Giveaway Scams

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Hi, guys!

Today is my first serious post about an issue other than home decor, DIYS, or crafts. I am writing this post hoping that other bloggers will read it and avoid the up-and-coming Instagram “Loop Giveaway” scams that seem to permeating the app. If you’re on Instagram (as a blogger or personal user) you will undoubtedly have noticed your feed filling up with these massive prize giveaways ($700 Victoria’s Secret, $1,000 Nordstrom, etc.). To enter, users have to tap the giveaway image and another username appears. They click the username and tap their giveaway image and follow the next person, etc. Eventually the user loops back around to where they started, hence the name.

These giveaways are so tempting to both the blogger and the average Insta user. First, new bloggers love them because they can pay a small amount (say, $10-20) and everyone who is included in the loop usually receives hundreds of followers as a result. They are enticing to the average user, because, well, hey…they could win a ton of cash!

However, I have learned a hard lesson. I have discovered that some very savvy (albeit evil) bloggers collect all this money from people, host the loop, and then the “winner” that is selected is either a friend and they split the cash, or, even worse, they create a fake Instagram account as the “winner”–essentially, the host is the winner. Some of  these hosts could potentially be making thousands of dollars a month off of innocent bloggers.

Now, there are legitimate giveaways to participate in if you’re a blogger looking to attract followers. However, you need to be smart about it. Here are some tips to hopefully prevent you from falling prey to one of these scams.

LOOP GIVEAWAY TIPS

  1. Participate in smaller giveaways with bloggers you actually know. The truth is, your followers don’t want to overload their feed by following 30+ people they don’t know just to enter your giveaway. Your followers deserve better. I am guilty of subjecting my followers to that in the past and I won’t do it again! (Please accept my apology now for that).
  2. Avoid paying large amounts of money (this seems obvious). If you send $10 to a scammer, you won’t feel as horrible as sending, say, $50.
  3. Before you send any money to a giveaway host, be sure they communicate well. If they are legit, they will send you something in writing that is very clear which details exactly how the giveaway will be run. Hosts should explain to you the following things:
    -What the prize will be
    -How your payment will be collected
    -When the giveaway will go live and how long it will run
    -How the winner will be selected
    -How the winner will be confirmed
    -How the host will confirm the prize was actually sent to the winner (i.e. proof of communication between the host and the winner, a tracking number, or a digital receipt)

The reality is, though, that if these hosts are really good scammers, they’ll know how to photoshop a fake receipt. Not to mention, the person they supposedly send this money to could be a fake e-mail that THEY own and they still pocket a TON of cash.

Basically, I can’t stress this enough–work with bloggers you know and can trust. In all honesty, if you get yourself involved in these large group giveaways, you’ll find that many people just unfollow you after it ends, anyway. I have learned along the way that I want to attract long-time followers who are interested in the work that I do, not just a temporary follower who solely wants a prize.

Here’s the good news: I have found that most giveaway hosts are sincere and professional people who only want the best for their followers and want to create a strong network of bloggers and form friendships along the way. If you’re a new blogger, keep your wits about you out there in the blogosphere and you’ll meet some incredibly wonderful people who will guide you in the right direction.

If you are a real professional and would like some tips on how to host a giveaway, Lauren over at Honeybee Boutique has a great post on this topic. Thanks, Lauren!

Always lookin’ out,
Destiny

P.S.
“Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.”
-Anne Frank

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D+D Wedding II

❤ Happy Valentine’s Day ❤ I’m elated that this week’s wedding post falls on Valentine’s Day since today’s image gallery is of our ceremony (the most important part of the big day, right??). Well, besides the cake. Haha. If you missed last week’s slideshow and want to start from the beginning, you can check it […]

D+D Wedding I

After posting images of our wedding altar last week, I’ve received some requests to see more, more, more! Since Valentine’s Day is approaching,  I thought this would be the perfect month to share all of our wedding details. So, Every Saturday throughout February I’ll post a little slideshow focusing on different elements of our big day! I also promise to share all of the seriously talented vendors who helped make our day simply perfect. Here is the line-up:

Week 1: Pre-Ceremony Details
Week 2: Ceremony Details
Week 3: Reception Details
Week 4: D&D’s favs!

I think the most incredible thing about our wedding is that we planned the whole thing ourselves (with many DIY projects) and all without Pinterest!! Seriously…it wasn’t even a thing yet!! What!?! I envy you Pinterest brides! 🙂 Instead, I relied on  Style Me Pretty and Weddingbee for ideas. Luckily, there was Etsy! You’ll notice that my list of sources include many Etsy shop owners. This is undoubtedly my favorite way to shop. I love supporting small-businesses and I have never had a shop owner deny any of my (sometimes crazy) customization requests. My veil designer worked so hard to get the exact look I wanted and she even named the beaut after me!! C’mon!! So, please consider Etsy sellers when planning events or weddings–you won’t be disappointed.

Looking back at all the images I decided to share with you, it’s hard for me to believe that hubby and I are approaching our 4 year anniversary! #timeflieswhenyou’rehavingfun, right?? Sheesh! Well, I truly hope you enjoy week 1 and stop back next weekend!

Valentine’s Day Countdown: 7 days! ❤

{Pre-Ceremony Details}

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Photography: Alyssa Andrew Photography
Floral: Allium Floral Design
Bouquet wrap: Toile and a borrowed piece from my Gram ❤
Hotel: Hotel Bethlehem
Trolley: Bucks County Trolley Company
“The Dress”: Mikaella Bridal from Renaissance Bridals
Bride’s pumps: Liz Rene Couture
Bride’s bling: Cuff here and similar earrings here
Skeleton key garter: Shabee Stiches
Mother-of-the-bride fashion: Similar here
Bridesmaids: JCrew Bow Monde dress in Caspian Blue and Aluminum
Bridesmaid’s hair clip: HeadsUpFashion
Shoe clips: Vintage (Musi Shoe Clips) from Etsy
Veil: The Destiny veil from Amie Noel Designs
Groom’s  Boutonniere: Copper pick from The Copper Poppy
and then I sent to Fritts Rosenow for arrangement
Groom’s bling: Guess
Groom’s attire: Calvin Klein
Groom’s tie: Ties-Neckties
(Finding the perfect shade for your groom’s tie is virtually impossible, but this website nailed it!!!)

I’ll leave you with some of my favorite quotes from 1913’s Don’t For Husbands:

  • “Don’t always refuse to go shopping with your wife. Of course it’s a nuisance, but sometimes she honestly wants your advice, and you ought to be pleased to give it.”
  • “Don’t forget to be your wife’s best friend as well as her husband. True friendship in marriage does away with all sorts of trouble.”
  • “Don’t settle down into an “old married man” while you are still in the prime of life. Take your wife out and about; give parties; visit your friends; and you will keep much younger than if you settle into the smoking-jacket and slippers habit.”

Xoxo,
Destiny

 

 


Minnie Lane Makeover

It’s a snow day, so why not take some pictures of my favorite place in the house?

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 { Sources }

Dresser – thrifted!

Candelabras + yellow pattern pillows – Ross

White pillows + coffee table decor – Burlington

Doxie figurine – was a gift, but here is one and your purchase will help a doxie rescue!!

Accent chair + side table – TJ Maxx

Heart topiary – Michael’s

Ottoman – Target

Black shelves – Christmas Tree Shops

Chicken wire projectDIY that I use as decor versus a Christmas card holder 

Wreath – DIY using these instructions

Snowed in,
Destiny

Post Script:
A snow day literally and figuratively falls from the sky, unbidden, and seems like a thing of wonder. ~Susdan Orlean