The Kentucky Gent, a men's fashion and lifestyle blogger, dishes on a picture perfect life.

Picture Perfect

by Josh Johnson

The Kentucky Gent, a men's fashion and lifestyle blogger, dishes on a picture perfect life.

Levi’s Plaid Shirt (similar here) // Topman Tank // DSTLD Jeans // Converse Chuck Taylors

As I was scrolling through Facebook last night a post by Jessica from Here & Now caught my eye (admittedly her two adorable pugs were what originally made me stop mid scroll), but her caption is what made me stop and think for a minute – “I might present a “perfect life” on my blog, but in actuality, it is far from it & I’m coming to realize I wouldn’t have it any other way.” I stumbled across Jessica’s blog by way of Southern Blog Society a few months back, and the main reason I followed her was because I connected with how “real” she came across in all her posts. Her photo on Facebook last night confirmed that.

While I don’t think I paint a picture perfect life on my blog or social media, I get where she’s coming from. The Instagram photos of trips to NYFW and enough meals to feed a third world country make it seem like my life is really “cool.” When in reality it’s not that cool. I’m a single, 25-year-old, gay man living in Louisville, Kentucky who happens to have a couple of maxed out credit cards and long enough arms to take good overhead shots of food.

Most nights I sit at home watching Netflix plugging away behind the screen of 13 inch MacBook Pro. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again and again; I’ve never worked so hard for something in my entire life. I may love what I’m doing, but it’s definitely the hardest job I’ve ever had. My paychecks now solely depend on how hard I’m willing to work, how many e-mails I’m willing to send out, and how late I’m willing to stay up. My life is definitely far from perfect, and I’m glad it isn’t. Because if it was I’d have nothing to write about.

The Kentucky Gent, a men's fashion and lifestyle blogger, dishes on a picture perfect life. The Kentucky Gent, a men's fashion and lifestyle blogger, dishes on a picture perfect life. The Kentucky Gent, a men's fashion and lifestyle blogger, dishes on a picture perfect life. The Kentucky Gent, a men's fashion and lifestyle blogger, dishes on a picture perfect life. The Kentucky Gent, a men's fashion and lifestyle blogger, dishes on a picture perfect life. The Kentucky Gent, a men's fashion and lifestyle blogger, dishes on a picture perfect life.

Photos c/o Ch.25

  • True words!
    It is so easy to get lost in the picture perfect world on blogs and on Instagram. It is good to read a little reminder from time to time, that life is not perfect. And I agree, I am glad it isn’t. Because just as you, what would I write about?
    xoxo, Ronja

    • Glad you know where I’m coming from! It’s so silly, but true. We all get wrapped up in it, but I definitely appreciate the people who haven’t lost their voice on social media & their blogs more than killer photos/content.

  • gina

    Hey! Great blog here! You are a great writer and I love the name you chose for your corner of the internet. It is very cool to see a male perspective on this topic. Keep it coming!
    XO,Gina
    http://www.classyeverafterblog.com

    • Thanks Gina! I really appreciate the feedback & kind words. Definitely still honing in on my writing skills, but it’s headed in the right direction.

  • Jennifer

    I love this post Josh. As a blogger, I struggle with presenting good pictures but also staying “real.” So much on social media looks perfect, but I’m real not perfect and I want that to come across too.

    http://www.pagesofstyle.com

  • Nicole

    Wow great photos and this outfit looks great on you! 🙂

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  • Gloria Lee

    Before I even read the post, I though these pictures look really natural and “real”. Your word are so spot on. But in reality who really exposes their real self-faults and all-online? it’s not only bloggers.

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  • LOOVE your hair! Love your style too!

    Great!

    Dora

    http://www.thebangsbang.blogspot.com

  • Nothing wrong with sitting at home and watching Netflix! Can’t wait for season 3 of House of Cards lol.

  • miranda

    I think most bloggers and people in general struggle with this contradiction with social media. However, staying humble always helps.

    xo,
    miranda

  • great look!

  • Love the chucks.

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  • Oh man, I am so happy that you resonated with this post! Thank you for sharing, and go you, out there wildly living out your dreams 🙂
    xx

    Here&Now

  • Mara Bowen

    Look at how flippin cute you are in these pics Josh… Right on!