Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Citizen's Choice BEST Blogs 2010: Clothes, Cameras, & Coffee

Citizen's Choice: Best Blogs 2010
Personal favorite: Clothes, Cameras and Coffee
This is Roz. 
And this is her blog:

Meet Roz Jana. Beautiful wunderkind from rural England, and possibly the best thing blooming in the blogosphere since, well, anything. 

Now 15 years old (she was under 14 when she started her blog) Roz has the poise and perspective of an old soul, however, a VERY stylish old soul. Her love of vintage permeates Clothes, Camera and Coffee, and her various collaborations features a precocious sophistication that appeals to her readers of all ages.  

She lives with her parents and brother in rural England, the Midlands to be exact, which plays gorgeous backdrop in many of her photo shoots; her parents take turns behind the camera, but the style of Clothes, Cameras and Coffee is all Roz. Roz shows a remarkable lack of self-consciousness, nor does she display any sign of typical teen-aged self-obsessiveness. Instead her focus is on friends, fashion history, music, and poetry.  Her muse is the world around her, and her blog posts come off as a conversation she carries on with her creativity.

One of my favorite posts was the one she did as an homage to a vintage '60's cover of Harper's Bazaar. 

Roz Jana reflects on art, fashion and life. Her blog is Clothes, Cameras and Coffee.
This past year, Roz created a D.I.Y. viral experiment: the  Mummy Scissors Project. After contacting a handful of fellow bloggers, she designed the project to promote ideas over the act of selling a product.  She posted an open invitation for others to participate by creating their own version of the "Mummy Scissors," an D.I.Y. project that involves transforming a pair a sewing snips into a necklace. People from all over the world responded, prompted  by London-based blogger Jill Carin Adams of the street style blog, Streetstyle: Pics by Polka Dot, who is also a friend to Roz. Jill posted her version of the project as a way of cheering Roz, who was, at the time, convalescing at a hospital in London. The project is on-going and people are invited to post their contribution on her page. You can learn more about the Mummy Scissors Project by clicking here.

(photo credit: Inspiration Partout)
In October of 2010, Roz announced to her readers that she was to be undergoing surgery. She had been diagnosed with scoliosis. and was to undergo a painful operation to straighten her spine. In typical Roz fashion, she used the event to create an outfit post as an homage to Alexander McQueen, and his innovative spine prints. She designed a dress, fashioning silk scraps on its back, to emulate her crooked spinal column. The operation was a success, and Roz returned to the blogosphere, back on track and better than ever.
Art imitating Life: Roz Jana uses her scoliosis as inspiration for a dress.
In Roz's own words: "I am inspired by vintage films, favourite photographers (Tim Walker, Richard Avedon etc), old photos, the outdoors, books and the moodboards I make. These subsequently inspire my blog & outfits. For my blog posts, as well as a general description of outfit components and location, I tend to write about things I've been thinking or issues I feel strongly about - for example, I recently talked about the rise in University fees for students in the UK. I always seem to end up saying something about the weather too!"
Timeless beauty and timeless style are the hallmarks of Clothes, Cameras and Coffee.
On blogs: "I have really been enjoying reading Style Bubble ever since I found her blog back in spring (I know - a late jump onto the band wagon). She is a truly innovative woman, both in her writing and style.I feel honoured to have met Jill (of Street Style: Pics by Polka Dot) as she has a huge amount of warmth and compassion. Plus, she does great street style photos!"

Her top 3 picks for Best Blogs 2010:

  • Karl Largerfeld's guide to life ( never fails to amuse - a friend and I can quote back parts of favourite posts!

On her future: "My immediate plans involve featuring some creative projects planned for my blog, as well as lots of behind the camera photographic shoots once I'm sufficiently recovered to be energetically out and about. I'm very excited about all the possibilities brought about by blogging, and would like to experiment more with these options.  In the future I would like to study English Literature at either Oxford or UCL, then work freelance as a photographer or writer. However, I'm already toying with different creative self employment ideas now, to try and raise some funds for University."

Clothes, Cameras and Coffee is a work-of-art-in-progress. It is a personal style blog that transcends mere trends in fashion, but represents the style exploration of youthful beauty and old soul Roz Jana, who, with the loving support of her friends and family, has a very beautiful and very bright future ahead of her.


Beautifully Invisible said...

I didn't realize this was THE Roz. I wasn't familiar with her at all until ELLEgate occurred over on Jill's blog. I realized while that was going on that Roz is absolutely beautiful, and learned quite a bit of her backstory. Unfortunately, I think I missed the fact that she had her own personal blog, but certainly will check it out now!

I love your picks so far, can't wait to learn more about the final 2!

Anupriya DG said...

