The Bahamas

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The Bahamas

Picture perfect beaches is what makes the Bahamas such a popular travel and insta-worthy destination. Every year for my birthday, we try to take a trip somewhere in warmer temps, especially since my birthday is in December and it’s usually cold.

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What to do and what to see

DOWNTOWN, BAHAMAS: We stayed at the Riu hotel, a short taxi ride to downtown. Downtown was filled with lots of shopping and places to eat. Definitely a place to find great food.

EXUMA, BAHAMAS: The Bahamas is also known for swimming with pigs and sharks. That’s exactly what George and I did: the Exuma excursion, which I highly recommend anyone traveling to the Bahamas to do. We took a 30 minute plan ride to Exuma, where we then took a short boat ride to our first stop: the swimming pigs. The pigs were not shy at all, which is why our tour guide recommended we be careful when feeding them. They were super comfortable with people, especially if you had food (obvi).

We then took another short boat ride to our second location: swimming with nurse sharks (insert nervous emoji here). I was super nervous and anxious just because… well SHARKS, duh!don’t freak out, don’t freak out. Again, our tour guide made sure we understood the rules when swimming with these sharks because they could bite. Luckily, I made it back with all limbs, phew. It was honestly not as bad as it seemed. Now I can say I swam with sharks.

Third location was the sand beach – one of my favorites. It’s one of those places where it just looks better in person. Photos just didn’t do it justice. It was beautiful. I could’ve stayed there all day.¬†Lunch was next, and it was ah-mazing! I had the chicken sandwich and George had the fish burger. It was so fresh and delicious.

Our last stop for the day was the iguana beach, where we got to feed them. They were also very friendly and not shy at all. So glad I could check this off my bucket list!

ROSE ISLAND: We also visited the Rose Island, a secluded island where we got to swim in the ocean, snorkel, have delicious Bahamian food, and see more pigs.

This trip was definitely one for the books, and a birthday trip to remember. It was so much fun and I had a blast. Spending it with George and close friends. What more can a gal want? Amirite? ūüėȬ†Best birthday EVER!

 

xo

Cyber Monday Sales

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Cyber Monday Sales

Tired of hearing all the steals, deals and sales? Nope? Well hope not because today’s blogpost is just that: Cyber Monday Sales, which means I’m sharing some amazing deals happening right now.

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Happy Cyber Monday Shopping!

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CODE: GOGOGO

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DATE: 11/24-11/29

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// 25% off 1 item

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DATE: 11/27-11/29

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// Take 15% off $100-$199.99 or 20% off $200+ on a great selection of items online  + save up to 50% on select items

DATE: 11/24-11/26

// Take 25% off a large selection of regular and sale price items for a total savings of up to 60% off online

DATE: 11/27-11/28

Coach // 30% Off select styles

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CODE: THANKS2016

// Up to 50% off select styles & shop 125+ online sale exclusives

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Express  // 50% off everything ONLINE ONLY + Free Shipping

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French Connection // 40% Off Everything In Store and Sitewide + Free Shipping

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INTERMIX // Extra 40% Off Sale

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// $150 off every $750 spent with code.

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// Cyber Monday Sale: 30% off select full-priced items

DATE: 11/28

// Green Tuesday Sale: 40% off private label & exclusives

DATE: 11/29

Minted // 15% off no minimum, 20% off $150+ on holiday

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// 20% off $150+ on holiday, wedding, and all gifts

DATE: 11/23-11/28

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Nordstrom // Take an extra 20% off selected sale items

DATE: 11/24- 11/28

// Designer sale ‚Äď 40% off

Public Desire // 30% off everything Sitewide and In Store

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// Save up to 25%

CODE: GOBIG16

Sole Society // 30% off all footwear, select bags, and accessories

DATE: 11/25-11/27

// 30% off Sitewide

DATE: 11/28

Steve Madden // 35% off + 30% off clearance

DATE: 11/28

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TOPSHOP // Up to 50% off select items

DATE: 11/23-11/28

Tory Burch // 30% off any purchase of $250+

DATE: 11/28

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Trina Turk // 30% Off Sitewide

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True Religion // 40% off + a free beanie with purchases of $250+

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//  NYX 40% Off Eye Makeup

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xo

 

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Black Friday Sales

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Black Friday Sales

How many of you camped out late last night for Black Friday Sales? How many are out shopping right now? And how many of you are like me doing all the black Friday holiday shopping in the comfort of you home (or in bed)? I’m definitely avoiding any interaction with anyone today and doing all my shopping online. It’s easier, safe, less stressful, and you can stay in your pajamas all day, I mean. Does it get any better than that? NO!

