Monthly Archives: August 2011


EatLiveRun or EatMoldRuns?

EatLiveRun (book due September 2012) posted a recipe from her childhood of Sonoma chicken salad.

Pretty. Moldy.

Sonoma Chicken Salad

2 cups chopped or pulled roast chicken, mix of light and dark meat
1/2 cup mayonnaise (or to taste)
1 cup sliced red grapes
1/3 cup slivered almonds
1/4th tsp salt
pinch of black pepper

Apparently MOLD was left out of the ingredients list but makes an appearance anyway.  Le Cordon Bleu doesn’t teach their students to check bread for mold?

Here’s what FSIS (Food Safety Inspection Service) has to say about moldy food.

Molds have branches and roots that are like very thin threads. The roots may be difficult to see when the mold is growing on food and may be very deep in the food. Foods that are moldy may also have invisible bacteria growing along with the mold.

discard  moldy bread

.Are Some Molds Dangerous?
Yes, some molds cause allergic reactions and respiratory problems. And a few molds, in the right conditions, produce “mycotoxins,” poisonous substances that can make you sick.

Her response?

Commenter: Salad looks great. But eek! There is a spot of mold on your bread!
Jenna: yeah…there is. Just goes to show you i’m not perfect either!

Do you think Jenna, who has “worked as a pastry chef and also as a bread baker”, will include this one in her book?



Fashion Blogging Internets

Fashion Industry Warns Tumblr To Get Their Shit Together

Rich Tong, with his Something About Mary hairdo, is in deep shit. Betabeat published a rather scathing article this morning about how Tumblr is up its relationships with fashion industry insiders and large corporate brands.

“Jessica Coghan, Director of Digital Media at the influential fashion PR house Starworks, which reps brands like Ann Taylor, Kate Spade and Tory Burch posted this:

So, I am sure you have all heard that Tumblr is sending some bloggers to fashion week again this season. I have also had the pleasure of seeing their sponsorship proposal being shopped around to brands, which I am not supposed to be talking about. I will say this… someone is completely out of their goddamn mind.

[...] Julie Fredrickson, who does Digital and Social Media at Ann Taylor wrote on her Tumblr in response to Ms. Coghan’s post:

I am going to go on record saying that no one at Tumblr reached out to Ann Taylor with a proposal for Fashion Week and we are

1) the first fashion brand to be on Tumblr (even though we carefully avoid press since this piece as a company)

2) have invested MAJOR brand and development dollars into the platform (see ArtSheSaid, OnTumblr) going on for over a year now.

3) Actually have the wherewithall and knowledge to be a good sponsor of this as a company

Please someone who is a grown up at Tumblr listen to the brands that care about you. It isn’t just Users First, Brands Second. Hell at this point you are Users First, Brands never. Take a cue from Michael Lazerow’s comments on that post and realize that brands pay the bills when VCs stop.

Rich Tong-if you don’t actively pursue these options you are not doing your job. You know that Ann Taylor loves Tumblr, you know that we invest money, and yet you have ignored us. Unless I am mistaken your job is “Fashion Director” so act like it.”

At this point, Tumblr’s fashion industry ass-kissing is embarrassing and Rich Tong’s presence at the blog platform inexcusable. How much money is he making to sit around and beg for fashion week invites all day without providing these brands any returns on their investment?

Wait, wait. Sorry, what’s that sound? I thought I just heard something. Oh, never mind. It’s Tumblr crashing and burning at NYFW. Again.






Jessica Quirk Continues To Do Stupid Things With Scarves

Jessica Quirk loves a good scarving session. But, did you know you can also tie a scarf around an ugly hat and make an even uglier combination?!

What are you cat ladies waiting for? Jump on this sexy trend before it’s too late!




Pro Tip: Small Town Fashionista Shows Fashion Bloggers How To Pose

“Just The Tip, If You Please”

Attention fashion bloggers! If you’re missing a bit of love in your daily outfit photos or are just hankering to get close with the nearest wall or inanimate object, Small Town Fashionista has some fabulous poses for you to try on your next outing with your Photographer Boyfriend Who May Or May Not Propose With A Ring You Copied from Cupcakes & Cashmere.

