I just got back from seeing Beyoncé in Baltimore and I’m full of inspiration. There so many things I want to do on this website and I’m the only one keeping myself from doing it! So instead of worrying that I don’t have any images, or that the WordPress theme I’m using is no longer supported, or that I don’t know how to best optimize the SEO for this type of post, I’m just going to say what I want to say, and worry about the rest later. Or not worry about it at all.
So what do I want to say? I read a lot of things on the Internet, and I have a lot of thoughts about them. Sometimes I share those things on Facebook or Twitter, but usually the thoughts just stay in my head. Not anymore! Here’s what I’ve read and want to talk about this week:
I don’t know anyone my age who actually enjoys Vogue. A lot of my friends buy it perfunctorily. I tend to buy the September issue, and other covers if I like them. I did subscribe for a year, and the whole just felt so over the top, but in a really out of touch way. There’s a monthly feature that I interpret as “a rich person talking about what it was like to grow up/be rich”. I vaguely remember someone writing about how she didn’t realize she was ultra-wealthy, because the family next door had even more horses than they did, or something. That’s just one example of how un-relatable and un-interesting the magazine can be. Plus, it’s such a drag seeing the same 10 designers repeated throughout editorials and ads. So, I’m not surprised that they’re trying to find new ways of making money. I think they’d be better off making their magazine more interesting and engaging, but I guess charging people more for the same product (plus a fancy pouch) might work too.
Goodness, I can’t believe I haven’t talked about my thesis on here! If you follow me on the gram you might know that I wrote my Masters thesis (at Parsons) on style blogging (#styleblogthesis). One reason I know that fashion blogging is here to stay is all the auxiliary industries that have sprouted up around it: affiliate linking companies like rewardStyle and Shopstyle Collective, brand representation for bloggers, and photographers. It’s a whole thing, a whole cottage industry now.
Full disclosure: I actually just skimmed this, but that’s because I took a whole semester of fashion history/media (mediation, if you want to be fancy) in graduate school. If you do not have a degree in fashion, this is a good and informative read. Also, shout-out to Sara Idacavage. We’re working alongside a few other fabulous fashion women on a cool new project that I can’t wait to talk about!
And now, two for the lolz: