Monday, July 25, 2005

Swag Happy

One of the most unexpected things about the past couple of days has been all of the support I've received from people within the beauty community. Far from shunning me as a pariah, I've received countless emails from editors and publicists, letting me know that they're behind me, that they love the blog, that they know I'll land on my feet and—most importantly—that they're there with tons of products should my beauty closet run dry! Thanks, guys—your kind words mean more to me than you'll ever know.

Luckily, as far as beauty products go, I'm not in danger of running out anytime soon. My bedroom looks like a strange cross between the beauty level at Henri Bendel, a beach party, and a hurricane. I've spoken in the past about the various swag and tie-ins editors receive with new products, and the summer months mean loads-upon-loads of beach paraphernalia: colorful beach towels, Rafe straw bags, LL Bean totes, Malia Mills flip flops, Juice Couture terry cloth robes, and cowboy hats. Since I only had a few hours to pack up my desk upon leaving my job, I was forced to stuff everything haphazardly into bags—and trust me, a beauty editor has a lot of bags. My place in New York is the size of an average city apartment (read: I can almost touch both walls by standing in the middle of my bedroom and extending my arms), and so my poor room is now stuffed to the brim with all the bizarre beach goodies, plus several extra bags containing all of my beauty products I'd stored at work. A quick glance at the "hair products" bag reveals that I will be using up all of my excess shampoo until about 2007.

Believe it or not, I'll miss the beauty products more than the swag. Free purses and gift certificates to chic restaurants are always welcome, but I got into this industry because of my adoration for beauty—nothing makes me happier than a new jar of Bare Escentuals (Fair 1.2, if you're reading, Leslie!) or a preview sniff of the latest Calvin Klein fragrance. Going forward, I'll be working like a busy little bee on my book—I had some great meetings with agents today and I'm very excited about it all—but I also want to continue writing about beauty on this blog, and perhaps parlay my expertise into other projects. The outpouring of love for the blog has been overwhelming but gratifying, and I've realized that there's a niche for honest and straightforward dishing on products. Let's talk.

33 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you're funny, and I think your blog is hilarious. But you are not an experty, by any means. And, trying to parlay your expertise? For heaven's sake, you were a 24-year-old assistant at LHJ, it's not like you worked at some major fash/beauty mag or anything. I'm all for giving credit where credit is due, your blog is fab, but seriously, don't go ahead and give yourself credit like your the beauty editor at Vogue...

7/25/2005 11:21 PM  
Blogger Jolie said...

Thanks for the compliment! But I must respond: I wasn't an assistant, and hadn't been an assistant for years. When I was (momentarily) hired at Seventeen, it was as the beauty editor, having worked my way up from associate, assistant editor, beauty assistant and intern. I may be young, but I've worked at Ladies' Home Journal, Lucky, FHM, Harper's Bazaar and In Style. So, yes, Vogue is fab, but it's not the only magazine out there, and certainly not the only one worthy of celebrating as such.

7/25/2005 11:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw your story on MSNBC, and have just a couple of comments about all this "blogging".

Are any of you "bloggers" out there thinking about the amount of work time you all are wasting or better yet, stealing, from your employers during the course of a day? Or how about the blatant disregard you have for the privacy not only of your company, but of their clients as well?

How about using your college education to see the "bigger" picture and realize you are being paid to do a job, not just self promote.

7/26/2005 12:05 AM  
Blogger Brooks said...

Anonymous commentors are the scum of the Earth. If you can't sign your name to a negative comment, then it's as worthless as you are. Sorry if that seems a little harsh, but it's my biggest pet peeve in the blogging world. Tony Pierce says it much better than me. Tony Pierce on anonymous commentors. Anyway, why is it that some people always assume that blogging can only be done from work on work time? Did you know that some people actually have computers at home? It's true! Also, how is writing an ANONYMOUS blog self promoting? Stupid.

Brooks Blog

7/26/2005 12:53 AM  
Blogger a distant mind said...

Wait, aren't most of her posts made at night?

7/26/2005 2:08 AM  
Blogger ShepdogthePenetrator said...

Women and Jealousy. First of all Jolie babydoll!! Never ever say anything negative about your boss or work place. Your workplace is the most gruesome place out there and it's like fighting your way through a jungle. There is always someone that wants your job or your position that is will to stab you in the back to report every little thig you say. You have to be anonymous. The world can look at your blog. Just not your co-workers and friends. Listen most the time we have things to say and we want people to listen. Deep down you want the people around you to know how you feel and and by writing helps to ease our stress. Do it anonymously. This little advise comes a little late. Hate it over job. Good luck in the future.

