A Blog Anniversary and A Giveaway | rolala loves

A Blog Anniversary and A Giveaway

November 4, 2013

I'm really quite terrible at remembering my blog's anniversary for some reason. I had it in my mind that it was in November when it was actally October. Anyway, I'm a month late but I still wanted to acknowledge the milestone since it's been two years that I started on this journey. I'm so happy to still be here and incredibly grateful for all the friendships and opportunities that blogging has brought me.

This has been such a fun creative outlet to share things that I love and I hope to continue doing it as long as I enjoy it. What I've learned is that blogging should never be a chore and you shouldn't be afraid to be yourself. The biggest compliment I ever get from people who know me is how my blog writing voice sounds exactly like me. I've really enjoyed getting to know you all through your comments here and your blogs and I find that to be one of the most rewarding aspects. I was seriously overwhelmed and touched by the generous outpouring of encouragement when I was ill last year. It meant the world and really helped me get past a pretty difficult time.

Another thing I've learned is that you just can't fake it when it comes to blogging. That's why to date, I've done exactly one outfit post. They're just not my thing but I will pop up here occasionally. Along the way, I've shown you all my bookshelf, the contents of my purse, the sweaters in my closetand my abnormally large mitten collection amongst other things. I hope to get back to more of these posts soon and I also have a few new features planned. Is there anything you'd like to see more of?

I wanted to celebrate and thank my readers with a little giveaway. Up for grabs is a pair of BaubleBar Chevron Studs in Orange. If you'd like a chance to win these fun little pretties, just hit up the Rafflecopter widget below. This is an international giveaway that everyone is welcome to join. It's sponsored by me and will run through November 18th. Good luck!

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138 comments on "A Blog Anniversary and A Giveaway"
  1. What a lovely pair of earrings! Happy blog anniversary, Rowena.

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  2. Congratulations! Love this giveaway. So amazing. I agree, you must be yourself with blogging.

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  3. Hi Rowena! Happy BlogAnniversary! I thought you blogged for much more years you know, since you do it in a very good and professional way. So sorry to read outfit posts arent your thing, you are so naturally chic and would ne nice to see more you!:) I always enjoy your posts, also when you share your recipes and the sweet tales about Rena&Ian. I agree, as long as you enjoy blogging, you should do, if not there isnt any sense of it. Keep it up the awesome work my dear! Have a great week ahead, kisses! xo

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    1. Thank you so much Lilli! I really appreciate you saying that! I'm a little camera shy but I might try to show up moreI :)

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  4. Happy Blog Anniversary! So happy for you and I love how authentic you are.

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  5. Congratulations my sweet!! I wish for many years to your blog, I always enjoy coming here!! It's the best thing to be ourselves, people will appreciate that much more :)) Have a gorgeous day sweets xx

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  6. Wow congratulations dear! Has it only been 2 years? You are a regular blog pro! If you love blogging, keep on doing it! Hopefully we finally get to meet for a snack some day as well!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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    1. Thanks lady! It means alot to hear that from a blogging pro like you. Yes I hope so too!

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  7. Congrats and happy anniversary to Rolalaloves dear.I really enjoy reading your blog and find inspiration.And I really love your writing talent.Your writing is so smooth.
    Please continue to be here :)
    xx
    Style Of OzOz
    Style Of OzOz Facebook Page

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  8. Happy Anniversary!
    effortlesslady.blogspot.ca

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  9. happy anniversary:)

    would you like to follow each other? via GFC and on Facebook too:) just let us know on our blog, we always follow back:)

    xx,

    thescarletdiaries.blogspot.com

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  10. congratulations!! it's pretty exciting to see how your blog has grown since i first stumbled upon it. so happy for you, and thanks for the cute giveaway!

    what i love most about blogging is meeting others around the world who share the same interests. cheers~

    xoxo Sarah (xlicious girl)
    Japanese Gyaru Makeup Blog

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  11. happy blogoversary! lately many of my blogofriends have their anniversaries. i started mine in october as well but i totally forgot about it. lol
    it's been a pleasure, Rowena! i love your taste in picking out pretty things as well as your insightful reviews on nyc restaurants!
    hope you stay healthy and wish you happy blogging. :)

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    1. Happy blogovesary to you as well then! Thank you Lena! I really appreciate your kind words and I'm really glad we're blogger friends.

