Friday, May 8, 2015

Lake Michigan and My Thoughts on Blog Monetization

dress (old from old navy) - shoes (old from dsw) - bag - sunglasses - necklaces (old from h&m)
I'm switching up the scenery here on the blog! Here I am at Northwestern, where my boyfriend lives and goes to school. Because he's here, I'm in Evanston a lot, which is just a 20 minute train from where I live in Lakeview. One of the perks of living in and around the Chicago area is the proximity to Lake Michigan. His campus is actually right along the lake. When it gets warm, it is such a treat to have the cool lake breeze and dip your feet in. We were on Periscope during our walk, and were asking people to guess where it is we were. A lot of people said, west coast, east coast. And I answered mid coast! It's one of the best things in the midwest. Of course the water is freezing right now, since it hasn't warmed up to the surrounding temperature. But come July, I'm definitely going to hit the beach! This is one of the few dresses that I own. I actually wore this outfit to work. With the right shoes though, you can definitely dress it down. I wore this dress in this post as well.

Anyway - now to the second part of my post: blog monetization. I post a lot of outfits that I wear to work and on the weekends. But let's be honest, I don't own a lot of clothing. The clothing that I do own, I absolutely love and wear to death. I dress quite plainly and I really enjoy doing so. With that said, I do shop. And I do affiliate link the parts of my wardrobe that are still available for purchase via ShopSense. I work a full time job in a completely opposite industry to this and I actually started this blog as a hobby.

I don't think that there's anything wrong with monetizing a hobby. But today, I was reading through some of my favorite larger blogs and saw some affiliate linking practices that just really turned me off. Huge posts full of affiliate links for similar items that they don't even own. And I just wanted to talk about it here because it's one thing to link to the exact item you own, and maybe one that you tried on but didn't fit you right. And it's an entirely different one when you make a post dedicated to items that are available for purchase at X store. There's no value to that.

So with that, I solemnly swear that I will only link to the exact item that I own in my outfit/product posts. I don't like to suggest similar items unless I either own or have personally tried that product. I cannot speak to the quality otherwise. Adding onto that, if I am recommending or not recommending something, all opinions that I write on here are my own true opinions.

Linking up with Style Elixir 


  1. Love the dress! Good to hear your thoughts on affiliate links. I'm happy to click on them to help support bloggers, but I get what you mean - sometimes it's pretty transparent that the intentions behind including them are more money-driven than anything else.

    1. Thanks! It's one of my favorite dresses. I definitely love to support fellow bloggers as well, but when it's clear that it's disingenuous, I'm totally turned off.

  2. Every once in a while Old Navy comes out with things that surprise me, like that dress. It looks timeless! Sometimes Gap will put out something very close to this and totally ruin it by adding neon piping or having a cold half zipper in the back. :/

    1. Ugh I hate that too! I usually really love Gap's more classic pieces... up until they put some trendy detail on it.

  3. You look great!

    God bless,
    XO, Claire

  4. I totally hear you out on the affiliate links. I don't own too many clothing too, and most of the photos and style posts I publish on the blog are from outfits that I actually wear. But to each his own, I guess. It is important to be transparent then. If you are doing a wishlist type of posts, then you need to put on a disclaimer that the post contains affiliate links. In some cases, I do appreciate these types of posts because it helps me to find items that I normally would not have known about. In the end, we make the choices of whether or not we buy them. :)

    Love your dress, by the way :)

    If you have a sec, I'd love for you to check out my latest on the blog:

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane