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My dream has always been to work in the fashion industry. Whether it’s writing, styling or organizing a closet, the fashion world is where I want to be.
In order to work in the industry, you have to know the industry backward and forward. You can never know too much. Ever.
So for all you fashion lovers — and despite the great amount of you wearing Nike shorts and T-shirts, I know you are out there — here is a list of my top 10 favorite fashion blogs.
From street style, to job postings, to trend alerts, these blogs will give you everything you need to know and more about the world of fashion and how to get in it.
I did my best to rank my favorites (No. 1 being my all-time favorite and No. 10 being my almost favorite), but they are all amazing in so many ways and offer different information.
10. Style.com
While more a branch off the magazine than a blog, style.com has done a wonderful job of turning the magazine into an online source of information different from its glossy pages.
Style.com is my go-to for runway information. It posts every image from every designer showing at fashion weeks all over the globe, making you feel like you are sitting in the front row rather than at your computer screen.
It also offers an exclusive look at after-parties and fashion news.
9. GoFugYourself.com
If you are in search of the greatest fashion disasters, look no further. GoFugYourself was created by two friends in search of a diversion from their real lives, and making fun of fashion’s greatest victims gave them that satisfaction.
Deriving from the word “fugly,” GoFugYourself is a fantastic satire on the fashion world and all those who are a part of it. If you thought Joan Rivers was harsh on “The Fashion Police,” you ain’t seen nothing yet.
From celebrities to socialites, the “Fug Girls,” as they are known, show no mercy. So the next time you have a second thought about an outfit, beware of who might be watching.
8. Fashionista.com
This site is a chronicle of the fashion universe. From the runway to the knockoffs on Canal Street in New York City, this blog takes you behind the scenes of up-and-coming trends.
The goal of fashionista.com is to search out the next great designers, trends and deals while also dishing on models, gossip and everything fashionable.
7. T Magazine
The New York Times, also known as the mecca of the journalistic world, possesses some of the country’s greatest fashion writers.
What is seen in the style section every Thursday and Sunday is nothing compared to the blog devoted to everything fashion.
And I’m not just talking clothes. The blog equivalent of the style section includes travel, food and culture, all revolving around one word: style.
It offers not only a glimpse into the fashion world, but also a lifestyle. A way to live every part of your life in style.
6. The Zoe Report
If you do not know who Rachel Zoe is, stop reading now. As one of the most sought-after stylists in the industry, Zoe should be not only a fashion lover’s icon, but also her inspiration.
The Zoe Report is a daily email service that sends fashion trends right to your phone or computer. With advice on decorating, makeup, baby clothes and more, The Zoe Report is my daily go-to for the latest trends and inspiration.
The stylist herself also answers fashion questions from her loyal followers. What’s not to love? Subscribe to the free newsletter at thezoereport.com.
5. The Sartorialist
Created by photographer Scott Schuman, this site offers a dialogue between the fashion world and the real world.
The blog is simple: photographs and comments. That is it. Schuman takes street style to the next level by finding people (any people) and photographing them. He posts them and waits for comments.
The simple site is a fun way to communicate with fashion lovers like yourself. Whether you love or hate the look, someone else feels the same way. It is simply amazing.
4. WhoWhatWear.com
Love, love, love is all I can say about this next blog. It takes the season’s hottest trends and tells you not only where to buy them, but also multiple ways to wear them.
The site opens up with the Style Stalker: the moment’s trendiest person in all her stylish glory. It features the person’s style, biography and where to buy every article of clothing she is wearing, also known as outfit IDs.
Seriously, go check it out. Now!
3. LittleMissCareerist.com
If you are serious about working in the fashion industry, this is a blog you MUST follow. It posts jobs and internships in every aspect of the fashion industry from writing and buying to styling and designing.
And not only that, it tells you how to network, how to create a blog and most importantly, how to become important in an industry that is so difficult to be seen in.
If you only look at one blog on this list, this needs to be the one. LMC’s goal is to inspire and motivate you to find that dream job, and then it tells you how to get it. Create your personal brand, and do it with LMC.
2. The Cut
This is truly my No. 1 fashion blog. I follow it religiously, reading every post and examining every photograph.
This New York Magazine blog is chock-full of every speck of fashionable news all over the world. It brings you sample sales of the day, the best look of the day and updates from every designer, socialite and politico (even following Michelle Obama, aka MObama watch).
It goes behind the scenes of every fashion show in every city. It tells you the inspiration behind a designer’s new line. It gives you the gossip behind the clothes and so much more. It is interesting, intriguing and, yes, inspiring.
1. YOURS
No, that is not the name of the blog. I am talking about a blog created by you, for you. Well, maybe not all for you, but for your benefit.
Whether it becomes a famous blog or not, creating your own blog is the best way to put your name to your talent, whether it’s writing, designing, styling or whatever your passion is, a blog can get you noticed.
Post anything that inspires you, anything that interests you. Post your work, sketches and photography samples. Because without samples, you will go nowhere.
Visit hautytoddy.wordpress.com if you need a little inspiration.
If you want to work in the industry or just read about the industry, these blogs will guide you through the complicated lives of fashion’s elite.

