Saturday, November 24, 2012

Shop Small





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Darling dress and assorted bags, all from Emerging Thoughts.

It's Small Business Saturday, so I thought it would be the perfect time to post these photos from my Nashville trip with Kim. It's so important to support small and local businesses; they are what help keep our economy afloat. When you support a small business, you are making a direct impact on an individual's livelihood. Keep the entrepreneurial spirit alive and thriving; encourage creativity and innovation! Isn't that what the American Dream is all about?

I've known Lauren, the owner of Emerging Thoughts, for years - we met when she started carrying Postlapsaria in her shop. Lauren truly cares about her customers and the designers she supports, and that connection is one of the major benefits of shopping small. In honor of the holiday weekend, Emerging Thoughts is offering 25% off storewide with the code "HOLIDAZE" (pssst...that means my designs are on sale, too). Go shop, support, spread the word!



p.s. follow Emerging Thoughts on Facebook or Twitter - she always posts fun giveaways and exclusive discounts.

27 comments:

  1. such a COOL shot of your sisters' hair!

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    1. She's not my sister, she's my friend:)

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  2. I seriously spent 5 min just gazing at her hair! It's so pretty!

    http://theoccasionalindulgence.blogspot.com/

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  3. No offense intended, but it is extremely difficult to take a post like this seriously when you get so many items for free from "small businesses." You might want to reflect on the impression that you are making on your readers when you preach about the importance of supporting small businesses while simultaneously accepting dozens and dozens of items for free. Like I said, it's just very difficult to take the sentiment seriously.

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    1. I understand that most people don't receive items for free; that is one of the perks that come with having a blog with a large audience. I have always been transparent about collaborations and gifts, but that doesn't change the fact that I am also a consumer. Despite the gifts I receive, I spend my own money on a lot of the clothing I wear - and on everything I have in my house. I don't receive furniture, household goods, food, etc. for my blog.

      Saying that I can't "preach" (which I'm absolutely not doing) about the importance of supporting small businesses because I get some of my stuff for free doesn't make sense to me. Saying "no offense" and then discrediting the integrity of my opinion makes just as little sense.

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    2. Hi Renee,
      I'm the owner of emergingthoughts.com. I am a small business owner.

      Keiko has never once asked me for a thing. I ask her to take things. Why? Because this is amazing marketing for me. Most of these people wouldn't know about my business if it weren't for Keiko or other bloggers. Fashion companies give bloggers merchandise because it helps us spread the word. I have a cardigan in my shop and I had sold 3 pieces. Keiko wore it on her blog last week and I sold 9 more pieces within 24 hours.

      I didn't pay Keiko to post this. I found out about this post when I signed on twitter. Keiko is solely doing it to try to help my small business.

      I truly don't think I would be in business if it weren't for her. She has helped me so much throughout the years. She truly, truly tries to help small businesses. Her mother has a small business. She has a small clothing business herself.

      Best,
      Lauren

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    3. Love this comment Lauren - it supports that bloggers are wonderful influencers and the new way of advertising. And Keiko deserves every piece you send her and shouldn't have to apologize or defend the perks of being a successful blogger.
      Best of luck to your small business, Emergingthoughts.com, and Keiko's (I believe blogs are their own tiny small businesses!!).
      Jennifer

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  4. such cute bags!!


    http://lavieenliz.com

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  5. Checking out Emerging Thoughts now, such great bags!

    Katie

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  6. Based on your response, I can tell that my initial comment was not clear. Allow me to rephrase.

    As a "consumer," it is really grating to read a blog post written by someone encouraging me to purchase items that she receives for free. The fact that you seem to have difficulty understanding such a concept really speaks to your privilege. A brief scroll down even the first page of your blog boasts an impressive number of "c/o" items. While I understand that they are the "perks" of the daunting task of writing a blog and photographing oneself, it is also a joke to encourage your readers to spend money on things that you personally do not also purchase. The fact that you cannot see the hypocrisy of urging your "large audience" of readers to purchase items that you were lucky enough to have received for free is a bit alarming, and something that I have neither the time nor the energy to address.

    Additionally, I did not discredit your opinion; I merely said that it is difficult for me to take seriously the urging of someone to spend my own money when she does not do the same.

    Lastly, I did not say that you could not preach (your problem with my use of that word lies almost solely in semantics; I was addressing the TONE of your post) about the importance of supporting small businesses, but I cannot take it seriously that you DO; why would you talk about how important it is to shop with small businesses and then not actually do so yourself? Does the fact that you CAN receive so many items for free mean that you SHOULD? If you truly value supporting these small businesses, I'm not entirely certain why you would opt to receive items for free when you COULD purchase them if you wanted to. There's a pretty distinct breakdown in logic there, which is also something that I am not interested in addressing any further.

    I've read your blog for a few years now and even purchased things at your suggestion. My original comment was not rude, nor did it attack you personally. Your response was needlessly defensive, and the fact that you could not make even the smallest effort to look at the situation from a different point of view (whether you'd like to admit it or not, many of your readers probably share the same sentiments that I do). If, like you, my livelihood was dependent upon support from strangers (i.e., blog readers), I would try a little harder to understand comments like mine as opposed to immediately discounting their credibility and validity because I was offended. Just something to think about.

    Best,
    R.

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    1. I'm not getting on a soap box and telling people not to shop at big businesses - I was merely suggesting we try and support the small guys, when possible.

