A Look Back Over the Year 2015

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These end of the year posts are my favorite ones to write because I am a big time reflector kind of person.  So much has happened over this past year and I love being able to have the blog as one of the best ways to recall the brilliance of 2015.  I can’t believe I have been blogging for only 2 years, I honestly feel like I have been with y’all for so much longer than that.  When I started this blog, I was all “hi I’m Amanda, this is my boyfriend and my little condo in downtown….”  Now I’m married to that said boyfriend for almost a year and have plans of possibly expanded that family in the near future.

In the beginning I was working as a full time Nurse Practitioner and teaching barre classes.  Now I’m still working full time, I’m an adjunct faculty member at a well known University, still teaching barre classes and have grown this blog to what it has become today.

From the blog standpoint over the past year I have undergone a ton of changes and growth which you all have followed along with.  I have switched over from the blogger platform to wordpress which came with it’s own set of frustrations but ultimately I am so happy I made that cross.  Wordpress has really allowed me to take this blog to the next professional level and I love the design abilities of it.

My next goal that I have been working on this year which I’ve gotten the most genuine and positive feedback from y’all is my photography.  I am very blessed to have a husband who is very patient with me but also has a natural ability and eye for photography.  I even have him tucking in tags on the back of my tops now, he is a quick learner or doesn’t want to hear me complain of having to photoshop hair over them anymore…..either one.  My plans for the next year are to continue to develop my photography.  I really have a passion for it and I’m incredibly inspired by all the local artists we have in the community that I reside in.

You all know how much I love to travel and how meticulous I am with planning.  This year lead to incredible travel starting off with our honeymoon to Greece.  If that has been on your radar please feel free to email me, I am happy to share all the knowledge with you.  I also headed to Charleston where I had the best blates ever.  Check out my travel tab for full recaps of my travels over the past year.bb-brunch

We are currently underway for planning our one year anniversary trip.  The plans haven’t been finalized yet but my husband has caught the European travel bug and I am overjoyed about this.  Can’t wait to share all those details with you.

When you write almost 5 days a week solid for an entire year it is really hard to narrow down your favorite posts.  They all are special and carry their own meaning to you and to others.  If I had to pick a top 10……they would be these (all of the headers if you click them will take you to the post).

Sharing my Wedding Moments

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Sharing Our Wedding Video

I still can’t not hear this song and not think about this.


Recapping Our Honeymoon

Make sure to check out my travel section here and to read all about all the Greek isle reviews check it out here.What to see in Santorini

Getting Real with Some Confessions

We all know that we love getting them off our chest right?

Sharing my Outlook for Where Blogging Is Going


Favorite Fashion Moment (this was the Instagram post that got picked up by liketoknowit)


Favorite Funnies

Hard to narrow it down but this story still makes me cringe and laugh all at the same time.

Favorite Makeup Post

Where you able to guess which side was the save vs splurge in this makeup review of drugstore vs high end?

Favorite Workout Post

You know I love making those running/workout playlists.  Have you conquered any of these at home workouts yet?


I also had to include this post as well.Top Ten Tips For Your First Barre Class


So You Want to Start a Blog?

Since I get asked about this on a daily basis……I thought I’d write a post about it.



Finally.  This was one of my favorite posts to write and to receive emails back after about.  My post that was devoted to the “Non Blogger Readers“, I still get daily emails from readers all over and I love you all for that!non-bloggers

So there is my roundup from 2015 of my favorite posts and highlights.  What have been some of your favorite things to read over here or what keeps you coming back for more?  For all my fairly new readers I hope that was a great introduction to what this past year was for me.  You can always check out more by clicking the category tabs at the top of my blog!

I am beyond excited to think about what this next year has in store for me.  I can’t wait to continue this journey and share with you along the way!  Thank you for all your love and support.  Make sure to check back tomorrow for my favorite roundup of products and goodies over the year!  xoxoxo

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43 responses to “A Look Back Over the Year 2015”

  1. Your wedding pictures are so gorgeous! What a great year it has been! That European travel bug, it is an easy one to catch!

