G&G Blogger of the Year, MVB, MIB…and more!

So we’re getting really close to the end of 2010, and I wanted to catch you, my lovelies, before you shut down, check out, and revel in the holiday happiness that begins tomorrow. Because that’s what I’m going to do. Martini in hand, of course.

About halfway through 2010, I stopped paying informal blog awards forward because I felt like I’d leave so many great bloggers out. That said, singling out the blogs below might seem contradictory, but I’ll tell you why I wanted to do this: some bloggers actually changed the fashion blogosphere for the better this year. They supported, connected with, and positively impacted other bloggers—and that is HUGE in my book.

If I didn’t mention you below, please don’t be offended. I seriously treasure each and every one of you. We all have our own reasons for blogging, and so many of you are rocking it day-in, day-out. But these bloggers went the extra mile to create conversation, community, friendship, and awareness. So thank you and congratulations on your accomplishments in 2010!


G&G 2010 Blogger of the Year: Beautifully Invisible

G&G 2010 Blogger of the Year: Beautifully Invisible
She might be anonymous, but B’s blog certainly is not invisible.

Beautifully Invisible really transformed this year, especially after moving to a self-hosted blog on WordPress.org. But that’s not why she’s my 2010 Blogger of the Year. She flew to the top of my list because she was willing to push herself on so many levels—technologically, emotionally, philosophically—you name it. She dove right into the world of self-hosted blogs, with no prior experience, then essentially wrote a primer on it. She sought out constructive criticism and actually listened and implemented suggested changes. Her posts are grammatically correct (God bless you for that, B!), presented properly for the Web, intelligent, thought-provoking, and above all, original. She leaves thoughtful comments and acknowledges her readers. And she has been a star in terms of rallying behind other bloggers and helping when she can through well-crafted posts and totally fun tweets.

Beautifully Invisible
www.beautifully-invisible.com | @BeautifullyInv | Bloglovin’ | RSS


G&G 2010 Most Valuable Blogger (MVB): Modly Chic

Katy of Modly Chic came up with an idea to connect bloggers—Fashion Beauty Friend Friday (FBFF)—that she started with literally a handful of bloggers earlier this year. She had a vision, had the courage to establish ground rules and approach other bloggers and, wow, has it just blossomed! The group now includes 100+ bloggers who respond to a set of questions authored by Katy on their blogs every Friday. And there’s even a Twitter hashtag: #FBFF.

Topics covered in the FBFF series definitely included irreverent, girlie fashion stuff; but many weeks, topics we wrote (or vlogged) about—like dealing with negative comments and body image—were deep, inspiring, and attitude-altering. And the fashion blogosphere noticed…many of our posts have been included in IFB Links a la Mode Roundups week after week.

If that’s not enough, then Katy created a FBFF Google Group for the distribution of weekly FBFF questions that has become an invaluable resource for bloggers with other blog-related questions, concerns, or announcements. Bloggers in the group regularly provide feedback and support to fellow members who are sorting out copyright issues, feeling burned out, facing technical problems, and more.

Friend Friday details from www.modly-chic.com.

Modly Chic
modlychic.blogspot.com | @katy_rose1 Bloglovin’ | RSS


G&G 2010 Most Improved Blogger (MIB): Lee Oliveira

G&G Most Improved Blogger Lee OliveiraTalk about progress. Sydney, Australia-based street style photographer Lee Oliveira just started blogging this year(!), and in record time he pulled a Beautifully Invisible and overhauled his blog with a new, clean (and gorgeous) self-hosted design on WordPress.org, his own domain, videos, and more. He learned the art of commenting, got on Twitter—and virtually overnight—grew a large and loyal following. Lee leveraged social media like a star and if you peek at the comments on his blog, you can see why. He gives as much as he gets. And that’s why his growth in the blogosphere has been explosive. I only wish I had become acquainted with Lee when I was in Sydney…oh, imagine the photos!

But Lee didn’t just aim high in terms of his blog. His own street style photography—the purpose for his blog—also made significant strides this year. As someone who picked up a big honkin’ DSLR last year and still doesn’t really know how to use it, I admire Lee’s growth in that area. I also love that Lee asks his subjects—the ladies and the gents—about the fragrance they wear. It’s a different spin on street style photography that you obviously can’t get in the photos, but we all know how important fragrance can be as a personal marker.

This was one of my favorite shots Lee took this year:

Marina, as shot by Lee Oliveria. Image via leeoliveria.com.

Lee Oliveria
www.leeoliveira.com | @leeoliveira82 | Bloglovin’ | RSS


More Mosts

These blogs are regular reads, for exactly the reasons listed below. Love you guys!

