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What Gives You Credibility? VIP events? Family?

CATEGORY: FASHION

Poncho by Ralph Lauren; Jeans by Esprit; Over the Knee boots by Tamaris, Rollneck by Esprit, Furla bag.

PHOTOS by Alex.


What gives you credibility? I kept asking myself lately as two people (independently) suggested that I should attend events to be more credible for brands. It really annoyed me at first because I don’t agree with that. First, you should not need external validation to feel valuable.  Second, most people go to those events to be seen and promote themselves. As a result, you hardly get to talk to the brand. So what’s the point of going to these events when the only outcome is increased visibility (for the brand)? I’d rather get to know the people behind it. If the brand/PR Agency invites 30 bloggers, it gives you a hint that the quantity is more important than quality.

The best event that I attended was organized by a PR Agency that represents a French chain of cosmetics store. We were three bloggers and had the whole evening to spend with makeup artists and the brand representatives. It worked perfectly because I still use their products, recommend them, and that special night left a beautiful memory.

Another reason why I am selective and critical when it comes to events is that I have a child and a husband. And after a long day at work, I’d rather spend time with them than with strangers. I am going to turn forty this year and need to spend my time smartly. Maybe it is an age thing but I realized that you never know how much time you have left. So instead of chasing credibility and value externally, I invest my time in people who matter. And all that glitz and glamour of VIP events is very conditional. You have to be young, pretty and with interesting numbers on your social media accounts. And that is not something tangible…and as they say, beauty is only skin deep.

What gives you credibility? I can’t wait to read your answers.

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credibility (krɛdɪˈbɪlɪti/ )
noun
 
1. the quality of being trusted and believed in.
“the government’s loss of credibility” 
synonyms:
trustworthiness, reliability, dependability, integrity, character; reputation, standing, status, cachet, kudos, eminence, credit, acceptability
“the party lacked the moral credibility to govern”

2. the quality of being convincing or believable.
“the book’s anecdotes have scant regard for credibility”
synonyms:
plausibility, believability, acceptability, tenability, probability, likelihood, authority, authoritativeness, impressiveness, cogency, weight, validity, soundness. 
 
3. another term for street credibility.

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37 Comments
  • Jessica
    13.01.2018

    These are really great points Miri. And yes, I too, prefer brands who look on quality over quantity. While I understand they need to run their business so they want to get as much people as possible, it’s just not my thing. By the way, love your poncho, really great outfit for that beautiful backdrop.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  • Sherry
    11.01.2018

    What a perfect look for this amazing backdrop. Wow! Incredible. I’d love for you to pop over to my linkup and share. Have a great week!
    Sherry
    http://www.thelifeofthepartyblog.com/2018/01/fashion-informant-linkup-back-2.html

    • Miri
      11.01.2018

      Hi Sherry, thank you for your kind words. Can’t wait to pop over to your link up. XO

  • Ada
    11.01.2018

    What a great post Miri. You make some great points. I rather represent/go to events by brands that work with fewer people than vice versa. Time is very crucial to me too, as a mom. We can’t do it all. And girl I would never ever guess you are going to be 40 this year. You look great!

    I love this outfit girl. Great poncho. And OMG Esprit – they are still around?! Welcome by tomorrow and every Thursday and linkup with me. I also featured you last week on last week’s Thursday Moda – come take a peak at it. I Love your style.

    Happy 2018!!

    <3 Ada.

    • Miri
      11.01.2018

      Hi Ada, thank you for stopping by and for your kind words. I will come by today and link up! XO

  • stephanie
    10.01.2018

    I would love to go to more events, not to just network, but to get out of the house for a mommy night out or day out. AS for being more credible? I am not sure if going to a ton of events would do that, maybe in the eyes of some, but it is a personal preference I think. And I know what you mean about spending time with the child and hubby.

    • Miri
      11.01.2018

      Thank you for stopping by and your kind words, Stephanie. XO

  • toyas tales
    10.01.2018

    Only you can decide what makes you and your blog credible. That can mean different things depending on what kind of blog you have and what you are trying to get out of it. I do think age does play a huge factor in how we approach and think about what is credible. At 38 I totally have different demands on my time and have a very particular idea of what I want out of life than a twenty-year-old would.
    LaToya
    http://www.toyastales.blogspot.com

    • Miri
      11.01.2018

      Hi LaToya, you are so right. I agree that it changes once we are mature and have more life experience. Big hugs, girl! Thank you for stopping by.

