It was no wonder that the first place I would meet Madolyn Benson, the Atlanta-based fashion blogger known as Gentle Woman of the Road, would be on a brisk and beautiful morning while wandering Historic Oakland Cemetery. We took a walk down the stone-led paths while discussing our favorite fashion week designers, the artist expression of dressing yourself, how much we adore ATL, and the struggles and greatness found in fighting for your passions against the odds.
Madolyn Benson creates vibrant energy through her sustainable-minded fashion blog and Instagram out of the Poncey-Highlands neighborhood. Benson’s hashtag #itsokaytobe is the perfect invitation to make a new friend and find some great style inspiration through her social media presence, reminding us all of love and acceptance through every post. We got to know Madolyn more and find out what’s next for the local fashion blogger.
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SGC: Hey Madolyn! Tell us a little bit about who you are and where you are based out of?
Madolyn: Hi! I run a fashion/lifestyle blog out of Atlanta, GA - specifically the Poncey-Highlands area! I am specifically partial to this side of town because it has formed me in so many ways - from the Buffalo Exchange to Megan Huntz’s magical shop I am inspired by the people around me constantly.
SGC: Your site, gentlewomanoftheroad.com, offers topics on sustainable fashion and kindness. How did you get into blogging?
Madolyn: When I found blogging I was merely looking for an outlet to talk about my love for clothing and people. I would share my favorite vintage find of the week and talked about my emotional state in hopes to create an open and safe space for others on the internet. I never would have dreamed that it could turn into what it is today & I am so pumped to see how it continues to grow.
SGC: You accompany your Instagram posts with #itsokaytobe. What’s the significance of that hashtag for your brand? In general?
Madolyn: #itsokaytobe was created to have a constant reminder for myself and those who follow my photos that whoever you are or whatever you are feeling is okay. Despite posting pretty photos and talking about clothing I wanted the constant message to be loving and accepting.
SGC: How do you feel the background of Atlanta, the actual landscape and sustainable store options, play a role in your style blogging?
Madolyn: I am constantly falling in love with Atlanta. I think this city's beauty is so unique and rich with culture. I am inspired by the architecture, the nature, and all the incredibly bad-ass women in this community. It’s really exciting to watch Atlanta grow especially within the slow fashion community.
SGC: Favorite sustainable clothing stores in Atlanta?
Madolyn: Megan Huntz! To starts she is just a wonderful & kind woman. Her taste is flawless & is a constant source of inspiration for me. The Buffalo Exchange in Atlanta is truly special as well. I think resale stores have such an honest way of reflecting a community which makes it super fun to shop.
SGC: Where do you get inspiration for your style?
Madolyn: I try to find inspiration in everything. From architecture to a latest vintage french film I’ve watched I try to keep myself open to any wave of creativity. Instagram has grown into such a fun tool to be inspired by. I follow so many incredible people who are creating so much beauty it’s easy to find inspiration.
SGC: Where do you find yourself focusing your energy in 2019?
Madolyn: I am putting my energy into creating boundaries this year. Working freelance has been a huge struggle for me especially when it comes to getting paid (lol crucial, I know). I am [motivating] myself to stand up for myself more and really know my worth while remaining open and accepting of all opportunities.
SGC: Are there any upcoming projects you are excited to pursue currently?
Madolyn: In collaboration with Clio Vintage, @shopclio, we are creating a curated batch of vintage that I will be able to sell through my blog! Working with Vanessa has been a true joy and I am so excited to bring together all of the things that I love.
Find out more about Madolyn Benson of Gentle Woman of the Road on her website and Instagram.
Check out the full film shoot with Madolyn below.
Madolyn wears finds from Atlanta’s Buffalo Exchange. Some brands included in her wardrobe: Boots from Frye, earrings by Carlie Ivie, and bag by Rouje.