First I'll talk to you about these sweet threads, then I want to discuss something a little more "serious" if that's cool with you. So this dress was sent to me last week by the ever so lovely Aileen (from Kintage! Love her!) and I put it on immediately after ripping open the hot pink bubble mailer it was sent in. I wore it while we ran errands in the next town over. It is the perfect Summer dress - white, lace, and not polyester! I had no idea what I wanted to pair it with but since white is like the most neutral color ever, the options were endless. I decided to swipe my mustard yellow cardi (last worn here) and these slingbacks would be perfect. This is actually the only pair of slingbacks I own. For some reason I always steered clear of them, thinking they'd look stupid on me or something. Now I'm not usually one to accessorize too much, but I was in a "mood" so I went for it. A couple of wooden brooches to play up the many brown hues, and this gorgeous white bib necklace as the cherry on top. I had just painted my nails the yellow color the day or so before, so it was a nice matchy, matchy situation haha
Now for the more "serious" part of today's post... (It's not really all that serious. Just some thoughts) I didn't realize until well after these outfit photos that literally every single item in them was c/o or a gift. Well, aside from the bundle of bangles. Okay so that's embarrassing. I started thinking about itemizing it all at the bottom and how dirty it felt to be showing off all of these free things. "Oh hey! Look at my free dress! And these free RayBans! Oh oh oh, don't forget this free purse, too!" Right? I love being a blogger and I love having the opportunity to work with brands, big and small, to promote their items and give this blog more content. But at what point does it get to be too much? Where is that line for people? I mean, as long as I feel like what I'm doing is ethical and in line with my personal beliefs, I feel like I'm maintaining my integrity. I realize that line is different for everyone. How about you? Would it be different if my style "shifted" because of all the new free things I received? Could that just be a natural progression of personal style, or something that was "bought" by a brand? I have all of these questions and zero answers.
I didn't know if I was going to post this outfit or not. I felt as though it was shameful to write it all out at the bottom. Maybe like a humblebrag. "Oh look at me! I can write a blog! That means I deserve free stuff!" Ahhh. I know a lot of other bloggers have had this same thought process and some have even gone as far as to nix courtesy items all together. But it's been my goal to only work with brands that I feel fit my style, and to seamlessly integrate courtesy pieces into my wardrobe. I always try to make sure that my outfit posts only have a few courtesy items because otherwise it just gets tacky. But here I am, in all my glory, with what feels like every single free piece in my closet. I really liked the outfit and the photos so I figured I'd use it as a platform to try and bounce my thoughts off of you. Am I totally neurotic for even worrying about these things?! I've said it once (twice? five times?) before, but man... blogging is weird! What a strange new media world.
Now with all of that off of my chest, I have some errands to finish and meetings to skedaddle to. Maybe if I get it all done early I can surprise Toby with some pool time. The kid goes crazy if he's not in the water haha. Plus, i could use some relaxation as well. Anyone doing anything exciting this weekend?! Hope you have a lovely rest of your Friday, and a fun-filled weekend!
Simply Charming dress c/o Kintage
A Team 'Goldenrod' cardigan c/o August Wrinkle
Forever 21 bangles
Golden Leaf bracelet c/o Kintage
Discover tote c/o Hearts
RayBan sunglasses c/o VisionDirect (last year)
White bib necklace c/o The Northern Sea
Frenchie brooch - gift from The Paper Mama
Valley heels c/o Queen of Hearts and Modern Love