Fashion Blogging

Carrots ‘N’ Cake Will Not Share Her Contest With You

Tina Haupert, runs some “Carrots ‘N’ Cake” healthy living blog, recently received an email from the producers of the Dr. Oz show:

So, I bet you’re wondering how this whole thing happened, right? Well, I’m going to tell you. It started on November 15th when I received an email from the producers at The Dr. Oz Show inviting me to submit a recipe to their first ever Healthy Holiday Cookie Challenge.

She allegedly implied this was a personal invitation – except the actual email included in the original post showed otherwise. The email supposedly invited her to submit a holiday cookie recipe, and encouraged her to extend the opportunity to enter the contest to her readers. Instead, she simply submitted herself and left her readers in the dark until she won the contest. Several readers commented about this, so she edited the post to remove the email and deleted several comments calling her out on the matter.

Despite Tina deleting the evidence, commenter Kimberly refused to let the issue die and asked Tina WTF:

How come you never shared this contest with your readers like the original e-mail that you had in this post (I see you’ve edited the post and taken it down) asked you to do? I usually like your blog, but it seems strange that you would go back and edit this post if you feel like there was nothing wrong with what you did.

Tina’s response is a classic blogger ‘sorry you got upset’:

When I wrote my post yesterday, I decided to include the email from the producers as a way to explain how I ended up on the show. I didn’t think anyone would get upset about not being notified of the contest, but readers did, so I edited the post.

Why should you care? Because this is a classic example of bloggers who do not care about their readers. Despite many bloggers trying to do the ”I love my readers, I consider you guys my BFFs!” they are ultimately in it for themselves. And if that bothers the readers, hey just edit the post to hide what you did wrong and make a meh apology, because whatever I’m on tv bidges!

Next time you read about some blogger getting ‘asked’ to participate in some amazing opportunity be sure to remember how many of them actually come by these things – it might have involved an agent or a deception. Considering the fame-seeking, cut throat nature of blogging these days I’m sure this type of thing happens more often than readers know about.


Fashion Blogging

Man Repeller Gets Engaged, Readers Revolt

Leandra, of that Man Repeller fashion blog, has supposedly spent the last 18 months banking off her schtick as a style rebel who can’t keep a guy because of her weird get ups. Finally on Wednesday she admitted she had been dating a man since summer 2010, and announced that she would now have a new “finger party” addition – Man Repeller code for getting engaged.

She originally had some long, rambling post up about how it all happened, which she deleted and replaced with a shorter version. But as predicted in her original post, the anonymous meanies soon started demanding she explain her behavior of the last year and a half:

Anonymous said…
so you were lying about being single this whole time, obviously.
DECEMBER 15, 2011 9:59 AM

Anonymous said…
ya- love you and your blog, but this post is defending yourself that you’re engaged. Good for you girl! Don’t defend yourself for that. Defend yourself that you’ve been lying to your readers saying you’ve been single, and “that a date put in a cab after dinner” because you wore leather shorts.
DECEMBER 15, 2011 10:03 AM

Anonymous said…
I loved yr blog. So much that I was willing to overlook the rape jokes and the fact that you don’t disclose when you are something you got for free, even though I find that unethical. But lying all this time to your readers by saying that you are single is the last straw. Congratulations and best of luck to you and your fiance but you have lost me as a reader.
DECEMBER 15, 2011 10:52 AM

Anonymous said…
ya it’s fine if she wants to keep her life private, but don’t LIE. You obviously didn’t go on a date in leather shorts who put you in a cab after dinner last month.

And you can still be a man repeller and in a relationship with something like “Good thing it’s already serious, cus my boyfriend said he would break up with me over these studded heels.”
DECEMBER 15, 2011 12:11 PM

I do not follow this Leandra person and I’m not going to go dig through 18 months worth of her wearing newspaper hats and belted Slankets to figure out if she’s actually been passing herself off as some dating impaired single girl. But it’s fairly clear in her original post that she knew this announcement would leave many of her readers feeling betrayed (“Before you jump the gun and start pounding at your keyboard in an anonymous commenter rage…”) so I’m not sure why she announced it at all.

This is an example of how bloggers need to pick a damn lane about what they share on their blog. You can’t pretend to be single for a year and a half under the guise of “personal life is private” and then go announce your engagement because you want to “share things” with your readers. When you use that logic it makes it sound like you either just want to brag about getting engaged, or you are willing to lie in order to keep up the schtick that makes your blog some money. Either way,  you don’t get to act like a defensive little brat about how your fans will react.


Fashion Blogging

Already Pretty Will Not Let The Sweater Go

Sally McGraw, changing her blog name to already smelly, must really be hurting for shopping money. She’s attempting to save a sweater that stinks so badly even professional cleaners can’t eliminate the stench:

The sweater is a thrift fave, too, but it is on its last few wearings, I fear. I’ve mended several holes already and it is threatening to disintegrate any moment. Also, it seems that no dry cleaner or bottle of Febreze can eradicate its stink. I really do have to try that vodka remedy you’ve all recommended … especially if it can save this sweater from the rag pile.

For a woman who spends as much money as Sally does with her nonstop shopping, you’d think maybe she could let go of a grey cowl neck sweater that smells that bad. It’s not like it’s a vintage Givenchy dress that belonged to Hepburn or something. It’s a grey sweater. I’m pretty sure for maybe 30 bucks she could hop on GAP’s website and replace it if it’s such an essential item in her wardrobe.