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  12. Happy anniversary, Rowena!! Yay! Such a great giveaway - those earrings are gorgeous! wishing you another amazing year and many more to come! xo

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  13. Happy Anniversary doll continue the awesome job. Great giveaway.
    http://tifi11.blogspot.com

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  14. Happy Anniversary, you Made a will make a good job!

    Ciao doll

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  15. I'm actually not very good about remembering my blogiversary either. But congrats to you! I would enter this giveaway if my ears were pierced.

    http://www.ohtobeamuse.com/

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  16. Happy blogiversary! I love that your blog is a true reflection of you! :) thank you for sharing yourself with us! Very cute earrings! :)

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  17. Happy Anniversary!! Yay!!!!
    This is a really nice giveaway! Thanks for having it. My favorite thing about blogging is meeting other people reading reviews from others!

    http://www.mybrokeneggshells.com

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  18. Happy anniversary, Rowena:)
    Entered the giveaway:D

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  19. First of all congratulations!! Such an accomplishment! I really like your blog and I agree with you, a blog should always be something to enjoy and be happy about, and I think you do this perfectly. Thanks for this giveaway :)

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    1. Thanks Maru! I'm honored you think that. Good luck!

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  20. (Ugh, sorry I didn't see this post earlier! The GFC/Blogger roll can be finicky sometimes, so I've followed you via Bloglovin'!)
    HAPPY TWO YEARS! :D -heart confetti in the air-
    It's one heck of a milestone, considering the time and effort it takes to run a blog. I hope this blog continues for many more years to come! (Looking at your bookshelf post and in awe of the amount of 'coffee table' books)

    Vanessa | Citron and Guavaberry ʘ‿ʘ | Makeup & Silly things

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    1. No worries! I was having tech issues with my feed. Thanks Vanessa! I'm surprised I'm still here but also not since I still love it. I hope we'll both be around for years to come :) Yes I might have a total weakness for coffee table books ^_~

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  21. Happy blogaversary!!! And good luck with your giveaway
    xoxo, Ty
    http://www.toastandgrits.com

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  22. Ooh, happy anniversary! Thank you for this awesome giveaway *hugs*

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  23. Oops, missed the comment for the giveaway! Well, one of the coolest things about blogging is surely the lovely people you meet and become friends with :)

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  24. Congratulations on the blog anniversary! I really enjoy your blog and I hope to read more of your future posts. These pair of earrings are so gorgeous, thanks for the giveaway!

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  25. Happy Blog Anniversary Rowena! I remember when I first discovered your blog. I couldn't get over how fabulous you styled Ian & Rena. I thought it was so cute and different. My blog turns 2 in January even though I had another blog for a year prior. During this time, you're trying to get a feel of what you want to cover and feel comfortable with. You find that some things work and others don't. You feel happy and sad sometimes about your blog. So I definitely understand. I wish you many more years. I love your coverage of Asian editorials, I love the "dolls", I love your foodie reviews and NYC adventures and I love your beauty reviews. Ok, that is definitely a run on sentence. LOL Keep up the great work doll. It definitely doesn't go unnoticed. Oh and your photography is SUPERB.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. Thank you so much Kim! I guess we all go through it. Your kind words mean alot coming from you cause you're one of my fave bloggers! I appreciate all the support and I'm glad you enjoy all these features cause I enjoy putting them together.

