Style blogs to follow in any season

  • Posted on February 22, 2013 at 5:58 pm


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As T.J. Maxx's official Maxxinista for two seasons in a row, a href='http://www.saucyglossie.com/' target='_blank'Saucy Glossie/a blogger Lindsey Calla truly sticks to her theme of dressing for a girl on a budget. She notes when she finds steals and splurges a href='http://www.saucyglossie.com/to-the-floor/' target='_blank'like this look/a, consisting of a skirt and boots by Zara, Vince sweater from T.J. Maxx, Aritzia belt and hat by C. Wonder. As T.J. Maxx’s official “Maxxinista” for two seasons in a row, Saucy Glossie blogger Lindsey Calla truly sticks to her theme of dressing for a girl on a budget. She notes when she finds steals and splurges like this look, consisting of a skirt and boots by Zara, Vince sweater from T.J. Maxx, Aritzia belt and hat by C. Wonder.

New York sisters Janelle and Jessica Lloyd of a href='http://girlsofffifth.wordpress.com' target='_blank'Girls Off Fifth/a are known for their budget-conscious mixing and matching without being slaves to trends. Typical footnotes to their posts include style tips like pairing a sexy skirt with boyish plaid for an instant cool girl vibe, or skipping the sea of Isabel Marant imitation wedge sneakers in favor of Nike's wedge version of their classic Dunk style.New York sisters Janelle and Jessica Lloyd of Girls Off Fifth are known for their budget-conscious mixing and matching without being slaves to trends. Typical footnotes to their posts include style tips like pairing a sexy skirt with boyish plaid for “an instant cool girl vibe,” or “skipping the sea of Isabel Marant” imitation wedge sneakers in favor of “Nike’s wedge version of their classic Dunk style.”

Whether she's mixing prints with textures or modern with vintage, Veronica Popoiacu says she begins each outfit with a color combination in mind. Her blog a href='http://bittersweetcolours.blogspot.com/' target='_blank'Bittersweet Colours/a documents her adventures in color, which she has described as a a href='http://blog.polyvore.com/2012/07/member-spotlight-my-world-in-colors.html' target='_blank'must-have accessory/a.Whether she’s mixing prints with textures or modern with vintage, Veronica Popoiacu says she begins each outfit with a color combination in mind. Her blog Bittersweet Colours documents her adventures in color, which she has described as a “must-have accessory.”

Former tax professional turned freelance photographer Jason Jean focuses on beautiful people within the fashion world and creative communities, but anyone can appreciate their seemingly effortless style.Former tax professional turned freelance photographer Jason Jean focuses on beautiful people within the fashion world and creative communities, but anyone can appreciate their seemingly effortless style.

a href='http://www.ontheracks.com/' target='_blank'On The Racks/a' Laura Ellner, a self-described lover of shoes and booze, pairs Alexander Wang and Rag amp; Bone with high street brands Zara and Topshop for downtown cool girls -- always with a cocktail nearby.On The Racks‘ Laura Ellner, a self-described lover of “shoes and booze,” pairs Alexander Wang and Rag Bone with high street brands Zara and Topshop for downtown cool girls — always with a cocktail nearby.

Marie Denee of a href='http://thecurvyfashionista.mariedenee.com' target='_blank'The Curvy Fashionista/a says her goal is to show fellow plus-size women that they can don the latest trends and styles, using herself and other plus-size bloggers to demonstrate how to wear bathing suits and a href='http://thecurvyfashionista.mariedenee.com/2013/02/going-graphic-one-dress-four-looks-the-asos-curve-black-and-white-graphic-dress/' target='_blank'body-conscious dresses/a.Marie Denee of The Curvy Fashionista says her goal is to show fellow plus-size women that they can don the latest trends and styles, using herself and other plus-size bloggers to demonstrate how to wear bathing suits and body-conscious dresses.

One of the few do-it-yourself menswear bloggers, Izzy Tuason embraces foppish style through the appreciation of fine craftsmanship in his blog a href='http://www.thedandyproject.com' target='_blank'The Dandy Project/a, with tutorials on how to bead collars or style kilts. The a href='http://www.thedandyproject.com/2012/09/vogue-hommes-japan.html/' target='_blank'boy from Manila who likes to dress up and loves to talk about it/a also uses his site to show off looks mixing couture and vintage pieces from American, Japanese and Filipino designers, among others.One of the few do-it-yourself menswear bloggers, Izzy Tuason embraces foppish style “through the appreciation of fine craftsmanship” in his blog The Dandy Project, with tutorials on how to bead collars or style kilts. The “boy from Manila who likes to dress up and loves to talk about it” also uses his site to show off looks mixing couture and vintage pieces from American, Japanese and Filipino designers, among others.

