Monday, January 2, 2012

It's a Major Award! 2011 Edition

Wow, another year has gone by already! And here we are, the first Major Awards of the season - for blogs! Please feel free to visit the 2008, 2009 and 2010 editions. Here's my annual intro:

Since I started this blog in March 2008, I've been presented with a few of those blogging awards that tend to circulate around (rather incestuously, it seems at times). I'm always honoured that these amazing people want to recognize my little corner of the blogoverse, but I never pass the awards on. But hey, I also never pass on those "send this to 7 amazing women" emails. Call it lazy, if you wish, I don't mind. I think of it as Economy of Time.

So to everyone who's ever given me one, thank you, from the bottom of my silly ol' heart. You're all wonderful and I'd nominate you right back, but then there's that whole laziness thing.

Instead, here are my Major Awards to all of my favourite bloggers, in no particular order. These are big and small blogs; some get a kazillion comments, some get none. I've embedded links if you care to visit - I recommend it!

This year (just like last year and the year before that), there have been a lot of changes in the blogoverse. Some bloggers that I loved last year have stopped posting, some I just stopped viewing (one only has so much time!). And some new bloggers came along. Things change.

How do I choose blogs? People leave me comments (if you have a blog and you've left me a comment, I've probably visited your blog), I hear about them from friends, or find a link through one of my regular websites.

Anyway, let's get started!

"It's a Major Award!"
Holy smokes, there were a lot of awesome bloggers in 2011! It was really tough to narrow this down - don't be hurt if you're not on this list (I don't duplicate from previous years, for one thing).

Favourite Non-Fashion Blogs: Creative Maelstrom, Epbot, Hostess of the Humble Bungalow

Creative Maelstrom: You've never heard of this blog before, ever. The reason: it's my husband's music review blog! Yes, L = Logan, and he's a huge music fan. He's reviewed well over 300 CDs, and until very recently, his blog has been non-Google-able. He's finally ready to share...well, honey, you got your wish!

Epbot: I've been addicted to Cake Wrecks forever, and so when Jen started Epbot, I was all over it. Well, not literally, that would be unseemly. But it's geeky fun and I love it.

Hostess of the Humble Bungalow: Leslie lives in my city, Victoria, and she's the very first blogger I ever met! We went shopping together and had such fun. I find her blog very soothing.

Favourite 40+ Chicks: Not Dead Yet Style, Over 50 Feeling 40, Rags Against the Machine, Reva's Rags 2 Roses, Style Crone
It's been an awesome year for the over-40 blogger! I love seeing these amazing women putting themselves out there and saying "screw you!" to those who would say that women should start looking frumpy once they get "old."

Not Dead Yet Style: Patti's Visible Mondays have been a revelation and a revolution! I've met some amazing stylish women from the links. Be visible! Be loud! Be proud!

Over 50 Feeling 40: Pam has created a fashion niche for herself in Texas - I'm sure she'll be globally famous before we know it!

Rags Against the Machine: Terri spent all of last year thrifting her entire wardrobe (and you know I love the thrifters!), and finding some amazing things. She's also a wonderful, introspective writer.

Reva's Rags 2 Roses: Reva is such a free spirit; she channels a hippie vibe, but is anything but a cliché. Can I be Reva when I grow up?

Style Crone: Judith has one of the most amazing hat and vintage clothing collections that I've ever seen. She lost her beloved husband, Nelson, this year. I cried for her, but I'm so proud of her strength.

My Canadian Style Twin: The Fashionable Bureaucrat
Megan is the only person I know with more Fluevogs than me! And she has the very same Desigual dress as me! Wonder Twin powers, activate! Form of...funky style!

Gothery and Geekery, and a Greek: Still Dark @ Heart, My Closet Should Not Be Scary, and Little Witches-Tiny Wizards

Still Dark @ Heart: Sal Kaye's style is awesome and I love that she is rocking the Goth vibe!

My Closet Should Not Be Scary: Erin wears costumes, likes football and geeky movies. Why don't you live closer??

Little Witches-Tiny Wizards: Dimi's blog is full of gorgeous pictures of Greece - if I ever make it there, she is going to be my personal escort (she doesn't know this). Love her creative home-made jewelry!

It's Always Summer: Lesa's a Floridian who celebrates her family and her shopping trips. I've been reading her for years, and I've been horribly remiss in not giving her a Major Award before now!

