gallery wall on fireplace mantle

LAST CALL: For some serious steals. This Sunday is the last day for the Nordstrom Anniversary sale; after that, everything goes back to regular price. Have you found any good deals yet?

MOST AWKWARD FINALE EVER?: You know #20 that I mentioned on my 30 in 30 list? Yeah, I indulge in the reality TV part a lot. On the heels of this past Monday’s Bachelorette final, I loved reading this take on what happened between Andi and Nick on stage. And I agree with pretty much all of it. If any of you watched, what’d you think of the finale?

IT’S A HIT!: In more serious TV analysis, if you watch all the popular shows of today, check out this piece on the secret behind cult TV shows. Ironically formulaic, and yet, it totally works.

WHO KNEW: Did you know these celebrities were related? I had no idea on most of these! A light, fun, photo gallery to look through for sure.

GET ‘GRAMMING: Hallie shared 5 amazing tips for taking better Instagram photos (and growing your following, if that’s your thing).

MAKE A LIST: I really enjoyed this short post on “The First Step Toward Getting the Things You Want.” Simple, easy, actionable advice for anyone who feels like they’re stuck in a rut.

A DATABASE OF INTENTIONS: Love Pinterest? Who doesn’t? The Atlantic ran a great interview with Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp. Tech, social media and design nerds, you’ll enjoy this one.

PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: Over on The Well, I shared another simple Photoshop tutorial, for anyone who’s trying to learn!

DIY GARMENT RACK: I love Sarah’s clever and crafty take on a garment rack you can put anywhere in your home. If you haven’t checked out her new site, you should do so — she’s publishing great content!

Birthday weekend! Today’s the big day and to celebrate, I’m heading upstate with a few friends. We’ve rented a house in the country — pretty much my ideal retreat. On our agenda this weekend? Not a whole lot. The guys will be going golfing; the gals, taking a private yoga class at the house. We’ll be grilling, hiking, snacking…and I imagine some cocktails may be involved. I’ve been looking forward to this weekend for a while and am so excited to escape Manhattan for a couple days. It’s rather pathetic, but we actually haven’t been on any weekend trips upstate or out on Long Island since moving here! Talk about stir crazy…

A couple random blog housekeeping things. Life got a little busy this week, and since I’m out of town this weekend, August’s park picture might be a few days late. Forgive me? And an even bigger item of note: some of you may have seen on Instagram that I recently had a photo shoot at my apartment. It’s not for a home tour (we’ll see if I ever get around to that), but it IS for something else — something pretty big. I’ll be sharing more next week, and you might also notice a prompt at the top of your screen in the coming days to sign up for announcements on the big news. Stay tuned. I know, so mysterious.

What’s everyone up to this weekend? Anything fun? I’m pretty much in disbelief that it’s August. You know what that means — next thing you know, it’s Labor Day, then Halloween, and then hello holidays. Cray. Zee. Enjoy your weekend, friends!

Image: via my Instgram


  1. 8.1.14
    Usha said:

    Happy birthday Victoria! Have a lovely time away with plenty of cake and bubbly!

  2. 8.1.14

    Happy birthday weekend!!! I was about to go for a run but these links are too good – need to check them out now!

  3. 8.1.14

    Enjoy your birthday weekend!! Can’t wait to hear more about this top secret project :)

  4. 8.1.14

    Have an awesome birthday weekend,the retreat sounds lovely!

  5. 8.1.14
    Tyshia said:

    Enjoy your birthday weekend! Can’t wait to hear your big news :)

  6. 8.1.14
    Nnenna said:

    Happy Birthday! A weekend upstate sounds like the perfect retreat- hope you have a great time!

  7. 8.1.14
    JAnel said:

    A lot of blogs include a weekly roundup of links from around the web, but your contributions to these lists are the only ones I find worth clicking through. I love that you find thoughtful pieces and share more than just a one-line recap.. you give us great context and your two cents as well! thanks!

    • 8.3.14
      Victoria McGinley said:

      Thank you Janel, that’s such a nice compliment!! Hope you had a great weekend.

  8. 8.1.14
    Sara said:

    I hope you have an amazing birthday weekend, and thank you for including me in this week’s links!!

  9. 8.1.14

    Bon anniversaire Victoria ! Have a wonderful weekend upstate! That sounds like a very nice way to celebrate.
    Here’s for you the traditional French birthday song (more and more replaced by the English one…)
    “Joyeux anniversaire,
    Nos vœux les plus sincères,
    Que ces quelques fleurs vous apportent le bonheur,
    Que l’année entière vous soit douce et légère,
    Et que l’an fini nous soyons tous réunis,
    Pour chanter en chœur Joyeux Anniversaire.”

  10. 8.5.14
    Michele said:

    Great Links! Thanks for sharing.


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