29 February 2008

Thank you.


A serious job is no excuse.

When I chose that name for this blog almost 15 months ago, I hadn't the slightest idea just how meaningful a mantra it would become for so many women.

Or for myself.

I started ASJiNE for two primary reasons, the first of which was to raise awareness among women, most notably those in the overachieving professional crowd, that placing daily priority on putting together a smart, figure flattering, venue appropriate look was a critical component in achieving their professional goals.

Not more critical than the graduate degree, not as critical as the gets-along-with-the-guys quick wit, but still, critical.

The second reason was a selfish one - to build up a body of writing in an area in which I had enormous passion but absolutely no rightful claim, no pedigree, no legitimacy; my writing here would serve as my entry into an industry everyone in my life knows is the one in which I was meant to make my most meaningful professional mark.

Over the past few weeks, I've grown increasingly sure that my value-added on the first front has run its course. As I wrote in a recent post, I can only write so many scathing reviews of block heels, French manicures (and pedicures) and be-tanktopped chunky upper-arms before my "shtick" becomes predictable and my persuasiveness loses its punch.

And on the second front, well, there are some big changes a comin' in your Editrix's life, and these are changes that will require a good deal more of her time than her current blogging schedule allows.

So this is a bit awkward and more than a bit unexpected, but I think today, a day we see only once every four years, is the perfect time for me to cap the lip balm on this venture and bid all of you adieu.

Thank you to everyone who read, commented, e-mailed, and especially to those whose public personal attacks taught me the difference between hateful words that matter and hateful words best used for e-mail fodder among girlfriends.

I'll miss this. I really will.

best,
Johanna

p.s. one more thing, the consignment event will definitely still move forward but under the sole guidance of the lovely Maria -- please check out her blog, Righteous (re)Style, for any and all updates pertaining thereto.

364 comments:

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manhattan baby said...

your taste is impeccable as ever. the ysl is incredible, now if only it didn't cost a month's rent...

Anonymous said...

now that you're no longer writing the blog, I take it you have more time for a normal, active social life?

still interested...
you know who

sara said...

DC misses you, J! Like Teek and a few others, I've also been inspired by you to start running. I have my first half marathon at the end of August. Wish me luck!

love love love the hair!

new fan in cali said...

just found this blog! thank god for the archives or else this work day (yes I have to work today) would be inching by at a glacial pace. where'd you get that tee you're wearing in your photo? it's wicked!

Anonymous said...

Is the blond 'do part of a makeover episode on the reality show? It's not that i dislike it or anything, it's just that you always came across as a die hard brunette. Not sure why I got that impression really. You still look (pardon the expression) fierce, but somehow the dark hair seemed to complement the fashion style you displayed on this blog better. I am curious to see how your style has evolved as a result of working in fashion (yes, I cannot imagine that you didn't win this thing). As pulled together as you always seemed, I can't imagine that it wouldn't have influenced you at all.

glammy said...

I can already see the style evolution in your Sugar Daddy picks. Great to see you breaking free from all the highwaisted skirts and ruffles ;)

Tho I like the blond and all that it exudes, I agree the brown hair is a better fit for you. Can't wait to see the makeover show!!

Anonymous said...

The makeover show, of course! I knew J wouldn't have come up with the blond on her own. Can't you change it back now or do they require you to keep it as is?

jersey girl said...

that's a seriously cool neckline in the new photo

Anonymous said...

love the haircut in this photo, and the neckline. it's a bit insane how we're all checking in, trying to catch glimpses of what's going on with you, what you're doing, what you're wearing... we miss you.

Brooke said...

I know you will figure this out when the show airs, but to save you the suspense - Johanna came back from NYC a brunette. The blonde thing is her own doing. It looks fabulous by the way!

Anonymous said...

Tell the CW to release more clips and more clips with you in them!

ivy said...

www.cwtv.com/Stylista

When will they put more information up??

priya said...

The hair is very Mia Farrow! Love!

Catherine said...

I don't have a TV, so I will have to go to my gym, which does have TVs, in order to catch the show. Thus I accomplish two goals: witnessing Johanna's rise to style stardom and a lower body workout. Jo inspires again, even from afar!

farah said...

