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Travel Bloggers Confess Their Instagram Is Mostly Lies

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Claire and Laura, apparently twins who blog about travel, have put up a post explaining their aspiration filled travelgram is a reality that “doesn’t exist”. Saying “it’s time to set the record straight…and suggest that in reality, Instagram means living a lie”, the twins listed all the reasons you need to stop assuming they are wealthy globetrotters just because that’s what they suggest on their social media.

Saying their lives have been “pretty messy this year and it’s been far from a series of glamorous holidays and care-free travels”, they nevertheless continued posting breathtaking travel photos because obviously real life can’t be allowed to “get in the way of that ‘i’m so carefree and happy’ attitude that dominates Instagram.”

And though their blog and gram portray a fabulous life full of expensive looking, glamour soaked travel, the twins assure us they “work full-time and juggle mortgages with fairly concerning shopping addictions” and promise their lives are “far from glamorous, wealthy or perfect”.

Moral of this post? Remember, when you see that photo of a beautiful beach, we’re probably loading it up as we clean the toilet or are lying in bed trying to wake up. Reality bites.

So basically they are no better than Zilla? I guess I’m just super confused as to the point of this post. I mean…thanks for the honesty, but if bloggers want to portray an expensive looking fabulous lifestyle on the intarwebs it seems a bit disingenuous to get all defensive when people come to the conclusion that they are, indeed, living an expensive and fabulous lifestyle. If you don’t want strangers to assume your curated life is your real life then maybe don’t show strangers only a curated life?

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Bloggers Rush To Snapchat As Monetization Begins

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ShopStyle recently announced a “Snap Hub” in an attempt to help bloggers monetize their Snapchat posts, and suddenly everyone is joining the social media platform because money. Some, like Love Taza, don’t seem 100% into it yet; Naomi announced her account by saying she is “trying [it] out for a little while although I’m still not totally sold on it all”. But fashion bloggers are already starting to sign up and shove snapstyle affiliate linking onto their followers, directing them to the ShopStyle hubs to “shop my look”.

There is no word on whether RewardStyle – the affiliate link behemoth that helped turn instagram into a liketoknowit link graveyard – is working on a similar program. Maybe now that Periscope is picking up speed RS may skip Snapchat altogether and go for monetization of live streaming video. Because everyone knows every social media platform ever anywhere must be monetized, and it’s all about who provides that capability first.

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Internets Lifestyle Blogging

Gala Darling Announces Separation

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Gala Darling, author of (what she calls) the “best-selling book” ‘Radical Self Love‘, has announced the end of her four year marriage.

After 4 years of marriage, my husband and I have decided to go our separate ways. While Mike (and Dolly) have moved out, we are still extremely close friends and will continue to work together on my site, as we have been doing the whole time we’ve been together. We’re both excited to move onwards and upwards, and I’m so thankful that we have been able to end things amicably and with a lot of love.

Speculation about the status of her union began over a week ago.

It seems another one of her projects may also be coming to and end: the ‘Blogcademy‘. A few days ago she announced the last two classes in San Francisco and New York City, adding “these will probably be our last American classes ever”. She said there might be one last class in “London, probably… But that might be it!”

Gala has been busy recently jetting around the world on what, in hindsight, appears to be some sort of ‘Sex And The City post-breakup getaway to Mexico’ trip. No word on what new projects she has in the works. We assume she is currently creating vision boards and practicing gratitude.

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Cary Randolph Finally Married

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Cary Randolph, getting married in the Hamptons, got married in the Hamptons about an hour ago. Evidently she and her non-Kennedy husband are now at the reception dancing to totes ironic music.

Congratulations, Cary! You got married before 30, just like you always wanted. Sorry nobody bought you that $700 gravy boat though.

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‘Radical Self Love’ – A Liveblogged Book Review

Happy Radical Friday, hams! It’s time to tap away that negative haterness and join me in reading Gala Darling‘s limited edition, available for one month only, life-altering book, ‘Radical Self Love – A Guide To Loving Yourself And Living Your Dream’. Get yourself a pink drink, put on some  Instagrammable shoes, and let’s love each other radically.

On to the TL;DR…

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Jordan Reid Knows Pool Safety

Jordan Reid, super chill parent, has arrived with her family at their new home in ‘San Francisco’s South Bay’. She immediately exchanged the daisy duke shorts she apparently wore for two straight weeks of road tripping for a bikini in order to do a sponsored post about wine and bbq around their new pool. Her “kids are ob. sessed” with that giant shimmering hole full of water in the backyard. Thankfully Jojo takes pool safety very seriously.

As an aside, because the safety issues surrounding kids and pools clearly deserve mention – our approach this weekend was to have a serious talk with our son about pool safety, confirm that the gate around the pool was secure, and install a home security system that also chimes whenever the doors to the backyard open.

When her readers mentioned she might want to get a regulation locking fence around the pool, what with two kids under 4 running around, she responded that they take pool safety “extremely seriously” and that this “wasn’t the only conversation we had or will have with our son” because “safety in and around the pool” is something they will “improve upon as we settle into our new home”. Jeez, they checked the gate so, shut up about the pool already people! Focus on the wine shill and telling Jojo how hot she looks in a bikini! It’s like you missed the whole point of her bikini and wine filled post.

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Jordan Reid Finally Saw Some Poverty, Wants To Tell You About Racism

Jordan Reid, self-proclaimed ‘writer’, is on her family roadtrip from NYC to San Jose. Along the way she decided to stop in Hot Springs, Arkansas for a ‘couple of days’.

