Fashion Blogging

Already Pretty Says You Can Fix Your Problems With Clothes

Sally McGraw, Minnesota’s resident ‘style expert’, is trying yet again to tie the state of your life and emotional well-being to your clothing choices. Asking if we’ve noticed “most people are unhappy” Sally then launches into a TL;DR, the crux of which seems to be that real life change is hard – so you should just try a new outfit instead!

If you’re feeling constantly restless, dissatisfied, and envious of others, change your look. Changes to career, relationships, geography, and finance may have huge, terrifying repercussions, mainly because those changes involve other people. But changing your look is singular, self-contained, all about you.

Let me save you about 20 eyerolls: Sally’s advice is basically the wardrobe equivalent of your mom telling you to put some lipstick on when you call to tell her you’re depressed and might want to switch meds. In other words, she’s telling you to waste your time primping instead of actually fixing your life.

I’m sorry, but no. Unless you are Jennifer Lopez starring in “Maid in Manhattan” a simple outfit change is not going to drastically change your life. I know she’s a style ‘expert’ and thinks everything in life can be solved by clothes, but come on already.

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Effortless Anthropologie Will Charge You To Join Her Facebook Group

Roxy, of Effortless Anthropologie, continues to plug away in the niche blogging market of Anthro addicts. She even has a Facebook group where Anthro fans can buy and sell to each other. But yesterday a few prospective members learned some weird news.

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Longtime members, on hearing this news, were shocked. Many wanted to know what this $20 fee to join the Facebook group was all about. Roxy replied that the fee was used to pay her other admins who “help me run the group and keep it organized” and pointed people to her guidelines page.

PLEASE NOTE THERE IS A $20 FEE TO JOIN THIS GROUP. PM ME DIRECTLY (ROXY EFFORTLESS ANTHROPOLOGIE) FOR DETAILS IF YOU’D LIKE DETAILS TO SKIP THE LINE.

One member pointed out that charging membership fees for Facebook groups might be against Facebook’s TOS, to which Roxy responded “That sounds like a veiled threat to me” and reminded everyone that “No one is forced to pay”. Roxy then began justifying the fee by saying members would pay much more to sell or buy on Ebay or other services, and repeatedly saying “it takes a lot of work” to run the Facebook group.

She then began responding to those who claimed “Facebook is free” by saying “Facebook isn’t free…it supports itself through advertising”. Members then began volunteering to help admin for free – at which point Roxy did a 180.

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Saying it could take up to a week to get sorted out, and told members “I obviously come from a different point of view, I’ve always felt like I should get paid for my time” before thanking those who offered to volunteer their time.

Seriously, is this a thing now? People try to charge for access to Facebook groups? When did this start happening? Does Facebook even allow this? Don’t you hate when posts end with questions?

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J’s Everyday Fashion Will Now Moderate Comments

J, not too old for that outfit, is done dealing with commentary she doesn’t like. Less than a month after declaring  ”I view “negative” things as a chance to grow”, she has decided to on a new comment policy to prevent anything not “happy and upbeat” from appearing on her site.

Though “another possible option…is closing down comments altogether”, she says she decided that would be “letting the bad apples win”. Instead, she will do what so many other bloggers have done in the past – approve comments by hand.

I’ve had no restrictions on comments for the past two years but…as of yesterday afternoon, comments now go through moderation before they are published.

Instituting a manual approval system for comments has the been the beginning of the end for many blogs, so good luck to her. Maybe she can ask $herdawg for tips on time management now that 90% of her day will be spent staring at her Disqus queue.

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Keiko Lynn’s Sponsors Really Getting Their Money’s Worth

Keiko Lynn, the neutron star of tweesmug, and her “fellow” Bobby got new ink recently, revealed on their instagrams.

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Awww how totes presh. And perfectly timed, too – the glasses they have now permanently branded on their bodies are part of longtime sponsor Bonlook’s Keiko collection.

I’ve been waiting to share this news for what seems like forever: I designed a pair of cat-eye glasses for Bonlook…I designed a retro cat-eye with subtle embellishments and more modern proportions – they’re a little on the larger size, without being overwhelming.

