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I Know an Instagram Influencer Using a Bot

I have not written an Instagram update post in a bit, and that was deliberate. I have decided to stop obsessing over the numbers and just engage like I would normally do on other platforms. Instagram is the most annoying social media platform ever. I find it super annoying and I would tell you why.

The algorithm has made it almost impossible to grow your Instagram page organically. Which has led to many buying likes and followers, hiring bots and other management companies to “manage” their Instagram page. Most of these bots and management companies use the follow/unfollow technique which is super annoying, but I guess it works for the accounts they build right?

 

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I had a popular Instagram Influencer follow me some days ago. We are quite cordial online and follow each other on Twitter, so I followed immediately and even liked/commented on a few photos, without thinking much about it. Only for me to notice this Instagram Influencer has unfollowed me the next day. I unfollowed back immediately and was pissed off for a few minutes, but then I realised it must have been a bot or managing company up to their dirty tricks. So I stopped being angry.

This Instagram Influencer is known for growing such a massive following in a short time, and is always writing about how to grow your Instagram following. However,one important point this person keeps forgetting to mention, was the bot/management company bit. I guess there are somethings better left unsaid right? Looking at it this way, if this person divulge all the secrets, they won’t be so massive anymore, and everyone would see through the fakery! Which is why the struggle to make money blogging is so real now. Too many frauds about.

 

 

 

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I can understand why many are desperate to build their Instagram following. I was desperate myself some months ago, but not desperate enough grow my following with fake followers or likes. It is so easy for me to spot shady Instagram pages. So I know it would be easy for many others to spot it too. When an average photo with few hashtags is getting thousands of likes in less than 24 hours, I usually smell a rat. A few minutes of looking at the page a little further usually confirms my suspicion.

 

It is good that I am not one to dwell on other people’s actions. I am too busy doing to dwell. My Instagram following is growing steadily, and I am happy with the growth. My engagement is also growing as well, which is great. I am trying to spend more time on Instagram to grow my account properly. So I am liking and commenting on photos I really like, collaborating with other bloggers, and updating my Instagram page as often as I can.

 

 

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How are you growing your Instagram?

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A Great Gatsby Dinner Party

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Bring Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan and Nick Carraway to life with a lavish, exquisitely decorated Great Gatsby inspired party – sure to wow all your friends. If you enjoy party planning then this will be a walk in the park, but even if you don’t, it doesn’t take too long to create the 1920s feel in your home, as well as in your fancy clothing and of course, the menu.

Check out this guide to creating a Great Gatsby dinner party that even F. Scott Fitzgerald would be proud of…

What to Wear

Dive into the 1920s by starting with your clothing – and the clothing suggestions on your invites helps to get everyone ready for the big party.

For the women, this can be the classic flapper dress or something sequined and glamorous that fits the bill. Vintage Dancer is a great online guide to getting the look right as well as offering guidance on where to buy.

The perfect 1920s hairstyles come in all shapes and sizes, but do favour the short bob if you have this. A glitzy headband or slide can really pull off the look – search online for some beautiful creations from this period.

 

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For men, this era was so stylish and affordable, offering the wearer more comfortable and stylish options than the previous era. For the Gatsby look, a timeless black suit with bow tie will do nicely but you can always mix it up with a white suit jacket or even some stripes!

Decoration

Art deco all the way – don’t be shy with going overboard, as the 1920s was not a shy and retiring decade when it came to parties! Golds, silvers, blacks and whites are the colours of choice. You can even buy plastic gold cutlery to give the look a boost, without costing the earth.

Hit the charity shops for some vintage wine and champagne glasses, as well as serving trays and shot glasses. Don’t be afraid to mix and match either, as the relaxed nature of this time means that rules don’t matter as much.

To really get into the theme, find a poker table to really up the ante. Save yourself from a gambling war by only playing for matchsticks as all the champagne and fancy outfits could trick some of your guests into the delusion that they are as wealthy as the Great Gatsby himself!

Head to Pinterest for some great inspiration including invitation ideas and decoration tips – Perfect to help achieve the overall look for the perfect 1920’s dinner party.

 

The Menu

 

Drinks

Serve up Mint Juleps, Blackberry Gin Fizz and Champagne, of course! And go all out with this fancy recipe for dessert wine gelees with citrus fruit from Martha Stewart.

Appetisers

Little nibbles before the main meal were all the rage, especially devilled eggs and grilled oysters – anything that showed extravagance and intricacy.

Mains

Did you know that the Caesar salad was an invention of the 1920s? Surprisingly, salads were a popular main in this era also including a Waldorf salad made with apples, grapes, celery and nuts. Other favourites include turkey, as well as sausages wrapped in bacon (also known as pigs in blankets).

Desserts

When it comes to time for dessert, this is your chance to really show off your culinary skills. Depending on the dinner party numbers you have, you could offer a selection of desserts.

 

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Here’s a few tasty and fancy looking treats to consider:

 

Timetable of Events

Be clear with your start time, so that your guests know when to arrive and that you’ll be ready for their arrival.

Next, proportion the evening to suit what you want to show off. If your appetizers are the pièce de résistance then spend more time nibbling on those and enjoying a Mint Julep, rather than placing focus on the main course. You can also refill the appetizer table with more if guests are running late or your dinner prep is behind schedule.

For a timeline of events to try to stick to (this doesn’t need to be given to your guests), this suggestion is a good guideline:

6pm: Guests arrive, drinks are served and appetizers offered.

7pm: Sit down at the dinner table to eat, chat and drink a little more.

8:15pm: Serve the desserts.

9pm: Open up the dining room into the living room (consider room dividers like these for splitting/merging rooms) – allowing more room for mingling and drinks. Followed by some 1920s-inspired music to get people moving in their era attire. Also remember to clear the dinner table, so this area can be used for mingling too…Then it’s drinks and dancing until dawn!

 

What do you think of A Great Gatsby Dinner Party idea? Have you ever had one?

 

*This is a collaborative post.

OOTD: A Fashion Blogger Cheshire

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I am loving the autumn season and layering trend going on. It is my favourite time of the year as it is not too hot or too cold, and only rains on few occasions in Cheshire, so I am loving it at the moment. But the layering trend is my favourite part of autumn. I wore this outfit some days ago. I had errands to run and some friends to see, and I wanted a very casual chic look; this is what I came up with.

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Many of these items are new additions to my autumn wardrobe. I got the sweater, shirt, shoes and bag at my shopping event at Cheshire Oaks some weeks ago. And I love that they all complement my existing wardrobe already. That is 1 thing I look out for when shopping. I always have a plan and a list of pieces and accessories I need to fill in the gaps in my wardrobe. I don’t do impulse shopping. Apart from the fact that it is bad for your bank balance or credit card statement as the case might it, it also messes up your wardrobe. You end of having many items you can’t pair together, which means they can be left unworn with the tags on in your wardrobe for years to come.

 

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Shopping smart means I never run out of outfits to wear, regardless of the season. And that is extremely important as a Fashion Blogger. It would be ridiculous for me to go shopping every week (even if I could afford to) to show off a new outfit, but thanks to having a capsule wardrobe, every outfit looks new.

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What do you think of this look? Please share your comments in the comments section below.

Thank you for reading, commenting and sharing.

 

WHAT I WORE

Green Sweater – Guess

White Shirt – Brooks Brothers

Black Molly Jeans – River Island

Black Shoes – TOMS

Bag – Guess

Sunnies – Gucci

Earrings – Swarovski

 

 

 

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