Inspire My Closet

I’m always looking for inspiration whether it be recipe or meal ideas, decorating tips or DIY how-to’s. One area I am always searching for a little idea help is fashion. That’s why I love following fashion blogs. I love seeing new ways to wear things, different combinations of unrelated items, and new and different ways to accessorize.

Enter the blog What I Wore.

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I am a little picky when it comes to fashion blogs but for good reason. I don’t want to look at a fashion blog that is just pictures of what someone wears every single day. I’m gonna need a little information with all those fab photos of you wearing your fab clothes. For example, tell me where each piece is from and link to a place where I can purchase the piece. If I can no longer buy that piece, give me a link to where I can buy a similar piece. Jessica, the blogger, does just that and I love it.

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Another reason I’m picky about fashion blogs is because I don’t really care much about clothing that I cannot afford, probably will never be able to afford, and clothing that I would never wear because it is very outlandish. As you can see from the above picture, Jessica does not spend mass amounts of money on designer pieces. She shops at places I regularly hit such as J.Crew, Target, and Old Navy. Even though some of these pieces are relatively cheap, she makes them look very chic.

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Jessica makes it super easy to shop for the clothes she is wearing in her post, which is a definite plus.

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She’ll also have links to posts with similar outfits, which is great because it helps you think of ways to style pieces in different ways. Woohoo!

Another reason I like this fashion blog is because it’s not just a blog with the outfit she wears everyday (boring). She incorporates different posts to make it fun. For instance, the post Top 20 Homemade Halloween Costumes for Adults on What I Wore (OMG!!!). I literally cannot believe she made all of those costumes herself.

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Another example of the different types of posts she does is this: Your Workplace Wardrobe on What I Wore. She compiles work outfits of her own all in one place, which is helpful to those looking for just work clothing. work+wear+2

For the Skinny in All of Us

Since I am constantly trying to come up with new meal ideas (I’m getting really sick of veggie stir fry and chicken), I have been searching for new foodie blogs to read. I recently came across one that I really like. It is called Skinnytaste.

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One reason I love this blog is because all of the recipes are “skinny” aka they are low in calories, low-fat, and are healthy and delicious. Gina, the author, takes everyday recipes and makes them better and healthier. She even lists all of the important nutrition information, including Weight Watcher’s point, which is great for the weight conscious readers.

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Servings: 7  • Serving Size: 1 cup • Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 165 • Fat: 8 g • Protein: 10 g • Carb: 16 g • Fiber: 2 g • Sugar: 6.5 g
Sodium:
 278.5 mg (without salt)

And of course, Gina lists all of her recipes and cooking directions with photos to help. And, man, do those photos help… make me hungry!

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Ingredients:

  • 5 1/2 cups cooked spaghetti squash (from about 2 small)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1/4 cup flour (use 2 tbsp corn starch for gf)
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1 cup fat free chicken broth (vegetable broth for vegetarian)
  • 8 oz Sargento 2% reduced fat mild cheddar
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups (about 4 oz) baby spinach
  • 1/8 cup grated parmesan

This blog also has a Recipe Index to make it easy to search for what you’re looking for. Gina has all kinds of recipes and many of them.

I cannot wait to try out the recipe above and many more, and I’m super excited to try these Low-fat Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chip Cookies this fall!

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B&B: It No Longer Stands for Bed & Breakfast…

it stands for Breaking Bad.

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In my opinion, Breaking Bad is hands down the best show ever created. After last night’s insane, crazy, amazing episode, I must blog about a Breaking Bad blog. It is one I just found, but I can guarantee I will be spending more time on it than blogs I follow religiously. Breaking Bad is my new religion.

Enter AMC’s Breaking Bad blog. Naturally, AMC was the place to look for a Breaking Bad blog since the show airs on this network. AMC does a great job blogging about everything that is going on with Breaking Bad such as Awards won, interviews with the actors in magazines or other news outlets, exclusive Q&As with the actors, behind-the-scenes videos, all information about new episodes of Talking Bad, the live after show to Breaking Bad, and so much more.  Goodbye life.

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The Best Cast (and Creator) Ever

Some of my favorite parts about this blog are the “Inside Breaking Bad” videos. They have the actors talk about the episode that just aired and discuss what they think is going on with their characters. Check out the Inside Breaking Bad: Season 5 Episode 13, “To’hajiilee” below.