Congratulations, fellow bloggers, on an amazing year!


  1. I think everyone on this list, and everyone that’s not on this list, has done amazing things with year. I’ve seen, heard and read many bloggers growing this year and I think it’s amazing. I believe 2010 was my breakout year, and I can only hope 2011 will be even more amazing. Maybe less s***storms though… 🙂

  2. Crap. V, I am literally moved to tears. First the joy of seeing so many bloggers that I admire on that list! The top 3, spot on! Each of them are so well chosen. As a recent fan of Beautiful, I’ve come to trust her voice of authenticity, I greatly admire Modly Chic’s incredible impact of the blogging community and Lee! LOVE his presence and photography. As I was reading the list, I kept saying “yes!”, “yes!” outloud: Miss Vinyl Ahoy, Jill of Polka Dot, Sacramento! Brit, Jemina, Kristy Elena, all wonderful bloggers who share their world with me, and so many more. And then the gut-puncher: you put ME on the list! I am beyond honored, beyond thrilled (like when the cool girl in English class complimented my sweater) and pretty much smack dab in a pool of sentimental gratitude: THANK-YOU! This has been an earth-breaking year for me, and much of the sea-change has come from falling in love with blogging and the blogging community. I guess seeing my name on YOUR list, makes me feel part of something I am so smitten with, and proud of. -Bella Q
    twitter: @citizenrosebudz

  3. I naturally don’t want to be too toady BUT I can’t help myself to add that YOUR contribution to the blogosphere sounds more than obvious thanks to your usual sense of “cyber interacting”, notably through this kind of uber altruistic / enlightened posts !!!
    ps: Aaaw so even if I honestly prefer White Beer than Martini, it’s a warm Pleasure for me to virtually “clinck glasses” from France with you for the Holidays Dear V !!!
    à Bientôt, Antoine

  4. Oooooh! Okay, I don’t know most of these blogs, so I am excited to hop over and check them out. This is really cool that you chose to do an awards-style post for these lovely bloggers!! There are so many amazing blogs out there that don’t get the credit they deserve. Thanks SOOO much for doing this! I will check them out. 🙂


    Ah, and you’re blog isn’t half-bad either, my dear. hehe 😉
    I shall recognize you in this comment as my “Favorite New Find” Blog!!!

  5. Well first of all, thank you for the mention! I appreciate it 🙂 But most of all thank you for putting together this post and ALL of your posts. I know you’re a huge inspiration to me and many others! Enjoy the martini and the holidays 🙂

  6. OK, I completely missed this! I’ve been totally absent the blogging world the last couple days in order to get all the work done before Christmas so I don’t have a tone to do the week between Christmas and New Years! Thanks a million Vahni! I’m thrilled at the way FBFF has taken off and the fact that there are over 225 bloggers now is astounding to me! V – you played a huge roll in getting this going and I am forever grateful!
    – Katy

  7. wowwowowwow! thank you so much for including me in this list. what a great idea & some new blog tips too. have an amazing christmas and new year, it has been wonderful getting to know you (albeit not quite as much as i would have liked!) xx

  8. Go, B! I couldn’t agree more. She’s been a monumental personality in the blogging world and, as a blogger, she’s inspired me in more ways than I can count. Beautifully Invisible as a blog is just as unstoppable; I’ve never found myself uninterested in anything she’s posted, even if there’s a topic or two that I’ve never given much attention to in the past. Writing, content, design, personality – definitely the blogger of the year!

    So many others you mentioned are favorites – lovely dear Anika, the amazing photography on PinkBow – and there are a bunch I’ve not yet visited so I’ll be getting busy checking them out soon.

    P.S. I agree with Antoine, your contributions have been beyond words. You give so much to the blogging community and I can certainly say for myself that your posts have been some of the most delightful and informative that I’ve read in my almost-year in the blogosphere.

  9. I don’t even know what to say or where to begin. To say I am stunned would be an understatement. As soon as I read this the tears started flowing, and they haven’t stopped since. V – as I said on twitter – you have turned me into a blubbering idiot. Love you.

    I am utterly speechless, which, as you know, is a rare thing for me. I ALWAYS have something to say, good or bad! I’ve come back to this post and started commenting a million times since I read this, and deleted it each time because I just can’t seem to find the right words. I started Beautifully Invisible because I needed a distraction from a broken heart. I got hooked on blogging because it became a creative outlet and a way to share and learn more about something I was passionate about. But what makes it all worthwhile, day after day, is the wonderful, talented, passionate and besutiful people that I have grown to know these past few months. You named so many of them in your list above, and I am honored to be in their company.