  2. Aw yay for our Charleston trip! SO fun! And you already know how I feel about your wedding pictures. 2015 was definitely a great year for you and I’m excited to see what 2016 has in store! And love that we’re both planning our next European adventures! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  3. Nichole says:

    Behind every successful blogger is a very patient husband!! I have learned this about my own, and many other blog friends – love it! Gah, I could just look at your wedding photos all day – here’s to a successful 2016! xoxoxo

  4. Christina says:

    What beautiful wedding pictures! It’s so fun look at your travels as well; I’m a huge traveler myself. I am going to Miami in February and currently working through planning Prague in March.. I can’t sit still! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

    Christina :: Simple and Delish

  5. Your wedding year is always the most fun, you’ll have fun trying to make 2016 just as epic and I’m sure it will be!! Cheers to you friend! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  6. Jenn says:

    I love looking back at the wedding photos and fun–yours were no exception. And the honeymoon was amazing–you totally had me (and now have me again) wanting to go there even more than I wanted to before! Here’s hoping 2016 is filled with lots of fun….and canola oil ;) hahah

  7. Rachel says:

    What a fabulous year! I always love looking back at our wedding pictures, so fun to relive the memories! Wishing you a wonderful 2016!

    Xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

  8. ah i swear we will need to meet next year girl! that charleston trip looked so fun. and of course wedding photos are the best! what a great year for you! cheers to next year!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  9. Girl I have no idea how you do it all, I’m so impressed! Still so obsessed with all of your wedding and Greece photos, can’t wait to see where y’all are going for your Anniversary!! And I’m so glad we got together while you were in Charleston! :) Happy New Year friend!

  10. Haha I still hear that song and think of your wedding video, too!! ;) YAY for another Europe trip and girl, your pictures are awesome lately. Such a great year for you guys and cannot wait to see what 2016 has in store!

  11. Yay for Europe this year! Your wedding photos are just so jaw-dropping-ly gorgeous. And I second what Cait said – I seriously don’t know how you do it all! Happy New Year! xo

  12. What an exciting year you’ve had!! Your wedding video still makes me tear up!! I’m such a sap I know!!! Those pictures are so beautiful too. Anyways… you continue to be a source of inspiration for me and others. I wish you and your hubs all of the happiness that the world has to offer and good health. Keep up your amazing work and I look forward to hearing all about your adventures! :-)

  13. Blaire says:

    You have such an amazingly successful year! Keep up the good work, and cheers to a Happy and healthy 2016!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  14. Carly says:

    Love this! You had such a great year! Blogs are the perfect way to look back and reflect.

  15. Rachel says:

    You had so many amazing things happen this year! I’m looking forward to following along in 2016 and can’t wait to see what next year brings for you!

  16. So many fun and wonderful memories happened during this year for you! Your wedding pictures are absolutely stunning, and your honeymoon to Greece looked fantastic! It looks like 2015 will be hard to beat, but hopefully 2016 can do it!

  17. Missy says:

    You have had quite the year, hope it just keeps getting better! I keep coming back here for the wardrobe and blogging advice and I love the way you write. Your non bloggers post made me come out of the closet and comment and do more things to grow my blog! And I am so glad I found you through that pure barre post. I was so nervous about it then and I cannot believe how hooked I am on it now!

  18. jillian says:

    you had such a great year!! i love all the traveling :) esp that trip to charleston! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  19. Karly says:

    You definitely have so much to look back on this year and celebrate – I can’t believe it only was this year that you got married! You know I’m a huge advocate for all your fitness posts, I think I pin every single one of your workouts and playlists. :) I appreciate all your continued support and encouragement – you were a huge inspiration and help to me throughout this year, and I can’t wait to see your blog continue to grow in 2016!

