Posts Tagged ‘blog’

Blog Comment Contest Winner!

August 17, 2009

Congratulations to Patricia Ann of The Shapes of Things for winning our blog comment contest!  She won a $50 gift card to Avant Gaudy just by commenting on our blog posts!

Thank you to all of you who commented and participated!

The contest may be over, but we still love to hear what you have to say! 

Tell us what you think about your favorite posts! And check out Avant Gaudy to see our newest vintage merchandise.

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Check Her Out: Saved for Best

August 13, 2009

AliceThere are dozens, if not hundreds of  popular personal style blogs online right now, with constant updates from “hipsters” talking about and showing off their favorite designer clothes and vintage finds.  Well, here’s another one to add to the list that’s different that we think you should take a look at.  UK blogger Alice just recently started her own style blog, Saved for Best, featuring daily photos of her unique outfits and a recent review of Avant Gaudy! Each day, Alice gives her readers a glimpse at her outfit for the day and a little story behind it.  Most of her favorite pieces are unique vintage finds, and she even reconstructs some of her own clothing.

Here’s how Alice describes her own unique style:

The problem, if you could ever call it that, is that my eyes are always drawn to a pattern, a colour, a cut, a cloth and sometimes clothes that are just downright funny-looking. I’m a spontaneous shopper; I take no pleasure in searching for the ‘perfect’ anything. I want glitter and glamour, flowers and frills, lace and luxury and I want it now. Hence a wardrobe heaving with sequins, netting, vintage dresses, giddy patterns, scarves, bags and shoes of all styles, yet nothing that makes any kind of concession to practicality or befits a specific occasion – unless that occasion calls for fancy dress.

Here’s a quick look at some of our favorite outfits from this month so far. 

Alice, August 3

Alice, August 9

Alice, August 11

Be sure to check out Saved for Best  for Alice’s daily style posts.

Blogs We Luv!

August 4, 2009

Blogs We Luv: 10 Questions with Adriane of Avant GaudyAvant Gaudy was recently featured on Blogs We Luv!  Be sure to check out Blogs We Luv to see reviews and spotlights on other blogs, too!

The original interview appears here, and is reposted below.

10 Questions with Adriane of Avant Gaudy

By Tish on August 4th, 2009

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 10 Questions with Adriane of Avant Gaudy

1. Describe your blog in five sentences or less.
While most sites focus on vintage fashion as an artifact, Avant Gaudy adheres to Coco Chanel’s creed: “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” While we draw inspiration from trends on the runway and on the street, we portray what we see through vintage clothing. Our blog reflects this juxtaposition, and draws readers who crave sustainable, innovative style. The blog offers our writers’ opinions on the relation between film, music, pop culture trends and more in relation to fashion. Finally, the blog also provides updates about news and merchandise from Avant Gaudy, our online vintage retailer.

2. Link us to one post from your blog that best defines who you are.
It’s so hard to pick just one! We have so many talented writers with different personalities and different interests that it’s hard to pick one BEST post. However, I think this entry, Contemporary Vintage: “Log Cabin Chic”, demonstrates how Avant Gaudy strives to focus on the importance of vintage fashion at a time when vintage clothing is more relevant – and prevalent – than ever. While we have a variety of different kinds of posts on the blog, this particular posts seems to emphasize part of our purpose: pointing out runway trends that are also being worn on the streets and teaching readers how they can create the same look with more affordable vintage pieces.

3. What sets you apart from other bloggers?
One thing that sets us apart from other bloggers is that our blog coincides with our online vintage store, Avant Gaudy. While we often post about trends, boutiques or fashion news, we also try to update our readers about the newest merchandise available on our Web site or give readers a sneak peek at our latest photo shoots. The blog also gives us the opportunity to hear back from our readers and customers. We love comments and feedback!

