“Conspicuous Consumption” is defined as the lavish spending on goods and services acquired mainly for the purpose of displaying income or wealth.
Do you think fashion blogs are often just conspicuous consumption? Are some?
I have not found this to be overwhelming true of blogs so much as I have with YouTube. I find most fashion blogs are more focused on how-to and displaying daily clothing choices as opposed to how much that particular blogger has purchased. At least with the blogs I’ve read. YouTube, I’ve found, is overwhelmingly about consumption of products and clothes and a lifestyle. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an obnoxious haul post on someone’s blog that even begins to rival the ones I’ve seen on YouTube.
As bloggers do we have the obligation to explain our personal financial status, how we pay for the things we showcase, if we have debt, etc . . .
Finances are a very touchy thing for most people. As a budget fashion blogger, I reveal how much I paid for things, where I found them and how I decide if I’m going to buy them or not. To me, my purchasing habits are propelled by the thrill of paying the least amount of money as possible. If I have to wait a week to get something for $7 less, I’d rather do that than HAVE IT RIGHT NOW.
Let’s just put this upfront: I’m a full-time volunteer. I make enough money to get by. My job provides me with benefits that help me with the basics of life: A roof over my head and food on my plate. The rest (meaning student loan payments, gym memberships, credit card bills) is up to me. Another note here: I will never say the program I work for or where I work since this is a public blog. If you are interested in full-time volunteering, please don’t hesitate to ask questions in the comments section.
Another issue this brings up is this idea that many companies want to advertise through YouTube haul-ers and fashion bloggers. Most of the bloggers who accept these deals often say only in passing (just barely, usually) that they received items for free. You can think of that what you will. It’s going to happen, in fact, it IS happening on many blogs.
Critics often say that fashion bloggers should use their money to support more worthwhile causes than clothing themselves in a different outfit daily. What’s your reaction to this?
This question puts me personally in an interesting spot. As I’ve mentioned, I’m a full-time volunteer. In fact, I am going into my third year of full-time volunteering. Every month, I would suspect I spend about $15-$20 on makeup, skincare and haircare. I never spend more than $10 on any one product. I do not think that is excessive. I volunteer and donate to charities, though I find it a bit tacky to say where and how much.
Since you started blogging, do you spend more money on fashion and beauty products?
In short: yes. When I read a blog or watch a YouTube video, I often get new ideas for how I want to do my makeup or hair. I really don’t have that much makeup–just the basics (aside from eye shadow, which, I think, I have more than any girl could ever need.) So I often find myself wanting to BUY MORE. I swear, it’s like hypnosis. I watch a video and then run to the store like a zombie thinking, “MUST BUY HEAT PROTECTANT SERUM!” That was me on Tuesday night, in any case. I will have to say that most of the time I don’t even up buying the product I set out for, mostly because they are expensive and I want to wait for a deal.
Life is about more than what money can buy. What are the things that top your list of what life is all about?
My life, in short, is about service. My life is about doing for others. My life is about caring for animals and the environment. I love to travel, I’ve lived a lot of places, I’ve been across an ocean and back. I think all of these things make me more interesting than this blog ever will.