When I initially started the "Picks of the week" tag, I intended for it to be a weekly posting, but to be honest, I don't come across that many things that are that different week to week and even more honestly, some of the very exciting blogs that I've just started read aren't fashion-related and wouldn't quite be on-topic or everybody's cup of tea.
Lately, however, I've found a few clothes-y blogs that are different in some ways and I wanted to share them with you guys!
1) What's in your bag Flickr
If you're like me and love looking at what various people carry in their purses, then one page of some celebrity's purse at the back of a magazine won't quite do it for you.
Check out this Flickr instead, which has literally thousands of pictures of what's in people's purses (or backpacks, or totes). I can spend hours browsing it and looking slowly through what both men and women carry - it provides a really interesting glimpse into what real people carry, not what some celebrity needs to promote at any given moment.
I'm always particularly interested in what notebooks/stationery they pack, what they're reading, and what they've got for a snack!
2) Quirky Explosion
I just love Lexy's blog - it's not quite like anything I've ever seen before. She wears the craziest things and makes them all work - none of this mild "stripes and spots" pattern mixing here! I remember her saying in one blog post that people sometimes see bold things and say "I wish I could carry that off", to which her response was "You totally can. Just wear it."
I completely agree, and the wild abandon with which she enjoys clothing makes this, for me, a real joy to read.
Picture from http://pattythesnugbug.com/2011/the-july-dress-hung-jury-colette-macaron-with-knit-yoke/
If you want something servicey and interesting, Patty's blog, The Snug Bug, is a beautiful collection of tips, sewing and pictures that really makes me wish I were more handy with a needle.
Check out some of her posts like this one on how to sew a zippered pouch, and maybe you'll end up being far more threadtastic than I am. I can't sew to save my life, but I sure enjoy looking at other people do it!
4) College Fashion
I wish, wish, wish that I had found this blog in my undergraduate days. This e-zine is full of really helpful tips for building a trendy wardrobe around a student budget, decorating your dorm room and many more college-related things.
For example, here's a handy post on how to look cute and comfy on moving in day. And here's another great one on 3 stylish ways to wear hoodie, including those ugly school logo hoodies that I dislike intensely, but that they make look great! Especially good for students, it's also handy for anybody on a budget as all their picks are relatively afforable.
At the other end of the spectrum from College Fashion, here's a blog for those going the high flying route with their degrees. Apart from boasting lots of great but still conservative designer picks for those who work in business or law, it has some really helpful advice.
For example, how to deal with awkward Ramadan questions if you're fasting on the job (not such a big problem in Asia, but perhaps more so in other places) or how to look great on very little sleep after a big project.
6) Thrifty Business
Want to know how to achieve this designer necklace look for $15? Then head on over to Thrifty Business where Anna puts together affordable and professional looking ensembles based on more expensive designer picks. She shares my philosophy on why buy something extortionate when you can get a much more affordable likeness?
I hope you've enjoyed this round of picks, and I hope to find more interesting and different sites to share in the near future. And if you've seen other sites worth sharing, go ahead and let me know in the comments! Tattybye!