Rants + Raves

We made it through another week. Luckily for many of us, it was a short one! How was yours? Let's see this week's Rants + Raves:

  • It hurts when I see people I care about going through pain, and there seems to be a lot of that going on lately. I know life isn't fair, but I hate when bad things happen to good people.
  • Not really a rant, but Instagram--I think I'm doing it wrong? I post pics of me, my life, Charlie, and blog post teases. I "like" others' pics. I leave comments. I follow. But yet there are people who never like any of my pics, people who will like any pic as long as I'm not in it, people who follow me but never visit the blog, and those who like all my pics, but won't "follow" me. Does this happen to you, as well? Am I doing it wrong?
  • Charlie learned how to "shake." It's too cute. 
  • I finished season 5 of Sons of Anarchy on Monday. I can't wait until the new season starts this week! Are you a fan?
  • UGA won! I didn't grow up playing/watching sports (I was involved in the arts). But for a few months out of the year, I watch college football. And then I'm over sports again, minus the occasional Braves game.
  • Saturday I had an impromptu football-watching party at my place with good friends and good food. And everyone stayed for hours afterward talking until late...those are the best nights.
  • Thoroughly-cleaned apartment thanks to impromptu football-watching party
  • Watching a little NYFW
  • Pumpkin everything! Yes, I know it's not autumn yet, but I decorated my apartment in its pumpkin splendor this weekend. And I purchased some pumpkin spice creamer. And maybe I've had a #PSL or two. It makes me happy. :)
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  1. Great raves, Elle:) And Instagram...what can I say? I don't think I'll ever get the hang of that thing....

  2. I don't have Instagram, but then again, I don't own an Iphone. I understand what you're talking about though, it does seem frustrating.

    And I totally agree with you on pumpkin everything! I went crazy today in Bath & Body Works with pumpkin scented handsoaps.


  3. I'm looking forward to really incorporating pumpkin everything into my meals and desserts this fall! Do you know any really great recipes? :)

  4. I don't really get frustrated by Instagram, since I feel like some people are really selective about the photos they like. I do get frustrated by the people who NEVER visit my blog or bother to respond to my questions, even when I faithfully visit theirs and try interacting. I think it is so rude. Some people are always going to be clueless, I guess.

    By the way, I just bought a bunch of pumpkin-scented Wallflowers from Bath and Body Works. Have you tried those? OBSESSED. My whole condo smells like fall. :)

  5. I feel the same way about Instagram, the same thing happens to me. I've also noticed that people I know personally don't "like" my pictures that have anything to do with my blog, it's weird because before I started a blog they weren't like that. Oh well, what can we do.

    I saw your IG video of Charlie doing his shake, so cute!! :)

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  6. Instagram is odd I've decided it's a very closed community... Instagramers stay on Instagram. Does that make sense?

    Anyway, I found your blog by you liking one of my pics and I'm a big fan!


  7. Agree, Instagram is a "strange" brew. I've noticed some of the same stuff going on myself. I'm staying the course, tho'. ;) I, too, am a pumpkin lover! :) Joy & peace, T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

  8. Pumpkins are great. I bought my first of the year yesterday. And did you hear the lead from "Sons..." got the role in the new "Fifty Shades..." movie?

  9. I'm excited about pumpkin everything too- I have the stuff in my cupboards as we speak to make some pumpkin bread. (Now I just need the time!)

  10. Don't worry about Instagram Elle - It is a different "social world". Thank you so much tho for liking my pics all the time! Sorry I havent been doing the same, my feed is getting bombarded rt now by NYFW pics and if I don't check my IG every hour I will miss your pic!

    I suggest Google+, tons of beauty community to meet of other great beauty bloggers and other people!

    Anywho! Hubby and I are excited to get us some Pumpkin pies Mmmmm!!!!

  11. Well, you're a step ahead of me--I'm not even ON Instagram :P Old school over here!!! But yes, I know what you mean about the whole social media thing. I get that sometimes as well and it makes me wonder what I'm doing wrong!

    Would you believe I own the first three seasons of SOA and have not cracked them open yet?! They were a gift for the hubster but now I think I will start watching and catch up with him so we can get S4 and S5 and watch together. It sounds like a good show.

    And oh pumpkin pumpkin pumpkin...I love me some pumpkin everything! Treats, coffee, candles, etc.

  12. Instagram is so unpredictable. The latests data I read on it (side note: not sure if you know, but I'm partially an online media professional and used to specialize in social in particular) revealed that the most effective way to gain followers was to like other people's photos, not follow or comment or anything else. I haven't tested it myself yet though.

    I'm probably one of your chronic likers, aren't I? But I really do like everyone's photos, so I like them all the time... yeah. Compulsive photo liker.

  13. Social media is a complete mystery to me! x

  14. i'm looking forward to trying some pumpkin recipes this fall! our family loves pumpkin pie tho!

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  15. I LOVE your Instagram pics. (and I am loving the Cerave, by the way. Thank you for the rec!) You are wonderful about posting consistent and helpful/interesting photos. Had myself a massive Sons of Anarchy gluttonous Netflix viewing spurt this summer and am SO ready for this next season, too. PSL's - already have had a couple of those as well. :)

  16. I too hate to see bad things happen to good people :( so sorry to hear those close to you are having a rough time. I can't answer the whole Instagram situation 'cos I don't have it (think I live in the dark ages with my Blackberry). This week I have been raving about college but ranting about administration at college (those running it, not my own!) x

  17. With blogging and social media, you can never feel completely happy with people out there. Just gotta do you and be happy with what you're doing, no matter how others react.

  18. I didn't realize that you had an instagram! I'm obsessed with instagram. Heading over there now to follow you!

  19. I don't understand Instagram either! I only have like 10 followers lol in 6 months lol!

  20. I love your blog and I'm excited to give the "Rants and Raves" post a go!

    Go to http://sandyleestyle.blogspot.ca/ to take a look!


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