Crush of The Week: The Dogist…Ramble

Humans of New York are cool, but DOGS are another level. “The Dogist” grew up with labs and now the busy photographer captures dogs of all breeds on the streets of New York all the way to Alaska.

When I first started following him on Instagram, The Dogist, aka Elias, had 3000 followers (now he is closing in on 700K with a book releasing this fall.) I would see posts of dogs from blocks away and get a little sad my dog, Elle (@grrlgenius_ ) had not been chosen, not yet. There were a few dogs events where he was but a shadow, surrounded by people I was too shy to stage dog mom, or thought I’d wait my turn, only for The Dogist to leave. Then came the April Fool’s Day event at Warby Parker and I spotted him. Again, struck with politeness. He asked the lady who’s dog was sniffing Elle’s butt if they could go outside to take a photo – never to return to the event. Le sigh. The heartbreak grew.

A week ago that changed and we met The Dogist. Elle finally got her photoshoot in Cooper Union Square. He won her over quickly and I watched his technique as he immortalized her.

She looked right at him with no extra help from me. It was amazing.

I feel honored Elle was finally added to The Dogist’s amazing collection, but the reason he is the crush of the week is for all the positivity his love of dogs has brought, both for humans who love dogs and the charities Elias brings attention. 



That’s an amazing and wonderful way to live your life. Thank you ,Elias, for giving back so much to all of us dog lovers who enjoy discovering new breeds through your account.

David Beckham Announces New Underwear Line…Ramble

Forget the Monarchy, the real British family empires with power belongs to the Beckhams. I’m grateful they never fail to share their talents with the rest of the world, spreading beauty and inspiration in their wake. Now David has teamed up with talk show host, James Corden, showing the monarchy how to conquer the American dollar:

#satire #endhate #takethatdolcegabbana

Twitter Tips…Ramble

Here are some of my tips for Twitter:

1. Experiment: the more people you follow, the more interesting the experience.

2. It’s okay to unfollow people. Often people are recommended blindly, or because they are an ‘expert’ in real life. That often doesn’t translate to the content of their tweets being interesting or appealing.

3. Avoid the hard sell. Twitter is like spam, don’t expect that important messages are going to be seen. Use a hashtag and you can post again, but space it out – the hard sell approach is  turn-off.

4. You don’t have to reply to everyone. If there’s a controversial issue, you can address it privately, especially with a friend through direct messaging or completely offline. Have you ever been convinced to change your mind, merely because someone approached you aggressively? Use the ‘mute’ button.

5. Take a social media break. Not every thought has to be posted.

6. Save confessional posts for apps like Whisper, Secret and Yik Yak.

7. Click on who your influencers follow, it may lead you to great accounts.

8. Hashtags -all good things in moderation.

9. Stay on brand – decide what you will and will not post about, and stick to it.  (see 4 & 5 above.) If you are a relationship ‘expert’ tweeting about how miserable you are about a break-up hurts your brand. Politics? Religion?

10. Enjoy the surprises, like Taye Diggs following you.

Happy Friday…Ramble

I’m practicing being concise. Here’s what I’ve been enjoying:

1.YouTube’s #DearMe Campaign to help girls understand, we all go through the painful teen years and here’s the advice we’d given ourselves as teens:

Promise: Next Post will have my #DearMe video

2. Nicki Minaj : The Night Is Still Young – ramp up your weekend immediately.

Love: This chill party ballad.

Perfect for: Getting ready.

3.  New Talent: Josef Salvat: Shoot And Run – sultry.

Like that: He’s an Aussie, living in London.

4. Harper Lee’s 2nd Novel is now on pre-order!

5. Fast & Furious 7 is only one week away:

Love: How the villain is F&F6’s Owen Shaw’s brother, just like Die Hard’s sequel. Prefer Jason Statham (playing Shaw) over Jeremy Irons anyway!

Can’t wait: To see The Rock fight Jason Statham

Anticipating : Tears for Paul Walker and driving faster afterwards, will be walking home this time.

Why Kimmy Schmidt is Slightly Broken…Ramble

Hear me out Kimmy sycophants, I like the series.

The opening theme-song is hilarious and on-point perfection. Ellie Kemper, who plays Kimmy, is incredible in this role. She is another example of how Hollywood loves a red head. The ensemble cast is strong, especially Kimmy’s roommate, Titus, couldn’t be more hilarious, especially about his interest in the trial of the insane preacher who kept Kimmy and the rest of the “Mole Women” locked in an underground bunker, and his music video for “Peenot Noir“:

I’ve been discussing the Netflix series with other Tina Fey fans. Maybe we’ve been starving for great comedy since our other favorite comedian, Amy Poehler, wrapped up “Parks and Rec,” so “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” helps to fill that gap. There are a lot of characters with traits similar to those on “30 Rock” – a natural comparison when there are so many crossovers of actors from the two series, yet that didn’t bother me. I liked it. Familiarity, like with a new song, breeds fandom.

