Nordstrom Anniversary Sale | Beauty Under $50

Y’all it’s that time of the year again. It’s the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and DAMN have they stepped it up this year. As I aggressively filtered through the sneak preview, I realized WOW I can actually afford some of this stuff. There’s something about being a college student and shopping at Nordstrom that doesn’t match. I searched far and wide to come up with a list of affordable beauty specials that even college students can afford.

Nordstrom Sale

If you don’t know, every year, brands come up with special kits/palettes/sets exclusive to Nordstrom that are some serious deals. I have a love/hate relationship with makeup shopping because Sephora is overwhelming, but also I need to get shade matched. I found things that will work with every skin tone AND under 50 bucks, with a lot under 25! Just scroll over the product to get more details.


Laura Mercier Twist and Pout is the perfect neutral lipstick for every skin tone that is super work appropriate. It’s a perfect addition for the “nearly a real adult” section of your makeup.

LORAC Refined Romance Cheek and Eye Palette  is only 19 bucks(!!!), and you’ll never travel with another palette again! The colors go from super wearable and work appropriate to night out glam. It’ll be just one less part of your suitcase that you’re overpacking.

Stila Stay All Day Set not only includes their legendary liquid liner (which normally is the price of the whole set, but also has an amazing liquid lipstick that is ready to end up in your purse with the other 900239483 nude lipsticks in there.

Living Proof’s ‘Perfect Hair Day’ Set is the most expensive item on this list but also so worth it. I’ve used a sample of the shampoo and conditioner and can’t make the plunge to by the normal size, so this set is perfect! Also, y’all, this dry shampoo though. You can use it after a workout and it looks like you took a shower. Which means, if you’re like me, you don’t have to plan your workout schedule around your hair washing days.

Beauty Blender set is an absolute steal because it’s 20 bucks for one but for 35 you get two and a cleaner. Blending sponges work wonders for your foundation but carry a lot of bacteria. With this set, you’ll be set for a long time. See what I did there.

Mario Badescu ‘The Icon, The Cult Favorite & The Hero’ Set is probably the item I’m most excited about. It’s an absolute steal with each product highly loved. Kylie Jenner swears by the drying lotion to get rid of any acne overnight and I concur.

What are you going to get from the Nordstrom Sale? Do y’all want to see more picks from the sale?

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Houston Eats | Tacos A Go-Go

My main food groups are queso and tacos and today  we are going to talk about both. Living in Austin, I’m surrounded by delicious tacos, but I miss that when I’m back in Houston. I ventured out to the Menil and Tacos A Go-Go for a fun date with my boyfriend. All in all, I definitely recommend Tacos A Go-Go before a night out in midtown!

Houston Eats | Taco A Go-Go | gold&hearts Tacos in Houston

The decor in this place was out of this world. It was beautiful and eclectic. Serious gallery wall #goals. It’s just so fun and colorful and is aesthetic from the walls to the tables to the seating.
Houston Eats | Taco A Go-Go | gold&hearts

Houston Eats | Taco A Go-Go | gold&hearts
I got the the chicken taco and queso, which were good. As a queso connoisseur,  I’d give the queso a solid 3/5. The chicken taco was definitely an average chicken taco, but the sauce was a good mix of sweet and savory. After eating, I definitely felt full and I didn’t even finish the queso! Houston Eats | Taco A Go-Go | gold&hearts

Houston Eats | Taco A Go-Go | gold&hearts

Oliver, on the other hand, got three . The barbacoa is their famous one that appears on many “top tacos in the country” lists. Another one of their specialities is the “puffy” taco thats in a fried shell. The third taco is a simple beef taco. When I asked him they were, he responded they were good especially the puffy one. Glad he provided me with such a  detailed response.
Houston Eats | Taco A Go-Go | gold&hearts
Houston Eats | Taco A Go-Go | gold&hearts

 

 

Did y’all like posts like this? I love eating and this is a great excuse for me to eat out more. I loved reliving this lunch while writing this post…probably going to get some  now…

Where’s your favorite taco joint? What do you like in your tacos? 

