Here Comes the Bride

In case you didn’t already know, Bridal Fashion Week started Friday and is still in full swing.  So far we’ve seen amazing shows from Marchesa, Monique Lhuillier, and Carolina Herrera (just to name a few).  You can keep up with coverage at Pop Sugar, The Knot, and of course Instagram!  Follow @nytimesfashion for constant updates.  I look forward to seeing the Oscar de la Renta show online tomorrow!  Here are a few of my favorite dresses so far, all pictures found at New York Times Fashion Instagram.

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Coast to Coast

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As most people may not know, my heart belongs to three places: California, Texas, and New York.  Here’s a little bit of my history.  I was born in Orange County, California and almost all of my family lives or is from the west coast.  Although I only lived there for 6 years, the relaxed Californian lifestyle has always run through my veins.  I dip my vegetables in mayonnaise, I’ve been raised on In-N-Out, I want to be mermaid – you get the picture.  After coastal living, Texas became the core of my life as I went through grade school and now college in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  Although I had a hard time adjusting at first, I soon fell in love with the cowboy culture, southern pride, and of course Texas cooking. Lastly, New York.  Ever since I first visited when I was 8 years old, I was hooked.  The crowded streets, bright lights, and diverse people all contribute to my fascination of the city.  And of course, as the center of fashion, I know that my interests would definitely be in the right place.  All of these places are so different, yet they all provide me with inspiration and insight into the world of fashion.  I follow a lot of blogs, and I’ve realized most of the people that write them come from these places.  Here is a list of my favorite bloggers out of California, Texas, and New York.

California:

1) Cupcakes and Cashmere (Los Angeles)

2) Song of Style (Los Angeles)

3) Fashion Toast (Los Angeles)

Texas:

1) The Glamourai (from Austin, now in Brooklyn)

2) Bag Snob (Dallas)

3) Kendra Scott (Austin)

New York:

1) The Man Repeller (New York City)

2) Atlantic-Pacific (formerly San Francisco, now New York City)

3) Sea of Shoes (New York City)

Which are your favorites?

Blogging Burdens

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I by no means consider myself a seasoned blogger.  I still find myself wanting to make my posts sound more natural, create more original content, and make a good ‘blogging impression.’  Beyond that, because my blog is so new, I like keeping separate social media and blogging lifestyles.  I love social media, and I don’t want that love to turn into a burden (is this turning into relationship advice?).  One day, I hope my blog has the ability to influence others, but for now I am okay with just getting used to the process.  That being said, this article provides me with comfort for keeping blogging and social media separate for now, but also makes me realize that one day I can manage the two (if I so choose).  Do you think it’s ever possible to stop thinking about social media?

Pin to Win

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Recently I went on an unintentional Pinterest hiatus.  For some reason, all the things that were popping up in my feed were either not relevant to me or just completely uninteresting.  When I decided to log back on, I found that reading through who I follow and really deciding whose posts I liked was a better way to gain quality content.  In order to fully utilize Pinterest, my goal is to now not only repin, but also add my own original posts.  For now, here is a list of some of my favorite people to follow on Pinterest:

1) P.S. – I made this…

2) The Coveteur

3) Free People

4) Lauren Santo Domingo

5) Joanna Hawley

And follow me here.

Farfetch.com Hits the Jackpot

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WWD reported today that Conde Nast is putting $20 million worth of funding into Farfetch.com.  Self described as a “hub of a global fashion community that unites independent boutiques around the world with fashion lovers,” the marketplace is comprised of 250 shops in seventeen countries.  The website combines e-commerce and social media with a ‘People’ area where you can read about fashion and interact with others in the Far Fetch community.  Sounds like the perfect website for fashion and social media lovers like myself.  And under Conde Nast’s wing, I don’t see what could go wrong.

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Be social with Free People

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Free People was been going crazy with their digital marketing lately, first with their video Roshambo, and now with their new Social Community FP Me.  FP Me allows you to, “upload street style pics, curate collections, follow stylists, and heart it all.”  Hearts are way to like your favorite products on Free People so others can see.  The point of the community to share your creativity and connect with others.  You can see what outfits others are putting together and pull inspiration from created collections.  I think this is a great initiative for Free People because of their customers, but is this where other brands are going to take their social?

Thank you, Vine

At some point last week, a new addiction was introduced into my life.  Mercedes Benz Fashion Week has always been somewhat of a mystery to all of us on the “outside,” but once again, social media is giving us a further peek inside the fashion world.  The new video app, Vine, has provided me with a front row view at all my favorite shows. As some of Vine’s competitor’s glamour has faded after a month or so, my guess is with Twitter as it’s owner, Vine is here for the long run.  Thanks for keeping the fashion obsessed in touch, Vine. Here are some of my favorite people/posts on Vine so far….