This blog has anything and everything a Breaking Bad lover could want. I am so happy to have found this.

Health Nut

I recently came across a new blog that I love! I try to eat very healthy and clean during the week (and give myself eating freedom on the weekends) and exercise a lot, so that is why I love the blog Peanut Butter Fingers.

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The author Julie, who is a personal trainer and healthy-food-lover, dedicates this blog to giving readers new, healthy recipes and workout ideas. She documents something or multiple things she eats each day and her workout. This blog is perfect for someone who loves healthy food and exercising because she is very creative with both and is constantly coming up with new stuff.

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Today, Julie blogged about her breakfast, which was an egg white and oatmeal protein pancake with a side of sliced pear. Since she had already made one before and featured it on her blog, she linked to the recipe. She always includes a recipe for every meal she blogs about.

I love hearing about ways to make healthy food delicious and enjoyable. This is something Julie really focuses on.

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In the same post today, Julie included the workout she did. I love that she details exactly what she does herself during her workouts. If I am going to follow a personal trainer, I want to know how she eats and how she works out, not just random recipes and workouts she finds somewhere.

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Bachelorette party

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Dog Sadie

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Husband Ryan

Another thing I like about this blog is that she details her life outside of eating healthy and exercising. Obviously no one’s entire life consists of just doing these two things.

P.S. Julie’s definition of peanut butter fingers: “Take your finger, dip it in the peanut butter jar and voila! Peanut butter fingers. So simple, yet so, so delicious.” Yum!

Pinning is my Interest

While this my not exactly be considered a blog, it sort of acts like one. In fact, most of the content comes from blogs. And I absolutely love it and am on it quite a lot. Let me introduce you to Pinterest.

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The way Pinterest describes itself is “a tool for collecting and organizing things you love.” For a better description, it’s a pinboard-style photo-sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, and hobbies. Users can browse other users’ pinboards for images, “re-pin” images to their own pinboards, or “like” photos. If you double click on photos, almost all of them lead to a website.

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For instance, if you double click on a picture of a shoe, a new page might open with the website for where that shoe is from. On other instances, images might bring you to the blog where the image was originally pinned from.

Pinterest also has an easy pin button. If you are on a webpage and see an image you like, you can click the pin button, which is located at the end of the web address slot. When you click the button, the images on the page you are on pop up and you can choose the image you would like to put on your Pinterest page.

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For me (and I know for many others), Pinterest inspires me. I get inspiration for clothing ideas, decoration ideas, food and recipes, weddings, pretty much everything. And I find things that I’ve never seen before. There are so many great recipes and DIY projects for anything and everything. I could, and do, spend hours on Pinterest.

Merry pinning!

Preppy & Fun

I recently came across a new blog that I really like. It’s called Classy Girls Wear Pearls and is all about preppy fashion. The author, Sarah Vickers, loves to wear preppy clothes and clearly does so all the time.

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While I do love this blog for the fashion, I’m not an always-preppy-clothed kind of woman. However, Sarah and her friends live in Rhode Island on the coast and are always finding adventure. They do things that me and my friends don’t often do, living on the coast and in New England.

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They go walking on the rocks along the shore, they go “birding” or bird watching in the water, and they go play in the ocean and the lighthouses. It seems that her and her friends are always doing something whether it’s going out to the water and finding adventure or going to a friend’s lovely home and hanging out with friends. Whatever she’s doing, she’s dressed to perfection in preppy bliss.

Another thing about this blog that I really like is that it features men’s fashion, as well. All of her guy friends happen to be impeccably dressed at all times too, not just the ladies.

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And not to mention the fabulous parties they hold and attend…

Revisit

Today, I am revisiting a blog I posted about months ago and for good reason. This week marks the first week of my last semester of college, so I thought it would be appropriate to revisit one of my favorite blogs: The College Prepster.

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Even though the author Carly graduated college last May, she still blogs about college-related things. Just recently, Carly posted about study tips and back to school clothes. While I love looking at her blog for other reasons, I think it’s great she still sticks to the roots of her blog and writes on topics that many of her readers relate to.

She has a list of INTENSE STUDY TIPS, a lot of organizing tips to keep you focused on studying and so you don’t forget dates or deadlines, and a list of Apps that are helpful for school.