 

 

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Rep Your Major Monday | Special Education

Every Monday, we’ll have people we know (blogger friends and real life friends) talk about their major to help other college students learn about areas of study and possible career paths. We want everyone in college or hoping to go to college to recognize that there’s more at your university than the major your parents want you to succeed in, but a major that you feel comfortable and happy with. We’re picking people who feel passionate about their major and want to show our readers that being miserable in a biology class and other pre-med requirements isn’t the way to live if you want to be learning about our government’s structure and law.

Rep Your Major Monday | Special Education Learn more about special education as a major over at gold&hearts

Today we have the lovely Faith Dumais who blogs over at Faith’s Girly Life and studies Special Education and the University of North Carolina Charlotte. She blogs about her life and has this amazing series called Blogger Interviews.

Rep Your Major Monday | Special Education Learn more about special education as a major over at gold&hearts

What’s your major and potential career paths in that field?

I’m a Special Education major. The most typical career path would be to teach students with special needs at a public or private school. However, there’s also opportunity to work with these students in their own home or in a hospital (if the child requires it).
What made you choose your major?
I chose  Special Education because I’ve always wanted to a teacher.In 7th grade, my mom worked as a teachers aid in the Special Education department of the middle school I went to. I spent a lot of time in their classroom and found how much I liked the kids. From there, I decided to pursue Special Education.
What are common misconceptions about your major?
The most common misconception about my field is actually the students themselves. People often think the kids are too difficult to work with- but they can often be the sweetest you’ll ever meet!
What made you confident that your major was right for you?
I’m confident because in December I started consistently babysitting a little boy who has Down Syndrome. I spend so much time with him and I have so much fun. He shows me I made the right decision!
What advice do you have to people who want to go into your field?
My biggest piece of advice is to make sure you have the heart for it before you get in too deep. Special Education isn’t something just anyone can do- & that’s ok. But you want to make sure you’re  the right person to do it.
What’s your favorite major class that you’ve taken?
 I haven’t taken a ton of classes for my major yet. But I just love learning about different conditions or disorders I may encounter!
Thank you so much, Faith. We’re so happy to have you on the blog. If anyone else wants to be a part of this series, please email us at goldandheartsblog@gmail.com. 
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Outfit Staples | Summer

Summer Outfit Staples | gold&heartsHey y’all! We are definitely deep in the summer here in Texas. It’s been 100 degrees every day, and I refuse to leave my house. Today I wanted to share with you my summer uniform. I’ve been in love with four pieces of clothing and accessories, and I wanted to give you a few of my top picks at all price points. I definitely am all about my clothes touching me the least amount possible because of the heat, so this outfit perfectly captures that.

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White t-shirts from summer are a no-brainer. White tops are an outfit staple for anytime of the year, but they best options usually come out in the summer. These shirts help me stay cool, but look a bit more put together than a plain t-shirt or tank top. Honestly, I’m still on the search for the perfect drape-y soft white top and probably will be forever.

I ~finally~ have figure out boyfriend jeans. I bought a pair from Zara that are super flattering and really comfortable. Boyfriend jeans just have more of a chilled out vibe and, debatably, are more comfortable than skinny jeans. I’ve very surprisingly been into distressed denim too. My style is very clean, but the distressed look makes me feel really Cool Girl™.

I think the theme here is pretty clear, but I’ve been loving a good chunky heel. I’ve been looking into buying more casual heels, which is pretty hard when you love  black as much I do. However, my quest continues. I really just want a kinda mid length heel that elongates my leg and is super comfortable. Living in Austin, I know I’ll have to walk up or down a hill wherever I’m going, so I want to be in reasonable shoes.

So, I recently bought the middle watch of these three, and I’m in love.  Menswear inspired watches are really in right now. I’ve been into minimalist watches for almost a year now, but I finally bit the bullet this month and bought one! The Daniel Wellington Sheffield watch in 36mm is the perfect size watch face and doesn’t slide up and down my arm.

Based off of these outfit staples, I’ve made my summer “uniform” that people have been loving. I hope y’all got some great outfit inspo from this (because I definitely did looking up all these cute things). Remember, if you want to know where any of these things are from, just scroll over the picture!

