A Year in Review of 2016 – Second Half of the Year

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Hello and welcome back around these parts.  I don’t think I’ve ever taken almost a week off of blogging before but it was well needed.  I didn’t check my computer, phone, or any forms of social media for the past few days and it was glorious.  Don’t get me wrong, I was itching a little bit to get back to work but spending time with family was good for the soul.  I hope everyone had a nice holiday!  I’m currently sitting in the Centurion Lounge at Laguardia airport in New York with a cup of coffee and glass of wine patiently waiting on deck.  I can’t wait to get home to my bed and the everyday routine of life.  Mark and I started traveling together very early on in our relationship and I still remember telling him “see we are going to be perfect for each other, we travel perfectly together“.  I mean, that, is huge right?  Having similar travel personalities?  I feel like you learn A LOT about people when traveling with them. Luckily we are both organized, pretty low maintenance, and can fit everything in those carry-ons.  The end of the year is rapidly approaching and I wanted to bring part two of my blog review.  You can catch part one here.


July 2016

Skirt on major sale here |||  Crop top here ||| Lace up heels on sale here


The Summertime lull of blogging but lots of fun travels!  Recap of our birthday weekend in NYC.


I definitely find a lot of inspiration in Summer fashion.  Including the above multi-colored skirt and this geometric mini dress.


How to Budget Friendly Update Your Blog

This post still rings true and my tips are completely user-friendly.  Check it out if you need some sprucing up for the New Year!


How to Incorporate Fashion in an Authentic Way

One of my favorite blogging posts.  If you want to incorporate fashion into your blog or really just ways to keep an authentic voice to your space, this is your post.  Also, how to work with the brands that are on your radar.  Lots of great tips in this one!


The Knickerbocker Hotel in NYC

If you are looking for a great hotel that is luxurious and in the middle of everything, this is the place for you.  Definitely, recommend checking it out if you have any upcoming travel to the city.



August 2016

A Good Ole Fashioned Confessions Post

I love being able to let random thoughts flow here and adore when I can brighten someone’s day with a laugh.


My Thoughts on Eyelash Extensions

I am on to a different studio/person putting them on but I am still in love with them.  Seriously, makes such a difference!  If you ever had a question about them, definitely check out this post.


How to Fall When it’s Still Hot Out

I still love this outfit combo and it’s still pretty relevant since it continues to be in the 80’s down in Florida.


5 Quick Ways to Get Your Tasks Done

I still refer to this post when I know I have an important deadline that I need to stop procrastinating on and get done.  You know I squeeze a lot into my day and these are some of my quick and dirty ways of accomplishing all of it.


September 2016

Romper sold out but similar here  ||| Booties find similar here


Oh, the start of all the Fall travels!  What I wore to the Life is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas.


My Travel Essentials

Sitting here waiting to leave NYC back to FL, these tips are still very tried and true!  See what made my list!


Fall Running Playlist

You know how much I love making workout playlists for you!  If you need some inspiration to kickstart the New Years Resolutions, then definitely check this one out.


October 2016

Zappos Loyalty Rewards Program

I love being able to work with brands that I fully support and have the best customer service.  Did you know that Zappos has a rewards program that is completely free and you earn points that add up to gift cards?  Definitely, check it out!


Denver Travel Guide

My complete travel guide to the Mile High City.  Writing travel guides are some of my favorite posts!


The Life is Beautiful Festival Review

One of my favorite events from the past year!  Check out my full review of this festival out in Vegas.  It is definitely on my radar for next year.


The Joys of Saying Yes

I just love this post.  I challenge you during the new year to say yes to something that you would somehow talk yourself out of.  Build those experiences and get out of your comfort zone!


JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa

Take me back to this stunning resort!  If you are looking for an indulgent weekend away that is still affordable, then definitely looking into this property.


November 2016


10 Things To STOP Doing With Your Makeup Right Now

Did any of your daily habits make it onto the list?


