Video Star Or Video Democracy It’s a free-for-all at www.videosantville.com where anyone can sign up and post a video. The result? An online vista for new directorial talent and goldmine for videophiles.
Photo Op See the world through the eyes of T.O photographer Sam Javanrough at www.topleftpixel.com. A digi photo per day is posted capturing his daily experiences.
www.laineygossip.com In a nutshell: Haute hearsay and gauche gossip rule this cyber roost. The focus: Celebs of all kinds have their comings and goings monitored by eTalk regular Elaine “Lainey” Lui. Of note: a gossip guide that lists Lainey’s loves (namely, Gwyneth Paltrow) and loathes (including Sharon Stone)
www.fartguide.blogspot.com In a nutshell: Don’t be fooled by the name; F&Art—written by an acute stylista named Maret—touts itself as a subjective guide to fashion and art. The focus: A magaholic by nature, Maret scours the newsstand for musings sur la mode. Of note: to-the-point breakdowns of Artforum covers and Vogue fashion features
www.jakandjil.com In a nutshell: Man-about-town Tommy Ton gives his two cents (sometimes five) on the Canadian fashion scene in an easy-to-navigate bunch of pages. The focus: Ton highlights fashion “it” girls, boys, bags and buys. Of note: Ton’s “most wanted” top-five fashion items for the fall season
www.coolchiq.blogspot.com In a nutshell: fashion news for stylistas who think they know it all The focus: Whether it’s rumours of Demi Moore playing Coco Chanel in a future film or behind-the-catwalk coverage of NY fashion week, Coolchiq is on the job. Of note: the snappy headlines (“Impractical, Improvisional & Totally Irresistible”) that crown each entry
www.gridskipper.com In a nutshell: a very personal online guide to urban travel for the urban set The focus: The site provides hilarious mini-synopses of travel articles and features honest travel reviews, all c/o editor Chris Mohney and his band of flighty men and women. Of note: The “view by city” index allows you to get real, raw opinions on tourist traps.
www.pinkisthenewblog.com In a nutshell: celeb scandals, pop-cult shockers, unofficial Whitney Houston updates The focus: the TomKat shams, Nicole Richie’s waistline and L. Lo (Lindsay Lohan) Of note: the Premium Pink section, where you can read excerpts from fab authors such as Augusten Burroughs
www.chocolateandzucchini.com In a nutshell: This site delivers full-on sensory overload with dish behind the dishes Mario Batali and Martha Stewart slave over. Low-carb dieters, beware. The focus: food, Parisian style Of note: The Bloxicon—a virtual dictionary of table terms such as chichi (a rectangular doughnut sold in Marseilles, not a fashion statement)—keeps fans coming back for seconds and thirds.
www.perezhilton.com In a nutshell: The black art of blogging via the self-proclaimed “Queen of All Media,” Perez Hilton (aka Mario Lavandeira). He brings celeb-bashing cattiness to a Picasso-esque plateau. The focus: dissing and deconstructing tabloid heroes and villains in a drag-queen-like tone Of note: A section called The Latest usually scoops the tabs with its stories of distressed stars.
www.postsecret.com In a nutshell: visual wit for the artsy-fartsy types out there; winner of two 2006 Bloggies, including Weblog of the Year The focus: Homemade postcards are sent in from newfound artists around the world. Each card contains written confessions. Of note: Some of these cyber objets d’art were featured in the “Dirty Little Secret” video by rock band The All-American Rejects.
www.fluxblog.org In a nutshell: Webmaster Matthew Perpetua knows, lives and loves his music. From actor-cum-singer Brittany Murphy to alt-rock idols The Oohlas, Perpetua dissects the latest, greatest songs for his adoring cyber public. The focus: bands and singers that pull away at his heartstrings Of note: You actually get to hear most of the tunes reviewed and decide if they’re good enough to buy.