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Love: Spring Trends 2011

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As winter releases us from her icy grasp, its finally time to ditch the fairilse knits and embrace a bit of spring slash summer loving. And what’s not to love? All will be revealed.

THE NEW MAXI

Although maxi skirts and dresses will continue to fight for prize position in our wardrobes in S/S 2011, it will face tough competition in the form of its latest rival. I introduce – the midi. The midi has steadily been creeping its way from the catwalks onto the high street but it looks set to reign supreme this forthcoming season. Swinging pleats are the choice of the day styled with graphic print tees or pretty, sheer blouses and lady-like heels. By night, I would team asymmetric lines and graduated hems with block platform sandals and maybe a dash of leather to contrast the delicate fabrics.

A FRINGE and FLARE AFFAIR welcomes us back the Seventies. Think a 21st century take on the decade mixed with all the goodness of tribal chic. As trousers remain popular, it is no surprise that the pivotal item channelling this trend is the kick flare. I do think it will take substantial time for these to replace the skinny jean though. Resist conformity and team pale denim bell bottom flares adorned with patchwork detailing with knitted tank tops with the IT shoe of the year – the platform.

The flare goes hand in hand with fringing and it has no limits. My initial reaction is ‘oh really’ but the other day my best mate rocked a lush fringed biker jacket, so maybe it’ll rub off in time. Pringle showcased the trend with shoes while Betty Jackson went the extra mile with her black ostrich feather trousers as did Matthew Williamson with his bejewelled, tasselled dresses and fringed skirts. Bags, shoes, coats, skirts – you name it you’ll find a fringed equivalent.

PRINTS

Think the brighter and busier the better a la McQueen. Bright abstract graphics and architectural geometrics steal the style limelight. If you cannot resist a standard safe-bet though, throw cut-out suede or crochet over crazy florals to capture the folksy feel, plaster yourself with playful polka dots and flatter yourself with feathery patterns. All at once. More is definitely more this spring.

A BURST OF COLOUR

Move over nudes, statement rainbow hues are the colour choice of the season. Shocking tangerines and vibrant grass greens reign supreme. Brave block colouring in riotous neons à la Christopher Kane.  As before, the brighter the better. Pop colouring will extend its efforts to the make-up counters of the high-street. Light pinks and oranges on the eyes coupled with blueish-black liners and topped-off with strong red lips will prove a popular look. Judging by the general theme of S/S ‘11 fashion weeks worldwide, unnatural hair colours look set to become a big trend this forthcoming season too. A welcome burst of colour, hurrah.

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Author Bio:

Helen is a twenty-one year old vintage fiend and founder of http://areyoudressingupordressingdown.blogspot.com. A blog in which she shares her light-hearted fashionable experiences, musings and opinions on anything from her personal experiences to her latest purchases.

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Friend Friday: Blogging Events and Trends

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1. With all the blogging events out there how do you determine which
ones to participate in and which ones to avoid? 
There are so many awesome events out there that don’t work for my lifestyle for one reason or another (mostly because I have to wear plain, dark colored clothes to interpret) and I don’t want to sign up for something and half-ass so I try to content myself looking at other people’s posts. The events that work best for me are the ones that are related to blogging itself (FBFF, IFB, Build a Better Blog). I think it’s about learning to be selective and honest with yourself and what you can and can’t do.
2. Be honest, have you ever jumped on the bandwagon of some blogging
movement/event for the wrong reasons? How did that turn out?
When I first started blogging I felt this dire need to build a following, so I did all the “follow me, I’ll follow back!” games so many new bloggers get caught up in. I ended up with an RSS feed full of blogs that weren’t even in English! Now I stick to following people I’m interested in, comment often, and trust that those who find my blog interesting will do the same for me. Karma is alive and well in the blogosphere!
3. How do you give your own flair to a blog event while still
maintaining the general mission and purpose?
I think I have a pretty unique, conversational writing style so that’s how I put my personal touch on everything I blog. I also use Polyvore to add extra details to images and make posts visually appealing (not the greatest option but it works until I can afford some image editing software for my Mac).
4. When determining the best content for your blog what criterion do
you keep in mind?
When I first started the blog, I had a very specific vision in mind. Lust, Love, Lose has grown and expanded since then but whenever I question if something is a good match, I go back and look at the vision statement I wrote back then.
5. While everything will not suit your blog, how do you try and
support your fellow bloggers who are participating in something
worthwhile but not your style?
I try to do blogger interviews with people who are participating in events that are worthwhile: not only does it (hopefully!) bring them some traffic and attention, but it might introduce the event to someone who would like to join. I also keep my blog roll up to date with great sites for my followers to read, and post about interesting events in the blogging community.

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Friend Friday: Blogger Mechanics

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1. What technology do you use in blogging? (computer, camera, video camera, tripod, etc…)

Macbook Air, Macbook, Sony digital camera, Droid phone (for snapping quick pictures). I need to buy a tripod so I can take better pictures (balancing my camera on the edge of the counter is just not cutting it :P).
2. What computer and online technology do you use? (blogging system, photo storage, photo editing tools, etc..)

I use wordpress.com but I’m thinking about switching to .org this summer. Picasa to store my photos online and Twitter to communicate with other bloggers and the fashion community. Probably the most amazing online tool is Google (no seriously, how did people live before it?) I need to get some photo editing software for my Mac since the programs I have are only PC compatible from back before I saw the light.
3. What is your process for taking pictures?

