LLG for Blogosphere Magazine

by Sasha Wilkins on December 3, 2013 · 25 comments

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Cover:  Whistles Maxine lace evening dress in Navy (gift)

I was thrilled to be asked to be the covergirl and main interview for the second issue of Blogosphere Magazine, (out in digital now, and in print this weekend)  a new publication designed to highlight bloggers and their sites. We had great fun on the shoot a few weeks ago here in London, with photographer David Mitchell, and stylist Chloe Beeney. I wore clothes from my own wardrobe, and Chloe put the looks together, whilst I was interviewed by editor-in-chief Audley (her publishing pseudonym.)

The reasoning behind the magazine, which is available as both print (£4) and digital (£2), is that there isn’t really anywhere to go that provides an edit of interesting blogs to follow, that one might not have already discovered.

They have appointed a group of section editors in food, fashion, lifestyle, beauty, recipe, travel and photography, all of whom blog themselves – for example the excellent Chris Pople of food blog Cheese and Biscuits, whose jobs are to curate a group of five blogs each issue. The featured bloggers then submit a piece that highlights their site.

There are also features on blogger-related subjects such as copyright law. I also like the focus on illustration, and that 10% of revenue from each issue goes to charity: I nominated The MS Trust this time.

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Whistles Patti Washed Leather Biker Jacket (gift), DKNY Black floral lace dressChristian Louboutin heels (past season)

blogosphere-magazine-llgI’ve blocked out the text above: you’ll need to buy a copy to read the story but,  as a taster, never one to miss a chance to jump on my favourite hobby horse, I was very pleased to see that my thoughts on blogging and female role models made it to print.

“We run an editorial on the blog ‘A day in the life of’ which is solely designed to create great female role models; entrepreneurs who have built their own businesses…to show young women what they can do without getting their tits out.”

A self-professed feminist, “my Facebook page says if you like pink roses, sausage dogs and feminism then you’re in the right place”, it is the relationship between women and blogs over which Sasha creates the most noise:

“I’m not a fan of people creating really bad models for young women” – she says her eyes narrowing passionately -“bloggers who create fantasy lifestyles and don’t disclose what’s been comp’d, bloggers who eat really fatty foods while claiming to be nutrition experts, bloggers who make young women feel insecure because they haven’t achieved what you’ve done. It’s antithetical to what blogging is supposed to be – blogging is supposed to be an open platform.”

(Look above: Whistles Valentine lace inset crew sweater, Gap 1969 Always skinny jeansWhistles French 75 stiletto heels)

blogosphere-magazine-llgFrench Connection Black lace and chiffon blouseCamilla & Marc Silentium electric blue coat (gift)

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S December 3, 2013 at 14:48

congrats, Sasha. This is a really beautiful feature. Yes to more bloggers like you who are REAL and supportive x s

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Sasha Wilkins December 3, 2013 at 23:06

@S: Thanks darling. LLGxx

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CityBushIsland December 3, 2013 at 16:06

“bloggers who create fantasy lifestyles and don’t disclose what’s been comp’d, bloggers who eat really fatty foods while claiming to be nutrition experts, bloggers who make young women feel insecure because they haven’t achieved what you’ve done. It’s antithetical to what blogging is supposed to be – blogging is supposed to be an open platform.” Ha ha, I SO know what you mean (or who) ;) Photos are fabulous, and as ever you lead the way in the blogosphere xx

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Sasha Wilkins December 3, 2013 at 23:13

@CityBushIsland: I do feel really strongly that blogging is supposed to be an open channel between reader and writer, and whilst I’m all for beautiful blogs that create a glorious world, it’s the ones that blatantly lie, and flout every ASA/OFT regulation out there that reflect badly on all bloggers.

LLGxx

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annie December 3, 2013 at 16:24

You look amazing! Love all the black lace. Off to check it out…..x

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Sasha Wilkins December 3, 2013 at 23:06

@annie: channelling my inner Morticia! LLGxx

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Amy December 3, 2013 at 17:35

You look wonderful in these photos and I totally agree with all that you’ve said. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

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Sasha Wilkins December 3, 2013 at 23:07

@Amy: Thank you Amy! I know some people won’t agree with me saying it, but I think it is important LLGxx

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Angela December 3, 2013 at 19:02

Awesome and congratulations! You look great, I am signing after I have finished posting this! :-)

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Sasha Wilkins December 3, 2013 at 23:09

@Angela: Thank you Angela! Great to hear! LLGxx

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Fashion Follows Her December 3, 2013 at 19:08

Can’t wait to read the full article… xx

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Tori December 3, 2013 at 19:48

Oh bravo Sasha. So perfectly put.

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Sasha Wilkins December 3, 2013 at 23:07

@Tori: Thank you Tori! I’m glad you agree LLGxx

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Claire (@Kurea_San) December 3, 2013 at 21:16

Blogosphere Magazine sounds like a great initiative. Crazy though that there’s now a print magazine about online blogs – how the world has changed. Congrats on your cover and story.
Claire xx
http://somewhereyonder.blogspot.co.uk/

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Sasha Wilkins December 3, 2013 at 23:09

@Claire (@Kurea_San): Funny isn’t it?! But they have a digital version too, and I love that someone is curating a digest, so we can all find more great blogs to read. LLGxx

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Carrie Kitkat December 4, 2013 at 07:27

What a great idea for a publication – so stylish advocate too. x

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Whooz December 4, 2013 at 11:59

I bought the first two editions, in digital, after getting LB’s email this morning and both made for ace reading, jam packed with lots of energy and awesome photography and graphics; I loved your article, spot on as ever. I’ll definitely be buying the next issue, such a beautifully simple idea – like all the best ideas are of course, duh. Thanks for the heads up. x

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