Monthly Archives: September 2011

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Fashion Bloggers Revealed To Have Agents

Many of you have long wondered how blogs like Ramshackle Glam manage to get gigs that seem all out of keeping with their reach. As GOMIBLOG has long said, bloggers have agents and management to take care of such things.

And now we finally have proof of our claims. Digital Brand Architects, a “new agency in New York that represents fashion and lifestyle bloggers” has a listing of the blogs they represent on their site – and unsurprisingly most of the successful (or wannabe successful) blogs have joined the company to help further their search for money and fame. Clients include Ramshackle Glam, Gala Darling, From Me To You, and Atlantic Pacific among others.

Evidently they brand themselves in the same category as talent agents, taking 15% of any deals they broker for their clients. This also explains why half the bloggers in the world post about the same promotion or product at the same time.

So that clears up how some bloggers, seemingly nobodies, get themselves invited to events or snag swag and sponsors. Of course, signing with an agency is no guarantee of success, but it certainly enhances your right to feel entitled!

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Jessica Quirk Will Not Be Posting Those Outfits

Jessica Quirk, of the midwestern Quirks, attended NYFW a couple of weeks ago. As usual, she failed at packing and failed at taking outfit photos, which many assume is the basis for her website. One would think an outfit blogger would make a point of documenting and sharing what she wore to the biggest outfit party of the year. One would be wrong:

She “didn’t focus on taking outfit photos”, people! That’s not what her site is about! Stop being rude and just tell her she looks tall!

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Jordan Reid Baby Countdown

Jordan Reid, pregnant, will soon be not pregnant. It seems this weekend her baby settled into launch position:

“Lightening,” for those of you who don’t know (most of you, I’d imagine, since I’d never heard of this pre-pregnancy), is basically when the baby puts on his diving goggles and gets ready to jump…While it sometimes means that labor is imminent, it can also mean…well, not much. Other than that at some point in the future, I will be giving birth. And we knew that already.

With her due date three weeks away it’s time to start the betting on when little Henry Tunaicecube Reid will be settled into his crib in the house of no locks. I’m going to guess sometime this weekend, but I am not a doctor. Then again, doctors rarely predict it with any accuracy either.

And on another note, Jordan is looking mighty darn cute in this outfit. She finally seems to be getting grown up mama style right.

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Julia Allison’s Dad Wants Your Names

Peter Baugher, longtime defender of his daughter, has written an article for the Chicago Tribune agitating for legislation to remove anonymity from the internet:

The ability to attack anonymously encourages anti-social behavior. Neither our laws nor our social norms have kept up…We need a new legislative approach. The absolute immunity enjoyed by online service providers needs to be qualified. At the request of a user, service providers should be required to give anonymous posters a firm choice: agree to reveal who they are (to accept responsibility for their posts in their own names) or their posts will be taken down.

Spoken like a true lawyer. Make it easier for people to sue everyone for defamation anytime they read something about themselves they don’t like. Maybe Mr. Baugher should contact former president Bush for tips on how to legislate invasion of privacy.

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Rich Tong Dumps His Teenage Girlfriend

Rich Tong, banging a teenage model, is no longer banging a teenage model. After several days of vague references to something going down, Rich’s girlfriend finally answered a few direct questions:

Spending some last days with Penny. I’m going to miss this dog.

oh no! where is penny going?
Nowhere!! But I am :\

Anonymous: did you and rich break up?
yes

Anonymous: what happened?
Um I guess things just weren’t working out.

Well. I’m sure she isn’t at all regretting all those charming pics her greasy ex posted all over his tumblr. You could draw conclusions that it was possibly about Rich’s eye wandering towards another woman. Regardless, it sounds like something happened and Rich asked her to move out. She continues to put up emo posts that never really just come out and say what happened, so who knows. But Rich is back on OkCupid trawling for his next trophy girlfriend. Get him while he’s single, ladies! Or ya know, wait 6 months for him to tire of his next status girlfriend and grab him then.

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Jessica Quirk Finally Leaves NYC

After a brutal week of sitting in a box taking blurry pictures, Messica has finally left NYC in peace again. Despite going around begging people to take her pic for her blog (and letting her cred as some AMEX press rep get her on a couple of “street style” lists) the only non-press pics of her outfits exist on a couple of wannabe “style” blogs.

And as usual for Messica, she didn’t pack properly. Or maybe that was just her excuse to go buy clothes that looked more like what everyone else was wearing. Despite claiming on her first day of fashion week “I love the color and movement of this outfit. A lot of women are in slim cut, black dresses (which look fabulous) but I feel very me in this outfit. Bright is what I do!” within 48 hours she was at J. Crew stocking up on basic black and grey separates. Typical  her – bash what everyone else is wearing, talk about how you dress for you, but if you can’t make YOUR style happen then give in and dress like everyone else. Such a style innovator.

