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Better not Bitter

by Josh Johnson

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Ray-Ban Aviators | Obey Tank (similar here) | Levi’s Shorts | Marmol Radziner Ring | Fossil Bag | Birkenstock Sandals

Fun fact: Sometimes as bloggers we take the time to style, shoot, and edit photos for a sponsored campaign that end up not getting used due to one reason or another. Just another reason being a blogger seems like a lot of “fun”, but it’s not always as pretty as it seems. This happens to be one of those looks, and if you follow me on Instagram you’ve already seen the finish product. And if you don’t here’s the perfect excuse to do so.


Don’t get me wrong, blogging is fun. I love it. But you’ve got to have thick skin. Like, literally the thickest. Brands will tell you that you’re not a good fit, that “you’re not on brand”, or they’ll just stop replying to e-mails. Instead of getting bitter take it as an opportunity to have a conversation with the brand on what direction they’re looking for, or what you can do to improve your photos for next time. That way they’ll know that you take what you’re doing seriously, and that you’re open to constructive criticism. And always remember, better not bitter.

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  • such a simple causal look! I love it !

  • Love this. I often times take rejection a little too personally, but I keep forgetting that there’s always room for me to grow. Also, I’m obsessed with your bag!

    xo, Alicia | Alicia Tenise

    • Oh I definitely do too! And I didn’t really notice it until it happened this week, but like you said – always room to grow! And right?! Fossil makes some great bags.

  • Allie Mackin

    Oh yes better not bitter is the way we should all live our lives, and too bad these photos are great, as is your blog : )

    Allie of ALLIENYC

    • Couldn’t agree more! And thanks Allie! The brand just wanted to take it in a more Fall approach, which I totally understand.

  • Such good advise! I truly believe that blogging has made me have even thicker skin- you have to become comfortable with realizing you’re putting yourself/body image/personal brand out there for anyone to say anything about! It gets tough at times!

    Xx Taylor

    • Amen to this! Had to have thick skin thanks to growing up in the South and coming out young, and having this blog took having that thick skin to a whole new level.

  • Katie @ Pearls and Twirls

    Yes I love this! Such a great reminder. There’s room for growth in everything!

  • Way to look on the bright side. I need to take on this attitude a little bit more.

    Steal Her Fashion

  • always a learning experience, but still frustrating! these pics look great though and I love these ripped denim shorts!

  • Love your attitude Josh! You’re the best! xo