Friday Favorites – First of August

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Happy Friday dolls, I hope everyone is having a great week.  Mine was as jam packed as always and I’m counting down the hours till it’s no alarm clock central for the next few days. So let’s talk about the new Instagram stories.  Are you liking it?  Are you still using snapchat as well?  I know this is real first world problems stuff but I mean I can’t be double snapping every life moment.  Which ones are you guys going to probably be sticking with?  I love the filters on snapchat and the fact I follow a way smaller audience…’s kinda of like Myspace and Facebook years.  Facebook was smaller and only your college friends and Myspace was like everyone including the high schoolers were on there.  Snapchat is still a little more protected even though my parents are on there so there goes all the drinking snaps….just kidding (they read the blog as well, hi mom).  Okay let’s get into the favorites from the week!

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Dress Ella Moss c/o find here ||| Booties old similar find here ||| Hat find here ||| Purse Hammitt c/o find here


My inner tween self was very excited to hear a new Britney song drop.  Tell me your thoughts on it.  Check it here.


I have been making salads about every other night in the Summer and this marinated kale and chicken bowls with sun dried tomato sauce will be next on the list.


Autumn Calabrese is one of my favorite trainers and this quick 20 minute workout is a great way to start your day.  Try it before heading to work.  Also, here is a great printable if you prefer it that way.


If you have 20 minutes, this is a fantastic video about how to get your pictures blog ready in an efficient manner.

Did you check my under $50 shopping post?  Well, you need to because it is a pretty expensive shopping guide for all the fab Summer sales and my Fall preview.  You only have a few days left for the Nordstrom sale.  I included restocked items in my recap definitely check it here.


When the only time I leave the house on the weekend is to go to a pure barre class


How working on a Friday in the Summer is pretty much intellectually impossible to do



Marks feelings whenever I make him take a million blog photos and then have to retake them again because my tag was sticking out the whole time


When I haven’t had my cup of coffee prior to an early morning workout class


Whenever I read a diet plan that says no carbs after lunchtime



That first sip of the adult bev to signal the start of your weekend


Okay it’s your turn!  Link up and tell me your favorites from the week and if you are team snapchat or instagram stories?  I’m so interested to hear everyones opinion!

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61 responses to “Friday Favorites – First of August”

  1. I am obsessed with Britney’s new song!!

  2. Girl so with you on not double snapping my life away LOL….too many social media outlets now – just give me one that does everything – that would be ideal LOL! Happy Friday! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  3. Kelly K says:

    I LOVE that Ella Moss dress–just gorgeous! And Amen to no carbs after lunch–that’s a rule I’ll never follow!

  4. Nadine says:

    Ahhhhh I didn’t know Brit Brit had a new song. I am liking it. More chill than her normal stuff and very current. Just added this baby to my Spotify list! So honestly, I haven’t even looked at one story on Instagram. I want to be like stop trying to make fetch happen! Haha! I like Snapchat for the reasons you stated, much smaller list of friends so when I have a few extra minutes I look at everyone’s feed for the day. Instagram? There is enough going on there with pictures. But I say that now, talk to me in a few weeks when I am the only loser not doing it and finally jump ship. LOL. That dress in your pictures is so pretty and I love how it looks with those shoes! So stylish! Cutting carbs after lunch? NO THANKS! Haha! Have a great weekend!

  5. Danielle says:

    I am truly so confused by how I feel about Instagram stories. The aesthetic is a lot more pleasing (font colors, pen styles) than Snapchat, and I like that I can glimpse into the lives of so many more people that I follow on Instagram. But Snapchat is like, the OG! I don’t know if I can up and leave them like that. We’ve been through so much together. I need everyone to collectively decide what we’re going to do about this!

    Danielle @ afloat on a full sea

  6. Pamela says:

    I’m sticking with Snapchat for the time. I don’t know, I’m just a fan of the OG ha! Maybe I’ll give the Instagram stories a try at some point. LOVE the new Britney song. She seriously can do no wrong in my book. Happy Friday doll! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  7. I’m not sure how I feel about the Instagram stories, it’s just a completely different platform. For now, I’ll stick with Snap for fun in real time stories, and continue to use Instagram how I always have. And LOL at the gif for a diet with no carbs after lunch, I never have and never will attempt something so preposterous! Happy Friday <3
    Green Fashionista

  8. I’m 100% with you on the liking Snapchat more because of the smaller audience and also all the filters. As soon as I saw that Instagram had all the stories I started to get really overwhelmed just thinking about the number of people that I follow and trying to watch all of their snaps. Seriously, who has the time to watch all of those Instagram stories? I’m thinking that I’ll probably just stick with Snapchat too. I hope that you have a great weekend, and enjoy your time off!

