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In case you hadn’t heard, America had an election Tuesday and despite bloggers’ instagram and snapchat campaigns, Trump made it to the Oval. Now most bloggers are coping the only way they know how – publicly.
Jordan Reid at Ramshackle Glam, known for her intellectual think pieces, can’t seem to get back on track.
As a writer, I have no idea how to return to my regular schedule of cute shoes and funny parenting stories, or how to sit down today and start moving through to a to-do list that includes such imperatives as “start compiling holiday gift guide,” and “post flat-lay to IG.”
She has apparently rallied with a new post about an “action plan” that is basically her informing us how super involved she is in her community and btw did you know she has battled anxiety for decades. She then suggests you go sign a change.org petition “calling upon the Electoral College to fix this” and tells you to go donate to a bunch of things. Because if having a tantrum doesn’t work, throw money at the problem. That’s the rich American white girl way!
I can’t bring myself to say much today, I’m still in a state of shock, so I’m just going to post my outfit.
The instagram prairie mamas are either silent or pushing an agenda of quiet acceptance and hugs – the typical resigned-smile, everything-will-be-fine position that hetero suburban sahms of comfortable means can easily afford to embrace. Mama Watters doesn’t want to talk about politics, instead posting about a poem which is basically an excuse to inform you she doesn’t read her inspirational stuff from some kindle like you fast living monsters.
I have on my bedside table a few books of blessings, prayers, and poetry for times such as this. They are small and linen-bound, full of comfort and wisdom. The light-filled words inside them give me perspective in times of worry, growth, longing, exhaustion, new beginnings, thanksgiving and despair…
All things that die have the potential to feed new life. If we’ll just plant and tend to the seeds, they will grow. I’m thinking about those seeds a lot today. What will be my part in transforming this follow-feeling space into something beautiful in the days ahead?
I assume she meant “fallow” which would still be a questionable use of the word, but whatever. Very profound, much feminist.
And then there’s Cupcakes and Cashmere who (probably wisely) kept politics off her glitter and cake pop filled Home For Glossier Intern Program Rejects. She posted something about “Unexpected Holiday Glam” and then that Alina chick posted about “loving disco fever”.
So, happy post-election Friday! Welcome to the New (Same As Before Just With Different Rich White Men In Charge) America!
In high school, I was the only girl in my senior class on the short list to win “Most Likely to be a Politician” which I took as a wonderful compliment (see also: most likely to be on the cover of a magazine and most talkative). I didn’t “win” any of them, but I’m 99.9% sure I’m the only one who’s made a career out of being a blogger.
Um…k. Not sure why a woman in her mid-30s is still gushing about how she was somebody in high school, but sure. She goes on to impress upon us how vurry vurry political she is, saying “I do my homework, I read the transcripts, I weigh my options, but most importantly, I vote!” I guess this is supposed to set us up to take her next paragraph urging us all to “rock” our votes super seriously.
…at the end of the day, your vote is yours and you don’t need to share who you’ve voted for or why with anyone else…You can split your ticket or vote in total opposition with your husband or parents or friends. Your vote is yours. Rock it.
Finally she concludes her post with the announcement the world has been waiting for.
…nothing I’m wearing today is maternity! I didn’t expect these jeans to fit this far into my pregnancy, but shimmied down (and later unbuttoned) and they work fine.
Oh thank Hashtag Hillary, for a moment I was worried she might be forced into the elastic panel nightmares only worn by the fat cows unlucky enough to have normal legs! Thanks for inspiring us all to rock the bloat!
I’m sure all those families in Haiti will rejoice knowing her affiliate linked outfit is “giving” her “life” during this current trending hashtag time.
Emily Schuman, still trying to make corpse lips happen, just put up one of the most amazing fashion blogger style posts you will ever experience. She has just changed every “business lunch in West Hollywood” outfit game, people.
My favorite part of this outfit is also my favorite part of the shoes—the attention to detail—from the knotted leather on the heels, to the bell sleeves on the blouse, with some bold earrings thrown in for good luck.
As usual she completely misses the most amazing detail. THE HAIR! Like some demented Cindy Lou Who she bravely sports that ignored cousin of the shamepuff – the shamefountain! Trend alert, am I right?
