Oh, hi! Welcome to my website. If you’re new to Ramshackle Glam, you might have gotten here by way of a Google search for makeup tips for asymmetrical eyes, or perhaps because you were looking for ideas for how to wear sweatpants in public and get away with it, or maybe because you’re nervous about having a baby (or a second baby) and how it’ll change your life. All of these ways of arriving here are completely legit, because those are all things that I write about.
It’s a lot, I know. Let me help you figure out what the site’s all about, so you can decide if you want to hang out.
About Me, Real Quick
My name is Jordan Reid, and I’m a mother of two living in the Bay Area. I was born in NYC, studied cognitive neuroscience at Harvard, and then did the next logical thing: I drove an ancient convertible across the country to Hollywood, and became an actress. When my acting career went down in flames a few years later (it’s a hell of a story; you should check it out), I spent a few years excelling in the fields of Feeling Sorry For Myself and Wailing. Finally, I did what any responsible adult with a stack of monthly bills should do: I decided to quit my 9-to-5 job, and started a blog.
Since 2009, I’ve been writing daily about my experiments (and frequent failures) in fashion, beauty, home renovation, parenting, and decor. Ramshackle Glam has been featured in publications including Time Magazine, Cosmopolitan, the New York Observer, The Huffington Post, and Lonny, and has spun off into three web series and three books.
I’ve hosted a couple of shows – two seasons of the Meredith Video Studios-produced Jordan In The House, and FYI’s Trash House (air date TBD, which translates in Entertainment World Speak into “maybe it will air one day and probably it won’t”) – and have shot and appeared in campaigns for companies including Clorox, DKNY, Simple Skincare, Dove, Canada Dry, Nexxus, and SK-II. (As an aside, I love writing about the business side of blogging, and have written a whole bunch of Blog Advice posts if you’re into that kind of thing.)
Here’s a rundown of what I talk about and do on Ramshackle Glam.
I shoot a lot of home videos with my husband (who I met on MySpace when he was in the band Harlem Shakes, and who – somewhat shockingly – is still my husband ten years later), six-year-old son, and three-year-old daughter. They are usually ridiculous, and I love them so much (both the people and the videos).
Anxiety (And Other Tough Stuff)
I write a lot about the chronic anxiety I suffered from for over a decade, because I think that all the stigma surrounding mental health issues is BS. I’ve also written about sexual assault, and postpartum depression, and the anorexia I dealt with in my 20s. I don’t like the idea of hiding these parts of my life, because secrecy feels far too close to shame, and I’m not ashamed.
I have a six-year-old son and a three-year-old daughter, and have written three books that are about either pregnancy or new parenthood, so I think it’s safe to say this is a big topic for me. My general take on parenting is that it’s hard – so hard – and that the more we can talk openly and honestly about our struggles, the better. I’ve written about how scared I was that having a second child would change my relationship with my first, how I worry that my children will grow up and remember me mostly as a rule-maker and a house-straightener and a nag. I’ve also written about much I hate hearing people say “savor every moment! it goes so fast!,” and about the pros and cons of being a working parent who travels frequently.
There is no judgment here, when it comes to parenting or anything else.
Fashion And Beauty (My Way)
I write about fashion and beauty a lot, but mostly enjoy confronting the disaster that is the aging process and being wide-open about it. As some examples, I’ve written about Botox, my breast augmentation, adult acne, and that time I accidentally froze my entire forehead (obviously I made a video about this).
I’m not pregnant now, but my maternity style posts are some of my all-time favorites. I guess I feel like if you even manage to put on pants when you’re lugging around a watermelon in your uterus, you win at fashion (and life) for the day.
Home Ownership (And Renovation)
I’ve renovated two homes at this point,, and decor and design are massive passions of mine. If you’d like to see some of the projects we’ve done recently, here’s a roundup. I’ve also written how-tos on staging a house for sale, selling a house, and buying a house, and shot a full video series about renovating a house that I bought via FaceTime (really) for Thumbtack.
I’ve written three books: Ramshackle Glam and Carrying On (which you have probably never heard of), and then The Big Fat Activity Book for Pregnant People, coauthored with Erin Williams…and you totally might have heard about that one! Sidenote: It is really, really fun to have (finally) written a book people actually want to buy, and then read.
(You can buy it here.)