Floral Jumpsuit: Plains & Prints | Bag: Chanel | Shoes: Michael Kors | Bangle: Promod | Necklace: Yhansy
Forgive the squinty eyes, it was pretty bright out when we took this photo set early in the afternoon. Anyway, I’ll make this post short but sweet… it’s long overdue, for one, and I’m currently about to hit the sack for our 8 AM tour tomorrow at Sun Moon Lake in Southern Taiwan. The weather’s really chilly so the warm bed and comforters look so cozy and inviting…
This is the second part of my Manila Sundance Bazaar experience–the first one you can read over here. I’ve mentioned previously that I love, love the Manila Sundance Bazaar series. In fact, I dropped by twice during the whole duration of this leg because I was overjoyed by the uber friendly sellers and organizers. I was able to bond with a few of them on a personal level while grabbing a bite in their food area, which were all filled with hipster food trucks that served a variety of scrumptious fares!
I’ve mentioned in my last post as well that I was going to share with everyone my learnings but I figured, I didn’t want to sound too preachy… I mean, it’s Holy Week and I think everyone’s had enough of vigils, and when it comes down to it, it’s pretty simple. The (should-be) golden rule in the fashion blogging industry, is to remove that sense of entitlement just because one thinks he/she is a mini-celebrity. Almost every seller I’ve conversed with has told me horror stories of other bloggers and celebrities blatantly asking for merchandise even without invitation, which surprisingly no longer shocked me. Compensation I understand, since a business is a business, but asking for something free without the assurance of being advertised back is plain senseless.
Don’t get me wrong, I do get freebies once in a while but I never ask for them. I’m always honored when brands send me free things or ask me to endorse them but when I’m in a bazaar or in a store, I always choose the things I like, the things I’ll most likely wear, and I always pay with my own money because–and the mentality here is really simple–I only buy things I passionately like. If I’m given something then I’ll be obligated to blog about it even if I’m not so sold on it. Call me picky or high-strung but I’m being realistic, I want to be true to my style and art form so I don’t want to compromise my outfit by simply putting something on for the sake of being given free clothes or being paid to wear it. It defeats the concept that made blogging so likable… wherein, it was lauded for honest and sincere advertising. Now? Not so much.
Likewise, we all have to also understand that these sellers are running a business. Yes, top bloggers/topnotch actresses will be able to spread the name of the brand fast like wildfire (especially the really big ones)–in fact, when stores ask me for my opinion, I always give them names of top bloggers/artists (yes, even those I’m not in good terms with) for reference because I think that if they want to get their brands out there, these people will do a mighty good job. The problem is if the brand doesn’t have that much budget yet because though it serves the purpose of the brand being brought to the consciousness of readers, it does not assure the sellers of measurable conversion. Plus, those merchandise have a corresponding cost… as my Economics teacher in college said, “there’s no such thing as free lunch.”
So for those aspiring bloggers out there, remember: you blog because you want to share “news” to the general public and you want to be known as a provider of relevant information… not simply because you want free clothes moreover, get paid to wear free clothes. It sounds like a good and tempting deal but… integrity.
Having talked to a few reputable bloggers as well on random occasions, they think that this is the mentality aspiring bloggers have to break free from. No one wants to be associated with the train of thought that goes along the lines of “bloggers are users” and it isn’t the most solid of foundations for wanting to break in the fashion blogging industry. Remember, the really good and famous ones started out because they had a genuine passion for it… start with that first and maybe eventually, you’ll reap the fruits of your labor.
So okay, that wasn’t pretty short and sweet but I got carried away. Just a friendly reminder!!! Blogging opened so many doors for me and I’m hoping it does for everyone as well, given that we’re all guided with the right mindset of course.
Signing off now, good night! Here are some more photos of the outfit. I’m a huge fan of rompers, florals, and sport accents so this piece from Plains & Prints was a steal! While doing the SM GTW Stylehunt, I walked past it in the store’s display window and automatically stopped the crew to make a purchase (you can say it pretty much caught my fancy). I’ve been so absorbed with my favorite high street brands the past year that I completely forgot to check out local brands but rest assured, I’m making it a point this year to widen my selection–as an answer to most of your requests and of course, to add up to my closet. Promise!