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The Style Blogger Starter in association with Orange


July 17, 2013

The Style Blogger Starter

 

GLAMOUR is searching for the next big blogging talent, which is why we – in association with Orange – called on our readers to send us links to their blogs to stand a chance of winning big.

 

Now, we’ve selected the super-talented five finalists, and here they are! Their blogs show off their personal style, writing skill, and passion for fashion – but now we want to see them taking all that to the next level. To show that they’ve got what it takes to blog with the best of them, the fashionable five will compete in four weekly tasks.

 

 

See their street style challenge here.

See their venue review challenge here.

See their tech review challenge here.

 

 

The Challenge

 

Each of our finalists had to live tweet an event. It could be any happening, big or small, and the only restriction was that the tweets should be sent as it was taking place.

 

The tweets

 

Click through the tweets above to see all of the contestants’ tweets from the four different events that they attended. Overall, the GLAMOUR team was really impresssed with the quality of the bloggers’ tweets, which were interesting, well-suited to the bloggers’ audiences and useful to anyone wanting to find out more about the events that our finalists attended.

 

What we thought

 

Jess produced fun, well-written tweets with a good sense of humour – but that were helpfully informative, too. She pointed out potential problems that visitors to the event might experience, while also highlighting what shouldn’t be missed at Bastille Day.

 

Leigh tweeted a lot in a short space of time, showing off great attention to detail as she shared her favourite finds from the Shoestring Collective Pop-up Shop.

 

Phume tweeted a lively, informative report of her night at Parker’s Comedy, sharing a joke with her followers and adding in some pictures, too.

 

Sabu did a good job of adding the facts of Kagiso Lediga’s performance to her opinions of it.

 

And the winner is…

 

Our favourite tweets of Task 4 came from Leigh, who didn’t just tweet an impressive quantity of tweets, but also kept up a high quality throughout. Her tweets encouraged interaction (and she was rewarded with replies) and made good use of tags and hashtags to get them widely seen.

 

Want to find out who the final Style Blogger Starter is? We’ll be announcing the overall winner of the competition later today, so keep an eye on the GLAMOUR Facebook and Twitter feeds to find out.

The Style Blogger Starter in association with Orange


July 8, 2013

The Style Blogger Starter

 

GLAMOUR is searching for the next big blogging talent, which is why we – in association with Orange – called on our readers to send us links to their blogs to stand a chance of winning big.

 

Now, we’ve selected the super-talented five finalists, and here they are! Their blogs show off their personal style, writing skill, and passion for fashion – but now we want to see them taking all that to the next level. To show that they’ve got what it takes to blog with the best of them, the fashionable five will compete in four weekly tasks.

 

See their street style challenge here.

See their venue review challenge here.

 

The challenge

 

Our five finalists were each sent a tech product to try out. Their task was to write a review of the product in a way that was informative, and appealing to their blog’s audience.

 

The reviews

 

 

Jess van Wyk of The Avant-Garde Guide reviewed the Cookoo Bluetooth analogue watch, Makhosazane’s Phumi Msomi reviewed a Samsung Galaxy GC100, Pretty Mint’s Leigh Harding tried out Parrot Zik headphones, Zaahirah Bhamjee from Complete Disbelief reviewed a Sony Smartwatch and Sabu Mdee of Life, Tiems and Haberdashery reviewed the Kindle Fire HD.

 

What we thought

 

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Jess did a great job of combining technology and style, and while she used a whole lot of photos, this made sense in the context of her product’s purpose and the way she chose to review it. The text of her review was well-written, and a good length.

 

We loved that Leigh created a clearly fashion-orientated take on the product, tailoring her review to her audience, while also providing a solid tech review that gave all of the information that it needed to. She did a good job of researching the product, but the review was a little long.

 

Phume wrote an interesting, readable post that supplied her audience with lots of information about the product. We liked that she gave a clear demonstration of what the camera was capable of, with particular relevance to her audience – but given that she was reviewing a product used for taking photos, we’d have liked to see a few more of them.

 

Sabu‘s chatty, engaging style really worked well for this task, and we thought that the pictures she took added a lot to the post. Her technical review skills were good, too, but we’d suggest one more read-through for spelling and punctuation perfection.

 

Zaahirah‘s post had a personal perspective that we enjoyed, and that effectively gave the review a context. The review was unbiased, and a good length to deliver its main points without elaborating on them too much.

 

And the winner is…

 

The Orange experts who helped the GLAMOUR team to judge this task were extremely impressed by Jess’s review skills, and we loved her styling and writing – so she wins this one. Who do you think did the best job of task 3? Cast your vote below – you might help your favourite finalist to win a Style Blogger Starter hamper from Orange, and you could win, too…

The Style Blogger Starter in Association with Orange


July 1, 2013

 

The Style Blogger Starter

 

GLAMOUR is searching for the next big blogging talent, which is why we – in association with Orange – called on our readers to send us links to their blogs to stand a chance of winning big.

 

Now, we’ve selected the super-talented five finalists, and here they are! Their blogs show off their personal style, writing skill, and passion for fashion – but now we want to see them taking all that to the next level. To show that they’ve got what it takes to blog with the best of them, the fashionable five will compete in four weekly tasks, starting right now.

 

See their street style challenge here.

See their tech review challenge here.

 

The challenge

 

Our five finalists were told to each choose a venue to review. The place had to have opened in the last few months, and the review had to provided useful information about it.

 

The reviews

 

Jess van Wyk of The Avant-Garde Guide reviewed Italian eatery 86 Public, while Complete Disbelief’s Zaahirah Bhamjee chose to dine at Daleahs. Also eating out was Phume Msomi of Makhosazane, who reviewed Petit Fours New York, while Pretty Mint’s Leigh Harding wrote about upcoming pop-up shop The Shoestrong Collective and Sabu Mdee from Life Times & Haberdashery reviewed Pouty Boutique. Click on the links to see what each blogger had to say about her venue of choice!

 

What we had to say

 

All of the five finalists impressed the GLAMOUR team by producing reviews that were well-written and provided useful information.

 

We liked Jess’s short, clear review and felt that her description of the restaurant’s decor was well-suited to her blog’s audience. Her photos provided a good idea of what could be expected from the restaurant. One detail missing from the review was any information on pricing: while it isn’t necessary to provide a full price list, we’d have liked to have known whether 86 Public was better suited to a modest budget or a post-payday splash-out dinner.

 

Zaahirah’s pictures of the food and decor are beautiful. She not only provided lots of useful information about Daleahs, but also managed to incorporate it into the text to make for more enjoyable reading.

 

Phume’s review style was a little different, weaving a story of a day out into her review – and this could have been frustrating for someone purely interested in information about Petit Fours New York, or intriguing… and the second option seems more likely, as Phume’s readers presumably love her blog because it shares stories about her. The details of the restaurant were laid out in accessible lists of ‘greats’ and ‘not so greats’.

 

Leigh did a great job of providing all the information necessary in a review while writing about a pop-up shop that hasn’t even opened yet. While this did mean that she couldn’t really express much about the The Shoestring Collective’s feel, she did lay out everything that a would-be shopper would need to know before paying a visit.

 

Sabu’s review of Pouty Boutique was short and informative, blending information that the average shopper would need with other facts that were included just for their interest value.

 

And the winner is…

 

It’s a tie. Zaahirah and Phume both wrote reviews that we really enjoyed reading, and created the impression of places that made us sure we’d enjoy visiting their chosen venues, too. Who do you think wrote the best review? Cast your vote below – you might help your favourite finalist to win a Style Blogger Starter hamper from Orange, and you could win, too.

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