  20. What an amazing year you had especially your gorgeous wedding and honeymoon! Cheers to 2016!

  21. It’s been such a joy watching you grow this year! I have loved everything from the wedding planning, to the funnies! You are such a kind person Amanda. Have a wonderful New Year and can’t wait to see where the year 2016 takes you. (:

  22. Amanda says:

    Such an awesome recap. You had such a memorable year, filled with the best memories! Can’t wait to see where 2026 takes you :)

  23. Your wedding pictures make me want to tear up every time I see them!!! Sigh…. what a great year you had lovely lady! Wishing you more of the same and better in 2016!!

  24. I still can’t get over how gorgeous your wedding pics are! Can’t wait to hear more about your 2016 travel plans, my favorite past time ever. Cheers to an even more amazing 2016 <3

    Green Fashionista

  25. Christina says:

    What a fabulous year!! I loved following along with especially all the (gorgeous) wedding recaps and travels! Cheers to 2016, lady!!

  26. I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for you!

  27. Emily says:

    I still can’t get over how gorgeous your wedding photos were/are! So stinking beautiful. Which I’m sure only means your wedding was 10x more beautiful!

    I need Freddie to get the European travel bug!

  28. You had a big year lady! I still love all the wedding and honeymoon photos. Cheers to 2016!

  29. you had a big year for your blog and your life so hooray for that! may 2016 bring you even more success.

  30. cheers to 2016!!! this was an awesome year for you. the weddings posts were def highlights for me. you made such a gorgeous bride. pop the bubbly and let’s celebrate this past year and look to the future. Hugs, girl!

  31. Sara says:

    We’re in the midst of planning our 2016 europe trip too…. because our honeymoon gave my husband the travel bug!! Can’t wait to hear all the details on what you decide to do… maybe we’ll overlap? Or share ideas? Hah! Oh my – your wedding pictures are SO beautiful… I’m just obsessed with looking at them (and your pictures from Greece)!! Here’s to an amazing 2016; happy New Year girlie!!

  32. You had a fabulous 2015! I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for you! And to finally meet you in person in February! xo, Champagne&Suburbs

  33. Nadine says:

    You have had a big year in 2015!!! Cheers to making 2016 even better. Happy New Year!

  34. kristen says:

    can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for you :) of course, i’m most interested in where you go for your anniversary haha. happy NYE girl!

  35. I seriously can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for 2 years and I totally remember you from the beginning. You were bound for greatness right from the start :) Congrats on all of your success with the blog, it has been super fun to watch every step of the way!

  36. Happy New Year Amanda! I have loved following along with your blog this year ((esp the outfit posts – those are always my fave because lets be honest, I’m a shopping addict)). I really love the post variety you’re always able to bring to this space. Your wedding photos are just gorgeous! I can’t wait to see what 2016 brings… especially after that expanding family comment!


  37. Owen Davis says:

    Such a huge year for you! Praying for health and happiness in 2016 and I cannot wait to keep following along xoxoxo

  38. Emelia says:

    Your wedding pictures are SERIOUSLY dreamy girl! I think I started following when it was your honeymoon so I don’t recall seeing them before. What a great year! I am excited for the new year and all it has to bring. Cheers to you!

  39. I haven’t had has much time in the last few months to keep up with everyone, but I always come back to your blog when I have a spare minute because your content is always amazing. You’ve had such an incredible year and I’m really so happy for you and wish you every success! You’re a true inspiration and such a natural teacher, I’m excited for everything that I’ll learn from you in 2016!

  40. Pinky says:

    Europe trip? Tell me more!!!!

  41. Julie Joy says:

    2015 was an incredible year for you! So many memories and an abundance of success! I’ve loved following along! I can’t believe it’s almost been a year since your wedding! When I first started following along you were just starting planning! Time flies! Looking forward to following along this year and seeing all the amazing things you do!

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