What are your summer essential pieces? What have you been loving this summer? 

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Beauty | Fastest Five Product Face

Always in a rush? Here's the easiest five product face! It takes about 3 minutes! - gold&hearts
It’s been a long time, but we are back and blogging with a vengeance. I wanted to do a quick catch up post with my current favorite products. I’ve had a busy semester, and I feel like I’m always in a rush. I’ve perfected the art of getting ready in the back of an Uber. I can easily carry these five products in my small purse and still look put together, and I’m ready to go in three minutes!

Always in a rush? Here's the easiest five product face! It takes about 3 minutes! - gold&hearts

I’ve been working on being more punctual, so this five product face has helped me cut the fat out of my makeup routine especially for more of an every day look.

  • Smashbox “X-Rated” Mascara is my new mascara staple. It makes me look like I just got eyelash extensions because they look naturally long and fluttery.
  • NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil in Black is one of the only drugstore eyebrow pencil that I have found that are a true black. I have naturally black hair making every other color look super artificial. Also, I love the slanted tip!
  • Sleek Face Form Palette in Dark is the perfect powder bronzer/highlight trio.While in a rush, these palette is a contour, highlight, and eyeshadow. I got this from London, and it is pretty hard to get a hold of in the US unfortunately.
  • NARS Creamy Concealer in Biscuit has been my savior these days as I’m still recovering from my finals lack of sleep. I use it under my eyes and to cover any acne and acne scarring to even out my skin tone.
  • Illamasqua Precision Ink in Abyss Gloss Black lasts all day and even the next day  (oops) and stays super dark. It’s basically painting your lids with the blackness of your heart. Even done sloppily, my eyeliner makes me look super put together.

What are your five most essential products? Do y’all recommend any other multi-purpose products?

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Rep Your Major Monday | Speech, Language, and Hearing Science

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Every Monday, we’ll have people we know (blogger friends and real life friends) talk about their major to help other college students learn about areas of study and possible career paths. We want everyone in college or hoping to go to college to recognize that there’s more at your university than the major your parents want you to succeed in, but a major that you feel comfortable and happy with. We’re picking people who feel passionate about their major and want to show our readers that being miserable in a biology class and other pre-med requirements isn’t the way to live if you want to be learning about our government’s structure and law.

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Today, we are talking to the lovely Kayla Rivoli, who is a Speech, Language,  and Hearing Science major at Temple University.

Kayla blogs over at Kaylablogs about books, planners, organization, and a bit of college advice. She’s one of my favorite people I have met in the blogosphere.

What’s your major and potential career paths in that field?

My major is speech, language, and hearing science! With a major in SLH you can be a speech-language pathologist or audiologist after going to graduate school. If grad school isn’t your thing you could be a speech-language pathology assistant. There are probably other career paths but being an SLP, Audiologist, or SLPA are the most common ones!

What made you choose your major?
I chose my major after talking with my mom about possible career paths. I had originally wanted to be a pharmacist but I decided that I didn’t want to take that many biology and chemistry courses. As soon as my mom brought up speech-language pathology, I was pretty much hooked. I did some research, watched some YouTube videos of therapy, and decided that yep, I could see myself doing this!

What are common misconceptions about your major?
Some common misconceptions are that SLPs only work with articulation errors. For example, “Johnny can’t say his /r/ correctly”. That would be an example of an articulation problem. But SLPs work with SUCH a broad scope from language disorders to swallowing disorders. Most people have no clue how much SLPs actually do. 


What made you confident that your major was right for you?

After shadowing a speech-language pathologist for the first time. I had a blast. I was a junior in high school and my mom encouraged me to shadow just so I could be totally sure that I liked the field. I shadowed an elementary school speech pathologist and she was absolutely awesome. She saw such a great group of kids and I loved being there with her all day. 
The second time my decision felt solidified was after I shadowed last semester in a rehab center. The SLP saw both adults and children and I realized that I loved the adult side of speech therapy just as much (if not more!) than the pediatric side. After that, I learned I loved more than one facet of speech pathology which really excited me!