You in a plain tee kissing your dog, now that's fashion in my book!!

keep this picture up for a while will you?

Anonymous said...

Stylista looks fab, girl. Just watched the full trailer over on Fashion Is Spinach and can't wait until it airs. Please please tell me you outlasted that horrible girl with the boobs. Please!

bff in chicago said...

gym shorts and heels, a new look for Fall?

;)

Jacqueline said...

JO! That new picture of you kissing Monty is ADROABLE!!!

He looks to happy!

Anonymous said...

Saw the stylista commercial this weekend! looks sooooo good!!

Beverly on CapHill said...

In love with the hair! Any word on when the premiere of the show is? Will you be watching at an open viewing party?

please answer! said...

Where did you get that black dress you're wearing at the end of the commercial? It's sleeveless with a high neck. I love it and must have it!

christine said...

whoa you're embracing leggings now? things have changed :)

ThatCertainSomething said...

Just found you, and have about read everything in the archives! Good Luck on Everything! The show sounds fab, except Miss Slowey cannot walk in heels! I hope the clip of you in the red is showing her how to WORK IT! Hope to see at least one more update, to let us know how you are! Love the blonde!

keri lee said...

omg girl you're all over the cw this weekend! i think i've seen you catwalk down that hallway about a gazillion times since saturday!!!

Anonymous said...

Back in black! (or brown, as the case may be). I like it. I liked the blond too. have you ever considered going with shorter bangs? more of a Mia Farrow type look? Sorry, not that you solicited hair advice or anything. I just think with your bone structure you could really pull it off.

cali finale said...

is it just the angle or are you that tiny?

in other news, so excited for stylista! like someone else mentioned i've also been seeing you (and your legs!) all over the cw lately.

Sarah said...

Maybe this site could help you get the boots... http://www.sugardaddyforme.com/

Pretty funny.

sarahsouth said...

hannie, speaking of refreshments, i tried out my cupcake tote for the first time this month. it is the most fantastic feat of engineering in the last century...

your blouse is di-voooon

H. said...

... aahh, THAT nose!  Gorgeous pic. Thanks.

H.

Amsterdam
Netherlands

a friend said...

I know this is your favorite day of the year...have a good one and enjoy the cottage.

kim said...

You and Monte need your own show. Seriously!

Anonymous said...

never saw the blond but just caught you near dupont with the dark and it looks fabulous with your tan :)

fellow Wang lover (hah!) said...

I went to the Co-op in Friendship Heights the other day and they have tons and tongs of A.Wang on sale! Go now b/c they only have a few of the smaller sizes left!

laurie from hs said...

darling new photo Jo!

abbie said...

everytime I watch a reality show now all I can think about is how weird it'll be to switch on the tv and see YOU standing up there crying, explaining, defending and eyerolling!

Let me guess, you liked Kenlie's dress in this episode :)

Anonymous said...

i thought the same exact thing when i saw kenley's dress last night! so you!!

Righteous (re)Style said...

Still working on some sort of consignment/swap event. Maybe something in time for the fall? Mostly looking for a partner in crime to help with the organizing.

Anonymous said...

I liked the blond :(

HRL said...

love the new hair. but you already know that. :-)

Anonymous said...

it is soooo cool J! what a great shot!

lila m. said...

very punk pretty...i like

Righteous (re)Style said...

Hi Johanna. How are you? Drop me a note when you get a chance - I've been trying to get in touch. Hope all is well.

fan in socal said...

that cut works on like 2% of the female population but fortunately you're part of that. really Jo, you totally rock it out!

heather said...

great cut! who did it?

Anonymous said...

hi johanna - spotted you on p st this weekend! LOVE the hair -- it's even better in person. i'm tempted to make the chop too...

okemos pal said...

Have you seen the new issue of Elle???

HRL said...

Paris Hilton footwear, huh... Hmmm... No comment. :-)

Kate said...

