12 Bloggers Who Can Turn A Phrase


You know how sometimes you read a blog and find yourself delighted by the author’s sheer access to language? How some writing evinces an almost physical response?  I thought you might enjoy the suggestions below. Of course, they aren’t the only good writers on my list, by any means, others write clearly, and convincingly and intelligently and with humor. But here are some bloggers who can turn a heck of a phrase.

  1. Pretty Far West. Mise writes from Ireland, primarily about interior design. Dry, elusive, warm. All at the same time.
  2. elefantitas allegres. Kate started out, I believe, with a wedding blog. Funny, good-humored, expansive. With a fondness for Hatch chiles.
  3. amalah. One of the big mama bloggers. Oldest son with sensory integration issues. Short posts both funny and moving, many asides, cute little boys.
  4. Blighty. Up in the UK, with boy children, making me laugh out loud.
  5. Maxminimus. Ostensibly ADG’s topic is menswear. Tom Wolfe meets the cordovan shell and Absalom, Absalom.
  6. miss whistle. Bumble Ward is a Brit of Norwegian heritage, writing in Los Angeles, and taking photos of theGreater Spotted, her dalmations. Her pieces on family are my favorites – not a word out of place.
  7. First Milk. Young woman in Brooklyn with poetry. Very distilled, poetic prose.
  8. Kidchamp. Bear with the density, the woman is brilliant. Drink from a firehose but willingly. Especially the Thundertome book reviews.
  9. Faux Fuchsia. FF writes from Brisbane, she is above water, luckily. Known for inventing phrases. And will never Knowingly Undercushion.
  10. Bourbon and Pearls. From the northern UK, Tabitha writes in a somewhat Bronte-esque style about pencil skirts and velvet jackets.
  11. The Trad. More menswear. This time with Montaigne as inspiration.
  12. Penelope Trunk. And, of course, Penelope. One of today’s completely original bloggers. Career advice. Also how not to kill yourself.

Any others to add?

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  • 01/13/11
    8:10 am

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    Jen said...

    Mise is wonderful – love her blog. I had not heard of a number of these, so I’ll definitely make the rounds and check them out!

  • 01/13/11
    8:17 am

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    John Ingham said...

    Admiral Cod is a great one. Of course my yet to be conceived blog will be a winner.

  • 01/13/11
    8:19 am

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    ms Givens said...

    I must have a look at all of these. :)

  • 01/13/11
    8:56 am

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    Karena said...

    I do follow a couple of these Lisa and will cerrtainly check out the others! Thank you for the links!

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    Karena

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  • 01/13/11
    9:40 am

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    Genuine Lustre said...

    Parisian Farmgirl! I think we are kindred spirits.

  • 01/13/11
    9:45 am

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    Paula said...

    I wanted to add Pretty Far West but she is already there, on top of the list! :-)

  • 01/13/11
    10:02 am

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    Aine said...

    the link to “amalah” goes to “elefantitis allegres”

  • 01/13/11
    10:04 am

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    Sue said...

    You turn a heck of a phrase yourself my dear. I can’t wait to check out your suggestions that I am not familiar with. You and some of the others, that I am familiar with, motivate me to improve.
    What about Allie at Summer Is A Verb. Allie and ADG’s sparing always makes me laugh.
    xoxo
    Sue

  • 01/13/11
    10:06 am

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    lauren said...

    shucks, lisa – your name’s in a heart on my binder, too. (and you know how i feel about lists of twelve.)

  • 01/13/11
    10:18 am

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    pretty far west said...

    That’s so kind, Lisa! I dispense with my usual commenting currency of the Smart Remark and most sincerely thank you. Indeed, I think I’ll commission a statue of you.

  • 01/13/11
    12:56 pm

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    mint juleps and magnolias said...

    I agree that Kate turns a phrase wonderfully. Your recommendation is more than enough to steer me in the other bloggers’ direction!

  • 01/13/11
    1:02 pm

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    Tabitha said...

    Gosh thank you!
    I always read your posts and think ” I’ll never be able to write like that”

  • 01/13/11
    1:15 pm

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    kerry said...

