Bloggers Do It Better

I have to admit I was (and still am) really nervous about bringing this idea into fruition. My overriding fear of rejection that has been etched into my being thanks to a very traumatic experience (see #7 for the story) gnaws away at me even as I hit “Publish”. I sincerely hope that you like this project, I think it’ll be so much fun and a great way for us to network with one another and at the very least, give us opportunities to get out of a fashion rut every now and then. But I need you to make this work. I really do. No, not the other blogger you assume will step up to the plate, I mean you. Big or small. New or old. You. I’m hangin’ out on a limb here! Without further ado…


Part of the fabulousness of this digital age we all live in and enjoy today comes from the amazing connection we as an audience and consumer have with the business world. Now, we can talk to our favorite designers, brands, and retailers via Twitter, and Real People are modeling the latest trends for big name brands, showcasing their Real Style. This is fabulous!

To celebrate this utterly fabulous movement, I’m happy to announce a brand new series called “Bloggers Do It Better”. The name may be full of attitude and spunk, but it’s going to be fun, fabulous, and starring you. Yes, I said you. So get crackin’ because once you get the assignment, it’s up to you to create your very best interpretation of the phrase (be it a trend, accessory, color, pattern, etc.). It’s going to be so much fun!

Here’s how you play:

  1. Place the Bloggers Do It Better badge on your blog or site, somewhere (preferably in the sidebar).
  2. Check PSS often for the Assignment Phrase–you never know where you’ll find it! It may have its own dedicated post announcing the next assignment, or it may sneak its way into a regular post, you never know!
  3. Take photos of your look interpreting the Assignment, and post it on your blog whenever you want.
  4. When the Bloggers Do It Better Assignment post comes up on PSS, Link to your blog post using the link widget in that post, and have a fabulous time clicking through the rest of the amazing submissions! The link title should be only your blog name–nothing else.
  5. …And then keep an eye out for the next Assignment, when the fun starts all over again!

And right about now I should tell you that Assignment #1 is Colorblocking or Bold Colorful Stripes. Can’t wait to see what you come up with! Remember to check back for the official assignment post where you can link up to your post. Assignments will be “due” one week after they are announced. So that means next Tuesday, y’hear?

Needless to say this may get you some follows, and some good traffic (here’s hoping – it’s up to you to spread the word and make it a huge success!). Who knows, we might even garner big name attention (at least, I like to think so thanks to my awesome-blossom naming abilities). Before I babble on and make your eyes bleed from reading so much, let me close by saying that words cannot express how excited I am to start this with you! And scared. Quivering in my booties, scared. But mostly excited. I think.

Here are some badges for you to choose from, and the source codes for each (copy/paste):
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  1. 04.12.2011 / 12:10 am

    Love Love LOVE! this idea. Count me in!

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  2. 04.12.2011 / 12:19 am

    Don't be scared! Be ECSTATIC. I can't wait for this. See you next Tuesday for some color-blocking fun 😀

    Eeeeppp! Can't wait.



  3. 04.12.2011 / 12:40 am

    Kristina, this is SUCH a fabulous idea! You can bet I'll be posting for this next week. And don't you be scared out of your shoesies.. this will be a great project for us to get involved in!



  4. 04.12.2011 / 12:43 am

    I'm currently preparing a post on my favorite features that bring the blogging community together, can't wait to add this to my list. What a great idea! My colorblock wheels are turning 🙂

  5. 04.12.2011 / 1:06 am

    I am so excited to participate! I think it's absolutely fantastic to start this initiative, and you should be so very proud of yourself. You have a lot of dedicated followers and a community that supports you, so I know you'll see this through fruition and it will be a great success!

    Jessica Marie

  6. 04.12.2011 / 1:07 am

    I love this idea! I can't wait to participate. Now I'll go to sleep dreaming of the color blocking options in my closet… reds and blues and yellows oh my!