My Last 10 Amazon Purchases

You guys absolutely loved this post and I think I should make a habit of rounding up my purchases, the mundane to the exciting.  I mean dish gloves made the list…..


How to Teach Anyone to Shoot Your Pictures

I got really great feedback from you guys on this post.  I love putting together photography tutorials especially when it involves helping your blogging work.  Are you struggling to get the pictures you want for your blog and Instagram?  Then definitely check out this tutorial!


Crushing on All Things Velvet

Still one of my favorite Fall and Winter trends!


Don’t Wait to Start Those Resolutions

Well, what are you waiting for?  Let’s start those healthy habits now!


December 2016


Trending: Metallic Skirts

I am still fully in love with this trend.  Make sure to scoop up either this pink pleated skirt or this metallic one.  They are both super affordable.


Favorite Gifts Under $25

Scrambling and needing a gift for someone that missed your first list?  Well I have you covered


A Year in Review: The First Half of the Year

A roundup of my favorite posts from the first half of the year!



Well, there you have it!  A highlight of some of my favorite posts for the second half of 2016.  As you are going through these posts, I would love feedback about which content is your favorite and what you would like to see more of for 2017.  I have goals set for back up to 4 posts a week and trying to incorporate videos into my content as well.  I would appreciate all your feedback!

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13 responses to “A Year in Review of 2016 – Second Half of the Year”

  1. Kelsey says:

    Oh my gosh, Amanda, you’ve had such a fun year of traveling! That’s awesome to be married to someone who shares your travel personality. Can you imagine traveling with someone who is high-mainatinence and stressed out about little details? Ugh. I can’t. I always love reading your travel recaps.

    I remember that romper from September and LOVED it then! Boohoo that it’s sold out :( I’ll check out the similar one.

    Happy New Year!

  2. You find the best walls and colorful places. Love all of these shots and looks!!

    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  3. I absolutely Love this post because it reminds me of some of my favorite posts of yours. The amazon one was definitely one of my favorites. A great year of blog posts pretty lady.

  4. Biana says:

    I’m hoping to start doing more videos next year as well!! It was a great and successful year for you and I hope it’s even better next year!! I think this is the first year we didn’t see each other, which is just no bueno!! We need to fix that in 2017! xo, Biana

  5. Sara says:

    I feel like the end of 2016 (second half?) was so bright, colorful and vibrant for you!! Love all the adventures, too!

  6. Kelsey says:

    Wow!! So many good posts this year and you’ve done so much!! I’m glad you said that about videos, I have to get recommitted to my YouTube channel this year.

  7. UGh that romper, I am so mad I never got to wear it! I did just purchase that first pair of shoes you linked (literally, just now) to replace those awesome target ones that I cannot replace. Clearly I love your fashion posts the most as you are now responsible for all of my purchases, lol! I now have a DSLR camera thanks to the thieves and I cannot wait to actually use all your tutorials now! Keep up the great work! Safe travels home and enjoy that glass of wine that is coming! Cheers to 2017!

  8. Caroline says:

    Every single one of these outfits look amazing on you. I tried to pick a favorite but I can’t. You have incredible taste and an amazing sense of style. I am totally inspired by you!! :-) I love hearing about all of the fun things that you have done this year. You are a beautiful person inside and out and I always enjoy catching up with you. Enjoy the rest of this year and I hope that 2017 brings you tons of happiness!!! xoxo

  9. kristen says:

    i agree about learning a lot about a person by travelling with them. KC and i are like 80% the same with travel and then we have our things but we mesh well and we tolerate the other’s weirdness about weird things lol.
    2016 was a crazy busy year for you girl. can’t wait to see what you get up to in 2017!

  10. Your photos always make me so happy. They aren’t just point, pose and shoot. There’s a real art to them. From your outfit to what you’re standing in front off. Always enjoy clicking over here. Can’t wait for 2017! (:

  11. Tiffany says:

    What a great year you had Amanda. And your post on teaching someone to shoot your photos has really come in handy, haha!

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