Links à la Mode: The IFB Weekly Roundup, May 19, 2011

First, I want to take a second to thank everyone for the wonderful response to my Jack Sparrow Fashion Icon post.   As you all know, I don’t normally write things like this, but it seemed the timing was perfect for something lighthearted.  I am happy the post was chosen for this week’s Links à la Mode.  I hope it will allow more people to get a glimpse of the other (fun!) side of me.

Second, I know there has been some controversy surrounding the content and wording of this week’s LALM introduction.  I am not going to go into it here except to encourage you to read this follow-up article by Jennine Jacob: “Why Beautiful Imagery is Important for Fashion Blogger Success.

I hope you enjoy all the links below.

P.S. Check out this post on Grit & Glamour if you are interested in learning more about how to submit a post to IFB’s Links à la Mode.

Your Blogs Perfect Accessory: Brilliant Pictures

Edited by Denimology

As I was selecting my posts for this weeks Links A La Mode, I realized how important it is to have attractive and original images in your posts. I noticed that I would open a post and close it promptly if the images looked rather….. what’s the word… meh.

Here is how to have your blog posts chosen by me [Denimology] for LALM:

  • Images Are The Main Course — A great image will draw in your reader. The image might be beautiful, odd, heartwarming, instructive or just curiosity-provoking, so long as it keeps the reader wanting to read your post.
  • Don’t Forget To Use an Image — It’s better to use a generic image than no image at all but ultimately your image should represent what the subject of your post is about.
  • High Quality Images Are Best — We’ve all heard the saying “Pictures speak a thousand words”, but in the blogging world they speak even more. Adding HQ pictures to a blog post will visually stimulate your readers and help them identify with you, the writer.
  • Resize Your Images — While images can make your blog looked polished and professional, having images that hang over into the margins or that are cut off is sloppy blogging.

Links à la Mode: May 19th


Sexy Tops at Shopbop: Vena Cava, Blue Life, Monrow, Vince, Wildfox,

LnA, Equipment blouses, LAMB, Zac Posen, Rachel Roy & Jill Stuart


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  • Sherry from Girls Day Out May 23, 2011, 6:51 AM

    Thank you for visiting my blog and for this post! Great tips and I am going to continue to improve my blog. Cheers from rainy Ireland! (Working here this week – not like California weather but I love it here, too.)

  • Fashion Confessions of a Mommy May 23, 2011, 1:50 AM

    Great post. I really enjoyed going to the blogs you referenced for tips. I have only submitted to IFB a few times then realized they more look for blogs that write about fashion and not really post their own outfit photos which is what I do.
    My blog is based on that. Posting my own outfits and talking about if and how they worked in my busy daily life as a SAHM to two little ones.
    I feel what I post will never be something that will be chosen. Correct?
    Thank you for visiting my blog by the way.

  • Cate May 22, 2011, 9:33 PM

    you know, it’s funny to me that people were so upset by the intro. i didn’t even know there was a problem until i saw jenine’s article. but the thing is, nothing that was said isn’t true. get over it already. the things she said aren’t news you know? but congrats on the post, it was funny and adorable. loved it <3

  • Oh to Be a Muse May 22, 2011, 2:44 PM

    big congrats to you for being featured on Links A La Mode! you definitely deserved it for that awesome Jack Sparrow post! <3

  • Pam @over50feeling40 May 21, 2011, 7:10 PM

    Thanks for linking up Jeanine’s article…I had not seen it yet. As a journalism teacher, I teach the importance of great pictures and graphics in order to attract readers to your page. It is critically important if you want them to read what you have to say. They are as strong a communcation device as the article and I am writer!!