She evidently spent her off hours chasing down people to hang out with since nobody made any plans to meet up for coffee or drinks before she left. You’d think a big style icon like Messica would have had to be turning invites away thanks to a packed social calendar. Or would at least DM, email, or txt people about plans so we wouldn’t have to see her running people down. Why do people feel the need to do everything on twitter? Doesn’t anyone just call anymore?

At last she went back to her midwestern college town and got back to work. First order of business – change her profile image on her tumblr:

Sure. That’s an improvement. Then it was time to yell at people for attention:

Yes it must have been a real anti-climax to come home to Neckbeard Quirk holding a basket of produce and a whiskey sour after a week of being fawned on by at least 4 people. No wonder the poor girl immediately wanted to brag at calivintage about the awesome new gig she was supposedly offered in NYC.

In the end, nothing gets in the way of The Secret – Messica had to wrap up her Dress Picture Bonanza with a post about blah blah…

I had such an incredible trip to NYC this week for Fashion Week. I went with a mission to take the very best photos, upload them as quickly as possible and as I look back through my coverage, I’m so pleased with the results.  Although I’ve been a guest at shows in the past, this week was extra special and I think it’s because I really harnessed my gratitude for the opportunity.

Actually it had more to do with iron clad performance contract AMEX allegedly made you sign after your pathetisad “coverage” of FWNY back in February. Unlike tumblr, supposedly they weren’t taking any chances that you’d pull your usual stunt of getting to NYC and playing grabass and treating it like a paid vacation, instead of doing what you were “invited” there to do. It’s amazing what an actual obligation and Big Money Sponsor can accomplish with a lazy drone like Messica.

She now has no sponsors and her big plans for a Washington DC book party haven’t been mentioned for weeks. We wonder how long that state of affairs will last before she announces she will now be doing more “style commentary” and photography rather than daily outfits?

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“Anthroholic” Disappears From Internets

After the internet storm caused by accusations of scamming, “Anthroholic” has started shutting down her online presence.

Her blog is now invite only, her facebook page is shuttered, and her twitter has been closed. We hope this is her way of taking her apology seriously and closing things up until she can get herself together and make things right and not just flouncing to make the problem go away. With more and more information about the extent of her activities rolling in all over the internet, it could very well be the latter, especially in light of her sponsors pulling out and her online friends calling her out.

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Jordan Reid Was “Hacked”

Jordan Reid, constant victim, is claiming someone hacked her website:

So apparently someone went into my hosting account yesterday and deleted my entire site…Fortunately, so far it doesn’t seem like anything else (bank accounts, etc) was affected, but of course I changed all my passwords and am keeping an eye on things. And as you can see, the site is back up and seems to be functioning just fine.

Wait…does she store her financial information on her web server? Because they can’t get in your laptop at  your house from your wordpress install on GoDaddy. Methinks Jordan doesn’t know how the internets works…

Scary stuff, being hacked. The guy I was on the phone with for two hours last night over at GoDaddy (they’re amazing when it comes to customer service, by the way – very zen, very “I’m right here with you Jordan, let me take care of that for you right now”) told me that when he was hacked his bank accounts were emptied and it took over a month to set everything right. And I think it freaked me out more than I realized at the time, because all last night I had wake-up-screaming-style nightmares about people slamming on our doors and trying to break into our apartment.

Anyway, be safe. Back up your computer frequently. Check your security settings. Buy anti-virus/firewall/anti-spyware programs. Watch your accounts.

Or a GoDaddy server disk shit the bed and they simply restored the site while pawning it off as “oh gee guess you were hacked”. Which does happen, and is not the same thing as being “hacked”, people. And if you are storing your banking info on your webserver (which would be the only reason to be freaked out about someone getting your info via your webserver) I just don’t even know what to say.

But we are talking about a woman who doesn’t even lock her front door. I think that’s about all we need to know about this “hacking” claim.

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And now, KERF will treat us to her ‘Victory Dance’.

We now observe the sensual Mating/Victory* Dance of the elusive KERF, the only wild specimen known to exist.

According to those who have observed her in her native habitat, the KERF can only be appeased by small sips of wine, bites of bread, solitary figs, and utter adoration from all who know her, see her, look at her, or have heard of her from a friend of a friend. When startled or angered, b***hing, moaning and general lolsuits may occur. Do not hassle the KERF. If the KERF is spotted, a full fat chocolate bar, piece of cake, or skin-on fried chicken may repel her for several minutes. Back away slowly, then run. You are safest from the KERF at night, as the night is scary and may contain non-suburbanites, to which the KERF is allergic.

