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Style Stars: Infinite W’s

Since the explosion of the Internet, Blogging and live journals are almost old news to us. Most of you by now have probably given up on the discovery of blogs because of the overpowering rubbish on each page, which is true. Most blogging can just be a fad; bloggers rise up and fall fast, but there are some who stand the test of time, allowing their blogs to become their job. And even more recently these fresh faces are becoming celebutants, getting invites to events they at one time only spoke about with envy. Designers began sending them pieces from their lines; some got the opportunity to produce their own lines. Who knew that by displaying what big designers wear on a day-to-day basis you would be able to add designer, model and freelance writer to your resume?

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by Amani (Contributor)
Email: cascade.arts [at] ufv [dot] ca

Since the explosion of the Internet, blogging and live journals are almost old news to us. Most of you have by now probably given up on the discovery of blogs because of the overpowering rubbish on each page, which is true. Most blogging can just be a fad; bloggers rise up and fall fast, but there are some who stand the test of time, allowing their blogs to become their job. And even more recently, these fresh faces are becoming celebutantes, getting invites to events they at one time only spoke about with envy. Designers began sending them pieces from their lines; some even got the opportunity to produce their own lines. Who knew that by displaying what big designers wear on a day-to-day basis you would be able to add designer, model and freelance writer to your resume?

Why does all of this matter? Because bloggers have begun to post their day-to-day fashion choices and inspiration for the world to comment on, and for a student, these blogs are a great way to get free style inspiration. And since being a student has allowed you add the phrase “I don’t have time” to your regular vocabulary, we’ve clicked our way around the web to find a few top style bloggers that we think are worth your view.

Carolina Engman of fashionsquad.com has been a blogger since 2005, and at 23 years young she has perfectly mastered her style, channeling 70’s in every look. I’ve yet to see a poorly put-together outfit from this girl. What makes her most relatable is she wears things that the average girl could actually afford and find. With pieces from Zara and H&M, she effortlessly demonstrates how to look vibrant in every picture, with amazing vintage to boot.

For a little bit of rock and roll, try the buzznet accounts of Audrey Kitching and Hanna Beth. Audrey Kitching is a pink-haired maven not afraid to speak her mind, and when it comes to style she’s a Barbie doll fresh out the box. She could even wear a trash bag and make you want to steal it. Audrey is also amazingly talented with a glue gun, posting her own DIYs and achieving the hottest trends at half the price.

Hanna Beth (ex bestie of Audrey) also channels rock ‘n’ roll and punk in her outfit choices, but is not as outspoken as Audrey. Hanna has still proven to be an influential gal, giving you a run for your money with one longing look.

A couple of other great places to draw some style inspiration from are lookbook.nu and thecobrasnake.com. Lookbook is a live stream of personally uploaded outfits from all over the world. It’s not style-specific, and it also allows you get a look at what the kids in Paris are wearing. The Cobra Snake is a party photo site, and most looks in these pictures are those more acceptable at night. It is completely worth the look, and shows that shaking things up always looks good.

One of my personal favourite style blogs is that of Rumi Neely of fashiontoast.com. I’ve been following Rumi since 2007 and watched her quickly blow up from just a girl from a small town in Philly to a maven on billboards in Times Square with forever 21. For a better idea of what she’s all about, just think of all the times you’ve worn an amazing outfit and no one saw. Of course, this makes you feel like it was a complete waste of time, but what Rumi and her boyfriend do is let no good outfit go unviewed. She simply records them weekly in the .com blog she has achieved accidental success with. She’s worth mentioning because her daily style will show you that any basic tee can easily be dressed up.

I know you’re thinking “why is all of this worth seeing?” Well, since we’ve already established you don’t have time, these collective websites will show you that you don’t need time to stand out. Each of them merely uses 3 pieces of clothing to come out on top. Not to mention they are a form of free style advice. Who knows, maybe these pages will inspire you to start you own style blog.

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