5 Must-Read Blogs

Chances are you read a blog (or ten) regularly (oh, hello!). But what if you’re a little lost when it comes to the blogosphere? Or, like me, you’re always looking for a new, informative, colorful site to pour over daily?

I’ve spent the last year and a half absorbed in blogs during my downtime. I came across blogs that were great, some that didn’t quite hold my attention, and others that I immediately fell in love with — and read nearly every day. They’ve made me snort with laughter, provided great NYC date ideas, and inspired me to cook more. Here they are, in no particular order:

1. Humans of New York (HONY)
It’s perfect for you… if you don’t have time to read long articles and you want a pick-me-up that makes you think.

The m.o.: HONY’s creator, Brandon Stanton (who now has a New York Times best-selling HONY book), expertly pairs photos with illuminating, often haunting quotes from each of his subjects. His photo blog is truly a moving experience.

What to expect: Some teary-eyed reading. HONY makes you realize there is a lot of pain - and a lot of happiness - in the world, and whatever place you’re in at the moment, you’re not alone.

2. The Man Repeller (TMR)
It’s perfect for you… if you love fashion and you’re all about embracing your quirkiness.

The m.o.: TMR creator Leandra Medine has made quite a name for herself in the fashion blogger world. In my mind, she’s got the most unique and fearless style, but also isn’t afraid to be totally goofy. TMR is a style blog with a sense of humor - it doesn’t take itself too seriously, just like Leandra. Read more about how cool the blog is here, in one of my earlier Sugar & Spice posts.

What to expect: A funny, real-girl slant on everything from Kimye to online dating to haute couture to avocados (yes!). And there are lots of fun, daring style tips for how to wear looks like how to tie a neck scarf and why you should be wearing a pocket square.

3. How Sweet It Is
It’s perfect for you… if you love food. And delicious, easy-to-make recipes. And all things bright and fun.

The m.o.: How Sweet is Jessica Merchant’s baby (she also has her first real baby on the way and a recipe book that you can pre-order here) and let’s just say it’s droolworthy and relatable all at once. It’s not just the mouthwatering recipes, it’s her voice. She jokes that her readers are her invisible internet friends, but after reading her blog for over a year now, I feel like she is my (in)visible internet friend. She’s very herself, and will discuss everything from her opinion on the latest episode of True Blood to how she messed up a recipe before it came out the right way. She is totally human and it’s impossible not to adore her.

What to expect: Gorgeous food photos (she’s got nearly 50,000 followers on Instagram), fun, doable recipes for drinks, mexican food, salads, and desserts galore. Plus get the scoop on her life, which, even though it’s relatively normal, I find fascinating. She also has some pretty amazing beauty product reviews that she posts monthly - and none of it is sponsored. She’s just so for real, I can’t take it.

4. Suri’s Burn Book
It’s perfect for you… if work is dragging and you need a laugh, pronto.

The m.o.: Just like the infamous burn book in Mean Girls, Suri’s Burn Book is the place where “Suri Cruise” (who’s really blog creator Allie Hagan) makes snarky, totally on-point comments about celebrities’ children. Sounds horrible, but it’s actually very funny.

What to expect: Laugh-out-loud commentary on North West, Prince George, and Blue Ivy. One of my favorites (besides any photo that involves Katie Holmes) is “Suri’s” response to the Ryan Gosling/Eva Mendes pregnancy rumors: “This is the worst news I’ve heard since my life began. Cancel Christmas. Cancel everything.” 

5. Cup of Jo
It’s perfect for you… if you love the idea of getting tips on life, love, beauty and building a family from a quintessential cool Brooklyn-esque mom.

The m.o.: Joanna Goddard used to write for Glamour until she started focusing on her blog full-time. She lives in Brooklyn with her bearded husband and two young boys. I can get lost in her blog forever. There is something reassuring and also compelling about her posts. She’s got a lot of great tips about living in NYC and her posts are always short, sweet and thought-provoking.

What to expect: Pictures from her laidback Fire Island vacation, beauty routines from other cool-mom types around the globe, simple recipes (this garlic bread is to-die-for), ethereal hair how-tos (think romantic braids and J.Crew-like side ponytails) and little tips on what to do when you have company over, go on vacation with your significant other, etc. Her relaxed blogging style is the one that I identify with most when it comes to a “lifestyle” site.

Have you read any of these blogs before? What are your favorite blogs? I’d love to hear.

Xoxo, H

Photos, from top: Man Repeller, Cup of Jo and How Sweet it Is. The How Sweet recipe pictured is here. It’s Chipotle Beer Shrimp Quesadillas with Spicy Guac. I know… stop drooling! ;)