What advice do you have to people who want to study your major?

Work hard and make sure this is what you really want. Speech-language pathology is a crazy and competitive field and there are a lot of passionate people involved. The sooner you figure out if this is truly your passion, the better. Everything I learn interests me SO much and it has really reflected in my grades and my work ethic! 


What’s your favorite major class that you’ve taken?

Communication Deviations and Disorders. It was all about the different disorders SLPs and Audiologists work with in the field. I was so interested in everything that had to do with that class. It also required me to shadow more SLPs and interview those that were currently in the field. I learned so much about the profession and my professor was a legit goddess. She was an SLP and she was literally everything I wanted to be!
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Rep Your Major Monday | Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies

Rep Your Major Monday - Art and Design Studies gold&heartsEvery Monday, we’ll have people we know (blogger friends and real life friends) talk about their major to help other college students learn about areas of study and possible career paths. We want everyone in college or hoping to go to college to recognize that there’s more at your university than the major your parents want you to succeed in, but a major that you feel comfortable and happy with. We’re picking people who feel passionate about their major and want to show our readers that being miserable in a biology class and other pre-med requirements isn’t the way to live if you want to be learning about our government’s structure and law.Sarah Rep your Major Monday Interdisciplinary Art and design studies gold&hearts
This week, our focus is on Sara Fry, who is majoring in Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies.
Sara Fry writes about her studies and her everyday life over at sarastrives.com. She likes setting goals for herself and describing her college experiences to her readers, giving them insight on what to do (or not to do) and inspiring them to be better versions of themselves.

What’s your major and potential career paths in that field?

My major is Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies. This basically means that I pick and choose my art classes along with a minor. My minor is in entrepreneurship. This means that I will have several marketing and management classes to go along with my art classes. I am really excited to see where this takes me. I am hoping to end up in some kind of creative business, whether that be blogging, wedding planning, event planning, marketing, or being an artist. I would also love to go back to technical theatre and dabble in costume design like I did in high school.

What made you choose your major?

I originally chose my major because I didn’t want to take a ton of art history! I still have to, but not nearly as much as an art education student (what I was originally). Then I realized that this major would be a great fit for me. I have always been a planner and a little type A. But I am also very creative. This major includes classes that will challenge me and involve planning or project management, but I still get to dabble in what I love and learn to incorporate art and business!

What are common misconceptions about your major?

It’s a fall back major. I won’t say that IADS can’t be a fall back major. Because it definitely can! But, it can be really useful for someone who wants a unique job! It’s an easy program to specialize yourself with.

It’s always fun. Don’t even try to tell me that art majors are always having fun! It is so much work! Most of the time I have at least two projects due a week, fully done and perfectly developed. Sometimes this means very little sleep. We also have to do projects that we don’t like. For example, for the rest of this semester, my drawing class is using pastels. I hate hate hate pastels! They get everywhere. All over your clothes and skin! You even inhale some of it, which can mean rainbow colored snot. Wooo hoo. Sorry for the TMI. There is also a lot of standing involved, on cement floors, for THREE HOURS straight. I’m not saying the classes aren’t fun, but the major is just as challenging as anyone else’s!

What made you confident that your major was right for you?

I am genuinely excited about most of the classes I am going to take!

What advice do you have to people who want to study your major?

Be aware that it is a lot of work. It can also be quite the emotional toll. You almost have to learn to remove your emotion from your artwork in order to survive the criticism of your professors and other students. You want their feedback, even if it is hard to hear.

What’s your favorite major class that you’ve taken?

Absolutely Design II! This class is 3-D work only, which is funny, because I never used to like working in 3-D. But this class has allowed me to explore so many different ideas and mediums and just get more comfortable with working with new tools. It is also a class full of amazing students! The way our class clicks is just great. Everyone talks to everyone and we can have very intelligent discussions. Love it so much!!