  7. 04.12.2011 / 1:08 am

    I don't have stripes or bold colors in my wardrobe, so what a great excuse to go shopping! Love this idea…so excited!

  8. 04.12.2011 / 1:29 am

    This sounds fun…like…a lot of fun! 😀 I'm totally in!

  9. 04.12.2011 / 2:18 am

    I´m in!! Such a fun idea! I´m very exited for all the cute looks…

  10. 04.12.2011 / 2:29 am

    Definitely count me in. I can't sounds fun!! What a great idea you have came up it!!

  11. 04.12.2011 / 5:36 am

    what a great idea! I'm in and bring some Swiss Style 😉

  12. 04.12.2011 / 6:16 am

    What a great idea – I've been thinking about how I was going to approach color blocking anyway! Now I just need to get on my oufit-picture-taking grind!

  13. 04.12.2011 / 6:46 am

    Sounds like a great idea.. Count on me!
    Lee x

  14. 04.12.2011 / 6:57 am

    A great way to get all of us bloggers together! I can't wait to take part and what better assignment to begin with..than color blocking!

  15. 04.12.2011 / 7:56 am

    This is such a great idea! I can't wait!

    P.S. Don't be scared! This is brilliant!

  16. 04.12.2011 / 8:08 am

    What a fun idea lady! Looking forward to the challenges 🙂

  17. 04.12.2011 / 8:18 am

    I want to do this but could you tell me–what is color blocking? (Stripes are not an option–no way) Thanks!

  18. 04.12.2011 / 8:38 am

    OOooh, I just did a color-blocking post, so count me in fo shizzle!!! Great idea!



  19. 04.12.2011 / 8:44 am

    I really love this idea! It's a great way to make myself tryout new trends and get inspiration from other bloggers!

  20. 04.12.2011 / 8:48 am

    Awesome! I'm up for a challenge – this sounds like a great idea!!

  21. 04.12.2011 / 9:07 am

    I love love love love love this idea! You are a genius! Not only do I love homework assignments ( who says that really?) but I can't wait to see how other people put together looks following the same concepts. What a great way to keep growing the community. Thanks for all of your hard work Kristina!

  22. Tymbre
    04.12.2011 / 9:21 am

    What a great idea !! I am excited about this, although I'm not a huge outfit poster..this should be different and fun for me!

  23. 04.12.2011 / 9:28 am

    I'm in too! Thanks for doing this. What a great way to encourage each other. And look cute.
    Love it!

  24. 04.12.2011 / 9:46 am

    Love it! I'm IN!

  25. Lynn Z.
    04.12.2011 / 10:31 am

    What a great idea!

    On a side note, I just realized I'm the only non-blogger who has commented so far. I'm blog-less. Maybe I need to step up to the blog plate…


  26. 04.12.2011 / 10:58 am

    Great idea! And I was JUST thinking how I need to do some color blocking up in here…sweet!

  27. 04.12.2011 / 1:41 pm

    AH! I am so excited. @StyleActivist hooked me up with the info and I am already ready!
    can't wait to be apart of something so magical!


  28. 04.12.2011 / 1:48 pm

    I loooove this idea! I have been considering starting to do some more outfit posts because I am in the biggest work outfit rut ever! This will serve as great motivation!

  29. 04.12.2011 / 2:36 pm

    This sounds like so much fun–count me in!

  30. 04.12.2011 / 3:04 pm

    Such a great idea…I am in!!

  31. 04.12.2011 / 3:09 pm

    Oooo this sounds so fun 🙂
    I will do my best!! Hopefully I can come up with something good hehehe

  32. 04.12.2011 / 4:49 pm

    i'm really excited to try this…great idea!

  33. 04.12.2011 / 5:16 pm

    I'm so down! This is exciting!!

  34. 04.12.2011 / 6:37 pm

    In a word: Awesome!!

  35. 04.12.2011 / 6:47 pm

    ummm this is SOOO exciting!!! i can't wait to be a part of your new adventure!

