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 GOMI 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 Does Promotional Giveaway With For-Charity Bracelet

Messy, you don’t fool me. (Emphasis added below:)

I’m so honored to share that I have collaborated with LOFT to design a limited edition bracelet to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  It’s a play on a friendship bracelet – something for yourself or something to give as a gift. Five dollars from every bracelet sold will benefit the BCRF. I’ve already given one bracelet to my mom and would like to offer one reader the opportunity to give it as a gift as well. I’ll also be including a special LOFT tee shirt and a $50 LOFT gift card (all courtesy of LOFT) in the package.  Please enter in the comments below until October 31st, 2011.

Messica can make it sound all nicey-nice (“offer one reader the opportunity to give it as a gift”), but unless she purchased this bracelet herself for the promotional giveaway, it completely negates the charity purposes for which it was designed. There is a reason that companies do not typically gift bloggers items for review/giveaway in which a portion of the proceeds go to charity because that DOESN’T MAKE SENSE.

Let’s assume for a second she actually bought this additional bracelet to give away. It’s probably tacky for her to say, “I am so anxious to spread the word that I bought an extra bracelet and would love to pass it on to a reader” or something like that, but it would be CERTAINLY no less tacky than what she’s doing now.

And don’t even get me started on her hair. I get it, we all have bad hair days. But this girl is announcing a major brand collaboration and she can’t even be bothered to style her hair? In the real world, people tend to groom themselves before big projects are announced at work. If this is her full-time job, I see no reason why I (as a reader) cannot hold her to a high expectation in terms of personal appearance. If a personal style blogger doesn’t prioritize her own style, why should I? I usually don’t give a rats ass if someone does or does not brush their hair, but her blase attitude about everything–NYFW, her clothing, her readers, her makeup, her hair, her personal appearance, her writing–makes me furious. Congrats LOFT. You’ve just teamed up with the laziest, most self-absorbed personal style blogger on the Internet. (Maybe next time you should tell her not to give away for-charity bracelets.)

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Kendi Everyday Does Something Useful With Blog Fame

Kendi has gotten a few side eye snarky posts from GOMI in the past, but I’ve got nothing but admiration for her at this particular time. Why? Well, she’s stopped the asinine 30 x 30 thing, for one. She also opened a retail store, bloom. Despite little to no information being available about it on her blog or on the store’s website, it looks like a cute space that reflects her style. I’m also pretty sure legions of her fans will make the trek to bloom to buy something from Kendi herself and to wallow in her good fortune.

Kendi’s had a couple of missteps (read: 30 x 30) and has a writing style that you’ll either love or hate, but you can’t deny that she’s basically Jessica Quirk 2.0 and is a living primer on What Jessica Quirk Should Have Done At The Peak Of Her Internet Fame. Kendi has most of Messy’s old sponsors, responds intelligently to comments on her blog and seems to put a lot of effort into what she wears. The fact that she’s spun all of this fame into a retail space seems like she’s got a decent head for business on her shoulders and I wish her well in this new endeavor. Hell, if I ever fly to Texas, I’d shop in her store.

(But please stop doing 30 x 30.)

*nose in air*

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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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Pregnant Blogger Thinks Mom’s Emotional State Linked to Homosexual Children

This one’s a nutter. I have no idea who she is (apparently she’s Elena from The Art of Making A Baby), but she’s perpetuating a really intense, offensive version of the constant paranoia that surrounds modern pregnancies in the USA. Let’s pretend for a second that she didn’t make the remarks linking a pregnant woman’s emotional state to “disorders” such as homosexuality. Here’s what she had to say about how she’s avoiding…everything:

One of the things we both felt strongly about is that, from the second we start trying, we assume I am pregnant and therefore stop exposing me to anything harmful such as cigarette smoke, germs from other people, cat litter, dirt, gardening, cleaning supplies, laundry detergents, paints, etc. [...] I will still go for walks daily, and to the beach and to the parks, but I will try to avoid any places with large crowds, or small spaces with people, or anywhere where I can be exposed to smoke.

