Five days a week I wake up and start my day with The Three Bs: Breakfast, Beauty, and Blogs. I pour myself a cup of coffee, make myself gorgeous in front of the mirror (okay, I moisturize), and then sit down to review my favorite blogs. These consist largely of beauty, perfume, and fashion blogs with a few political sites thrown in. The first 90 minutes of my day are all about about skincare, makeup, and clothes--and I do it all for you.
Lately I've been taking a break from the mainstream selections--national sites like Into the Gloss, and Go Fug Yourself--and checking out some of our local Houston fashionistas. I'm finding a lot to like. Come, let me introduce you to ten people who will reduce your productivity tenfold! (But you'll look a lot better while you're doing less.)
We Wear Things
I ran into two of the bloggers for We Wear Things at a recent Clarins beauty event, and recognized them immediately from their photos. I love their photo-heavy blog, where several bloggers cover fashion, jewelry, beauty, and local events. The blog has an edge, but with an approachable sense of humor I appreciate.
This is a fashion/beauty blog for low-maintenance readers who don't have 90 minutes a day to peruse their favorite beauty blogs. Updated 1-2 times per month, Houstonista tosses in some home design and décor with the fashion and beauty coverage. Drop in once a month and you'll be all caught up.
Southern Chic Style
Great photos are enough to keep me coming back to a blog, and Southern Chic Style has great photos. Don't let the Tumblr address fool you--blogger Bethany Marie has a lot to say on fashion and beauty. Excellent "I could be doing something else, but why would I?" reading material.
Magen Pastor had me at "lifestyle, fashion, photography." She's an ambitious blogger, with several weekly updates on events, fashion, food, and more. She is also a mom, so you get glimpses of her adorable 4-year-old twins here and there.
Pretty Shiny Sparkly
I met Pretty Shiny Sparkly blogger Kristina at an FGI Houston event a few months ago. I was stunned to discover that beauty blogging isn't her day job--she's a resident anesthesiologist in "real life" but has a passion for what she calls the "feminine aesthetic." With a particular focus on beauty, makeup, and skincare, PSS has more than 150,000 readers per month. Looks like some of us (me!) are a little late to the party.
Lynne Gabriel describes her blog a "virtual style diary" and I dig it. She breaks down her outfits into components, while showing us a total, head-to-toe styled look. I'm inspired enough by her aesthetic to have purchased a pair of sandals just because Lynne was wearing them.
Style to Envy
I've been following Style to Envy on Twitter for a while now, and I am a big fan of the blog as well. Writers Val and Nikki take a practical approach to fashion (shopping your own closet, how to get the most out of pieces, duplicating high-end looks) with an eye toward what is on-trend at the moment.
Stylewise blogger Brooke is currently dressing her baby bump for summer, so expectant mothers may particularly enjoy her recent posts. I'm addicted to Brooke's positive, upbeat attitude. Also, I want her hair.
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The Chic Sheet by Roz Pactor
The "Around Houston's Shopping Districts" guide alone is amazing. Roz Pactor's "Fashion Through my Red Glasses" blog has everything a fashionable Houstonian needs to know: where to shop, where to eat, info on sales and events, trunk shows, and generally anything fashionable that is happening in the city at any given moment. You must visit this website before you even think about leaving the house for a day of shopping.