Friends, despite what you may have heard, my little black heart has the capacity for great love and much of that cardiovascular real estate is reserved for food, red-heads, funny broads and boots. I have been known to spend an astonishing amount of time looking at my favorite fashion blogs on the internets and unlike some of my other
means of procrastination endeavors, I never feel like I’m wasting time because I truly find them to be a source of creative and artistic inspiration. I have found a number of sites which feature sharp writing, beautiful photographs and – most importantly – smart and resourceful women who enjoy the art of dressing up.
Given my love for Hilah (of Hilah Cooking!), it is not surprising that I found one of my very favorite fashion blogs, Laurel Kinney’s Trophy Boutique, by viewing this episode right here. Austin-based Laurel Kinney is a personal wardrobe consultant and stylist for Well Styled and features a daily outfit post on her blog. Stocking her wardrobe with pieces from accessible retailers like Old Navy, Modcloth, Forever 21 and thrift-store finds (check out her recession savvy 2011 resolution, here), Laurel always looks amazing and she is hilarious on top of being lovely. In short, I want to hang out with her. I want to have margaritas with her and then raid her closet.
Stay Fancy Free
Based near Toronto, Ontario – Tara-Lynn Morrison runs Stay Fancy Free as a companion blog to her independent knitting shop, YarnOverMovement. Drawing inspiration from vintage garments and ballet photographs, Tara-Lynn’s self-designed knits are beautiful pieces of wearable art. (I recently purchased one of her knit, ballerina tops from her Etsy shop and my, oh, my is it ever gorgeous)! Stay Fancy Free is abound with inspiring images, Tara-Lynn generously features her own photographs on her site (I absolutely fell in love with her 365 photography project – a new photo posted for every day, many of which featured her lovely family as well as her knack for putting together a knock-out ensemble) as well as vintage ballet photos, old images from LIFE magazine and film screen caps. (pssst – you can sign up for her newsletter here)
Rhiannon Leifheit is a vintage seller and blogger from Atlanta – her site, Liebemarlene Vintage, is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. Rhiannon’s personal entries are gorgeously shot photo essays (taken by her squeeze, Drew), generally centered around a trip or outing and accompanied by well-written journal entries. Her romantic style always fits the occasion – and Rhiannon’s wardrobe is constructed almost entirely from thrift stores. While it pains me to acknowledge that the clothing I wore when I was 20 is now considered vintage apparel, her personal take on 90′s fashion feels both fresh and timeless – and I have to love a gal who looks like a million dollars and did it all second-hand.
The Man Repeller
Much has been said in praise of Leandra Medine’s hilarious blog, The Man Repeller, and for good reason. Leandra’s take on fashion is brilliantly simple – she dresses to please herself and humorously acknowledges that her tastes run towards avant-guarde, artistic pieces which tend – not to put too fine a point on it – to shrink boners. Whip-smart and quick-witted, The Man Repeller riffs on the very nature of it’s own existence, playfully poking fun at Fashion Blog Poses and featuring ’Who Wore It Best?’ posts. I have nothing but love for this bright, hilarious woman and her awesome blog.