Editor’s Pick: Unforgettable Blogs

With NY Fashion Week in full swing and the end of summer in sight, we caught up with some of our favourite blogs from the last month.

1. The Biscuit Factory

The Biscuit factory is a fabulous blog that showcases fashion-forward outfits in stunning photographs. We caught up with Olga from The Biscuit factory to talk to us about some really hot fashion trends coming up.

Q: How has your personal style evolved over the years?

A: I’ve totally changed the way I dress over the years. It’s strange but, I’m not a fashion victim anymore. I pursue my own ideas, match things which suit me well. I’m still evolving, just trying to do my best and make things which will be my identification marks in the future.

Q: What are some of your biggest style/design influences?

A: I’m absolutely influenced by fashion of 60s and 90s. If I could choose, I’d be born in 60s because of its unusual take on lifestyle. I dream about that freedom in expressing ourselves, our approach etc. Also, I’m a child of 90s which means breaking the rules of fashion and sometimes being a bit corny. I love that fine line between elegance and trashy style.

Q: What sort of responses and feedback have you received in regards to your blog?

A: Being a blogger apart from all those things connected with satisfaction in what I’m doing, indisputably gives you a lot of profit. It’s a huge business I’ve been always avoiding. Unfortunately if you want to be starkly a part of it you have to learn how to collaborate with others. I don’t want to say that it’s pejorative, but it’s important to be yourself and choose only what suits your style and personality. I collaborate with some shops/brands and I get a lot of new clothes in return to advertising them on my blog. It’s a lot of fun because I talk with people from all over the world and I’m very glad if I can help them with showing their clothes or accessories on my blog. Also, the best responses for my work are comments and emails. I absolutely love reading them. I can see what I have to change and what people like (or don’t like) in my work.

Q: What are your favourite places to shop?

A: My answer won’t be surprising; I love to shop in shopping centres and I have some favourite boutiques of young designers in Warsaw. I also buy a lot of things on the internet.

Q: How has blogging changed the way you work/design your products, if at all?

A: Blogging definitely has changed my whole life, my approach to fashion, clothes and the whole fashion business.

Thanks so much for your time, Olga!

2. Beauty Sauce

One of our favourite blogs that is just getting started is Beauty Sauce. We were able to catch up with Carly, who before Beauty Sauce ran Glitter Dollz 7. Even though she is still getting her new blog up and running, Carly was nice enough to take some time to answer our questions.

Q: How has your personal style evolved over the years?

A: I have become so much more experimental and I am open to clashing prints whereas I was a little more reserved before. My make-up has actually changed a lot, my eyebrows are fuller and I tend to wear minimal make-up during the day then go extra smoky (think Bardot) for nights out. I still love my winged eye-liner though!

Q: What are some of your biggest style/design influences?

A: The ability to be open minded and Pat McGrath’s creativity and freedom.

Q: What are some of your favourite make-up and cosmetic products?

A: Illamasqua Precision ink for the longevity and pigment, MAC lipsticks and I love highlighters and creamy products that make skin look healthy and gorgeous.

Q: What are your favourite places to shop?

A: Space NK, Fenwicks, John Lewis, Love-makeup.co.uk and the highstreet.

Q: How has blogging and your product reviews changed the way you make purchasing decisions, if at all?

A: Blogging hasn’t changed anything about my purchasing decisions as far as looking for quality but blogging has made me compare against other products so shopping takes twice as long!

Thanks, Carly!

3. Allure-Allure

Allure-Allure is a fabulous style blog that also features art, photography and decadent dessert recipes. The lovely María, the creator, uses both Spanish and English. We love her inspirational heroes as well as her “Girls with Allure” series. We got the scoop on what she’s looking forward to this fall.

Q: How does being from the north of Spain influence your personal style?

A: It is a huge influence. The weather here is really unpredictable. It rains a lot and although we enjoy mild temperatures, there’s a windchill factor, so I always need to be prepared for that. You can’t leave the house without a jacket.

Q: What are you looking forward to wearing this fall?