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  26. Congratulations! The earrings are cool!
    xo
    Sharon

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  27. Love to join in your giveaway. Following you on twitter and bloglovin. But do not have an active facebook page. Sorry.
    Happy belated blog anniversary.

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  28. What i love most about blogging is I meet alot of people from all over the world.
    www.thoughtsofpaps.com

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  29. Happy Blog anniversary !!!! :D I was so happy when my blog turned a year too! Lovely giveaway!

    Love Nilu Yuleena,
    from
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  30. Congratulations Rowena!
    What i love about blogging is that, i can be with myself having a very lovely people, iv'e just started my blog months ago and i fell inlove with it instantly.

    sarahrizaga.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Sarah! The blogging community can be wonderful. Good luck!

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  31. Happy anniversary Rowena!!!!

    Thank you for stopping by, have a happy week ahead
    http://lavenderloafers.com

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  32. You know I had to check your one and only outfit post (so far:))! That dress is adorable, I love the polka dot bottom! And happy anniversary, babe! Two years is a lot form where I'm standing, I'm only half way there at the moment. To many more successful and memorable blogging experiences, babe!

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  33. happy blog anniversary! 2 years. wow. i hope to be blogging too when i reach the 2 year mark. so glad to be connected via blog and seeing your posts! here's to many more years!

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    1. Thanks Jane! I hope you will too and I'm also glad we've connected through our blogs.

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  34. happy anniversary! i love the connections i've made with other bloggers.

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  35. Happy Blog Anniversary Rowena, thanks for keeping us entertained and enlightening, its always inspiring visiting here :)Thanks for your great comment! I enjoy hearing your views.

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    1. Thank you Sam! You always leave me the sweetest comments.

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  36. Yay, happy blog birthday! You have a wonderful blog, Rowena :-)

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  37. Wow how cute are these! My anniversary passed and I have yet to do a give away haha one day I will get to this. Alas my ears are not pierced.

    Allie of Dressing Ken

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  38. Happy Anniversary!! I forget mine as well, but as long as we celebrate it, a month early or late then we are fine. Great giveaway as well.

    Vogue&Heels
    www.vogueandheels.com

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  39. Congratulations!!! Happy Blog Anniversary, dear Rowena!! I LOVE your blog!!!
    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥♥♥♥♥

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  40. So awesome i love your blog! following via GFC follow me back?
    http://annluckindarkdays.blogspot.pt/
    Win 15$ on Sammy Dress on the blog

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  41. Happy blogoversary, darling! And many more happy years in blogosphere. x

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  42. Happy blog anniversary! And the earrings are beautiful <3
    xoxo
    -B ♡ MsBerryStylish 

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  43. Happy blogversary Rowena! Two years goes by quickly when you're having fun, huh? Hoping to be able to stick around like you and make more lovely friends through the blogosphere! :) What is the number one thing that has helped you stay motivated about blogging?
    Carla @ Love Cartista

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    1. Thanks Carla! They do fly by. You'll get there as well. I think it's important to stay inspired and just have fun with it - the fun of it motivates me.

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  44. Congrats on your blogging anniversary Rowena. I love when you write about food and cooking - you always have the yummiest recipes and I really like your reviews of NYC restaurants too! More please! :)

    xo Mary Jo

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    1. Thanks Mary Jo! You're so kind! I'm working on some new recipes/restaurant reviews :)

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  45. Hey there! ^^ Thanks for inviting me to join this giveaway! Congrats on your blogging anniversary too!

    What I love the most about blogging: Being able to express myself, I love how I can store all of my fond memories, and share it to the world at the same time.

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  46. Aww! Yay! Congratulations on your blogging anniversary!

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  47. Happy blogiversary! A lot of people don't stick around two years, so congrats!

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  48. Congrat on the anniversary! Continue putting out the content that makes you happy---your commentary is always interesting, and that's what matters.

    Brittney

    anotherbeautifulthing.blogspot.com

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  49. Happy Blog Anniversary and my favorite thing about blogging is meeting new people and making new friends! I recently found your blog and I love it.