So…I mean, I guess you could spin it as Keiko being really proud of her “design” launching, but essentially she and her “bespoke” bartender dude are now walking billboards for Bonlook. But hey, at least they didn’t get inspirational pillow tats, right?

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Pink Peonies Can Inflate Her Follower Count

Rachel Parcell, the owner of more white decor than Zeus, is being accused of buying followers for her instagram account.

On Wednesday her follower count shot up to 191,000; by yesterday it was up to 197,000. At the time of this post it had increased to 199,585 and is still steadily increasing.  A series of screenshots throughout last night shows the followers increasing rapidly. It seems they are showing up at a rate of about 30-40 an hour.

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Pink Peonies obviously isn’t the first or only blogger to purchase followers in order to seem more popular, and thus more appealing to major sponsors. It’s all part of the blogging land grab system, where numbers – real or fake – seem to matter more than content or engagement.

Since these follower buys always seem to happen right before a blogger gears up to pursue some kind of big publicity or sponsor I wouldn’t be surprised if we see ole Rachel in a television commercial or Vogue mention soon.

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Jessica Quirk Taking A Break, Feels Free

Messica, FMLA slacktivist and donut connoisseur, has apparently begun her ‘maternity leave’ from her blog. The overworked blogtrepreneurial mom-to-be has spent the last few weeks trying to make her leave about all the mothers in America.

I think it’s really unfair to say that because I create my own schedule, it’s any less challenging or “easy” than someone who works an office job. I’m sure other people who work from home would agree that there’s some misunderstandings about work/life balance. Further, while blogging (or working from home) may be more flexible, the bigger issue for me is that women in America have many unspoken expectations to bounce back, return to work quickly and “do it all” which is what I’m working through for myself.

Deciding to live as an example Messica announced she’s going to take another one of her breathers. Saying she’s “feeling a little shy in front of the camera and have been struggling with fatigue, so I’ve decided it’s best to let myself have a break from the blog until after the baby is born and we’ve gotten to spend time together as a family”, she went on to show how much she will miss blogging by posting a squealing tweet declaring her freedom from the grueling task of posting outfits and sponsored posts.

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As mothers everywhere prepare a parade for her brave stand against forcing women to produce blog posts after giving birth, Messica assures the internets that she will still be producing pageview generators.

I’ve been working on some posts that I’ll publish between now and then, so there will be fresh stuff on the site each week – just not outfit photos.

Anyone want to place money on how long she’s able to tolerate her dropping pageviews before she starts posting pics of “What My Baby Wore”?

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The Sartorialist And Garance Have Separated

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Scott Schuman, the self-important “fashion photographer” running The Sartorialist, and his longtime girlfriend Garance Dore have decided to split. In basically identical statements they released today on their respective blogs, the couple said:

We’ve shared so much of our creative life (and more) with you, our readers, that we thought it was right to let you know.

Once called “one of fashion’s most precious modern-day love stories”, for the past 7 years they were considered the quiet royal couple of fashion and street style blogging. Both couples have closed comments on their announcements.

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Luxury Lifestyle Blogger Charged With Identity Theft, Grand Larceny

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David Tripp, the effete fraud behind the blog “The General Aesthete“, was arrested for using stolen credit cards to make large purchases of luxury goods at such stores as Jil Sander, Marni, and Marc Jacobs.

Using the name ‘Kelly’ and saying he was a ‘stylist’ for various celebrities, Tripp would select thousands of dollars worth of merchandise and then pay using stolen American Express cards. He was arrested when the general manager of the Marc Jacobs store noticed the name on the credit card was ‘Kelli’, not ‘Kelly’. After googling the cardholder’s name he found a business phone number, and quickly verified that the card was stolen. Tripp was then arrested at the store and later released on bail. His facebook and Instagram appear to be deleted as well.

So I guess now we know how at least one of these luxury lifestyle bloggers made ends meet. If this were normal practice it would certainly answer a lot of questions as to how these seeming nobodies from nowhere manage to blast onto the scene (seriously, this guy was everywhere back in 2012) with blogs full of thousand dollar geodes and 50 pairs of $500 shoes.

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RewardStyle Con Over, Fashion Blogging World Remains Unchanged

Well the RewardStyle Rockstud Rodeo (or ‘conference’) is over, and as the Plastics hold up airport security lines on their way to Cabo, it’s time for the rest of the fashion blogging world to pull out their anonymous claws and discuss the event on message boards.