Hug the wall!

Hug the washing machine!

Hug...nay, make LOVE to the stairs and wall at once!

Rub your hands lovingly over the brick!

Yeah, these are obnoxious. PRO TIP: Just stand up straight and get your photo snapped. I’m embarrassed for you.

*nose in air*




Love Life Lace Knows How To Deal With Hurricanes

LLL’s Tatiana is still doing her “weekly gratitude” posts. This week, as the east coast was preparing for a hurricane and families in some areas deal with power outages and loss of home and life, Twatiana thinks you should smile your worries away!

This week wasn’t free of it’s fair share of disasters, big and small, but I chose to turn that frown upside down every time and in the end… it was the best week ever. Regardless.

  • Thank you to our lovely breakfasts all this week. Sometimes it was something special (bacon, eggs and pancakes) and sometimes it was just cereal but I treasure our time together before the start of the day regardless of what was on the menu.
  • Even though one of the pipes in our bathroom suffered a major leak this week I am so grateful that we were blessed with an honest contractor who took responsibility for causing it. I am well aware that most would have just blamed it on us and charged us for it.
  • Even though Keesya had an accident on Monday and due to the fact that we have yet to purchase a washer/dryer cleaning our bedding took almost all day. But I am grateful for the fact that two days later she was fully potty trained!
  • Thank you to the extra burst of life that Keesya has brought to our home. It’s wonderful!
  • Thank you for game night! With no tv we’ve been enjoying going on walks, reading and spending time together as a family. Just thought I’d mention that I totally won. As I always do when it comes to Scrabble…
  • Thank you for a husband that goes to work, is a doting papa with all his girls and makes my mum’s chicken noodle soup!
  • And even though he got a ticket this week we were so grateful he got a policeman that was kind and gracious. It makes all the difference.
  • Thank you for finally being settled in enough to be able to bake! I’ve missed it so! Now we have a fridge full of delicious cupcakes to enjoy all weekend long!
  • Thank you to my new morning routine that allows Belle to roam our yard freely instead of straining herself against her leash. Nothing makes me happier

That’s right, folks: while people drown in their cars, people and pets were fleeing to local shelters after forced evacuations, and families saw their homes on the news full of water, Twatiana was saying thank you for cupcakes and having a pansywhipped husband.

You know what I’m grateful for? Perspective.




Jessica Quirk’s Coach Swampshoes Attend Chicago Book Party

Care Of Coach Shoes, Messica’s faithful foot companions, barely have a chance to dry out between wearings! Wife of the Quirk predictably wore them as part of her ensemble to her widely attended “hey haters I gots a book yo!” party in Chicago this week.

The expert on remixing what you already have in your closet wore an outfit mostly created from things not from her closet:

I felt beautiful in an outfit gifted to me by Shop It To Me (I found the pieces in my sale mail!) – a Marc by Marc Jabobs dress and Juicy Couture Ring.  Thank you!

And, of course, the still moist from their last wearing Coach Swampshoes. Am I the only one starting to think those shoes should have their own tumblr already? And maybe a good cleaning?

(This lame post sponsored by Well Crap There’s A Hurricane Coming, Better Go Buy Catfood laziness.)




Jessica Quirk Not Chosen for Tumblr’s NYFW Event

Oh, poor Messy. Her buddy Rich Tong seems to have left her in the dust for more exciting people (Dita Von Cinemagraph & Sara Zucker) and she’ll now have to claw her way into NYFW like everybody else. (Who is sponsoring her? Timex? Herself?)

What does she have to console her during this humiliating time? Well, the fact that she’s MODEL HEIGHT, Y’ALL. 5’9”! Never forget! 6′ in heels!



Fashion Blogging Internets

5 of the 20 Bloggers Chosen for Tumblr’s NYFW Announced

In a strategic leak designed to build hype around this year’s NYFW event shitshow, Tumblr released names of 5 of the 20 bloggers they are sending to NYFW.