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  50. Sorry I've been so MIA, but congrats on your blog anniversary! That's awesome and two years is a big milestone. I love reading your blog so keep up the great work : )

    xox,
    anna-lamode.blogspot.com

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  51. I love learning and exploring new things, people, fashion, culture and meeting new people.

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  52. Happy blog birthday to you dear Rowena. It has been such a pleasure to get to know you and your blog. here's wishing you many more years! :-)
    xx/Madison

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    1. Thanks Madison! It's been a pleasure for me as well!

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  53. Happy Anniversary! Love following along on your blog! I'm IN for the giveaway - fingers crossed xx Kat


    Love and Ace

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  54. Happy Blog Birthday! I don't really remember when I started my own blog too... but here's to many more years!

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    1. Thanks sweets! Here's to many more for both of us :)

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  55. Happy Anniversary! Cheers for more to come =)
    For support reason, I've entered your giveaway. Wishing you the best in blogging and the giveaway too =)

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  56. I thought I left a comment on this post the last time round? I must have accidentally clicked away thinking it has been sent. Let me try to type out what I could remember.

    1. Firstly Happy BlogAnniversary to your blog. Were you only writing for 2 years? You seem to write better than me who has been writing for wooh... 9 years? My first entry was in 2004 (cringe). I must be the oldest blogger around. But this comment isn't about me, it's about you.

    2. I'm glad we found each other. You are one of those few bloggers who leave really sincere comments and I could tell that you do read our words instead of just glossing through our pictures. I really appreciate sincere blog friends like you! We need to have more of you around.

    3. I love all your food posts, your photography skills esp how you captured Ian and Rena... Wait... did I get their names right? I remember I got it wrong once. Ok I've checked... I got it right.

    4. I would not be joining this giveaway as I seldom change my earrings due to laziness. I just wear studs all the way. Furthermore, it would be good to let others have the chance. I would show my support in other ways like leaving you a nice long comment and visiting your blog more often!

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    1. Thank you so much for your very kind words Jo. I didn't know you had been blogging since 2004... you're the blogging pro then :) I'm also glad we found each other and I really appreciate your friendship and support.

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  57. lovely eating and great idea

    xoxo

    Fabry
    www.TrueBlondHotline.com
    @fabrizio_jpb
    Facebook.com/TrueBlondHotline

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  58. I love the interaction with my readers! :)

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  59. Happy anniversary. :)
    I follow on FB as Ivana Jelínková.

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  60. Congrats on the blog anniversary! Loving the earrings!!

    xx
    www.starringsamantha.blogspot.com

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  61. I love about blogging will be sharing my experience with my readers and able to write along with people of the same interest and reading all those interesting comment from my readers to get their lovely feedback and it feel so good to have something in mind when I wear an outfit (: x, you have a lovely blog!

    http://birdiethgirl.blogspot.com

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  62. This is a lovely giveaway you are hosting and the color of this earring is absolutely gorgeous

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  63. Sweetie, I'm so sorry I missed this big milestone! Happy (very) belated blogiversary, I really hope you'll enjoy blogging for many many years to come, because I really love your voice, your style, your great taste! Getting to know you is definitely one of the highlights of my blogging career. You are such a talented, clever and brilliant woman, and such a lovely friend, and I'm really happy and fortunate to have you in my life!

    I'm sending you loads of love!

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    \outl0\strokewidth0 \strokec2 I'm blushing from delight, looking at these picks! I'm pretty much obsessed with this color (I wanted it to be one of my wedding colors :) and that Wildfox sweater has been haunting my dreams for weeks. Wonderful picks, Rowena!\
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    1. No worries! I missed it myself. Thank you very much Ivana! I'm really so fortunate that blogging has brought me such amazing friends like you! You know I feel the same about you as a friend and a blogger and I'm so happy and grateful for our friendship.

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