Salsa dancing is HOT! With its fast-paced movements and intimate partner contact, salsa dancing is also a great way to stay in shape both physically and mentally. Now, every Wednesday, University of Mississippi students, faculty and Oxford community members will have the opportunity to learn exactly how to master this dance style. Daniel Peña, a teaching assistant and graduate student, will teach the class.
A graduate of Florida State University, Peña has been teaching salsa for four years and served as president of the Salsa Group at FSU.

The thought of being in a professional setting can be frightening to students.
The Ole Miss Athletics Department, along with the Ole Miss M-Club Alumni Chapter, had this in mind when organizing a “Backpack to Briefcase” dinner for junior and senior athletes.
The Monday night dinner, located at The Ole Miss Inn, was the 14th year that the dinner has been organized to prepare student-athletes for life beyond their sport.

Georgia Belvin wakes up Monday through Friday to get ready for a job she loves.
It was not long ago, however, that she sat in a classroom at The University of Mississippi wondering if she would even get a job and how she would prepare for life after graduation.
Experts say seniors approaching graduation should start now, if they have not already, preparing a resume, establishing a career wardrobe and practicing interview techniques in order to compete for the jobs of their dreams.

 

We are living in weird times. 

A time of the largest CEO bonuses on record in the midst of one of the deepest recessions to hit this country. 

A time when a president who campaigned on change, reform and honesty capitulates to ultra-conservatives who hijack our democracy. 

A time when Herman Cain compares himself to black walnut ice cream, saying that if you just give him a taste, you’ll want more. 

Weird times indeed.

 

When the Charger was reintroduced back in 2005 with four doors and an automatic transmission, Mopar fans thought it was near blasphemous.

“How could they do that to such an iconic car?” they thought. After all, it just wouldn’t be the same if Bo Duke had driven a four-door family sedan to run moonshine.

But somebody at Dodge was thinking correctly because the 2005-2010 Charger series by far outsold the 1966-1971 Charger. 

 

 

 

 

After a summer hiatus, the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts is ready to kick off its new season with the best of the best in choral music.

As designers this season are utilizing some of the boldest fabric and color choices since the 1990s, the everyday fashionista can quickly become overwhelmed by the audacious prints, fiery colors and sea of choices to be made in the clothing department.  
Do not worry. This column is a go-to guide for fashion assistance and help in understanding the idea of fashion identity.
Fall is a season of transition, especially in Mississippi, and one’s wardrobe should be flexible enough to facilitate the unpredictable nature of a Southern autumn.  

Cancer is a scary word. Most of us know someone who has had it; some of us may have even had it ourselves.  
In recent years, there has been a focus on breast cancer, and rightfully so.  
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women, second only to skin cancer.  
The statistics on breast cancer are sobering. In the United States, approximately one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime, and in 2010, there was an expected 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed.  

In last week’s review of “The Lion King 3D,” I lamented the fact that some parents insist on bringing their screaming spawn to the theater in a merciless attempt to destroy all that is good and enjoyable about the theater-going experience.  
“The Lion King” is a children’s movie though, so it’s at least understandable that there would be children there to see it.  
“50/50,” on the other hand, is an R-rated dramatic comedy (or comedic drama?) about a guy with cancer.  