    Wow! I just put up a post today asking for fresh blog recommendations, and someone pointed me here. How lucky to find you on this particular day!

  • 01/13/11
    3:31 pm

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    Amanda said...

    Many thanks, dear lady. Many, many thanks.

  • 01/13/11
    4:23 pm

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    Rubiatonta said...

    New blogs to read, hurrah! Thanks for the tips, Lisa.

  • 01/13/11
    5:23 pm

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    Belle de Ville said...

    What a wonderful list thank you for posting it. Of course I love to check in daily to read what you, FF and Tabitha have to say. Blogs I also can’t miss are Reggie Darling and Admiral Cod…even though he is a curmudgeon. Thank for introducing me to some new blogs….not that I have the time to add any more to my blog list…..

  • 01/13/11
    6:16 pm

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    Wally Bell said...

    I love Blighty and Miss Whistle too. You are no mean slouch yourself

  • 01/13/11
    7:07 pm

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    Bonnie said...

    Reggie Darling – a master at word play – brilliant. And, you’re not so bad yourself:)

  • 01/13/11
    7:58 pm

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    Charlotte said...

    Thanks for this. I’ve been meaning to pad out my reader with genuinely interesting blogs, as I am drowning (drowning!) in news sources.

  • 01/13/11
    8:21 pm

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    metscan said...

    Thank you Lisa for introducing new blogs, I trust your opinion. I too must check these out. So helpful to have you done the first searching work!

  • 01/13/11
    10:45 pm

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    quintessence said...

    The only one of these I knew about was Tabitha over at Bourbon and Pearls who I would totally agree has a wonderful way with words – have often thought the same reading her posts. I will definitely be paying a visit to some of these other wordsmiths!

  • 01/14/11
    5:33 am

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    ADG said...

    thank you

  • 01/14/11
    10:56 am

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    Sue T said...

    It is indeed a privilege to be gifted with these jewels, and yours. Thank you, LPC.

  • 01/14/11
    1:41 pm

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    Faux Fuchsia said...

    Hello,
    as I type this I can hear the MASH style choppers flying overhead…searching and helping flood victimes.
    Thanks for the shout out xx

  • 01/14/11
    2:23 pm

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    Alex in DC said...

    Thank you so much for the links to these fantastic blogs. I’ve managed to spend several hours already reading them – enjoying every minute.

  • 01/15/11
    7:52 am

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    Miss Cavendish said...

    Amalah was one of the first blogs I ever visited. I agree: she is an engaging read.

  • 01/15/11
    12:12 pm

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    Kelly said...

    Also visit the divine Mrs. T at Mrs. Trefussis Takes a Taxi for the most hilarious Brit-flavored “solipsistic wailing.”

  • 01/15/11
    7:27 pm

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    misswhistle said...

    I’m a few days behind on my reading, so imagine my joyful surprise to find this lovely post today. Thank you, dear Lisa. You are so very kind and to echo one of your other commentators, you’re no slouch yourself. Many many thanks and love, Miss W xxx

  • 01/18/11
    5:19 pm

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    Kate said...

    {Claps hands with glee!}

    I normally hate a “stage direction” on the interwebs, but this post deserved one – many, many thanks!

    Not That You Asked is a current favorite of mine.

  • 01/19/11
    1:09 am

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    Blighty said...

    Dear LIsa, it was Mr Blighty who told me you had included me in this list (I had no idea Mr B looked at blogs by himself, that’s opened up a whole new area for me to think about!) I am So flattered and thrilled to be included, thank you very much, of course now I feel Under Pressure and will now no longer be able to together a sentence coherent string …but i will continue to be a Smart Arse of course. The list is fab, I have already been over to Penelope Trunk and spent a very happy time reading there; I already know Bourbon and Pearls and have always thought she writes beautifully and is a very well read and intelligent girl, and your list has reminded me to put her on my blogroll so I don’t miss her posts; now off to check out others on your list, the ironing suddenly seems very unnecessary xx P. S. That Faux Fuchsia blog does not sound like my cup of tea at all, won’t bother with that (everyone, this is a joke, FF is my BlogCrush).

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