Harry And The HendersonsDear Gloss readers,

The time has come for me to say goodbye. I’ll do my best to keep it short and sweet.

I don’t really know how to eulogize my time here, so I’ll just say that I’m very grateful for it. The Gloss was the first place to ever employ me as a writer and they granted me enormous editorial freedom–no matter how weird the results. They let me create a separate character, something that eventually spawned a book (however unexpected). They let me imagine how Werner Herzog would narrate people having sex. They let me do a bad Joseph Conrad impression while covering a Jersey Shore cast member’s sweatpants fashion show. They were also the first–and presumably the last–place to publish my terrible illustrations (though I quite liked doing them).

I have had the great pleasure of working with a laundry list of smart, talented people. I can’t even talk about the stuff I’ve written over the last three years without mentioning the site’s former EIC Jennifer Wright–when I look back on the things I most loved doing here, I invariably think of anything she and I wrote together. Like Wed Bed Dead. Like any Editors Debate. Like the one where I had to explain to her what The Lion King was about. We fought over erotic thrillersmarriage and one hit wonders. We discussed Shakespeare’s authorshipdoing bath salts and classism (a lot). They were dark. They were weirdThey were sadAnd most of them devolved. I love them all.

Anyway. I feel extremely lucky for the three years I’ve spent at this funny, original site–this place that has always been just a little bit odd as far as fashion and beauty blogs go. I’m sure that the wonderful editorial team–Sam, Julia, Liz and Haley–will make sure it stays that way.

With that, it’s time for me to go.


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    • Samantha
      • Ashley Cardiff

        Putting that gif in my private collection.

    • Brianna

      I knew this was coming, your articles were becoming less and less frequent :( Good luck! I’ve enjoyed reading your work and I hope I see more in the future.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Goodbye friend! Game Night must happen.

    • Fabel

      I also knew this was coming (well, guessed). ASHLEEEEEY!!

      (Thank you for all the links to those past gems, though. I needed a trip down memory lane.)

    • LindsayCross

      Just wishing you all of the best for the future! I can’t wait to see what you do next.

    • Tania

      DAMNIT. If I had abandonment issues, the Gloss would have made me feel really bad lately.

      Good luck in all you do!

    • Cee

      We sparred when we met and now I absolutely respect you. You are an awesome lady that will most assuredly do great things.

      I loved your book. It kept me sane and at least showed me I wasn’t the only insane person while I was going through some tough times.

      Best of luck, Cardiff. Hopefully I find you in some odd corner of the internet writing interesting stuff elsewhere ooor…you know, another book!

      • Ashley Cardiff

        Dude! That’s the sweetest. Thank you.

    • Jurassic_Babe

      And now The Gloss I once loved has officially been put to rest. I’m sorry to see everyone go, but I’m really glad there was this weird little corner on the internet existed for a time. Best of luck, Ashley!