I was reluctant to dive into the new online fashion media world; there was something so intimidating about blogs. I started as a passive observer of the new fashion media, occasionally reading some stylish girl’s fashion and style musings. I tenuously joined the fringes of the blog world when I dipped my toe into blogging on Yahoo Shine. The response was amazing. I was a convert, I loved it and I wanted to write more. I started posting on Shine more than two years ago, it allowed me the forum to write and receive feedback without having to manage the entire blog. This last February I decided I wanted to do more, so I started my own blog. It has been a lot of work, but deeply satisfying. My inspiration for my posts, come from a varienty of sources; projects I am working on, online articles, blogs and magazines. While magazines have seen dips in readership I don’t think blogs will replace them entirely. Most blogs offer different takes on fashion from one person’s perspective. Besides, there is something so satisfying about flipping through the glossy pages of the newest issue. For IFB Project #11 I created a list of my top 10 resources for fashion inspiration.
Lucky Magazine - The magazine reads like a fashionable best friend, telling you what will be in, how to dress for your shape and where exactly to buy it.
Harper’s Bazaar - There is very little high fashion about my personal style, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like to look at it. I personally prefer Bazaar’s take on straight from the runway’s style, interviews and fashion spreads.
StylePage - Launched in 2011, StylePage is on online inspiration board, a place where you can gather images that are currently inspiring to you, be they trendy, timeless, edgy or retro. You can follow users in the community whose style you admire and they can follow you. Check out my style page www.stylepage.com/jrosestyle or create your own StylePage today!
New York Magazine: Lookfinder - There many websites where you can view the latest designer collections, what sets NY Mag’s website apart is the ability to filter the online image gallery by designer, clothing type, season, color style or model. It’s a great visual resource that is easy to navigate and the filters allow you to sift through the runways shows to easily find what you are looking for. http://nymag.com/fashion/fashionshows/looks/
Glamour Magazine - The self-professed “Slaves to Fashion” in fashion editorial department keep a daily blog that is a friendly, funny and accessible take on their current fashion obsessions and musings. There is also slideshows featuring current trends and a peak at each month’s fashion spread. www.glamour.com/fashion
Pretty Shiny Sparkly - Kristina the blogger behind P.S.S. is about all things in fashion and beauty that are Pretty Shiny Sparkly (Duh). Outfit posts, nail DIY, makeup/beauty tips all feature on the site. Kristina is also the creator of the Blogger’s Do It Better challenge. A monthly outfit post that challenges participants to dress within the assigned theme and then share their looks on her site. www.prettyshinysparkly.com
Who What Wear - Who What Wear has all the polish of a glossy fashion magazine. The editors Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power deliver the latest trends, celebrity styles, fashion DIY and designer interviews in daily beautifully formatted posts. www.whowhatwear.com
Everything Fabulous - Everything Fabulous’ banner reads “A girl should be two things classy and fabulous”. The quote from Coco Chanel sums up the sites aim in one sentence. The content is not strictly limited to fashion, it covers décor, food and DIY to name a few. The subjects may vary but the content is always...fabulous. www.everythingfab.com/
Bloglovin’ - While not a blog in and of itself this blog reader is indispensable to keeping up with my favorite blogs. The simple layout and browsing feature allows me to flip through my bloglist like I am flipping through pages of my favorite glossy. www.bloglovin.com
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Independent Fashion Bloggers - This would not be a top ten roundup with out including a website I visit daily for inspiration and advice, Independent Fashion Bloggers. The site is an online community dedicated to informing, inspiring and connecting with other bloggers. There have been many helpful bloggers who have reached out to me, who I have met through IFB. The weekly projects such as this one give my fashion and writing a much need jolt and the Links A La Mode is a great to way to discover your new favorite blog.