It’s been a while, hasn’t it, since I’ve done one of these posts? I’m sorry for that, but if you follow me on Twitter and Facebook you’ll know I try to share some of my favorite posts throughout the week when I’m taking part in FBFF on Fridays. This week, though, I was feeling nostalgic. And more than anything I was feeling the bloglove; there were so many great posts this last week and so many feel-good moments. I’m blessed to have all these inspiring people in my life!
Little Girl, Big World – Spotlight On: Cotton
Ashleigh wrote a perfectly genius piece on the fabric of our lives as part of a new weekly series in which she’ll be spotlighting different fabrics, textiles, methods and treatments. I love the idea of learning more about fashion as a substance, all the things that go into making clothes what they are whether it be a material or a process. In the case of cotton, it’s quite fascinating. It was fantastic to be educated on a material that pops up so often in the lives of most of us fashionistas.
Viv and Larry – Ten Reasons Why Gone with the Wind is Still Awesome
It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of vivandlarry.com; Kendra, as you all experienced last week, is a fantastic writer and when it comes to classic film, Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier and Gone with the Wind she’s the ultimate authority. This post is a perfect example of her understanding for all the elements that go into the making of a film; I learned a lot from her piece on what makes Gone with the Wind the epic it is.
Beautifully Invisible – Retail Therapy: A Few Tips for Saving
This spectacular bit of blogging brilliance is not for the faint-of-heart shopaholics. Consider yourself warned. In the way for which she’s become revered, B goes above and beyond to share her tips on smart and savvy shopping. She highlights some of her favorite ways to save money while shopping, including some of my own standbys, but she also introduced me to a whole lot more. Go check it out, but I’m telling you you’ll never want to leave. Except maybe to find your closest Runway at Maxx and begin the hunt for a pair of Louboutins at bargain prices. It’s okay, you can squeal. I’m doing it, too. Nobody judges over here.
Vote for Gracie – Classic Castaways
If you’re a classic film fan you have to read Meredith’s post on the not-so-fondly remembered gems (or are they pebbles?) from Hollywood’s golden age. And if you’re not a classic film fan I think you should still go check it out for her fantastically witty writing. When a lot of us think of vintage Hollywood it’s usually the same thing – Roman Holiday, The Wizard of Oz, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, those fabulous Technicolor MGM musicals – but Meredith exposed the underbelly of the era, the films with such greats as Gregory Peck, Bette Davis and David Niven who might just turn over in their graves at the memory of the final productions. And they all just rocketed to the top of my to-watch list.
The Loudmouth – April Inspiration: Anika of By Anika
Stephanie of The Loudmouth (who’s fabulous, by the way) featured the also-fabulous Anika of By Anika as her April inspiration; this is such a must-read, I can’t even begin to put into words how much I love it. Anika writes on her life, love and liberation through fashion blogging and beyond. I’m sure everyone who reads my blog knows how much I adore Anika and this post perfectly explains why. She’s genuine, with insurmountable kindness and she’s one of the few people in this world who makes quiet-as-a-mouse me bust out laughing. A favorite line: I don’t ski (I can if properly motivated, but there are so few shoe stores at the bottom of skiing slopes, you know?). Go read it and experience the amazing charm that is Anika!
I hope you all have a lovely weekend; and to my Janeites, our Northanger Abbey rewatch and Twitter party is happening in just a few hours! For anyone who doesn’t have access to the film you can catch it in parts on YouTube. Cheers!