Sunday, September 21, 2014

Blondes that DIY Worldwide Readership

Over the past several years, I have launched a couple of new Google blogs. My fourth such blog, Blondes that DIY, was launched in May 2014. I've been charting the increase to the worldwide readership base over the past 4 months. Wow, look at that map of readers! The readers are from all over the world; well, with the exception of Greenland!

blondes that diy blog worldwide readership map
Blondes that DIY blog Worldwide Readership Map
Screen capture of September 21, 2014
Checking in on my statcounter project this afternoon, I noticed a visit from the Russian Federation. You can actually see that visit in the upper right of the screen capture.

Top Ten Countries in Readership

blondes that diy blog worldwide readership top ten countries
It has never been a mystery when you look at the top three countries that dominate my readership base. It has always been the United States in the top spot ... in this case 70.6% of the readership is from the USA! Canada accounts for some 7% with the United Kingdom right behind at 5.8%. Usually India and Australia are competing for the 4th and 5th spots. I must admit that I am accustomed to having more Australian readers.

Online content writers and bloggers are continually challenged to secure a strong returning readership base. Some writers and bloggers are blessed with those readers who hang on every word and every new article or blog post. Thus far, I am still working to tickle the fancy of my readers to up the 3.5% of returning visitors.

What do you do to increase your returning visitors? OK, OK! Compelling original, unique and useful content. Hopefully, we will continue to grow and prosper and find a few more interested readers who have time on their hands, when they aren't writing, to come and read some new blog posts.

Thank you readers!! P.S. a little chocolate candy for you! It's my all-time favorite, Hershey's Nuggets Special Dark Chocolate with Almonds. Gosh, I even wrote a blog post on Hershey’s Nuggets Special Dark Chocolate with Almonds. I love that candy. Hmmm, I wonder if that appeals to the majority of my worldwide readership?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Kimono Fashion

The kimono in fashion is an Asian-inspired trend in hot designer fashions. I first started talking about the kimono some seven plus years ago. Oh gosh, can you believe that. And even today, the kimono as you may know it has become uber-trendy in its influence on Western style clothing. The most popular is the kimono dress with a wrap-style and roomy kimono sleeves.

Kara Janx kimono dress from Project Runway
A recognizable designer today who's gotten a lot of buzz is Kara Janx from Project Runway. Her famous flirty and sexy kimono dresses are pictured here. What's great about Kara's kimona dresses is they are excellent travelware!

The kimono in fashion today has transitioned into some pretty cool designer fashions! Do you know that a recent eBay search for "kimono dress" revealed over 1,400 auction listings with nearly 600 store items? Read on to learn more.

It's an Asian-inspired trend in designer fashions that's really hot! It's Kimono Fashion! Uber-TRENDY!

Kimono Fashion Photo Credit: Kara Janx Kimono Long Sleeve.

What do you think of Kimono Fashion?
How many stars would you give it? Would YOU give it a thumbs up or a thumbs down? For me, I think it is a commanding five stars.

Kimono top by Roberto Cavalli
Kimono top by Roberto Cavalli

Yummy! Did you catch Vanessa Williams wearing this Kimono top on Ugly Betty -- when she prepared the large Thanksgiving meal?

I personally adore the Roberto Cavalli kimono top with the leopard trim. Yummy!

This is my pick for the IT Kimono Top! It is too cool.

Cream with brown/black/gold leopard-print satin trim. Surplice V neckline; tie waist. Wide three-quarter sleeves. 50% silk, 50% cashmere.

I spotted it at Neiman Marcus and eLuxury.

Kimono sleeve dress by Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli got into the craze with his Tiger Print Kimono Sleeve Dress.
This 100% silk, tiger print semi-sheer dress with deep v-neck was made in Italy. It has extra-long kimono sleeves.

It was available for $1,575.00 from eLuxury and a couple of other websites.

Kimono-style sleeves have been extremely popular in women's dresses, tops, and casual wear.

 Kimono Fashion Show

Kimono dress by Geren Ford
Kimono dress by Geren Ford

An in demand designer is Geren Ford who has been extremely popular.

This is a kimono dress that is styled with a contrasting sash and fabric that is reminiscent of the 40s.

So, this is a bit of a vintage-inspired kimono dress! Find a Geren Ford Kimono Dress on Amazon.

Ruth Kimono dress from Lord and Taylor
Kimono dress from Lord and Taylor

I am a fan of black and white so you've got to know that I'm loving this dress!

This is the Ruth Kimono Dress that was spotted and Lord and Taylor! Gosh this is gorgeous.

What makes this great travelware is its composition -- 96% Rayon and 4% Spandex, plus it's American made! Check out the Koh Koh Kimono Dresses at Amazon.

Kimono dress from Target
Kimono dress from Target

Would you believe??? This kimono dress was actually spotted at Target! It was designed by Sophie Albou for the Paul & Joe Beaubourg Chic Collection. Wow! If Target has it, the item has gone mainstream.

This dress is made of cotton and silky modal rayon. It has cool bat-wing sleeves that are accentuated by the fitted empire bodice trimmed with ruching. It has an a-line skirt that I love!
It's very cool -- it's a kimono dress that's affordable!

Kimono dress by Rachel Pally
Kimono dress by Rachel Pally

Oo la la! I love this -- it transitions from the typical kimono dress into something quite alluring and versatile. It's a mini; no, it's a top!

It's the Tie Kimono Dress by Rachel Pally!

An on-trend shape with an impeccable drape. Very soft, jersey dress with V at neck and back. 1/4" banding at neckline and tie at cuffs. Unfinished edges at bottom hem and ties. Long, dolman sleeves. 92% modal/8% spandex. Dry clean. Made in the U.S.A. I spotted this at Shopbop for $198.00 in yellow and violet.

Kimono tunic top by Paul & Joe
Kimono tunic top by Paul & Joe

This is the Anagra Tunic Top by Paul & Joe. For a kimono-style top, this is quite what you'd expect, particularly for the styling, and fabric design.

Kimono-style top with a beautiful combination of creams, peaches, greens, and purples, creating a gorgeous japanese floral design. A blue/green trim on the v-neck and under the bust creates a wonderful contrast. 100% Silk. This was spotted at Pink Moon Boutique.

Kimono jacket by Matthew Williamson
Kimono jacket by Matthew Williamson

Wow! This jacket has a lot going on! It's a bit of handcrafted wearable art. It's Matthew Williamson's Kimono Sleeved Embroidered Jacket.

The wide open neckline leads into an invisible button-fastening front. Miniature pom poms in fuchsia and green trim all edges. The jacket is covered in entwining and blossoming flowers that come in colours such as green, fuchsia, purple, turquoise and brown all on a cream stitching background.

Long wide kimono sleeves. The hemline falls to the hips. A tie front belt sits high on the waist. Cream chiffon lining. Fantastically detailed, this is a stunning jacket, wear casual with jeans over a skinny t-shirt and flats or smart with wide legged trousers and some stomping platforms. Be embroidered. 100% Silk. This was spotted at Browns Fashion.

Kimono coat from Teski
Kimono coat from Teski

Yes, this indeed is a kimono coat! It's the Saki Kimono Coat and it's Italian leather! Wow--it's sexy too.

Straight cut Kimono coat. Soft, supple leather with fire-red embossed waist blocking. Hidden eye-and-hook closure. Satin lining in golden-yellow with floral jacquard pattern.

East meets west. Imported Italian skin. Black with fire band. I spotted this at Teski, based out of San Francisco.

Kimono coat by Andrew Gn
Kimono coat by Andrew Gn

This beautiful coat has an authentic styling about it! It's the Andrew Gn 'Antique Gold' Lame and Lace Kimono Coat.

Three-quarter sleeves. 'Antique Gold' lame detail on sleeves and bottom hem. Viscose lining. Virgin wool/linen/polyester; dry clean. Made in France. Collectors.

I spotted this at Nordstrom for $2,075.00!

Find a Kimono Coat

Looking for a variety of Kimono Tops from jackets to coats? You'll want to check out the varied selection of kimono coats at Amazon. You will be amazed at the variety!

Check out all the Kimono Dresses at Amazon!

Thanks for visiting!
Have you gotten into the kimono craze? Do you own a kimono-style dress? What's your favorite kimono dress designer?

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