1. Do you think fashion blogs are often just conspicuous consumption? Are some?
I think some folks do get caught up in the blogging thing and buy, buy, buy. The whole haul video craze is a bit insane to me, especially when it’s teenagers showing how much stuff they just purchased. But that’s not every blogger. We can’t always lump everyone into the same category, we’re all unique and different.
2. As bloggers do we have the obligation to explain our personal financial status, how we pay for the things we showcase, if we have debt, etc…
Nope. I say on here that I’m window shopping or that I’m on a budget, but really, does it matter how I buy what I buy? And no matter how I buy it, why does it matter to someone who reads my blog? We don’t hold magazines accountable for having cigarette ads or only showcasing high end clothing and accessories, so you can’t blame a blogger for doing the same if that’s their choice.
3. Critics often say that fashion bloggers should use their money to support more worthwhile causes than clothing themselves in a different outfit daily. What’s your reaction to this?
I don’t buy clothes for daily outfit posts. Actually, a lot of what I’ve posted is old stuff that I’m wearing in new and different ways or because I added a $7 top to my wardrobe. I don’t have the budget or sponsors to do new outfits and even if I did a daily outfit post, there would definitely be some repeats. I just don’t have the closet space. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to edit down my wardrobe into something neat, organized and filled with things I’ll actually wear.
There are lots of ways that people can spend their money, but again, it’s their money. They get to decide where and how they spend that. I’ve donated to lots of causes (the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is one that is very near and dear to me because of my Dad) over the years but whether or not I decide to buy a $5 latte, a $20 top or donate to a charity of my choice is really my choice. Has anyone ever considered that a lot of the bloggers who do do daily outfit posts donate a lot of their clothes to charity? Perhaps a blogger volunteers or does donate large amounts of money? Again, they may not broadcast everything they do so who are we to judge?
4. Since you started blogging, do you spend more money on fashion and beauty products?
No and in the last year I’ve probably spent less money that I normally would. I’ve been on a super tight budget due to pay cuts and budget issues on my job, so I’m more frugal than I’ve been in the past. I do get items for review throughout the year, so there are lots of things that I would think about buying but don’t have to because I was given them for a review. That is definitely a perk that I appreciate it but there are lots of things I talk about or want to try but can’t because I can’t afford it. A lot of my drugstore buys I wait until I have a coupon or bonus bucks to buy them instead of paying full price. The Art of Accessories has never really been about spending a ton of money to look good, so I try to find ways to get what I want in a way that works for my budget.
5. Life is about more than what money can buy. What are the things that top your list of what life is all about?
I usually say the same thing every single time, life is about family and friends. This year with my Dad being sick I’ve renewed that love and value of my family and friends. I may not be able to buy everything I want, but I know I definitely have everything I need in my life and that’s what matters most.
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