Blogs to love: Fashionistas

I read a lot of serious news stories on important issues such as defense policy, the wars, the effects of climate change. So every now and then, I like something a little lighter to keep me entertained: Fashion blogs! Here are my favorites.

Capitol Hill Style – I love this blog. The pseudonymous “Belle” is a Capitol Hill aide and helps bring some much-needed style to the marble halls of Congress with her tips for chic work wardrobe. I especially enjoy the “10th Commandment” feature, where she presents three items in the same style – say, silk tops or shoes with cut-outs – priced for elected officials, Hill staffers and unpaid interns. With Belle’s signature snark, this is a great blog to read for work fashion advice.

One of Belle's posts on her Capitol Hill Style site.

One of Emily's looks on her blog, Cupcakes and Cashmere.

Cupcakes and Cashmere – I’m not sure why it took me so long to discover this blog.
From sunny California, Emily Schuman writes about fashion and delicious recipies, like these Bruschetta that I have to try out. Her outfits are usually casual and feminine, but with a little edge, such as this white dress and leather jacket combo. And she owns fantastic shoes. Sigh.

Chasing Louboutin – speaking of shoes, which woman wouldn’t love a pair of outrageously expensive but supersexy high heels? Like with most designer fashion, few of us can actually afford to buy those items. Jennifer Zaczek doesn’t let that stop her. On her blog, Chasing Louboutin, she chronicles her quest for quality pieces at affordable prices – through sample sales, thrifty shopping and the help of technology.

I stumbled upon her blog through the Little Black Dress experiment, during which 31 bloggers were asked to style a simple black dress. I liked her choice, with a belted sweater on top, as well as her easy-going writing style.

Jennifer of Chasing Louboutin in her LBD.

The Cut – Unlike the former sites, New York Magazine’s fashion blog isn’t a personal style blog as much as an industry news site. Featuring celebrity images, slideshows and news from the runway shows, this blog tells you most everything you need to know about the fasion industry, and links extensively to outside sources in case you want to find out more.

Designers' inspiration, revealed on The Cut.

I am so shopping this

Does this come with an option to customize and print my blog URL on the back?

Tee by Forever21

Tee by Forever21

And no, of course I won’t really be wearing this. Just to make you laugh.

Ah, I’ve been wandering fashion blogs too much. For example the delightful Capitol Hill Style (also on twitter), who I will turn to for advice in the coming summer when I’ll be in DC.

The way you look tonight dress (could it be named any more fittingly?)

The way you look tonight dress (could it be named any more fittingly?)

Beautiful grey dress

Beautiful grey dress

The Modcloth site might just have some of the most beautiful vintage dresses around. Like these two here. I’m in love.

I’ve also found Stylecaster, which is sort of a personalized shopping assistant – you can create an account and set your preferences, and they give you shopping and style tips that are adjusted for the local weather! I’m scared to register… haha.

But while I was finding these I was actually doing something important: Looking for fall wardrobe. Fall wardrobe that would be reporting-appropriate and chic. I already found the perfect pair of paints on my Labor Day shopping spree.

Wandering into H&M in itself made me feel like home. I went there after the delight of realizing shopping in America makes me one to two sizes smaller than I really am (sizes are measured larger here so as not to scare off customers who would be an XXL in Germany – they’re just an L here. Consequently, a small is rather large on me.)

I’m still looking for the perfect blazer, and a candidate for the perfect shoes is this one (the 5 cm heel is hidden! they’re a miracle of optical illusion). If you have any fashion tips, let me know! Otherwise, I’ve been doing pretty good so far. My bank account, not so much. But that’s a different story. At least I’ll be a pretty well dressed reporter next quarter.