Undiscovered musicians will perform tonight in front of the masses and fall prey to the harsh criticism that may or may not await them.  
The fans will choose their favorite, and he or she will rise to fame and have numerous posters and girls’ shirts with his or her face on them everywhere.
No, this is not American Idol, but rather a slightly exaggerated account of what is going to happen tonight at Soulshine Pizza: the Oxford Songwriters Showcase Open Mic.  

When Kurt Cobain screamed “Here we are now/entertain us” in 1991, he wasn’t exactly looking for a hit. He wasn’t looking for accolades; he wasn’t looking to make some grand statement.
Flash forward 20 years later, and comedian Jon Stewart is hosting a townhall-style forum with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Butch Vig.  

The women emerge from the mist, intertwined with flowers, and glide through the wind.
These enchanting women are the subjects of the newest paintings from Oxford-based figurative artist Stan O’Dell.
In his show Les Femmes Enchanteur, opening Oct. 4 at Southside Gallery in Oxford, O’Dell celebrates the beauty, grace and mystery of women.

 

 

The most common thoughts associated with the works of William Shakespeare consist of the run-time being too long, the words too confusing and the rhythm too annoying.

Dex Edwards’ production of Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” opens the Ole Miss theater season with a laugh-out-loud production that is easy to follow, immensely entertaining and only 90 minutes long, including intermission.

 

After a two year hiatus, BMW’s über-sedan returns next summer with two less cylinders, two more turbochargers and a lot more sophistication. 

The F1 inspired V-10 from the previous generation is gone and is replaced by a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 that makes 560-hp and 502 lb-ft of torque. Not only is this a 53-hp jump from the previous M5, but it is the most powerful engine BMW has ever produced.

“Fashion is an endless process of elimination: in and out, now and then, new and old, right and wrong. Being among the chosen provides the nervous adrenaline on which fashion runs.”

When Dickie Scruggs walked up to assistant athletic director for Ole Miss Sports Productions J. Stern and asked him if he wanted actor Russell Crowe to start the Hotty Toddy chant at the football game, Stern’s response was simple — “Hell yeah.”
“Then he handed me his phone, and I was talking to Russell Crowe,” Stern said.
Stern has been working hard for 14 years to get different celebrities to ask the question all Rebel fans love to hear: “Are you ready?”

Changing your own oil is a dirty, time-consuming job. But it also gives you a sense of accomplishment and can sometimes be fun (A twelve-pack helps a little bit in the fun department). Not to mention that just about anybody is capable of doing it as well as it saves you a good amount of money.
So put on that T-shirt with the huge nacho stain, and be prepared to smell like a mechanic. But don’t worry; I will guide you through the whole process.
Required Materials
    • Wrench to fit your oil plug

Mac Leaphart, a Greenville, S.C., native grew up around Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and other outlaw country singers whom his dad turned his ear toward.
His dad’s love for music was passed on to Leaphart as he started playing the piano in sixth grade and moved to guitar shortly after.
As the years went by, Leaphart found himself in all types of venues playing music whenever he got the chance.

It is time to stop singing in the shower and sing for real.
Donald Trott, director of choral activities, thinks anyone with a voice should be heard.
“You do not have to be a music major or anything like that to participate in the choirs,” he said.
The choral program at Ole Miss is made up of Concert Singers, Women’s Glee, Men’s Glee, Women’s Ensemble and University Chorus, which is the Men’s and Women’s Glee combined.

 

Mixed among the usual traditions of the first home SEC football game of the season lies a little artistic gem of local culture right around the corner from Vaught-Hemingway.

This weekend, Theatre Oxford is hosting the annual Ten-Minute Play Festival at the Powerhouse on University Avenue.

 

Sky Shelton, an aspiring musician and song writer, will make his debut at The Lyric on Thursday. 

The concert will be centered around the release of his new album, “New Sound Old Soul.”

His first album will be released the same day as his concert, and Shelton hopes he can reach his goal with Oxford’s support.

 

First, a word on bringing children to the theater: If your child is physically incapable of shutting up for longer than 30 seconds, take one for the team and just stay home.

So yeah, “The Lion King.”  Originally released in 1994, “The Lion King” was the last truly great hand-drawn animated movie and marked the high point of the “Disney Renaissance” that began with “The Little Mermaid” a few years before.