Please respect the KERFs right to privacy, she has a very expensive security system and shares all her private details from the safety of her blog.

*Because, really, aren’t those basically the same thing for KERF?

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Anthroholic Issues…Anthro-pology

I KNOW, but it was just out there, I had to use it. Anyway, with allegations of theft and scamming floating around, the Bernie Madoff of Anthro-blogging has decided to cut off the story at the pass and issued this bizarre “lol sorry”:

An Apology
I want to take a minute to apologize. I messed up and I owe it to my readers to apologize. As you may recall, I used to run a Personal Shopping Service on this blog. I am not going to make excuses, but I really dropped the ball and screwed things up with some of the girls who hired me for this service.

My life got overwhelming with some serious family issues and juggling too many things. I should have expressed this, been honest, and not continued to try to personal shop. For this, I truly apologize.

You readers have put a lot of faith in me, and you’ve been supportive and honest with me. I ask for nothing in return, other than a chance to say I was wrong, apologize, and I hope to move forward as a better person. I have made right with whom I needed to, but should anyone still have an issue with me, please contact me at berlyb33(at)gmail(dot)com. I will not blog until I’m sure everything has been rectified.

Not to be insensitive here, but that’s called life, dude. If you are operating a business offering a service, you deliver on your promises no matter what personal crap is going on. If you can’t, you close out your register and take leave until your life is in order again. What you don’t do is make excuse after excuse and promise after promise and continue accepting customers when you are fairly certain you cannot fulfill your job.

It’s nice that you’re sorry, but I don’t think anyone cares about your feelings, honey. They care that they gave you money with faith and trust, expecting you to do what you said you would, and in many cases, you did not. Refund these people with profuse apologies, shutter up your “personal shopping”  thing, and let’s all get back to more important things like “Jerseylicious”.

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Anthro-bloggers In Uproar Over Accusations Of Scamming

GOMIBLOG is currently the scene of a huge scam accusation against some “Anthro-blogger”.  The comments on various posts range from flat out claims of fraud to remarks that simple bad business practice doesn’t equal a criminal act:

“Oh my god, I can`t believe that she`s pulled this crap with so many other trusting people. I kept giving her the benefit of the doubt, but all of those excuses were used on me, too. She needs to be outed. This is criminal behavior.”

“In reading the above, I think she was in it to scam her readers.”

“It seems to be a case of negligence and ill-management rather than malicious intent.”

I don’t know what is going on here. I don’t follow Anthro-bloggers and I’d never heard of this “custom purchase” thing they do. So what is the story? Who is this person? What is going on and if it’s so heinous why is it being allowed to happen?

I’m waiting for answers!

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And Now Cary Randolph Will Talk About Fashion

Cary Randolph Fuller Hearst Astoria Guinness Hamptons, knows all about fashion and being a WASP. She also knows about being American, and American fashion! Which brings us to her contribution to the NYFW coverage:

Sifting through Fashion Week coverage, I am reminded of how singular the American style is. In spite of its many forms and silhouettes, there is this common thread of exuberance and movement that I see, season after season, that has nothing to do with fashion at all but rather with a collective spirit. The designers may not be conscious of it when creating their collections, but it shines through anyway. American fashion is light; it’s about function and sport and making fast getaways. I look at legends like Ralph, who made a four-inches-wide necktie because he could not find it anywhere else, and Diane—her wrap dress was immediately iconic and so practical and every woman could and still can wear it, and it looks just as modern as it did thirty years ago. Lilly Pulitzer used those citrusy, splashy prints in all of her designs because they covered up juice stains. (Seriously.) The best American fashion seems borne of necessity, wearability. “How to build a house or change a tire while looking and feeling like a million bucks.” All the hundreds of designers—global brands and boutique names alike—and this could be said about every one of them, and that, to me, is what makes American fashion so wonderful.

Yet another 7th grade paper about American style just so she can name drop Ralph Lauren. Since Cary’s idea of America is white protestants hanging out in Newport and the Hamps being rich I’m not sure we should take any of her “Americana” fashion advice seriously.

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Sarah Lacy Gives Birth To World’s Most Doomed Baby

Sarah Lacy, size 4 pregnant lady,  is now a size 4 postpartum lady. In the midst of OMG FASHION WEEK, Sarah Lacy finally stepped away from her twitter long enough to provide the earth with a human being containing her DNA. Of course she immediately hopped right back on twitter in order to hashtag about TechCrunch crap. I hope this child is ready to be ignored until he founds a tech startup.

Poor child. Let’s hope Sarah can stay in the country in long enough spurts to get to know the kid.

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