"The inescapable fact is that it takes a lot of money and time to be effortlessly chic. Paltrow and Lively are catering to a certain type of woman — usually upper-middle-class, often white, with cultural clout — who happens to be particularly susceptible to the “effortless” trap. It isn’t just about hair or clothes. The desire to come off like you aren’t trying too hard extends to most areas of life typically thought of as the domain of women. Home décor: “Those vintage end tables? Oh, I picked them up at a flea market.” (Don’t mention that it took months to find the perfect sofa, and it was so expensive it practically required a second mortgage.) Workout routines: “I just do a little yoga and try to take the stairs.” (Don’t mention the personal trainer.) Relationships: “We just click, you know?” (Don’t mention the couples’ therapist.) Outwardly, everything is easy."

Why Not Admit We Didn’t Wake Up Like This? - NYmag.com

"I’d just say to aspiring journalists or writers—who I meet a lot of—do it now. Don’t wait for permission to make something that’s interesting or amusing to you. Just do it now. Don’t wait. Find a story idea, start making it, give yourself a deadline, show it to people who’ll give you notes to make it better. Don’t wait till you’re older, or in some better job than you have now. Don’t wait for anything. Don’t wait till some magical story idea drops into your lap. That’s not where ideas come from. Go looking for an idea and it’ll show up. Begin now. Be a fucking soldier about it and be tough."

Important advice from Ira Glass.

Tips On Crafting A Popular Newsletter, From Top Newsletter Authors

My weekly newsletter is one of the six!

39 Pieces Of Advice For Journalists And Writers Of Color

Most of this is great advice for all young journos.


St. Vincent @ Pitchfork Festival x

Be your own Robert Palmer girl.

St. Vincent @ Pitchfork Festival x

Be your own Robert Palmer girl.

(Source: ffey, via britticisms)

Episode 4: Breakup Time

cygfriend:

We discuss 42-year-old women, the potato salad Kickstarter and our dream food-truck ideas, how to break up with a bestie, uteruses for rent, and free PR advice for LeBron.

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Just realized I forgot to reblog this last week! Solid episode. I think we’re getting better at this podcast thing.

I chatted with the #Girlboss crew about creativity and work.

I chatted with the #Girlboss crew about creativity and work.

"The invisible labor of PR becomes suddenly visible when women are promoting themselves, which is perhaps why women are so often apologetic about it. Self-promotion means directly asking for attention instead of gaining it through proxies like journalists. In the era of Facebook and Twitter and Instagram, even those of us who don’t make our living in PR must decide whether and how to brag about an awesome new job or get friends to sponsor us for a charity run. We’ve seen how pop culture portrays the women who write these emails and tweets for a living. We’ve gotten the message. We don’t want to be thought of as attention-whores, too."

Why Do We Treat PR Like a Pink Ghetto? - NYmag.com

I know journalists and PR people are supposed to be mortal enemies, but a) flacks are sometimes really helpful and b) they are almost always not-stupid. Also no one should be afraid of self-promotion.

The Get-On-Our-Level Pie - The Hairpin
Shout out to Rep. Renee Ellmers.

The Get-On-Our-Level Pie - The Hairpin

Shout out to Rep. Renee Ellmers.

I endorse TinyLetter, which is the free service I use to send my weekly newsletter. They didn’t even pay me to say these nice things!

I endorse TinyLetter, which is the free service I use to send my weekly newsletter. They didn’t even pay me to say these nice things!