A: My uniform for next season will be composed of crew neck sweaters, chunky knit cardigans, button-up shirts, skinny jeans and male shoes, like brogues or loafers. All topped with a nice blazer, a classic trench or my trusty pea coat: I love outerwear! Colour wise I’ll be wearing lots of earth tones mixed with different shades of blue. I’ve grown tired of black and even though I’ll do the occasional black ensemble, I am willing to add more colour to my wardrobe.

Q: What are you looking forward to cooking/baking this fall?

A: I’ll be experimenting with viennoiserie: croissants, brioches, pain au chocolat, etc. It’s perfect for an afternoon snack along with some team which I love. I always have a great time baking and making people happy with the things I cook, so I wouldn’t mind turning my hobby into a job!

Q: What is your philosophy on fashion?

A: Quality always comes first. I try my best to buy natural fibres: cotton, cashmere, silk, linen, etc. They hang better and they don’t look as cheap as most synthetic fabrics do. But that doesn’t necessarily mean my clothes have to be designer. In fact, most of the things I buy come from the high street or vintage Etsy stores. Generally speaking, I am trying to develop my own style so I normally stay away from the big trends. I feel more inspired by things like music, 60s/70s cinema or old photographs, rather than fashion magazines.

Q: How has blogging changed your life for the better?

A: I’ve been blogging for almost five years, from my late teens to my early twenties, a period in which you experience a lot of changes, so it’s hard to tell. Personally I think it has helped to know the things I like; everything is clearer in my mind. I got to know the history of fashion better and that gives me an incredible sense of perspective.

Thanks, María!

4. You Should Pull Up Your Socks, Girl

Sarah from “You Should Pull Up Your Socks, Girl” recently chatted with us about her fashion favourites from style influences to favourite seasons to dress.

Q: How has your personal style evolved over the years?

A: As a teenager, I was heavily influenced by the music I listened to. In other words, I was a bit of a hopeless indie try-hard. And then there was the tween phase. These days, with ‘real’ adulthood and the working world fast approaching, I like to think I’m a little bit more grown up. I’m still unashamedly trend-led. The fickle and changeable nature of fashion is one of my favourite things about it, but I think I am moving towards being less overtly trendy. I definitely wouldn’t want to look like a Topshop mannequin these days. Neutrals are forming a bigger and bigger proportion of my wardrobe, although I really hope I never veer into the realm of ‘classic’ dressing. At the risk of sounding extremely cringe-worthy, I still like to have a bit of a fashion ‘edge’.

Q: What are some of your biggest style/design influences?

A: I’ve been using the Internet for style inspiration for years now, through forums and communities even long before the fashion blogging phenomenon really took off, so I’d say that real people posting their outfits online have probably been my biggest influences. Over the last couple of years I’ve been particularly in love with Scandinavian street style and pretty much constantly striving to look like some effortless leggy Swedish model-type. Probably not with great levels of success, admittedly! Predictably, I also enjoy keeping an eye on the typical bloggers’ favourite style icons: Alexa Chung, the Olsens et al. Róisín Murphy is another favourite of mine, she’s been wearing ‘editorial’ looks and taking fashion risks long before the arrival of the likes of Lady Gaga.

Q: What is your favourite time of year ?

A: I mentioned recently on my blog that I’m a big fan of spring/summer fashion, which seems to be a bit of an anomaly in the blogging community. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good boot or coat as much as the next person but the prospect of a Scottish winter is frankly never going to fill me with delight. Just getting the opportunity to wear bare legs is a bit of a rarity and I really enjoy the simplicity of dressing for summer. Dressing for autumn/winter always has an unfortunate emphasis on practicality… you know, not getting pneumonia and all that boring stuff. But summer dressing is much less restricted.

Q: What are your favorite places to shop?

