Mom Bloggers and Real Housewives like Adrienne Maloof

12.6.11

Last night I went to Adrienne Maloof and Charles Jourdan’s shoe launch party. She has designed a line of shoes for them and if you love high heels you’ll love this collection. They’re sky high and full of color and sparkle.

adrienne maloof for charles jourdan sky high heels

It was an interesting evening because I wanted to ask her a few questions about how she came to partner with Charles Jourdan. Did she look at the shoes in her closet and think, “these could be made better”? Did Charles Jourdan approach her? Did she have a secret sketchbook and a love of all things leather and luxe?

Before I could ask questions there was a mild freak-out. I guess her publicist wanted to know who I wrote for… um myself. And what kind of questions I’d be asking… um questions about the shoes… we were in the SHOE DEPARTMENT. Only a small number of people had been invited. I was invited, this was weird.

I finally got past the publicist. The answer was that the team at Charles Jourdan approached her. Adrienne Maloof knew that she loved shoes (don’t we all) and it was a good and logical partnership. She was a charming hostess, took a thousand pictures and had a kind word for everyone.

What stuck me driving home was how alike reality stars and mom bloggers can be. We’re both deathly afraid that our audiences will turn on us. I have no idea why many of you read this blog. I don’t know if you like me or hate me. Perhaps you have no feeling either way. I’m not asking for an answer because I’m smart enough to know that you should never ask questions that you don’t want the answer to.

Recently a bunch of traffic came to one of my posts from a private mom blogging forum. It’s one I hadn’t heard of prior and it seems to be quite new. There was some discussion about the Infantino Baby Sling post and it was all interesting. They weren’t sure what side I was on. I was unsure there was a side, it was only a discussion. When I scrolled down I read the following:

I’ll admit I didn’t click through. I can’t give JG any traffic. Even I find her to be very abrasive. I think that says a lot. But I think Shawn Ann is awesome.

Things like this used to sting. A lot. Now they entertain me a little because I don’t know who this person is and clearly she has never met me. It’s not personal. It doesn’t reflect on me so much as the author.

Can you really hate someone you’ve never met? Even if it’s someone who has absolutely zero impact on your life?

Are bloggers like Real Housewives? Should we be afraid of the community? Wait, don’t answer that.

Television, Emmy Awards, Social Media and Housewives

04.5.09

eric-mccormack-emmy-letterbmpQuick hit today.

Read Eric McCormack’s letter to Emmy magazine (the magazine for Emmy members).

I’m still in shock from seeing your latest cover [Issue #1, 2009]. The Real Housewives of NYC? On emmy magazine? Really?
Usually when I pass my Emmy on the mantle, it gives me a warm feeling, makes me think about what I’ve achieved in this business. But today? It just… kinda looks like a joke.

How much do I love that man? It takes a brass set to say something like that in this town. Eric McCormack, I hope you have gazillion more hit shows. Hollywood needs you.

Also, the Motherhood. It falls flat,  and it looks like it’s on it’s way to being cancelled. I think I can tell you why.

Moms escaping their kids are only funny when they love their kids. If you want a funny show about motherhood, go to Roseanne. In the Motherhood fails because they clearly aren’t in on the joke, hating your job as a mother isn’t funny.

In The Motherhood should have been great, unfortunately it comes off as cruel and mocking and when I watch it, I try to remember that the stars of the show are not to blame for their hideous parodies of motherhood.

Writers, show the women kissing their kids just once, or cradling them… give me just one empathetic moment and prove that you don’t hate the moms.