According to Tumblr spokesperson Katherine Barna, “the selection process for the bloggers this season was much more intensive; we put up an open call for submissions and recommendations, then spent a tremendous amount of time reviewing each and every single blog, evaluating each on original content, level of curation, unique voice, overall aesthetic, followers and traffic.” Candidates were then interviewed before the final selection was made. 16 new bloggers from Tumblr’s fashion community were chosen, and four are repeats from last season. Those four “produced incredible content and really capitalized on the opportunity to advance their professional careers,” says Barna.

“Level of curation” is just a fancy way of saying “level of pretty, hijacked photos from other websites” and Rich Tong’s need to interview each candidate seems weird and unnecessary. Shouldn’t the areas they were originally evaluated on be enough to earn their spot? It seems possible that Tong wanted to see if these people could actually speak coherently on camera, since the majority of the footage that Milk Studios took last year never saw the light of day.

It really doesn’t matter who Tumblr chooses this year, though, because unless they’ve found a better way to filter the bloggers’ content through the site, it’s a VC-wasting, glory-seeking week of adventure that serves no one but Rich Tong and the bloggers who get free booze and a gift bag.

Here are the five names that were released:


No word on whether Messy Quirk is going on behalf of Tumblr, Timex or Neckbeards Club, Inc.




Emphasis Added Will Lose Those Stubborn 7 Ounces

Emphasis Added, I’m keeping this thought about her to myself, is on a quest to get back into pro-ana thinspo shape. 6 months or so after pushing an entire human being out of her pelvis, she remains the disgusting, obese creature you see above. How will she take care of this revolting fatness that simply will not budge? She will limit her diet to one food group, natch!

I’ve decided to go Raw-Vegan for a bit.

If anyone has been reading since the beginning (mom?  georgina?), you might remember I did several raw vegan detoxes my first year of the blog…but between pregnancy and breast feeding, haven’t had the chance/desire to pick up my old diet in a while.

The detoxes were kind of intense.  30 days long, elixirs, colonics (don’t ask), fasting, etc.

After a detox, sure, I felt clearer and re-energized and all of that
but let’s be honest, I mostly used these month long challenges as a way to keep my weight in check.

With that in mind, I have a few pounds of lingering baby weight that I am very ready to lose.  I am not ready to make the self-investment that a full-blown 30 day detox requires, but I can commit to 14 days of eating raw…and that makes me very… well, excited.  (Excited that rather than wasting another weeks complaining, I am ready to to do the work to reach my goal).  So, for the next 2 weeks I will be eating strictly uncooked non-animal products including fruits, vegetables, raw nuts, sprouted beans

and guacamole, of course.

If anyone wants to join me for a day or two (or week or two) of Raw, I’d love to hear from you….think of it as a virtual book club.  for our asses.

Mad love and clavicles,

Now before you pro raw vegan people come chew my head off, please note that she’s basically admitting that she’s only doing this to lose weight. She’s not using a raw food vegan diet to recover from the SAD, she’s not trying to detox. She’s basically going on a starvation forage diet to lose some imaginary weight. Am I the only person that thinks this is depressing? She is tiny and looks fine. How thin does she need to be? I can’t wait till her daughter hits about 10 and starts hearing “maybe it’s time for your first detox, Haze!”




Modcloth Encourages You To Volunteer In Africa

Modcloth, the official provider of blogger clothing, has a lovely product called the “Trip to Tansy-nia” skirt. In keeping with its policy of using forced twee to describe the clothing on offer, Modcloth presents you with this masterpiece of wtf:

Volunteering feels good, doesn’t it? It’s also a great excuse to travel, and this time your huge heart is taking you to Africa! Embody the vibrant personalities and positive spirits of the locals when you wear this dynamic maxi skirt with an gold exposed zipper! Created by Lauren Moffatt, a favorite amongst fashion bloggers, this skirt’s wide, blue waistband matches its bottom hem, and every other olive brown, bright red, ivory, and blue vertical line is decorated with tansy-colored flowers. Wear it wonderfully with a solid-colored top, oversized beaded jewelry, and shoes that are just as pleasantly unexpected as its silky lining and the colorful bouquet that diagonally blooms above the hem of this skirt, and you’ll be loved by Tanzania locals for more than just your helping hands!