Jo,
The benefit of a bad economy? Sales in the least likely places! After years of running past Saks Jandel in Friendship Heights, I just spotted the first Sale sign ever. 50%-80% of all brands, Lanvin included. Go!

Anonymous said...

I am so loving that new haircut!

Anonymous said...

I think I like you sullen better than smiling

waiting for Stylista to start said...

I agree with anon above. Not that you don't have a beautiful smile (you do) but it just doesn't work with your blog persona.

Marianne said...

bye bye darling, dress up!

Anonymous said...

don't listen to them - LOVE seeing a smile!

a stylista :) said...

your haircut is so friggin cool, j. too cool for dc. come to nyc and soon!

Anonymous said...

That Marc Jacobs ring in today's "Sugar Daddy" is...well, kind of stupid, actually. The other ring is cute.

I can't imagine anyone paying any amount of money for that "edgy" MJ monstrosity.

I disagree said...

Stupid to YOU maybe, but I love it. Things like this are just a matter of opinion...

Johanna said...

I originally planned to feature the 'Starburst' cuff (which I actually LOVE and is currently featured in the new Elle), but for some reason I couldn't find a photo of it anywhere online. While I don't love the ring, I do like it quite a bit...hold off on the "stupid" verdict until you see the cuff. It's like jewelry buttah.

brown bear '02 said...

I love any piece of jewelry that can double as a weapon. Keeps the guys and the hating women in line ;)

Anonymous said...

I second the "it looks stupid" opinion. I mean, I like bold and unusual pieces, but this is just silly. Jewelry is meant to enhance one's mood and one's appearance, not distract and get in the way.

You can't hold a cocktail with that ring, you can't hold hands, you can't type a well-crafted blog post...it would get in your way, and that's not enhancing. It's the epitome of frivolous, wasteful fashion--no style, no grace, no elegance.

And yes, this is just my opinion. I am curious about the bracelet.

Alicia said...

I just saw that Stylista was pushed up a week to the 22nd!!! I haven't been this excited for a show since.....I don't even know when!!

No matter what happens, you'll always be our favorite hometown Stylista :)

priya said...

nice choices today j, love them both.

8 weeks and counting....

cali finale said...

i miss your blog so much i can't stand it.

Anonymous said...

Just saw the new Stylista clip and can't wait to see what drove such a nice girl to throw a bag at someone!

Anonymous said...

Really? You would really buy a white pocket T-shirt for $138? Please tell me that was posted only as a foil for the reasonably priced $17 white T-shirt. Please!? :)

Johanna said...

If money were no object, I would pretty much buy anything and everything AWang comes out with. You should feel the cotton on those tees...absolutely incredible. Scarily delicate but still, incredible.

Facebook friend said...

I expect a photo of this new hair cut on Monday, ya hear?

Anonymous said...

i think it an awful thing that all of these people are already rooting for you when they don't even know what a malicious, conniving, and terribly scheming person you really are. one can only hope that the camera will see past all of the fronts i hear you tried to put up.

Anonymous said...

Put up or shut up, anon 11:59. If you have dirt on Johanna, dish it up and let us decide whether she deserves our support.

But your mean-spirited comment is probably based on no facts or actual information, so you probably have nothing to share.

Therefore I continue to root for a girl who seems to be fun, well-mannered, stylish, and friendly.

Good luck, Johanna!

Anonymous said...

anon 11:59, i'm with you one hundred percent. she's a pig in lipstick with a bad rihanna hairdo. i'm rooting for danielle!

miami fan said...

it's quite an accomplishment when you still have haters six and a half months after you drop off the public radar. Personally I'd take it as a compliment. Can't wait for the show and to watch you come out on top!

sarah said...

Jo is not a conniving person AT ALL. Judgmental and funny as hell, yes. Conniving and malicious, no. You've got your facts way wrong.

Anonymous said...

Actually Kate is the one who is getting the most malicious comments on this blog and no one knows her either and Johanna is leaving them up. It's best not to judge any of the other contestants, root for Johanna if you want but the show hasn't come out yet people. No one knows anything so Johanna's friends really need to ease up on everyone involved. She is there amongst 10 other people it's not the Johanna show and she's really not in any clips so calm down. I'm rooting for all of them. This will be a great show! Seriously cut the negative comments though. Johanna will do great I'm sure but it's too soon to be so hateful towards anyone else.

aimee said...

