May 7, 2013

Two!

The Row F/W 2013 Presentation Courtesy of Bureau Betak (the best example of style informing every aspect of life in a long time)


I don’t know what fashion writing needs, frankly. It’s not one of my main concerns. I think writing just needs better writers, period. - Guy Trebay from Fashion Projects #4

The last few months have been frenetic, however it was not lost on me that this little space recently turned two years old. Two years may not seem like a long time, but it amazes me to see how far this blog has come. When I first started Un Petit Bijou, I couldn’t have imagined that I would love it so much. As I plan for a new season, it’s clear that carving out some time for writing and my thoughts is essential. I feel better when I have time to indulge in something creative for myself. 

Ever the perfectionist, when I started Un Petit Bijou my goal was to challenge myself. Beautifully crafted and succinct sentences excite me just as much as gorgeous clothing. At times, it feels like the well-crafted sentence is a lost art. Gloriously crafted prose may not be what the majority of readers look to in blogs, but it’s what I do. I write about what I know, which in my mind is where good writing comes from. 

Sharing stories on design and craft inspires me. It means so much to me when readers graciously mention that they learned something from my little space. At their best, this is what blogs should be. I feel privileged to be a part of a community of inspiring, talented, women (and a few enlightened men too) who enjoy engaging in thoughtful commentary and reading about fashion. 

I’m very fortunate to have an outlet to share my passion. I have an unabashed reverence for cut, proportion, precise tailoring, textiles, and drape. Writing about style has further heightened my awareness of my aesthetic. There’s something about putting all of the nuances of my style down on paper that brings clarity of vision. 

In short, thank you for the continual support. 

Here’s to many more years of blogging! 

PS- A few smart pieces on fashion criticism from the always reliable Fashion Projects. The interview with Judith Thurman is pure brilliance.

22 comments:

  1. Congratulations!

    I loved that interview with Judith Thurman too. She seems to have such a sharp mind. I find her work very interesting, much more so than Guy Trebay's writing - his travel pieces on India in particular seem stuck in a colonial time warp.

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    1. Ammu- Thank you! And thank you for all of your support.

      I loved the Judith Thurman interview. Her voice is so sharp and distinct. If I have one strong criticism of The New Yorker it is the lack of female voices. I'm so glad that Judith Thurman's unique perspective has a place at the magazine.

      As you know, Guy Trebay's piece on dogs has haunted me. It's disappointing because fashion and culture are such wonderful ways to learn about other cultures.

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  2. Thanks for sharing that link from Fashion Projects - I only know Guy Trebay from reading NYT and I am always interested in what he has to say. Reading that interview seemed to validate my impression of him as a writer, which really goes to show how much of himself he puts into his writing. It's fantastic.

    Congratulations on hitting year 2! And good to know you intend to keep blogging - as Guy says, "writing needs better writers, period".

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    1. lin- Thank you for your encouraging and thoughtful words.

      I adore Fashion Projects. Each issue just gets better and it's always a thought provoking read.

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  3. congrats Lindsay! happy bloggy birthday. reminds me that i should mark my blog's milestone sometime too. looking forward to more posts! :)

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    1. miss sophie- Thank you! Yes, you should mark your blogs milestones:)

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    1. S- Me two! It's so inspiring, isn't it?! I love having white flowers around during the cooler months.

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  5. Welcome back, Lindsay, I missed you! Happy two-year blogoversairy, and may you have many more :)

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    1. Maja H- Thanks Maja! I hope so too. I can't imagine myself ever not being inspired by all things sartorial.

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  6. CONGRATULATIONS ON 2! I've enjoyed following your journey. i always learn something and can say I have a greater appreciation for fashion because of it. Your voice is unique- so please do write! The fashion world certainly needs smarter writing:) Your style is impeccable and very inspirational.

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    1. Anonymous- Thank you. You're incredibly too kind. I'm always so happy to hear from readers who have developed a greater appreciation for fashion through blogs:)

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  7. Well done on 2 years! Your writing is great, I like the look of your blog :) Thanks for your kind comment

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    BeckyMay

    www.theflowergirlblog.com

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  8. Congratulations on your 2 years!
    Thank you for sharing all your thoughts, it is always interesting to read another person's point of view and experiences. I hope you get to celebrate many more of these.

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  9. Happy Two Yrs old!:) Indeed, I have benefited from reading your blog and hearing you muse about design and proportion. I missed your sharing and hope that you will post more often (if time permits) and oblige us with an outfit or two:)

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  10. Congrats from your newest fan! I know just how you feel, but do come back because more blogs like yours are so desperately needed.

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  11. Congratulations on your 2nd blogniversary. I know next to nothing about tailoring or appreciation for haute couture. I've certainly gained a lot of knowledge through you over the past year.

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  12. Congratulations! I have been reading your blog since the beginning and it (you) are simply fabulous. You never fail to inspire me with your knowledge and love of fashion. Not to mention the outfits. Thank you for writing AND thanks for the assistance with the Chanel Jacket. I love it!

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  13. Thank you for the lovely comment you left on my blog. I was so taken aback as I've recently devoured your archives! It's refreshing to find a blog with such consistency. Each and every post has made me stop and think in some way or another.
    x

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  14. Lindsay!

    Congratulations on 2 years of blogging! You are an excellent writer (one of the many reasons I enjoy your blog), and I love learning about your world! {Fashion is still such a novelty to me bc my world is very "scientific"!} It's wonderful that you still have the passion, and it's crazy how our blogs become one with us! xx

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  15. Hey lovely, I thought about you a few weeks ago. I was invited to have a play with clothes and was so in love with the draping, for some reason it made me think of you. I hope you've been well. I remember reading this post but I'm surprised I didn't leave you a congratulatory comment. I'll do it now, congratulations, your blog has been such a joy to read xoxox

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