  36. 04.12.2011 / 7:40 pm

    This is an absolutely AMAZING idea! I am so very excited to join in on this! Great idea Kristina!

  37. 04.12.2011 / 9:47 pm

    This is a fabulous idea!! I love it!! Can't wait for Tuesday!! I already know what I am going to post!
    Have no fear – your blogger community is here!!

  38. 04.12.2011 / 9:50 pm

    Can't wait to do this! Now to head to my closet to colorblock!

  39. 04.12.2011 / 11:18 pm

    This sounds like soo much fun! Don't be scared! It's a great idea!

  40. 04.13.2011 / 12:19 am

    Sounds like fun!! I think I'll join in on this 🙂



  41. 04.13.2011 / 7:28 pm

    This is a really interesting idea… I'm definitely in!

  42. 04.13.2011 / 7:39 pm

    Ahh man! I've been wanting to a Color Block post for a few weeks! Perfect timing!!

  43. 04.13.2011 / 7:45 pm

    Loved your "convincing" comment on my colorblocked look today.. Will have to take some time to set this up..I'm slow with these things 🙂 But will definitely get it going!

    • 04.13.2011 / 8:15 pm

      Haha no worries, B – you can just submit one of your previous color block posts the day of, there's no need to do a brand new post just for it – unless you want to, of course! <3

  44. 04.13.2011 / 11:54 pm

    I'm beyond thrilled for this assignment…I have been so inspired by this trend and have been putting outfits together in my closet since like….a long time ago lol. I might post more that one outfit lol.

  45. 04.14.2011 / 12:49 am

    I love the idea… count me in! A reader just commented on my blog today about this challenge because I wore a color blocked outfit!

  46. 04.14.2011 / 10:06 am

    This is such a fabulous and fun concept!! I'm really excited to participate! I'm often very shy about sharing my blog {I think just a shy person in general}, but have been wanting to get more involved in the blogging community and think this is such a great way to start.

    P.S. You should never feel nervous about sharing your ideas. From what I gather, you're a brilliant, strong women. Rock on, girl!

  47. 04.14.2011 / 1:17 pm

    I don't really like take me photos, but ok, just for your project, hahahaha.
    Well, i think that the badge it's too big to my blog, but i believe that i can fix it in some way.

    My bests from Colombia.

  48. 04.14.2011 / 3:30 pm

    This sounds like so much fun! Count me in. 😉

    • 04.14.2011 / 9:02 pm

      The link widget will be up on Tuesday!! It will be super spiffy (and easy, no worries) and will even make a thumbnail of your outfit to show off on the linkup post! Sorry for the confusion, you are not going crazy, I'm clearly just terrible at directions…so on Tuesday, come back to PSS, where there will be a Colorblock assignment post, and link up that post in the widget that will be in the body of the post! Sorry for the confusion gal!Glad you are participating!

  49. 04.14.2011 / 10:06 pm

    This is such a great idea! Count me in for Tuesday! Now I just need to start planning an outfit…

  50. 04.15.2011 / 9:10 am

    I've just registered to join! Fabulous idea…and of course I would…we are both Houstonians!

  51. 04.15.2011 / 4:12 pm

    This looks like fun! I don't know if I can participate in this week's assignment specifically (I'm still a little hazy on the entire concept of "color blocking"… have to do a little research!) but I'm definitely signing up for subsequent assignments! Thanks for a great idea!

    14 Shade Of Grey

  52. 04.16.2011 / 8:06 pm

    Wow! GREAT idea! Can't wait to be a part of this. I've got some ideas for the first assignment. And will be a great challenge as I'm normally NOT a colour wearing girl! 🙂

  53. 04.16.2011 / 8:06 pm

    And I was so excited that I couldn't even spell my name right! LOL!

  54. 04.17.2011 / 12:08 am

    Have you seen ? This sounds very similar to what they are already doing…

  55. 04.17.2011 / 1:07 am

    Being a new blogger, I especially LOVE this idea! And, I already have the perfect outfit to post. 🙂 I can't wait until Tuesday!