She's So Minnchic: Rebecca's always got some fabulous outfits going on - I love her quirkiness and simple, yet stunning style!

She's No Misfit: Sarah takes fashion very seriously; actually, she treats it with irreverence and wears frocks that most people would be afraid to try on! I love her fearlessness when it comes to fashion.

And...this is something I've never done: a Major Award shout-out to my favourite readers (in no particular order):

Deja pseu
Fashion Flirt
Christie P
Reader Rita
Peg (up-Island)
Lady Harriet
Sarah B
Secret Squirrel

Thank you to everyone who reads, comments, and lurks! Here's to a fabulous 2012! Have fun and stay real.


PS - I've done some blog updates! Please check out the tabs at the top of the page for links to Stuff About Me, Fabulous Fashion Blogs, and Fun Websites. All Sheila-approved, with lots of updates.


  1. Thanks! I always like a good leg lamp joke! I haven't read some of these other blogs, so I'll have to check them out.

  2. Congrats to all the awarded! You listed some of my newer fav blogs, but some that are newer still to me. Looking forward to checking them out. ;D Thanks for putting together great lists every year. I don't just say that cause I've been on them.

  3. I'm honored! I read quite a few style blogs and most tend to come and go, but yours has stuck around for the long haul because of your unique vibe. Thanks for the links; there are quite a few I'm looking forward to reading, especially EPBOT. I'm a casual cakewrecks reader and had no idea she'd started that blog!

  4. Awww, thanks Sheila! If I had a billion awards, I'd give 'em to you - you always make us smile and think, and you rock a closet like nobody's business. And you have the cutest photo-bombing kitties in the blogoverse. xoxoxoxo

  5. Awww...thanks Pacific coast twin. ( name is Megan though). =)

  6. Ah, Logan...I was thinking Lane or something. I'm looking forward to checking out your favorites. 2012 has to be better than 2011 for us. I hope it turns out to be a stellar year for you guys too. Take care!

  7. Thank you Sheila, for the the honor of including SC in your Major Awards 2011 Edition, along with such extraordinary company. Your blog has always inspired me, so I appreciate your recognition! You have made my day! The best of 2012 to you.

  8. Sheila--I'm deeply honored by the shout out for Rags, especially since I've been "away" for the past three months. I always love to read this list, because invariably I discover new and interesting blogs.

  9. Thanks for this great post. Must admit that I spent the entire evening checking out the other blogs and Dragon Con.

  10. thanks for this list - always fun to check out more blogs! :)

  11. *blushing*

    And thanks for the recommended reads- always my favourite way to find out about blogs...

  12. Oh! Oh! OhmyGAH!!! You like me, you REALLY LIKE ME!!!!! This just made my entire DAY! (Seriously, today has sucked, and seeing that my lil ole blog won a Major is the ONE BRIGHT SPOT.)

    Thank you thank you thank you thankyousomuchWOW!

  13. Your awards ceremony !
    AND I am just back from the Fashionable Bureocrat´s blog to certify and confirm that YES she is your canadian style twin :)

  14. Awww, thanks! I feel positively famous. I'm off to check out the blogs you mentioned.

  15. Thanks so much for the mention Sheila! and for the great list of new blogs to check out!

  16. Oh Sheila, you are sweet! Thank you for including my blog. I am honored! You have seriously made my day! :-) Thanks.

  17. Awww shucks, (blushes), thanks for making me one of your fav readers! And that link for, My Closet Should Not Be Scary? Well that just sent me over the moon! Loves me some costuming!! : D

  18. Oh golly, thanks! You deserve the Major Award in my book- thank you for the past year's worth of delight! Your blog is so very well done, and your style is fabulous- both writing and fashion. It is us, your readers, who need to present YOU with the major award! Thank you for all your hard work, Sheila. You make style seem effortless!

    Now I need to get busy and check out the other blogs you listed, because I'm certain they will be interesting!

  19. Thanks for sharing - got some great new style blogs for my beloved RSS feed reader :)

  20. I'm so glad you did this again, shelia--thanks! So glad to see some more over 40 and 50 bloggers on the list.

    And we are still here too--thanks for blogging!

  21. I hear You Girl!!!++++
    Wish You a Happy New Year!


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