Sunday, March 21, 2010


Blogging started out for me, as just an email list of fashion friends, who I sent a newsletter to. It was all about shopping networks, reminders about the sales at MACY'S, Target, Gilt, and of course, judging the red carpet. Then, my cousin Mikey, who is a mental health proffesional (that's right, I get free therapy! LOL) suggested Blogger, and dragged me into facebook and twitter as well. Check out her mention (Miss Philly) on The Style And Beauty Doctor.

So onto the good karma of sharing....

1. Be Authentic!

The Zen Of Blogging: 7 Steps On The Virtual Path To Real Success, by Lee Wind. is the best book for bloggers.

My Ah hah moment, came in this passage:
You know you need a blog, but you don't need "a" blog - you need YOUR blog,....

2. Give!

The old adage, 'tis better to give than receive is a lesson I learned by following Audrey's Giveaway Blog. Her followers are not only enticed by the contest and giveaways, but when you read their comments, you can also see how much we appreciate Audrey's .... what are the words I'm looking for?... Audrey's personal shopping! It opens virtual windows to so many fantastic sites, sites that we would never be privvy to, if not for Audrey.

3. Cross Train!

Use as many outlets as you can, Stylist Diva can be found on
Delightful Blogs, Blogger, IFB, , stylehive, bloglovin. Dip into as many waters that will automatically post your blog as possible.

4. Be Informative!

The best example of being informative is The Body Beautiful by Allegra and uwishunu. Both have found a niche and zeroed in on it. The Body Beautiful is all about health and fitness, uwishunu (pronounced - you wish you knew) is all about the happenings in Philadelphia.

5. Visuals!

**from V Magazine**

My first newsletter did not include pictures. Describing a floral printed silk and chiffon empire dress, with studded leather skinny belt, was a challenge. Posting images is a LOT easier. It has the same affect as a magazine cover. Check out Anthroppologie Addict, and the Sartorialist for some great examples.

Happy Blogging!


Special for The Style Shepherd Flock

This week's giveaway is The Sartorialist, in paperback by Scott Schuman. To participate and win, you must be a follower of the Style Shepherd, and a follower of at least two of the following blogs:

The Body Beautiful by Allegra
Stylist Diva
Audrey's Giveaways

Post which two blogs you follow from the list, and why you love blogs or blogging.

Each winner will be chosen by and as always, this giveaway is open to every country. Qualifying comments must be in English (Sorry, no translation yet) and entered by Friday, March 26th, 11:59PM EST 2010. The Winners will be notified and announced on Saturday, March 27th 2010. Good Luck!


  1. Wow! that was an amazing post... very informative... almost a nudge in starting my own blog... and thanks for the mention! Love you cousin!!!!

  2. OMG! Can it be a combination advice, beauty, style and gossip blog. PLEASE!

  3. Hey, fun resources! And thanks for the shout out!
    Keep blogging and having fun with it!

  4. thanks so much for including Stylist Diva! I will have to check out some of these other blogs too! xo

  5. A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour..............................................

  6. I`m follower

    I am follower of The Body Beautiful by Allegra

    I am follower of Audrey's Giveaways

    I like these blogs because I get everyday information from them


  7. This is such a cool post! Thanks for the Body Beautiful mention! I will definitely have to check out the other blogs. Keep up all the great work. ;-)

  8. I love this post! I like to blog because it is a way to relief stress. Tell your blogging pals what's making you happy, sad or joyful!

    I'm following Style Shepherd, Stylist Diva &
    Audrey's Giveaways.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  9. I love blogs because they give me such a convenient way to hear about others' lives and find out useful information.

    I'm following Style Shepherd (by email: jentam777 AT gmail DOT com),
    Body Beautiful by Allegra (on Google RSS)
    and Audrey's Giveaways (using jenniferlehman AT rogers DOT com)

  10. Great post! I love to blog because I can write everything. It can be a daily journal, too :)
    I can share my experience and it's great.

    I follow your blog
    I follow Audrey's Giveaway and The Body Beautiful by Allegra

    ilovevanessasomuch at

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