A pioneer in DIY fashion blogging, Erica Domesek has grown a href='http://psimadethis.com' target='_blank'P.S.-I made this/a from a source for crafty fashion and decor into a full-fledged lifestyle brand. A published author with another book on the way, she has also appeared as a judge in TLC's Craft Wars and collaborated with Swiss Army on a portable DIY craft knife, while continuing to create solutions (with the help of her staff) for taking fashion a href='http://psimadethis.com/post/41946709792/its-the-dead-of-winter-and-with-single-digit' target='_blank'trends like faux fur/a into your own hands.A pioneer in DIY fashion blogging, Erica Domesek has grown P.S.-I made this from a source for crafty fashion and decor into a full-fledged lifestyle brand. A published author with another book on the way, she has also appeared as a judge in TLC’s “Craft Wars” and collaborated with Swiss Army on a portable DIY craft knife, while continuing to create solutions (with the help of her staff) for taking fashion trends like faux fur into your own hands.

Jenni Radosevich of a href='http://www.ispydiy.com' target='_blank'I Spy DIY/a says, DIY is not only about making the trends affordable, its about putting a personal touch on your style. Fans flock to her blog for tips on how to make their own a href='http://www.ispydiy.com/2013/01/my-diy-studded-kitten-heels.html' target='_blank'Valentino-inspired heels/a along with glimpses into how she wears her own creations.Jenni Radosevich of I Spy DIY says, “DIY is not only about making the trends affordable, its about putting a personal touch on your style.” Fans flock to her blog for tips on how to make their own Valentino-inspired heels along with glimpses into how she wears her own creations.

Readers might visit a href='http://thespicystiletto.com' target='_blank'The Spicy Stiletto/a for blogger Serena Goh's latest riff on what happens when West Coast polished meets East Coast edgy, and end up staying for the spiced shrimp and avocado crostini. As her style + food tagline implies, there's never been a hot sauce I wouldn't try or a heel too high, she says.Readers might visit The Spicy Stiletto for blogger Serena Goh’s latest riff on what happens when West Coast polished meets East Coast edgy, and end up staying for the spiced shrimp and avocado crostini. As her “style + food” tagline implies, “there’s never been a hot sauce I wouldn’t try or a heel too high,” she says.

On a href='http://galmeetsglam.com' target='_blank'Gal Meets Glam/a, San Francisco-based blogger Julia Engel not only shares looks but also tells readers a href='http://galmeetsglam.com/2013/02/frills/' target='_blank'where to find high-fashion brands on sale/a and provides cost-effective but similar-looking alternatives. She also creates step-by-step video tutorials on how to up your beauty game.On Gal Meets Glam, San Francisco-based blogger Julia Engel not only shares looks but also tells readers where to find high-fashion brands on sale and provides cost-effective but similar-looking alternatives. She also creates step-by-step video tutorials on how to up your beauty game.

Photographer Bill Gentle captures everyday people in their natural surroundings -- gardens, cafes, their kitchens -- and asks them random biographical questions in his continuing quest to seek out interesting people. Photographer Bill Gentle captures everyday people in their natural surroundings — gardens, cafes, their kitchens — and asks them random biographical questions in his continuing quest to seek out “interesting people.”


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(CNN) — It’s no secret nowadays that some fashion bloggers wield just as much influence as magazine editors in shaping trends and sharing the latest news and images from the runways.

Still, it takes more than a pretty face and fancy photography to make a blogger rise above the rest.

“Bloggers that have a particular angle with their content have a definite advantage over others,” said Jennine Jacob, founder of Independent Fashion Bloggers, an online community where fashion bloggers share resources and build their brands.

“With the ones that stand out, when you read their blog you don’t just see pretty pictures. You walk away with something.”

It’s what distinguishes hobbyists from professional bloggers, many of whom put in 10 hours a day to run their sites as full-time jobs and prefer titles such as editor, style expert or influencer.

Some have agents or publicists, business plans, endorsements and licensing agreements with other brands. Some operate on a shoestring budget as they search for ways to monetize their sites. Many attend summits and conferences, such as the annual Independent Fashion Bloggers Conference in New York during Fashion Week, which wrapped last week, to learn how to grow their brands.