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I’ve listed all the Black Friday Holiday Sales that I’m currently browsing through as we speak. Happy Black Friday! Happy online shopping!

 

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SEPHORA – $15 & UNDER GIFT ITEMS

REVOLVE – UP TO 65% OFF, FREE SHIPPING AND RETURNS

 

XO

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Shopbop Sale Event Favorites

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Shopbop Sale Event Favorites

Happy Wednesday everyone!

You guys! A little birdie told me that Shopbop is having a MAJOR sale right now until this Friday 9/29. And not just any ordinary sale – I’m talking sitewide discounts! Everything on their website is on sale…. I know, I can’t handle it either. This is the perfect opportunity to shop items that normally sit in my shopping cart that I never check out. Also, the perfect opp to shop key items, like coats, bags and shoes – items I would wear over and over again that will actually get good wear out of throughout the year that will never go out of style.

From women’s clothing to bags to shoes to accessories, even men’s. They have it all, and it’s all on sale.

These Quay sunglasses pictured above are on sale right now. Click here to shop them now. Plus there are many similar bags like the one above that are discounted at a very good price. Click here to shop all round bags.

Spend up to $500, and get 20% off your order with code EOTS17

OR

Spend over $500, and get 25% off your order with code EOTS17

 

Here are my favorites from the Shop sale event. P.S. I suggest you run don’t walk to your computer and start shopping, because this sale ends this Friday September 29th. So hurry!

Happy Wednesday, happy shopping!

xo

 

 

 My Favorite Pieces

 

Shoes I Love

 

 

Bags I Adore

 

Accessories I Need

Things I love for George

Red for Fall

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Red for Fall

The temperature has finally dropped below 70, feels cooler (a lot cooler) outside, and we are in the clear to say that it’s beginning to feel a lot of Fall! Yay! Anyone else just as excited as I am about this?! With a new season comes new trends and new wardrobe… obviously. Hello Fall, Hello red!

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photos: Stefanie M Mariee

I’ve been seeing a lot of reds and maroons, pant suits, and color blocking play EVERYWHERE, epsecially on my Instagram feed, and quite honestly not surprised either. One in particular that has grabbed my attention is the color red. Red is such a powerful color. It makes such a strong statement alone, and easy to create an effortless outfit when you’re in a rush. It’s definitely one of my go-to colors right now for this season. If you know me you know that I steer far from a bold lip or any darker hues when it comes to beauty, however; as you grow, you tend to develop new loves and interests, and red has definitely grown on me. One that I happen to keep wearing over and over again. I’ve found myself wearing red more often than usual. If you asked me last year what my go-to wardrobe and beauty palettes were, I’d probably say neutrals and of course black. I’m very particular with adding pops of color in my wardrobe. Fast forward to today, I’m for sure playing with more colors and adding new tones in my life both wardrobe and makeup – and I ain’t mad about it.

What are some of your favorite Fall trends at the moment? What are some trends you’re currently wearing that you never thought you’d wear before? Would love to hear them.

Hope you all have a great Monday. See ya soon!

xo

 

WHAT I’M WEARING

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What it’s Really Like on Blogger Trips

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What it’s Really Like on Blogger Trips

Before I get into this topic, I wanted to start off by saying how very thankful and blessed I am to be a part of this blogging community that once didn’t exist nor was considered to be a real job. I meaaaan, is this real life?! I am very fortunate and grateful that I have turned a hobby into my career. And all of this would not be possible at all whatsoever if it weren’t for the continuous support of my blog and social media friends – YOU! Thank you.

Now where were we…? Oh yes!

 

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Social media is really funny. While no one most do not like to share anything negative on social media (speaking for myself as an influencer), it’s really easy to judge someone based off what they choose to share on social media. This goes without saying, don’t believe everything you see on social media – DON’T! Especially when you see all these amazing trips bloggers go on. Wait – let me rephrase that. Blogger trips ARE indeed fun and am forever grateful for every opportunity I have had as a blogger, however; it isn’t always what it seems to be.

