Behold, the second post in my 3 x 3: Best of Style Blogs series: style and interview blogs! (See 1 x 3: Personal Style Blogs here.) I love the following three to pieces because, not only do they provide a visual glimpse into the lives of fabulously dressed folks, they also give you a little something something extra, which, my friends, is dialogue. Whether it’s a question about someone’s personal soundtrack (oft asked over on Backyard Bill), or what work outfit gives them an “on top of the world feeling” (from Industry of One), or five things you can’t live without (which always delivers fab results over on Closet Visit), these blogs find a way to get to the stylish core of the person being featured, and draw us a little bit deeper into their worlds. Prepare to see the words beautiful, spectacular, wonderful, fantastic, and grand oft repeated in this post! From the top:
Backyard Bill - I’ve featured Bill Gentle’s work on KU before (see here and here) and first discovered his blog after his photos for the Confezioni Crosby S/S campaign appeared on sites the world over last year. He is an incredibly talented photographer with an interview style that is short, simple, and sweet. Be prepared to fall head over heels for these gorgeous shots:
Industry of One - “A periodical on the wears of work,” Industry of One is where style and “the office” come together and have a very very beautiful baby. The folks featured on the blog are creative types, with awesome digs and great clothes. Along with the spectacular photographs, I especially enjoy the interviews, which are certainly the most in depth out of all the blogs featured today. In addition to great dialogue, Industry of One creators Adam Patrick Jones and Rachel Brown provide several beautifully written introductory paragraphs so we can further get to know the backgrounds of the ever-talented people being profiled. It’s wonderful stuff! Also, be sure to check out their Journal, which boasts even more stunning photography.
Closet Visit - I have turned many a friend on to Closet Visit since first discovering the blog two years ago. We all agree (and I’m specifically looking at you, Adrienne), it is amazing. Artist Jeana Sohn is the mastermind behind this project and, through intimate images and a straight-forward interview, provides readers with a glimpse into the stylish lives and gorgeous homes of women in and around LA. Fair warning: this blog will make you unbelievably jealous of the stylish lives and gorgeous homes of women in and around LA. As soon as you get the chance, you will try to find a way to move to Echo Park, open a small boutique, and buy a monogramed clutch from Clare Vivier. It will just happen. When not apoplectic with jealousy, I find all kinds of inspiration from this blog and am sure you will too!
Next week, in the 3 x 3: Best of Stye Blogs, check out my roundup of street style blogs.
As promised, I deliver to you the first post in my 3 x 3: Best of Style Blogs series! First up: personal style blogs! While my Google Reader is filled to the brim with PSB’s (great acronym, it’s totally working), the three I’m sharing with you today are where I find the most inspiration. Click through the images for direct links to each of these lady’s outfit posts.
The Time Is Grey - First off, this lady is gorgeous. And French. So clearly she’s just, like, a really chic and awesome person. Second, her name is Anaïs, which takes her coolness to even greater heights because the name just so happens to also belong to my favorite songstress ever. So there’s that. And third, and this one’s beyond obvious, she has great personal style. Behold:
Orchid Grey - Speaking of Grey’s, and long beautiful I-want-it-so-bad hair, Orchid Grey is another great style blog. Julie’s tagline is “Big Hair, Small Wallet” and boy, is that cool with me. Since my wallet is growing more and more minuscule by the day, it’s great to see a style blog where the outfits are clearly in your price range. Or thrifted! Not only do I dig Julie’s wild style, I also love reading the little updates she posts about her life. It’s a crazy world, this bloggosphere, where we get glimpses into the personal lives of people we don’t know. I started following her blog just before her engagement, and I was so excited when I heard the big news. Excited for someone I’ve never been in contact with, but through images and words have been brought closer to. Without further ado:
Framboise Fashion - Last, but certainly not least, is Framboise Fashion by the fabulous Danish Aussie Sarah Mikaela, a blogger who’s living, and stylin’, in Copenhagen. Apart from coveting her duds, which is sort of a given here, I also covet her photography. This girl can work her way around Photoshop like a pro. Check it:
While I might not dress like it at times, I’m ridiculously into all things style…and have been from an early age! As a wee one, I loved to wear “special legs” (my personal term for tights that I invented in preschool), flowery dresses, and heeled Mary Jane shoes. When my parents forced me into the necessary (in their minds) turtleneck in winter (gah!), I’d wear it under whatever party dress I’d selected for the day. I’d be seething with anger about it, but I’d be seething in style!
As I grew older, I drifted away from dresses and became a strictly no-fuss pants-are-best kind of gal. I discovered capris around first grade – pedal-pushers as my mom called them – and purchased my first bell bottoms in second grade (boy, did I think those jeans were boss!). Then came the pair of bright pink cords that I wore every day the year I turned 9 until the knees gave out.
