Speaking to a fair few store owners and creators everyone has a different view on bloggers and how useful they are to getting the brand out there and whether they truly result in additional sales. Let me say right off the bat I think they are vital…but then I would say that wouldn’t I, I’m a blogger? Yes, there is a an element of not wanting to shoot myself in the foot but also because I put a huge number of hours into blogging a day, week, month and year and I just simply don’t have that time to waste unless a) I’m enjoying it and b) I feel that there is value in doing so. Luckily I believe in both.
I’ve had feedback from people who have read my blog or seen my pictures on Flickr who have told me that they ‘bought so and so’ or ‘found so and so store’ because of a post they have seen here. I know damn well I have bought things specifically when I’ve seen them on another blog. I remember finding Pixicat after seeing a sweater on Volupturaptor Perl’s I Got Dressed blog a few years back. I bought both the pants and sweater and God knows I’ve dropped a fortune at Pixicat ever since.
The thing that is most hard to put a value on is the trust that bloggers build with their readership. I like to follow blogs that talk about the items and I had a long discussion with a store owner recently who doesn’t see the value in this. Of course, I think they’re wrong but entitled to their opinion. I know other creators who value a blogger actually writing a review of the product tremendously. I can tell you that I own an Aphorism bikini, bought without demo because I trusted the review written by Mericat Ireland on her blog Read Meri. She assured me that the fit was perfect, she discussed the ‘gapping’ issues us ladies often find with mesh panties/bikini’s. I trusted her! I tp’d straight to the event/store and bought one! A non gappy perfect fit bikini! YUSH! I had to have it.
It got me thinking about the hundreds of times I’ve “Bought [this] from [here] because of [them]” and thought it would be great to let other bloggers know too when they have directly influenced or inspired a purchase from a creator. Feel free to add your Bought [this] from [here] because of [them] to the comments section.
About the Stuff:
Paolla from Reverie went and turned cute on us! Trust me this is a surprise as we near Halloween (a few weeks ago there was something quite creepy about her wanting to steal skin from people!) It’s not what I was expecting but gotta admit these socks were so damn cute they got me into girlie mode! That really doesn’t happen very often. There are 8 animal patterns on these overknee socks and I’m wearing the maitreya version but they also come in both Slink fits too.
It also gave me the opportunity to try out the new linger from The Annex at Tres Chic. These are totally girlie with a range of fun style textures and patterns and come in fits for Maitreya Lara, Belleza Feya, Isis and Venus and both Slink Original and Hourglass.
Head – Catwa – Destiny
Eyes – IKON – Sovereign Eyes
Eyelashes – Izzie’s – Catwa – Applier Natural Lashes
Ears – Mandala – Steking Ears
*Socks – Reverie – ‘Gli Animale’ Collection – Knee Socks RARE **NEW** at Kustom 9
*Bra – The Annex – Jolie Lingerie **NEW** at Tres Chic
*Hair – Monso – Wendy **NEW** at FaMESHed
Bubblegum – Pink Fuel – Yum Bubblegum
Curtain – Half-Deer – Fairy Curtains
Wall Decor – Floorplan