While blogs that continue to post regularly are becoming few and far between, I’m still a big fan of setting some time aside each day to catch up on my favourites, new and old.
I consume a lot of ~content~ day to day. Instagram is great for scroll-through snapshots into others’ lives. A newspaper provides plenty of grounding information (ain’t nothing more grounding that realising the world is on fire outside of the sea of blossoms, pastel flatlays and travel goals…!). Books offer the perfect escapist ticket to a fictional world. Blogs still tick off an otherwise-untapped niche of seeing the world precisely through somebody else’s eyes: their words, their photos, their links and their thoughts.
So, today I thought I’d share a reel of the top blog reads that remain firmly on my blogroll…
Sea of Shoes
When I first discovered the immersive world of blogs, Jane Aldridge’s blog was one of the first I followed.
I read Sea of Shoes religiously while at college, and even produced a magazine for an A-level project that focused on the top blogs of the time – Style Scrapbook, fashiontoast, Bryan Boy and Stylebubble naturally were the others! – so you could say this really is one of my favourite reads.
And what I adore the most about Sea of Shoes has always this: Jane constantly showcases beautiful, original outfits with pieces she’s worn for years, and that she’s rehomed from vintage markets and second-hand stores. Back when I discovered the blog, I had almost no money to splash on new clothing. I could only justify investing in one new piece once in a while, and would turn to blogs to discover how else I could re-wear the same items over and over.
These days, Jane also shares posts about her vegan food, bullet journaling and her experiences living with endometriosis, to name but a few. She’s a brilliant all-rounder.
Coco’s Tea Party
Ella’s fashion and lifestyle blog, Coco’s Tea Party, has been a great source of joy, entertainment and inspiration for me over the years. What I love the most about Coco’s Tea Party is that it consistently features of-the-moment content that almost always aligns directly with what I’m wanting to read.
Expect beautifully curated wishlists for the twenty-something working woman, lifestyle manuals for motivation, productivity and dating, and a whole host of mindful content. Ella’s hardworking ethic always shines through in each of her posts and I love knowing that come Monday, Wednesday and Friday, there’ll be something fresh to digest.
Plus, with more than a decade of blogging experience under her belt, Ella has also published a great e-book full of expert tips on blogging that’s absolutely worth picking up.
I absolutely adore Rebecca, her blog and her adorable puppers. Not only is she an incredible content creator, she is the loveliest human. Her blog, From Roses, once focused predominantly on beauty but has now grown exponentially to include lifestyle articles, more personal experiences, entertainment (her podcast recommendations are always great!), and dog Mama life posts.
Alongside all of that, she’s recently launched a bespoke photography service! I hired Rebecca to produce all of my website launch assets for Honey + Chai (we’re currently on hiatus until I get my Time Turner to work…!) and couldn’t rate her more highly. There’s just something about From Roses that soothes my soul when I click in for a little read.
The Little Plum
The Little Plum is in a league of its own. Chloe’s blog is one I return to time and time again, for her posts are so thoughtfully written and yet they ooze with effortlessness and a no-BS mantra. She covers all manner of topics: style, beauty, relationships, sex, dealing with normal twenty-something sagas… And with such relatability you’d think she’d climbed into your brain!
Even if you’re not into think-pieces and longer blog posts, you’ll still love her outfits: neutral goodness and all for a petite frame.
I first discovered Bee’s blog, Vivatramp, more than eight years ago while I was still at University. We quickly bonded over cheese toasties, a mutual Harry Potter obsession and nightly Twitter chats, and I’m forever blessed to call this lady a friend. Her blog is a wonderful compilation of happy lists, book reviews and other bookish content, and you’ll never tire of her book recommendations.
Alongside Vivatramp, she has a wonderful Patreon where she hosts a book club, shares monthly creative guides and even more writing/bookish goodness. I’m currently not a member as I’m trying to get my finances in order, but you should absolutely join the coven.
A Rosie Outlook
Another blog that I discovered years back, A Rosie Outlook has retained the same diary-like magic that drew me to it in the first place.
Rosie shares candid, beautifully crafted posts that glimmer with personality and practically jump off the page with their perfectly told stories. She shares a portal into her life as a woman living on the South Coast with her pupper, navigating challenging times and juggling normal, everyday life.
Then there’s Sweet Monday, Kim’s blog, which I’ve read for years on years. Once a fashion blog, it’s evolved into a food and lifestyle journal and for that reason, I’m never short of delicious places to eat at in London or drool-worthy recipes to try out at the weekend.
Kim recently moved into a home of her own too, so there’s plenty of interior inspiration that I’m constantly saving for my own home-ownership forays later this year.