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Nov 18, 2011

Links á la Mode: The IFB Weekly Roundup

It’s always exciting to see one of your blog posts credited as being particularly good, especially when that’s in the IFB Links á la Mode roundup!  Every week I look forward to reading the chosen posts – it’s a fantastic way to discover new blogs!

If you’re a new visitor first of all HELLO! and secondly if you’d like to follow me you can find all of the buttons at the top next to my header.

Happy weekend everyone! If you’re going to the London Christmas Blogger Meet tomorrow I’ll see you there :)

Incite, Invigorate, Influence, Inspire

By Jessie Thorpe of Denimology

When selecting blogs to be featured in Links à La Mode, more often than not, I’m drawn in by an interesting image or a cleverly composed title. I’m a big fan of wit, whimsy and a little sarcasm. However, this week I handled things a bit different and made choices spurred on by inspiration, you know, that good ol’ gut feeling!
Bloggers aplenty (this means you) emboldened me to do more than just write about style and fashion (denim in my case).  I wanted to bust out some serious sequin yardage. I pondered why everything looks better with glitter. I was impressed- no, I was in awe- with brilliant use of nail polish! I chose links that lured me far from my computer, taunting me to use my hands for anything but typing. Dear bloggers, you may have a small pedestal (you know.. your blog), but your voice can still be mighty… and inspirational! The future of fashion belongs to those of us willing to get our hands dirty!
After you’ve had a good read of this weeks links, step away from the computer and go stain up those hands. Make sure to document the process because, you know, your coming right back here to your computer anyway. You may as well be inspirational. Last thing, it’s okay if all you do is make is a mess; at least you were inspired and that counts for something, right?

THE IFB WEEKLY ROUNDUP: LINKS À LA MODE: NOVEMBER 17TH

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Gift Boutique at ShopbopThread Social, Hanky Panky, Yigal Azrouel, Printed Denim, Marchesa, Rich & Skinny, Bracelets, iPhone Cases, Sonia Rykiel, Rachel Zoe, Satchels, Winter Boots & Scarves.

PLEASE READ IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE

If you would like to submit your link for next week’s Links à la Mode, please register first, then post your links HERE. The HTML code for this week will be found in the Links a la Mode group will be published later today. ~Jennine

Nov 9, 2011

Why blogging is more difficult in the winter

Besides the fact that 24% of the UK population suffers from SAD or subsyndromal SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) winter gives me more problems than the blues and a lack of motivation to get out of bed on those cold, dark mornings.  As a fashion blogger it also impacts on my ability to post. Here’s why.

It’s difficult to take outfit photos in the evenings

Bad model

As you probably know my blog is just a hobby and I actually work full-time: this leaves me with evenings and weekends on which to take outfit photos.  But now it gets dark – really dark – at 4pm evening photoshoots are out of the question, and as I only tend to wear a couple of outfits over the weekend (besides my lounging-around-the-house clothes) that is a grand total of 2-3 potential outfits to post each week.  Presuming all of my weekend outfits are interesting, which they’re not.

Besides anything else my boyfriend isn’t the most willing photographer so his idea spending quality time together over the weekend isn’t standing in the street with me screeching various versions of “URGH THAT ONE’S HORRIBLE!” at him { note to self: it’s not the angle that’s making you look podgy it’s the packet of Jammy Dodgers you inhaled last night … }.

Flash is harsh and unflattering

Bad flash - me in Amsterdam

Even if I was inclined to take some photos during the dark evenings, inside or out flash would be a necessity and since the built-in flash on cameras is wholly unflattering and usually far too harsh I try to avoid it at all costs.

Last year I did invest in a proper flash gun with a swivelling head and slide-out diffuser but the thing eats batteries so fast I can barely afford to use it.

Oh, and if you don’t use flash you just end up with crappy blurry images. Win.

The weather is usually hideous

Rainy NYC

{ I actually took this photo in June, that’s unpredictable NYC weather for you. }

Even if you get lucky and your boyfriend/Mum/friend/whatever actually volunteers to spend the weekend photographing you, it’s likely to be pouring with rain. That means that once again it’s also likely to be dark, you could damage your camera, and you’ll probably look crap (no offence, I’m sure you’d agree).

On dry days it’s often so freezing outside that removing your coat for even 5 minutes to take some outfit shots would result in hypothermia.  Ok maybe that’s a little dramatic, but basically it’s safe to say our outdoor outfit shots will consist of coats and boots for the next 4 months.

And now some positives!

- The cold weather presents lots of layering opportunities.

- Some of the best accessories are scarves, gloves and hats.

- Those cold, crisp mornings create the ideal natural light for your shots.

- Even better, misty days make for beautiful and haunting photos.

In summary …

Expect to see a lot of lookbooks, event photos, reviews and recipes here over the next few months!

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Nov 4, 2011

My first magazine mention!

Blog feature: "Your M&S" magazine, Christmas 2011 issue

{ Your M&S magazine – Christmas 2011 issue }

To say it’s weird to see my own face in a genuine magazine on real paper and available on the actual high street in one of the UK’s biggest institutions is a massive understatement.

But if you pick up a free copy of “Your M&S” magazine, the Christmas 2011 edition available in Marks and Spencer stores right now, you will see my mug on page 47 (I’m right underneath Rosie Huntington-Whiteley – cheers design team, you really know how to make a girl feel good about herself …).

I literally couldn’t believe that this was really going to happen until I saw it for myself!

Thank you so much to M&S for mentioning my blog and also a huge thanks to Propellernet for asking me if I minded being included (erm, no!).

Come here often?

If you’re a first-time visitor HELLO! I do hope you’ll stick around :) Click to find out more about me and if you’d like to follow me you can do so via Bloglovin’, RSS or Google Friend Connect, and also find me on Twitter and Tumblr. I don’t get out much.

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Sep 27, 2011

How my unfortunate head-shape could benefit your wardrobe…

I’ve been meaning to post this for a few days now but I’ve been so busy recently! On Monday night Chris and I went to see the new musical “Rock of Ages”, which we’d got free tickets for via Show Film First. To be honest we weren’t expecting it to be any good, it was just a free night out and something different to do, but we completely loved it! If you like a bit of cheesy 80s rock and/or power ballads (Journey, Foreigner, Whitesnake, etc.) then I’d definitely recommend it.

Anyway, I digress…

Giveaway!

M&S floppy hat

If (unlike me) you’re the kind of person who looks good in a hat you might like to enter my giveaway to win this 1970s-style floppy hat from Marks and Spencer. This little beauty was gifted to me as part of the goody bag at last week’s M&S mad hatter’s tea party unfortunately all hats look ridiculous on me. Seriously, I’ve tried every style there is and the only one that looks remotely decent is, ironically, the baseball cap (I’ll cross my fingers for those coming back into fashion then…). This is a gorgeous felt hat so someone should love it and as you’re all bloody lovely I can’t think of anyone better to give it to than one of you!

How to enter

It’s easy-peasy to enter as I’m hosting this competition alone (I’ll even be paying for the postage myself, how good am I to you?! :p) so to enter:

* Follow my blog (buttons handily located at the bottom of this post and in the header)

* Comment below saying you’d like to enter and leave your email address too so I can contact you if you win

Please do make sure you leave your email address! If you don’t I won’t be chasing you for it, I’ll just pick someone else! And I’m sorry but this competition is only open to UK residents.

Closing date

I’ll choose the winner using a random number generator next Wednesday, 5th October, at 10pm (UK time) so if you’d like to enter please do so before then. Good luck my sweets!

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