11 posts tagged blogger
Iris, the blogger behind Fashion Zen, has a true eye for style. Hailing from the Netherlands, her personal style blog features bold, fashion forward outfits in bright colors and graphic prints, including a Roy Lichtenstein inspired sweater, a digital-print floral bomber jacket, and a sky high pair of wooden block platform sandals. Clearly, Iris’s Netherlands has an edge and effortless cool. It’s just the kind of place we would like to visit.
All photos via Fashion Zen.
Book Review: What I Wore Today
A couple of weeks ago, we reviewed Style Diaries, a book profiling an international selection of personal style bloggers. We had expected What I Wore Today to be something similar, but were pleasantly surprised. This book contains no pictures of bloggers whose fame has granted them free designer merchandise or front row runway seats. Instead, it features images of inspiration collected from flickr and smaller blogs. What I Wore Today seeks to inspire readers with pictures of women like them, posing for small digital cameras and iPhones in their bedrooms, hallways, and kitchens. This is not an in depth inspection of the effect of the internet on street style. However, it succeeds in its goal to make the reader revisit her closet.
Book Review: Style Diaries
The proliferation of the internet has changed every major industry conceivable, but few more so than fashion. Fashion is no longer for the elite minority and the driving force behind its democratization is the fashion/style blogger. Style Diaries offers up brief entertaining profiles and lovely photographs for a variety of style bloggers around the world. From Zürich resident Ulrike (Dotti) Schumann of Dotti’s Dots who gains her nickname from her love of a certain print to Londoner Susanna Lau of Stylebubble who has a pension for interesting shapes in unusual fabrics, this book has a blogger to inspire anyone. We love this book as a resource for discovering new bloggers and as a reference for the goings-on in fashion and style worldwide.
On a rainy afternoon in the Flatiron district we sat down with blogger and fashion PR assistant Landon Miller (fashiongoggled.com) for a cup of coffee. He’s got an eye for thrift finds and a style that can be described as “a preppy kid who went to boarding school, then got kicked out”.
He has always had a strong opinion about what to wear and what not to wear. As a kid, he was very picky when shopping. “Cargo shorts where huge when I was little, and from a very young age I knew cargo shorts where not ok, I refused to buy them.” His mother had to take him to older mens store “to avoid the hammer loop on weird cargo shorts.” This was around the age of 7 or 8. Before that his favorite outfit was a pair of oversized biker shorts paired with cowboy boots that he wore all the time, to his family’s despair.
A year an a half ago Landon moved to New York and he has no plans of leaving the city. “I get so much inspiration, on the subway and on the streets here. I really like the L-train for people spotting and I feel like everyone always looks fly on the westside highway.” Brooklyn Flea in Williamsburg is also a place Landon visits often, both for people spotting and buying vintage accessories.
"Big cities are good for finding cheap good new basics, but smaller towns have better vintage." He later admits that there are some stores in New York with amazing vintage pieces, but he then adds that they are always overpriced.
Maybe as a true vintage fan, Landon picked time travel as his superpower. Not to visit the future but to go back in time. “I would start with visiting Marie Antoinette and Versailles. I have always thought that time was super, super frivolous, everyone was so over the top and ridiculous.” We asked him to be careful because mixing with the past can have serious consequences. He told us he just wants to observe, be a fly on the wall. But after meeting Landon, we are convinced that he could never be just a fly on the wall.
For the summer he will leave the “kid who went to boarding school, then got kicked out” behind for a Rihanna We Found Love video inspired look. “Acid washed bleached denim, pastels, shredded and a lot of confetti. It’s gonna be a hood summer.” We are looking forward to it too.
One of our favorite international bloggers is the Swedish vintage fashion blogger Elsa Billgren. Visiting Elsa’s blog is like traveling back in time to when everyone wore Dior’s The New Look inspired dresses and perfectly applied red lipstick. Her life seems to consist of vintage wedding dresses, oysters, champagne, and cupcakes, and she has a special way of making everyday like activities look like a scene from your favorite movie. Besides her blog at ELLE.se, she has (among other things) worked with the Swedish version of Antique Roadshow and as a personal vintage shopper in Stockholm.
Follow the life of the women who doesn’t own one single pair of pants here. Luckily for us, she does a short English translation for each post.
With over a 100 pairs of shoes and a second bedroom as a wardrobe, blogger Monroe Steele (fashionsteelenyc.com) knows fashion. Watch our interview with her and get inspired by her personal style and by the great vintage pieces that lives in her closets.
Walking down the stairs at Family Jewels Vintage Store on 23rd Street is like stepping back in time. Displayed in all the nooks and crannies one can find fragile hats with plastic flowers, carefully beaded cardigans, and chiffon covered dresses. It makes you wonder who has worn all these amazing pieces before you. Some things were simply more beautiful back in the day. Garments were made with thoughtful care and precision. Nights were filled with ballroom dances and white tie dinners. There are still ways to bring these unique garments into your 2012 wardrobe. Fashion blogger Kristen Lam (kristenglam.blogspot.com) helped us on our mission to bring old fashioned beauties into your everyday wardrobe.
1. Pair a sequined top with a pair of cut of jeans short to make it more dressed down.
2. Roll up the sleeves of an old Hawaiian shirt. Wear a slip underneath and you will have a printed dress.
3. Wear a laced teddy with a thick jacket and you will have a great jumpsuits for summer nights.
4. And then, in every vintage store you will find that perfect simple dress that you can wear to anything, anytime.
5. Look for over-the-top tops like this one with the beaded collar and pair then with pastel colored jeans.
Do you want to learn how to find unique designer pieces for a bargain? Streetstyle blogger Ryo Miyamoto (otomayimbdipper.blogspot.com) showed us some of the best thrift stores in New York City and gave us valuable advice on how to sort out the treasures from the clutter.
The creative and charming fashion blogger Rachel Schwartzmann (thestyleline.tumblr.com and lestylechild.com) invited us into her closet at FIT. Check out our new video with her where she shares things she can live without and her favorite pieces for this spring.
Check out Zoe Schlacter (the Girl with the Flower) and her amazing floral headbands and hats. More people should wear plastic flowers and birds in their hair because she looks stunning.