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What the hell is an “influencer”?

While fishing sleep crust out of the corner of my eye and holding back obnoxious 5:30 a.m. yawns on the train to work, I was hate-scrolling through a few obnoxious Instagram users and noticed one woman had the term “Influencer” as part of her profile. A quick search through the hashtag led me to more profiles of bloggers and online entertainers, ranging from 1K followers to 255K, who also referred to themselves as an “influencer.”

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According to Wikipedia, “influence marketing” depends on the work of an “influencer” to be persuasive in a social environment. So, an advertiser.

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I can barely swallow the title “content creator,” and now there is already another term self-obsessed people are using to make themselves appear more important than they are.

Did I miss the memo about humbleness being dead? Are these people not self-aware? If I’ve learned anything from the positive response I’ve received from calling out bloggers about being corrupt and greedy, it’s that people much prefer real people and personalities and not someone who is consistently trying to sell you something, which is all “influencing” sounds like to me.

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Stop with being “obsessed” with everything and taking flat lays of c/o products and calling it “influencing.”

Dress: H&M
Jacket: H&M
Shoes: Steve Madden (similar)
Necklace: H&M

This blog is totally amateur, my style is basic and only Chinese companies want to send me cheap clothes and $10 for posts, so I am not “influencer” material. However, if you ever want Belgium beer recommendations, tips for how to take your own blog photos or a good mug cake recipe, hit me up.

Outfit: Cut-out flats again because they let my feet breathe, a dress that cinches me at the smallest part of my waist and has the perfect amount of flair and the jacket I bought to fit in with the locals. Germans love their olive parkas.

And two bitch-slapped photos:

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I should just start using the outtakes of my “photoshoots” as my blog photos. They’re way better.

Cheap Steve Madden flats and the great Cholula discovery

Today I moaned and whined about not having any basic flats in my closet. Between my mustard lace-ups, my patent black buckled flats and an assortment of black boots, I basically have no quick warm weather shoe options. Sure, I could sashay through Kaufland in my thick soled bluchers, but I could also make a quick trip to the nearest mini mall and pick up some Chinese factory made flats, because I am poor and ignore the consequences of fast fashion like the horrible human being I am.

But I actually found these cool Steve Madden flats for 27 Euros, which is maybe $50 USD, but I generally ignore my depleting bank account these days so I can’t give an accurate conversion.

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They’re perforated and pointy, everything I need as a girl who refuses to wear open-toed shoes.

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Cardigan: Primark
Top: H&M
Skirt: Aeropostale
Flats: Steve Madden (so damn similar)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Necklace: Forever 21

Speaking of Kaufland, THEY NOW SELL CHOLULA AND FRANK’S RED HOT. One of my biggest fears about moving to Germany was having to give up my hot sauce addiction. When I first moved here, I only thought Tabasco and the cheap Fuego brand hot sauces were available. My suitcase was over its weight limit and I refused to let go of the three bottles of Cholula I had packed for my move. I used them so sparingly in the first few months, only choosing the best pizzas to have them with.

But as we were shopping in Kaufland yesterday, my German came over to me and said, “Come with me, and I think you need to hold my hand.” He led me to the moST GLORIOUS SHELF I HAVE SEEN SINCE DECEMBER 2015.

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I bought one of each.

The fun didn’t stop there, because Kaufland also decided that tiny overpriced fruit are the new hottest thing for summer.

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Also this week, we ventured out with the Wes dog to a park nearby that had a bountiful amount of daffodils that I lovingly refer to as “tax flowers” because they were planted using tax money from working Germans. Germany decides what is beautiful and worth spending money on apparently.

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We also stumbled upon several man-made branch huts, which I made Wesley get in with me for a picture, which ended up looking like an awkward engagement photo.

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Today I made monkey bread for the first time, which I ate a regretful amount of. It’s a bit too sweet for my taste, but I am thankful it stayed intact.

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I’ve spent the better part of my day trying to put together outfits for an upcoming sponsored post and making myself look ugly despite Snapchat’s beauty filters.

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I have work in the morning, which is apparently going to be my Saturday ritual from now on because it’s easy to piss on the new person when it comes to scheduling. I really don’t mind, it’s money, but I am hoping for an easy train ride there, unlike last Thursday.

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Style update: Accessories + Shoes

The heat, humidity and a closet full of repeat pieces has put me in a style rut. Like every other annoying blogger, I’m already planning my fall wardrobe and rethinking what I will buy this year. I want to update my style, but not stray too far from what I like.

This is part one in a three-part series on how I plan to make subtle changes to pieces I wear often. I believe in practical changes, not wobbling around in stilettos and pencil skirts claiming to be comfortable for the sake of fashun.

I wear flats on a daily basis, and typically keep them affordable and simple for work and weekends. I recently threw away my well-loved Target flats, and want to step away from my usual rounded toe flats and experiment with a point.

On point

American Eagle Open Side Flat
Steve Madden Elusion Flats
J.Crew Suede d’Orsay Flats

I carry my super cheap, beat up Forever 21 black satchel everyday, and it just needs to be put to rest. Until I can completely commit to saving for my coveted PS1 satchel, I know Cambridge and Rebecca Minkoff are dependable brand options. My focus is ease of access for when I need to quickly take my phone out and, you know, make sure my Kim Kardashian Hollywood character isn’t getting anything less than four stars at her Punta Mita photoshoot.

Yeah.

Cambridge Satchel Co. Mini Satchel
Rebecca Minkoff Bowery Satchel
Proenza Schouler PS1 Large Leather

I’m not quite ready to ditch statement necklaces, but I’m looking forward to a monochrome fall wardrobe complete with layered mixed metal pieces. I adore Free People’s current selection of jewelry, and couldn’t help compiling my favorites.

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Free People Ebony Curve and Coin Pendant
Free People Waning Crescent Necklace
Free People Goldbarr Versailles Statement Necklace

Ta-da. Stuff I want to buy. Cool.

Do you have any fall style updates planned?