Hey Natalie Jean, curator, announced this side of last year that she wanted her purchases to “mean something”.
over the last year or so i’ve been on a bit of a personal odyssey to really examine the way i spend my money and why…earlier last year i made the quiet decision not to shop at forever 21 anymore…for the most part i’ve stuck to it, and i’m really pretty proud of myself for it. because as much of a thrill as a good cheap forever 21 score is, for me it’s a short-lived thrill, and ethically, it’s not something i’m proud of.
So when she kicked off Fashion Week with a post called “What You Should Be Buying At Forever 21 Right Now” – filled to the brim with affiliate links for the fast fashion retailer’s wares – a few people wanted to know what happened to her big ethical stance. To which Bratalie responded:
you know, i don’t do it in good conscience. i think about it, i worry about it, every time i do one of these posts, it weighs on me. i know this is me taking the easy way out over here, but i’m hoping that these posts are fun to read, that maybe you can get style ideas from it, and that, in the end, readers will make their own call about what they will and won’t support with their money, and how you can make the biggest impact in making our world a better place for our kids. i try to showcase as many opportunities for that as i can. maybe those posts can be the ethical fashion equivalent of a carbon offset, because heavens knows NONE of us are perfect…
Bratalie went radio silence when another reader asked “If you don’t do it in good conscience, why do it?” As if she didn’t know – for pageclick$$$$ baby! I have to wonder what Ratty will do now that Pinterest is banning affiliate links? Her blog might just turn into one big bitly bait to make up for it!
Evidently Rockstuds are out, and Stuart Weitzman Highland boots are in, at least for this Fashion Week. Businesslady fashion expert entrepreneurs are stomping around NYC in these comfy looking leg prisons.
Because nothing says ‘take me seriously in business! ask me about my master’s degree!’ like suede thigh high heeled boots and a muppet coat in 7 degree weather.
New York Fashion Week continues with some well timed news – Pinterest will be removing those precious rstyle affiliate links from pins, preventing bloggers from making click money through affiliate linking on Pinterest.
Starting today, we’ll automatically remove all affiliate links, redirects, and trackers on Pins.
We’ve been automatically removing most of these links for a few years but, until now, we made exceptions for rewardStyle…all your past Pins will show up normally and still be clickable. They just won’t include the affiliate tracker…
That sound you hear is 500 bloggers posing outside Milk Studios screaming “Noooooooooooooo”.
Danielle, the photoshop addicted fashion blogger behind We Wore What, did an interview in which she detailed why her attendance at New York Fashion Week is totally valid.
Apparently she goes in order to “have a presence there and be shot by street style photographers” and that’s about it. She also claims her attendance is “really organic” because she goes to shows “if someone wants to dress me and pay me to be there”.
Further justifying filling a seat at the shows, she says “I don’t really do runway photos on my blog”, making sure to add that she sits front row. She finally gets to her real reason for taking up space: it’s “great exposure for me and when you get put on those websites like Vogue, street style, and all that stuff”.
Meanwhile, preg as hell Pink Peonies is teetering around Manhattan in rubber leggings. Cuppy just pushed out a person the other day, so she’s evidently skipping the shows this season. Messica has seemingly given up any pretense of being relevant to fashunland (she’s about 2 baby posts away from being a mommy blogger), and doesn’t appear to be acknowledging FW at all. Amberlamps of RewardStyle was bragging about being in the WSJ as she headed off to the RewardStyle dinner to drink mescal. And good ole Sara Zucker keeps clinging to tumblr fashion week like it’s 2011.
Don’t worry, I won’t let you miss all the grams of Rockstuds and Hunters and Starbucks cups and ugly impractical handbags sitting on filthy curb snow. I’ll be bringing you Fashion Week updates live from my couch all week!
Denise, has six kids and invites you to ‘count ‘em’, wants you to stop hating anti-vaxxers because their logic is sound. She vaccinated her first two kids, but they had issues – and she just couldn’t bring herself to shove awful things into the rest of her kids.
Things started to shift once I gave birth to my third child. As I snuggled my brand new little boy in my arms, the thought of subjecting his healthy body to an onslaught of foreign antibodies and questionable chemicals brought tears to my eyes.
Of course those questionable chemicals are more than welcome when Denise is offered a sponsored post. Trying to ride the fence between maintaining her status as earth mama and getting those dolla dolla billz, Denise says:
I’m the type of mama who likes to avoid the doctor’s office at much as possible, and we treat most of our colds and flu symptoms with home remedies — eucalyptus rubs, herbs, homeopathic meds, a vaporizer, essential oils and chicken soup. If my children are really uncomfortable, I know I can trust Tylenol® to help make them feel better.
Oh, ok. Unvaccinated children don’t get sick because Mama doesn’t put evil pharmaceutical chemicals in their bodies. But if they get sick, Mama is happy to put evil pharmaceutical chemicals in their bodies. Especially if they are compensated for doing so.