Friday, December 24, 2010

The Citizen's Choice: BEST Blogs of 2010

The Citizen's Choice: Best Blogs of 2010
2010 was a bumper-crop year for blog excellence.

Fashion exploded across the blogosphere as the fashion industry made room for its new media darling: the fashion blogger. Personal style went viral.  Networks started sprouting up the world-wide-web over, featuring "every-day" people posting their outfits.  These networks and the accompanying personal blogs have served as catalysts for other's wardrobes, creating a new channel of style influence.
Creme de la creme: Susie Lau of Style Bubble

This blossoming democratization of fashion has quickly become as powerful a trend-maker as the dictates of Vogue, WWD, or Elle. With compelling components chronicling real-life fashion in real time, the personal style blogger has been pushing her svelte yet collective weight against the marketplace; that weight has resoundingly translated pounds into dollars, with retailers quickly cashing in on blogger pull. Suddenly what was hot in the blogosphere is sold-out at the mall.
2010 was THE YEAR OF THE FASHION BLOGGER.  The point is, the tipping point has tipped. And while there can only be one Style Bubble, Style Rookie, or Fashion Toast, there marches a veritable fashion army, a league of stylish and articulate creatives, sartorial soldiers who are beating to their own fashionable drum, and then posting about it. They come from all walks of life,  all ages, all sizes, multi-cultured & colored, charting the course, setting a trendy pace and forever changing the face of fashion.
The Citizen's Choice Awards go to the bestest & brightest  personal style blogs of 2010. The Citizen's criteria: consistent, creative and original content. The emphasis is on personal style, creative expression, original photography and an authentic voice.

Presenting the Citizen's Choice:
The Best Blogs of 2010

1) The Clothes Horse

Rebecca Stice. United States.

Brief description: This is the Best Blog of 2010. Generous servings of beautiful & bold yet introspective stylings, served up with a double helping of literary leanings. Lean, concisely written posts are paired with gorgeous, nature-saturated photography. Innovative with her movable picture gifs and Vimeo videos, The Clothes Horse is an American original.  Rebecca posts like a professional: profusely and with keen sartorial content. 
Citizen's Choice Blog of the Year: The Clothes Horse
Vahni G. United States. 
Brief description: Professional writer/fashion maven Vahni took her blog to the next level in 2010, and her readers & followers with it. Grit and Glamour is characterized a clean lay-out, thoughtful, well-written articles, pertinent subject matter, and a high-level of reader interaction. Warm, personable and charming, Vahni is hands-down, smack-dab at the epi-center of the burgeoning fashion/style blogging community.
True Grit: Vahni of Grit & Glamour, part Amazon goddess, part fashion evangelist. All Glamorous.
3) Clothes Cameras & Coffee

Roz Jana. United Kingdom. 
Brief description: Clothes Camera & Coffee is the creation of a 15 year-old English girl, Roz Jana. Photographed alternatively by her parents, Roz creates editorials (complete with story boards),  which she styles herself, and models in front of the camera. Recently, Roz has also been showcasing her talents behind the camera as well.  Her outfits, expertly styled from a  wardrobe consisting mainly of vintage clothing culled from charity shops, or ransacked from various family-member's closets, are  posed to perfection in the bucolic British countryside. Her sophisticated posts, and poise, belies her young age, and one can easily picture her as the next Grace Coddington.  
The future face of Fashion: Roz Jana stirs up style in Clothes, Cameras and Coffee.

Barbro Andersen. Norway. 
Brief Description: Not just another model/photographer, this Norwegian beauty creates haunting images that could easily find its way on to the high-glossy pages of a fashion magazine. Barbro accepts her various accolades quietly, more focused on her honing her craft than she is on tooting her horn.

Nordic Beauty: Photographer, model, fashion writer: Barbro Andersen

5) Another Day to Dress Up

Megan Stewart. United States.
Brief description: Meggs L-O-V-E-S her vintage. Lithe and leggy, this Californian charmer serves style sunny-side up. The premise is disarmingly simple: she posts  (almost) daily photos of her outfits, laden with vintage and thrift-store finds, amped-up with her signature hats, smokey thigh-highs or ankle socks with platform sandals.
California Sunshine: Meggs of Another Day to Dress Up

The Good Citizen Awards:  
The Citizen Rosebud would like to present
these special awards to the following incredible bloggers.

Classic Fantastic: 
District of Chic. E, Washington DC, USA.
That's Capitol! E turns head in classic cuts at District of Chic
Beyond Breathless:
Pandora. Louise Ebel, Paris, France.

The capricious, the captivating Ms. Pandora
Red is your color & 2011 is YOUR Year: 
Vogue Gone Rogue. KristyElena, USA/Italy.
Going Rogue: Kristy Elena makes it all look too easy at Vogue Gone Rogue
Local Favorite: 
Juniper James. Kari Shipman, California, USA.
Jumping Juniper: style maven Kari Shipman showcases sustainable style at Juniper James

  The point is, the tipping point has tipped."

The Citizen's Choice 2010 Best Blogger Awards:

Best Impact: 
Style Bubble. Susie Lao, UK.
Gala Darling. Gala Darling, USA.
The Mavens:
The Glamourai, Kelly Framel, USA.
What I Wore, Jessica Quirk,
Where Did U Get That, Karen Blanchard,
Karla's Closet, Karla Deras,USA.
The Beauties:
Frou Frouu, Nadia Sawar,
Style Scrapbook, Andy Torres, Mexico/The Netherlands.

Jemina, Jemina Jakin, Indonesia/Singapore. 
Helmi Ostalla, Ranna, Finland.
The Charmers: 
What Katie Wore, Joe Sinclair & Katie MacKay,

Annushka, Annushka Litvinova, Russia.

Mis Papelicos, Sacramento Martinez, Spain.

Willow's Twig, Marta P, Poland.

Vintage Vixens:
Liebemarlene, Rhiannon Leifheit, USA.
Calivintage, Erin Hagstrom,USA.
The Budget Babes:
Kendi Everyday, Kendi Lea,USA.
The New Professional, Angeline Evans, USA.

Clothed Much, a Modest Fashon Blog,
                           Elaine Hearn,USA. 
The Cool Kids:
Haiku Ambulance, Zoe Cullie, USA.
Alice Point, Alice Point,Poland.
Late Afternoon, Liz Cherk, USA.
Annie Spandex, Annie "Spandex", USA.


Unknown said...

Quite an extensive list! I am impressed. Right on.

mispapelicos said...

Thank you my dear Bella for the honour!! I will have a really good look at all of them over Cxmas.
Te adoro My friend.

Penny Dreadful Vintage said...

Some great picks here Bella, and many I hadn't heard of which is great. Roz from Clothes C & C is a darling and so talented, very glad you included her. Have a great Christmas :) x

Unknown said...

I love these year wrap ups! You gave me some new blogs to look at and included some of my current favorites! Thanks for the blog visits that you've made to my little neck of the woods and looking forward to 2011 being maybe the Year of the 40 and over Fashion Bloggers!! Merry Christmas! ~Serene

jemina said...

What a BRILLIANT post!!!, and what an honour to be included in one of the categories. I LOVE all of the blogs that have been awarded this amazing recognition, and the award for most brilliant and original blog is your blog my friend, LOVE always :)

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Thanks for doing this and doing it so have given me alot to read over the next few days and I look forward to it!! Many of these I was not familiar with! I also look forward to conversing with you more this next year....

the Citizen Rosebud said...

Thank you so much! I hope to offer some new undiscovered gems as well as acknowledging some of our 2010 blogger powerhouses! Merry Xmas everybody!


Bella, thank you SO MUCH for this! I am so honored to be one of your top picks, and really to be included in this list with so many other amazing bloggers is phenomenal. Thank you again for being such a generous and heartfelt blogger yourself.

Merry Christmas!

♥ V
twitter: @gritandglamour

Sarah said...

Ooh, what a tempting list of people to check out once Christmas craziness is over -- I love the sample images you've chosen to seduce us! Have a cozy holiday!

E said...

Thank you so so much for including me with all of these talented ladies! I'm so flattered!

Anonymous said...

Love love love the blogs! Will do some exploring over the Christmas break :)

Sarah said...

Lots of new blogs for me to check out - thanks!!

Have a very Merry Christmas!!

Sarah at Classroom Chic

Stephanie Loudmouth said...

Congrats to the winners! Kristy looks so sexy in that photo... rawr!!! Bella, you have such a way with words. I love the way you described each of these fine females. And I can't believe CC&C is only 15. What a beautiful girl!

Marta said...

this is an amazing post! thank you for sharing with all these inspiring fashion bloggers (some i have just discovered!). congrats fo all mentioned - all stars!

merry christmas, gorgeous amiga!

Anika said...

thank you so much for sharing Bella, I look forward to checking out these lovely blogs :) thank you for being you, you are so wonderful! love, Anika

Joy said...

Thank you for this! It's given me many new blogs to check out!!

KT said...

Great list of bloggers and I completely agree with listing Vanhi at the top of the list! She's such a force for fashion bloggers everywhere. - Katy

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

I really enjoyed this! A good mix of people I agree with, and new faces/blogs. Cheers!

Rosalind said...

Bella, I really appreciate you putting me on this list, and I love your other choices! Thank you again & I can't wait to see the rest of your interview posts too.
Wishing a happy festive season.

Beautifully Invisible said...

Bella, this is great! There are so many great bloggers listed here that undoubtedly deserve the honor.and I am SO excited that you listed V as one of your top choices! You know I adore her and she certainly deserves it!

I think I am actually UNfamiliar with over 1/2 of these bloggers, so this is a great opportunity to check them out. Thanks for putting this together... you are one of the bloggers I am delighted to have found, although it was fairly recently :) Here's to 20111

Good Eye said...

Nice list! Definitely some of my favorites here. :)


the Citizen Rosebud said...

@Roz: you were a sure thing on this list. YOUR BLOG is my personal favorite!

I'm glad everyone seems to enjoy the mix of the picks: I wanted to represent the creme de la creme of 2010, the obvious and the obscure. It is my hope this list gets even harder to make in 2011, as so many incredible bloggers started this year and are only just hitting their stride, like Beautifully Invisible!

Annie Spandex said...

Thank you so much for including me as Cool Kid! :) <3

the Citizen Rosebud said...

Annie YOU are so welcome! I just recently discovered you and am so glad I did! your blog rocks!

Anonymous said...

I completely agree with your top picks- love V, love Rebecca! And I'm psyched you included me on this list! :)

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

Definitely a stellar roundup with LOTS of my faves!

Anonymous said...

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