Monday, 18 August 2014

Fashion Blogging - The Golden Rules

Are you thinking of starting a Fashion Blog or maybe you do have a Blog but you’re still invisible to the big brands? Well, I have done my share of analysis and got you the tricks and tips of Blogging.
Me and my friend started a blog around three years back and to be honest it SUCKED. We were amateurs and posted editorials and outfit posts just for the fun of it. But, to be true, we were INVISIBLE. None of the brands knew of our Blog and the statistics were low. Gradually we both got busy in work and stopped posting. 

For over a year, I worked my way through fashion internships and kept on reading blogs and magazines. Most of the fashion bloggers I read about strutted in their designer labels and splurged on expensive beauty hauls. What was the point of reading their blog when I couldn’t incorporate any of their expensive taste in my wardrobe!?

I started blogging again. But, this time, I was blogging alone with an all new name and content. And here I am, completely satisfied with my statistics! :D

Here are the 10 Blogging rules that I have learnt over the past few years:

·         You can’t take breaks once you start a blog. Often bloggers write every week and then for months there are no new posts. By not posting, you lose out on your readers. Fresh content needs to be updated frequently. To make it easier, assign days in a week you could contribute to the blog.

·         Do not copy. If you are into DIY’s, make it your forte. Be known for what you are good at! Just because some blogger is doing street style, you don’t do the same. Sometimes all bloggers are posting about the on-going fashion week and it’s the same content on all the blogs. Pay attention to little details and create a completely different post on fashion week. You could talk about how a certain color or trend was spotted. 

·         Create a unique logo that defines your blog. I had to recreate my logo five times until I achieved perfection. Always remember that your second and third thought is much better than the first one. So keep trying and you will get better with time.

·         Always include good quality pictures and credit the photographer or the website.

·         Ask your friends, family, ex boyfriends or even enemies to promote your blog. In exchange, you can provide them free advice on what to wear and what not to wear ;)

·         No one wants to read paragraphs and lines and lines of text. Put it into bullet points and keep the content brief.

·         Readers like to read your side of the story. The 'About Me' page is of utmost importance. Inform your readers about who you are, why are you interested in fashion and why did you start the blog.

·         Always reply back to your readers. Communication is key to building a successful blog. Appreciate the people who are reading your blog and always thank them for their feedback.

·         Be open to criticism. You are bound to receive bad comments too. Sometimes, criticism makes you work harder and improves your blogging skills.

·         Socialize with other bloggers and brands at events or on social media websites. Twitter helped my blog to gain recognition in the eyes of brands. You could join Fashion based social networking sites like Chictopia and get to know what other bloggers are doing too.

Sarika Nagdeo.

I would love to go through all your fashion blogs so do leave a comment with your fashion blog URL :)
Also, comment below and share with me your views about how difficult it is for new bloggers to face competition in the blogging world....

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Best and Worst Dressed at Teen Choice Awards 2014

Grab some popcorn and keep your eyes peeled till the end 'coz The Style Compile gives you a glimpse of the Best and the Worst Dressed Celebs at the Teen Choice Awards 2014.
The Teen Choice Awards was hosted at the Shine Auditorium in Los Angeles and it featured performances by country pop singer Taylor Swift, cast of The Fault in Our Stars, Demi Lovato and many more...

Best Dressed Celebs - Nina Dobrev, Bella Thorne, Janelle Parish, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato.

Worst Dressed Celebs : Ansel Elgort, Kendall Jenner, Hailee Steinfeld, Hilary Duff and Shay Mitchell.

Sarika Nagdeo.

Image Courtesy - Getty and EOnline.

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Friday, 8 August 2014

Stylish Movies? Yes Please.

What’s a movie character without stylish clothes? Be it Hollywood, Bollywood or even Tollywood for that matter, NEEDS a STYLIST. Here are some of the must watch stylish movies we can’t stop obsessing about:

The Devil wears Prada : Before making it big as a fashion editor or director, you need to go through the big bad world of internships. The movie is all about the people who walk, talk and breathe fashion. The Devil (Editor) wore Prada while the intern wore Dolce and Gabbana. Yes. You read that right.

Confessions of a Shopaholic : A shopaholic girl who is stuck in credit card debt due to her luxurious retail therapy trips. Like any other fashion obsessed girl, she loves SALES. She freezes her credit card and goes for shopaholic anonymous meetings to get rid of her shopping habit. We would love to raid Rebecca Bloomwood’s closet someday.

Sex and the City Part 1 and 2 : Carrie and fashion go hand in hand. She would rather spend money on Vogue than eat dinner. Carrie has literally taught me anything and everything about fashion. Do not skip watching this movie and if you’ve already watched it, why not watch it again? ;)

27 Dresses : 27 Bridesmaid Dresses in one rom-com. Period. This movie teaches you the best and the worst style choices a bridesmaid can make.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s : When you think of stylish movies, how can Breakfast at Tiffany’s be avoided? Audrey Hepburn looked elegant yet chic with her little black dress and strings of pearls adorned on her back. How amazing is that? Although Audrey’s reel life was in a mess, she remained prim and proper when it came to her costumes. Bright overcoats, parkas and statement accessories ruled this film right till the end.

The September Issue : A stylish documentary about Vogue and the very influential Anna Wintour. The most educational and inspirational movie for budding fashionista’s. 

Lolita : I aspire to be Lolita. She’s 14 years old and her key pieces are now vintage and in vogue.  

Pretty Woman : A romantic comedy where Vivian, a hooker meets the rich business tycoon Edward and they eventually fall in love. Here are some of the costumes we are lusting after – The Scarlet gown and the polka dotted dress.

Aisha: Indian and international designs were sourced for Sonam Kapoor’s character in the Bollywood movie Aisha. In the movie, she is played the role of a South Delhi girl who loves to wear branded labels and of course, she loves to shop! Oh, and did we mention, she has a Walk – in closet. We are eyeing the mint green Chanel suit dress worn with a jacket. 

Sarika Nagdeo.

What’s your favorite stylish movie? Think we overlooked a major style movie? Comment and tell us below