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photos: Ryan Chua

Allow me to break it down for you.

Here’s what really happens behind the scenes on these blogger trips that we don’t talk about…

Before blogger trips:

  • Work on media kit and proposal letters. Outreach to brands to partner with me during my trips. Whether this is for complimentary stays in hotels, accommodations, or sponsored post collaborations. I love a free trip just as much as the next person, however, free doesn’t pay my bills. At the end of the day, I gotta eat.
  • Style my outfits beforehand. Taking photos of each look will help and make your life easier when shooting back-to-back photos.
  • Have inspiration photos to make sure I capture the content I and/or the brand is asking for.
  • Pack the essentials: camera (very important), chargers (very very important), the product I am shooting, etc…
  • Scout the location and area I am traveling to: hotel, outside of hotel, restaurants, shopping centers, etc. for outfit photos. Backgrounds are key.

During blogger trips:

  • Start documenting EVERYTHING on SnapChat, Insta-stories (because if you didn’t snap it, didn’t even really happen?!), Instagram, Vlog, and Blog.
  • Start creating content: outfit photos, product, etc.. depending on the collaborations.
  • Make time to eat in between shoots.
  • Then begin editing content, and start posting on Instagram.

¬†By this time, I have yet to enjoy the hotel, location, beach. To be completely honest with you, I have yet to really enjoy the hotel pool when I travel. Every Most photos I have shared on social media laying out on the beach or lounging by the pool have only been for a quick second or for the gram. I’ve never actually done any of the above in “real life” during my trips – lol. Sounds silly when you think about it. Sounds even more silly as I’m typing this post. But that’s blog life. That is my life when traveling for work.

After blogger trips:

  • Unpack.
  • Catch up on real life for a little bit. Then get back to work.
  • Begin uploading all of your content, and start editing.
  • On top of that – catch up on other work: respond to emails, follow up, prep for upcoming shoots and other collaborations, etc.

Although I have yet to master this whateveryouwanttocallit, I have learned that setting aside a few hours in the morning to shoot everything, has definitely helped me enjoy the rest of my stay.¬†And as much as I try to set a plan and shoot all content first thing to get it out of the way, things always come up and not everything goes as planned. Life, right?! There’s a lot of work that is put into all of these trips and vacations. A lot of people don’t understand or realize that these trips are a lot of work and a huge part of our jobs. Creating content isn’t just taking a photo. It’s not as easy as point, shoot and upload. It’s so much more than that. It’s a lot of work but a lot of fun, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

¬†I love posting in real time on social media as much as possible because it feels more authentic and right for me, but that’s not how it always works out when traveling. So one thing I have learned and would advice any other influencer is to post all your travel content after your trip to fully enjoy your stay. This will make it feel more like a vacation and less stressful. As a creative, you always have to make sure you are in a happy place and stress-free in order to produce and create amazing content.

PLEASE NOTE: this post is in no way of me complaining. I am simply sharing with you all what happens prior from posting vacation photos on Instagram, and during these trips, and the amount of work behind it that you don’t hear about.¬†I love what I do, and my goal was to turn what I love doing into a career. Beyond blessed.

I’m pretty sure I left out a few other things, but this is just to give you an idea of what goes down behind these blogger trips and vacations. If you have any questions or feedback on this topic, feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to hear your thoughts, tips and what works for you when traveling.

xo

Last Days of Summer with Wet

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Last Days of Summer with Wet

I can’t think of a better way to spend the last couple of days of Summer than with Wet in Malibu. The first thing that comes to mind when I think of summer is the beach. Summer is one of my favorite season for obvious reasons – the weather. I can seriously live in bikini tops underneath my clothes all days of summer.

I decided to hit the beach with one of my favorite blogger babes Enocha.

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I partnered with Wet Swimwear to share with you all some of my top favorites pieces. This was a tough one to narrow down because they have the best swimwear collection with so many different styles and prints to choose from.

From endless bikini and one-piece options to a nice variety of cover-up pieces, Wet swimwear never fails to bring you the best of the best for warmer temps. And as you all know, I love when items double for more than one purpose, and can take you from day to all your night time festivities, so I was pretty pumped to find out that Wet carries not only a wide assortment of swimwear, but cover-ups that can be worn as outfits (insert clapping hands emojis here and here).

