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OOTD // Blogging Chat: Brand Samples


Poncho: c/o JD Williams
Leggings: c/o OASAP
Necklace: c/o OASAP
Boots: c/o Lovelyshoes


This is the second piece of knitwear I was sent by JD Williams, you can see the first item I got and more about the brand in this post.

Let’s have a chat.

So, upon writing this post, I listed where all the items in this outfit were from and then felt a pang of embarrassment because they’re all brand samples.

Oh no, I thought. I’m becoming one of those bloggers.

I see it a lot on Twitter, where bloggers make comments that if an outfit is all samples, or a blogger posts sponsored posts and reviews regularly, they go off the blogger. Sometimes they even… dun dun DUUUNNN, unfollow. This is because the blogger is, apparently, no longer genuine.

And that bothers me.

I didn’t put these leggings and these boots with this top because I was asked to show them as much as possible. I did it because I like how they look together. I’ve already shown the leggings in another post, so I was under no obligation to post them in a different outfit – I just wanted to.

I sometimes look at my blog schedule and there’s been times when 5 or so posts have been working with brands in one week and I’ve had an internal battle with myself whether I should posts them. But then, when I’ve e-mailed a brand and told them I’ll have a post up by next weekend, or within 7 days, I don’t want to break that agreement and risk seeming unprofessional.

Even though blogging is not my profession and I’m not often given time scales by brands – I like to be reliable as I understand PRs will have clients that want results and targets to meet.

Truth is, I enjoy writing reviews and creating posts about things I receive. This is because I love blogging. And I see items I get as new content for my blog, not a new free item for my wardrobe.

Without getting samples, I’d probably not have as many things to write about. I find they spark ideas, keep me motivated and allow me to explore new brands help promote them. Some of my favourite posts have been reviews or sponsored posts that have inspired me to write about something I probably would never have thought of, or something I’ve been meaning to write about but just could never find the write way to present the post. Then a product that sparks a memory of childhood, or a post that allows me to fit my passion for exercise comes up and it just fits. And I love it.

I don’t see why I should be ashamed by that. As long as I keep my integrity by:

  • Never trying to influence someone to buy something I don’t like.
  • Not agreeing to work with a topic that is outside my genuine interests and likes.
  • Feeling blogging is a chore.
  • Keeping my posts interesting and fresh.

The chance to work with brands can be very inconsistent, there are weeks when I might have nothing to review, but other weeks where I have enough to full up my whole schedule!

I’m not going to be ashamed or frightened to post that I’ve been gifted a product. As long as I am honest towards my feelings towards it and I know I’ve worked hard on creating the post, then I’m not going to amend my schedule incase some people think all I post is reviews.

And you shouldn’t too.

Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals.



1. noun: a female blogger that writes about her own experiences, observations and opinions. 2. verb: to act like a complete idiot or to do something stupid. e.g: She did a Corinne.


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