Johanna,

My comment is prefaced with this disclaimer so you know that it is out of genuine concern and not the result of one to many swigs of haterade. Although I found your blog [assertions] a little harsh and elitist for my tastes, I also found it engagingly well-written and looked forward to the inspirational style therein (my blog-based perception of you is no reason to dislike you personally, especially considering that we've never met). So, my comment is neither that of a blind, jealous hater or fervent supporter, I am trying to merely be objective. That being said, I could not help but notice that your arms, although toned, look very thin in your latest picture. Aside from the slight curve of your left deltoid, they're seemingly uniform in width from the shoulder down and almost bony. As a kinesiology major, I can appreciate your hard-earned physique, and maybe your body type deems you forever naturally smaller up top. However, I don't think that you are adequately supporting your caloric needs, maybe so much so that the protein in arms is being compromised. Your thin arms are beautiful, but so are biceps and triceps. Of course, this is none of my business, but maybe you could add a more generous portion of Gorgonzola to your Cosi salad, hoist Monte up for a few extra kisses, and order another adult beverage next time you're at the bar? Mull it over. And take care.

Ronda said...

OMG! Johanna's picture is on the front page of Yahoo right now! Awesome!

aimee said...

Oops, I meant "one toO many" not "one to many".

Anonymous said...

Where are your archives, missy?

You look lovely, as always. But maybe a few too many pounds gone because of business/stress? Please enjoy yourself and take care of yourself.

(Also said out of love, not hateration.)

rolling my eyes said...

please stop telling Johanna she looks thin. that's what makes anorexics happy.

alicia said...

You look aaaaaamaaaaazing in the Stylista profile on CW's website!! And your choices in the interests, fashion icons/designers section (and obviously, your job) really set you apart as the most interesting one to watch. I'm biased because I know you, but it's totally true.

Anonymous said...

I'm literally peeing my pants with excitement over seeing you on this show! No one deserves it more. NO ONE!

Anonymous said...

Pretty please put your Archives back up! That's the only way some of us can get by since you stopped posting. There really is no other DC fashion blog that provides the same level of writing, advice, humor, and service as you did. Have you ever considered keeping the site itself and the concept as your own and passing the blogging duties on to another writer or two?

Anonymous said...

Grrreat pic! Thanks also for dropping that email address dingy just to view this beau ... :-)

Happy Halloween,

H.

Amsterdam
Netherlands

Samantha said...

I'm biting my fingernails watching you on Stylista!! Hope you win.

Anonymous said...

it bothers me to no end that they won't inform viewers about your experience as a really successful fashion blogger!! why is that? to have you bunched in there with that group of children who seem to know NOTHING about the kind of fashion Elle features is so embarrassing. I just pray you don't fall to their level, J.

Stylista watcher said...

I agree with the above commenter. I had no idea you had this blog not to mention such a great witty sense of humor. My guess is the producers are trying to downplay you? Yesterday the Chinese speaking, next week who knows?? My money is on you or Cologne, you 2 are the only ones who seem to be there for the right reasons.

christine said...

I wish the show would show more of your humor & personality! I guess maybe you aren't enough of a drama queen to get the amount of screen time as some *other* contestants...and not to sound creepy but it's fun to see you talking on tv after following your blog for so long.

replica handbags said...

I just discovered your blog and I love it!

crafty Kim said...

Tonight's episode looks goooood! You're pretty prominent in this one it seems. Can't wait for 9pm!!!

-h of candid cool said...

maybe im late on the bandwagon, dont know if you still check this, but i was flipping thru the channels randomly and i paused on this random show because i thought i saw someone familiar. and then it hit me! it was you!!! that elle fashion show! congratulations!