 

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Rep Your Major Monday | DIY Degree in Digital Communications and Marketing

Rep Your Major Monday | Digital Communications and Marketing | Learn more about digital communications and marketing on gold&hearts
Every Monday, we’ll have people we know (blogger friends and real life friends) talk about their major to help other college students learn about areas of study and possible career paths. We want everyone in college or hoping to go to college to recognize that there’s more at your university than the major your parents want you to succeed in, but a major that you feel comfortable and happy with. We’re picking people who feel passionate about their major and want to show our readers that being miserable in a biology class and other pre-med requirements isn’t the way to live if you want to be learning about our government’s structure and law.
This week, our focus is on Michelle Anneliese, who is getting a DIY Degree in Digital Communication and Marketing at the Sacramento State University.
Michelle Anneliese is a writer, speaker, and online content creator for many different projects and places. She’s a feminist, mental health and self care advocate, and a geek who spends way too much time on YouTube. All of her work can be found at http://michelleanneliese.com.
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What’s your major and potential career paths in that field?

My major is Digital Communications and Marketing, and it was originally geared towards becoming a social media manager and online marketer. My goal is to go full time into content creation (blogging, vlogging, podcasting, etc).

What made you choose your major?

So, I actually made it myself. Long story short, I was a Photography major at first, but then I started to realize that it was not quite for me, so I was stuck trying to figure out what was the best path for what I really wanted to do, which was using social media and the Internet to promote good causes, and I realized my school didn’t have anything for that already in place, and I did not want to transfer schools 2 years in. So I found what is called a Special Major, where I got to work with different departments to make a degree that best suit my career objectives. Et voila, my major was born.

What are common misconceptions about your major?

 For having a DIY Degree as I like to call it, everyone assumes they can do it when I tell them about it. And to be honest, they probably can’t. It takes quite a bit of focus and self-awareness to make your own major, you don’t have an advisor who can easily guide you through your program because you are the one who will know it the best, and there is A LOT of paperwork to be done, signatures to get, and potential headaches. Also, there was a GPA requirement I had to meet to be considered to pursue it.

With specifically the Digital Communications and Marketing idea itself, I am constantly told that I am going to have no issues getting a job. I really don’t know how accurate that statement is to be honest.

What made you confident that your major was right for you?

I spent an entire month making it and finding appropriate classes and meeting with advisors and deans to make it a reality. But when you actually have to write out your educational and career objectives, you are pretty confident you are headed in the right direction.

What advice do you have to people who want to study your major?

See if it is even a possibility, or necessary. If you are interested in Digital Communications or Marketing, see what your school already offers and see if it fulfills your needs. If you really want to make your own major, you definitely need to have objectives in mind already. Also, find the head person for doing the special major and meet with that person to clarify everything before getting started.

What’s your favorite major class that you’ve taken?

I’m going to do, one from each half of my program.

For Marketing, I took a Buyer Behavior class that took a very psychological approach to why we as consumers do certain buying behavior. I am also taking public relations class currently that is super interesting too.

For Communications, I’ve taken quite a few creation classes (ie photo, video, podcasting, etc.) and I really enjoy content creation and want to do it full time if I can, so I really enjoyed these classes.

 

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Rep Your Major Monday | Accounting

Rep Your Major Monday | Accounting Learn about a variety of majors with our new series! gold&hearts

I hope everyone had a great spring break! We are back with an awesome new series. The title is pretty self explanatory. Every Monday, we’ll have people we know (blogger friends and real life friends) talk about their major to help other college students learn about areas of study and possible career paths. We want everyone in college or hoping to go to college to recognize that there’s more at your university than the major your parents want you to succeed in, but a major that you feel comfortable and happy with. We’re picking people who feel passionate about their major and want to show our readers that being miserable in a biology class and other pre-med requirements isn’t the way to live if you want to be learning about our government’s structure and law. This week, our focus is on me, Shaguna, who studies Accounting at the University of Texas.

What made you choose your major?

Living in Texas, I applied to the University of Texas because basically everyone does. I got into the McCombs School of Business and decided on accounting. The integrated Master in Professional Accounting (iMPA) program at the University of Texas has been the best program for years. I loved the professors and professional that came back and spoke. Also, I’m on a tax track as opposed to an audit track.