  9. Amy says:

    Love me some Britney . . . and Justin. Hello, I’m in my 40’s. Ha! I’m sticking with Snapchat . . . because ain’t nobody got time to learn something else! I tried my first Barre class this week. Whoa. That was hard . . . in a good way. I thought of you when I got there!

  10. Why oh why did instagram do that? I was just getting the hang of Snapchat and hitting a groove with Instagram. This is all making me feel old! I love that dress! Have a good Pure Barre only weekend!

  11. Loveeee that video on getting your photos blog ready! I’m always looking for more tips and tricks of how to get the most out of my DSLR. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have an amazing weekend! – Svetlana @Life With a Side of Wine

  12. Gina says:

    I hate the new Instagram! I just want to look at their posts – it’s like it adds more work for me :) (I know I don’t have to but I get curious! ) definitely bookmarking that workout!! Happy Friday!!

  13. Darcy says:

    I don’t have a snapchat and I have yet to update my Instagram account so I am story-less hahah

  14. Kayla MKOY says:

    I don’t know how I feel about the whole instagram stories thing, it seems like a total ripoff from Snapchat and I honestly prefer the user friendliness (and fun filters) of snapchat…but I also think its fun to hear voices of people I follow on insta that I don’t know, personally. Like a lot of photographers and other creatives. I do like that my snapchat “audience” is about a total of 10-15 people. Have a fun weekend. Love your gifs!

  15. Lindsay says:

    That dress is gorgeous on you and I love all of your funnies as always. You crack me up!!

  16. I’m pretty bad with Snapchat. I follow a small amount of people and I view their snaps almost daily but I hardly ever snap. Now that I don’t have to switch apps and can do everything right in Instagram, I may try and stick with that one. The plus side is I don’t have to keep trying to get followers to go over to Snapchat anymore either.

  17. emelia says:

    I AM OBSESSSSSED with the Britney song, obviously. I LOVE her! I preordered the CD and Private Show came with it early…I can’t wait to hear the rest of the songs. I love all your funnies, they always give me a good laugh. Enjoy your weekend!

  18. Rebecca Jo says:

    I’ve never done Snapchat so this IG STory is new to me & I’m LOVING IT :)
    I’d think it would be convenient to keep it all in one place… just my thoughts – why I never did Snapchat.
    I bet those filters are coming on IG -watch & see :)

  19. Lauren says:

    Ooh girl those boots with that fringe trim on your outfit is AWESOME. IG story is way more accessible than Snapchat to me!

  20. Emily says:

    Mmmm, I’m ready to take that first sip of the weekend NOW! Come on, end of work day, hurry up!

    Oooh, I’m excited to try out that Autumn workout. In fact, I need to get in a workout today so maybe I’ll try that one. !

  21. kristen says:

    new britney song what what! that’s awesome, off to check it out.
    i can’t be bothered learning a whole new thing. i like keeping snapchat as the snapping thing and instagram as the photo sharing thing. lol.
    have a good weeken!

  22. Oh my gosh, I was so excited about the new Britney song! My 12 year old love for her beer dies. Even after crazy shaved head with an umbrella Britney. This quick workout looks great, I’ll have to add it to my rotation once my knee is back in business. Have a great weekend!

  23. I’m 100% on that train of the last meme! I literally slept 12 hours last night, which I NEVER do. Best feeling ever, it felt like I was having a HUGE glass of Cab.

  24. Madeleine says:

    Amanda this post was hilarious!! I can totally relate to everything and the gifs totally made it! I’m undecided about the whole IG/Snapchat thing- on one hand I was always annoyed that I had to manually add all my faves bloggers from IG to Snapchat, but it meant I had a select amount of people I watch on SC, where as on IG I could go all day watching stories! But I love watching people’s stories on IG, because I feel like I get to know them more. But I don’t think that we can have both in this world, I think one will have to go! Only time will tell…

    Hope you’re having a great weekend!

    xx Madeleine

  25. Wait, what?! Britney came out with a new song?!

  26. Karly says:

    I love these photos of you! Oh,Britney – she’ll always be our pop princess. Definitely checking out that salad recipe and the blog photos video. Hope you had a good weekend!

  27. Jaelan says:

    Carbs after lunch time! Hahahahhaah I could never give that up.

  28. I agree with you on Snapchat! It’s such a smaller audience and I really feel like I can be myself. Whereas the Instagram version of snap chat is just too big for me? If that makes sense? I follow nearly a thousand people. I could never look through that many stories. Right?!

    Is it wrong of me to not instantly love the new Britney song? Like I want to. I feel like I have to, I just dont. I wish she would retire from pop and mentor young hopefuls. It’s not like she needs to keep performing for the money. lol

    Love this dress on you!

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