Anonymous said...

you are flying so deliciously under the radar on this show.....i love it!

worried for you said...

imho, doing this show was not a good career move for you. you stand out like the sorest of sore thumbs in this group. every time I watch I hear "which of these does not belong..." in a loop in my head. the show is bad and it's making you look bad by association. i'm praying to God you won this thing, but the best person often doesn't. you shouldn't have opted for the shortcut babe :(

Anonymous said...

I just spent the better part of the afternoon reading through your archives and you not only have a unique eye for trends but you are a seriously talented writer too. Why they haven't shown any of this on Stylista, I'm left completely in the dark. You better win.

Anonymous said...

love the blog

sarahsouth said...

i love how you have gotten my mother to start watching reality television. you should hear her commentary on the whole thing. it's like she's ready to write a whole thesis about the show.

Anonymous said...

You are stylish and a talented blogger. But you need to distance yourself from this show as much as possible! None of the contestants, including you by association, look remotely capable of becoming a "taste-maker." All I see are whiny, self-important, egotistical children who would never cut it in any business environment, let alone fashion.

Anonymous said...

this show is really starting to look like a joke. if you won, congratulations, if not...go back to blogging. the women of DC need you!!

Anonymous said...

I've been following you blog forever and noticed on the show tonight that you have a tattoo on your inner wrist. Given your impeccable style and taste I am super curious as to what passed your exacting standards to be permanently inked on your body?? Johanna for the win!

Anonymous said...

Oh...I'm so glad that you didn't get booted last night! You're too classy to go! :) I hope you win!

Samantha said...

Thank God you didn't get kicked off last night! I think you are long overdue to be on a winning team... but I do hope it goes to individual competitions soon, because the rest of the people on the show (besides maybe Deshawn) are not impressive and I think you will shine more on your own!!!

Stefi said...

Johanna..I hope you come back to this blog after Stylista! I'm totally rooting for your victory!!!! :)

Love,
Steph

Laura said...

Happy Holidays, Johanna! You have a lot of readers who miss you, especially in D.C. Good luck with the rest of "Stylista." But seriously...come back!

Anonymous said...

Spotted:

Where: Crystal City Metro entrance
When: 8:50 a.m., Tuesday, December 1

What:

Lackluster brown hair haphazardly tied back in a slim WHITE Goody.

Bare face

Teal, green, and navy loud pattern scarf

Wheat-colored peacoat

Red and white striped MITTENS

Black and white, floral pattern, silky, above-the-knee skirt

Bare legs

Navy and white striped Adidas sandals

I'm not making this up. It's not possible to make this up.

Please come back...come back! Please! Clearly your work here is not done.

Anonymous said...

haha...at first I thought the commenter above was describing a Johanna sighting and I was thinking, "damn, she really let herself go after Stylista."

Kelly said...

I've worked in the fashion magazine industry in NYC for over a decade and watch your show every week. Everyone in my office and all my cohorts at other mags agree you are the only one anybody should or would hire. It's not even close and has been obvious since the first episode. If you don't win, I'll eat my Philip Treacy hat.

Urban Girl said...

Yay that you were on the winning team last night! Well deserved and long overdue. I am rooting for you, and can't wait to post congratulations when you win it all.

cheap chanel shopping said...

YAY, I'm looking forward to the update .

Anonymous said...

Good Luck!

StylistaFAN said...

I'm watching now....so nervous. I hope you win!

StylistaFAN said...

Whew!! You made it to the finals. I'm so proud of you. You deserve this.

Delphine said...

It's so surreal to be watching you on Stylista after having read your blog for so long. You're doing so well and making us all proud! Can't wait to see you win it all! Best of luck from all your fans on the west coast!

anne said...

i just finished watching episode 8 and you mentionned your blog and i had to see it.. it's awesome as expected. you're now in the final 3and i really really really think that you should win this.. you were my favorite right from the start of the show.. you have passion and drive.. and obviously style.. i hope the reason why you're not updating is because you won and you have already started working for ELLE..

A fan from Greece! said...

I'm so glad you made it to the final three and I do hope you'll win this. Honestly, nobody deserves it more than you. With your talent in writing and your sense of style, any magazine should be grateful to have you. I do enjoy the show, contrary to what people say. Especially in this last episode you had the space to really shine and show what kind of person you are. I wish you the best!

cristina said...

congrats! i knew you'd win this. you looked fantastic in the geren dress!

