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Reflections, Realizations, and Resolve

Edited by: The Curvy Fashionista

After we blazed into the new year with resolutions, ideals, paired with moxie and gusto, we also came into the new year with questions, self realizations, and new inspirations. This week’s round up features some of the most though provoking, feel-good, and reason to re-examine your closet!

Links à la Mode: January 13th

  • 365 Fashion Rehab: New Year, New You. You don’t need a whole new wardrobe to be on trend
  • Beautifully Invisible: Children and the Fashion Industry: When are they TOO young?
  • Confessions of a Fashion Editor: What makes a blogger?
  • Dress With Courage: A fashion survey forces a closer look at my love affair with denim.
  • Fashion Limbo: A woman’s right to (pretty) shoes – why you should never stop celebrating yourself
  • Fashion Writes: What influences, motivates, drives, and empowers women’s decisions on buying certain trends (or not buying!): popularity vs. the struggle and desire to stand out and remain original.
  • Freeda Style: The clichés “Everyone’s a critic” and “I don’t know art, I just know what I like” apply every single day. Are you just getting dressed, or are you a wardrobe artist?
  • Grit and Glamour: Friend Friday: Goals, Imperfection, and Finding Your Voice
  • Holier Than Now: Closet Full of Money: My System for Recycling Clothes for Cash (or Karma)
  • I’m Freestyling: I love clothes, wearing them, buying them, feeling them—but all love has its limitations…
  • Independent Fashion Bloggers: Three Easy Ways to Improve Your Blog in 2011
  • Mischief My Dear: Gilt vs. Ideeli (Members Only Shopping: A Review)
  • Mode Stylist: push the boundaries of style with who you are.
  • Modern Day Damsel: Sprucing up my wardrobe – 10 items I absolutely have to buy this year
  • Pretty Shiny Sparkly: The Secrets to Successful Fashion Blogging
  • Revas Rags to Roses: What I look for in the Blog-O-Sphere
  • Satoriography: A how-to post for surviving winter without sacrificing your style (or any limbs to frostbite).
  • Sugar and Spice: MORE Cash Than Dash – have fashion magazines lost touch with their readership? Do fashion blogs do it better?
  • Taxonomy of My Wardrobe: Ever feel like you can’t relate to the snooty editorials in fashion glossies like Vogue? Well you’re not alone.
  • The Curvy Fashionista: This hair of Mines- A love story
  • The Demoiselles: Is fashion-sharking just as bad as body-snarking?

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IFB Links a la Mode

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Flash Forward

Edited by: Holier than Now

With mere days left in 2010, it’s time to make that *other* holiday list and check it twice. Continuing last week’s countdown to a beautiful new year, our favorite bloggers create a veritable “gift list” of tips, suggestions, and inspiration. In those lazy days before work and school start up again, peruse ways to end the holidays on a charitable note, own your own greatness, own less stuff, make more money, and build a better blog. It’s enough to make you put down your hot chocolate and get started on 2011 already!

Links à la Mode: December 23rd

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IFB Links a la mode

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Stylish Priorities

Edited by: Jennine Jacob of Independent Fashion Bloggers

Nothing like the end of the year to get you thinking. The holiday season is not only a time for giving, it’s a time for reflecting. Whether your giving lavish gifts or wondering if shopping takes away from the spirit of the season, or just plain having fun with all the holiday parties (it’s time to dress up!) this weeks links run the gamut from profound thoughts. Some of my favorites were how fashion has no age limit and just in time for New Year’s Resolutions, will losing weight make you happier? Of course there’s some excellent posts about fashion blogging, questioning reblogging and content ownership along and balancing your blog with your life.