7/26/2005 8:13 AM  
Blogger Bridge said...

Your writing is merely average. I cannot believe that because of your own stupidity you are giving interviews and possibly writing a book. Only in America! Enjoy the 15.

7/26/2005 9:20 AM  
Blogger xanadian said...

Here's a few questions I wanted to ask. I haven't had a chance to glean all the details off of CNN.com or your blog (or elsewhere), but me being a bottom-line person figured it would be easier on my already overworked mind to have all the questions and answers in one place. So, here goes:

1. Was the blog written while at work?
2. Did the blog violate any confidentiality agreement with the company?
3. Could any of the information printed in the blog be considered libel?

If the answer is "yes" to any of the above questions, then you were rightly fired. If all answers are "no," then you should SUE the company for wrongful termination (or see if it's possible at least). And, I wonder if you can take action for the company essentially punishing you for exercising you First Amendment rights.

Just my opinion.

7/26/2005 9:39 AM  
Blogger Croissants and raspberry jam said...

ALL OF YOU!!! Nadine is awesome. She is more witty than anyone I know...and trust me I know a lot of people. Who knows, she may not have made a mistake. Could she have planned this all along? And for those of you commenting on how she wrote blogs during work...you know you all browse the internet, speak on the phone with friends and do some of your personal stuff at work...WELL ITS ALL THE SAME!

And to the anonymous blogger who said she was a mere assistant, you clearly do not work in the beauty industry. As someone who knows the industry, Nadine is very respected and knows more than you think. So before making rash judgments, bite your tongue and think about it.

7/26/2005 9:53 AM  
Anonymous Whitney in Florida said...

I was very sad to hear the news about how your blog cost you your job. Personally, I think this whole situation is total crap. What magazine wouldn't love the extra publicity generated by your blog? You were giving out "secrets" of the industry? Trust me, there isn't anything on this blog that you can't find out somewhere else on the Internet. And if the industry has something to hide, then maybe the Post should be writing about that instead.

You're 24 and have already worked for five magazines that a young writer (i.e., me) would love to work for? I'm feeling a teeny bit jealous now, but only in the nicest way. I forsee big things for you in the future.

7/26/2005 11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i just want to point out, ahem, that assistants are the ones who come in contact with products the most, especially the insane obscure ones, and do it mostly in exchange for said products as they don't make any money.

7/26/2005 11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so trendy. I have a blog site. Look at me. I blog when I'm being paid to work. Surprise, they fired me for that!
P.S. Everything I know about beauty I learned from Jane Jetson.

7/26/2005 11:36 AM  
Blogger Brooks said...

It's not called a "blog site," dork. Another anonymous coward leave his/her mark. Brilliant!
Brooks Blog

7/26/2005 11:42 AM  
Blogger doly1975 said...

ok... so I've been reading these posting for quite some time... I for one think that SEVENTEEN made a huge MISTAKE... yes, and I'll tell u why... I'm 29 and still read this magazine, and have been since I was 12.. and I do so because it focuses on alot of beauty products.. but what does a big mag like this say when they retrac their offer.... you come across as a respectfull, honest being. And yet honesty is not at the top of their game... this industry has it all twisted... how do you keep your sanity and not loose your self in a world that is so plastic...?? It is so easy to loose your self and yet you have kept it together.. the book deal.. careful girl.. their is another book out their that the movie was based on.. Hey I think it's all in your path .. shhhooott... if some one by the name of "SUPERHEAD" can get a book deal.. I'm sure that AMERICA the great would still have some dignity and give a true writter a chance. CHELSEA.... did it ever occur to you to take a step back and see what it is that you are doing wrong?? If you have been trying for so long to get a foot in this door perhaps writing is not your thing,... don't get me wrong.. I'm not down playing you.. but don't hate on somone's misshaps to make your self feel better.... if your good at your Job.. than it would of happened already... but since it hasn't - maybe you should start and look for something else... listen to STAR in the morning ... 105.1 He makes sense ... dont't settle for less.. but do everything in your power to make the impossible - possible. Jolie... have you ever heard of WENDY WILLIAMS?? I'm sure u have ,,, shes the top WAGGGGG!! I think you should go on her show and talk about your story.. you won't beleive the audience she has... I doubt that the HIP HOP industry has anything to do with this.. but I'm sure beauty affect us all.. P.S. Good luck in everything and keep us up to date on everything... XOXOOXOOX

7/26/2005 12:15 PM  
Blogger westcoastgold said...

