Thursday, August 30, 2012

faux pas in fashion blogging

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No offense ya’ll… well maybe a little *wink*

I am writing this, putting my own self esteem and pride behind me, giving an insider’s scoop to the lucky (read ignorant- no offense! I firmly believe ignorance can be a bliss at times- possibly) internet-ers untouched by the blogging bug.

As we all know (or you might have heard) blogging, especially fashion blogging sites in the past 5 years have sprung up like mushrooms in the rain. The question is how many of them are even worth reading or following through on a regular basis? Now, believe you me, when I tell you that I for one am very much a patient of the same bug bitten community and might remain so for a long time to come. No judgments here, not even pointing a finger to anyone but if you are a fashion blogger (like moi) and feel offended by what you have read so far, I would suggest you hop on to another blog right away.

When I first started blogging (way back in 2008), I was uncertain of what I wanted my blog to represent, I didn’t know if I was going the right way and my whole aim in life was to get noticed by a major fashion establishment and write articles for Mode, Cosmo and you get the hint…

Only recently did I realize that I was only going to write or document about things I saw (at the mall, my favorite shops or like many not so financially blessed fashion victims, what I saw on the internet, posted by other fashion blogs and sites about the latest fashion shows) and somehow mix it all up while pointing out my likes and dislikes about it.

In the process I have learnt a few things. Mainly that my wardrobe is not the most branded or expensive, I do not revamp my whole wardrobe over night as the seasons change and that I certainly do not pose well for photographs. An evident result of which has been my postings being limited to sets created on polyvore with the most sincere effort to bring to the common reader or shopper a list of what to look for when out shopping. Also a mention every so often of my latest purchases, instances from my daily life that might depict some form of style or creativity in them and in general of what I look for and what I feel of the latest runway looks.

Now, with time I have realized that I will possibly be in the genre of bloggers that do their own little thing without getting too much attention from the public, the media or the brands but remain true to what they post on their page. Recently, I realized my site had a static following, my page views were average and that my blog didn’t seem to click with the wow factor readers of fashion blogs are looking for. In an effort to research my problems and find out the answers to the not so much growing popularity of my blog, I spent hours and days going through blogs and bloggers that seem to have been a year old or less, maybe at times a couple years old but hold a huge fan following.

The answers that came out of it rather shocked me with a sort of (I would like to say aversion) towards the whole fashion blogging scene.

The stats are such:

If a blog is super famous it’s either: a. very famous magazine b. a great insider in the world of fashion who actually attends all the shows and parties and has a brilliant public image c. that of hugely famous clothing brand d. street style photographers capturing true beauty and style or bear with me here now…
e. people constantly posting their outfit posts or worst f. people posting about what celebrities wore period.

Now, of course I am a bit jealous of their numbers (meaning page views, fan following, etc) but category ‘a to d’ are justified in my personal opinion. On the other hand, I feel category ‘e’ could very well be just an instagram account, why buy a web site space, why go through the whole pain of making a blog when you are only to post pictures of what you wore from morning till night. I do like to see you dressed well but I also feel like you are just a photo blog and are marketing yourself, sometimes not even your style or wardrobe, seriously you are not a fashion blogger. A ‘fashion blogger’ will document fashion, the society evolving  with or around fashion and the impact of fashion on the mass market, the way couture gets filtered into the budget brands we love to shop…etc…etc… but hay! That’s what I feel.

As for category ‘f’ it’s probably just fans and stalkers of that celebrity drooling over your site for hours. Or worst, its young teenagers who are struggling to fit into a size 0 and believe that the celebrities are God sent creatures of mermaid kind that look gorgeous effortlessly forever!

Somehow today, people like us, who make an effort to document global fashion through their eyes get lost in low stats, no comments and boring write-up? Readers have stopped being ‘readers’ themselves, everybody wants to see pretty pictures, your personal wardrobe and a fashion show that you do every morning before leaving for work right outside your neighbors’  pretty wall.

The whole concept of I want to read this fashion blog because she always has something awesome to say about the latest fashion show, or because she writes with such passion, or that she does seem to know what she is talking about is so-very lost.

I have seen people pose in front of camera and mention things like ‘the lace border dress I am wearing- when it’s evidently a crochet’ or ‘this leather like fabric- dude! It’s called rexine or faux leather’ Oh! My personal favorite… ‘my sheer, windy looking summer top- honey! Do me a favor and please call it a georgette blouse’.

People don’t read blogs anymore that give an honest opinion about something, unless you have yourself all dolled up in front of the camera.

Has it really come to this? Is it really the readers who have dialed down their intellect or maybe just a wrong set of people are hitting the internet to go through blogs. Are the genuinely interested ones getting their daily dose of fashion from somewhere else? Maybe the likes of us are lost behind and similar sites or perhaps it’s just ‘that time’ now when pretty sells and YouTube and blog are just a means to an end- to get famous and gather fan following?


from the Style ClOset...

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Yesterday on my way back from the gym...I spotted discounted - end of the line goodies and picked up these.....

photos via google

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


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Today, I am obsessing over all things fantastic about my childhood friends- yeah1 I am talking about Ariel, Pooh bear, Simba, Mickey, Minnie, Launchpad, Webby and all the other millions of characters that made me smile and jump with joy every time I saw them on  TV.

Here's a few handpicked favourites of mine I would note mind seen wearing all day long everyday...
take your pick....
Anyone gifting????