      What I was trying to convey is that despite the items I receive for free, I also buy things pretty regularly. I've called bloggers "hyper-consumers" in the past because we are consumers to a great degree. That is what I'm trying to get across, which you continually negate. Saying I don't shop at small businesses is false. Getting free stuff does not mean I don't shop. It's not a point of pride, it's just a fact.


      I buy things, quite a bit, and choose to support small business more often than not. And being that I am on a modest budget, if given the choice between receiving something I want for free or purchasing it, you better believe I'll take it for free. Either way, I will wear it on the blog if I love it - so why not? Let's be real, if someone sends something as a gift in hopes for exposure, do you really think many people would refuse and insist on paying them for it? Maybe some people, but not many who don't have an infinite disposable income.

      I'm really not trying to be a jerk, but I tend to have a problem censoring myself - and I truly don't think you left that comment thinking, "Yes, this will promote a healthy and positive debate." I reacted in the same way I would in real life: in a defensive tone. You're absolutely entitled to your opinion and I don't mind you expressing it, but you can't expect me to not defend myself. I'm a hot-head, and for that, I apologize.

      The "c/o" issue is a long-standing controversy that has been debated back and forth and the only resolve is just to agree to disagree. I've never said blogging was a difficult job, and I'm grateful for the supplemental income it brings me. In fact, I'm fully aware of how silly the whole blog world must look to most of the population, and it's something I've tried to balance out by using this platform to do something good. The money I make on this blog, by wearing (and yes, advertising) clothing, accessories, and makeup I love goes a long way. It helps me support myself, my family, and people/animals in need. And a lot of that free stuff I get helps me support my favorite organizations; if I sell something I got for free, 100% goes to charity. Last year and this year, the main focus was Women In Need. Starting on my holiday fundraiser Dec 10, it will be Adopt NY.

      It's not something I expect everyone to agree with, and I understand that it's frustrating to see the "c/o" sign next to a lot of things on blogs. I'm still going to accept things as I see fit (but believe me, I'm picky about what I will post) but I hope that it least gives some people comfort knowing that the material things are going to help women, children, and animals - and not just inflating my ego.

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    2. R-
      You also seem to be implying that Keiko is prone to advertising based solely on what she gets for free, which seems to be missing a vital step of the process. She IS a small business. Keiko's blog about style she likes, and style she wears. It seems to me that she is posting about items that she either has bought, made, or would buy as they coincide with her personal style. If she isn't keen on an item enough for it to be part of her wardrobe, she's not going to buy it, make it, accept it as a gift, or hype it on her blog.

      Whether or not Keiko has bought an item or received it for free is irrelevant to how it is styled into her blog. I've always assumed the process was gift>>like>>wear>>incorporate into style>>blog. I don't think it's a stretch to say that most of her regular readers will have realized this by now.

      Additionally, ad hominem attacks about Keiko not being a consumer, her argumentative "tone" in her response, and not understanding her readers is not only rude, but also incredibly insulting. She obviously puts a lot of work into this blog and wouldn't be here without burning her shoe leather. To discredit the value of her suggestions about supporting small business is offensive.

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  7. That Monica shoulder bag is SO cute! Too bad it's sold out :(

    Your friend has amazing hair. She chose such pretty colors.

    And I love that it's Small Business Saturday. I always shop at small businesses. It's very important to support them! It's such a shame that so many big companies like Walmart & Target are taking over the mom & pop shops.

    xoxo Azu

    www.raven-locks.blogspot.com

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  8. This is ridiculous and sad to read.
    Blogs and free gifts care of small businesses to bloggers are a great form of promotion and a new form of marketing in the fashion industry! Blogs are the new way to go!
    If I were a small business by all means I would want to give my products to bloggers to promote!
    Keiko, thank you for trying to post something that promotes a day that gets drowned out by black friday and cyber monday! Thank you for simply trying to raise awareness!
    -Adrienne. xo

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  9. Cheers to local employees! :)

    xo
    Maggie
    http://mag725.blogspot.com

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  10. Those bags are gorgeous..Xo-Jewel
    styleoptimist.blogspot.com

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  11. i adore those photos and i also supported small local businesses this saturday! fun to explore my own town's shops for a change.
    kw, Ladies in Navy

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  12. I love Emerging Thoughts! Have for a while! Everything's gorgeous

    xo Ashley
    luckylittlebird.blogspot.com

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  13. The bags are really cute but is this really worth such the fuss and fighting? So what if keiko gets free stuff! Good for her! She expresses her opinion on HER blog and talks about things she believes in, and i'm not sure anyone has a right to complain and get annoyed about it...


    munchmecat.blogspot.com

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  14. I love love love LOVE the colorful hair! It's beyond awesome!


    http://lasaloperie.blogspot.com.br/

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  15. I loved reading the comments, but I support small business as well! keep it going keiko!



    http://simonaion.blogspot.com

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  16. Awesome post! I love shopping at small businesses! You can find so many cool things you'd otherwise never find!

    -Katie

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  17. This shopping season I'm definitely going to try to buy all my gifts at small businesses. You really do find more interesting and unique items that you cant find anywhere else. I think it makes for a more special gift!
    kendrrat
    kendrrat.blogspot.com

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  18. there is also a good chance you find unique and adorable items in small boutiques

    blesselle.blogspot.com

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