I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! My girl Truffles, ( girl puppy that is!) turned 9 on Sunday! She still acts like a puppy, running around each morning and playing with her plush toys. She is gentle and so loving, and we give her some special food for the day, but she isn’t big on the party hats! I adore both of them-her and Gibson, as they are the best companions and so fun to be around. I don’t know if I have told you this, but when we were thinking of chocolate names for her ( she had even darker brown hair) we thought of Hershey, Truffles, Rouche ( Ro-shay), you know those gold covered wrapped hazelnut balls ? We laugh now as Roche sounds very pretentious and she is most certainly NOT. hehe.
I thought I would bring up a topic which was discussed at the lunch table when we went to the Good Housekeeping/Jambu event. I know many people don’t like to talk finances, but this was a question i think I wondered about when I first became a blogger. How do i continue blogging about fashion if I have to purchase new outfits all of the time?
Tank top from Limited bought on Poshmark, jeans from h&m and shoes ASOS
My trench coat from Anthropologie, bought on Poshmark-
I have to say my curiosity is peaked when I see bloggers in new outfits all of the time. I love clothes, no doubt, but I am particular about my sticking to my budget, and do set a monthly allotment on clothing. Over the years, I have felt that quality over quantity would be the way I would add to my closet. I certainly have the staples, and now it is about buying items that work with my lifestyle and go with my current wardrobe. I also ask the question, “Do I love it?” before i buy anything.
I am curious to hear from other bloggers.
Are you influenced by all of the outfits you see on other blogs?
Do you feel you have to keep up with the trends and buy new items often?
Do you continue to feel like you must have new clothes to show?
Do you give in to temptation when you see someone wearing something you like, and buy it right away?
Those of my readers that aren’t bloggers and read many blogs, do you feel you need to constantly update your wardrobe?
I was talking about this topic to one of the bloggers at the Jambu event. We both agreed that it is often more advantageous to show how an item is worn several times, and how to be creative with what you have existing in your closet. i do feel like that takes more creativity than showing new outfits all of the time. How do I style this scarf in several different ways? How to wear white denim in all the seasons…
It’s not to say I don’t enjoy buying new clothes. I just find out what i want to add to my closet, and will often then give away something i don’t wear ( to my sister, or to Goodwill) as to not have an abundance with items I am not wearing. It certainly is tempting when you see the sales, and love something on someone who you think you need to have, but i think it is even more rewarding to have a working wardrobe or items you love, and have budgeted for.
I will also sell clothes that I am not interested in wearing or the style doesn’t appeal to me anymore on Poshmark. Sometimes on Ebay. I am sure you have read about resell sites and it is a way to make some extra money or clothes you sell for replacements. I will add some this week to my Poshmark Closet.
My father in law told my hubby, that my budget should be quite less now, with some of the items I receive from brands as a blogger. Well, hmmm. once a shopper always a shopper, but I have always been conscientious. I have received shoes from different companies this Spring, so i will save on not buying shoes this season.
I also love to update for a new season with some new jewelry. Instead of buying more clothes, add some fresh new earrings to your outfits. i am a sucker for florals, so I adore this floral pair and these!
As I have mentioned, I have also found pieces for my wardrobe, in Poshmark, if you haven’t shopped there at this on-line thrift store, read this post! Brands that may be a bit pricier, I can find at a fraction. You can also make offers which are fair and then lower the price even more. I need to try Ebay again. I used to shop there and bought several of my handbags there, I find that doing some thrift shopping on-line and using discounts, i stay within my budget. It can be tricky though, as a fashion blogger, there is temptation all around!
Id love to hear your thoughts! As a fashion blogger, do you buy more? Are you influenced by other blogs? Do you stick to your spending budget for clothes/
Have a great day!
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