Thursday, August 23, 2012

autumn winter 2012-13

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Trend - Royal Jewel Tones

Accessories from across the fashionosphere

from top to bottom:
Marc by Marc Jacobs cosmetic case $88, Jimmy Choo luggage tag $255, Marc by Marc Jacobs printed scarf $98, Marc Jacobs Ipad case $58, Miu Miu croc effect leather card holder $160, Gucci heart shaped monogramed leather purse $255, Proenza Schouler leather trimmed twill belt $355, Trent glitter finish canvas Iphone sleeve $255, YSL cashmere lined suede gloves $420, Bijoux heart swarovski crystal ring $460, D&G printed patent leather Iphone case $255.

For more accessories and latest in trend fashion to shop for visit:

All photos via net-a-porter online shopping

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

love love love

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    ...and more!

Last week was my birthday...and among other goodies, I got a few presents close to my always I am talking sweet scented, gentle on my skin and refreshing beauty and bath products.

Here are the pics, a quick note on how and why I love them...

The L'Oreal Paris ' Youth Code' BB creme with SPF15 is perfect for my skin, skillfully hides the tiny spots on my cheeks (even though S says they are only visible to me and no one else- sweet but..blahhh! :P). I have used it thrice so far, and it stays put even when I am out in the sun the whole day, I seriously did not think it will work against the sun rays, but I was untouched without any sun screen lotion on me. Just remember to apply it on your neck, shoulders, even ears, just to get the same smooth glow all-over- I have seen girls with a white chalk like face and make-up less neck countless times to avoid such a mishap!

The Love Love Love range from body and bath works is simply amazing. I love it's refreshing fragrance and I have so far tried the body mist (can't stop spraying it every other hour), the shimmer and body lotion in one- loved it! and the shower gel. I am yet to try the triple moisture body creme- just tried it on my hands- it is too hot here to be indulging in heavy cremes yet- I just stick to a light water based moisturiser for after my baths- but it smells good and is sure to please me soon- P.S. winter is coming-soon- and I am all set :D

Any of you tried it yet? (the love love love range)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Autumn Winter 2012- trend "How to style Jewel Tones"

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Apologies stylistas for being MIA this month, I have been busy  job hunting, carpentering (for fun of course), partying around and enjoying my first summer here in .ca. But now I am back and bringing you my favorite looks and more from around the fashion scene.
First look at 2012 winters here at stylescribbles and I bring to you one of the trends that is picking up soon...
Fall winter 2012 mah-jo-r trend to be spotted is the jewel tones, splashing around the runways and slowly tweaking their way out in the market, this trend is here to stay.
Mix it with solids and base colors like black, brown and white and you could be firing up all night even with the temperatures drop below freezing. Remember, mixing whites and light neutrals like beige or camel will bring out a softer side for the day, while opting for black, chocolate, grey or even deep navy can dazzle the night time look.

Always remember, you can mix shades of jewel tones together to create a more dramatic, layered or fun look, or keep it simple with one color running all over the ensemble.

Another thing to note is, like always, both gold and silver will go with these tones but you can also add colorful jewel/ stone jewelry or vintage art jewelry to give it a character of its own.

be-jeweled 02

jewel tone highlights and style tips for fall 2012

Friday, August 10, 2012

I am...

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what have I been up to this past week...

For someone who has been invisible from the blogosphere for a week or so, I am not sure I have accomplished enough to pass it on as an excuse, but here we go... I was busy, along with S, doing our second DIY furniture project, built a TV unit. It is midnight blue or deep ocean (as the stain label reads) in color and I love the fact that it actually is the same shade as the new OPI Spiderman inspired nail polish!
I would like to mention here that the initial design idea for the TV unit was all S, but I did the specs(being a true pattern maker, I guess) and I love the outcome. We made it pretty simple box shaped, since mitering the cuts was not an option available, also made a funky shelf on both sides for the thousands of magazines lying around our home.

I was also busy travelling a lot in the metro or the ROCKET(as it is called in here) visiting various Chinese and Thai food joints, yet to try local sushi bars. Other than that I must confess I have kept a low profile, just yesterday I missed the Guess and fashion MAG event due to rain, lack of a car, PMS all included and am now feeling horrible about it.

I have decided I need to organize and clean my house, starting from of course, my kitchen (hmm) and my closet (that means again, throwing away lots of old junk and shopping for more. Which gets me to my next point, I desperately need a job, just so I can shop without feeling guilty :( Also I have been spending a lot more play time with the kids (read dogs) phoebe was down with an upset tummy past couple of weeks, but is now doing great, thanks to the awesome-st Doc we have :D. Oh and I just counted the change in my turtle's neck :P (the wooden piggy bank) it has about 8-9 different currencies in change :) love that we have been to so many different countries and counting..

Also, it has been a crazy week with pouring rains and heavy thunder storms, I have not been as regular to the gym as I pledged to do this month. With one-third of the month over, I have finally started doing light 2 min workouts throughout the day at home, trying to get a hang of the Tracy Anderson workouts (let's see how it goes).

Also, a random picture at the end of S's new laptop bag (well, not so new, like a month old) but I guess I forgot to share, here it is..I love it.

What has been happening in your life lately? Are you busy or just plain lazy like me? Going to IFBcon? not me:( stupid visa troubles... tell me your stories and remember Be yourSelf! Be AweSome!!!


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