Since Carly graduated over a year ago and has had a job working in NYC for exactly one year, she does not post much about college or give school advice as much. However, I love the things she posts about. She’s been talking a lot more about fashion and clothing and about what she does in NYC.

Carly posts a lot about work, which is great for me since I am hoping to have a job come December after I graduate. She gives advice on stuff ranging from what Shoes to wear for interviews and jobs to a list of apps that show all How to Feel Like an Adult.

I definitely see myself using the advice she gives (and she gives a lot on all sorts of topics) in my future.

Combo

The next blog I’m posting about is a blog many people know about. It combines (hence the title “Combo”) many things that I’ve posted about before plus other things I am passionate about. These things include humor, celebrities, videos, photos, viral media, lists (I love lists!), fashion, and so much more. The blog is called BuzzFeed.

I mostly love BuzzFeed because of its humorous posts, but it’s so much more than that. Every single time I look at this blog, I learn or see something new. Many people might think that it’s kind of a joke of a website that talks about stupid stuff surrounding celebrities. I don’t think that’s the case. BuzzFeed was co-founded by Jonah Peretti who also co-founded The Huffington Post, and, in 2012, Ben Smith of Politico was hired as editor-in-chief. I think these facts show that it isn’t quite a joke website.

Another reason I like this blog is because I love the way the site is set up. Across the top is a list of topics you can choose from, so you can view exactly what you’re looking for. Those topics are LOL, win, omg, cute, geeky, trashy, fail, wtf, and one with a crooked arrow pointing up. There’s another list under that with more specific topics, which includes news, entertainment, life, and more.

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I also like how you immediately see a photo with a caption explaining what you will see or read if you click on the photo. BuzzFeed also has so many lists with pictures, such as 9 Surprising Things That Might Not Be Vegetarian, 18 Experiences You Only Have At University, 43 Of The Best Met Ball Accessories, 7 Photos Of A Skinny Chris Christie (LOL) and so many more. The BuzzFeed team is constantly uploading new stuff, too. (Seriously though. Go to the page and refresh it a few minutes later and a couple of new things will be up.)

Here is a look at the whole front page. See all those pictures? Doesn’t it just draw you in?!

While BuzzFeed does post a lot of humorous information and celebrity-based stories, they also write about a lot of stuff going on in the news. BuzzFeed takes a different spin on their stories about news, which I like since I am a journalist and all.  Enjoy!

Trendy

I recently discovered a blog that is all about current trends. I love trendy stuff, but I love discovering new, cool things even more, especially when those cool things are popular. I find it interesting to discover what other people are interested in and why

The blog is called Trendland. The main page features a handful of trendy things from different topic areas. The topics are fashion, design, photography, art, culture, music, video, and shop. You can see all the trending things in those area, how cool!

Check out the front page:

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This isn’t a blog I’ve been looking at for a long time, but it is one I really like. Most of the blogs I like, I like because they have great photography, and Trendland has plenty of that.

 

Love.

Recently, I’ve become infatuated with weddings. My sister got engaged a little over a year ago and a ton of her friends are getting engaged and married, so I see wedding pictures all the time. Also, a couple of my friends work for my friend’s mom’s flower shop and they bring flowers to weddings all the time and have beautiful pictures from the weddings.

Since I will be my sister’s Maid of Honor, I have been looking up wedding details ever since she got engaged. This leads me to how I discovered wedding blogs. And they are wonderful. I love seeing all different kinds of weddings and all the different details. There are so many options when it comes to weddings. You can do anything and everything. There are so many things that make weddings wonderful.

I follow two wedding blogs: Wedding Chicks and Style Me Pretty. Both do a great job at capturing all of those wonderful wedding details that make weddings so beautiful. Both blogs have great photography and include information directly from the bride, which is a nice touch. Something extra special that I like about Wedding Chicks is that they provide a little more information than Style Me Pretty. Wedding Chicks has more information about the details the bride chose, which is nice for those women looking at wedding blogs for inspiration for their own weddings.

Here are some pictures from Wedding Chicks, which focuses more on details:

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Here are some pictures from Style Me Pretty, which focuses more on the bride & groom:

     

Style Me Pretty also includes videos! Who doesn’t love an adorable wedding video?!