  • Maryam
    10.01.2018

    That is such a great question to ask. I don’t think there is a right or wrong answer. It just depends on the person and their priorities in life.

    xx, Maryam
    http://www.glamandposh.com/fashion/new-year-new-workout-gear-2/

  • Cheryl Shops
    09.01.2018

    I have worked with some amazing PR people, where I felt like we had a truly personal relationship, and I’ve worked with some not so great ones. I’m sure they have numbers to hit, but perhaps a more tailored approach would work better for them (and one that doesn’t insult the people they’re trying to pitch!). I think what gives you the most credibility is staying true to yourself and doing it all from the heart—which is what I try to do!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

    • Miri
      09.01.2018

      I could not agree more with you, Cheryl. Thank you for stopping by. Big hugs

  • Love your pics, such a pretty poncho on you with the boots. I may be attending a blogger event this Spring, which will be the first for me. The Brand has been lovely as i have been communicating with them for several years and I feel it is a good relationship. i can understand what you are saying though. i don’t know, i think my credibility may come from the sincerity in which I write, and by choosing brands that represent my style.
    Have a great week.
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • Miri
      09.01.2018

      What a beautiful response, Jessica.

      I am sure you will have a blast and the event will be amazing.

      Pls, let me know afterwards- I wouls love to hear ho you liked your first event.
      Big hugs

  • Jennifer
    09.01.2018

    Yes to all of this Miri! I think it’s the industry and we need to go to a million events just to have some credibility. I believe staying true to yourself and being authentic. I refuse to work with brands that I don’t trust or believe in. I won’t sign up for some campaigns because of it. My sister said you have to make money, but I don’t want to sell myself short and lose my integrity.

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

    • Miri
      09.01.2018

      I think that is beautiful, Jennifer. You are so authentic. Thank you for your inspiring words and being you. That is why I like coming back to your blog. I just have one request: could you feature Reika more often? ;-))
      XO

  • Len Parent
    09.01.2018

    You look incredible! SO PERFECT! I love this look on you, Miri. Stay fabulous!
    Happy Monday!
    Much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com
    xo

    • Miri
      09.01.2018

      :-)) Thank you, Len! XO

  • jodie filogomo
    09.01.2018

    Such a great question, Miri! I think doing something well should give you credibility, but it’s very subjective….
    XOOX
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Miri
      09.01.2018

      Totally agree, Jodie! Thank you for stopping by. XO

  • Cheryl Tucker
    09.01.2018

    This post is so true. I agree completely. I would rather spend my extra time with family. I think your work provides credibility for anyone taking the time to really look at it.
    Peace!
    Cheryl
    https://www.northwestmountainliving.com

    • Miri
      09.01.2018

      I could not agree more, Cheryl! Have a wonderful Tuesday. Thank you for stopping by. XO

  • Simply Sory
    09.01.2018

    Buenísimo este post y estoy totalmente de acuerdo contigo en lo que asistir a eventos se refiere. Por cierto chulísimo el look.

    Te dejo mi nuevo post, con un abrigo muy molón
    http://www.simplysory.com/2018/01/09/abrigoestilochanel/

  • Miri, first of all, I love you in this poncho outfit! So chic and adorable! So for me being credible is just doing the work I set out to do and giving it my best effort every time. I once heard Jennifer Hudson tell young aspiring musicians this…”Don’t just be great at your work. Be someone who is great to work with. And you will always have work.” Ever since I heard that, I have been applying that principal to my blog. If I am doing brand work, I am going to give it 100% of my best effort. It may not be the best out there, but it is real, genuine, and reader-engaged. And I continue to have work coming at me. To me, that is credibility…and I rarely leave my house! Haha. Great post, my friend.

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

    • Miri
      09.01.2018

      Ohhh! Thank you for sharing Jennifer’s advice. I love her and will remember this! Big hugs, my fashionable friend!

      • So, I used this Jennifer Hudson advice for my blog post that will go live tonight! I couldn’t help myself! Once I wrote it all out in the comment here, I figured it was a blog post in the making!

        Shelbee

        • Miri
          12.01.2018

          Ohh, I love this, It is really inspiring and a great topic for a blog post. Heading over to check it out!! XO

  • nancy
    09.01.2018

    Well said!

  • Katrin
    09.01.2018

    I totally agree, dear Miri, and I think, this is what makes you and your blog absolutely unique. Keep on going like this, you are awesome!

    • Miri
      09.01.2018

      XOXOXO!!

      Thank you, Katrin!

  • jacqui
    09.01.2018

    I have yet to be in a situation like this, but look forward to it, then I would be able to evaluate what’s best. Loving the outfit, especially the wrap – gorgeous colours. Jacqui
    http://www.mummabstylish.com

    • Miri
      09.01.2018

      Ohh, now you must be thinking that I am just spoiled and complaining… hehe… I think Switzerland is a small country so you get the opportunity much easier than if you live in the USA. Big hugs, Jacqui

      • jacqui
        09.01.2018

        Not at all, you go for it, love hearing about how different bloggers work, nice to get information, ideas, and inspiration. Love and best wishes. Jacqui
        http://www.mummabstylish.com

        • Miri
          09.01.2018

          Thank you, Jacqui. big hugs

  • Laurie
    09.01.2018

    Nothing gives me greater pleasure than attending press events. I live on top of the city (London) and it only takes me 10 minutes to get there. I like to get to know my pr’s from my favourite brands and meet new people too xx

    • Miri
      09.01.2018

      Haha, I guess the people in London are more communicative.;-))) Thank you for your honesty, Laurie.

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