A Casual Chic Outfit and Thoughts on Being an Honest Blogger

The other day a fellow blogger told me that I am the master of “casual chic.” I don’t know that I consider myself the master of anything, but if I do casual chic well, it’s simply because I prefer comfort over most all else.

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About a month or so ago, a representative from Lilla P contacted me asking me if it would be okay to send me a few pieces from their collection. This is one of those things that bloggers deal with a lot–being contacted by companies big and small that want you to feature their items on your platform as a means of paid or free advertisement.

I actually just had a very long conversation with my husband about this very issue and how I feel about being an influencer. When I started this blog, it was essentially an online journal–far from a fashion blog. But since its beginnings, it has naturally evolved into what is today: a blog about my personal style and, something I am very passionate about, creating a timeless wardrobe that makes you look and feel your absolute best.

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I hate the idea of selling out to companies and writing posts on topics I’m not passionate about, just for the sake of a sponsorship. I wear clothes and write posts that I sincerely believe in, and it is really, really important to me to continue doing so…no matter where this blog goes.

That said, I am more than willing to try a new brand and provide my honest feedback on a product, but I do not ever want my blog to misrepresent who I am or what I believe in. This is why if you see a product marked “c/o” indicating that the item has been gifted to me, I am wearing it because I feel that it represents my personal style, and not for the sake of providing free or paid advertisement to the brand.

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Phew. Now, all of that aside, I do want to make a note that Lilla P never requested that these items be sent to me in exchange for a post on my blog or Instagram. In fact, they so kindly just offered to send me whatever pieces I felt fit my personal style, just to try out. In all honesty, I had not heard of Lilla P before this encounter, so before I could respond, I did my research. In looking through their website, I could tell rather quickly that Lilla P fit with my own brand–which is the message I relayed to the representative in response. All of their pieces are clean and minimal, very classic and well-suited for a timeless wardrobe. When I received my items, the sweater below being one of them, I could instantly tell that they were well-made and high quality.

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The mock turtleneck and knit detailing on the shoulders caught my eye immediately, and the high-low cut of the sweater mimics that “tucked in” look in the front while still providing coverage in the back. I’m very happy with the Lilla P quality and give this brand a ringing endorsement.

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All of my outfit details, including this sweater, are linked below. As always, if you have any questions on this or any other pieces I’m wearing, don’t hesitate to contact me!

Thank you all for reading and–can you believe it?–we made it to Wednesday and got past all of those campaign ads!

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Sweater: Lilla P c/o; Jeans: Madewell; Booties: Steve Madden; Bag: Coach (retired, but available on ebay); Hat: Rag & Bone


Lauren is the creator of the lifestyle blog, Wellesley & King. Like many modern women, she aims to balance her busy career and personal life with style and grace. Wellesley & King is devoted to providing inspiration to modern women everywhere, looking to bring simple and attainable style to all areas of their busy lives. Welcome!

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Wellesley & King works with several affiliate programs. By clicking through and purchasing items on sites I link to, I may receive a commission. Wellesley & King also occasionally partners with brands on sponsored posts or gifted items.  Sponsored posts are indicated by language similar to “thank you to ‘brand name’ for sponsoring this post.” Gifted items are indicated by “c/o” meaning “courtesy of.”

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  1. 11.9.16
    Kimberly said:

    Girl! I love this post and this sweater – those shoulders!!

    • 11.9.16
      Lauren said:

      Thank you, Kim! You totally understand the constant battle between blogging for love and blogging for business. I think the only way to be proud of your blog is by staying true to yourself and your beliefs, and it’s totally possible to blog for business AND be true to yourself!