So it dawned on me the other day that I’ve been doing this whole blogging thing, in one form or another for two and a half years and a lot has changed during that time. My ability to take and edit pictures has improved (though I still have a long way to go), my writing has evolved, and my social media presence has grown steadily. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some amazing companies on collaborations and tried all kinds of new products, which I absolutely love. In fact, collaborating in various ways is probably my favourite part of blogging because it’s such a wonderful way to learn more and to try new things.
I started thinking recently about how blogging has affected my style and whether things have really changed on that front. On the one hand, I have photographic proof that my style has evolved and matured as I’ve grown older, and that has nothing to do with blogging. But I do often see bloggers out there who buy things simply because they are trendy or because they will sell well through monetization platforms, and musing about that got me thinking about how my everyday style – what I wear, how I wear it, and when I wear it – has changed through blogging.
(Yes, there are actually pictures with this post. Lol!)
First things first, most people know that I am part of rewardStyle, a monetization platform that helps me to share the items I love while make a small (and seriously, I emphasize SMALL) commission on any potential sales. This is actually a really important tool for bloggers to share things we love and to be able to continue to find things that we love (like inspiration from fellow bloggers!). Let me tell you right off the bat – I do not have an endless supply of money for shopping, blog maintenance, and other related costs (photography, editing tools, etc.) so what little commission I make is a big deal to me as a blogger. That said, I don’t rely on this to keep my blog going, and as such, the desire to make money really doesn’t affect what I wear or what I love. In truth, I’m on a pretty strict budget this fall and while I want all the things, reality is that I can’t have all the things. That also makes a difference in terms of what I wear and how I style it.
So no, blogging hasn’t directly influenced what I buy, in terms of how things might be marketable. But it has led to me being a bit more creative with what I have or what I purchase, which I think is a pretty cool side effect of blogging. Instagram in particular has had a direct impact on what I chose to wear in the morning, which sounds a bit silly, but is also kind of cool. When you’re taking regular photos of your #ootd (outfit of the day, in case you don’t hashtag) to post on social media, you don’t want to be posting the same picture over and over again. I mean, hello, that is BORING. But I am also never going to be the kind of person who buys something and wears it once. So I have to think creatively to re-wear items in different ways, and that’s a good stretch of the imagination. I do have some outfits I’ve worn that I absolutely adored and I’ll tell you right now, I have every intention of re-creating them multiple times.
Looks I Will Definitely Repeat Again
The last outfit is a number one look for me. I don’t know exactly WHY I love it so much, but I do. And in great news, you can pretty much recreate it yourself right now because the star of the outfit (this skirt) is back in stock! This skirt is also a great option!
So having to create new outfits all.the.time is a definite upside to style blogging, but it can be tough too. I get frustrated when I can’t think of a new way to wear something and that makes me a bit nuts. But on those days when I am overthinking it – and I will be honest and say that 98% of the time, it’s because I am PMSing – I need to remind myself to pull out a tried and true look and go with it, blog or no blog, because in the end, no one really cares if a blogger repeats the same outfit!
As I grow older and as I blog more, I do find I’m thinking more and more about quality vs. quantity. Yes, your girl loves her budget friendly finds, but I also love the idea of investing in quality pieces more (like this jacket, which I desperately want!). That for sure has a direct impact on what I buy and what I share on the blog/social media, and I think it’s a good thing as well. I am obsessed with this jacket and desperately want it in my closet, but it’s going to take a bit of saving because that’s just the way it is. The need to save before I spend is also having an impact on my style, but it’s one I’m not complaining about. I think this will go a long way towards preventing impulse buying, which can be a downfall for any of us.
I love blogging and sharing my thoughts on style and fashion and beauty. And I love that this outlet has led to some small style revolutions as I find inspiration through collaborations or seeing what other bloggers are sharing – I hope that my sharing has a similar impact on others too! I’ll never be the risky girl who tries out looks that belong on a runway, but I am glad that blogging has made me rethink how I dress and what I wear, even just a little bit.
Enjoy the pretty things in life,