I adore outfits that make me stand out. While I don’t like being the center of attention, I also don’t want to be hidden in the crowd. I was shopping for a unique dress and I found it! Bursting with bright yellow and flashy ruffle sleeves. Okay so this dress isn’t very subtle but its absolutely darling. I love the sleeves and I think thats what gives this dress such character.
This bright yellow just exudes happiness and fun to me! I think every bold color loving girl needs this dress! Its prefect to dress up or down. The great thing about this dress being a solid color is the ability to dress it many different ways with endless colors, prints, and accessories. I especially loved dressing it up with my snakeskin chunky heels and a giant statement necklace….like I said I don’t want to be the center of attention hahaha really I don’t but this look deserved it! To top it off I went with my summer loving heart and chose a hot pink bag to pull this look together.
Onto the next part of this post!
Loop giveaways, if you are a blogger you know what these are, but if you don’t know I’m going to fill you in. So you might have seen these giveaways on Instagram a time or two or three or… anywhooo they ask you to enter the giveaway by following steps and in the end these steps lead you to another persons profile asking you to complet the exact same steps, usually ‘like this comment, follow me, go to the next person’. You will find yourself following , liking, and tagging endlessly until you have reached the first person you entered the giveaway with. Here is the deal these giveaways aren’t for you they are for the people contributing them. This how it works… Lets say you want to join a giveaway as an influencer. First of all you have to have a certain amount of followers to join some of these giveaways because if you don’t you just….. CAN’T SIT WITH US! lol Everyone pitches in and pays for the items being given away, if they are even giveaway that is, plus an added amount for the host because she/he has to make a buck off of your need for social acceptance. YEP!!!! Its all for the likes and followers y’all, I said it. Then you sit back and watch your following grow like crazy. So while the following is growing can I tell you about how much these things cost? Okay so anywhere from $20-$500. Dead. FIVE…. Finggggg…..HUNDRED. Why just why?????
Here is my experience because I wouldn’t know this if I didn’t try myself (I’m still losing followers from crap loop giveaways), money goes in, the following and engagement is up for a while, then over the next few days you see a significant drop in your followers. I’m talking 10 here, 15 there, and then before you know it you’ve lost half the followers you gained in the giveaway. This is my theory on these super expensive giveaways… They reel you in by sweet talk you and tell you how amazing you are and what a great FIT you would be in their giveaway or you let the idea that you need a certain amount of followers to be socially accepted ( WHICH IS NOT TRUE and absurd and we need to remove the idea that our worth and success is based off a number) , and for some reason, possibly a drunken wine induced stupor, you join a fairly pricey loop. You are feeling so confident because your likes are going crazy and your following has grown 200% . Then over the next few days and weeks your following starts to drop by the 100’s and 1,000’s. At this point the loops and money wasted is making a negative impact on your social media rather than improving because the loss is so apparent and affects your insights.
I have a feeling some of these buy ins are to pay for your PURCHASED likes and followers so you will feel momentarily satisfied with the giveaway and be a returning loop customer. Its POINTLESS. Just don’t I have NEVER paid crazy amounts for giveaways (truth: tops $40 maybe once a paid $60) I refuse to loop because in the end the half the people entering the loop itself are only liking and following to WIN the giveaway not because they honestly want to follow me.
Most people entering giveaways could give two shits about you. You want to gain true followers that truly want to see what you have to offer not because you sucked them into liking you from a giveaway. Organic followers are what you are looking for not mass amounts at one time. Be yourself, only focus on you, and hard work will pay off. It’s not a race.
If you enter a giveaway…..good luck.