Pass It Forward: 3 Bloggers

Friday 7 June 2013
Alexandra Lister of Pirates and Fireflies

I stumbled upon Alexandra's blog - Pirates and Fireflies while I was googling Porselli flats (it's pretty obvious that I'm still afflicted with SOD - Shoes Obsession Disease).  From the moment I read the very first paragraph, I was hooked. I wasn't surprised to learn later that she has an MA in Creative Writing and had contributed to The Guardian Life as well as to other publications. I'm slowly making my way through her entire archive which may take me a few weeks. If you're after an incredibly well written blog which covers travel, lifestyle and plenty of fashion without subscribing to abject consumerism, then this is a must read for you.

Maxwell & Oliver Ryan of Apartment Therapy

The two brothers Maxwell and Oliver Ryan started Apartment Therapy in 2004. The readership is astronomical which has led them to create sister sites devoted to technology, cooking etc. Over the past few years, I've spent many hours picking ideas from various posts on the website.

Julia Rollings of Bittersweet

This story is harrowing, fascinating, riveting and thankfully comes with a happy ending. Julia adopted two little Indian kids - siblings in 1998. In 2006, they found out that the director of the adoption agency was arrested and further investigation revealed that the two children were in fact sold by their father while their mother was asleep. I won't go too much into it because it's a story that you have to read for yourself.


  1. Thanks for the recommendations. Julia's story was so touching. Their story is heart warming. Just when I was all depressed after reading the news, their story lifted my spirits. I am glad that there are still some good decent compassionate people left in the world.

  2. Alexandra's blog is wonderful and really interesting. I'm going to enjoy going through her archives and I love her analytical approach to her clothing - that's the kind of thing which I really enjoy reading - the reasoning behind why people buy or like things.

    Apartment Therapy I'm familiar with - wonderful interiors and wonderful ideas. I also enjoyed the spin off Ohdeedoh which was more nursery interiors - I had wonderful hours perusing through that getting ideas for the boys rooms. And I didn't even suss it was a blog way back then (having only really discovered them in 2012). Where have I been?



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