It’s so bad right now! I balance my camera on the edge of my counter, put on the 10-second time delay and run over to the corner before the time runs out. Wow, I just admitted that. Seriously though, I don’t do a lot of outfit posts and I think part of the reason may be the lack of good places to take photos and the equipment necessary to do it right. I’d like to get a corner set up with a tripod and then I could just run over and snap a photo in the morning.
4. When it comes to backdrops for your photos what do you consider? Do you scout locations or shoot the same spot daily?

Right now I shoot in the same spot when I do outfit posts, but there’s about a foot of snow outside, so that has something to do with it. When it gets warmer out, I think it would be nice to shoot on the porch but I don’t see myself scouting locations or getting way into outfit posting. I love looking at other people’s, but it’s just not how my blog is progressing and I think that’s okay too 🙂
5. If you could splurge and get one new piece of equipment what would you be buying?

Some really decent photo editing software! Unfortunately it’s so crazy expensive I don’t see it happening anytime in the near future. Or a Louis Vuitton graffiti bag, that counts as equipment for a fashion blog, right? Right?

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Love: 100 Words on Life

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Love: 100 Words on Life

I’ve lived a very, very long time. At least it feels like it, though those with more than a quarter century under their belts might not agree with me. Be that as it may, I still feel as though I have something to contribute to the greater knowledge of fashion, confidence and life lessons. Here, my manifesto in exactly 100 words. Feel inspired? Write your own 100 words and I’ll link it here!

When you feel like shit, put on mascara – at least it will look dramatic if you cry

Pencil skirts will forever be sexy…

…so will red lipstick

Men and women can’t ever be just friends, unless the man is gay

Garter belts are more comfortable than pantyhose, and a whole lot sexier

If you can laugh at yourself, no one can have power over you

Confidence is enticing, so are high heels

Blondes really do have more fun

It’s better to like who you are than to care if anyone else does

Cutting your hair will change your life

Want to read more? Check out these fabulous bloggers who have written their own 100 words on life:

Friend Friday: Authentic Blogging

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1. Most readers and fellow fashion bloggers value authenticity in the blogs they read. How would you describe blog/blogger authenticity?

I think when someone is being genuinely themself it shows through every part of their life, including their writing (and by extension their blog). It’s in the photos too, someone trying to be sexy who’s just naturally goofy and fun, or vice versa, is pretty easy to spot in their outfit posts. I think part of it is staying within your means too. We’ve all heard stories of bloggers maxing out their cards to keep up with outfit a day posts. I refuse to deal with fake people in real life, and nothing turns me off of a blog faster than an inauthentic feel.
2. When it comes to your blog how to you infuse it with that true/authentic feeling?

I try to write the same way I speak and I try to infuse my personal weirdness into my blog. Plus, with my awards show posts, I don’t go crazy over something just because it’s at the top of every ‘best dressed’ list, I’m not afraid to say I just don’t get it! I also thinking posting photos is a way to be authentic. When I do the how-to’s the middle steps are usually NOT the greatest photos of me, but they’re important for understanding the concept.
3. Have you stopped following a blog in the last three months? What made you lose interest?

I hate ‘spam’ blogs, where every post is an advertisement for a sponsor or a reminder to enter a contest. Don’t get me wrong, those can both be very effective kinds of posts, but not when it’s the only thing that goes up. I also tend to stay away from blogs that only post celebrity fashion or ad campaigns, eye candy is great, but I feel like the meat and potatoes of fashion blogs are original content you can’t find anywhere else. If that’s not there, I’m out.
4. We can’t communicate effectively on our blogs, something we don’t live in real life… what are some ways you try to live an authentic life?

There’s this song that says “if you love me than thank you, if you hate me than **** you”, that pretty much describes my life. If you like me, great, if you don’t, that’s fine too, but I’ve never changed my life to fit someone else’s idea of what it should be, and never will.
5. Give a shout-out… Which bloggers do you think are truly genuine and why?

Emily Ann, one of my first blogging friends, everything she posts just radiates her personality and sense of style.

Adored Austin, she’s the nicest lady and gets back to you with a personal email response right away

What Would a Nerd Wear, I swear she shows up in every one of my shout outs! But her mix of Twitter, blogging, and general niceness makes her accessible and authentic

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Want to see what other bloggers had to say about authenticity? Check out more responses to the Friend Friday questions at Modly Chic.

Friend Friday New Year’s Resolutions

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1. What’s the one thing you vow to learn or do in 2011 to improve your blog?

Start and complete 31 Days to Build a Better Blog, I’ve already bought it, so no excuses!
2. What did you learn about blogging in 2010 that you plan to put into practice next year?

Since I just started blogging for others this year, pretty much everything! I’ve started learning about SEO, widgets, intelligent commenting on other blogs,
3. Do you have any high-level goals for your blog in the coming year? Monetization? More comments? More connections with other bloggers? A new template?

I’ve been considering moving to a wordpress.org account so I can do some advertising and run some plug-ins I can’t on the more restrictive wordpress.com, but I have so much I need to learn before I do that!

4. If you could collaborate with one other blogger within your sphere of influence in 2011, who would you like to collaborate with, and what would you like to collaborate on?

Without a doubt, the brains behind What Would a Nerd Wear! Since I’m a grad student as well, I love the niche she’s found for her blog and I’m constantly going over to see what she’s wearing for inspiration. Since we’re both grad students, maybe we could work on a how-to guide for surviving grad school in style?
5. What do you plan to do to support other bloggers next year?

I try to get in touch with great bloggers and interview them, or mention them in posts to help share the traffic. Next year, I want to do some more intensive blogger support, maybe a blogger awards piece or something similar.

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