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June 26, 2015
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Lets get a little controversial!

Stay with me this is worth the read and please leave your comments below…

Bloglovin’ is a platform to which you can follow and promote your favorite blogs, they have received some slack in the past for focusing a lot of their efforts in the realm of fashion blogs, the proverbial prettier, younger sister while the other blogs live in the shadow of her success not receiving as much publicity or accolades.

I appreciate all that Bloglovin’ has done but as the competition and growth of the fashion blog industry continues this billion dollar business needs diversity.

Bloglovin’ is hosting a competition with H&M to select 3 nominees for the “Breakthrough Blogger of the Year” this award is a big deal for bloggers because of the level of exposure not only from the H&M brand but Bloglovin’ is a great opportunity. As well as it is backed by 3 top bloggers, Arielle from Something Navy, Vanessa from Haute Pursuit and Geri from Because I’m Addicted.

Here’s where things get a little complicated for me, I love H&M, probably a little too much as I have styled pieces from their collections numerous times on my blog here, here and here.

I wore an H&M dress and scarf in NYC as we exited dinner at Two if by Land, One if by Sea the day my fiancé and I got engaged… bloglovinhmawards_bite+my+fashion+blogger

I even have a few snapshots last weekend by the pool in an H&M swim cover…

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But my problems are:

1. The competition is only open to US residents.

This is not a problem personally since I am still a US resident but I just went to Hauptbahoff  in Zurich yesterday and there are 3 H&M stores on the same street literally 1 minute walking distance so why limit the opportunity when fashion blogging is a huge international business?

2. The lack of diversity is embarrassing.

It has been said before, the fashion industry has lacked diversity in all aspects from designers to models and now fashion blogging is unfortunately becoming another very predominantly white industry. While there are no statistics, Asian American bloggers like Aimee from Song of Style, her sister Dani, Nicole Warne from Gary Pepper and Margaret Zhang from Shine by Three have become well known influencers they still represent the minority of fashion bloggers of color.

The 2014 Bloglovin’ Awards did not have one single dark skin, brown skin, African American, African, Carribean or Latina represented in any of the 11 categories. 

While I would be honored to win this Bloglovin competition or be recognized for my sense of style, passionate writing or hard work like so many of us would… my entry is plagued with a lot of the same doubt the fashion industry instills in anyone that does not fit an ideal mold.

Unfortunately during these heightened times of racial unrest and tense racism it is hard for me to ignore the fact that I see a lot fewer opportunities presented to fashion bloggers of color and while I think Bloglovin’ is a great platform I urge not only the organization but readers to seek more diversity.

3. Fairness.

Bloglovin’ as all bloggers and blog networks work with sponsors to put on competitions and awards, I think it may be fair to describe this opportunity as something outside of the award because ideally the awards are not influenced by sponsorships, there may be fashion bloggers with a great sense of style that do not frequent H & M and that should not be a qualifying element in a blog award. However I do think it is great that they selected a different group of bloggers with different scoring criteria and aesthetics. I think competition is great and look forward to seeing all of the entries as I visit other blogs.

 

Now that I got that off my chest, I decided you can’t complain from the bench, you must get in the game…

I have styled an H&M look today!

Headed down to the Museum Rietberg…

I’m wearing a simple black dress… I love to hop into H&M for the “I need something to wear tonight” panic and picked this up in Spain. You can look amazing on the go- one of the many reasons H&M is a go to store.

Rocked it with Christian Louboutin.

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Of course I wondered around the scene a bit as on my Instagram and you will see a full shoot at this location in the coming week…

BTW, if you would like to enter the competition please do so here.

Bennie and I wore all H&M as well as he took the photos because we are that couple. haha.

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  • Stephanie@gofashiondeals.com'
    Reply Stephanie June 27, 2015 at 1:00 am

    Great read. You are so right about the lack of diversity. You have a great blog. 🙂 and love the dress and the shoes are amazing!!! 🙂 total shoe envy here
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    Reply MyCityMyLOndon June 27, 2015 at 2:17 am

    awwww cute couple! and hot dress btw

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  • jehanmohammad22@gmail.com'
    Reply Jehan M. June 27, 2015 at 5:27 am

    you rock in this style.love your body too
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    Reply vanessa June 27, 2015 at 9:31 am

    love the sunnies!

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    Reply Anna June 27, 2015 at 10:16 am

    It is imcredibly short sighted of Bloglovin’ to have this lack of diveristy. I am from the UK and am advertised this oppurtunity I didn’t realize it was only open to US residents. You will see a H&M in almost every city around the globe so I’m shocked that they don’t want a wider search. As for the lack of diversity at the Bloglovin’ award, this winds me up because its 2015 for crying out loud! It should be about your style not where you come from

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    Reply Furore June 27, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Amazing outfit!
    What a great opportunity!
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    Reply ISABEL - EL SECRETO DE MISTER CLOSET June 27, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Love your shoes!
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    Reply Paola June 27, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Amazing pics and interesting post!!!
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    Reply Federica June 27, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Nice dress!

