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Best Time of the Year

Fall is my favorite time of year. The weather is gorgeous, it starts to cool down, and I can finally wear a sweater without sweating with one of my favorite scarves. The leaves change to beautiful hues of orange and red and the excitement of the holidays coming up puts me in a great mood. Fall is the inspiration for the next blog I am posting about: Autumn Cozy.

I have posted a number of times about picture blogs and this is another one of those. I have said time and again, “Who doesn’t love a pretty picture?!” And that rings true for this blog. Autumn Cozy is filled with beautiful pictures of fall. It is a great reminder of why I love this season so much. Looking at this blog is like stepping into the coziest room full of everything you love plus hot coco and fluffy blankets.

The author, who’s name happens to be Autumn, posts many different fall-related photos. There are a lot of fall dessert pictures:

And, of course, there are many pictures of the colorful fall leaves:

There are pictures of fall clothing, and I love fall clothing:

mrsjuliejones:clubmonaco:Cashmere blanket in buffalo plaid. Perfect for your chilly cabin. I’m kind of obsessed with buffalo check plaid…

And plenty of fall coziness:

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I could seriously spend hours on this blog scrolling through the thousands of pictures on it. There’s something about fall that makes me feel so comfortable, and looking at this brings that right to me on my computer screen.

LA Street Style

I tend to like blogs that revolve around a certain city or place, which might be obvious since I follow so many NYC-based blogs. The next blog I am featuring is based in LA. It’s called Native Fox and is a street fashion blog.

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I really like fashion blogs but many are unrealistic for, say, a poor college student like me. This woman does wear expensive clothing, but her clothes aren’t inaccessible to the everyday woman.

This blog is made by one woman who models her everyday outfits on the streets of LA.

I like how she posts casual looks as well as dressy looks.
And, of course, she provides a variety of angels and shots to show off her outfits.
Another thing that I really like is that she doesn’t write too much. Some bloggers will go on and on about a certain subject and it can be way too much reading for a blog. When I think blog, I don’t think about a lot of text. She writes a short explanation of her outfit and why she’s wearing it, and what she is up to for the day. For a fashion blog, that’s really all you need (plus the brands and links to the clothes you’re wearing, which she does).
The author, Jennifer, also has posts of inspiration in which she posts a handful of things she really likes at the time. Most recently she posted about her top ten skin care products.
She gave an explanation of each product and why she likes it. When fashion blogs have something a little extra, it really adds to the blog.

 

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The Big Picture

I have posted before about how I love great photography (but who doesn’t?!). What I have found this time around is an amazing current events photo blog.

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This blog is called The Big Picture and tells “news stories in photographs.” The site is produced by a select group of photo editors from The Boston Globe. The majority of the images come from companies such as the Associated Press, Reuters, and Getty Images, who license them to The Boston Globe for their use. Other photos come from public domain sources such as NASA, and others from private photographers who share them with the Big Picture for one-time use.

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All photos must be very good, high-resolution, newsworthy, free for use, and there must be a good amount of them from each subject. I love that they do this because we can see great photos of things happening all around the world from different perspectives.

Below are some pictures from a photo series they recently posted called “Harvest 2013” that looks at harvesting from around the world since mid-summer.

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Georgia (the country)

Sometimes, no words are needed when there are great photos. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite news oriented blogs.

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!

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.

 

Everybody Loves a Pretty Picture

I think it’s true: everybody loves a pretty picture. How could you not? Photos can do so much and show so much. The number of things photography can do is uncountable. Over the years, I’ve come to love good photography, especially after studying journalism and learning about how powerful a picture can be.

Since I am a big fan of photos, I follow a ton of strictly-picture blogs. Most of these blogs are called tumblrs and there are so many out there. Many tumblrs have specific themes and others are just a collection of random pictures. Most bloggers who use tumblrs post pictures they found on other tumblrs or websites, but there are some that solely post their own photos.

Some of the non-themed tumblrs I follow are Cape Cod Collegiate and b i t of w h i m c. Both include awesome, beautiful photos of anything and everything. Basically, the authors just find pictures they like from around the internet and post them on their tumblr. Easy peasy.

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Picture from Cape Cod Collegiate

 

I follow quite a few themed tumblr blogs. In the winter, I love to look at the tumblr winter. When I’m feeling romantic and serendipitous, I like to explore Serendipitous Romance, also known as Lost in the Moment…. There’s also a relatively famous tumblr called The The Sartorialist that I often look at. The Satoralist is a fashion photographer, and goes out on the streets all over the world and takes pictures of people wearing interesting/beautiful/odd clothing. It is such an awesome blog since the author travels so much. You can see what people from all over the world are wearing.

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Picture from winter

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Picture from Lost in the moment…

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Picture from The Satoralist. Men on the street in Paris

The reasons I really like to follow tumblrs are for inspiration or just to see some beautiful images of anything and everything around the world. There’s so much I haven’t seen and these photo-centric blogs allow me to see so much. 

Switching Gears

I’ve realized that all of the blog posts I have written thus far have focused on blogs based in New York City, so I am switching gears. Today I’m focusing on a blog based in the only other city besides their own New Yorkers know exist: L.A.

The blog Cupcakes and Cashmere is written by a fashionista living in Los Angeles. Go figure. If you’re not that into fashion (or seeing what this random woman wears everyday) don’t be turned away from this blog just yet. Emily, the author, also writes about home décor, cooking and baking, DIY projects, and more.

Here's Emily modeling one of her outfits. Most of her posts are like this with a description of the clothing and where each piece is from.

Here’s Emily modeling one of her outfits. Most of her posts are like this with a description of the clothing and where each piece is from.

While fashion is the main focus of Emily’s blog, it is most definitely not limited to it. Emily is constantly trying out new recipes and making meals and treats from scratch. It’s actually quite unbelievable how many different things she tries making at home. I think she’s brave for making homemade donuts, candy, gnocchi, bagels, pretzels, Cheez-Its, and more. Personally, I don’t think I would ever attempt to make those things. Maybe that’s just because I’m not the greatest chef, which Emily clearly is.

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Not only is the author of this cutesie blog an awesome chef, she also is great at crafting. She makes homemade gifts all of the time. She has even made her own stationary, candles, teabags (what?!), and more. Emily often gives her clothes and accessories makeovers as well. From purses to sunglasses to button downs, she’s done it all.

            

Some other things that Emily features on her blog are decorating and some traveling. She is constantly purchasing new things to decorate her (and her husband’s) home and rearranging furniture and what not. She’s clearly a very creative person. I also like the fact that she does a good amount of traveling. Not a lot but a decent amount. She was recently married and went to Italy for her honeymoon, she also frequents New York (woohoo!) for interviews and other things related to fashion, and she travels to places close to L.A. or other towns in California.

Overall, Emily has a blog that covers a lot of different things, which is most likely the reason why it has been so successful. She even wrote a book, which was also very successful, based on the stuff she covers on her blog. While I most likely won’t make most of the stuff she cooks or attempt any of her DIY projects, I still love her blog. She’s a good writer and branches out further than fashion. I suggest anyone interested in home décor, fashion, and cooking to check out Cupcakes and Cashmere!

Buy her book now!