Friday, July 30, 2010

Blogging about blogs

I'm sure by now you've noticed all those links leading to other sites on the side of my blog. Not only do I link to all those sites, I actually visit them on a weekly basis!

So, what makes me put a blog on my "have to read list"? Great photography, original content, and a personal voice. Whether it's grouping together themed images, styling elaborate scenarios, or simply posting beautiful photographs, all the blogs I visit have something special going on.

I wanted to point out two of my favorites. First, because they both have such strong photography, and secondly, because they have such individual voices.

First, is Clothes, Cameras and Coffee by the gorgeous Roz, who lives in rural England. With a penchant for vintage, a brilliant knack for concepts and styling, and parents who are surprisingly skilled at photography; each of Roz's posts read like a well-orchestrated editorial spread. Pretty impressive for someone who just turned 15 . . . Another thing I like about Roz is that her writing has a very personal voice. The stories that accompany the photos are thoughtful and well-written. She always takes the time to explain her outfits and her inspiration.

Here's a selection of my favorite photos Roz has posted.

What a perfect dress to wear by the ocean . . .

A gorgeous cape she got off eBay.

I just love this skirt made of newspaper.

Roz always seems to have some cool inspiration for her shoots. Here she is as a modern Little Red Riding Hood.

This was an equestrian inspired shoot.

Doesn't she look straight out of a vintage Vogue here!?

The second blogger I can't get enough of is Luxirare. Not only does she have incredible taste in cutting-edge fashion, she also makes her own clothes . . . and bags . . . and jewelry . . . and shoes! I would seriously quit my job to be her intern.

She actually made this chain embellished dress.

Amazing detail . . .

And she made this bag . . .

And this jacket . . .

Oh, and not only does she blog about fashion, she has killer food posts as well. This is the most amazing looking BLT I've ever seen . . .

Or how about a little pumpkin pie that's made from a mold of a real pumpkin?

Does her creativity know no bounds?!

Luxirare even manages to make a simple apple peel look like haute couture. Just gorgeous.

Reading blogs like Luxirare and Clothes, Cameras and Coffee on a weekly basis is a real treat and a definitely source of inspiration for me. Calling them "blogs" almost seems like a misnomer, because they're so far from all the "check out this link" blogs that populate the internet. The limits of blogging are pushed so much on sites like these, that you feel like you're traveling away from the internet and into a little fashionable world.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

(I'd love to hear which blogs you can't live without, too!)

(All photos from Clothes, Cameras and Coffee & Luxirare)


Roz said...

I just came across this piece written about me, and was so flattered! I really appreciate what you wrote, and the insightful observations you made about my blogging style. I really enjoy blogging, and it's things like this post you've written here that make it worth it!
I'm also going to take a look at Luxirare, which looks very interesting indeed.

ringtales said...

thanks catherine, this was really inspirational today, i feel challenged to keep the quality high on my own blog, as well as to keep pushing myself creatively


Julia said...

the second image from Roz looks like it's out of a magazine, holy stunning.

And thank you for linking modelizing <3

Jade "Purple" Brown said...

that chained top is amazing!

penny. LA said...

I'm excited for your recommendations! I'm always happy to try out a new blog.

Shybiker said...

Wow! What great recommendations. Thanks for sharing.

Hello*Pretty said...

Both blogs/bloggers are amazing! Great post!! xo- karrie

That's Not My Age said...

Hi there - nice blog! I've just written a post on Vidal Sassoon and wanted to let you know I've used the Grace Coddington photo from your blog (obviously, I've credited you).

Hope that's OK.

Best wishes,

therawpower said...

Nice blog !! you must have put a lot of effort on your blog.
I really love the pictures, and I have followed your blog =)

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Rachel Lynne said...

ah I love her photography! and that bag she made is absolutely stunning, amazing



Jehh said...

Wow, that is how I also define the blogs that I truly love and have become addicted to. I was wondering to get a couple of judges on how my blog is presenting itself (hopefully good), but suggestions would be gladly accepted. Would you care to visit and provide some feedback?

thank you!

Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

cool, two blogs i've never visited! i especially like visiting those with original content.
xox alison

les deux said...

Great blogger spotlight! I've always been a big fan of Luxirare, but I'd never heard of Clothes, Cameras and Coffee before. Thanks for sharing your lovely find!

Les Deux - Katie

Anastasia said...

It's incredibly beautiful! Thanks for the good feelings )))))

<3 <3 <3

kirstyb said...

loving all these pics xxxx

Fashion By He said...

great post

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Style of a Fashionista said...

Wow these two girls are awesome and Roz's pictures look like they are staight out of a magazine editorial xoxo

Becca. said...

lovely lovely photos and it's true but sometimes i don't have the time to check every single blog in my links bar it's hardwork! i do check my favourites all the time though!


Jehh said...

the pointy bra dress/top photo is so pretty!

thank you for your kind words on my post! <33

Fashionistable said...

2 great blogs. Thanks for sharing. Roz is just a little bit amazing - wow that girl is going places. Sorry I havent responded yet it is crazy for me right now. Xxxx

Fatty Feliux said...

Wow! I just found your blog today... mesmerized.
And you lead me to Luxirare... double woah. Love both these blogs, definitely following you from now on!
And my condolences about your sunglasses, hopefully you find another pair that make you feel like a rockstar!


fatty feliux @

StyleNonsense said...

I Think My Blog Should Be On The Right Side Too? HAHAH, I Really Like Your Blog!

kbwrote said...

Love the Roz photographs, very beautiful.

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

I adore her blog. She's so pretty like an English rose;-)