4. When and how did you first discover blogging?
Honestly, I personally just started blogging this summer! I started a blog with my friend where we just talked about fashion things we liked or other random things we were interested in, but we quickly ran out of time to work on it. I then started working with Avant Gaudy in June and since I’ve become incredibly involved with this blog, acting as blog manager with a team of about 14 writers. Now I want to start my own personal blog as well to discuss things I like and I’m interested in that might not fit on the Avant Gaudy blog. This is also the first time most of Avant Gaudy’s contributing writers have been blogging, too!

5. What is your biggest pet peeve related to blogging or the internet?
Spam. It’s incredibly annoying and we’ve been linked back to some very random sites for some reason. I’m incredibly grateful for Akismet!

6. Name one plugin, blogging widget, or service that you can’t live without.
As I had said, thank God for Akismet! And I really love checking out our stats, too. I love to know how many views we get each day, which posts are the most popular with our readers and how people are finding our blog. I love to see which search engine terms people have used and have found our blog through – it can be incredibly amusing.

7. If you could choose anyone, living or dead, to write a guest post for your blog, who would it be and why?
This is a tough one! It might sound cliché, but I think it would be incredible to have Coco Chanel write a guest post for us. We’ve actually written a few posts about Chanel already and her famous quote (“Fashion is in the sky, in the street…”) inspires our writers daily. If I had a second option as a guest writer, it would probably be Anna Wintour. It would be interesting to see her share her opinions in our blog.

8. How has blogging made you a better person?
As the manager of the Avant Gaudy blog, I think it has definitely made me a better person in that I’ve had the opportunity to work with other talented and opinionated fashion writers. I think blogging has also made me more aware of how much is really out there already. With so many blogs available on so many topics, it’s incredibly important to be unique and relevant.

9. What are your tips for becoming a better blogger?
Edit, spellcheck, edit, review, edit, check grammar and edit again!. Make sure your post is PERFECT before you publish it. I’m also a journalism student and careless grammar or spelling mistakes are one of my biggest pet peeves. It’s not difficult to read over your post at least once before publishing it and making sure there are no mistakes. It will make your blog look even more professional.

10. Name one great blog that you read on a regular basis. What makes it unique?
I love reading style blogs that are written by incredibly talented, stylish and YOUNG bloggers. I find it amazing – I’ll admit, I was never that stylish or Internet-savvy when I was in junior high! Or even high school! A few of my favorites are Style Rookie, The Stylish Wanderer and Sea of Shoes.

Avant Gaudy: Perfect 10

August 1, 2009

Bloggy AwardAvant Gaudy just won a Bloggy Award and received perfect 10s in all categories, including visual aesthetics, user friendliness, reading enjoyment, useful info and overall experience! See what Bloggy Award had to say about our blog:

 

Avant Gaudy is one of the most unique fashion blogs that I have seen in a while. The name alone should give you an inkling of what is in store for you in this blog.

Visual Aesthetics – 10
Avant Gaudy makes use of a very simple template. Again, this is a perfect example of how simplicity can be of great beauty. Photos – lots of them – make up for the simplicity of the template. For someone who is not really into fashion, I was really taken with the visuals in this blog.

User Friendliness – 10
It is very easy to navigate this blog. There are relevant links within the posts. The archives and the categories are also very accessible in the right column. I did have some issues with page loading times, but I think that it was more due to my Internet connection which has been acting up all day.

Reading Enjoyment – 10
As I said, I am not that into fashion but I did find myself reading on and on. More than the photos that caught my eyes, I did find tidbits of information in the text that were (surprisingly for me) enjoyable!

Useful Info – 10
People who do not think much of mainstream fashion should take a look at Avant Gaudy. There are tons of tips and ideas with regard to dressing and accessorizing yourself up!

Overall Experience – 10
There is no doubt about it, Avant Gaudy deserves a perfect score. Fashionable people, fashionista wannabes, or people like me who do not know much about this world – Avant Gaudy just might hold what you need and want.