Laura said...

Congratulations.

You deserve it.

WE'VE been waiting for it!

Now don't leave us hanging...come back! :)

StylistaFAN said...

Congrats! I'm so proud of you!

Anonymous said...

go johanna!

Alexa said...

As a long time reader, I just want to say that I'm thrilled for you! I knew it was in the bag, and you deserve it. Congratulations!

Longtime ASJINE Reader said...

YAAAAAAAY!!! How exciting! I knew you could do it.

Congratulations. Here's hoping that Elle will let you keep blogging, even if you won't be in D.C. anymore.

New York Fan said...

You won!

I've been reading ASJINE since I discovered your blog and archives over a year ago, and even before this show, you have inspired me to get excited to get dressed every morning and to take new risks. I'm so happy for you! Can't wait to see your work in Elle!
- H

Stefi said...

CONGRATULATIONS JOHANNA!!!!!!!!!!! NO WONDER YOU TOOK TIME OFF YOUR BLOG!!! :) :) I'm so proud of you. You definitely deserved it.

your fan,
Stef

Ataraxia said...

YEAH!!! Congrats Jo! It was awesome seeing you win tonight! You so deserve it!

aimee said...

I knew it (was there ever any doubt?)! Congratulations and best of luck in your new future.

Jalila said...

Congrats Johanna! You really deserved this win.

Marina said...

Congratulations on winning Stylista! I have been a fan of yours since the first couple episodes! You're awesome and good luck! I know you'll be very successful.

phillyphashion said...

i'm in love with the blog... so happy you won!!!! congrats, here's hoping for a new post soon!

Sarah said...

Awesome!

Urban Girl said...

Yay! I hoped I would be congratulating you on a job well done! I'm so happy for you, but I am sad for me that there will be no more ASJINE. I've really missed it, and was hoping you would be returning. But many conrats on moving on to bigger and better things. You know you will already have a built-in readership. :)

Anonymous said...

OMGOD congratulations!!!!!!!! im so glad that you won!!!

Anonymous said...

CONGRATS!!!

You were my favorite from the very beginning. You're going to do very well.

christine said...

congratulations! I'm glad you are finally doing what you love. I hope they give you your own blog on Elle...it would be great to be able to read you every day again :)

Anonymous said...

Johanna, CONGRATS!!! I am so happy for you, which sounds weird to say because I've never met you, but oh well :)
Your cover shoot for Eve was amazing and you completely deserved this. Good luck with Elle!

sijia weiwei chang said...

hi! i just watched stylista the other night tonight (on recoding)
IM SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!!
i just want to say congratulations (and even though in only like 16) i really admire how you were nice to everyone and not childish OR a bck stabber. just want to say congrats again =]


best wishes,
sijia

ash said...

yay! so glad you won johanna. i predicted it from the first episdoe!

jd said...

you totally deserved it. if some bitchy 21 yr old would have won, i probably would have punched my tv. kind of inspritational for us bloggers that aren't still in high school. we still have hope and time to make it in this industry.

Stylista_Fan said...

OMG CONGRATULATIONS JOHANNA!!! CHEERS!

joanh said...

congrats!!! you should totally start a new blog at Elle about your first year there!!

Anonymous said...

YES! I knew that you'd win! Congratulations! :)

Misa said...

CONGRATS on your WIN!!!!! I know everyone was pulling for you! You totally had it in the bag!! Can't wait to see how your career progresses!!

Jackie said...

CONGRATS JO!!!!!!!! Ummm so can you come back to blogging we miss you!

Anonymous said...

I loved ASJiNE so much that I literally only watched Stylista to root for you, and I am so, so happy you won. You deserve it big time, and you are also a wonderful inspiration. (Maybe I won't be a tax attorney forever?) Best of luck!

Anonymous said...

CONGRATS ON THE WIN!!! I hope this means you'll start blogging again! There is still a significant hole in my daily blog reading!

Anonymous said...

