I’m The Snobby Foodie, but I’m not a snob in the way you think. I appreciate a high quality product that adds value to your life. I don’t like wasting money and am the biggest skeptic of flashy marketing.
With marketing and big data, all of us are being sold things that we don’t necessarily need (like make up products), and we need some honest reviews in our lives. (Sorry, I’m getting passionate. A bit of my tech nerd is coming out- phew.)
Recently, I went to this media event, and tried a product that I absolutely despised. I really didn’t understand why anyone would want it in their life and the price point was way too high. I couldn’t write anything about it without being totally negative. My guilt of inauthenticity battled my guilt of expectation.
You know what’s more messed up? If I had written a positive review, I know it would have opened up more doors for Violet Fog. HOWEVER, that’s just not us. That’s not The Snobby Foodie OR Violet Fog. We’d rather be poor lol. We want to be honest and give our readers recommendations, like they’re our girlfriends. You’re not going to tell your girlfriend to use a face product that gave you pimples, right?
When I went to my first “media dinner”, I was SO excited. It was a multi-course meal with wine pairings. Surprise – the food was pretty terrible, even though it was free! I felt this weird obligation to write something about the restaurant, but I couldn’t bring myself to say anything good! So I didn’t. But I was battling the guilt of being inauthentic vs the guilt of not delivering content.
I HATE being inauthentic. I really don’t like saying something is good when it isn’t, this is NOT an attractive quality… so I just won’t do it. None of us at Violet Fog will.
I come off as a REAL party pooper when everyone is enjoying a meal, and I think it’s only “okay”. I’ve grown to say “it’s okay”, rather than “I would never come back here again” because it’s more socially acceptable. I sound very hoity toity right now, but you have to remember: my mom was an AWESOME cook – there ain’t nothing wrong with having standards!
I also expect the same quality in the products I buy. I tend to do a LOT of research when I’m buying something, and when it doesn’t live up to my expectations, I get a bit upset. Once, I heard a lot of great things about a certain brand’s beauty products (mainly from mass marketing). All of their images showed women with pigmented colors – and it was beautiful. When I finally bought their eyeshadow pallet, it did not show up on my caramel skin… AT ALL. I was really looking forward to looking like a shimmer fish, but I was disappointed. But the marketing made it seem like it would TOTALLY work on my skin color, and it didn’t. Like at all.
Don’t you hate when friends give you poor recommendations? Yeah me too. So, I’ll be the bad guy that tells you what I don’t like about a food, a make-up product, an experience. I’ll tell you the good AND the bad. Because of this, you’ll know that when I say something is good, it’s LEGIT good. Price point and everything. (Yes- I research price points too!)
At Violet Fog, we’re not going to mess with you & sell you stuff that we wouldn’t buy. We really do care about y’all & how you’re spending your money. We’re not a seedy product pushers or Instagram models. We’re just gals who want to tell it like it is.
There are blogs and publications that seem to LOVE EVERY PRODUCT…. that’s just never going to be the case on The Violet Fog. And yes- I am the “snobbiest” out of all of us and the quickest to say when something sucks…. and I’m proud about that. 😉