Links à la Mode: December 16th

  • 365 Fashion Rehab: Confession of a (Reformed) Shopaholic
  • A la Modest: Quit Wearing That! You Can Still Look Good in a Potato Sack!
  • Beango: A sketchbook that’s a dream gift for a fashion designer
  • Button Owl: Will losing weight really make you happier?
  • Dirty Hems: DIY Sweater Leggings
  • Fashion Limbo: The Rant – Christmas shopping, I hate you
  • Fashion Lover: Q&A Interview with Tex Saverio, Indonesian fashion designer extraordinaire who was dubbed the “Indonesian Alexander McQueen” by the internet.
  • Fete a Fete: Guerlain Sur Mes Lèvres: Spring 2011 Makeup Sneak Peek
  • Finding Tokyo: There’s no such thing as a fashion age limit!
  • The Fashion Pawn: The B.O.B Series: The 8 Commandments of Blogging
  • Grit and Glamour: Friend Friday: Let’s Stay Together
  • Holier than now: Her story is history: the vintage-inspired mood board collages behind my Market Publique/Erstwhile Style vintage holiday lookbook
  • Independent Fashion Bloggers: How to promote your blog with an event
  • Whit & Whimsy: Gift Guide from WIT & Whimsy featuring several IFB members
  • Little Miss Makeup: ROCK CHIC: Runway-inspired smokey eyes tutorial
  • Shrimp Salad Circus: Reblog content controversy . quality, quantity, or just crap?
  • Stylebizzare: New year, new wardrobe? 7 tips to restyle your closet
  • the Citizen Rosebud: Inspiration real citizens
  • Taste & Style Files: If you’re neglecting your hunny, well then this one’s for you, babe! A reminder to stay in focus & in touch amidst our blogger frenzied lives
  • The Coveted: Pimp your style with a feathered hat.

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All Kinds of Everything

Edited by: Florrie Clarke of Intrinsically Florrie
There’s such lovely variation amongst the links submitted this week. We are fashion bloggers- of course we like things that are pretty things from expensive handbags to quirky DIY jewelry- but the dedication to great content and a passion for good causes is what really stands out with this week’s posts.

Links à la Mode; December 9th

  • 55th Street: A new take on Street Style through my eyes
  • Analogue Chic: Drama with my mama: being my mom’s personal stylist.
  • Any Second Now: Remembering the fashion of 1980’s Duran Duran and how it inspired a fashion pictorial that includes giant Rubik’s Cubes. Gotta love the 80’s!
  • ashley4emergy: Tea Party and Vintage Fashion Exhibit with Socialite Ms. Lana Turner!
  • Awakened Aesthetic: Six Impossible Things…by BirdQueen Designs.
  • Big Girls Browse: Dressember begins – a different dress every day for the whole of December
  • Broke & Beautiful: Jeffrey Campbell goes pink…but for what cause?
  • de la pen: Balenciaga: The Spanish Master by Hamish Bowles
  • For Those About to Shop: Callous comments can be life-threatening
  • Haute World: Not your average designer collaboration: Fashion giants show their charitable side by creating dolls for UNICEF
  • Independent Fashion Bloggers: Tips for Holiday Gift Guides & Giveaways
  • Intrinsically Florrie: On DIY customising my own unique rings
  • lowefactor: Ever notice why pre-fall collections get lost in the holiday shopping press shuffle?
  • Lust Love Lose: An easy guide to applying red lipstick that will last all day.
  • Mrs Bossa: Blogs with Soul: Mrs Bossa raises a glass to the talent of the blogging community
  • Oranges and Apples: Interview and GIVEAWAY with photographer and jewelry designer Marie Bee of the Blue Balloon
  • Pocket Rocket Fashion: Debating with fashion photographer Diana Thompson the problems of plus fashion brands using models smaller than their range to promote them.
  • Searching for Style: Fashion 101: Why Luxury is Expensive. The making of an Hermès bag.
  • STREET STYLE: PICS BY POLKA DOT: One woman’s journey to get credit for a piece Spanish Elle did using her photographs without her knowledge, or consent. A cautionary tale!
  • The Coveted: Winter Vacation Tory Burch Resort 2011
  • two for the clothes: Our second “Freaky Friday” post, in which her outfit for him turns out badly.
  • The Fashion Pawn: What a business card can do for you

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IFB Links a la Mode

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It Gets Better

Edited by: The Sunday Best

As we head full on into the “holiday” season, with its unbridled consumerism, endless head-whacking charity pleas, and weird tie-ins, I expected the links list to be inundated with shopping guides. Instead, many dealt with what can only be considered harassment or, terribly, abuse; several looked at blogging as a cathartic experience, others as a rallying cry. I was lucky enough to be raised in an openly affectionate household with two strong female presences in my mother and sister, and this has undoubtedly affected my manner and attitudes as a married man. Since I can’t go around changing men and society, no matter how cool that superpower would be, I offer this reminder, in what I believe is the spirit of the season (when that spirit is allowed to express itself unfettered): respect is the bare minimum we owe each other, and the bare minimum we should expect from others. Respect is not necessarily agreement, but it is always acknowledgment. For those who are struggling this season–financially, emotionally, physically–I can only echo the words of Tim Gunn, George Takei, and others when I say, “It gets better.” Happy Holidays.

Links à la Mode: December 2

 

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