What are common misconceptions about your major?

There’s this hilarious misconception that you have to be good at math to be successful in accounting. All the math I do is basic arithmetic or done on a calculator or Excel. In accounting, you never do any math that you couldn’t do in third/fourth grade. Also, I promise accountants aren’t lame.

What’s your favorite major class that you’ve taken?

I’m currently taking a tax class which is so interesting. That’s probably the lamest thing I’ve ever said. It truly shows you the thinking behind businesses and everything I learn is 100% applicable in every day life. My professor is really attentive and energetic in the mornings, and it makes my day.

What made you confident that your major was right for you?

Meeting professionals working in tax honestly got me super hyped about working in accounting. The people I met were so cool, and I could see myself hanging out with them on a normal basis. I recommend meeting professionals in your field to really learn about what you want to do because they will be the people you’re working with for the rest of your life.

What advice do you have to people who want to study your major?

Nobody grows up saying “I want to be an accountant!!!” and that’s perfectly alright. Accounting isn’t sitting in a cubicle working alone on a bunch of spreadsheets. Most of what you do is problem solving; if that interests you, then accounting is perfect for you! Also, with accounting, you can work in whatever industry you want! I have friends that go and work for retail, entertainment, and professional services. Also, accounting gives you a lot of autonomy to start your own professional services company in the future.

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February Favorites + March Goals

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I know everyone says this every month, but I can’t believe February went by so quickly. I was out of town a lot this month, which helped this month fly by. February was a pretty rough month for me, but I’m hoping to get back into my routine! I’ve been studying a lot this month as well, so I really need to get back into an exercise schedule.
Because I’ve been studying so much, I’ve been walking to and from campus more than usual. To keep me entertained, I’ve been listening to some awesome podcasts! Before I get into these favorites, we aren’t going to talk about Serial because I have waaaay too many feelings about season 2. Anyway, I’ve been loving Filler, a creative industries podcast. The hosts, Harry Hitchens and Matt Shore, have really cool creatives from London come in and talk about their inspiring work. As an accounting major, most of my work is very dry, and this helps inspire me. February is the month of ~love~. Very appropriately, I’ve been listening to Modern Love. Modern Love has celebrities reading stories from New York Times’ modern love column. Afterwards, they discuss the experience with the author. It’s makes you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside. These stories aren’t meet-cutes and are quite heart-wrenching.
Kaylee’s been loving the My New Roots app. It’s currently one of the free app downloads on the Starbucks app, and it has healthy, delicious, vegetarian recipes. (She’s a vegetarian.) The app has amazing photographs that makes even the healthiest food look delicious. Honestly, looking at the photos, you’d never know these recipes were healthy. As a carnivore, I like to use these meals as a base and add my meat of choice, usually chicken, to the recipes. It makes meal planning super easy.
I’ve also been into emergency services TV shows, which is a really weird niche. If you’re into Brooklyn Nine Nine, you’d love Sirens! It’s a comedy show about a group of EMTs from Chicago. I also started watching the Mysteries of Laura, which is Debra Messing’s new show about detectives. It’s not as funny as Brooklyn Nine Nine, but I love it! Just a heads up, I like watching kinda dumb and mindless shows that I can watch while doing other things. It’s no Game of Thrones, but both of these are light and funny.

Goals

February Goals
  1. One post every 5 days
  2. Instagram at least once a week
  3. Pin all posts (continuing this because I want to use it more often)
  4. Make friends with people on Twitter
  5. Spend at least two hours a week reading blogs
What We Accomplished!
  1. We posted 3 times this month which is once more than last month!
  2. We were ON TOP of our Instagram game. We fell back in love with Instagram
  3. We continued pinning posts! Woohoo!
  4. Still lacking on making friends on Twitter, but I had a rough month.
  5. Need to work on reading blogs! I did read a few more travel blogs because of work!
March Goals
  1. Keep on working on a post every 5 days
  2. Instagram every other day
  3. Use Pinterest more actively
  4. Be active on influencer networks
  5. Celebrate our one year anniversary with a giveaway
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