My gut tells me that trying to sell a $274.99 skirt  by telling people to wear it volunteering in Africa just seems…tacky? Then again this is Modcloth, their demographic is upper middle class suburban white girls who probably wouldn’t use a Greenpeace latrine if you paid them. I’m sure Modcloth thinks this is in no way condescending.




Jessica Quirk’s Studio Visitation Is Clarified, But Not Really

Hey NYFW, check out my penis turban!

Jessica Quirk, of the Hair Parted In Middle Is Big News Quirks, clarified exactly what she does at the “studio” each day in the comments of yesterday’s post:

Cafe6674: Studio? What is the studio and what do you do there?

Whatiwore: It’s a creative co-op space and it’s where I work each day. The other people in there are photographers, graphic designers, writers and programmers.

Cafe6674: I thought you worked from home at that desk Adam bought you?

Whatiwore: The drafting table? I used that to illustrate my book last summer in Brooklyn, but have been working in a co-op studio space since moving back to Indiana last fall!

Cafe6674: Sounds like a lot of very creatives minds working together…it can only lead to fabulous things!! Love your blog and all that you put into it!!

It’s a CREATIVE CO-OP SPACE, CAFE6674. DUH. This is where she goes to pretend she has a real-life job every day, Cafe6674. It is the location that gives her an excuse to dress up every day and go play at “common working folk,” Cafe6674. And don’t even get me started on the desk. Who uses a drafting table to do anything but drawing for their book? Clearly you need to get your head examined, Cafe6674.

I sort of understand her desire to get the hell out of the apartment they’re renting and see actual human faces that aren’t Neckbearded out, but it’s insulting that she says she “does her work there.” Does she mean she…edits her photos there? Plans tomorrow’s outfit? Replies to tweets from her adoring fans? I refuse to believe she’s still making a living off her blog aside from the occasional pocket change or free goodie bag, so this feels less like working and more like a really indulgent hobby to me.




Jordan Reid Invites You To Try A Canadian Food

Jordan Reid, pregnant if she wants to be, went to the Sussex Flea Market up in Canada with her family. Not only did she find old books and some tacky gold tone jewelry, she also enjoyed a delicious Canadian treat:

And finally: ooh, poutine. If you’ve never had it (which would be a shame), it’s french fries covered in cheese and gravy, and is a big Canadian specialty.

That’s odd, I didn’t know Canada had the market on chili cheese gravy fries. I had no idea I was so Canadian, eating chili cheese gravy fries at softball games in Texas. Someone should alert Sonic and Waffle House that they serve international fare.




Cary Randolph Still Trying Too Hard

Cary Randolph Merovingian Wittenbach Jefferson Walter Fuller, WASP, loves answering reader questions. Especially anonymous questions that always seem to cater to whatever she feels like talking about, or allows her to peddle whatever Ralph Lauren is currently selling.

The other day Cary got another “anonymous” ask message that curiously allowed her to yet again adjust her Hemingway Didion hat:

Anonymous said: favorite smells & textures?

Fantastic question. I love the smells of a man in the morning when he first wakes up, Colonia by Acqua di Parma, gasoline, sea air, Wrigley’s spearmint gum, juniper, an ex-boyfriend’s cashmere sweaters, and iris.

Favorite textures include skin, especially along the clavicle, cut grass underfoot, leather upholstery in a Mercedes-Benz, sea air, his five o’clock shadow, ice on a windshield, and caviar.

….right. She tries so hard to be the high/low of lifestyle WASPing. Honey, you’re only allowed to act this way when you’re rich. Maybe your series of WASPy status boyfriends this summer didn’t tell you that, but I’m sure their sisters might have, had you put down the pose for ten seconds and asked somebody. Please, for your sake, stop trying so hard.