All I want to say is that I think your blog is fabulous, and oh so funny. It's not like these things you speak of are secrets at all! And if the industry thinks they are, puuhlleeze. I think you're satirical, tongue in cheek.. what have you.. is brilliant. Trust me, big things are going to come out of this.. you should write a book. The industry might have a collective coronary.

7/26/2005 1:44 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I don't know why I am dignifying the various negative anonymous commenters above with a response, but here goes...

One last time for all those who like to comment about things they don't know about:

1. Nadine was not fired from LHJ (she resigned prior to the Post article when she received the offer from Seventeen). And Seventeen rescinded b/c of the press, which is unfortunate for them. So your comments about being fired for blogging during the day or "stealing" time from work are completely off-point.

2. Nadine did not spill secrets. She merely wrote candidly (and very positively most of the time, I might ad) about her job and the industry. She loved her job and just wanted tell people (specifically close friends at first) what was so cool about Beauty. Apparently, the powers that be just didn't appreciate the honesty (i.e. as most people do, they took themselves too seriously). If you read her blog prior to all the press, I wouldn't have to tell you this.

3. Nadine is not stupid. She is both book smart and real-world savvy. She's poised, confident and extremely intelligent.

4. Her writing is not "merely average". What does that mean anyway? Do you expect her to use multi-syllabic vocabulary to talk about Beauty and her life?

And finally, I agree with Brooks in that it is cowardly to post nasty comments anonymously. If what you are saying is not something you are not proud to tie your name to, then you probably shouldn't say it. I think that is the biggest lesson learned in all of this. Nadine has sure learned it and is making the best of it all. Perhaps you should learn it too.

7/26/2005 2:56 PM  
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7/26/2005 3:36 PM  
Blogger William Fuentes said...

Blog is short for web log.

Blogging is what over a million people on the internet do daily. They do it at work, at home, in a café from their lab tops, hot spots on the street, parks, bars, Kinko’s were-ever. Why? What is this fancy for a connection with unfamiliar persons and free speech? Or would it be called free speak being if you are always doing it? After you do it, (Blog.) Wouldn’t it be called free spoken? I want to be heard by strangers and see if they feel like I do. We are all connected now thanks to Verizon, Cingular, Nextel or who ever.
The big boss is complaining about your writing on company time; are you an angry employee at work? Is that why you are blogging? My spouse doesn’t like me sharing my feeling with a community of foreigner on the Internet. I want to be heard, complain, bitch, moan, say happy things, show happy pics of hot chicks and guys and places and things. I feel I need too share… No… Maybe a better word in a psychological sense for share or sharing is expose or a need for exposing all my-or-this-info and feelings I have so I can receive “Comments” from other bloggers so they can expose there life to me as well.
I also like the whole cell phone photo America thing too. Were’ns you take a snap shot with your 1.3-mega-pixel cell phone camera and email it directly to your photo blog on line.

Danger Will Robinson! The world knows were you are now or were or will be.
Everybody has something to say. Now you have a choice to say it in your blog. Or you can study Zen Buddhism and find you don’t need to speak at all…err…sorry…I mean blog at all? If you have a need to be heard and don’t like to blog then hopefully one day someone will envision an idea on how one can communicate there protest, ideas, news, feelings, messages, words or just simply speak there mind to the whole human race all at once?

7/26/2005 4:36 PM  
Blogger Brooks said...

Thanks Gibber. :-) Great points, all of them. I'm not a writer, just a fed up American Male so you said it better than I could have.

Brooks Blog

7/26/2005 5:30 PM  
Blogger nittpikker said...

For those of you criticizing the writing of others, perhaps a short lesson in spelling and grammer is in order.

Many of you cannot properly use the words there, their, and they're, or your, you're, were, where, whereever (as opposed to were-ever). Until you can, please refrain from slamming those of us who do.

7/26/2005 6:12 PM  
Blogger nittpikker said...

. . . now this is a fun waste of time . . .

7/26/2005 6:12 PM  
Blogger Reagan The Wonder Dog said...

Why do people feel the need to be so negative? Haven't you ever heard the phrase "If you don't have anything nice to say then don't say it at all.." If you don't like what Jolie has to say then don't read her blog...

7/26/2005 6:48 PM  
Blogger Starting From Scratch said...

"nittpikker said...
For those of you criticizing the writing of others, perhaps a short lesson in spelling and grammer is in order.

