I've been wanting to do this post for quite some time. I feel like I owe it to several blogs for inspiring me, entertaining me, and turning me into a faithful follower. Before this year, I never followed blogs, let alone read them. When I was finally introduced to the blogesphere my internet-surfing and reading world was changed. Suddenly I felt more creatively inspired because everything I was reading seemed so accessible. Flipping through fashion magazines and looking at red carpet photos can only do so much before I want to wave the white flag and surrender because I don't have the money to buy the clothes these women wear, or the beauty team to make me look that perfect. Blogs allow people to explore the other side of fashion/food/living because they are written by people we can relate to. And yet, some of these people posses real talent, creativity, and heart that has gained them many faithful followers who can't seem to get enough of them. I still don't consider myself a huge blogger because I don't follow many blogs that religiously. Therefore, consider it true praise from limited blog viewing that somehow these few blogs and newsletters captivate me enough to hold my attention.
I have to list Behind the Seams first because this blog is what got me started reading blogs and was part of the inspiration behind starting my blog. This is the blog of Trang Huyen, last year's Bluefly Stylist and America's Most Stylish Blogger winner. Every look this woman puts together is a work of art and a testament to her true fashion sense and talent. I frequently look to her for inspiration and have to admit, if I ever met her I would be truly starstruck.
This is the other blog that inspired me to start mine. I had known Jessica before even knowing she had a blog and when I finally discovered it I was blown away. Her natural flair for writing mixed with her fun and quirky fashion sense have together kept me hooked from day one. I can say that without bias from our personal friendship that her blog is truly addicting.
I have mentioned Caitlin from Healthy Tipping Point before when I discovered her incredible Operation Beautiful which aims to end fat talk and change women's perception of beauty that has been warped by the media and fashion world. Since then I have become hopelessly addicted to her blog which chronicles her daily meals and training for marathons and job being a food blogger and body image spokesperson. The funny thing is, she posts frequently throughout the day (sometimes up to 3 or 4 posts a day!) mostly posting pictures of her healthy and delicious looking meals and writing what she did that day and somehow I have to read every single one! I am so captivated by this woman's lifestyle and her heathy eating and body image that I can't seem to get enough of her. Perhaps it is because of my deep longing to be that healthy both physically and mentally...ok, maybe not the marathon running part...
This is the newsletter that--I kid you not--helps me get out of bed on Thursday mornings. Yes, there might be some bias from the fact that Gwyneth Paltrow is my favorite actress and celebrity. However, I think I can still say that even if you are not as huge of a Gwyneth fan as I, or better yet, don't even recognize her name it would be hard not to enjoy her weekly newsletters featuring everything from restaurant and bakery recommendations to fashion tips and author interviews. In fact, her letter from last week where she listed her favorite food blogs helped inspire this post. Subscribe to it and I guarantee you will be hooked.
Ok, I don't know what turned me onto this newsletter in the first place, but somehow I have found myself trying to keep up with their almost daily newsletters on an almost daily basis. Maybe it is because I am intrigued with all the information I learn about what is in our food and how bad some restaurant foods are. The newsletters give tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle and what foods hold the most nutrition. However, be warned that once you sign up your inbox will rarely be empty.
This fun blog brings out the movie buff/addict in me. Christina's quirky taste and vast knowledge of movies and TV keeps me reading. I love her Foreign Fridays posts where she features a review of a foreign film every week. I can always count on her for movie recommendations when I am updating my Netflix que. Look for me in her Monday post where she'll be kicking off her "Any Friend of Mine" posts featuring short interviews with the writers and creators of some of her favorite blogs!
There is definitely some personal bias in keeping up with this cute and relaxed blog because the creator happens to be one of my closest friends. I love getting updates on her busy life and the occasional fun fashion posts. Check out her latest post which I am honored to say was inspired by my Wishful Wish List post! She is worth checking out just because of how adorable she is.