Lifestyle Blogging

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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Book Club Lifestyle Blogging

‘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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Internets Lifestyle Blogging

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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Lifestyle Blogging Mommy Blogging

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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Fashion Blogging Lifestyle Blogging

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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Fashion Blogging Lifestyle Blogging

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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Book Club Lifestyle Blogging

‘Cupcakes and Cashmere’ – A Liveblogged Book Review

Happy May Day, hams! It’s time for another Book Club liveblogged book review! I decided to go with Cuppy’s book. So sit back, ready the F5 finger, and curate your secret work flask as we experience ‘Cupcakes and Cashmere – A Guide For Defining Your Style, Reinventing Your Space, And Entertaining With Ease’ together.

On to the TL;DR…

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That Wife Re-Enables Comments

That Wife, encourages imaginative play, is shaking up the blog world with some awesome news. After less than 5 months of disabled comments, she has graciously decided to let people leave comments on her posts once again.

So let’s give comments on That Wife a try once again!  Be nice…That Wife Blog will forever remain my little corner of the internet where I am reigning Queen of Everything and get to decide what it’s like to be in this space…

She says she wants her blog to be “an experience, not a broadcast”, and feels “comment-free posts felt a bit cold and impersonal”.

I’ve seen other bloggers do this flip flop of comments off, comments on, and it’s usually because traffic nosedives when you force your community to another platform to interact. When will bloggers learn ain’t nobody got time for that? I’m not going to twitter or facebook, no blog is worth that kind of effort. Just leave the comments on and be done with it, we all know you’ll turn them back on anyway when you need your stats back up.

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Cary Randolph Is Getting Married In The Hamptons, Because Of Course She Is

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Cary Randolph, finally getting married, has announced she will be getting married June 20th in Bridgehampton. She also shared the amazing love story that has led her to this ultimate achievement.

For our first date, Doug invited Cary to dinner at Tamarind in downtown Manhattan. She didn’t know this was a test of compatibility–was she adventurous enough for Indian food? Nearly two years later, the answer is yes.

She goes on to say “[f]rom the start, we knew we would get married on Long Island’s East End”. We all knew she would as well, because Cary’s been obsessed with the Hamptons for years.

The happy couple, engaged about 15 minutes ago, have also set up a Bloomingdale’s registry. It features such must haves as a $600 Waterford “Vodka Set and Chill Bowl” and Ralph Lauren nut bowls, as well as a $130 “eye massager”.

So it begins, Cary’s life as the next…I don’t know, whoever the current Hamptons socialite du jour is, I stopped caring around the time Devorah Rose started at Social Life Magazine. I’m more interested in trying to figure out why Cary made a big deal about moving to St. Louis to ‘found’ her own website only to get married and move back half a year later, but, whatever.

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Book Club Lifestyle Blogging

‘Homemakers’ – A Liveblogged Book Review

It’s Friday, hams, and you know what that means – it’s time to read another life changing book by a blogger. This week’s offering is “Homemakers: A Domestic Handbook For The Digital Generation” by Brit Morin.

On to the TL;DR…

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Cupcakes And Cashmere Has A Lifehack That Will Change Your Phonecalls Forever

Cupcakes and Cashmere, provider of elevated lifehacks, has shared her secret for those times “when someone’s service dies or they accidentally hang up and you spend the next ten minutes frantically dialing each other at the same time and can’t get through”. She and her best friend have a system that will forever alter the way you deal with dropped calls.

…simple things like phone conversations carry more weight, which led us to develop a bit of a strategy for those annoying times when calls drop…Our solution is simple: whomever initially dialed the other person is in charge of calling back. That’s it!

You guys. YOU GUYS. I don’t about you but I literally never thought of having a system for those times someone goes “sccrrr static sound driving into a tunnel *click*”. Usually I just text and say “call back if you want” or one of us, ya know, picks up call waiting if we are trying to dial them while they dial us. Now I can inform the other party of my phone pre-nup before the conversation even starts! In a world full of questions and confusion I say brava to Emily for continuing to post amazing content that the internet sorely needs.

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