While I suppose my personal style has evolved somewhat since elementary school, I now wear dresses and special legs (pardon, tights) occasionally, I’d say it’s moved in a direction that’s more focused on casual comfort. For example, I own several pairs of heels that I’ve acquired over the years, but I rarely wear them. Even when an occasion calls for some fancy dressing, I’ll spend a good five-minutes debating over whether to go with comfy flats (and I’m talking, like, Keen comfy here) or the shoes I keep in my closet in case an event of this nature were to occur. And I’ll almost always go with the flats.
I’m the kind of person you’ll see walking down the street in hiking shoes, leggings, skirt, sweater, and brightly-colored Pashmina and think, “Gee, she’s in need of a little makeover.” I know people think this at me because I do it all the time to other folks and there’s no way I’m alone. It’s part of the human condition to judge and judge we do. I’ve received the once-over-frown-smile look from stylish ladies often enough to realize that they’re judging my outfits (that, or they’ve got a serious case of bitch-face. I have it too. Solidarity, sista). “Throw a carpet bag in the mix and she practically looks homeless,” they think in my general direction. I wish I had a sign that was only invisible to these particular folks that read, “I am well-aware of how not-classy this outfit is, but it was the closest I could get to publicly-acceptable pajamas. I plan on doing better tomorrow.”
Not that being comfortable has to come at the cost of stylishness (or that any of this shit actually matters). I see classy and yet comfortable-looking ladies strutting around this town all the time. How I yearn to be like them! (Just a note, these classy/comfy-style peeps are almost always middle aged women.) I guess I haven’t quite mastered my personal “look” just yet. I’ve established styles I like, head on over to my Pinterest for a mere smattering of looks, but still don’t have a carefully curated closet that produces a cohesive style day in and day out. Also, I’m lazy. As I said before, I prefer to be in socially-acceptable pajamas if I’m going anywhere on a cold morning or right after I’ve woken up.
Anyhoo, when I’m not in yoga pants and a brightly colored scarf, I like to play with more interesting (though still comfy!) looks and draw much of my inspiration from style blogs. And I want to share them with you because they’re, like, quality, man! Starting next week, I will be posting some of my favorite 1. personal style, 2. style & interview, and 3. street style blogs, featuring three blogs in each category. Get pumped!
Hel-Looks (a wonderful blog from Helsinki created by Liisa Jokinen and Sampo Karjalainen) is definitely my favorite street style blog. Why, you ask? Because, if this site has any bearing on reality, Helsinki-ites are the most awesome and funkily-dressed peeps out there! Also, almost every person featured has a great name (Oona and Veera, anyone?). Here are some of my favorite outfits from recent weeks:
All photos published with written permission from Hel-Looks.
I’ve featured No. 6 styles on the blog before and I dare say you’ll be seeing more of these fine folks on here in the future. I just love the cut of their clothes and the patterns, colors, and textures of their textiles. Also: I. Want. Those. Clogs. Looks: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5.
How rad is this? One of my very favorite photographers, Megan Kathleen McIsaac (who, I’d like to add, wrote the sweetest note to accompany the two amazing prints that I purchased from her last year), shot the Tomboy Style book-inspired lookbook for the Echo Park shop Myrtle. Props to Whitney Bickers, owner of the shop, for her terrific styling! The clothes are gorgeous, as are the photographs. Very framable. Especially that last one which, according to Whitney, was the first photo of the day and “quite possibly” her favorite. I would agree.
Since watching Survivor–yeah, you read that right–I’ve become a wee bit obsessed with fabric. On the show, many of the contestants use scarves, bandanas, and team-colored nylon circulars to put up their hair, mop up sweat, and wear as clothing. While I’d never use a Charlotte Linton scarf for a sweat band, I would definitely wear it! Linton’s A/W 2012 collection, Greenland, is so dang gorgeous it blows my mind a little bit.
The travel diaries of early 20th century artist Rockwell Kent became a starting point for the Greenland Collection. Taking inspiration from the paintings and drawings Kent created whilst living amongst Inuit communities, Charlotte blends her usual mix of landscape, wildlife and culture with Kent’s exuberant colour palette in her eclectic printed scarf collection.
This season, Ermantrude follows in Kent’s footsteps arriving in Nuuk Greenland to undertake a cross-country expedition. Under the glow of the Northern lights, Ermantrude learns of Greenlandic mythology, the traditional crafts of the Inuit and their ingenuity with fur, and listens to the song of the Bowhead Whale.
The scarves from her Autumn/Winter 2011 collection, Himalaya, are also incredible.