I want to be clear: there are great things about the area. It is beautiful out there in the country…There is so much poverty. There is so much decay. And god, is there ever a lot of racial tension; you can practically feel it in the air.

The ‘liberal resident of a coastal state’ then described the horrifying situations she was exposed to in omgAR.

The hotel we stayed in – which was the second-nicest one in town, from what I gathered – had cockroaches on the floor, chipped walls in the elevators, trash on the mattresses, a two-foot-wide pool of water in the carpet from a leaky air conditioner, and burned-out lightbulbs. Outside the hotel sat a woman in a wheelchair wearing a Confederate flag t-shirt, smoking alternately from the long cigarettes she held, one in each hand.

This basically sounds like something from any number of New York City neighborhoods, so I’m not sure why she had to travel to Dixie to experience such upsetting sights. She goes on to say the ‘hotel received two visits from police officers within twelve hours (two that we knew of, at least)’; that she heard someone use the n word; that she and her family unwittingly rode in an elevator where someone had been pepper sprayed minutes before.

I can’t feel good about having gone to this place, and failing to show you what I really saw. Because there was a dark and ugly undercurrent hiding behind the facade of leisure…

Jordan is responding to the collective ‘wtf?’ of much of her audience by saying ‘it was important to write about it – if only for the reason that writing gets people talking’. Because obviously nobody was discussing poverty and racism in America until a white, upper middle class lady from a white, upper middle class suburb told everyone how awful poverty and racism are, and she should know because she made a choice to stay in a bad hotel that one time.

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‘Cupcakes and Cashmere At Home’ – A Liveblogged Book Review

Happy Memorial Day weekend! We were sent home at 1 today and I don’t have to be back in until Tuesday, so I thought I’d try to knock out the first half of this week’s Book Club this afternoon, then wrap it up tomorrow afternoon. Since I never finish them in one day anyway, amirite. I hope you have Monday off because we’re about to begin a journey into the land of beige that may require several days of recovery. Of course I’m talking about ‘Cupcakes and Cashmere At Home’, the second book by Emily Schuman.  Let us proponent!

On to the TL;DR…

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That Wife Knows How To Celebrate Motherhood

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Jenna Cole, America’s most overworked mother, had an amazing Mother’s Day. First she spent Mother’s Day Eve having one of her girl’s night outs. She had friends over to dress up and take pictures of themselves, then headed out for drinks where she took more selfies. Then she spent the day itself having yet more pictures taken of herself.

My request for Mother’s Day was photos of me. Me alone, me with the kids, even me with TH while T1 pointed the camera in our direction.

Of course she did a touching shout out to her own mother as well.

She’s vibrant, innovative, generous, and compassionate. I see so much of her in me as I grow older…

Ok, not so much as a touching shout out as a backdoor brag, but it’s Jenna so what do you expect. Still, it’s nice to see such an amazing mother take some much needed time for herself. Jenna Time is so rare!

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Oh Joy Has Some Advice About Starting A Business

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Joy Cho, who co-founded the womp womp known as Pippit alongside pals Josh and Naomi Davis of Love Taza, would like to share some advice with you would-be entrepreneurs.

Business with a friend, a close personal friend, is usually not a great idea…it usually makes it such that something goes wrong…either one person is way more into it than another, either people have different needs…I’ve seen it tear friendships…

Joy advises people to “really assess the friendship first”, “make sure you each have very clear roles”, and “make sure both people are really into it.”

When you’re the one into it and you’re putting your whole mind your whole passion…everything into it…you have more room to grow when you’re not limited by another person…

Coming less than a month after the announcement that Pippit has been discontinued, it does make one go ‘Hmmmmmm…’

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The Feminist Breeder Thinks Getting A Job Is Hard

The Feminist Breeder, always right, is apparently done looking for a real job because it’s just too stressful.

I’ve decided that looking for a job is no longer good for my mental health at the moment. I get too angry and frustrated when I see how few jobs there are in my field with far too many applicants. It takes too much time to send out cover letters and resumes only to find out they had 100 overqualified applicants and already filled the job internally…

Instead, Gina has decided to…not get a job. After spending about $150,000 for a degree, she is saying screw it and writing a book…or something.

So I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing and maybe work on that book or that birth business idea. Because this is just getting too stressful and depressing.

Um, ok. So she’s basically going to be a SAHM with a blog, being supported by her husband while she ‘maybe’ writes a book? How punk rock feminist of her. When asked what exactly her dream job IS, she replied “I honestly don’t know.” Her dream job appears to be not having a job, so, way to go, girl.

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Lucky FABB Conference ‘Postponed’ Indefinitely

Following EIC Eva Chen’s announcement that she will be leaving Lucky, attendees of the Lucky FABB conference received notice that the event would be postponed.

In light of today’s announcement regarding Eva Chen’s future transition from the Lucky Group to spend time with her new family, we are prioritizing what is best fo the brand and have made the decision to postpone the upcoming Lucky FABB conference.

The news came just a week before the May 9th event. While event coordinators assured attendees they “will be receiving reimbursement for your ticket fee” many bloggers are angry at the short notice since some already spent money on airfare and accomodations.

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Not to tell anyone how to do their job or anything, but couldn’t they have gone forward with the conference and then announced at the event that Eva Chen was leaving? Seems like a missed opportunity for a big news push. Anyway, it seems bloggers and brands burned by the short notice are planning their own meetups, so those new outfits and instagram opportunities won’t go to waste after all.

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Pink Peonies Finally Goes Into Labor

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Not one to be outdone by that upstart Kate Middeton, Rachel Parcell of Pink Peonies has begun the process of producing a hashtagged ladybaby from her body.

Let the name guessing begin!

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