It's been a really long time since I did a Pick of the Week post, but in reality, I have been reading lots of new fashion blogs that I have really enjoyed so far and I thought I would share some of them because they are all so different but all so lovely.
I love reading other people's personal style blogs (not actually "fashion blogs" because they are so much more and really show personal style and personality) and my favourite kind is where a healthy dose of the person comes through and they put together looks that they are passionate and confident about.
Not all blogs are able to do this well.
I don't want to name names, but lots of bloggers succumb to being paid and soon, each post is about each (sponsored) event they attended, how lovely the (sponsored) product was and then a tiny bit about what they chose to wear to the event.
I've even read hosts of blogs where they all attend the same events and say exactly the same things promoting the same products. That may be okay for some people, but I want to read about personal style, not someone's bland advertising shtick.
My personal stance on this is that I wouldn't want to accept free products and advertorial offers (not that I am popular enough to receive them at all!) because I feel they would tint the way I wrote this blog, because there is so much of me in it, but I think it's perfectly fine for others to do so.
However, it's a skill to run the blog like a business and still make it personal and homey and relatable and make it something people want to come back to.
1) My first pick, Cupcakes and Cashmere, manages to do just that. It's written by this adorable girl called Emily who is now a full-time blogger (which I take to mean she makes some form of income from it), but all her posts are personal and homey and sound like they really come from the heart. Someone once wrote in the comments that she had created a "lovely space for herself" and I think her blog looks like just that.
For starters, it's clear that she loves to cook and eat, and she regularly makes delightful-looking recipes, such as this recent vanilla bean ice-cream.
Also, she puts together helpful diagrams of products (like the one above) to help people with their shopping and hello, the girl is gorgeous! What's not to love?
2) The second blog is one I've only been reading very recently, called Second Skin. I stumbled upon it while blog hopping and just loved the simple, straightforward tone and the beautiful settings in the photos. Every single photos seems to be taken under the most wonderful, honeyed afternoon sun and the author's style is kind of bohemian in a way that suits her but also very practical.
Just look, how beautiful!
3) The third pick is something close to my heart. I know there must be many Asian personal style blogs out there, I read a few, but I never seem to come across them quite as regularly as those from the United States, United Kingdom or various other Scandinavian countries.
I don't even know of as many style blogs in Singapore, though it might be short-sightedness on my part. What was interesting was that I used to read one that was a great aggregator, called Fashion Nation, and which was run by two local girls, but which has since been closed down because of personal differences. I feel very sorry about that because it was a good blog with plenty of interesting things on it and it had a list of local links in the sidebar. Interestingly enough, many of those links were defunct by the time I had stumbled upon Fashion Nation.
Which is why this blog by two girls in the Philippines, A Plus B in the Sea, really makes me take heart. The writing is snappy and funny, the first time I read it I found myself laughing out loud. The outfits are also relatable, particularly for our tropical weather. I mean it's great looking at beautiful blogs from coldest Poland or Norway, but I feel cheated by layers and layers of jackets and scarves I will never be able to wear here.
The clothes are cute, practical and completely unpretentious, and the posts are written like in an adventuring storybook, which is charming!
I hope you've enjoyed the picks this week, and I would like to ask:
Do you have any favourite personal style blogs that you could point me in the direction of? I would love to read any recommendations, particularly those from around the Asian regions!