for the love of vogs

where the MotleyFlue gather

happy (belated) birthday to us!


Have you ever forgotten your own birthday? Personally, I have. Since my birthday naturally falls during exam/finals week, it was very easy for me to forget my own birthday when I was in college. During my senior year, Gary, my college BFF, serenaded me with a “Happy Birthday” song at midnight to celebrate. Delirious from all the papers I was writing, I thought I was going crazy. From my bedroom, I walked toward my living room and there was my BFF with a candle-making kit wrapped in a copy of “The Schedule of Classes” (strategically showing the finals schedule), accented with a makeshift bow made from minty dental floss. At that point, it was the most memorable birthday that I had ever forgotten:)

Alas, it seems that the days of forgetting birthdays is still habit for me. On October 16th, the MotleyFlue celebrated our first birthday! Inundated with various projects, I haven’t been able to complete the hoard of half-written posts that are hanging out in the queue. I promise that as soon as things slow down, I’ll be back to posting weekly. For now, I just wanted to wish us (that includes you, our awesome readers) a very happy birthday:)

Though it has only been a year, we have a lot to celebrate. We have a growing readership and have met many amazing people who share our love of Fluevogs. A handful of you even agreed to be featured and have written a post or two about your love of the greatest shoes on earth. When we make it to the stores, we have been blessed to meet some of you. Of course, our dealers have been amazing and patient as we bombard them with requests to bring out shoes for us to try on and review. Our Facebook page has over 80 likes and we have over 100 wordpress followers. We couldn’t be happier.


Maraming salamat (many thanks) for all of your support. The MotleyFlue are incredibly grateful! xoxo


For the love of Vogs,



Author: jlrondilla

Joanne L. Rondilla, is a scholar, writer, and educator (not necessarily in that order). She received her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in Ethnic Studies and her B.A. in Art Studio and Asian American Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on beauty, race, gender, the body, and colonialism. She is the co-author of "Is Lighter Better? Skin Tone Discrimination Among Asian Americans" (with Paul Spickard) and the co-editor of "Pacific Diaspora: Island Peoples in the United States and Across the Pacific" (with Paul Spickard and Debbie Hippolite-Wright). Born and raised in Dededo, Guam, Joanne considers the San Francisco Bay area home. Outside of the academy, she has more than twelve years of work experience in the cosmetics industry as a skincare specialist and make-up artist. While she's not an Imelda Marcos fan, Joanne does love her Fluevogs!

3 thoughts on “happy (belated) birthday to us!

  1. wow, a whole year! happy birthday to us, indeed! 🙂

  2. Happy Happy Birthday!!!!! Love you guys!

  3. Happy Birthday Ladies! You are the best:)

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