Fashion and style bloggers are pooping into their c/o pants today after Vogue editors made some choice remarks about their place in the fashion industry. Vogue Creative Digital Director Sally Singer told them to “Please stop. Find another business” while Vogue.com Fashion News Editor Alessandra Codinha said of the behavior of bloggers during fashion weeks:
Rather than a celebration of any actual style, it seems to be all about turning up, looking ridiculous, posing, twitching in your seat as you check your social media feeds, fleeing, changing, repeating . . . It’s all pretty embarrassing…
Obviously fashion bloggers – excuse me, entrepreneurs – can’t let such a slight by the premier fashion rag go unchallenged. Danielle of We Wore What posted her thoughts in a lengthy instagram caption that opened with a bizarre segue from politics to #supportallwomen stuff:
As I sat with friends watching the debate last night, I felt anxiety about the future of our country…On a more personal level, I woke up this morning to the published commentary of Vogue and Vogue.com editors essentially bullying “bloggers” and I thought, if women can’t even support each other in a female-centric industry, then we really are screwed.
Bryanboy is still ranting about it on twitter, calling it “schoolyard bullying, plain and simple” while that Sea of Shoes chick (who continues to become more unrecognizable the more she screws up her signature hair) fist bumps him in solidarity. Susie Bubble had her own little multi-tweet tantrum that she ended by essentially waving her hand dismissively and posting a “Zoolander” gif.
So. That was fun, if you’re into that sort of weave pulling and eye rolling, I guess.
Brisbane’s Mode Media has abruptly shut down, leaving bloggers unpaid, investors frustrated and rumors swirling in its wake…The company, a publisher of lifestyle sites and operator of an ad network which placed big brands’ campaigns on smaller websites, told investors and employees Thursday that it was closing its doors after failing to find a buyer or line up financing.
Bloggers are naturally furious, most claiming they haven’t been paid and demanding to know wtf happened. They have created a twitter hashtag #ModeOwesBloggers, and started a Facebook group to try and figure out what to do next. One blogger insists it’s not about the money, while saying “it’s the time I spent putting these campaigns together. I invested a lot of my own money into creating the content, all the while thinking, it’s OK because I can put it back into my savings soon…” Another blogger explained why the closing is a blow for bloggers who were tied to the Mode Media ad network.
If you were part of the ad network…you were tied to an exclusivity contract for at least a year and couldn’t be a part of any other networks…which hurts like hell now for some bloggers because not only did Mode close without notice, they were months behind in payment.
There are some who think the closing should come as no suprise – over a month ago Dianna Mullins posted a “Farewell Letter” to Medium hinting at possible problems.
Ego must be put aside. The vision must be for the good of the whole never just for the individual. If competing visions and misalignment occurs at the core level with this team, it is imperative that issues be resolved quickly. The company must come first, even if it means breaking up the entity into smaller parts, to allow each to find its path. Some may succeed, others may fail, but this ensures the entire entity does not fall.
While some panic over what this “might signify for the blogging industry” others are rushing to remind everyone that possible mismanagement at one company does not spell doom for the blog advertising structure as a whole.
I’m so excited to share some fun news with you! Our growing family is excited to announce we have a baby girl on the way! We are thrilled! This pregnancy has been so different from my first so I had a hunch we’d be adding a daughter to our crew. I even started a baby quilt for her room a few weeks before I knew for sure!
Misusing the word ‘gender’ just like every other blogger who wants a reason to instagram a pink or blue cake, Messica makes sure we know Squirk 1.0 is thrilled about being dethroned by the long awaited Mini-Messi.
We’ve had a name picked out since before our first was born, so now we just need to narrow down a middle name. Knowing her gender has done a lot for me and pregnancy bonding and it’s so fun to say ‘she’ and to prep Felix for his little sister. Last night in his sleep he reached over to my stomach and said BABY!
Sure. Why not.
Anyway, I’m sure 99% of you don’t give a toss about Messica’s uterine contents but I think we can all agree poor Kins needed to stop being at the top of the page. So just pretend this is ‘news’ and then feel free to comment ‘who?’ and ‘no1curr’ so poor Fat Naked Baby can fade from top post.