  56. 04.17.2011 / 11:39 pm

    Fantastic, I am definitely doing this. Love the idea so much.

  57. 04.18.2011 / 10:41 pm

    This is an awesome idea! I'd love to join in but I won't have time to take pictures till Wednesday… Will the link up be closed by then? Otherwise, I'd join in on the next assignment. 🙂

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  59. 04.19.2011 / 12:53 am

    I'm down with the get down. This should be fun…and interesting!

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  62. 04.19.2011 / 10:15 am

    Well I posted it on my blog! Gives me motivation to post more styling post!

  63. 04.19.2011 / 11:33 am

    So sad I missed the color blocking assignment!!! Count me in for the next though 🙂
    This is a fabulous idea darling!

  64. 04.19.2011 / 5:09 pm

    what a great idea, sounds like loads of fun! just signed up and grabbed the button…will be adding my link later tonite 🙂

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  66. 04.20.2011 / 9:46 am

    What an excellent idea!
    Im so excited I cant hold in! :o)

    • 04.20.2011 / 5:30 pm

      The submission linkup widget is within the body of the colorblocking post, posted yesterday. Time is running out before it closes, so hurry!

  67. 04.20.2011 / 5:52 pm

    Ok…just submitted! Now how do I get this image on my sidebar??

    • 04.20.2011 / 5:57 pm

      Copy/paste the above code into the html of your sidebar (usually via a widget)

  68. 04.25.2011 / 2:18 pm

    This is a great idea! I feel ya on the scared that no one will do it bit, but that is why this is so much fun…when people reject you in the blogger world you never have to know who it is…haha!!! So glad I found ya, I am your newest follower!





  69. Jess E
    04.25.2011 / 2:56 pm

    Stumbled upon your blog not too long ago and can't wait to participate. My friend and I are starting up a blog together and although we missed the first challenge we can't wait to participate in the next! You are truly an inspiration, so thanks for that.

  70. 04.26.2011 / 11:14 am

    I can't get the second button to work 🙁 I had the first one but it was a little too wide for my sidebar.

  71. 04.27.2011 / 11:35 pm

    This is such a great idea! Not quite sure how I'm going to pull of an all-white look, but I'll give it a shot!

  72. 04.30.2011 / 11:07 am

    So cool!!!
    I love your blog!

    I following u!

    Check out my blog!



  73. 05.03.2011 / 2:49 pm

    What a fabulous idea! I will be participating for sure 🙂

  74. 05.03.2011 / 3:31 pm

    Love this idea. Personal style blogs are my favorite and I think this sounds like a fun challenge.

  75. 05.09.2011 / 1:52 pm

    Can't wait to start participating!!! Is the White Out Challenge over? Cant wait for the next one 🙂

  76. 05.11.2011 / 7:13 pm

    Looking forward to giving this a go!

    Hope I'm not too late to join! X

  77. 05.16.2011 / 8:38 pm

    I just stumbled across this and I absolutely love it!

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  80. 08.10.2011 / 3:14 pm

    I've added the link to my blog just wanted to double check how this works, so i've added it and i have to check PSS regular for the challenges? and once the challenge is out take a pic and upload on our blog? with this how would you know if we have and how do we see others? I have read the instructions over and over but still wasn't quite sure so thought its best to ask. This is a fantastic idea! Can't wait to get started.

    • 08.11.2011 / 3:09 pm

      When each challenge is ready for the linkup, there will be a widget within a linkup post that will post on the deadline of the challenge. Use the widget to add the permanent link to your blog post about the challenge. Make sure you have the badge in the sidebar and link to the current challenge within your post. That's it!

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  82. 03.17.2012 / 12:33 am

    How do I post the badge into my blog? I love this idea!

  83. Natalie F
    11.06.2012 / 6:23 pm

    Very very excited to finally be jumping on this bandwagon! Love your blog and can’t wait for the next one!xo

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