How is it the last day of July already? Jeez. Before I know it they’ll have Christmas stuff on the shelves at Target if they don’t already.
I’m finally back at home after four days on the road with our newest staff members who are all fresh out of college and learning about the world of admission. I learned a lot about stuff like snapchat and geo filters. Apparently I’m ancient. We took them on seven college tours in Virginia and I now have a renewed sense of respect for families who spent an entire week traveling to colleges with their teenagers. I feel like we need to welcome them with massage certificates now to relieve their stress. Driving all over the state to fit in two tours a day is no joke!
Anyway, most of my Friday Favorites this week have to do with my past few days on the road, but I’ve got some other fun things to throw in too. I’ll be linking up with Katie and Heather to share what I’ve been smiling about this week!
Favorite photos of the week
Favorite meals of the week
Since I’m Gold status with Marriott, I got upgraded at our last hotel to the top floor with concierge lounge access. After my workout yesterday I had the best scrambled eggs, bacon, blueberries, and a mini croissant (not pictured).
Our last night, we went out to the Tobacco Company in downtown Richmond. I had their skirt steak topped with a gorgonzola sauce. On the side was sauteed spinach and sweet potato.
Favorite car ride moment
We had satellite radio in our rental, so I was introducing my car to the world of ’90s music. Most of them were born in ’93, so they weren’t super familiar. Anyway, we were talking about Kid Rock and I asked if they knew what his first song was when it came out. They didn’t, so I had to educate them. Anyone remember this?
It was hilarious and entertaining. It also made me weirdly happy that I was alive to experience things like Motownphilly and Ace of Base.
YSL Touche Eclat via Inflenster
I love them both, especially the perfector! I prefer not to wear a lot of makeup in the summer and this stuff lets me do that. The products can be worn under makeup or on their own, but basically they just smooth everything over. They give a slight glow, smooth your pores, and minimize shine, which is especially helpful in the summer heat. They both give you an airbrushed look that I’m in love with. Thanks to Influenster for letting me try the products for free!
Wine of the week
We had this wine at dinner the other night and I fell in love with it. The Urban Uco Malbec-Tempranillo blend (2012) was fantastic and a great value. It retails for about $12, which is a great deal.
If you like reds that are medium-full bodied and go great with a steak, you’ll love this one.
Favorite vacation inspiration
Since I get home from a trip and immediately want to go somewhere more exotic… I’m adding the Maldives to my bucket list, thanks to this picture.
Favorite deals and steals
- 30% off Muscle Milk organic protein (via Cartwheel app for Target)
- 25% off Suja organic cold pressured juice at Target (via Cartwheel app)
- 20% off all clearance clothing and shoes at Target (via Cartwheel app)
- 50% off select items at Loft (use code HEATWAVE)
- Extra 50% off women’s sale items at Banana Republic (code BRSALE- ends 8/4). LOTS of cute summer stuff on sale, starting at $10.
Favorite workout- abs
I pulled this one out of hibernation during one of my hotel gym workouts this week.
I didn’t have access to medicine balls, so I used a dumbbell, which worked just as well. It’s quick and does the job in no time, which is super handy when you’re on a schedule.
Oh man…..OHHHH man. I’m a sucker for dogs any day, but these before and after photos of rescued dogs KILLED me. Makes me want to adopt every dog I see in a shelter.
And on that note, I’ll leave you for the weekend. I’m heading up to Richmond for the afternoon to have some girl time with my mom, sister, and aunt. Then it’s hanging out at home with Riley for the weekend. We don’t have any concrete plans, but I’m just excited to chill after a crazy week on the road.
Have a great weekend!
What are you looking forward to this weekend?
What music decade is your favorite?
Do you use snap chat? What the heck with that thing? I’ve never seen so many people taking pictures of themselves so people sitting RIGHT NEXT TO THEM can look at it. Call me an old crank, but I don’t get it.