1 Year Bloggerversary 

one year of blogging highlights

This week SC’s Scoop turned one year old, which means I’ve completed a full year of blogging! Say what!?!

It’s amazing to me to think about what I have done in the past year and think about how life was when I began this blog. Blogging is something I thought about doing for years before I pulled the trigger. Now I look back and think, “Why didn’t I start sooner?”

At the same time, blogging has been much harder than I thought it would be. I have put more time and energy into it than I expected to, but at the same time all the effort I put into this blog is a direct reflection of how much I enjoy it. Before I begin to ramble (and bore you!), I want to share the most popular blog posts and my personal favorite blog posts since SC’s Scoop began.

Most Popular Posts
My Personal Favorite Posts

I’ve learned A LOT in this past year and recently shared some advice for new bloggers that may be helpful if you are thinking about starting one. My favorite things about blogging are building relationships with other bloggers and having ownership over a creative outlet that also acts as a filing system for memories.

The two biggest highlights for this past year have been my nomination for the Blogger Recognition Award and monetizing my blog. I did not originally create my blog to make money off of it, so creating an income stream has been eye-opening and exciting. It is amazing to think how my skills have improved with marketing, social media and search engine optimization as well.

I would love to know what you’ve enjoyed about my blog, and if you have any favorite posts. For my fellow bloggers, what did you learn in your first year? Did you have any special moments or big highlights? What is your favorite thing about blogging? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Cheers & have a great weekend!

Sarah Camille

P.S. Stay tuned for a feature on the outfit I’m wearing in the top photo.  All the clothing details will be up on Monday.

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Life Lately

Hi friends!

This past month has felt like a roller coaster, and I’ve been meaning to fill you all in. My fiancé Will and I kicked of July at the beach in South Carolina and it provided just the right amount of rest and relaxation. We were there for a whole week and our days consisted largely of long walks on the beach, reading by the beach, paddleboarding and bike rides. And, then the month took a crazy, surprising turn!

One of the highlights was going out on my little brother’s boat with Will. We went to an inlet and posted up on a sandbar. It was like we had our own little private beach. Jackson caught a few sharks while we were there and I found a hermit crab and sand dollar. On our way in we fished and I caught a fish for the first time in many years! (Side note: everything we caught or found was released back into its habitat.) Our beach trip definitely helped me slow down and enjoy all the blessings in my life. If you have not visited South Carolina’s beaches, you should really check them out. The marsh land, islands and inlets that make up the coast are so unique and beautiful.

And then…

The week following our beach trip, I dove straight back into work for a big event. There were a couple late nights and then it was time to hit the road on Friday to meet up with Will outside of Pittsburgh for a motorcycle race. He was all set to race on Saturday, July 15 for an endurance race similar to the one we travelled to New Jersey for on Memorial Day weekend. When I look back on that morning, it did feel chaotic and rushed. Maybe those were the only signs that things were “off.” Will started the race and I watched him zoom by… only to hear just one second later, “Will’s down! Will is down! I saw him go down!”

I immediately went into auto-pilot, focused on getting to Will and seeing if he was ok. We travelled down the track and I could see him getting up from his bike. He gave us a thumbs down sign, and might heart sank, knowing something was wrong. Will got a ride back to us and it was pretty clear from the beginning that his collarbone was messed up. Part of it was actually bent upward, like it could almost break his skin.

An ambulance ride and emergency room visit later, we discovered Will’s collarbone was in four pieces. Will and I filled his pain medication, stopped at a local diner for lunch (where Will quickly became the center of attention!) and headed back to the track to pack our bags and get home as quickly as possible. Since we drove separately, I packed Will into the car with ice and pillows so he could drive somewhat comfortably. Then, I followed behind him for our 4 1/2 hour drive home. I was calling him often just to double check that he was as “ok” as he could be given the circumstances.

After the accident…

In the days following the accident, Will was in a lot of pain and I was getting up several times each night in an effort to help him get ice, medicine, an extra pillow or anything else to try and stay as comfortable as possisble. Thankfully Will got scheduled for surgery pretty quickly, just five days after the accident. While surgery is the best decision to fix everything, that day was probably the most difficult for me as I was pretty tired from the week at that point. While we waited for the surgery to be done and then to hear that we could see Will, it felt like time was passing so slowly. I hated seeing Will in more pain, and I so badly wished I could just trade places with him.

After surgery day, I was pretty exhausted. I crashed on the couch the following night and slept a lot over last weekend. It has really been a whirlwind and I am still processing everything, but I feel so grateful that Will is healing now and getting back to his normal self. It amazes me in hindsight how quickly everything else fell to the wayside and how quickly Will’s recovery became my first priority. It was also amazing to see Will’s family and everyone who cares about him come together. In spite of all the stress and anxiety that has surfaced in the past week, some wonderful moments have occurred that I am very grateful for. I’m also reminded just how important our relationships with each other are.

Isn’t it odd how hard times can bring people together more than ever? Have you ever had a loved one get hurt unexpectedly? Have you been the main caretaker for a loved one? I would love to hear about your personal experiences and any takeaways you have had after someone important to you was injured or fell ill.

Let’s hope the rest of July is uneventful for us!!

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

 

 

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Top 25 Shoes from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Early access for the annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale kicked off last Thursday and boy had it attracted some attention. I feel like this sale gains more and more popularity each year – and for good reason! It’s a perfect time to stock up on wardrobe essentials and items for the upcoming fall and winter season.

Nonetheless, I’m loving the shoes on sale this year and have to share with you my favorite ones. Drumroll please…!

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 Here are the details: 

1. Dolce Vita Hendrix Studded Heel


2. Halogen Oliver Calf Hair Ankle Wrap Flat

3. Louise et Cie Joanna Stacked Heel

4. Tory Burch Adeline Boot 


5. Nike All Out Running Shoe

6. Frye Ivy Slip On Sneaker 

7. Cole Haan Heidy Pointy Toe Flat

 

8. Vince Camuto Madolee Over the Knee Boot

 


9. Sam Edelman Gigi Sandal 

Main Image - Rebecca Minkoff Annette Ankle Boot (Women)

10. Rebecca Minkoff Annette Ankle Boot

11. Vans Old Skool Sneaker

12. Vince Camuto Karinta Block Heel Bootie

13. Hinge Barris Block Heel Bootie

14. Tory Burch Claire Ballerina Flat 

15. Converse All-Star Knit Low Top Sneaker

16. BP Faren Bootie

17. Charles by Charles David Maxx Pointy Heel

18. 1 State Larocka Perforated Bootie

19. Sam Edelman Raisa Bow Flat

 

20. Nike Free Run Distance 2 Running Shoe

21. Hunter Refined Matte Rain Boot

22. Vince Camuto Fauna Sandal

Main Image - Vince Camuto Prasata Bootie (Women)

23. Vince Camuto Prasata Bootie

24. Sam Edelman Tia Calf Hair Pump

25. UGG Vista Slip-On Flat

 

Nordstrom credit card holders have early access through this Thursday. Then, the sale opens to the public on Friday, July 21. If you don’t have early access you can still scope out what’s available by taking a sneak-peak. You can even add items to your wish list.

Have you shopped the sale yet? Do you plan on purchasing any of these shoes or something similar? I’d love to hear all about it.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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