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Jordan Reid, brave and feministy, has posted a new ramshackle ramble explaining why she has finally joined snapchat. She begins by explaining she’s like SO behind on technology, for reals, you don’t even know ok.
Twenty or so years later, my manager and I were sitting together at lunch and she took my phone from me and physically downloaded Instagram from the app store, because despite the fact that most of my colleagues had signed up a solid two years earlier, I would never, ever have done it otherwise.
I have never owned an iPod, and am still sort of confused about which device people’s music resides on these days (…the cloud, perhaps?). I’ve never taken the three seconds required to figure out how to reliably link my car’s Bluetooth to my phone. I still use MapQuest.
At first she implies it’s because she is such a too-cool rebel, saying “if you tell me something is “the new thing everyone is doing,” that will result in me very much not wanting to do it”, and if you make her do it she “will whine. And still not do it”. But like everything else with Jojo there is a first-world-problems story from her tween years that is the root of whatever problem she’s having.
She proceeds to blather on and on and on about some story from sixth grade – yep, roughly 25 years ago Jordan bought saddle shoes the day after the Cool Girl in sixth grade declared them so last week, and this has caused Jordy all the anxiety ever about showing up late to trends…or something. And she had to share this story in order to announce her bravery in overcoming this fear and joining snapchat.
Yeeeeah. Never has a blogger deserved more #sobrave hashtags.
Rach Parcell, the pink-loving Nordstrom shopper behind Pink Peonies, officially launched her online store today. She’s apparently selling clothes she designed. But she says it’s not like that time she designed jewelry. According to her comment on instagram that whole fiasco wasn’t really her fault:
…I was in a licensing deal. I was unable to make final decisions on design because I was not the one funding the business. I hired a lawyer to get me out of that contract because I didn’t agree with some of the decisions being made and they told me things that would happen that actually didn’t (like everything being designed by me and not just bought wholesale). It’s much cheaper and less time consuming to buy wholesale, that’s why that decision was made by the people who were funding the brand…
She went on to say she “got out of that contract to create a brand that was my own business and funded by me so at the end of the day, I have the final decision” and accordingly posted gram pics and snaps of herself drawing designs and throwing fabric over dressforms.
The result is mostly a bunch of pink and white dresses and skirts in straightforward, unoriginal shapes perfect for wearing to weddings or Easter church services. Sizes go up to a 10/12 and prices begin at $100. She is evidently already working on her fall line.
It’s time once again for the RewardStyle Con, the event that allows selected style bloggers to feel superior to those who did not make enough money to attend. Everyone is already gramming their brains out, providing behind-the-scenes looks at their totally unique experiences.
We have the Breakfast On A White Bed grams.
And there’s the My Feet By The Pool selfies.
And the Everyone Posing In Front Of The Same Wall pics.
I guess a good brick wall wasn’t available.
Queen Bee Amber spent the week preparing with facials, and was pronounced #inspiring at her keynote speech. The weekend of partying should be enough to motivate her monkeys to keep making money for her matching mother daughter shoes.
Jessica Quirk, vacationer, has started a series called “52 Thoughts” which is apparently her way of inserting complaints about her hard, hard life into her “personal style blog”. This week we are treated to Messica’s feels about how hard it is for her to be A Creative in the cruel arena of the public eye. Evidently she read Big Magic on her 90293035th vacation this year and she’s decided she doesn’t care if you like her work anymore.
It’s not my job to please the masses when I get dressed…and it’s also not my job to try to cater to each and every person that reads my blog…It’s also not my job to cater to the people that do like what I’m doing. It’s my job to express myself and to be creative in a way that enriches my life, that enriches my self esteem and ultimately helps me grow in my writing, my art, and as a person.
Saying she feels like “a scared cat trapped in a box while kids throw stones at me” Messica reveals she has been “putting up brick walls because I’m afraid of the feedback”. She concludes by saying she needs to “find satisfaction outside of an online yay or nay”.
Instagram, the social media platform where boring people can make their lives look amazing, is changing their display algorithm to prioritize posts they think you’ll like the most instead of displaying your feed in chronological order. Naturally this means the intarwebs needs to freak out.
Even Kendall Jenner is complaining about the algorithm armageddon despite instagram saying they “assure you nothing is changing with your feed right now”. Unfortunately all the notification begging is having the opposite effect, turning some followers off a feed completely. No matter – the instagram famous will probably all quit the platform in protest, sort of like how they all quit pinterest when that platform started forbidding affiliate linking. Oh wait.
Lord & Taylor, the retailer who used instagram ‘influencers’ and fashion bloggers to flood your feed with that paisley dress last March, has settled with the FTC over allegations that they “deceived customers by paying for advertisements on fashion blogs” without disclosing that the posts were ads.
The FTC also alleged that Lord & Taylor failed to disclose that it had pre-approved each post, required that the posts include the retailer’s social media handle and hashtag, and that each poster had been given the dress — as well as payment of up to $4,000 — in exchange for their endorsements.
Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection states “Consumers have the right to know when they’re looking at paid advertising.”
J, fashion blogger and God lover, wants to share how she has reconciled her faith with her shopping habits. She recounts an astounding moment of clarity while shopping for jeans one day, a tale that will warm your heart and prove that the Lord wants you to always have whatever you want.
As I stood in line to pay for them, I did a happy dance and prayed “God, thank you so much for this blessing. You knew how much I wanted those jeans and you provided a way for me to have them on my budget. Thank you Lord!!”…That’s when I looked down and saw the tag…The tag said “God Loves You.” It sucked the wind right out of me, and hot tears rolled down my cheeks. It mattered to Him. It really, truly mattered…
Yes, like some sort of Jeans of Turin the Father used denim to tell J it matters to God that she has the clothes she wants. This moment inspired her to realize she “could make an impact on fashion journalism” with things like “celebrating joyful aging” and “setting a responsible clothing budget”. And now J wants everyone to know that they, too, can be fashion bloggers “without any faith-based guilt” because “God loves your creative heart”. So go forth and shop, little children!