Nice clothes are supposed to enhance the wonderful moments in your life, not replace them entirely

Like many, I've been trying to catch up with the Anthro blog mess. Sadly the fact that scams were happening, although  ugly, was not surprising. What was surprising was the tone of the discussions on other blogs. Yes, sure, people were sharing their own experiences, their anger and hurt feelings. More significantly, they were looking at what let this happen: wanting stuff. Having to have stuff. Going to absurd ends to get stuff. Getting. Stuff.

Those discussions were thoughtful, serious, frank and candid. I am in awe. It's too easy to dismiss fashion or lifestyle blogs as frivolous, when they are just one of the many things that make up a day's reading, a day's work, a day's caring for elderly relatives, a day's crouching over a new baby with a sniffle...

It doesn't necessarily make you a materialist if you are interested in style or travel or fashion. Nor does it make you spiritual and humanitarian if you are not. Writers of silly popular fiction in one century are esteemed authors of required-reading classics in the next. The dangerous rebels of 90 years ago are today's statesmen. Mozart's music was outrageously novel, even frivolous, when he wrote it. Historians today look at the telephone logs and note pads of political figures. Perhaps at some future date electronic archeologists will seek a record of this century's daily life by perusing blogs: news blogs, mommy blogs, teacher blogs, observational blogs...

The title of this post is taken from Little Girl Big Closet, where Tara shared her experiences and her conclusions, and where the readers chimed in with earnest and considered comments. Here's a link: breaking silence .


  1. Great post and definitely spot on observation!

  2. Well said fred!
    (Wait....isn't that a singer of a one-time hit?)

  3. I went over and read that entire post and wow, very interesting. Thanks for the link Fred and for your own intelligent take on the subject.

  4. Good post, WFF! I have been reading since Wednesday night and what I read hasn't been pretty. At the end of it all, I am not liking clothes or fashion any less. Just because I am trying on 20-30 things on and talking about them, it doesn't mean I am buying them all. I am really picky about what I buy.

    This was an example of greed, pure and simple. People should have spoken up sooner, in my opinion. Scam artists come in all forms and sizes. In this case it was the form of a pretty, popular blogger.

  5. Thanks WWF for your take on the whole debacle. Spot on. And ITA with Rose, just cos I browse and clip images into my polyvore/wishlist album doesn't mean I actually want to buy it all.

  6. Thanks, ClosetCrisis!
    Hmm, World Wrestling Federation?
    Where can I buy my costume?
    Lucky that leopard is all over the place this year!


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