Links a la Mode: Operation # Uplift

 

I was really happy to see my post on the ongoing dispute between the owner of the shoeper-woman.com website and Shoeperwoman.com included in the Independent Fashion Bloggers weekly roundup this week, not just for my own sake, but because I think this is such an important issue for all bloggers. Thanks to Vahni of Grit and Glamour, who edited the roundup, and has been a source of support and inspiration to me every since I discovered her blog. Vahni has written extensively about issues of blog copying, and has an excellent article on trademarks, which I’d urge anyone with an interest in this issue to read. (Even if you don’t have a particular interest in trademarks, V is one of the most stylish women on the web, so her site is worth a look anyway…)

Operation #Uplift

Edited by Vahni of Grit & Glamour

Oh no. It’s The-Coveted-gate all over again. As much as I wish I could start this week’s roundup with a glowing review of positivity, the sad truth is that the blogosphere is rife with accusations of trademark infringement, side-eye, competition, and bitchiness. Ladies and gents, it is time for this to stop.

I’ll never understand why people feel the need to tear others down, or pass another’s content—or identity—off as their own. Blogging dynamo Cece of LoveBrownSugar noted this week that she’s had enough of the side-eye in fashion, and frankly, so have I. Last week, Cece issued an #Uplift Challenge: Find at least one female you don’t know personally and tell her something that makes her feel beautiful. Don’t get “#Uplift”? Be sure to read Beautifully Invisible‘s post—a Twitterless blogger is like Lady Gaga without a mic!

As you explore this week’s list and head into the weekend, I leave you with this thought: “Women with wings,” Sacramento, of Mis Papelicos, wrote, “use their wings not only to fly, but to cuddle, to shelter, to back, to push and to hug.” What are you using your wings for?

Links à la Mode: April 14th

  • Aquí: Thrifty Threads: Six unique ways to wear a vintage silk scarf.
  • Beautifully Invisible: 10 Things about your blog that drive me crazy.
  • BonBon Rose Girls: An interview with Kimberly Hendrix, the eco-conscious designer of k. hendrix.
  • Consume or Consumed: A detailed account of being fitted by Intimacy bra fit specialists.
  • Designed by Ann: What (not) to wear when going shopping.
  • Dress With Courage: Anorexia, competition, and the quest for blogger win.
  • FashionablyNumb: A tribute to the queen of bohemian chic, Anna Sui.
  • Fashioned By Love: The colour of joy, sunshine, and daffodils—there’s the right shade of yellow for everyone.
  • Grit & Glamour: What V Wore: On the {Bur}berry last day.
  • IFB: Coveted Media Intern Search
  • LoveBrownSugar: Stilettos & Side Eyes: The UPLIFT Challenge—insights on the reasons we choose to “compete” instead of cooperate.
  • Mis Papelicos: One year blogging and women with wings.
  • Notes from a Stylist: Ever wondered what a Scotsman wears under his kilt? Kiefer Sutherland and Chris Noth bare all at the Dressed to Kilt show.
  • Oh, The Places You’ll Go: Plus size gorgeous—catwalk curves and City Chic.
  • Shoeperwoman: A warning to all bloggers: A first-hand account of when someone tries to take your brand/trademark.
  • StyleLab: Why Blogs are like dogs and other advice on blogging.
  • Styling You: Why I need three styling irons. Truly.
  • The StyleCave: Long live McQueen.
  • The Style Confessions: 10 reasons to love fashion blogs.
  • The Taxonomy of My Wardrobe: Our right to wear the trousers—and why we shouldn’t take it for granted.
  • This Girl’s Vintage: Getting that vintage dress to fit you perfectly: its all about the undergarment.

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4 Comments

  • Reply April 14, 2011

    Denise

    Great sites! And congratulations that your post was included on the IFB! Reading TM on the banner, I think you won the dispute, right? I hope so!

    • Reply April 14, 2011

      Shoeperwoman

      Not yet! The TM just means that we have an un-registered trademark – if we win the trademark we’ve applied for we can change it to the ‘R’ symbol :) It’ll be a couple of months at least before we reach that stage – if we do – though, so we’re in for a long wait!

      • Reply April 15, 2011

        Denise

        Oh… and I thought it was already done… but anyway, glad you did that and I’m sure you’ll soon (OK, you said, some months, but they pass fast!) put an “R” there! Crossing my fingers!!!!

        • Reply April 15, 2011

          Shoeperwoman

          Thanks, sweetheart, your support means a lot to us both – and to the Shoeperdog, of course :)

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