Cosmo Blog Awards
Hola, lovely boys and girls! You may be wondering why I haven’t done a “Yay!” or “Nay! :(“ post regarding the Cosmo Blog Awards. (You may not.)

The lowdown is…the nominations process has been extended for another two weeks due to a huge overflow of nominated blogs! If you didn’t get the chance to put your vote in and want to share a little love for Lela London Dot Com in the “New Fashion Blog” category, now is the time! Vote here!

Thank you very, very much
xo

Chandelier Swing
Kelly Elizabeth Martin

Since moving back to London a month ago, I have been immersing myself in interior design blogs during the very little amount of free time I have. There is a plethora of home-decorating inspiration on the internet, and some of the best photos I’ve found have been on Tumblr. Therefore, since chandeliers are my right-click-save habit, I thought they would be perfedct for this week’s Best of Tumblr.
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Cosmopolitan.co.uk is searching for a wide range of the best blogs of 2011! Though I absolutely hate asking for things, if you love my it here in LelaVille, please click here to vote! It is free, takes less than 5 minutes, and could lead to bigger and better opportunities for us as a community! Nominations are running from 1st August 2011 – 31st August 2011 and then the finalists will be entered in a voting process between 1st September 2011 – 30th September, 2011.

It would mean so much to me to get your vote – and retweets/Facebook sharing(!) – so I have compiled a quick guide to voting for you, below!

Your e-mail address: (Self explanatory, right?)
Blog URL: http://www.lelalondon.com
Entry category: New Fashion Blog
Is this your blog: No
Why Do You Love This Blog: (In your own words!)
Then Submit!

Besos, xo’s and all that jazz,
Lela

K Mart
K-Mart are clueing in. While competitors Wal-Mart and Target boast thriving clothing sales, the forgotten megastore have been on the fashion backburner for more than a few years.

Their latest campaign, however, seems to be a foot in the right direction. With American Apparel-esque styling and a model crew of ‘real people‘ (scouted both on blogs and the streets of New York), they are setting up to gear new products towards a younger and more style-conscious demographic.

The shoot took place at The Mark Hotel in New York, where they asked the ‘models’ to style themselves and pose sans stylist. Their new cost-aware tag line? “Money can’t buy style“.

The President of Kmart Apparel, Tara Poseley, said their targeted shopper is “the type of person who doesn’t care about labels, but rather, about expressing his or her own style”, which they can do with new celebrity-collaborative lines by Sofia Vergara and Selena Gomez.

Katie Grand Love MagazineAfter Katie Grand helped launch Dazed and Confused with Jefferson Hack in 1992, she had stints at The Face and Pop before starting Lela London favourite, Love Magazine, at the end of 2008.

Grand recently talked to Models.com’s Christopher Michaels, who asked her about her idea of cool, what she really thinks of blogs, and the fourth issue’s iPad app.

As commercial as one part of me is, there is the other part of me that will be like, “oh is it cool?” It’s just trying to keep that balance and unfortunately commercial often means bland; I’d rather not be bland. The fashion industry can be so evil to itself in a way, I think people can be so vindictive and nasty and judgmental about what you do and it happens in art and cinema as well. If you do anything and put yourself out there, you are open to criticism. It’s that thing about, if I don’t like it, how can anyone else like it? Or how can I be proud of something that’s on the shelf if I don’t even like it? It’s not like when you style a show because that’s someone else’s, the buck stops with someone else other than you and of course you care and you want to do your best but there is someone else at the end of the line making the final decision, with the magazine, that person is me.

…and that’s the reason blogs really do your head in; the minute you start reading them you are just full of self loathing… I think what I learned from reading too much of TheFashionSpot is that the things that bother you are only things that you think yourself. I mean, if anyone had said anything bad about the Daria story from the last issue, it’s like, “Oh for God’s sake, she just looks like the most beautiful woman on the planet, shut up.”…Whereas there are other things that people pick up on and you’re just like, “ugh I know” … And those are the things that keep you up at night

It’s kind of weird, I think that there is something about a photograph on an iPad or a computer; even though they should look better because there is a light box behind them, there is just something that doesn’t translate that well for me. The thing that I’m obsessed with is moving image, much much more than putting photographs on an iPad.