Hey Bella! Thanx a bunch for writing about this gorgeous's beautiful with all it's vintage & old-world charm as well as classic sophistication!! I'm absolutely in love..... :))

the Citizen Rosebud said...

This is THEE Roz. This girl pulls at my heartstrings, her fresh positive outlook is so inspiring, and her talent is off the hook. I love her gorgeousness, and the fact that her style is so above trends. She is a major fashion talent, and I predict SHE is the future of fashion.

mispapelicos said...

I couldn´t agree more with your about Roz and her blog my dear Bella.
Your generosity brings tear to my eyes.

À LA MODEST said...

Checking out these links now. They are amazing :)

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Bella, I am so excited to find Roz. Thanks! Since I teach high school journalism and do a segment on blogging, I am always looking for teen blogs to show the class. This is great! So excited to find it. THANKS!

Rosalind said...

Bella, thank you for this absolutely BEAUTIFUL post about me - you are an incredibly warm and lovely person. And I love your eloquent writing style - your posts read like great journalism! You're clearly very talented in articulating your ideas, thoughts and responses. Also great choice of pictures. I am utterly honoured to be included in this list. Thank you again, and wishing you a very happy new year! I've been really enjoying your other picks too.

Roz xx

the Citizen Rosebud said...

Roz, it was a pleasure! I loved the answers you gave in our brief interview and eagarly await your upcoming posts and your future projects. I have no doubt whatsoever that you will succeed in ALL your endeavors. xo.- Bella Q

Sjaar said...

You picked some great ones! I wish you a happy NY

Inspiration partout said...

I love Roz's blog!She really deserves your beautiful words!Everytime I look at her blog I'm amazed by her style,her photographs and her talent!

simple said...

Never heard of Roz but checked her out and she is amazing! I can't believe she's only 15. Her "scoliosis" dress is such a great twist on a sucky situation. Thanks for featuring her.

Unknown said...

I absolutely am loving your 'best of' series!
I agree with everyone else- your writing skills are sublime. I can see you in a newsroom with a hat and a small notebook in the brim, kicking ass while wearing a floral sweater/full skirt and pumps!
Plus in my montage you have black glasses......
and red lipstick......
your picks are very exciting and their talents are very much what one looks for in a well-done blog:
Great images, risk-taking fun outfits and original content!
Though they vary greatly , these qualities are present in all.
Well done and so generous!!!!
You rock!

Unknown said...

i am sick today so we are not leaving til day after tommorrow.
i am doing a best-of 2010 post tommorrow and would like to include you as the most influential person for me and my blog this year w/link.
if not OK, please let me know!

jemina said...

I LOVE Roz's blog, she is truly like you said a wunderkind, inspiring, original and definitely a treasure for us all...


Comtesse de ferveur said...

Great post Bella, and absolutely beautiful blog, which I look forward to following in 2011! xx Comtesse xx

Sarah said...

Good golly, this girl is going to go far! Fifteen, but such incredible abilities for styling, posing, composing, fantasizing, and writing, even despite deep life challenges. I'm happily following now.

I admit to being depressed sometimes by "bright young things," because I was never that cool and capable as a teen, and I probably never will be. But I feel only joy, inspiration, and curiosity as I look over Roz's entries.;';/

Sarah said...

And I have no idea what that end punctuation is. Probably preschooler clambering in my lap. It's not intended as some obscure moody smiley!

Isquisofrenia said...

hope you had alovely christmas!!!

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

Thanks for the blog rec...checking it out now!

Lee Oliveira said...

I didn't know Roz blog before, I will be definitely heading to hers after yours.
2011 it will be all about collaborations with bloggers!
We have lots of knowledge to share but you my dear.. you have something extra to share..
Have a fabulous 2011..
lots of love.
Lee x

the Citizen Rosebud said...

@ Cloudy: tell your preschooler that she just gave me a new symbol for etc ;';/

@Isquisofrenia: you too sweetie!
@Connie: Hello! Welcome the my blog! I just visited yours and am happy to meet you!

@Lee: <3

Heather Fonseca said...

How totally cool! It looks like I'll have another one to follow in 2011.

Happy New Year Bella!


Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

What a poised, balanced and intelligent girl! Thanks for featuring her. Like you, I only really discovered blogs this year, and while I feel like I know them all, it seems there are always some little treasures yet unturned!

WendyB said...

The spine piece also reminds me of Frida Kahlo.

Ishara said...

Roz really looks stunning in all photographs. Red color suits her best. I love her in white fur cap. She is looking like a Barbie in it.
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Being Healthy Soul said...

Awesome article. I have read it completely and got really impressed. Love to read more similar types of articles.
Thanks a lot!!(