There has been so much happening within the world of blogging lately, so much to see and read and experience; I feel like I’ve fallen behind to some degree! So here I am to catch up with you all, just in case you missed any of these moments. I’ve had the great privilege of taking part in several wonderful blog events, first of all, so I’d like to talk a bit about those…
Fashion Tales – Fashion Lyrics: A Group Song
As part of her birthday celebration, lovely Madison of Fashion Tales created an event focusing on translating music through fashion and I was quite honored when she invited me to be a part of it. Our task was to take a favorite lyric or song title and create a visual interpretation of it in some way. As someone quite passionate about music as well as fashion I was, of course, thrilled by the opportunity. I decided to share an outfit because it seemed like an incredibly fun challenge. My song title of choice was George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue which has been a favorite of mine since before I can remember. As soon as I opened my closet doors I knew I wanted to incorporate this Oscar de la Renta tunic I scored earlier this year from a sample sale on Beyond the Rack. You can read all about my interpretation over here and see all the contributions to Madison’s event from the other fabulous bloggers: Ashley of Ashley3Emergy, Jamillah of Made to Travel, Kirstin Marie, Cheryl of Oh To Be A Muse and Lani of Mon Petite Chou Chou (who I’ve just met through the event and whose blog is absolutely divine, be sure to check it out)!
Forelsket – Novel Days
My great friend Britta of Forelsket held her very first blog event this week and I’m honored to have been a part of it. “Novel Days”, as you may have guessed, was a celebration of the love between a girl and her favorite piece of literature. All the participants shared a picture and small write-up on either their favorite title or the book they’re currently reading. It was a pleasure to write about Jane Eyre, which, if you didn’t know, is my favorite novel. I’ve talked about how much I love it countless times, but for this event I really tried to delve into the whys of my passion for Charlotte’s great classic. I quite enjoyed reading about the selections from the other participants – among them Gabrielle of Cinderbella’s/Cinderbella’s Diary and Kristin of Bon Bon Rose Girls! You can read all of our literary musings at Forelsket.
Beautifully Invisible – We Are Women. We Are Beautiful. We Are Real: Part One, Part Two
This actually happened at the beginning of the month and I mentioned it briefly in a previous post. I regret that I didn’t give it more attention then because this series by the phenomenally inspiring B of Beautifully Invisible was an absolute triumph. If by some chance you missed it please do go read through both parts; B invited…27, I believe, of us lady bloggers to share a picture of ourselves that we thought represented our real selves as well as a write-up on our opinion on the term “real women”, what makes us real women and why we love being just who we are. Reading how proud each woman is of her real self was so moving. As for my pictures, I was torn between a few and in the end I left it up to B to choose for me (she’s nice like that). With these two I attempted to make a little statement: I remember years ago reading an article (I wasn’t searching for it, mind you!) on “skinny poses”, little tricks on how to stand for pictures in ways that will make you look slimmer. Amazingly enough, that odd splaying of hands across the stomach was one of them. It struck me that I’ve never seen anyone stand like that in my life, and how absurd the whole concept was. Jump ahead to Real Women: I thought it would be an apt representation of Real Me to show the difference between an uncomfortable, “shape-altering” pose and a much more natural stance: me just being me. You can read my musings on the adventure of body image acceptance in Part One of B’s series, along with thirteen other inspiring bloggers.
Thank you to the women who invited me to contribute to all these events. I’m so honored to be thought of among the great talents and inspiring ladies who make up this wonderful community of bloggers. I’ll wrap this post up soon, but I’ve a few more things to share first!
Beautiful bits from around the blogosphere…
- The Simply Luxurious Life – Why Not…Be Casually Elegant?
- The Loudmouth Lifestyle – MDFW (start at the first post and work your way up!)
- Dress With Courage – Become a Better Blog Writer: Part One, Part Two
- Kirstin Marie – DIY Floral Mary Janes
- The Simply Luxurious Life – To Think For Yourself
- Full Time Fabulous – Serenity Now
- Dress With Courage – Outfit Post: Why Fat Is Not a Feeling
- Full Time Ford – Interview: Tom Gets Personal on The Talks
Is something different on The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower?…
I’ve been tweaking the design here and there, if you happened to notice. The biggest job I’ve done is that of melding all the blog’s categories and pages into the top navigational menu. Clicking on the top tabs for Fashion, Beauty, Lifestyle, Books and Community will take you to the master category for each. As I attempt to broaden my content you’ll find sub-categories and related pages that drop down when you mouse-over the main ones. (Such as Blogging Tips, Guest Posts, Events and my wonderful, in-need-of-an-update Blogroll under Community.) My goal for several months now has been to find a cohesive way to provide all necessary navigational links in one place; I’d love your feedback on how well you think this set-up works and if there are any elements I might be missing.
Thanks for reading and have a lovely weekend!