10 Questions with Adriane of Avant Gaudy


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.

Blog Spotlight – Passive Aggressive Notes


The BlogPassive Aggressive Notes is a collection of “painfully polite and hilariously hostile writings from shared spaces the world over.” Many of the notes featured here have been included in a book that is available from your favorite retailer.

The Blogger – Kerry Miller is the woman behind the blog, but she depends on readers just like you to submit “passive-aggressive (and just plain aggressive) notes.”

A Post We Luv – As a Human Resources professional myself, I laughed out loud at the first note featured in oh! shit! Though this particular note is not mine, I have been known to send out company-wide emails regarding bathroom etiquette.

The Friday Five – Volume 11

friday5Welcome to another edition of The Friday Five! I hope you enjoy the very diverse selection of blogs I chose to feature this week. As always, I would love to hear about other blogs you’d like to see featured here. Please drop me a line through the contact form to tell me all about them! Have a great weekend!

  • QuizMasterChris’ Trivia Pub Quiz Blog and Infoporium – If you’re in the Philadelphia area and enjoy trivia games, you’ll want to check out this site for information on where and when you can participate in local bar quizzes.
  • Cooking 4 All Seasons – This blog is full of simple Indian recipes for everyday dining.
  • Cheap Danny – “Cheap Danny” shows you how to save big bucks by using online coupon codes.
  • Inkweaver Review – Trying to decide what book to read next? Check out this site loaded with book reviews from every genre.
  • Cars for Girls – This site was created to empower women by educating them on all aspects of the automotive industry.

Blog Spotlight – $5 Dinners


The Blog$5 Dinners is perfect for food lovers on a budget. Each and every recipe featured on the site can be made for under five bucks! All recipes are designed to feed a family of four.

The Blogger – Erin Chase claims that she cannot make a meal that costs more than $5 no matter how hard she tries.

A Post We Luv – I looked through dozens of $5 dinners, and you can’t imagine how difficult it was to choose just one!  After much debate, I have chosen to spotlight the Chili-Cornbread Cups.  They look delicious!

Blog Spotlight – Budgets are Sexy


The BlogBudgets are Sexy boasts that it is “a personal finance blog that would make Benjamin Franklin proud.” After browsing the archives, I must say that it would also make Dave Ramsey proud!

The Blogger – J. Money is a twenty-something budget nerd who is determined to become a millionaire. His net worth is currently at $95,000 and growing.

A Post We Luv – As a lover of both books and personal finance, I really enjoyed Book Review: The Millionaire Next Door. I’m definitely adding this book to my wish list!

The Friday Five – Volume 10

friday5Welcome to another edition of The Friday Five! I hope you enjoy the blogs I chose to feature this week. If you have favorites that you’d like to see in a future Friday Five post, please drop me a line through the contact form to tell me all about them. Have a great weekend, and happy blog hopping!

  • Farmgirl Fare – Follow the adventures of Farmgirl Susan, a California native who gave up the city life for a crazy country life on a 240 acre farm in Missouri. On her blog, she shares recipes, photos, and interesting stories from the farm.
  • The Daily Puppy – If you’re an animal lover like myself, you won’t be able to resist these adorable puppy photos!
  • The Habitation of Justice – This personal blog is authored by a thirtysomething single guy living in New York. Lincoln Adams, as he prefers to be called, is a “fierce conservative, devout Christian” and has been looking for his dream girl since he was eight years old. Ladies, be sure to check him out!
  • Standard Social – This site is dedicated to providing the latest news in fashion and entertainment, as well as reviews for those in the Kansas City area and beyond.
  • VirginTech – This technology blog features news, product reviews, and tips for getting the most out of your computer.

Blog Spotlight – Dating Tales

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The Blog – If you’re single, formerly single, or just wish you were single, Dating Tales is the place for you.  Not only will you find valuable dating tips and advice there, but there are also plenty of dating stories to keep you entertained for hours!

The Blogger - Sara is a former online dater who finally tied the knot in October 2008.  She currently resides in Denver, Colorado where she operates her own freelance writing company.

A Post We Luv – After reading Eight Signs He is Going to Break Up With You, I feel more prepared for my next relationship.  When I start seeing these subtle indicators of impending heartache, I’ll be able to beat the guy to the punch!

Blog Spotlight – Hey, It’s Free!

HIFThe Blog – The fine folks at Hey, It’s Free! spend their days perusing the internet in search of cool things that won’t cost you a cent.  They post the offers that they have determined to be legitimate and non-spammy.  The site boasts more than 17,000 subscribers.

The Blogger – Goob founded Hey, It’s Free! several years ago.  He claims to be the “coolest person in the world.”

A Post We Luv – If you’re an animal lover like myself, be sure to check out the Free ADT Pet Window Clings.  In the event of a house fire, they notify emergency personnel that you have animals inside that need to be rescued.