In the last decade, the term blogging has taken on an entirely new meaning. People now turn blogging into a career, transforming the previous connotation of someone hidden behind a computer screen. Fashion blogging is perhaps the most common form, and DC is no stranger to powerful bloggers. Millions of women take note from trusted fashion and lifestyle bloggers who provide advice, inspiration and a certain larger-than-life persona. Meet five of DC’s most-coveted fashion bloggers as they share thoughts on personal style and much more.
Classy and Fabulous
“It’s not a fashion blog. It’s more like a diary of everyday happenings,” said Elena of Classy and Fabulous. Hailing from Russia, Elena uses her blog as the ultimate outlet to share her love for photography. Classy and Fabulous is a curation of things and places Elena finds inspiring – think interiors and traveling. Elena’s minimalist and casual style is similar to that of her style icon Emmanuelle Alt. “Always effortlessly chic, she is very authentic and true to herself.
District of Chic
As a DC-area native, E of District of Chic certainly knows how chic the city truly is. E started her blog in 2008 with the idea of being creative with her own wardrobe, then sharing the results. “I’ve always enjoyed finding new uses for old things in my closet, and I think blogging really encourages that,” said E. District of Chic style is preppy, edgy and a bit western – a mix of everything. The blog is not just abut fashion, but E’s love for food, travel and being a tourist in her own city – the nation’s capital. E draws inspiration from her favorite designer Riccardo Tisci and style icon Giovanna Battaglia. The exact future for District of Chic is unknown, but certainly looks bright. “Looking back on where it started, it’s certainly changed a lot so I expect it will continue to evolve. I’ve been sharing more recipes, which my readers enjoy, and I plan to explore more of my other creative interests on the blog,” said E.
Garden of Glam
Garden of Glam started in the spring of 2012, when Washingtonian Eden Raskin decided to embrace the vibrant, emerging fashion movement in DC. With the support of her large and wonderful family, and boyfriend turned patient photographer, Raskin shows off her eclectic style in an effortless way. Raskin hopes to inspire people to embrace new trends, have fun with personal style and always feel good in what they wear. “My inspiration and goal is to help someone that says “I love that, but I could never pull it off,” gain the confidence to rock any trend and to never say that silly phrase again!” Raskin says nothing is more gratifying than having readers admit to trying a new, rather intimidating trend because they were inspired by a post. She favors designers Pucci, her first true label love, DVF, Theory and BCBG.
So Much To Smile About
With a name like So Much To Smile About, it’s no surprise that blogger Liz Fassbender’s inspiration comes from a happy place. “It’s really anything that makes me happy and makes me smile – I like to think my blog is a very positive place where I can store and share fashion and beauty trends and lots of what is currently inspiring me, which can vary – sometimes it’s friends, DC, music or other blogs!” A very busy lady, working in government relations by day and blogging and going to law school by night, Fassbender is also the co-founder of CapFABB. Capitol Area Fashion & Beauty Bloggers is a network for DC fashion and beauty bloggers. Her eclectic style is minimal and classic with some edge – preferring smokey eyes and a nude lip like fashion fixtures Taylor Tomasi Hill and Emmanuelle Alt. Keep up with So Much To Smile About to see all of the DC happenings.
The President Wears Prada
With a familiar name tweaked for Washington, DC, this blog is coveted by DC’s fashion elite. Carla, the creator of The President Wears Prada, or TPWP, is a nerd at heart who also cultivated a love for fashion. “In 2008, I started The President Wears Prada as a creative outlet to my otherwise acutely scientific life (a few months after starting a PhD program in molecular biology).” The blog started with inspiration posts and event coverage, and now features exclusive original content. Showcasing fashion with an editorial point of view using photography and inspiring scenery, Carla says, is TPWP’s passion as of late. On her own personal style, Carla says it is a combination, “My style is an eclectic mix of vintage, designer items, unique pieces from up-and-coming designers and clothing I’ve reworked with the help of my aunt who is a tailor.” Besides running the successful TPWP, Carla partnered to launch ANTHOM, an international online boutique that highlights fresh, underrated designers and capsule collections. While Carla’s favorite brands include Alexander Wang, Kenzo and Celine, her style icon has always been her mother.
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