13 Fashion Blogger Girl Crushes of Mine (That Aren’t Instagram Clones)

13 Fashion Bloggers Girl Crushes

It’s been a few months since my last Featured Bloggers post – this time I’m bringing you a list of my fashion blogger girl crushes!

All these bloggers are amazing for lots of different reasons, but they draw me in because they all have that special something that you can’t always put your finger on. Quite often it’s their gorgeous eyes (I have a thing for huge eyes – hellooooo, Emma Stone!), their amazing sense of style, or their glowing skin and luscious locks. Or all of the above, often with a hefty dose of personality thrown in.

‘Instagram clones’

What they’re not is the typical (what I call) “Instagram clones” that seem to be extolled above all other women on social media right now: The tanned, leggy 20-somethings with a mane of long, wavy golden hair, perfect contouring and unnatural or overdrawn pouts. Please don’t get me wrong – girls who naturally look like this are of course very beautiful, but I’m drawn to qualities that aren’t deemed the norm – or, should I say, what we’re “supposed” to look like in order to get anywhere in the blogosphere and on social media these days.

Right – rant over…!

I’ll also apologise in advance for the amount of times I’ve used the words “gorgeous” and “stunning” in this post. They’re all stunning, they all have fantastic blogs, they all have a gorgeous twinkle in their eye (I’ve started already). Do click through and check them out – granted, not all of them are strictly fashion bloggers (many are lifestyle bloggers), but they all feature style posts on their blogs, Instagram, or both.

Afterwards check out the other featured blogger lists (petites, over 40s or office chic, for example), I guarantee you’ll be beguiled by them as well…!



13 Fashion Blogger Girl Crushes of Mine…

Fashion Blogger Girl Crush... Denina - Denina Martin

1. Denina – Purely Me By Denina Martin

Denina is the very definition of a natural (Bulgarian) beauty – she first came to my attention when she started blogging and sent me some lovely emails to say hello (she’s an absolute sweetheart). Her Instagram is full of golden hair, the most beautiful, radiant skin and a stunning smile. Oh, and she knows how to put an outfit together too.

Follow Denina on Instagram: @deninamartin


Fashion Blogger Girl Crush... Stella - J'adore Fashion

2. Stella – J’adore Fashion

Looking like a young Diana Ross, Stella (also known by her nickname Uzo) is fierce, polished, and regal. Her hair, makeup and nails are always on point and her wardrobe is utterly to die for. She’s got some seriously glam looks going on and I love looking out for her bold manicures and gorgeous accessories.

Follow Stella on Instagram: @jadorefashion


Fashion Blogger Girl Crush... Lily - Joli House

3. Lily – Joli House

Wonderful, gorgeous Lily – as lovely on the inside as she is on the outside. We’ve been blogging pals for ages, despite the 25 year age gap between us. She’s intelligent (got a ton of top grades in her school exams), writes very eloquently, always has a kind word for everyone and has such a wise head on her shoulders for someone so young. Then when you throw in that beautiful face that looks as gorgeous without makeup as it does with (if not more so), you’ve got one very, very lovely girl.

Follow Lily on Instagram: @lilykatefrance


Fashion Blogger Girl Crush... Olivia - Olivia Laura

4. Olivia – Olivia Laura

Those eyes! I could dive right into Olivia’s huge, stunning blue eyes – her Instagram account shows off her huge peepers and the beautiful way she uses eyeliner to enhance them to perfection. Not to mention her cool, stylish outfits and a huge mane of hair… So much to love.

Follow Olivia on Instagram: @olivialaura


Fashion Blogger Girl Crush... Brenda - Brenda Kinsel

5. Brenda – Brenda Kinsel

I discovered Brenda after she was nominated for my blogger heroes post a couple of years back – and I’m so glad I did. Her gorgeous, smiling face more than reminds me of Isabella Rossellini (a true beauty if ever there was one), and she wears her cat eye glasses and that gorgeous silver pixie cut beautifully.