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    Federica

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    Reply Nina June 27, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    This dress looks amazing on you. Have a lovely weekend. xx

    Nina
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    Reply carmen June 27, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    lov ely shoes
    Mrs NoOne

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    Reply Jeanne June 27, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Love the silhouette of the dress!

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    Reply tr3ndygirl June 27, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    great selection!!!
    I wish you an happy day
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    Reply Christina Lau June 27, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    You make some very interesting points here! I completely agree that the blogging world has a severe lack of diversity at the top. I find it disappointing to hear that Bloglovin’s awards did not include women of color either. Keep doing what you’re doing girl — your blog is awesome!

    Best,
    Christina

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    Reply Kathrine Eldridge June 27, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. I did enter but did realize the lack of diversity. I hope that changes this time around. You look amazing in this dress and I adore those fierce shoes! 🙂

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    Reply Gina June 27, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Great look! And idk so much about the bigger bloggers, but I think there is more diversity in the blogosphere than you think, most of my “blogger buddies” are Asian!

    Gina
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    • Reply Bitemyfashion June 27, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      I think there is a lot of diversity as well in the blog world but not a lot of representation on the big level. A lot of the diversity is not being displayed or offered sponsorships and awards that was what I was stating for more diversity in representation.

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    Reply aruba June 27, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    you look awesome.. in love with your heels <3
    would u like to follow each other
    Follow me and i will follow u back
    xoxo
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    Reply Claire June 27, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    I love following my favorite blogs with bloglovin!

    God bless,
    XO, Claire
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    Reply Like, Wutever June 27, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    That dress looks stunning on you. And the shoes too! Such a simple outfit but it looks so chic.

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    Reply Angelika June 27, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    I love it!
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    Reply idu June 27, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Isn’t it interesting to see the lack of diversity that plagues the industry even in the present times. Anyways you look great in the H&M dress. It fits you like a glove. http://fashionablyidu.blogspot.com/
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    Reply Kylie Rodriguez June 27, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    You look stunning here! And I agree with you — the fashion industry has always lacked diversity in many aspects, and blogging is no exception.

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    Reply Albert June 27, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Great post! Love the green pattern background. 🙂

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    Reply Maria | Looking Glass June 27, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Great look and you have made some excellent points! I wanted to enter the competition but now I know I can’t since I live in Canada. Also I agree about the lack of diversity. As a mixed race girl I would love to see more colour in the big leagues! X
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    Reply Melanie June 27, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    You look amazing in this look and I love your shoes!
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    Reply Andrea Nine June 28, 2015 at 12:33 am

    I never realized Bloglovin was doing this, makes me sad. I hope some change can occur. As for you my dear, you are adorable!!!! That dress is so classy and fun!!! Oh and those shoes, I am over the moon for them! You are just rockin this look!!! 🙂
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    Reply Adriana R. June 28, 2015 at 12:47 am

    You look truly amazing! 🙂
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    Reply Adriana June 28, 2015 at 1:04 am

    Beautiful look!
    xx

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    Reply Amy Ann June 28, 2015 at 1:07 am

    I love H&M. You look great in this back dress.

    Amy Ann
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    Reply Travelera June 28, 2015 at 1:17 am

    I love H&M too and You look beautiful!!
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    Reply Stephanie Louise June 28, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Gorgeous! H&M is such a loved store, and it’s so nice to hear you stories about the pieces you wore and what happened. I agree with you and the lack of diversity. While there are some popular Asian-American minority bloggers like you mentioned, I think what would really be nice to see more Asian bloggers from Asia on the rise and also more bloggers of color. Lets just hope in time it happens!

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    Reply Jeanne June 28, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Very cool styling Falasha! I love that tank dress!
    XO
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    Reply Eni June 28, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    I totally agree with you about this contest!
    I like very much this dress. Is simple and elegant, perfect on you!
    Kisses from Italy and thank you for stopping at my blog,
    Eni

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    Reply Machachu June 28, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    I totally agree with you about the lack of diversity. There aren’t a lot of WOC with popular blogs, it would be nice to see more of those.
    Cute dress, your sunglasses are nice! 🙂 x

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    Reply Jadirah Sarmad June 28, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    I appreciate that you raised the question! I hope it doesn’t stay the same. 🙂
    You look fab and I love your shades! <3

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  • bikijohn@yahoo.co.uk'
    Reply Biki June 28, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Interesting topic, having worked in the fashion industry for over ten years and worked with a lot of African brands, I’d like to put my tuppence in on the African part of things, i.e. reasons for our lack of diversity seen in global fashion. Yes on a whole fashion is racist, you just have to look at the London/Milan/Paris etc catwalks to see that. However one thing that fashion/the world is not racist too is money. I.e if we as Africans (and here I mean Nigerians mainly) supported each other more by buying our designers’, clicking and commenting on our blogs etc- we would cause such a ruckus that the global fashion industry would have to have a look in. This would mean blog groups like Bloglovn etc would have to feature an African or African/American coz they couldnt avoid the facts/stats…
    Well thats my long tuppence…
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    Reply Eden June 28, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Love the black dress and heels, great style!