For instance, this beautiful black romper is not only perfect as a bathing suit cover-up, but also serves as a romper for a night out. Just add a strappy sandal or mule heel, and you are good to go and ready for a girls night.

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You better believe that I will be wearing these pantalones when I’m not lounging by a pool or beach. They are so cute and would look great with a crop top, hat, sandals… I’m picturing my next off-duty OOTD right now.

 

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Rest assured I’ll be taking this kimono cover-up dress out on the town. White cami underneath with a pair of cropped skinnys and a low-heel sandal. Done and done.

 

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photos: Stefanie M. Mariee

What are your go-to items for summer? What’s the one thing that comes to mind when you think of summer?

xo

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The Oaks at Ojai

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The Oaks at Ojai

Before we get into today’s post, happy Tuesday! I hope everyone enjoyed the long holiday weekend, because I know I sure did! Is it just me or did it felt like it was the shortest weekend ever though? If you follow my Insta Stories, you know that I had the most Sundayest Sunday of all Sundays.

Ok, let’s do this….

For those who have been following MelRodStyle for awhile, you know that I’m always on-the-go, and am always up for quick getaways. If there’s any talk of a girls trip or plans for one, you bet you can count on this lil gal to be there.¬†Enocha and I decided to take a very last-minute girls trip to The Oaks at Ojai, which was approximately a two-hour drive. Though it was a very spare-of-the-moment getaway, it worked out perfectly, especially since it would be my last trip with Enocha until she returns from her trip to London (insert crying emoji).

We stayed in a Double Courtyard Suite located in a private corner behind the pool area, which included a private patio entry. I loved that it was secluded because I was really looking forward to nothing but a peace and quiet trip.

 

 

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The Oaks at Ojai offers an extent list of activities and services, such as Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, Qigong, along with facial and body treatments. Their mission is to provide their guest with an environment that encourages your healthy goals of all kinds, including your eating and exercise habits. The Oaks provides healthy meals and snacks throughout the day, along with yummy smoothies and desserts, as well as offer fitness and calorie conscious meal programs customize to fit your needs.

During our stay, we made sure to make time for a facial. We got the Vita D Brightening Facial Treatment, which included a marine based mask that helps firm and lift the skin, along with Vitamins B5, C, D, E and K to protect and hydrate the skin.  It was heavenly. 

The rest of our stay was very relaxing and spent most of our time by the pool lounging. This quick trip was exactly what I needed to unwind and recharge. Thank you to the team at The Oaks for a wonderful experience. I had an amazing time.

xo

 

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Sapphire Pantry Laguna

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BRUNCH SO HARD, MIMOSAS WANNA FIND ME

As a fashion and lifestyle blogger, I am invited to many events throughout the week, and while they are all so much fun, my favorite events are the ones that involve food… don’t judge me. If there’s an event with food, I’m totally there. You can find me chasing the waiter around with the platter of hors d’oeuvres. To be honest, my favorite influencer events are the brunch ones (hashtag sorry not sorry). So naturally, when I was invited for a tasting at the Sapphire Pantry in Laguna Beach, there was no hesitation. I was definitely attending!

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If you follow me on Instagram @melrodstyle, ¬†then you might’ve seen on my stories all the food we were able to taste. Sadly, I didn’t get to take photos of every dish (hence why I am not a food blogger), because my belly could not wait #STORYOFMYLIFE, but we had the following from their breakfast menu: OATMEAL, TRADITIONAL SANDWICH (hickory smoked turkey, scrambled egg whites, tomato, whole wheat bread), BREAKFAST TACO, BREAKFAST BURRITO, BUTTERMILK PANCAKES, PB & J FRENCH TOAST (ahhh insert drooling emoji here), SMOKED SALMON SANDWICH, and so much more. Just thinking about all the food we I devoured is putting me back into a serious food coma.

 

If you are ever in the area or are planning to visit Laguna beach, I highly recommend giving them a visit because their food is incredible, and their staff and manager were the friendliest.