The series falls short a during the trial of the insane preacher, when Tina Fey’s inept lawyer characters asks “is that a Black thing?” as a joke. I expect something a little more original from Tina. A friend called me the other day to discuss the types of female roles that exist for African American female actors. She is excited to see new, complex ones in the past several years in mainstream media. “Is that a Black thing?” comes across as dated now as “that’s what she said” jokes. Haven’t we moved on people?

Meanwhile, Asians rally around “Fresh Off The Boat” as our one show –the first Asian lead cast since Margaret Cho’s disastrous “American Girl” two decades ago. Several of my Asian and minority friends are scared to admit they don’t like it. They don’t have options to feel any sort of representation in mainstream television and relate more to ABC’s other race-based show “blackish.”

That leads me why I’m writing this ramble, the main Asian character on “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is a delivery guy, named Dong. Really? Haven’t we moved past this stereotyping yet? How about the delivery guy used to be a professor in China, but is reduced to delivery guy in this country? How would he meet Kimmy? He could have been her GED tutor. Why she didn’t ask the tutor (who completely faded from the show after they didn’t work out as a couple, to tutor her is silly, and not in a good way. Why would you go to other students who were as uneducated as you are? It’s not a study group like law school.) To go with the show’s lack of originality, let’s talk about the name “Dong”- insert penis joke here, and they do as a way of saying don’t do that, but they never pull it off convincingly. It’s not like Tina Fey isn’t aware of that being dangerous territory:

There’s nothing new that the Dong character contributes as satire. He is yet another illegal alien who is “great at math” and has a heart of gold, underneath his broken English. Ugh. It weighed down the series for me. There are some other clunky bits, but mostly, I adored this show, I hope season two will not have any recycled jokes the way Tina awkwardly recycled Margaret Cho as Kim Jong-il on The Golden Globes this year. If it does, I will my attention will go elsewhere.

Disney Princess Empowerment…Ramble

A few weeks ago, I saw a Tweet claiming that Elsa from ‘Frozen’ is the first strong female lead from a Disney animated film. Say what? Mulan cut off her hair and saved China from the Huns and Belle, well she wanted more than a provincial life.

Disclosure, yes I used to work for Disney and my childhood love for animation has never ceased. While there are many helpless princesses that had to be rescued, saying Elsa is the first to make her own way, is completely ridiculous, but you know, I should just let ….it….go. Instead, I’ll enjoy this hilarious Princess Rap Battle where Cinderellie and Belle duke it out:

Fashion Police Needs To Be Cancelled…Ramble

Fallout from Giuliana Rancic’s ignorant comments about Zendaya (see my previous post), has come to roost, not, as E! should have done, by firing or at the very least, suspending without pay, Rancic, but through two of the show’s stars, Kelly Osbourne and Kathy Griffin, resigning.

Kelly’s resignation was postulated to be part of other issues she had with the way the show was being produced, but Kathy’s departure yesterday, after only seven shows, should be the nail in the coffin on this antiquated digfest. Meanwhile opportunist, NeNe Leakes, has been touting herself as an amazing replacement for the show and Rancic is in Australia on assignment.

How amazing is it that Kathy resigned? It shows, how you achieve success does matter. It shows a class and grace not always associated with Ms. Griffin. Her own reality show depicted Kathy as a wannabe Hollywood A-lister. She has often poked fun at celebrities, but it hasn’t never been racist. Kathy is an informed humorist.

When is E! going to tank the show and give Brad Goreski a fashion weekly wrap-up segment on E! news instead? Brad is a celebrity stylist. He is the only one qualified to give some constructive insights to what is happening in fashion. While Joan Rivers was a groundbreaker, her humor did grate on me at times and go too far. However, Joan had earned her place in Hollywood over six decades and did more than her share to pave the way for other women working in comedy (despite Johnny Carson cutting her off after she got her own late night talk show).

When is this format of shallow critics with nothing to say, going to stop? The guests on the show cringe constantly. If you are looking for trolls who say nasty things, just read the comments on Yahoo!. Their own biting commentary is in the same vein as Fashion Police, not always even identifying the designer of the dress. I know, photos = clicks. Clicks = advertisers, but why, when so much is watered down, is fashion an area where all bets are off?

In any case, kudos to Kathy Griffin for doing the right thing! This is real Women Power!