Many of you cannot properly use the words there, their, and they're, or your, you're, were, where, whereever (as opposed to were-ever). Until you can, please refrain from slamming those of us who do. "

Um, nitpikker...before you go dissing someone's "grammer" - perhaps *you should learn to spell "grammar". HTH

7/26/2005 9:04 PM  
Blogger J said...

I think your blog is fetch and I'm glad you've been getting so much support! You have mine too. Do what you need to do, hon. This is YOUR life. Despite whatever negative things are said or done--keep on keepin' on. Just remind yourself at the end of the day (especially a long one) to sleep with a clear conscience, sleep in peace. Then take on the next day in your beauty editor way.

J

7/26/2005 10:06 PM  
Blogger J said...

I think your blog is fetch and I'm glad you've been getting so much support! You have mine too. Do what you need to do, hon. This is YOUR life. Despite whatever negative things are said or done--keep on keepin' on. Just remind yourself at the end of the day (especially a long one) to sleep with a clear conscience, sleep in peace. Then take on the next day in your beauty editor way.

J

7/26/2005 10:07 PM  
Blogger Julia Havey said...

Now you can start you OWN beauty website!!! Like all things in life, when lemons are tossed your way, make fabulous (healthy!) lemonade!

I think you fun zest for beauty will be a much needed refreshing change from the traditional coverage! Tell it like it is, be honest and we will ALL listen!
I think you are on your way to BIG things!
Don't move too quickly, consider everything that comes your way and make sure you are creating something of your own that will last and YOU will be the boss!

Congrats on getting fired! It will prove to be the best thing that ever happened to you!

When my husband left me for another woman 10 years ago, at the time I never EVER thought it would turn out to be the best thing that EVER happened to me. Now, 130 pounds lighter, very happily remarried to a great looking sweet man and a new career.....I realize NONE of it would have happened if he hadn't left me 290 pounds, depressed with 2 young babies!

You are about to learn what you are capable of, and that is very valuable swag that your boss gave you without even realizing it!

Can't wait to see what is next for you!

7/26/2005 11:29 PM  
Blogger Clerie said...

Jolie I think your wonderful!!! I use to be a freelancer in the fine fragrance industry. I left because it felt like walking into a snake pit at times. To catty for me!

Anyway,if that is the only thing that they got on you, then it's their lost.I know you will do great things in the future. Keep doing what you are doing.... at least you've got the balls!!!=)Best Wishes always!!!

7/27/2005 1:25 AM  
Blogger IntrovertedSunrise said...

Why bother complaining about anon bloggers? Just leave them at that as well as their blog and ignore them as if they were unnoticed as much as they are anon. Other than that I support Jolie's blogging...completely harmless but overreacted upon. Power to ya Jolie and keep the blogs comming as for the haters notice how most are anon, maybe they're afraid. Good luck Jolie.

7/27/2005 10:18 AM  
Blogger SmallTownGirl said...

Jolie,
I am 23 and have worked as a fashion intern at Elegant Bride and at the HOUR Detroit in Royal Oak Michigan. I want to get back into the fashion journalsim industry but I don't know how and the fact that you were 24 and already an Editor scares me. Is it too late for me? I really admire your blog and think that great things are coming your way! My former editor always told me that if something dosn't happen for you (You lose your job, you don't get that job you wanted.) it's because fate it leading you towards your dream job! Good Luck!

7/27/2005 10:28 AM  
Blogger Nice Jewish Girl said...

I admire you for doing what you're doing. I've been in the beauty world, and there's definitely a LOT of stuff to say. Just wanted to give you props, EVEN though I dis the obsession with the whole "outed beauty blogger" thing in my own blog! If this was happening to someone else, you'd probably think all the fuss was ridiculous too!

7/27/2005 8:39 PM  
Blogger LiLmissNOiTaLL said...

Hey ANONYMOUS... If you are so concerned about people blogging what the hell are you doing? What's the matter nothing to do at night so you look for blogs to comment on ANONYMOUSLY? LOL... Jealousy is a B*tch isn't it!
"But you are not an experty, by any means."
Let's take your college degree and get spell check...

7/28/2005 9:55 AM  
Blogger Josette said...

I've realized that there's a niche for honest and straightforward dishing on products. Let's talk.

this may well be the best thing ever to happen to you. make the most of it! :)

7/29/2005 5:17 AM  
Blogger Alicia Bennett said...

Hi there, I was surfing the internet and I found your blog. I like the way how this all works.

I'll come by again.

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