Lady! Are you going to stop exposing yourself to the air? To your carpeting? Bedding? How,about tap water? Unless this woman intends on spending the entire 40+ weeks of pregnancy holed up in a CDC clean room, she needs to get a grip and realize that babies have survived a lot of shit (literally, figuratively) over the past thousands and thousands of years.

But, just when you think she’s taken a dive into the crazy pool, she ups the ante by claiming (and providing medical “evidence”) that a mother’s state of mind during pregnancy is linked to “all kinds of disorders from dyslexia, ADD,  to psychophrenia, or homosexuality and gender identity issues.”

Another thing that I am approaching more seriously than most people is the emotional state during pregnancy. I will do whatever I can to keep from having any stress or negative emotions. I’ve read a few books and medical studies/journals that talk about pre-natal parenting and pre-natal psychology, and one thing is clear – maternal stress and anxiety has explicit consequences on a developing fetus’s brain. I mean, we are talking all kinds of disorders from dyslexia, ADD,  to psychophrenia, or homosexuality and gender identity issues {disclaimer: I am not throwing homosexuality in the same catergory as those other things, I am simply putting them in the same sentence because all those things were linked to maternal anxiety during brain development, also I’d be perfectly happy if my child was gay if that’s how it developed. (Studies that linked maternal anxiety to sexual orientation: “The effects of prenatal maternal stress on offspring behavior in rats,” Psychological Monographs 76 (38), 1962; W. R. Thompson, “Influence of prenatal maternal anxiety on emotionality in young rats,” Science 125 (1957): 698-699 .)

If you’d be “perfectly happy” with a gay child, then why would you even write this? There was no reason for her to list homosexuality and gender identity issues unless she wasn’t afraid of the possibility that her “maternal stress and anxiety” could produce a gay child. (Which is so ridiculous and stupid, I’m not even going to go into that.)

Really, where do these people come from? And how do they all end up with blogs?

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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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The Daybook Helps Bolster “Mormons Are Racist” Stereotype

In the realm of the Mormon Mommy (To Be) Bloggers, apparently The Daybook (or Sydney) is pretty hot stuff. So hot, in fact, that she likes to remind her readers about it. (Thanks to a GOMI reader bringing this recent post to our attention.) In it, Sydney writes that the following is “awesome”:

The whistle I got from behind the other day. And the silence I got when I turned sideways. That’s right Chacho … get your own baby mama.

This is cringe-worthy on several levels, but the vaguely racist-sounding use of “Chaco” by a Caucasian Mormon Mommy Blogger is really disturbing. Sydney, honey. I know you were just trying to get more ego stroking comments from your readers, but hinting at the race of the cat call originator isn’t a classy move and left a bad Mormon-like taste in my mouth. Maybe you weren’t trying to be overtly racist, but that comment isn’t innocuous either. PRO TIP: Next time, just leave the story at the end of the second sentence.

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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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Gothamist Tries To Be GOMI; Makes Fun of David Karp & Tumblr

Tumblr’s had some shitty PR lately, so can you blame Karp for agreeing to relay his boring Sunday routine to the New York Times? After consulting Rich Tong about the best way to feature himself, his Vespa, his girlfriend and his dog, and being told that there’s nothing a good naked photo won’t solve, Karp wisely decided to stick with his original Likability 101 plan and make it sound like wandering the West Village is the adventure, “off the grid” equivalent of poking around the Arctic Circle.

In response to all this parse-worthy material in the Times, Gothamist jumped on the Make Fun Of Tumblr Bandwagon with this zinger and a half: “You see, Karp founded Tumblr, that little blogging platform that people everywhere love to use 13 times and then quit.”

On a gleeful snarky roll, they proceeded to mock Karp’s choice of brunch spot with…suggestions of other places to have brunch.

Brunch is classy. But would it kill you to go to Marlow & Sons? Or Buttermilk Channel? Robertas? It’s good to be seen amongst the people, but you need to be amongst your people.

Brunch elitism? I bet the author of this Gothamist article is a Tumblr user.

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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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