Monday, March 21, 2011

Blogs from the heart. The Citizen Rosebud.

This is my first time featuring a blog. I felt like a great blog to start with is one of my favorite reads The Citizen Rosebud.

The Citizen Rosebud is written by Bella who lives in sunny Sacramento, California. She has a bold, fun, and unique style. While she doesn't like to follow the constraints of trends, she is most definitely stylish. Her blog focuses on buying secondhand items, supporting your local economy, striving for sustainability, and shopping in ethical ways.
the citizen rosebud

It is no surprise when she has something to say people listen. Whether she is talking about her personal style, or her favorite 40+ bloggers, it is always engaging. Bella stays very connected to her readers through comments, twitter, and facebook. She has built a great sense of community with her blog, and you don't feel like just another face in the crowd.

Bella doesn't stop there, and is pursuing a few other adventures. You can find her updating her hometown street style blog Street Style SACRAMENTO. Her latest project? Her collective "underground boutique" the Citizens of Rosebud where curated vintage meets clever hand-mades. Starting April 2011, there will be weekly trunk shows at the Lindsay Rickman studio and can also be available by appointment. You can find her etsy shop: http://citizenroesbud.etsy.com, where she is hoping to go live by May 1st. You can contact her directly at Bella@thecitizenrosebud.com.

She was kind enough to answer a few questions for me. Cause I'm nosy like that.

Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging years ago on an eco-friendly blog I called the Blue Penny. I wrote about eco-friendly products and cooking. At the time I wanted to open in urban organic vegetarian cafe with much of the food grown on the grounds. Which sounds pretty common now, but at the time was pretty unique.

What are your favorite things about blogging?
Well, I'm a poet, so I LOVE writing. I love crafting posts using strong visuals (my photographs) and my original prose. But, I think the most pleasant surprise has been discovering the deep community that comes with blogging- of meeting and making friends who share my interests!
the citizen rosebud

Why do you think having your own unique personal style is important?
WE all have our own unique style, whether or not we express it. I believe in allowing ourselves to EXPRESS our unique style we get to tap into our creativity, and share with the world our view on things. I like the diversity, and the variety of personal style. Homogeny, point blank, bores me.

What color or print combination have you been loving lately? 
Well, my go-to is bold black and white prints, but lately I've been craving solid colors.

When did you start shopping second hand? 
I've been a second-hand shopper my whole life. As a kid, my grandma would take us to thrift stores. I wore second hand and hand-made clothes my whole life, except my sophomore year in college when I was all about the mall. It didn't last long, however, I quickly got tired of dressing like everyone else.
the citizen rosebud

What advice do you have for someone new to shopping second hand?
My advice? Jump right in! I'd pick the super clean stores first, like Thrift Town, Goodwill, Salvation Army. It takes some getting used to going through some down-and-out places. Also: don't forget to hit yard sales and garage sales. You'll get your best bargains there!

Do you have any second hand pieces with a story behind them?
Yeah. I do. I live in an apartment complex where all the neighbors are friendly and we all know each other. One of my neighbors, a sweet heart named Lori told a lady who lives down the block about my venture- me selling vintage clothes. Well this little old lady, a doll named Rosemary gives Lori vintage items to give to me...to sell. But they are so lovely, and it's so sweet, I usually end of keeping them. My favorite is an early 50's black cardigan with the most amazing embroidery of a poppy. I wore it in an outfit post called "Creeping Virginia"
the citizen rosebud

I hope you guys love her blog as much as I do!

With all my heart,
<3 Vanessa

34 comments:

  1. Writeitinlipstick.blogspot.comMarch 21, 2011 at 6:21 AM

    I love that she thrifts and shops in ethical ways. I am going to check her out.

    Write it in Lipstick

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  2. Fantastic style. I like it that she started out blogging for an eco-friendly set-up. I blog for slowfashioned.com and I think it really helps me to connect with other possibilities and feel like I'm putting something into fashion as well as getting something out of it. Definitely checking out this blog now, and well done for conducting such an interesting interview.

    http://tea-for-two-and-two-for-tea.blogspot.com/

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  3. Ooh, what an incredible feature, Vanessa! I am so loving her quirky style - and amazing hair! :)

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  4. Bella is like the HUB of the community. I totally agree. Learned things about her I had not known in this interview--about the cafe, and the little old lady in the apartment complex.