A: I’m an unashamed high street fan, and probably 85% of my wardrobe comes from Topshop, H&M or Primark, much to the disdain of my boyfriend. That’s hardly a conscious choice on my part though; I’ve been a student for four years now so my budget can be pretty limiting. The other 15% is a mixed bag really – charity shop purchases, vintage, the odd designer piece. As my style evolves, I’m more and more drawn towards so-called ‘high end high street’ brands – Whistles, Cos and the like. As far as boutiques go, I love Goodstead on Rose Street in Edinburgh for its mix of brands like APC, Margaret Howell and Henrik Vibskov.

Q: How have blogging and your product reviews changed the way you make purchasing decisions, if at all?

A: I wouldn’t say that it has changed my purchasing decisions, and in particular I never really ‘review’ products as such… For one thing, other people’s opinions have always been relatively inconsequential to me. I think there can definitely be a feeling of having to buy new things in order to keep your blog fresh and current. For me personally, though, it’s made me realise that it’s hardly surprising that I never have any money, because I never seem to be short of a new item to feature anyway! Mostly I think it influences how I get dressed every morning. Let’s be honest, there are plenty of days when I just want to roll out of bed and shove on the first thing that comes to hand, but there can be a pressure as a fashion blogger to constantly make an effort and look good, if only so you’ve got something to photograph… In general I think it’s a positive influence on me though; I enjoy the challenge of always wanting to wear something interesting. It encourages me to push the boundaries of my wardrobe, but I wouldn’t say that necessarily means purchasing things purely for the purposes of keeping the blog up to date.

Thanks Sarah!

5. Annabella Cinderella

We were fortunate enough to catch up with Anna from the aptly named “Annabella Cinderella” to talk about (what else?) fashion!

Q: How has your personal style evolved over the years?

A: When I was younger, I was a complete tomboy- seriously you couldn’t get me in a dress if you paid me! I even had a delightful boy-ish haircut to match; I blame growing up with two older brothers haha. Once I started to realize clothes were more than just something to keep you warm, I went through a pink obsession and grungy/emo period before settling on the style I have now. I’m not a huge trend-follower, I might buy the odd piece, but I tend to wear what I like regardless of whether it’s in fashion. I sometimes wish I was a wee bit more adventurous with my style, but I think that will come when I’m old and completely don’t care what anyone thinks haha!

Q: What are some of your biggest style/design influences?

A: I take a lot of inspiration from friends, colleagues and girls on the street. I’m always that annoying person who asks everyone “ooh where did you get that blouse?” Obviously there are so many fabulously styled celebrities (hello Olivia Palermo & Leighton Meester) whose wardrobes I would love to raid, but when it comes to specific clothing items, I would much rather find a fabulous H&M £14.99 bargain to covet, than a gorgeous Chanel skirt I know I’ll never be able to afford!

Q: What is your favourite time of year (in general and in terms of clothes to wear)?

A: Oh my absolute favourite time of year is Christmas! I am a complete child about Christmas, even just thinking about it makes me happy. Winter is definitely my preferred clothes season too. I love big chunky knit cardies and long leather boots. I’m not a massive accessories person during the summer, but once it’s hats/scarfs/gloves weather, I can’t get enough of them. I know they’re not strictly a winter weather item but my current obsession is snoods- I have so many of them!

Q: What are your favorite places to shop?

A: I’m very open-minded about shopping. If I’m out in town and something in the window takes my eye, then I’ll go in and take a peek, regardless of the shop. I’m a terrible online shopping fiend though- it’s like having the whole of London/Paris/New York in your living room! I do shop at all the usual high street favourites (Topshop, Miss Selfridge, H&M), but there are a few individual one-off shops in my hometown which I couldn’t be without. Unfortunately, I’m far too inpatient to be a successful charity shop bargain hunter, but I know I’m missing a trick there.

Q: How have blogging and your product reviews changed the way you make purchasing decisions, if at all?

A: To be honest, blogging has probably had a very negative impact on how much cash I have in my purse as I find myself justifying impulsive purchases by claiming they’ll be good content for the blog haha. The flip side of that, of course, is that I’m trying so many products I would have probably walked straight past and finding some firm favourites in the process. I follow lots and lots of other fashion and beauty blogs and thus other girls are always (very helpfully) convincing me to buy or not to buy products I was considering!

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