Outfit: You Deserve Better






This week, a jewelry company emailed me and asked if I’d be interested in doing a collaboration.  They wanted me to design something similar to that fall capsule wardrobe guide I did a while ago, but they wanted me to feature one of their necklaces in it. I said I was down and asked that in return, I wanted to receive the necklace and a fee of $20.  They said no to both requests–it wasn’t in their budget.  They told me that what I could get was maybe a mention on their social media pages.

Wow, the chance to get featured in exchange for several hours of hard work??  That sounds like a great bargain! *Rolls eyes*

The way I see it, they wanted me to advertise for them for free, and I’d be at a loss.  They expected me to put hours of work into something, yet they wouldn’t really have to contribute anything in return.  And it’s not like I was asking for all that much, either.  If top-ranked bloggers can get $50,000 per post, then what was a measly twenty bucks and a piece of jewelry?

I wrote back to them and said I thought this was pretty unfair.  Maybe they didn’t realize this isn’t such a good practice.  Or maybe they did and thought I wouldn’t call them out on it.  Either way, I had to speak up.

At least this is a little better than the time a nail wrap company wanted me to pay for their products and then review them.  Womp womp.


Hat: old, H&M

Cardigan: ModCloth

Top: thrifted

Skirt: thrifted

Socks: old, ModCloth

Shoes: old, ModCloth

Watch: old, Olivia Burton



14 thoughts on “Outfit: You Deserve Better

  1. Ugh, that’s so frustrating. Why do companies and websites assume bloggers will just feature them upon request?! I get emails all the time asking me to feature the most random things that have nothing to do with my blog, and of course they want it featured at no cost to them. You’d pay a TV station, you can pay a blogger. I think the entitlement just gets under my skin. Anyway, loving this autumnal look, especially the oxfords with long socks! 🙂


    1. Right?! It takes a lot of nerve to make those kinds of requests. I can’t remember where I found it, but there was a British blogger who wrote a much longer and comprehensive post on the same topic, and the whole time I was nodding in agreement. Bloggers gotta make money, and we’re not going to make it by featuring “skinny coffee” for free.


  2. Ok, first this outfit is beautiful!!! And these photos are so pretty!

    And yes yes yes to everything you say in this post! When I first started blogging I fell for this trap and I feel kinda stupid for it because we ARE better than that! Did you ever get a response from them?

    Lee – leethrifts.com


    1. Thanks! I normally don’t try to instigate anything, but this made me so mad! It’s so unfair to take advantage like that.


  3. It’s baffling how some people would even ASK you to do something like that, without fee! Good job on calling them out too! I think if it were me, I would’ve just bowed out and said nothing. It happens all the time—oh the NERVE of some people!

    I think it’s always wise to ask about payment headfirst, before diving into any collaborations. Because some people really use the term “collaboration” loosely…

    Alive as Always


    1. It’s really so unfair! Someone else pointed out that you’d pay a t.v. station to advertise, so why wouldn’t you pay a blogger? Lately I’ve gotten more proactive about asking for money for reviews and such, and I’ll be honest–it’s been very hard for me to get actual money for it. Oh well. Hopefully one day that’ll change, but until then, I can’t tolerate working for nothing at all.


  4. LOVE these pictures!! All of the colors are so beautiful together and I adore all that hat! It’s such a great color on you! Ugh, I hate when companies want you to do stuff for free. I got an email like that last week and it’s so annoying that they expect bloggers to work for free.


    1. Thank you! I have to fight the urge to wear this hat all the time. And yeah–where do these companies get the nerve?? I can’t pay my rent with a chance to be featured on someone’s Instagram!


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