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  5. Vanessa- thank YOU so much for this lovely feature! I love it and love how you shared me and my blog with your readers. I am truly honored to be your first feature and am so proud to be part of your blogging community! -Bella Q
    the Citizen Rosebud

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  6. Love Bella and the Citizen Rosebud! Great feature... I'm influenced to try thrift stores more. I keep seeing bloggers with such amazing finds!

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  7. Great article! I am just getting to know Bella and the Citizen Rosebud and wanna know more!

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  8. Bella was also my first feature, because she was so true and so much into my heart.
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  9. I adore Bella, thank you so much for featuring her! As she said on fb you did a great job with it, really great questions honey! I am so exited that you have started this series, I look forward to enjoying more great features :) I just shared this on facebook and will now tweet it :) Hugs! xx

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  10. awesome blog hun x

    http://lolitasfashionideas.blogspot.com/

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  11. good post!xx

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  12. Bella is one of the gems in the blogosphere - true authenticity, great style, and just an all around great personality. Thanks for doing this post. I am excited you featured her, and excited to learn more about YOUR blog!

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  13. very, very cool. i'm new to her blog and love her style! she's super likable and unique.

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  14. A blogger unlike any other I've seen! (And I've seen a lot of blogs). Loved the interview ;)

    xx Cristina

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  15. Thank you for the sweet comment on my blog!

    This is a wonderful interview. I love the story behind her "creeping virginia" cardigan!

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  16. nice feature!. I love her individual style & the "Creeping Virginia" post. Second hand is the best sometimes, I've found some great items to keep forever!
    -xxoo

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  17. I ADORE Bella....she is without a doubt, one of my most fav bloggers....shes sincere, a true friend, and is always there to lend a helping hand to old and new bloggers alike.......sooo happy to see her featured here....most definitely deserved:)

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  18. Great interview- she has such funky style! I am glad there are so many fellow thrifters out there- it's great for sustainability!

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  19. Okay, I am NOW officially following your blog. I've been reading for... a long time!!! Sheesh. I just always click through Twitter. It's remedied. For Heaven's sake. And you could not have picked a more amazeballs blogger to feature, first. Seriously- Bella is more than an inspiration. LOVE her.

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  20. Great pictures! Very inspiring! I'm now subscribing to your blog on my google reader!

    Please check out my blog when you get a chance.

    http://www.goodbadnfab.blogspot.com
    a fashion lawyer by day, fashion police by night...I play at red carpet events, shop all over town, and live life in the fab lane in LA!

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  21. Wonderful feature, Bella's personality really comes through! xoxo

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  22. This was a great interview:) I love Bella's style and blogging voice so much!! And she was the one who inspired me to buy second hand exclusively for a year.

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  23. Loved your Bella interview! She is so vibrant and committed, and you captured those qualities in your post.

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  24. I adore Bella...and I love her quote about the one year she hit the mall, then went back to second-hand: "I quickly got tired of dressing like everyone else." I guess that would be so true! I never thought of it like that.


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  25. Bella is one of the most authentic bloggers I've "met". She clearly has a passion for life and cares deeply for her fellow bloggers. She's a daily pick-me-up in my life!

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  26. What a wonderful choice of feature! Bella is so honest and giving and creative and down to earth and downright FUN. I wish she and her shop were ~2000 miles nearer.

    Loving the contrast of bright blues against brown textures in "how to use butt ugly," and that 1950s poppy cardi *is* amazing. I'm not one for embellished sweaters, but I'd make an exception for this bold one, well-styled with skinnies and red shoes and Bella's vibrance and attitude.

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  27. Awesome blog about an awesome person. I just met Bella via Facebook and Twitter, and even though she and I haven't met in person I have grown to love her in such a short time. She invited me into her cirle of friends (local bloggers) and made me feel comfortable, heard, and confident. Thank you for sharing with us a beautiful lady inside and out.
    http://fashionfyoozdculture.blogspot.com

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  28. A perfect homage to Bella !
    Great questions, too !!!
    I like that you asked some different questions as well :)
    She is truly one-of-a-kind.
    xXx
    Reva

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  29. Bella definitely has one of those unique blogs where the blogger's personality shines through. Great first feature!

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  30. I've been seeing your blog everywhere, so, I'm following. Plus, I love Bella! Thanks for a great interview and a cute collection of photos. So informative that you put all her contact information for new fans, too!

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  31. No lie I see your blog everywhere too. I don't know why I'm not following yours, so now I am : )

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  32. I love Bella's blog too!

    Love,
    Heather
    http://heathersdesignblog.com/

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