17 November 2016

FIVE YEAR BLOGVERSARY + COMME DES GARCONS CLUTCH GIVEAWAY



a Rafflecopter giveaway
Can you believe it has been five years? That I have been blogging on Coco for five years now?!

I had previously decided against marking this milestone, mostly because when I think back to my blogging beginnings my initial five year plan didn't quite match with today's current outcome. But after recently celebrating fellow blogger Rowena from Rolala Loves fifth blogversay, I begin to have a change of heart. While my path may have swerved erratically during these past few years, from confusing beginnings to fashion focused middles and all too often writers blocks, the fact that I am still here is something to be jubilant about.

I am proud of where I am today, regardless of where or how I originally wanted to lead this pursuit. Especially considering that these past few years have been far from effortless. From starting up a business and promptly failing to succumbing and contending with anxiety and panic disorder issues. During that time this blog become my lifeblood and a welcome distraction. Through random musings and words it also become an outlet for expressing a fervor need to be creative. I poured my heart and soul into Coco, at times revealing too much and others not nearly enough.

It hasn't always been smooth sailing in the blogging world. I've experienced highs and numerous lows. While I tend to share many frustrations and add my own two cents on topics du jour, there were a few things I decided to withhold. Like being dropped by one of the top-tier affiliate programs during one of the worst periods in my life. In terms of blogging I always saw this as my greatest failure as a blogger. But after conversing with fellow blogger Rita from Coast with Me, I came to realise it wasn't as great an issue as I'd initially created. Such circumstances never held me back and in the end I found programs that exceeded my expectations.

Blogging isn't always picture perfect,  and for me there's always this perpetual inner conflict with identity and what to produce slash focus on. And lately the struggle in trying to find some sense of balance between writing, blogging and a part-time merchandiser role.

Of course there are many perks to blogging. The greatest has to be all the friends I have made and continue to make; friends I do hope to meet one day. I have been fortunate to meet a string of incredible ladies thus far. People like Mandy from Frocks and Froviloites, Abby from House of Akih, Rita from Coast with Me and Katherine from Wanderhour. I've also been fortunate to work with some fabulous brands and interview some extraordinary individuals. Blogging truly has been so astoundingly rewarding. So much more than ever expected or anticipated.

And I can not tell you how truly and sincerely grateful I am to all my amazing readers and blog friends.

So to celebrate not only this milestone but all my fabulous readers and the friends I've made along the way, I've decided to gift one lucky individual a brand new, very much coveted (and totally cute) COMME des GARCONS polka dot clutch. This giveaway will run for three weeks (because three is my lucky number and five would be far to long a stretch) and is open internationally. All you've got to do is enter via Rafflecopter (to your right).

I will ask that the winner perhaps sends me a photo or three of their new baby.
Photos by Elizabeth Oro 

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162 comments

  1. Five years - holy moly! You should be damn proud, you go girl.
    Something you don't know about me.. hmm. I'm basically a walking contradiction in all aspects of my life. For example, I love the beach, but I'm terrified of water. I get queasy at the sight of blood, but Saw is my favourite movie franchise. Yeahhhh.
    What a generous giveaway, fingers crossed. :)

    Christie's Take on Life. xx

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    1. Aww thank you gorgeous. And good luck xx

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  2. Congratulations on five years! :-)
    xoxo
    http://gingersnaphattie.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. So lovely of you to do this great giveaway. Happy blog birthday, dear. It's definitely a milestone. Keep up the great posts!xx Madison

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  4. Thanks a lot, my dear :D

    OMG, so coool! Happy b-day to you that have an amazing work on blog :D

    I'm participating <3

    NEW DIY POST | Old Sweater Into Statement Bomber Jacket
    InstagramFacebook Oficial PageMiguel Gouveia / Blog Pieces Of Me :D

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  5. Congratulations, the pictures are amazing, thank you for sharing, you look stunning!!!

    xxx

    www.bridesonamission.com

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  6. Congrats on the 5 year blogiversary! Love your pics! x

    TOUCHOFGUCCI // BLOGLOVIN 

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  7. Congrats on achieving that milestone, much love to u. Blogging sure isn't easy but making friends through it is precious !!
    New post - http://www.sapphireziva.com/2016/11/vest-ern.html


    xo, kanchan

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  8. Congrats!!! Love the giveaway!
    Dora www.BangsBang.com

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  9. That's a nice purse, great giveaway.

    www.busyandfab.com

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  10. Congrats hun, thats an amazing achievement, I loved what you said as well about blogging as this is the perfect give away for 5 years ;)

    www.fashionjazz.co.za

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  11. Happy Blogversary! Five years is a great achievement :)

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  12. Happy Blogverasary, sweetie!

    https://carinazz.blogspot.com.ee

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  13. Congratulations on your blogniversary girl! I hope the following years bring great accomplishments.

    Funmi x
    www.funmialabi.co.uk

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  14. Happy 5 years! Wishing you many more, lady. :) This shoot is so cute!

    Something you don't know about me... I played volleyball all through high school and still hold records at my school. Haha.

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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    1. Woah. Impressive! Good luck lovely xx

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  15. 5 years? Oh wow, happy bloganniversary :) There're ups and downs in life as well as in blogging world. It is important to stick to what you like doing instead of letting it sink after one unpleasant situation. I hope there will be many more years of Daring Coco! x

    Ela BellaWorld

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  16. Happy 5th blogiversary! To many more!


    XoXo,

    Tamara - LoveofMode.com

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  17. Yayyyyyy! Congrats! I can tell you've been blogging for a while. You have such a nice tone in your blogs and you curate everything very well. 5 years is a long time! Man... Anyway, congrats on this milestone and cheers to many more. I really enjoy reading your blog Sonia. :)

    -Emily www.coatandcoffee.com

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  18. Congratulations

    http://iameleine.blogspot.com/

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  19. Congrats on 5 years! That's an exciting blog milestone! Keep it up, girl :)

    Jamie
    http://www.treatsandtrendsblog.com

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  20. I remember you had mentioned that you were coming up on five years as well and I glad that you did decide to celebrate after all Sonia. In the scheme of everything that has happened for you to reach this milestone is a big deal that's worthy of being acknowledged. Congratulations to you and cheers to many more. I hope you will manage to find a happy balance between blogging and everything else you have going on in your life. Thanks for this lovely giveaway! Something you may not know about me is that I don't drink coffee and haven't had a cup in many many years.

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    1. Thanks gorgeous. I'm actually the same as you. I'm not a big coffee drinker (if ever) either. Good luck Rowena xx

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  21. Such a cool giveaway! Happy Blogversary Sonia!

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  22. Congratulations on five years of blogging, what an incredible milestone! :) It's great you got to have a fun photoshoot to mark the occasion, and very generous of you to run this giveaway! Very cute clutch.
    My 5 year is coming up in December and I'm at a loss for how to celebrate it - I'd love to do something more than just a standard post but things have been so crazy lately it's all I can do to get my usual posts out on time, no time for 'extra' things. :(

    Trying to think of something you didn't know about me I'm pretty open on my blog! Erm maybe that the first ebay purchase I made was a fake bag?! haha! I didn't know about the "too good to be true" rule and was very upset when I got the parcel. Thank goodness I got my money back!

    Hope you're having an awesome week, and congrats again. You might not be where you imagined with your blog but you have hit a wonderful milestone that should be celebrated :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Well it was go big or go home! My first eBay experience wasn't a great one either and may or may not have involved a (possibly fake) LV monogram phone case. My cousin bailed me out of that one and I'm not so sure I ever paid him back either! Good luck Mica xx

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  23. Wow - happy 5 years of blogging! Time flies when you are having fun!

    http://www.michellespaige.com

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  24. congratulations! This is amazing! 5 years of blogging! x
    Trend-Mae

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  25. Congratulations! Five years is quite the feat - It's amazing to look back and see how much you have grown over the past five years as well, I'm sure :)
    Life wouldn't be as wonderful without some lows just to remind us how good the highs are... does that even make sense???

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

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    1. It does and it's so true. You don't become who you are without those lows xx

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  26. Wow!!! 5 years!?!?! OMG so long time!!! Congratulations Sonia! I'm really happy to follow your blog!!! Have a nice day, kisses (and thank you for your visit),
    Eni

    Eniwhere Fashion
    Eniwhere Fashion Facebook

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  27. Wow! Happy 5 years in blogging! You've been far from where you started already and I'm so proud of you! <3 There's still a long way to go. Keep your head high, pretty! :)

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA
    www.missdream-girl.blogspot.com

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  28. Cute bag!! And congrats!!

    Ps: Follow each other? Let me know! ;)

    International giveaway on my blog!
    https://marymariastyle.blogspot.com.es/

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  29. Happy BlogAnniversary Sonia, so happy and thrilled for you! You are an amazing blogger and one of the greatest buddy also outside the blogosphere, Id like to meet u one day!:) The photos are wonderful and so are u! Love xo

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  30. Sonia, congrats on Coco 5th anniversary. You truly do a great work here, and despite the lows and ups blogging is such a great thing.
    I'm glad i sttumbled upon your blog, cause i do really love it.
    Have a nice weekend.
    lefashionaire.com

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    1. Thanks Catarine. I'm glad we found each other here too. You're beyond fabulous girl xx

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  31. Congratulations babe... and you look beautiful sweetie...xoxo, Neha

    theinstylejournal.com/

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  32. Congrats on 5! These photos are so cute, love the tassel balloon, so fun!

    Chanel | Je M'appelle Chanel

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  33. Cheers to five years, and hooray for cute giveaways!

    xx

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  34. congratulations on your 5 year anniversary! thats about how long I've been blogging too :) something you don't know.. I currently have 10 piercings and counting haha.
    www.samanthamariko.com

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    1. Thanks pretty lady and wow. 10. I've always wanted more than my ears pierced but been too chicken to do it xx

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  35. Happy 5th year blogging anniversary~! Wow, that is a really long time. I love your pictures, you look lovely~! And that is a nice pouch, good luck to the contestants~

    MY BLOG

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  36. Happy 5 years of blogging! That's quite the accomplishment! Congrats!

    Have a great weekend, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    www.WhatWouldVWear.com

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  37. omg lovely pics and balloon!

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  38. Congrats on your 5 years! I've only been blogging for 2 but I know what you mean about not being where you thought you were. But I agree that blogging is very rewarding regardless and you do meet great people through blogging xx

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  39. Happy 5 year blogiversary! That CDG clutch looks amazing!

    - Maya at www.TheKelleyDoll.com

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  40. Wow, five years!!! I just celebrated my first year and I could not be more proud! I didn't think I will make it this far!! Happy blogversary, I wish you all the success in the world and here's to the next 5 years! x

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

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    1. Wow. Congrats to you too gorgeous xx

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  41. Congratulations! 5 years is a pretty long time, keep up the great work :)
    Nati xx
    www.simplyartdicted.com

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  42. Congrats, and i wish you many more years on the next coming...
    This bag it is so cute I and to win...
    Finger crossed
    xx
    https://theonethattravels.wordpress.com/

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  43. A huge congratulations on five years of blogging - that's such an achievement! I've loved reading your open and honest thoughts, as well as seeing masses of clean photography :) This is such a lovely giveaway! To answer the question, something you may now know about me is that, hmm, well I'm a massive horror film addict!

    aglassofice.com
    x

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    1. Thanks so much Gabrielle. And honestly would never have pegged you as a horror lover hehehe. Good luck gorgeous xx

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  44. Congratulation and wish you all the best for more years to come!!
    Love the post and thoughtful content!!
    Hope you had an amazing weekend :)
    I am glad you enjoyed reading my recent posts and thank you!!
    MyLyfeMyStory

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  45. Yay! Congrats on your blogversary!!!! 5 years wow!! Congrats!!!

    http://stylesprinter.com/

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  46. Huge congratulations on reaching 5 years! That's a huge milestone :)

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

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  47. Amazing photos!
    Have a nice week-end!
    Gil Zetbase
    http://gilzetbase.com/

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  48. HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!
    Edita
    http://www.pret-a-reporter.co.uk/

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  49. Congratulations on your 5 year blogging anniversary. I definitely think blogging can be a labour of love and difficult at times but there are also so many great things about it too. It's lovely that you have made new friends through blogging and also that it has helped in difficult times :) I hope you continue to enjoy it and I look forward to reading your future posts x

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  50. Happy Blogiversary! I only just started 2/3 months ago.. i hope I can one day say it's been 5 years! Congrats.

    Patricia // Patricia Stelmach

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  51. wow, congratulations girl.. wishing you more power to your elbow and strength to continue in doing what you love, Blogging...


    Brendascouch.com

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  52. Wow! 5 years! Congratulations!
    xo Yvonne
    www.aproposh.com

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  53. Big congrats! You have an amazing blog and I love your writing above all. I started 3 years ago (OMG!) with another blog and can't believe that time passes by so quickly. I hope you go on blogging for many years.

    Jasmine xx
    Jas Claire

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  54. Congrats my dear!
    http://carrieslifestyle.com

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  55. Congratulations!! Such a beautiful blog!!
    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
    NEW POST: BELL SLEEVES | MY KINDA CASUAL STYLE...
    DON'T MISS: VELVET TREND BEST OUTFITS!

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  56. That's amazing! Congrats babe xx

    moorizZLA

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  57. I have a tattoo that is dedicated to my grandpa :)

    Rafflecopter: Petra Kos

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  58. Congratulations on five years!
    I have a beautiful red umbrella with white dots

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  59. Congratulations on the 5 years, Sonia! Woot woot! It's been great reading your posts and getting to know you better as time passes by. Here's to many more years:) XOXO

    PS Something you don't know about me....mmmm...honestly, I think I put most of my interests on my blog so I'm an open book:P

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  60. Congratulations! 5 years for blogging are a very long time! Keep up the good work <3
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  61. Congrats on 5 years!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

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  62. Congrats on your bloggersary, dear! Great giveaway & good luck to all. Sonia, check out these
    Amazing Instagram Shots in DisneySea, Keio Plaza, Hilton Tokyo Bay! xoxo

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  63. Great post babe! Congrats on the 5 years!

    Kisses,
    BLOG | TAISLANY

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  64. Congratulations Sonia! Five years in blogging is an important milestone! Mine is coming up in January. Yes, there are so many ups & downs when it comes to blogging. I know exactly what you're talking about. I've experienced some myself. You have a lovely blog. I love hearing about your adventures (trips) and your pictures are always breathtaking. Keep up the great work and always stay true to who you are!

    Hmmmm, something about me. I have a Master's Degree in Environmental Policy :D

    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  65. Happy Blogiversary, beauty! More often than not, things don't turn out the way we've envisioned and for good reason, without all the bumps in the road there would be no lessons learned that have helped molded us into who we are and I'm sure you've acquired a lot of wisdom throughout these 5 years! I wish you much success and growth in this blog and in everything you do, beauty! Thank so much for have an awesome start to your week, beauty!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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  66. Congrats! I think five years is a long time to focus on anything... so it's definitely a good time to stop and reflect over your successes.

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  67. Massive congrats on the five year blogiversary babe! Such a huge milestone, and so happy for you your blog turned out as amazing as it is! I'm definitely participating in this wonderful give-away, crossing my fingers! And something you don't know about me? I'm a walking Harry Potter dictionary... Ask me anything and I'll know haha ;)
    XO IMKE | Pastellics

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  68. Woo, congrats on five years! It's definitely an achievement. Blogging isn't as easy as people think and especially being online, it's prone to being judged harshly. It's really great that you've made friends through it all though! It can be a great community. Again, congratulations :)

    Sam | My Beauty Cloud

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  69. Wow, 5 years! Congratulations, and cheers to many many more years of success! x

    Erica
    www.eggcanvas.me

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  70. Blogging is indeed an arduous journey that takes us on so many twists and turns. The fact that you have persevered through the up and the downs, the yes and the no's is just beautiful. it shows drive. And so I raise my virtual glass to many more years of fruitful blogging--for all of us.

    https://cynicalduchess.blogspot.com

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  71. Congrats on 5 years! You have everything to be proud of! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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  72. Wow. Congratulations on hitting 5 years! That's an incredible milestone and much to be proud of! :) My favourite part is meeting new friends as well. :) Getting to know people who are so far away is so much better in blogging than on any other social media platform. :)

    Xo,
    Miki
    http://mikialamode.com

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  73. Tanti auguri per questi 5 anni.
    Kiss.

    http://www.dontcallmefashionblogger.com

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  74. Definitely entering this incredible giveaway! I've loved your blogs for quite some time now and I'm still impressed by the incredible quality of your photos and content! I did a few of the things required or requested ;)

    Naomi in Wonderland

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  75. Congratulations! Blogging can feel like a roller coaster, but the fact that you are still here after five years is amazing! I am happy you are as I enjoy coming here and seeing what you're up to :) Cheers for many more years to come!

    Ivona from www.thesmokedetector.net
    xoxo

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  76. that is wonderful.. happy 5 years. great pictures!

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  77. Congratulations! What an accomplishment! Happy 5 years :)

    Love, Lindsey
    http://www.thenomisniche.com/

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  78. Congratulations daring. I'm so glad we connected cos I love reading you and look forward to the next 5 yrs and beyond of DaringCoco. And yes, regardless of what detours you've taken, the fact that you're still here is worth celebrating. Without those 'lows', it might have been boring for you so kudos to you for sticking to it. Great give away. Will enter and keep my fingers crossed, lol.


    http://fashionablyidu.com/

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  79. Congrats on 5 years! Blogging definitely seems much more easier to people who have never blogged before. Before I started I thought it would be a piece of cake and a total money maker lolol. Anyways, props for keeping at it for 5 years and here's to another 5!

    And something you don't know about me... I have a black belt in Tae Kwan Do :)

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

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    1. Blogging is a lot of work indeed. Most people don't realise it until they actually start one xx

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  80. Happy 5 years! My blogiversary is coming up soon and I'll be doing a giveaway as well. :)

    Something you don't know about me... I hate peas? Hahaha!

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  81. Congratulations on 5 years lovely, what an amazing achievement. That clutch is too damn pretty too!

    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

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  82. Oh wow, 5 years of blogging! Congrats, congrats, congrats! A breat achievement! xoxo

    www.naomella.com

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  83. Happy blogiversary! It has been really lovely connecting with you in the blog world (hmm maybe 2 years ago?) it is funny and interesting how we make connections to each other and it is really one of the best parts of blogging. Here is to another 5 years and some awesome partnerships along the way ;)

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  84. Happy blogiversary!! So awesome with 5 years, congrats and keep up the good work! Xx

    www.thefashionfolks.com

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  85. congratulations dear.. It's been 5 years for me too :)
    Well, something you don't know about me? haha. it has to be health. I'm REALLY health conscious. ;)

    Thank you for your lovely comment on my earlier post :D

    Maybe you have time see my new post Yellow in Singapore :)

    Follow me on Google Plus

    Love
    Akanksha

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  86. This is so exciting!! Congratulations!
    xx
    www.sanssouci.website

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  87. Congrats on five years! I just came across your blog and I love it! I'm always feeling up and down with blogging. It's nice to see you went through the same and are now successful with your blog!

    Fariha | http://blog.farihawajid.com

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  88. Congratulations on 5 years blogversary. i can imagine in 5 years you must have had some ups and downs and learned a lot. Keep up the great work Sonia. Happy Thanksgiving! :)
    xo
    Sauniya | Find Your Bliss ♡

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  89. Congrats on your 5 years!!! That's truly amazing!! I really hope to see you continue on to 10 years and more. I really admire your blog, your writing, and your overall style! I definitely agree with you that with blogging, times can get tough especially since this is basically a job in itself. But there are so many perks to it. I'm glad you continued despite the bumps along the road. I'm not exactly sure if you have yet, but if you got any more tips or tricks on blogging, please share!

    ~Andrea Tiffany~
    aglimpseofglam.blogspot.com

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  90. Also, forgot to mention this earlier in my comment, something about myself that you don't know would be that I used to dance ballet. I did ballet for years but then I stopped once I started university. Thanks for sharing a giveaway!

    ~Andrea Tiffany~
    aglimpseofglam.blogspot.com

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  91. Happy bloggiversary Sonia! Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose FASHION & BEAUTY

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  92. Five years is a HUGE feat, CONGRATS! xoxo
    Something about me...I danced ballet for 18 years :)

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  93. Wow five years is amazing well done!!
    I love trying new foods.

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  94. Congrats on reaching this milestone. I am on a blogging journey too and soon to be celebrating 1 year.
    Happy anniversary
    www.sindisosdiary.com

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  95. wahoo for five years! congrats! cute photos!

    kelseybang.com

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  96. Congratulations on five years!! I know blogging can be challenging and so much has changed. And yes I have met many great people through blogging and gone to some wonderful events. But the shift in the landscape with so much focus on numbers and no one engaging any more is frustrating.

    Allie of ALLIENYC
    www.allienyc.com

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  97. Congrats, dear! It is a pleasure read your blog!!!
    xoxo
    https://www.donkeycool.es/

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  98. Congrats on one year of blogging! I remember when I started blogging a little over one year ago, the time really goes by so fast! These little milestones and accomplishments should definitely be celebrated and I'm so happy of all you have accomplished since you started. Keep it up!
    www.lacasabloga.com

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  99. OHHHH I LOVE THIS!!!! And loving your photo!!

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  100. It's so awesome you've been blogging for 5 years! I just started my blog so this post of yours is very inspiring, thank you!

    Sam
    http://thrifttasteandheadspace.com/

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