A day in the life of a “Man Repeller” at New York Fashion Week

Call it what you want: voice, perspective, expertise. But the ones who have it are the ones you’re probably already following. And if you’re not, maybe you should.

It can be hard to find websites that suite your style, so the folks at Independent Fashion Bloggers and StyleCaster shared some of their favorite fashion bloggers from a variety of categories. One look at these style mavens’ home pages should tell you if they’re for you or not. Check them out and share your favorites in the comments.

Budget fashion

Saucy Glossie: Style expert and TV personality Lindsey Calla has built a brand around dressing on a budget but knowing when to splurge when it’s worth it, whether shopping at T.J. Maxx, Zara or Bergdorf Goodman.

Girls Off Fifth: Sisters Janelle and Jessica Lloyd demonstrate that you can get the look for less, even in New York. “Our favorite? When the pair tackle a singular trend for two must-wear-now looks,” the Independent Fashion Bloggers staff said.

Gal Meets Glam: Glam isn’t about sipping champagne, wearing designer items or strolling through the streets of Paris, Julia Engel says on her blog. “I believe every gal can add a little glam to her life with small things,” be it red lipstick, leopard pumps or a rhinestone necklace.

Luxury fashion

Song of Style: Los Angeles blogger Aimee Song experiments with high and low pairings of unique sorts, sourcing from new talent as well as big-name brands.

On the Racks: Since moving from San Francisco to New York, Laura Ellner has continued to pair the likes of Alexander Wang and Rag Bone with high street brands Zara and Topshop for downtown cool girls — always with a cocktail nearby.

Late Afternoon: Liz Cherkasova’s lush photography combines luxe fashion, beauty and decor into pretty bundles of products for fashionistas who appreciate the finer things in life.

Accessories

Bag Snob: Described as a “selective editorial on bags,” Bag Snob’s staff evaluates all manner of clutches, totes and “sob bags” right down to the hardware to come up with its top picks.

PurseBlog: Covering nearly every Fashion Week show and presentation with a focus on accessories, PurseBlog often forecasts the next It bag as well as the best of the best for the biggest bag connoisseurs in the business, according to the Independent Fashion Bloggers.

Plus-size

Nicolette Mason: With a strong voice and window into the fashion world as a columnist for Marie Claire, Nicolette Mason brings a 360-degree perspective to her tips for being plus-size in a world bent on being skinny.

Fatshion Insider: Blogger, communications expert and public relations specialist Kellie Brown wears a lot of hats but still finds time to dish regularly on her blog about how to look and feel your best “beyond sample sale size.”

The Curvy Fashionista: Marie Denee of The Curvy Fashionista says her goal is to show fellow plus-size women that they can don the latest trends and styles, using herself and other plus-size bloggers to demonstrate how to wear bathing suits and body-conscious dresses.

DIY

ISpyDIY: Jenni Radosevich has successully leveraged digital media as the ultimate platform for creativity, making it cool to craft your own style from scratch, said StyleCaster’s Meghan Cross. “Her whimsical tone makes reading her site, book, and social shares addictive.”

Ps.-I Made This: Erica Domesek’s DIY blog has evolved into a lifestyle brand that draws inspiration from timeless looks, popular runway trends and notable style icons for projects that readers can create themselves.

The Dandy Project: A fashion and style blog for the modern dandy, Izzy Tuason shares his joy in taking on different personalities through rare vintage and designer clothing and do-it-yourself projects.

Street style

Jak Jil: Canadian photographer Tommy Ton’s pioneering street style blog known for its candid shots helped pave the way for the sea of street-style blogs.

Citizen Couture: Former tax professional-turned-freelance photographer Jason Jean focuses on beautiful people within the fashion world and creative communities, but anyone can appreciate the subjects’ seemingly effortless style.

Backyard Bill: Bill Gentle captures everyday people in their natural surroundings — gardens, cafes, their kitchens — and asks them random biographical questions in his quest to seek out what he calls “interesting people.”

New blogs to watch

The Spicy Stiletto: Serena Goh’s sharp photography and knack for (mostly) healthy treats make for a delicious pairing.

LPFashionPhilosophy: Duo Erica Lavelanet and David Pena use their expertise in wardrobe styling to create matching and contrasting outfits for both guys and gals.

Bittersweet Colours: Romanian-born and Pennsylvania-based blogger Veronica Popoiacu uses color as her go-to accessory in her blog, which features looks that mix patterns and texture.

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Article source: http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/20/living/nyfw-fashion-bloggers/index.html

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