Ever since I've known of them, I've found fashion-and-style blogs a far superior way to follow that universe than reading fashion mags. I grew up with those, of course, but now whenever I see one, I can't imagine why someone - even someone interested in fashion - would willingly subject herself to it.* What if you want the pretty photos of stylish clothes, the news about this season's new nail colors, etc., and don't object to the photos being of slimmer-than-average, prettier-than-average women with way-above-average clothing budgets (as is almost inevitably the case with street- and personal-style blogs), but also don't want to have to sort through page after page of diet-advice-for-the-already-thin to get there?
We’re all about healthy self image here at R29, and we consider ourselves to be pretty satisfied with our bodies overall, but even the healthiest among us will admit to having trouble spots we wish were just a little more trim (hello love handles!). [Bold in the original.] The problem is, if you are already pretty in shape to begin with, it can be so tough to lose those last few pounds — they don’t call it a plateau for nothing.So, several things. First is that this advice is being offered up more tentatively than it would be in a fashion mag, where it's assumed the reader is a masochist looking to get from 100 lbs. to 95 in time for bikini season. Readers are drawn to sites like Refinery29 precisely because it's not a women's mag. It's not the Economist, but what it is is a women's mag minus the annoying bits. Thus all the emphasis on "healthy" - this is "healthy" dieting advice for women with "healthy" self-esteem, who, despite being "healthy," dwell on things like "trouble spots." While Refinery29 readers would no doubt push the five-pounds-magically-gone-without-sacrifice-or-crankiness button (as would nearly all women, and nearly all men over 25), the whole point of sites like this - have I repeated this enough? driven the point home? - is that there's a subset of women not 'triggered' or traumatized by seeing pretty, thin young women in nice clothes, who enjoy fashion, but don't want the associated non-fashion articles.
Poor Gwyneth! It appears she's carb-intolerant. It's, like, medical.