About Grechen Reiter:
Way back in 2004 I started Grechen’s Closet as a creative outlet for my ridiculous obsession with clothing and shopping online (back then, it was so new!). I posted outfit pictures, created a Designer Directory, featured independent and new contemporary designers, and was fanatical about getting a good deal. Not much has changed.
Now, in 2014, I’m 41, and Grechen’s Closet + Grechen’s Codes along with various freelance work is my career. I still do it because I love it, but I’m grateful that I’ve been able to earn a living from it the last ten years.
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Editorial integrity is and always has been my MOST important consideration when writing blog posts: I write ONLY and ALWAYS about things I would buy, things I want to buy, or things I have bought, and I have NEVER, nor will I EVER NOT EVER accept money or goods in exchange for writing a positive post on a designer or boutique, disregarding my own opinion.
In the interest of full disclosure though, I’d like to elaborate a little on how I make money (this is my full-time job) and what goes into my Reviews.
First, many of my posts contain affiliate links (I earn a commission from the boutique whenever something is purchased using my link). Hint: if the link doesn’t have the name of the website in it, it’s an affiliate link. I only work with affiliates I respect, worked with before they became an affiliate, would buy from, or already have bought from (like Shopbop, James Perse, etc…). Affiliate links are usually afterthoughts in a post though, not the main focus, I never craft a post specifically to promote affiliates. But, if I’m writing a post about James Perse, for example, and items I want to feature are available at sites I’m “affiliated” with, I’m going to use those links in my post.
With regard to reviews, I do sometimes receive product from a designer or boutique to review. Any products I receive are not returned and are considered an appropriate “trade” for the time it takes me to write the review, take photographs, etc. There are absolutely no expectations that I will write a positive review – if I don’t like the item, or find problems with it, I’ll write about them.
Finally, I’m sure you’re aware of the advertisements I serve on all of my sites. As with affiliates, I only work with advertisers I respect, have bought from or would buy from. I have full control over all the ads on my sites, I don’t work with any ad networks, and do display some relevant google ads.
I hope that clears up any questions you might have had, but please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have more. I love to talk