a sneak peek into her creative process and finished designs.  My recent favorite was this post where she shares a moodboard for a recent project.  She apparently doesn't see this color palette a lot in her work, and I'm obviously partial to it because blue + green are my all-time favorites, and my current site design was ocean and watercolor inspired.

Along with design elements, Breanna also shares her favorite things (Wantlist - my personal favorite was "crazy floral"), talks about her collaborations, and gives away some design freebies (like this desktop wallpaper or this one)!  Her blog is never boring, and she always keeps it short, which is refreshing when your reading list keeps getting longer and longer like mine does.

The Fresh Exchange

The Fresh Exchange

4.  Megan over at the Fresh Exchange Blog began writing to keep a catalog of her design ideas (like Breanna she is also a graphic designer gone blogger).  I love the Fresh Exchange because in addition to seeing Megan's newest design ideas, she's also sharing more about her life, career, travels and collaborations with her husband Mike as well as with other bloggers and entrepreneurs.

A recent favorite was this post about how to stay sane when you're working for yourself and life gets busy enough to test your limits - something I can relate to!  Of course I could also really appreciate this post and collaboration with Anna Carl at the Yellow Table for Anna's series on March wellness.  Obviously we're into April now, but it's still a good read, as Megan addresses how she and her husband have tried to create a healthy work from home routine.  This is definitely something I need to do some more work on...

The thing I most enjoy about Megan's posts is her honesty and ability to be candid.  She doesn't sugarcoat things, and she gives you her version of reality, even if that means sometimes admitting that things aren't always sunny and perfect.  I find her attitude refreshing and realistic, and I also appreciate the earthy quality she brings to her photographs and design aesthetic.  Earthy is my favorite.

Well, that's it!  Hope you all decide to head on over to Bloglovin to follow some or all of these lovely ladies, and I'd love to hear what your favorite blogs are.  Rest assured I will be posting again with more blogs to dive into, because I discover new ones every day!

Who are some bloggers that you just can't wait to see updates from?  What is your favorite blog of the moment, and why?