During my recent blog vacation, I found myself thinking about the blogs I've seen come and go since I began blogging. I miss Paula from Fashion over Fifty and Serene at the Elegant Bohemian and Reva from Rags to Roses. I miss Christina from Second Skin Style. And I found myself asking whatever happened to the GANG of academic style blogs I was reading when Rags first began. I realize that people's interests change, but for every favorite that disappears a new one seems to come to my attention.
Last week Citizen Rosebud challenged us to introduce Top Tier blogs that may have been overlooked by the powers that be. I could think of many I might suggest and as I made my commenting rounds I met a few new ones and came across recommendations for several I already read. In some ways, "Top Tier" is a terribly loaded term as the dust-up at IFB demonstrated. I know that I most value those blogs where I have some sense of a personal relationship with the blogger and I can see that the clothing is worn for daily life.
In THAT category, Lisa at Dangerous Curves best fits the bill. When I stumbled across her blog, she was posting about the special set of concerns a ballroom dancer might have when dressing for competition. As I read, I found myself remembering the basic belly dancing classes I took several years ago...and the discovery that often the costumes the dancers wore enhanced the effect of the dance. Here Lisa is, in action with "Marcel."
As I continued to read Lisa's blog, I realized that she was a graduate student who both teaches and takes classes. I connected with that too, remembering my own days in graduate school as a very heady time of learning and learning by teaching. She's been off for the summer and has made generous comments on many of our blogs. I know she lifted my spirits when I hit the wall with the Six Items Challenge. And, she's been thrifting, with a special dancer's eye for the movement of a gown.
She's introduced us to her family members-- her young photographer has ideas similar to my grandson's about a good pose. So, while we share many interests, I encourage any of my followers to follow Lisa as she shares videos of her dance practice sessions, photos of her latest thrift store haul and shoe collections, and bemoans that portion of her body that seems to solicit out of the ordinary attention.
School started for her this week and no doubt, she's as swamped as I feel with the new semester, but I encourage you to swamp her with comments. You'll be glad you did.