Sapphire Laguna

 

xo

 

My Thoughts on Loop Giveaways and Like / Comment Pods

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My Thoughts on Loop Giveaways and Like / Comment Pods

I miss the days when Instagram was easy, stress-free, and not having to worry about how to go around the “new algorithm changes” (literally rolling my eyes as I type this). Remember when you could get 600 likes with less than 10k followers? Or when your feed wasn’t controlled by Instagram’s new formula? Nowadays, you can have 100k followers with only 600 likes,¬†if that (smh).

With the new changes, one must find ways to stay relevant in the blogger world. In other words desperate times calls for desperate measures… I’m talking about Loop Giveaways that have been all over your feed (guilty), and Like/Comment Pods (keep scrolling to read).

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photos: Leslie Rodriguez

LOOP GIVEAWAYS

As much as it’s annoying to see nothing but loop giveaways on my Instagram feed, I think it is appropriate to do one or two, not three in a day or in a week. Spread them to throughout the months. I made the mistake of doing two within two weeks only because I didn’t realize how close the giveaways were going to be (my bad). I won’t be doing that again.

Although a lot of people have their own thoughts and opinions about loop giveaways and are not fans of them, I am here to say that I see both sides. Some may think it’s like buying followers, but I have to disagree because someone actually ends up winning an amazing gift, while buying followers will only get you fake/ghost followers. These loop giveaways have their pros and cons.

Pros: Influencers who participate in these giveaways have a chance to gain more exposure from a wider audience, which means more followers. This is a pro, especially on a brand’s perspective since, unfortunately a lot of brands care more about quantity versus quality.

Cons: After the giveaway is over, you lose followers (not all but most), which is pretty standard and expected.

It really depends on how you look at it. The way I see them is that it definitely helps your blog/Instagram get recognition. The new followers might not have even known about your blog or Instagram, which can help in your advantage if they like your feed and stick around. OR, perhaps these accounts who are entering these giveaways are just in it for the free stuff (also pretty normal), and are only following for a chance to win, period. It’s really difficult to gage these loop giveaways, but I suggest every influencer who is trying to build their account to try a giveaway to see how they like it. If it didn’t matter about the number of followers you have on Instagram, then none of the above would be relevant. Unfortunately, as a full time blogger (I’ll speak for myself) we have to make sure our numbers keep growing and our engagement is high, which leads me to Like/Comment Pods…

Would I do another loop giveaway? Yeah, maybe. Maybe not. I don’t think the loop giveaways helped my account at all. If anything I gained a ridiculous amount of followers during the last loop giveaway I participated in, and am still losing followers (most likely followers who were just looking to win something and not necessarily like my account) now – ¬†but I can’t stress about it. I know why I’m losing, and it’s because of the other accounts who participated in this same loop giveaway. If I learned anything about these giveaways, it’s that you need to make sure that the other accounts are similar to yours or relevant. You can’t have an account who is promoting cleaning supplies be in the same giveaway as someone who focuses on fashion, beauty, etc… Also, a lot of these accounts that were a part of the same loop giveaway as I was were international, which means the majority of their followers only spoke Spanish or a different language, and since I speak mainly English, of course they would not stick around. It didn’t make sense. I understand that 100%. Again, my bad. I’m definitely going to try to host more giveaways on my own and see how that works out. Not only for exposure but for my followers because I luv ya. ūüėČ

 

LIKE / COMMENT PODS

For those of you who are not familiar with these pods, they are DM groups through Instagram or through the Telegram app (I’m sure there are others) with different bloggers who share their Instagram posts for the group to like and or comment on each other’s posts. It’s another way to support one another. I briefly mentioned my thoughts about it on my 5 Instagram Pet Peeves blog post. Very similar to my thoughts on loop giveaways – I’m not against them. My only issue is when other bloggers do not catch up, meaning like or comment on your posts. The way it works is that you must be caught up with whoever is involved in the group by liking and or commenting before sharing your posts with the group. Some follow rules, while most do not… this is based off my experience by the way.¬†I had to leave a few groups because I felt like I was abiding by the rules while others were using lame excuses like “sorry no wifi, will catch up later” yet still share their post. This topic is silly, really. And I’m sure more for those who are reading this who are not bloggers, but this is the blogging world we live in.

Anywho, these are my thoughts on loop giveaways and like/comment pods based off my experience. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments.

xo

 

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