Some Thoughts About Blogging and My New Favorite Outfit

I try to “stay in my lane” when I write posts for this website. I don’t really write about fashion or recipes or other topics that would be considered “lifestyle” content. I think the internet is a bit oversaturated with lifestyle blogs right now. I want to blog about my life- not life about my blog. (That’s my husband’s line. He’s pretty proud of that one.)

That’s why I don’t have a super consistent posting schedule. I write when I have something to share. I don’t want to waste the time of the people that read this website just because I felt the pressure to post something. Additionally, I don’t want to waste my time “creating content” for the sake of creating content. #aintnobodygottimeforthat. I want to have an organic creativity and share my projects when I feel like sharing them.

Before our kitchen post went viral last year, my Dad encouraged me to explore affiliate marketing. I’ve written in depth about affiliate links before, so I won’t get into that here. What you need to know is that I am an “affiliate” with Target and Amazon. (I was previously an affiliate with Wayfair, but cannot participate in their program anymore due to changes in state tax laws.)  When I share links to Target and Amazon products on Holland Avenue Home, I will receive a small percent commission if you decide to purchase any products through one of my links.

After the kitchen post went viral and was shared thousands of times, I made about $600 from affiliate commissions. The commissions dropped off quite a bit after those first few months, and those links only bring in commission every now and then. (If you purchased anything through one of my links, thank you! You helped pay for our puppy!)

I’ve thought a lot about how to take advantage of affiliate marketing moving forward. Monetizing a blog is a great way to bring in passive income. I love writing posts for Holland Avenue Home, and it would be great if this became a source of income for our family. But, I want to take advantage of affiliate marketing without ever taking advantage of YOU, the reader. So, I’ve committed to only partnering with companies I support regularly, and only advertising products I would purchase or have already purchased myself. I promise that Holland Avenue Home will never turn into an affiliate parade. I think very carefully about how my use of affiliate links will affect your heart and your pocketbook. I don’t want to write posts that make you feel discontent with your home or your life. That’s why I try to share principles for decorating and homemaking more than I share products. But when I do share products, it’s because I want to help you make smart and resourceful purchasing decisions.

Your heart matters to me. Your contentment matters to me. Your stewardship of your home and your finances matters to me. 

That’s where I’m coming from when I write. I hope that you can hear my heart through every post I share here on Holland Avenue.

With all that being said, I have something I want to share with you. I recently visited my family for a few weeks in Louisville. I got to wander around Target with my Momma, which was such a great way to spend an afternoon. (The closest Target is an hour and a half away from me, so going there is an exciting treat!) We got some Starbucks and started wandering around the clothing section when I saw this jumpsuit. I’m not a jumpsuit person. I’m short and curvy, so jumpsuits usually fit me poorly.

BUT THEN. I tried on this Universal Threads jumpsuit from Target’s new clothing line. GUYS. IT IS MY NEW FAVORITE THING. It is soft, it is incredibly flattering, and is very comfy. The top is like a short sleeve button down with a collar, and has a cute tie-waist detail that can show a little skin if you’re comfortable with that.

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The entire Universal Threads collection is basically a rip-off of Madewell’s signature aesthetic, but I’m not that mad about it. Madewell’s clothes are too pricey for me, so I’m glad to have a cheaper option for their signature style. HOWEVER. I noticed that a lot of the blouses and dresses are made from very thin, cheap feeling fabric. I loved the style of a few other pieces, but knew I wouldn’t reach for them in my closet because of the cheap quality and feel. This jumpsuit is an exception. The fabric is soft and doesn’t feel too thin. The pattern is flattering, and it flows a little when you walk. I don’t know how this wasn’t the first thing I mentioned… but IT HAS POCKETS.

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It has an elastic waistband, and isn’t too snug anywhere. It’s basically the most flattering piece of clothing, which is incredible coming from someone that usually isn’t comfortable in jumpsuits.

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I’ve been wearing it with my Sbicca Barrington Mules (aka my favorite shoes. I have the beige that were on sale last summer, but it looks like the tan and black are available on Amazon). It looks great dressed down with simple jewelry and some sandals, but also looks great for a night out with dangly earrings and a denim jacket.

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My ONLY complaint about this jumpsuit is that you feel 100% ridiculous going to the bathroom. There’s nothing like a jumpsuit to make you feel super feminine and stylish… until you’re sitting on the toilet in your bra! (Was that too far? That might have been too far… it’s true though.)

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That’s my sister, Lainey!

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Anyway, I knew as soon as I tried this on in the Target dressing room that it would be my new favorite outfit, and that it was the perfect kind of thing to share in an affiliate link.

I feel completely comfortable telling readers that I love this outfit, and I would feel comfortable knowing that someone bought it because I shared it. I wore it to church that Sunday, out to dinner with a friend, again just for fun, and to my grandparent’s anniversary party. I’ll probably wear it again this Sunday!

So… here is the link again. I’m wearing a size small and it fits comfortably. I haven’t washed it yet (#pleasedon’tjudgemeokay), but some of the reviews said it shrunk when they washed it. I plan on letting it air dry on a hanger, but if you’re not about that you might want to size up.

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Target is currently offering free two-day shipping on orders over $35. This jumpsuit is currently $29.99. It would cost $37.78 for the $30 jumpsuit, $5.99 delivery, and tax.

If I were ordering it online, I would probably throw in this blue bandana ($5.99) to meet the free shipping requirement, bringing the total to $38.14. (Less than a dollar more than just buying the jumpsuit, and you get a bandana!)

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Even if you don’t think you’re a jumpsuit person, you might love this one! That’s all I’ve got for today. I couldn’t wait to write this post and share with you! Thank you for reading and supporting Holland Avenue. If you decide to try out the jumpsuit, send me a message! I’d love to see how other people style it.

With so much love,

Avery

P.S. In case you missed it, here’s a post from yesterday about styling a bar shelf!

Styling a “Bar Cart” Game Cabinet

 

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