Internet-ing: FASHION BLOGS

I love fashion.

I don’t necessarily understand fashion – as evidenced by what I wear (especially true when I’m at home) – but I love how inspirational it is.

My Mom loved dressing me up as a child. Every birthday I would get a special birthday outfit with matching socks, shoes and sometimes even a new hairband. My favorite was my princess dress I wore to kindergarten on my birthday, a soft-pink crumpled effect off-shoulder dress with pale green puffy sleeves and a matching skirt.

As the years passed I made many fashion mistakes, like that off-white windbreaker I wore in middle school which I thought passed for a street looking bomber. It, unsurprisingly, did not. Or when I wore a red half sleeved Hawaiian shirt all through 9th and 10th grade.

Now as I’m older I’ve kinda settled into this whole 50s/hipster/no-style style that I’m quite comfortable with and find that I still LOVE fashion.

I love it when people dress deliberately and have a point of view.

I love that dressing up can make you feel good, even if everything else is going wrong around you.

I LOVE fashion and these are the blogs that I’m currently crushing on – at least fashion wise – and I want to share:

Viva Luxury – Fashion and Accessories
1. Annabelle Fleur – An LA based Canadian who is so pretty that it will make your heart ache
2. Her dressing is impeccable and as the blog title suggest exudes luxury
3. Her collaboration with DVF has resulted in my favorite posts from her here and here.

Annabelle Fleur from Viva Luxury

wishwishwish – Fashion and Lifestyle
1. Carrie Harwood – Size UK 14 (which if you know fashion blogs, you know that’s rare) Londoner
2. Whimsical, structured and very, VERY British style
3. Beautifully photographed outfits shots along with some sponsored trips to beautiful eateries/events in London and even picturesque European destinations like Helsinki and Paris
4. It’s the kind of the blog you wish you were writing!

Girl Meets Glam – Fashion and Beauty
1. Julia Engel – A San Francisco stylista who rocks both amazing outfits and very polished make-up
2. Her pictures look like movie stills – DRAMAAAA
3. The post layouts are a lot like magazine fashion pages with outfits, make-up and perfume featured on the side
4. The feel is very professional and very aspirational

closetvisit and The Sartorialist
For some good inspiration, the former is a look into the closets of some seriously stylish people and the second is a very famous street fashion photo-blog

Internet-ing: FOOD BLOGS

When I read food blogs I feel the way little kids do when they meet a cool grown-up.

I want my blog to be just like this blog when it grows up!

Thing is, I read a lot of food blogs so I have a feeling my blog is a little confused about its future.

Some blogs standout because of their witty writing, some with the best recipes I’ve ever made, some with stunning photography and the rare few with all of the above.

And the personality of each blog? Wildly different.

Still, since my blog is in its infancy it may be wise to draw inspiration from all these varied wildly talented people.

SO I give you the best food blogs on the Internet (according to me).

Chocolate Blackberry Pudding

The Sugar Hit – All-Rounder
1) Lip-smacking in your face photos with none of that overdone faded effect (both pictures in this post are from The Sugar Hit)
2) Funny and very relatable. Bonus: the recipes aren’t overly descriptive (aka the blog assumes you have some common sense).
3) Flavor combos that have you slack-jawed and drooling at the screen – like chocolate and raspberry muffins and apple fritters and salted caramel.
4) I can’t comment on the recipes because I’ve never made one! (SORRY SARAH – FYI Sarah is the author and we’re totes best friends now because she replied to my email, ok?) Shall I start with the Salted Caramel & Macadamia Pull-Apart Bread???

Joy the Baker – Famous
1) There’s a reason why this blog is famous. The recipes are something special. The Cranberry Orange & Pecan Coffee Cake? Best cake I’ve made in my life to date.
2) Bewarned the recipes are elaborate – but they are detailed and the blog features useful tips.

Cooking Classy – Reliable
1) Cook anything from this blog and I guarantee it will be amazing. The Chocolate Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting were not only the first cupcakes I made in my life, they were better than ANY cupcakes I’ve eaten ever.
2) The savory dishes are simple and good, like the Thai Peanut Quinoa Salad that kickstarted a salad binge in my house.
3) Really regular posts = key in this short attention span world.

Lady and Pups – Asian Fusion and Kick-Ass Personality
1) Recipes that make you sit up and go WOAH – like this gem: The New York Halal Drunk Food
2) That photography – THAT PHOTOGRAPHY
3) The tagline – An Angry Food Blog – which hints at the deliciously acerbic prose

The Kitchn/Bon Appetit/Food52 – ResourceFULL
Not exactly blogs more like Internet food bibles – they have HUGE recipe databases, useful advice like how to pack a better lunch and are a great place to hangout for any foodie.

Salted Caramel & Macadamia Pull Apart Bread