    Most of all, V, you have been an inspiration to me throughout this whole process. If I ever had to pick a single “favorite blogger” it would be you for so many reasons. Your passion, dedication, talent are legendary, and your friendship is priceless.

    Thank you SO much, for the bottom of my heart. I am honored that you think I deserve this accolade, and now I am off to cry some more now. Here’s to 2011!

  10. Congrats to everyone on the list!! Thanks V, I am looking forward to checking out all these fabulous blogs over my Christmas break. G&G is such a great resource for finding out about blogs I mightn’t have otherwise discovered. Thank you for broadening my reading horizons and have a wonderful Christmas!

  11. Thank you so much.It is better than winning an Oscar, hehehe.
    You know you are in my heart, and there you will stay for more reasons than I can count.
    All the best for you and your family and friends.

    1. This was all in English! Wow! And I was looking to finally translate some of your comments to me. Going back to an older one. Thank you my lovely Sacramento!

  12. Now THIS is a worthwhile compilation of blogs! I still have bookmarked the last blog compilation list you made 🙂
    As before mentioned and will be certainly mentioned after me, YOU have made a brilliant contribution to the fashion/web tool blogosphere yourself!! So many thanks to you as well my dear!!

    Thank you for all of your support, great features/content + lovely comments!! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you + Mr. Stylist. I’ll get a mojito ready so we can clink glasses 😉


  13. Thanks so much for listing these! Some I know. Quite a few, I don’t. Can’t wait to take some time over the holiday and check each of them out. Merry Christmas to you and your family!! ~Serene

  14. Wow! I can’t believe I made your list of “mosts” – I literally burst into tears when I saw my blog listed. Thank you so much for choosing me. You are such an inspirational blogger that being chosen by you is like winning a Grammy for me. You really made my day.
    I think you other Mosts were spot on as well. All three of your top awards are so deserving.
    Great choices and thank you for posting this. It is so kind of you to spread such sweet blog love!!

  15. V, I feel so honored to be included among these amazing bloggers. I know others have said it here, and I’ve said it before, but you deserve to hear it again: Thank you for being such an inspiration and source of support to me and the entire fashion blogging community. We love you!

  16. Wow, I really do love this post. You made such an effort in compiling a brilliant list.:) Congrats on all the winners.

    I hope you have a fantastic christmas, V, full of joy, happiness, food and drink (of course!!). :)SarahD


  17. Couldn’t agree more with your awards. Each of these bloggers brings unique content and a distinct voice to the blogosphere. There are so many amazing bloggers and writers, it’s great and truly humbling that you acknowledge them. Great job V and kudos to Beautifully Invisible, Katy and Lee!

  18. I am completely honored to be included in your list! You are such an inspiration; your support means so much to me. I can’t wait to check out some of the blogs I don’t know!

  19. Well, well, well! THANK YOU!!!

    What I love most about this is HOW MANY categories you have here! Wow, what a diverse and amazing group of bloggers you’ve compiled. I love it! I’m on vacation next week and there are quite a few bloggers here that I don’t know yet, so I’ll have plenty of time to check them out!

    I am so glad that I found YOUR blog! You are an inspiration!


  20. This is great, V! Thanks for giving me a whole list of new blogs to read 🙂 I love how inspiring & supportive you are to other bloggers — it’s something totally admirable and refreshing!

  21. WOW.. I’m speechless and on top of that.. I am crying! (yes.. I am a big babe)
    As you know I started only a few months ago and I have grown tremendously.
    This is all because I am blessed for having amazing blogger friends and professional people (like you) giving me opinions throughout this time. From here I will only get better and better, and hopefully I will see you one day in one of those crazy Fashion Shows around the world.
    To other fabulous bloggers who you have been mentioned.. well deserved!! They have content and uniqueness! This are the 2 fundamental keys to be a talented blogger.
    So, a enormous Thanks to you and my friends that supports me.
    Merry Christmas Vhani.

  22. How lovely of you to make this list! And so sweet of you to include me, too ♥ You’ve also introduced me to quite a few blogs I hadn’t heard of before, so I’ll definitely be checking them out.

    Hope you have a wonderful holiday, V! We can’t wait to see your exceptional, thought-provoking, interesting posts in 2011.

  23. Came to wish you a Merry Christmas and was very touched to find this shout out on your blog list, thank you! Very touched and flattered indeed especially given all the big guns up there!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year V! Looking forward to more of Grit and Glamour in 2011!

  24. So many AMAZING comments…now it’s my turn to cry. Thank you all so much. I especially appreciate that those who weren’t named specifically took this post in stride and looked at it as an opportunity to explore all these wonderful blogs.