Bravo! As a long-time reader, I am so happy that you followed your heart and landed this tremendous opportunity! DC will miss you. I hope Elle will allow you to continue to instruct us from NYC. I've really come to rely on your Since I Don't (Yet) selections. Good luck!

Larissa said...

CONGRATS STYLISTA! :)

April said...

I'm so pleased you won. Your maturity and civility with others, professionalism, intriguing professional background and impeccable personal style made you the best contestant. Congratulations!
祝您好運

A fan from Greece! said...

Congrats! I'm so glad you won! World of fashion, here she comes! I guess I'm getting a subscription with Elle now to follow your work. I do hope you'll start a blog about NY, or your first year at Elle, that would be amazing. Best of luck for your next step, I'm certain you'll achieve great things.

LeeSee said...

Congratulations.
We knew you would win, you were the smartest, most stylish and the nicest too.
A job well done.

babyrights said...

Félicitations!! You give a new feminine meaning to professional women. I applaud you. I have been inspired to change my career in a male dominated field by way of watching your graceful progression on the program Stylista. I am glad to see an educated woman's dreams come to fruition.

Fashionista,MD said...

OMG!! You won! So happy for you. You were the only one who deserved the job. Work it!

Fab Fan said...

CONGRATULATIONS!

Job well done on Stylista. I hope the job is everything you hoped for.

You dreamed of something better and worked very hard and sincerely for it. You are also very talented, intelligent, and a very readable writer. It was a pleasure to watch you win. You won with class and demonstrated a great deal of grace under pressure.

Thank you for inspiring me... to go after something I want and to work hard for it, and to conduct myself with courtesy and respect no matter the ambition and desire I feel. Thank you for setting a good example for our young people as well.

Best wishes for your success.

Jennifer said...

I'm so happy for you! I was rooting for you the whole time!

anne said...

OH MY GOD!!! OH MY GOD!! OH MY GOD!!! I KNEW IT I KNEW I KNEW IT I KNEW IT!!!!!!

so happy for you.. i almost cried of hapiness for you.. good job!!

turtle said...

Many congratulations! But come back to us, Jo! We miss you and Monte!

Anonymous said...

Amen! PLEASE at the very least give us a pictorial Monte update. He's a photo essay waiting to happen.

Anonymous said...

Jo grrrl,

Don't know if I should kill you or I should kiss you, really. This Stylista thingy was taped back in the Spring, for crying out loud. Aaargh.

But, hey, C.O.N.G.R.A.T.S!

Merry Xmas,

H.

Amsterdam
Netherlands

Morena said...

I've read your entire blog and I'm literally in love with your passion and of course style. I'm not really a fan of Johanna the "Stylista" but I really really like you as a human being. I've recently posted on my own blog (Too Haute to Handle) a long article about you. I think it'd be really nice if you could give it a read. (...and I'd die if you could comment.)

You're beautiful Johanna,
I really do hope you're happy right now. I'd love that more than anything.

With VERY MUCH LOVE,
Morena <3

P.S. I'm one of the girls that would die for your job right now.

Morena said...

I just reread my last comment and I realized how bad one part sounded. I meant to say that I'm not JUST a fan of Johanna the Stylista. Anyway, I do hope the best for you. Happy Holidays and I hope you do check out my post about you and comment. That'd be an amazing "Christmas Miracle."

grace said...

Congratulations! I wanted you to win from the start because you were considerate of other contestants while maintaining your drive to win. I loved all of the works you did and I am so proud of you! You showed that an overwhelming fashion background/job is not as necessary as the passion for fashion and the drive to win. Hope to see more of you soon! Keep us updated please!

Lola (L. Colleen) said...

Please come back and blog! Especially now that you're the new Jr. Editor! Congrats. You were my favorite. I really hope I'll get to hear more from you!

Anonymous said...

JEEJ :)
YOU WON!! =]

Naree said...

Congratulations Johanna! I, and many others, put up with all the nasty and snide remarks of the other contestants so we could see you win.... CONGRATULATIONS! I love your style and am SO incredibly happy that someone with a pure heart, charming wit, and high fashion won the position.

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