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    Reply Princie June 28, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    I really liked your analysis about this contest. The bodycon dress is perfect on you. Love your shoes!
    Thanks for your comment on my blog!
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  • nida.mokhtar@gmail.com'
    Reply Nyda June 28, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Hi,

    You visited my blog and left your comment, so I had to check your blog and here I am. You have a nice blog and I love this dress of yours. I completely understand how such sort of discrimination can put you down. But, seriously, you need no surprises and awards when you are fully satisfied with what you are doing. Keep it up. Love!

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    Reply Leftbankgirl June 28, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    You look fantastic! Great post!

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    Reply Andrea June 28, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    You look beautiful and thank you so much for sharing this competition.
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    Reply Carly June 29, 2015 at 3:49 am

    You make some good points, but unfortunately most things in life aren’t fair and I do think they are trying to diversify as you pointed out with the judges.
    Your look is gorgeous! So daring
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    Reply Shannon June 29, 2015 at 4:31 am

    You look amazing girl!! Absolutely love that dress on you paired with those shoes! Stunning!

    <3 Shannon
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    Reply natali June 29, 2015 at 5:18 am

    Such cool photos!! you look gorgeous!! love that dress and those heels are amazing!
    xx, Natalia

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  • blogoratti@gmail.com'
    Reply blogoratti June 29, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Great thoughts indeed, and couldn’t agree more. Hopefully this gets out there and influences how things are done. There are many fashion blogs out there, and its the content that should matter -not the race of the blogger. Best wishes!

  • hanababajic@hotmail.com'
    Reply Hana June 29, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    You are really right about the lack of diversity in this industry. To be honest, I’ve had that on my mind for quite some time now. I mean, you may think that I’m just another white girl just talking non-sense, but it really bothers me to see that even in 21st century these things are still happening. I think you have made a great choice when you decided to write this article, because it’s really important to put this out there to a wider audience, so props to you! Also, I need to mention that you look amazing in that dress and those heels are to die for.

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  • raindropsofsapphire@gmail.com'
    Reply Lorna June 29, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    It’s definitely something you see a lot of tbh, I’ve been in the blogging game for 8 years now and a lot of the time it’s filled with unfair opportunities or things can be specifically done to suit certain people over others. Everyone deserves a chance and everyone blogging has a voice, so things will grow, don’t worry.

    By the way, you might want to consider re-sizing your photos to about 700-800 wide or so. They are coming up full size and as your theme isn’t responsive to tablets or smaller laptop screens, the images are cut off, so I can only see half of them. It looks like you have a lovely dress and shoes from what I can see, but it might help your other readers with smaller screens if you can re-size your images. Just a little tip!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  • amber.allthecute@gmail.com'
    Reply Amber Shannon June 29, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    You look great…!!

    Collaborating with H&M would be awesome!!


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  • sarah@365hangers.com'
    Reply 365hangers June 29, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Such a perfect LBD and those shoes are to die for. Good luck in the contest, and hopefully we’ll see a little more of everything this year!

    xx 365Hangers

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    Reply Kelly Madera June 30, 2015 at 3:48 am

    Your shoes and point of view are quite literally, on point. Love the brain and the fashion associated! Keep it up! I’m blogging about similar things, check it out and let me know what you think: http://www.kellmenow.com

    XO K

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    Reply Rafaela June 30, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Great shoes dear!!
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    Reply Amanda C July 2, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Good luck on your entry into the competition. You have fabulous style and I hope you win!
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    Reply Naville July 18, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    I agree on the diversity thing, you don’t really see many bloggers of different ethnicities being as popular.

    xo

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    Reply inesrdp July 19, 2015 at 8:43 am

    girl! you look awesome!!
    love your heels <33333
    great pics!!!!
    really like it !
    how about follow each other for keep in touch?
    Let me know, I always follow back 🙂

    have a beautiful day :*

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    Reply Estefania July 19, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Amazing look ,kisses.
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    Reply Iolanda July 19, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Love your shoes!
    xoxo
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    Reply Femme Noble July 21, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Stunning ♥
    You look soooo gorgeous.
    Lovely greetings
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  • rachelholliday@hotmail.co.uk'
    Reply Rachel Holliday July 22, 2015 at 4:03 am

    I love your H & M look, you look so stunning 🙂 I agree about the lack of diversity in fashion blogging, I think it’s the same when it comes to different sizes of bloggers too.

    Rachel xx
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    Reply Isabelle July 22, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Lovely look! Nice dress (:
    Would you like to follow each other on GFC, Google+, Bloglovin & Instagram? I am @modellabellablog (:
    Maybe we could affiliate? <3

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    Reply Tanya July 24, 2015 at 7:23 am

    umm I didn’t know much about blog fields:). I just blog what I’m passion with:) I didn’t even care to go fashion week even I’ve got invited every year. You have a great sense of style keep up the good work! I wish you luck with the entry:). Congrats on the engaged you two are lovely pair. You look fabulous. Thank you for visiting and your lovely time:). Oxox

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