    Thank you my fantastic, fabulous readers, for your reciprocal love and support! Mwah!

  25. lol! I’ve only just seen this (Still catching up with my reading after my holiday) and could not be more flattered – thanks so much: have a wonderful Christmas!

  26. This was amazing and the best Christmas present you could give to all of us bloggers!! Though I’m not familiar with Lee Oliviera (which I will be checking out by the way) I totally second those top picks! Katy and Beautifully Invisible have done AMAZING things this year and I follow most of the blogs you mentioned and couldn’t agree more!

    I am so super duper flattered to be mentioned! Thanks you so so so much! I hope you (and that martini!) have an awesome Christmas!!

  27. Wow V, I love your blog. I love the idea of the blogger of the year awards and how you are so dedicated to your readers. It’s really nice to see things like this. Makes me feel like people do care about bloggers and our input on society, fashion and all things beautiful.

    Happy Holidays!

  28. Thank you soooo sooo much for the mention, this is such an honour, and by far, one of the best X’mas present for me this year.
    Happy Christmas Sweetheart

    LOVE LOVE LOVE always,

  29. Vahni, sweet sweet Vahni. Thank you so much for this, I am so moved now that I am crying. Thank you for all that you give to all of us who are fortunate to be touched by your grace. This is one of those moments for me when I am trying to really take the love in and keep it in every cell of my body. I <3 you!

    I love your list!

    I wanted to stop by to apologize to you and the lovely Kristy for not being able to take part in the kristy-team-day, I am rooting for her, but everything has been sidetracked over here because a pupil of mine died last week, I have not had any time for reflection or other actitivites besides berievement counceling for the parents of the pupil, the other pupils and my colleagues these last days, but was thinking of you both. I also missed this post for the same reason until today, when I saw a lovely notice from beautiful Bella.

    I am wishing you a wonderful christmas again, and sending you warm hugs. Thank you for being such a wonderful friend! 🙂

  30. Holy sheesh!! Wow, ummm… wow! You’ve totally made my X mas extra special.

    Vahni, you are such an AMAZING, SPARKLY, INSPIRATIONAL individual for all the mentions and doing this…. and you are so right, I so so love B’s blog – Beautifully Invisible, there are no words to describe how awesome she is or how amazing her blog is (better than the stuff you read in magazines and newspapers) and Lee’s amazing commentary that goes with the incredible photo series… I always feel like iIm right there with him chasing these beautiful and fabulously stylish people for a shot! As for Katy, how seriously awesome is the Friend Friday features?!

    Thank you for also mentioning me and my little blog and for all it’s randomness!!! I appreciate this so much and am truly touched. I am so so glad to have met many of these fantastic blogger friends mentioned.
    There are still a few on this list that I need to check out & am not familiar with yet,

    Lady, you’re a ROCKSTAR! Thanks for your support!

  31. Again, thank you all so much for all your wonderful, sweet, uplifting comments, and for sharing this post so many times on Twitter! I’ve read every single message and tweet and was touched by them all.

    Hope you’re all having a lovely holiday respite! I’m off to shop!

  32. Thank you so much for including us! Coming from you, the epitome of professionalism, it is an honor indeed! I hope you had a beautiful holiday! And it was so fun to be included with you in links a la mode. Thanks again for showing me the way! Linked you in my posting of it. : )

    1. No worries, Kristin! One day if I ever decide to monetize, I’ll be coming to you for some pointers. You two are so well-organized and successful in that department. Thanks for your support this year…it’s been phenomenal and I appreciate it.

  33. V <3

    First of all, I have to thank you for even listing me among all of these fantastic bloggers. It has been such a journey coming to the point that I have with my blog and I guess being "fearless" was the only way that I have accomplished all that I have. Now, I have to say that this is just the beginning. I am so exciting for 2011 (as I think it will be even bigger that 2010) and for all of the blogging history that will be made, because surely, we are all making major footprints in the fashion industry.

    So thank you, thank you, thank YOU! You have been one of the most inspiring bloggers of 2010 for me, personally, and I can't wait to check out all the bloggers on this list that I have never heard of! This was such a great post.

    You are wonderful! And sorry I am so late… woops…


    1. You are so welcome, honey. And thank YOU for your sweet comment. You just keep on being you…you’re on the right path.

      Hope the rest of your road trip was a blast. But then again, you’re the kind of person that makes the most out of any situation, so I’m sure it was. 🙂

  34. OMG I have only just seen this lady !

    Thanks so much for having me on your list 🙂 I am at your service for making you LOL even more next year 😉

    Have a great New Year and thanks so much again for all your support and amazingness this year!!


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