I get trying to save money and all but there are limits, people. And just because you got it at a thrift store does not make it a one of a kind piece that must be preserved at all costs. Sometimes it’s ok to donate or toss something when it’s reached the end of its usability. This just makes me wonder how long she tries to use bath towels and underwear.


Fashion Blogging

Rich Tong Finally Cleans Out His Desk At Tumblr

Rich Tong, one of the many unnecessary employees of tumblr, has finally formally confirmed GOMIBLOG’s blind item: he is leaving tumblr.

After a year of serving as Tumblr’s Fashion Director, I am excited to announce that I’ll be leaving to pursue other independent opportunities.

The fashion community on Tumblr has grown tremendously in just a year, starting with only a handful of industry leaders and quickly expanding to over 200 of the world’s most creative fashion publications, designers, brands, photographers, models and stylists.  Their presence has given way to the most incredible opportunities for this community’s young, emerging talent, and I am ever so thankful for having had the opportunity to work with each and every one of them.

It’s been an extraordinary learning experience working with such a world-class team at Tumblr, and I look forward to all of the amazing developments they have planned for the coming years.

He doesn’t state what these “independent opportunities” are, but since he has barely shown up at the tumblr offices for the last month we assume he’s been busy kissing Nina Garcia’s cheeks hoping for a job at Elle or something.

The main lol in this goodbye post is Rich’s implication that he had any major role in creating good relationships within the fashion industry. He is now famous for pissing off many people by selectively sucking only the teats he deems worthy of his attention. His notorious tumblr Fashion Week stunts have been almost universally panned as publicity fiascos of the lamest order. His blatant pimping and promoting of fashion/style tumblr users who are his personal friends is also no secret.

Tong’s departure is no loss for tumblr or for the fashion community. Perhaps now he will slink back to a web development job where he belongs, and stop trying to be the arbiter of internet fashion. The bigger question is, how will he be able to snag another model girlfriend without the impressive “I can make you famous on tumblr” pick up line?


Fashion Blogging

Jessica Quirk Closes Down Comments Again

Jessica Quirk, the brain trust behind that What I Wore blog, has yet again shut down her comments. She has turned them off at least once in the past, instituting a “Code of Comments” (basically you’re only allowed to say nice things from now on thanks!) when she turned them back on. Now Messica has once again decided your comments aren’t worth the trouble to moderate:

Yes, Messica and her intern are just too busy with the super successful full time blog to sit around moderating your mean comments. From now on you should contact her through twitter or facebook!  When informed that it’s inconvenient to come to facebook to comment on an outfit, Messica replied “I prefer to put a face to a name with the comments and connect more one on one!” Translation: take that anonymous meanies! Let’s see you comment now, bidges!

Whatever. Frankly I think she’s better off not allowing comments, since it’s not like they added anything to her blog. There wasn’t any actual discussion or interesting interaction, just a series of fawning gurgles from her fangirls and people commenting just so they could include a link back to their own blog.

And to repeat the only thing I have left to say about Messica at this point: why doesn’t she just fold What I Wore into her stupid That’s Quirky! site already and just go full lifestyle blogger, instead of clinging (halfheartedly) to this “fashion blogger” crap? I really don’t understand why she’s dragging this out.


Fashion Blogging

Modcloth Would Like You Ladies To Highlight Your Best Feature

Modcloth is well known for its wonderful product descriptions. It seems they’re still producing creative copy; the product page for the No Bones About It tights features not only nearly visible genitalia, but comes with this almost sarcastic text:

You don’t need X-ray goggles to appreciate the quirky style statement made by these skeleton tights – slip them on alongside bright clothes and accessories, and let your inner fashionista show!

Yes ladies, slip into these tights, throw on some accessories, and let your cradle of life air out in style! Nothing like a little beaver fever to warm up the coming cold weather parties. Pair with a “SUDDENLY, VAGINA” tee and wait for Bill Cunningham to immortalize your bold sartorial choice!


Fashion Blogging

Victims Of Grooming Woes Share Horrific Tales Of Hair Drama

Life can be like, way harsh Tai. From imperfect lattes to summoning the strength to shop, the suffering of upper middle class white women never ceases. But thanks to the internet, they can now enjoy the support of a worldwide  “OMG I KNOW RIGHT?” chorus to ease them through their pain. This week a few of these poor souls have bravely come forward with the most painful of (I don’t have any real) problems: their hair.

Julie of Peanut Butter Fingers can’t figure out how to dry her hair:

While Jenna of Eat Live Run battled the tragedy of a trim:

Casey Culture also cried into her personal pan Thanksgiving Pizza about the emotional strain of hair trims:

I know you’re supposed to get regular haircut/trims with long hair, but I subscribe to the philosophy that these frequent trims tend to stop the growth process and cut hair shorter and shorter.  Or at least most haircut experiences have led me to this belief and I leave salons whimpering like an abused puppy.

Luckily Casey found the John Sahag Workshop which “costs a pretty penny, but if my results are any indication, it is worth it” and managed to exit the salon without waterworks.

Let’s all gather together to support these strong women in overcoming their battles!