The event itself seems to be a big Behold The Fabulousness of Us party where RewardStyle thanks a bunch of venal, shopping obsessed women for turning other people into frantic trend consumers. So, basically Lucky FABB but with a free trip to Mexico for the Homecoming Queens. Judging by the instagram hashtag stream it’s about as shallow as you’d expect.

There were lots of ‘bottom half of a mannequin’ shots.

WHY DO WOMEN DO THISThen it was off to the Ewing’s, apparently so everyone could instagram their orange juice.

If your blog's not a hit, you must uh, quit. Get it? OJ joke? Too soon?

And of course, the reason they all really went – to show off their played out as hell rockstud shoes.

These things are harder to kill than roaches.

Gee, looks like…yeah looks like absolutely no fun at all, sorry gals. Looks exhausting and vapid. But hey, here’s to another year of making $50k a month by selling people luxury trends they don’t need! Hurray!

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Roundup: Here’s Some Things That Don’t Really Require A Full Post

Young House Love had their baby boy Theodore last Wednesday. Of course with their posting lag time, that could mean he came out back in March.

Jen Loves Kev are evidently going to start fostering kids with the intent of adopting some.

Messica of What I Wore has started complaining about gaining 15 pounds in the past 5 months of pregnancy. I may be wrong, but isn’t that what’s supposed to happen?

The site inspired by The Great XOJane exodus of 2014 is apparently launching today, calling itself The Flounce. Don’t feel obligated to check it out – it’s basically just XOJane, but less user friendly.

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Kendi Closing Her Storefront

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While I was apparently under a rock, Kendi of “Kendi Everyday” announced her three year old store Bloom will be closing its brick and mortar location.

We are closing our store front on May 10th. We are not closing our online shop, but we will slow things down so that we can re-evaluate what we really want bloom to become…

The building her store was located in has been sold, and Kendi has been unable to find another place to rent nearby.

Sometimes you can’t control everything; and choices you have to make don’t make sense just yet. This is one of those times. I always want a plan to forge ahead with but I’m standing in front of you guys saying I have no plan. But I promise to keep you updated when I do find that plan, even if I have to try out a few until I find the right one.

Kendi went on to thank everyone for their support, and stated it’s “been the best experience I could have ever asked for”. She ended with an upbeat outlook, saying she “can’t wait to see where we go next”.

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What I Wore Finally Announces Pregnancy

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Jessica Quirk, running out of content, has finally publicly confirmed – she’s pregnant.

We’re expecting our first baby this summer! We could not be more thrilled with our happy news…On a hunch and a day late, I decided to run to the store to grab a pregnancy test on Christmas Eve – and that’s when we found out! What a happy holiday!!

I guess now that she can’t hide under big coats anymore she sort of HAD to announce it if she intends to continue doing What I Wore as a style blog. Saying “I’ll also be sharing some baby and pregnancy related posts from time to time” she explained that she was too tired for her first trimester to post outfit posts.

So at last Messica is pregnant and I think it’s highly likely that she will transition into lifestyle/mommy blogging. I’m sure the internet is eagerly awaiting What I Wore While Pregnant, and What My Baby Wore.

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Has Babble Been Laid Off By Disney?

Babble, the content mill that seems to employ pretty much every blogger out there, appears to have been cut loose by Disney Interactive. According to the “cupcakemag” instagram:

I have made some of the best friends from babble. and when I heard that this family of mine had all been laid-off by Disney, I shed tears and I haven’t been able to think straight. i’ve been morning a loss, a terrible loss. they helped shape me as a writer in so many ways, they have given me amazing opportunities and pep talks that I will never forget. as of now babble continues without them + honestly, I can’t imagine not having them by my side. my heart is so heavy for all of them, it’s been a sad day.

When asked what happened, she replied she has “no idea” but writers were “told to continue with biz as usual, just don’t know how”. There seems to be no confirmation on what exactly is going down anywhere on Babble’s official social media or website. But if Disney has indeed put Babble out on an ice floe a lot of “professional bloggers” will probably be needing a new income stream soon.

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