I have to be honest with you. I don’t really read “fashion” blogs. I never have. Back when I started “blogging” in 2004, there weren’t many, and my main source of community was the fashion board at makeup alley. (since I’m not active there, maybe I can mention them now, but there used to be a rule early on not to EVER mention makeup alley LOL – anyway, now they’re VERY popular and I’m pretty sure everyone knows about them.)
I was also active on the Purse Blog’s forum for a while, and those two forums combined kept me feeling like I had found people to share my passion with. Keep in mind that during the first 2-3 years of my “blog” I wasn’t using a platform that accepted comments, so I didn’t have you guys.
In the early days, I only read two blogs RELIGIOUSLY: The Coveted and Style Bytes (Does anyone remember her? She actually disappeared a few years ago, she had a pet pig). Over the years, I read Susie Bubble sometimes, Bryan Boy BEFORE Marc Jacobs named a bag after him, and sometimes looked at the Sartorialist. I felt like we were all in the same place – sort of – blogging professionally – but they were also very different from me, and grew faster and farther, and I stopped reading.
I’ve also peeked at some of the super-popular blogs here and there, but as I wrote several years ago, all that did was make me feel bad about my body, my photos, everything really, much like Pinterest does now. (seriously. every time I think I’m done with envy, Pinterest just kicks me in the ass: why doesn’t my quinoa lentil salad look like that? or my bathroom counter so perfect?)
Anyway…as a 41 year old woman, I’m finished devoting ANY time at all to feeling bad about myself and comparing myself to others (I’ve spent way more time than I should have up until now doing that…), so I’ve given up on Pinterest, neglected Facebook, and even Twitter & Instagram have fallen by the wayside lately. They are a slippery slope to FOMO (fear of missing out) and jealousy for me…
Now, I do things that enrich me, and I read blogs that inspire me, interest me, have a vibrant community, and that I can relate to.
Here they are (in no particular order):
Privilege – you know Lisa, who comments here frequently. I love her writing & her style.
Une Femme d’un Certain Age – Susan also comments here frequently. I love her travel posts and I can live vicariously through her wardrobe of Eileen Fisher (she’s a fellow harem pant owner).
Into the Gloss – a guilty pleasure, sometimes find some very good information.
les anti modernes – miss sophie has been on my list for many many years
looks good from the back – these ladies are hilarious, and a throwback to my days at MUA.
sarge in charge – Sarah also comments here, owns harem pants, and Sarah, if you’re reading, I wish you would blog more 😉
Girls of a certain age – Kim France’s blog. Enough said.
I want to be her – Andrea Linett. Again…Lucky has been my bible since it started, and I love that these two ladies are “of a certain age”
The Vivienne Files – have really been enjoying this since a reader mentioned Janice in the comments.
Style, Studs and Lace – Niki comments here sometimes, which is how I found her blog. LOVE her photos of India and her outfits.
Style Bildungsroman – Nanashi is always posting about what I’m thinking but in a more insightful way.
Stylish Murmurs – Deborah also comments here sometimes, which is how I found her blog. I LOVE her style (very minimalist) and look forward to her outfit posts – featuring her new harem pants.
Pear Shaped Gal – Also learned of this blog via Monica’s comments here. Love her posts about style for her shape (and her nutrition posts).
I’d like to read more over-forty blogs, and while I do infrequently read Not Dead Yet Style and 40 Plus Style (who recently interviewed Deborah! yay!), I feel sort of hesitant to jump into their communities for…wait for it…being too young. I sort of feel like I haven’t come into my own enough to commiserate with those ladies who HAVE.
I’ve also always tended to stick with blog(gers) who share my aesthetic to a certain extent. And those ladies love their color!!! Which is wonderful – just not “me.” But I certainly appreciate it on others, so I’ll be heading over there more often from now on.
What blogs do you read? Other than Grechen’s Closet of course 😉 haha….had to put that out there, right? Any suggestions for blogs I’m missing out on? Why do you read blogs? Do you want to relate to the blogger? Or do you read aspirational blogs?
*and while going through thinking of blogs I miss (who don’t post anymore), I saw that Erica from A History of Architecture IS posting again. Hooray!!