Be Real

How do you really connect with people? By letting your guard down and getting REAL!

Top: J. Crew Factory (similar) || Skirt: Gibson x Hi Sugarplum (linking more options below!) || Shoes: Old Navy || Clutch: c/o Lyla Taylor Boutique || Earrings: “Bobbi” c/o Lisi Lerch || Necklace: c/o Lyla Taylor Boutique || Apple Watch

Happy Monday y’all! I’m feeling rested & energized to take on a brand new (busy!) week after being home for the first time in months! It was heaven getting to sip my coffee, catch up on blogs, and see all my friends after so many back to back weeks of travel.

As we all look to take on a new week, let’s chat for a second about something laying on my heart: being real. I started the conversation last night on my instagram post and was blown away by how many of y’all feel the same way, so I felt like it was worth talking about more on the blog. Sunday morning at church our pastor gave a great sermon called “Be Real” that was all about how authenticity and being “real” with people is the only way to grow deep relationships and encourage others. When we as Christians live lives consumed with portraying perfection we don’t allow people in, and they can’t relate to us – because no one is perfect! So being aware of our flaws and shortcomings, and being unafraid to share them, allows us to authentically connect & grow with others.

Top: J. Crew Factory (similar) || Skirt: Gibson x Hi Sugarplum (linking more options below!) || Shoes: Old Navy || Clutch: c/o Lyla Taylor Boutique || Earrings: “Bobbi” c/o Lisi Lerch || Necklace: c/o Lyla Taylor Boutique || Apple Watch

For me, the words he said when teaching also totally applied to social media and our skewed perception that all these girls are living “perfect” lives because a 4×4 square on the gram makes it look like they do. While I love the inspiration that can be gleaned from blogs, IG, FB, it’s way more important to me to show you my real life (flaws and all!) so that we can connect in a way that matters. Lusting after perfection can me lonely and exhausting, but being real & true? That’s the good stuff ladies!

I try to remind myself that life isn’t beautiful because it’s perfect, it’s beautiful because of all the perfect and imperfect moments that are woven together! (Cheesy moment of the morning 🙂 )

Cheers to a great week y’all!




  1. September 17, 2018 / 7:44 pm

    Love this message Gentry! Authenticity is something we are all craving so much!
    This might be one of my favorite outfits you’ve ever shared! I have this top in navy but I can’t find the perfect way to wear it. Tucked into a skirt might be the way to go.

    • girlmeetsbow
      September 22, 2018 / 8:33 am

      I just adore this top for work- I wear it way too much! And I’m glad I’m not the only one craving more authenticity these days!

  2. September 18, 2018 / 8:09 pm

    You are so freaking adorable! I love this look! I agree, being real is the best way to build relationships.
    Stylin In St. Louis

  3. September 20, 2018 / 12:27 pm

    You are SO RIGHT. It can be really daunting putting yourself out there – being tired, being lazy sometimes (I don’t mean you, I mean in the general self – which includes me, I am definitely lazy and super definitely very tired sometimes :)), admitting to not having money to buy everything, to not having always the best sense or style etc etc. The hardest thing I find is being real in the sense of putting my own opinions and beliefs out there. Someone once suggested that if I did this I wouldn’t get the same corporate interest (I doubt I ever will at my age anyway haha) but you can’t sanitise your life for insincere reasons. I genuinely believe you will connect more with readers if you are real, and normal – like everyone else! You come across as so genuine and kind and honest – your blog really reflects that. To make time to respond to comments and comment on others’ blogs as well shows how you are in this for the right reasons – J xx

    • girlmeetsbow
      September 23, 2018 / 9:02 pm

      Oh Joanne you always have the sweetest and most encouraging words to say- so appreciative of you! This blog is such an absolute joy and connecting with each of y’all just makes my day!

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