Danny Roberts + Bryanboy
If you frequent my humble little website often, you probably have noticed my awesome header banner. My friend Danny Roberts from California generously gifted me with an image of his painting. Here’s a quick ‘behind the scenes’ video.
As you know, I’m a huge fan of his. His artwork is always full of emotion.
This isn’t the first time he drew me. Some of you might remember his portraits of fashion bloggers from last year.
I’m so happy he’s getting amazing attention these days. He’s extremely talented and I am so proud of him.
Thank you Danny for the wonderful gift. I’ll cherish this forever!
In Style Magazine UK
If you live in the UK, be sure to pick up a copy of the February 2010 issue of British In Style magazine. Me, my favourite gurls Julia Frakes and Tavi, and of course, Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes, are there. I remember doing this interview when I went to NYC last October after the European shows.
Thank you so much In Style UK for the lovely mention, especially considering I’m the oldest of the bunch and no longer a teen. Haha! ;)
scans via In Style UK
Just a few hours ago, I was chatting to a few bloggers how it's rather unfair that some people pit fashion bloggers against some of the industry's journalism heavyweights. Suddenly, the expectation level and the pressure went off the roof.
I've said this before many, many times… what's beautiful about the internet though is that it opened up a platform for anyone who wants to be heard. Whether you're a 13-year old who posts commentary about the latest collections or an 18-year old girl from Texas who wants to share photos of her (very expensive, if I may add) footwear acquisitions, everyone is entitled to to be heard online and for some people to downplay such voices as mere noise or worst, online flotsam and jetsam, is, a bit harsh.
I came across a Brazilian blog a few days ago and several commenters
expressed their disappointment. How most bloggers choose to blog in a
positive light, how one blogger isn't really a blogger but a 'consumer
who just posts photos online', so on and so forth. Some seem to forget that not all bloggers aspire to be fashion journalists or critics. Heck, not all blogs are equal.
Perhaps it's just me but IMO, to in order to be a credible and authoritative critic, one has to possess a great knowledge of a particular subject they are talking about. And it doesn't happen overnight. Sure, one could say the internet opened up doors for "everyone" to be a "critic", do keep in mind that the average blogger doesn't have industry access, resources, formal fashion education or even years of experience such as the highly-respected Cathy Horyn or Sally Singer who I admire so much and writes fashion best in a socially-relevant context, or even the oracle, Suzy Menkes, who can accurately pin point a designer's exact reference whether from the present or the past.
I'm not delusional to fool myself into having aspirations of being an esteemed editor or what have you. I knew what I want from the very first day I started my site — that is, to entertain and to share stories to my readers. I do, however, hope that someday, I can express myself eloquently and write well, not just about fashion but any other topic, beyond the ubiquitous "OMG I LOVE!" or "OMG I LIKE!" entries that I make.
Baby steps. I'm still a work in progress. Some of you, especially my long-time readers, have witnessed how my blog changed dramatically compared to when I started. Think about it. Just think about it. I'm just as shocked as you are!
For now, the most I can offer is my unbridled enthusiasm about a world I've always dreamed about. Will my passion, interest and obsession get me far? I hope so. Only time can tell.
New York Times
Holy Manolo batman!
Four years ago I was just one of your usual "dear diary" sort of blogger who sometimes like to put on blond wigs and Jimmy Choos to go to the mall with a wheelchair I got from a garage sale for kicks and giggles.
And now, I'm on the Gray Lady's home page. Visit http://www.nytimes.com while it's still there.
Eerie. I'm having goosebumps.
They have an interesting story about fashion bloggers as part of their "The Year in Style" coverage.
If you live in NYC, be sure to buy a copy of this Sunday's paper.
Style.com's 2009 – The Year in Style
Style.com, the online bible of all things fashion, just released their 2009 round up.
Click HERE to check it out.