So it’s no secret around these parts that I (and all of us at The Gloss, really) like to read and write about sex. I find it an interesting subject for a variety of reasons: it can help us understand ourselves and each other, it’s often horrifying and/or funny, there is still a taboo around talking about it, you never really stop learning about sex, it can be empowering to tell your own story, I like reading other people’s personal shit…I could go on. But one thing I’ve noticed about most of the sex writing I’ve been reading these days is that the conversation seems to be dominated by people inhabiting queer and/or feminized bodies, i.e. everyone but straight, cisgender men. Why is that? More
As bloggers, we get a fair amount of free stuff from companies and the publicists who represent them. This is both common knowledge and common practice in the industry, as it allows writers to see new products and figure out whether or not we should recommend them to readers, as well as giving the businesses a better chance at exposure. So is the idea of us selling those free gifts ethical? More
It’s sometimes hard to explain that you have a friend you’ve never met in person. It’s even harder to explain that you became friends with them because they’re a commenter on TheGloss. More
Fee-fi-fo-fum! I’m gonna troll just for fun! More
A few days later I received a response saying that the job had gone to someone else, as well as a side note that suggested that if I wanted to be taken seriously I should be careful what I wrote about online. More
Everyone at TheGloss has read about a hundred “helpful” articles on how you can transform your dowdy daytime wear into sparkling nighttime attire. It usually involves crazy hijinks like removing your jacket! Sometimes putting on earrings!
All of that it bullshit, because you are now simply wearing your Applebee’s uniform with earrings. You look foolish. It looks like flair. We decided to make a video showing how you should really transition from daywear to nightwear and back again so you can tramp around in style. More
Andrea is on a quest to check off a bucket list of items in her 29th year. You can read more about her adventures at her blog, Thirty-Things.
Starting a blog was actually the first item of business on my list of things to do before I turned thirty; I write about it now because my reflections about the enterprise are likely a little more profound after six odd months of blogging than they would have been in the beginning when… More
Melinda, baby, we miss you. Come back. Come back and do our nails and hammer inside our teeth. We think you’re smart. We do.
I was at the lounge at Fashion Week, and overheard someone say of a show that had been colorful “they should do more neutrals.” More
Although some may disagree with me, I think that writing about a painful experience — be it the death of a loved one, a difficult life challenge or even heartbreak — can be cathartic and an important part of the healing process. But, based on my own experience blogging about a painful breakup, I would caution anyone to think it over first, take time to heal a little and carefully consider the forum and the audience your story will reach. More
Perhaps you would like some extremely lifelike, pox ridden robots to explain to you why you should refrain from blogging your break-up. Jennifer Wright and Ashley Cardiff are those pox robots (please pray for Ashley). More
Writer and illustrator Penelope Bagieu is one of the most popular bloggers in Europe, but until now she’s been an unknown in America. Her blog Ma Vie Est Tout a Fait Fascinante (My Life Is Completely Fascinating) chronicled Bagieu’s life, complete with illustrations. She then created a character named Josephine and has written three graphic novels about Josephine and her life adventures in Paris. (Though the books are currently available only in French, the fetching illustrations make it fun and relatively easy for non-speakers to follow along.) In her first-ever U.S. interview, Penelope talked about Paris’ blogger scene, how to create your opposite, and whether it’s true that American women are less stylish than French ones. More
Yesterday, I attended a conference organized by Glamour magazine and held at New York’s 92nd Street Y. The conference was in honor of the 20th anniversary of Glamour’s Women Of the Year celebration, and the two panel discussions focused on work/life balance and body image, respectively. Among the panelists for the body image discussion were Crystal Renn, the plus-sized model who documented her experiences with body pressure in the modeling industry in the 2009 book Hungry, and Paulina Porizkova, the former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model turned writer. I was able to speak with both women briefly about some of their comments. More
So, hey. How are things going? Is it nice where you are? Do they still have the sushi chef? How about the Orangina? Good news, our office rat problem is almost under control, and we haven’t found rodents in any of our purses in weeks!
Anyhow, Marie Claire editors, I figure you have all those things because you’re really good about knowing what articles to run, and don’t just sit around talking to Ashley about whether or not advertisers would be cool with you making a gallery about how to shoplift effectively (We want to call it “Fuck Department Stores: A Guide To Getting What You DESERVE. By the way, no, the advertisers aren’t cool with it). So, that article of Maura Kelly’s you ran about fat people entitled “Should Fatties Get A Room” because Maura Kelly hated seeing fat people… exist, basically… that was there for a really good reason, right?
Like, see, it’s this paragraph that has me confused. More