Follow Brenda on Instagram: @brendakinsel


Fashion Blogger Girl Crush... Amy - The Little Magpie

6. Amy – The Little Magpie

One of two bloggers on this list that I’ve met IRL, Amy is a petite Scot and an absolute joy to spend time with (she and I attended the Specsavers awards event in October last year). With ever-changing hair and the most exquisite cheekbones, she also has a knack for putting together some really chic outfits that you Must. Not. Miss.

Follow Amy on Instagram: @thelittlemagpie


Fashion Blogger Girl Crush... Lauren - Lauren McBride

7. Lauren – Lauren McBride

How mums of young children manage to stay looking fabulous I have no idea, but Lauren does exactly that – her Instagram has lots of family photos but she looks super gorgeous in every one. With massive brown eyes and tons of long bronde waves she rocks all her casual outfits and still looks utterly beautiful.

Follow Lauren on Instagram: @laurmcbrideblog


Fashion Blogger Girl Crush... Tracey - The Naughty Forty Diaries

8. Tracey – The Naughty Forty Diaries

My “thing” with eyes continues – and Tracey’s heavenly eyes are no exception. Huge and icy blue/green, they absolutely mesmerise me every time I see her in my Instagram feed. As a fellow 40+ blogger I urge you to check out her stylish, easy-to-wear outfits as well.

Follow Tracey on Instagram: @the_naughtyfortydiaries


Fashion Blogger Girl Crush... Sophia Rosemary - Sophia Rosemary

9. Sophia Rosemary – Sophia Rosemary

With probably the biggest eyes of the lot, Sophia Rosemary looks most likely French but is, in fact, from the north of England. She looks like a movie star but with striking girl-next-door qualities, like a modern-day Jean Seberg or Jane Birkin. I’d follow her Instagram for her mascara-heavy selfies alone.

Follow Sophia Rosemary on Instagram: @sophia_rosemary


Fashion Blogger Girl Crush... Michelle - The Barefaced Chic

10. Michelle – The Barefaced Chic

Another beautiful person inside and out – Michelle is a close friend of mine and I know first hand just how wonderful, hilarious and gorgeous she is. Not that I want to bang on about her age, but when you realise she’s in her 50s you wonder how she’s not adding 20 years to her real age… And yes, her skin is as smooth and flawless IRL as it looks in photos. Plus she covers some fantastic topics on her blog, so don’t miss.

Follow Michelle on Instagram: @barefaced_chic


Fashion Blogger Girl Crush... Carly - Thirty Something Fashion

11. Carly – Thirty Something Fashion

Carly is basically eyebrow goals – and her olive skin is just so beautiful. Someone who often goes barefaced on her Instagram, Carly looks every inch as beautiful makeup-free as she does dressed up to the nines. She has such a warm, inviting look and great style to match.

Follow Carly on Instagram: @carlywalko


Fashion Blogger Girl Crush... Yen - Diva in Me

12. Yen – Diva in Me

Yen – the chameleon of hair colour… She absolutely rocks wild, bright ombres and warm tones that only enhance her incredible bone structure and gorgeous eyes. She’s also elegant, classy and funky all at the same time. You’ll love her blog and her unique, clean sense of style.

Follow Yen on Instagram: @stilettoesdiva


Fashion Blogger Girl Crush... Naomi - Love Taza

13. Naomi – Love Taza

A lifestyle/family blogger who’s been around for years, I’ve followed Naomi since long before I started my own blog (I remember when she was pregnant first time, her and her husband have three adorable kids now) – it was the face full of freckles and the twinkling eyes and smile that did it for me. Plus she has a great sense of style that’s a little bit quirky, a little bit kooky and a hell of a lot of fun.

Follow Naomi on Instagram: @taza


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  1. 28 March 2017 / 10:52 am

    Beautiful post! 🙂 thanks again so much for including me in this! xxx

  2. 27 February 2017 / 3:46 pm

    LOVE this list. So glad to see a bit of diversity – I wrote a post a few months ago about how I wish bloggers and vloggers were around when I was growing up, as there are so many out there who represent the diverse world we actually live in, rather than being all the same, white, blonde models I used to see in Teen magazine as a 12-year-old!

  3. 26 February 2017 / 12:01 pm

    Sophia Rosemary has to be my fave! Love her style and her haircut! #brillblogposts

  4. 20 February 2017 / 5:16 pm

    I don't know any of these ladies. I will check them out thanks! always looking for new people to follow. Kandidlykim

  5. 20 February 2017 / 3:08 pm

    Thank you so much for including me Catherine!! My gob is firmly smacked! I am slowly working my way through the list of the bloggers on your list that I don't know. It's great to get away from the land of IG cookie cutter 😉
    Love to you
    Michelle xx

    • 20 February 2017 / 4:06 pm

      I think it was you that inspired me to write the post in the first place, you gorgeous thing you!!!! 😉 xx

  6. 19 February 2017 / 3:44 am

    When I saw Twitter prompted me on your post, it was a slow process of shock, then disbelief, then happiness and lots of squeals at the end. LOL!! Thank you for featuring us, the non-instagram-clones and this meant a lot because we are all different in our own ways.
    Thank you for introducing these gorgeous girls to us. I've seen Stella and Lauren around in the blogsphere but not the rest. This weekend, I shall check them out! Lots of kisses for you Catherine.

    • 19 February 2017 / 3:17 pm

      Oh Yen it's my absolute pleasure – not only to feature you but to highlight some non-'clones'! It's great to celebrate all types, I just hope I've done a little bit to show everyone that not everyone on Instagram has long legs, long blonde hair and a Californian tan… We ARE all different as we say and that's such a wonderful thing!! xx

  7. 18 February 2017 / 3:57 pm

    OMG, thank you for sharing! I've been looking for non-instagram-clones to follow for the longest time (which seems damn near impossible?!). Gonna spend the rest of my evening stalking these gorgeous ladies xx

    Emma | http://www.brooklynisburning.co

    • 19 February 2017 / 3:12 pm

      I know what you mean about finding something(one) different, Emma – I hope these lovely ladies have given you some inspo!! Stalk away my dear ;))

  8. 18 February 2017 / 8:03 am

    I'm gob smacked I'm included in this list of beautiful ladies. Thankyou so much Catherine. You've made my day [ and my BF whose sick of me showing him!] I'm now following all these ladies, a few of which I already was … thankyou for introducing me to them and to you you bloody lovely lady , Tracey xxx

    • 18 February 2017 / 12:59 pm

      Tracey you shouldn't be (gobsmacked I mean) – you know I've been crushing on your eyes for aaaaaaages!! xx

  9. 17 February 2017 / 6:45 am

    Catherine, I am so thrilled you included me in this list. Thank you so much! Totally appreciated. You're the sweetest! ♥

    • 18 February 2017 / 12:58 pm

      Denina it's my pleasure, I've always thought you were wonderful as you know! x

  10. 16 February 2017 / 4:30 pm

    I was following a couple of these lovely ladies and just added a bunch more! Thank you so much for sharing these. I was feeling in need of a little inspiration this morning and this post fixed that 🙂 I hope you have an amazing weekend Catherine!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

  11. 16 February 2017 / 2:15 pm

    I hadn't heard of 12 of these but now I have just had a good stalk of all their blogs and instagrams!! Thankyou for this post and introducing me to 12 new bloggers I can fill my instagram with!

    Charlotte | http://www.shoestringchic.co.uk

    • 16 February 2017 / 2:19 pm

      You're most welcome Charlotte – you'll love them! x

  12. 16 February 2017 / 1:36 pm

    Every single one of them is simply stunning. Serious envy over here!

    Beckie xo // The Pale Tails

  13. 16 February 2017 / 11:14 am

    Wonderful list Catherine, many I've not heard of before which is always a great bonus of your research skills!
    I'm Girl Crushing on Yen & Stella – totally mesmerised…

    • 16 February 2017 / 2:18 pm

      Glad you like them MT… I knew Yen would be your kinda blogger!!

  14. 16 February 2017 / 10:31 am

    Ooh these all look so fabulous, thank you for the links, I love finding new blogs to read!

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