2011 gave us some great stuff. Here, Audrey Magazine’s Florence share her picks of the year’s Best Blogs.
I have pretty horrible fashion sense and not much creativity when it comes to putting an outfit together. This makes it easy for me to appreciate those with their own unique sense of style. Rumi Neely has just that. Neely is able to put together the grunge and glamour of high-end, commercial and vintage pieces with ease. Not only are her fashion choices inspiring to look at, but Neely, who is of Japanese, Dutch, and Scottish is gorgeous as well. Since its’ birth in 2008, FashionToast has become an influential digital montage of high-res photos of Neely modeling her effortlessly chic style, while letting readers in on her purchases, travels, and adventures.
I’ve been following TheActorsDiet.com for about 2 years now, and its creator, Lynn Chen, never ceases to amaze me with her honest, truthful, and witty posts. Chen’s blog centers on her life as an Asian American Actress in Hollywood who previously suffered from an eating disorder. Not only does the blog have appetizing pictures, but Chen also updates twice a day, so there is always something to read and foodie pics to drool over.
For up to date celebrity news, fashion, and entertainment – JustJared.com is a go-to site for 24/7 updates from Hollywood. Not only is JustJared one of the few celebrity blogs that posts only positive commentary about the stars, but it is also one of the few celebrity gossip blogs run by a Chinese-American. Behind the blog is 28-year-old Chinese-American, Jared Eng. Engs’ interest in the world of celebrity gossip began while he was a student at Columbia. Since its birth in 2005, JustJared.com, as well as its sister site, JustJaredJr.com, receive over 11 million visitors per month.
Not all of us are tiny little Asian American women. Luckily, we have Thick DumplingSkin.com to remind us that it is perfectly okay to not be that way. Additionally, it is perfectly okay to struggle with our body image. Launched by Actress Lynn Chen and Hyphen publisher Lisa Lee in February of 2011, Thick Dumpling Skin is a vibrant community for Asian Americans to share and discuss their unhealthy quest, past and present, for the “perfect” body, showing us that struggles with food & body image are not merely about will power – they’re social, cultural, and familial.
Don’t worry, we’re not all angry. Founded in 2001 by Korean American Phil Yu, AngryAsianMan.com is a blog channeling current news paired with commentary discussing racism and representation of Asian Americans in the mainstream media. Yu’s blog is ranked one of the most popular blogs for the Asian American community, empowering readers to be culturally and socially aware of the issues that impact Asian Americans today.