Virginia Vacation

As I often talk about, I work a lot, and my weekends are typically my only time to have nothing to worry about. Since starting my new job, I haven’t used any of my vacation time, so when I was invited to a wedding in Virginia, I took an entire week off from work. Why? Because I can. Even though the wedding was on a Saturday, I didn’t return until the following Monday because I had a Virginia Vacation.

The real reason I even went to Virginia was because my friend Alyssa was getting married to the love of her life, Andy. I don’t want to write too much about these two, but essentially they are one of my favorite couples. I love them together so much that the second Alyssa walked down the aisle toward Andy, I cried because of how beautiful she looked. They are so genuinely happy and in love, I am so honored that they invited me to celebrate such a special day with them.

After the wedding weekend, Jack and I went to Roanoke to stay with friends, Caroline and Rob. Those two recently got engaged and I am beyond excited to celebrate another marriage of my friends! These two are another one of my favorite couples, so spending the week with them was so much fun! Just hanging out with them, having dinner, drinking, laughing and having a good time, are all things I miss when I’m 13 hours away.

During my time in Virginia I also showed Jack my campus, went on a hike with my little Kathleen, had dinner with my big Stephanie, and spent time with some of my other friends both at the wedding and during my time in Roanoke. An amazing part of my week was actually that my friend Nicole surprised me, though I semi-ruined the surprise because she thought I would leave before she got there! I am so glad I got to see her though and I’m so glad I had an entire week to spend with all of these wonderful people!

The end of the week was actually my one year anniversary with Jack. I’m very happy that we spent our anniversary as we did, on a road trip, visiting his college and a couple of his friends, and just being together.

Overall, this vacation was exactly what I needed. Although I definitely already miss everyone, I’m extraordinarily happy that I got to see a lot of my favorite people within one week’s time. I definitely hope to see them again soon. For now, I have these pictures of my Virginia Vacation adventures!

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My favorite coffee at the Mill Mountain Star!

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some of my favorite people!

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Mill Mountain Star

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Caroline and I at Fork in The Alley

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Jack and I at the wedding!

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Nicole and I at the Mill Mountain Star!

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Visited Villanova!

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My little and I at the peak of our hike

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Jack and I at the peak of our hike

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Roanoke College

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We went mini golfing- surprise, I lost!

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The beautiful bride, and our sorority family

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The group of sorority sisters at the wedding!

Our road trip had some great views

Our road trip had some great views

 

Emily Riane

It’s my Blogiversary!

I knew this day was coming up, even though I have still been slacking when it comes to my blog. The original plan was to get back into blogging for the month of July, and then start my 1 Year Anniversary off strong with a killer editorial calendar and posts going up multiple days per week. But, one thing I’ve definitely learned over the past year is that life happens and plans change. I am super thrilled to actually have made it to my blogiversary, because honestly, I never thought anyone would read my blog.

My first year of blogging was filled with heartfelt posts, life updates, brand collaborations, events, reviews, and much more. Blogging was always a thought in the back of my mind but as I’ve said many times before, I never thought I would actually start anything. Looking back at the past year, I am so glad that I started EmilyRiane.com. Not only have I discovered the world of blogging and all it has to offer, but I feel like I’ve also learned a lot about myself.

With this next year of blogging, I hope that I can continue to work with brands, meet bloggers, write great content, and go on many more adventures.

If you’re reading this post, thank you! I couldn’t have made it through one year of blogging without you!

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Emily Riane

p.s. My first blog post says Coming Soon! …Still counts as my first post, right?

Weekend Getaway: NYC

The one thing I have noticed since joining “the real world” is that weekends are sacred, and that mini-vacations are necessary. When one of my friends invited me to visit her in NYC, I booked a flight and had myself a little weekend getaway.

My friend Erika is currently in NYC for school, so it was a perfect opportunity to spend some time with her, and see New York. It was my first time truly spending time in New York that wasn’t just driving through or having a layover in the airport. Since it was my first time, we tried to fit as much as possible in the 48 hours that I was there. This was obviously a difficult task since New York is huge, and there’s an endless amount of things to do, sights to see, and places to eat.

During the two days we visited a couple brunch spots in SoHo (Jack’s Wife Freda, 12 Chairs), went to Eataly, Cha Cha Matcha, Frozen Sweet, Rockefeller Center, The Met, Central Park (had a Gossip Girl mini tour!), Times Square, Flatiron, The Plaza… You get the idea. We were B U S Y!

Walking through Central Park was definitely a highlight for me. We walked a bit through the Upper East Side, I took a picture on the steps of The Met, and then we walked through Central Park. I love Gossip Girl, so it was cool to see the spots from the show, like where Chuck and Blair got married ~insert heart eye emoji here~. We also stopped to watch a performance in the park and it was not only cool to watch the guys do tricks and jump over people, but they were also hilarious.

I was also very eager to go to the top of Rockefeller Center, and it was worth it. The views were breathtaking and it was a great way to end my weekend in New York.

I really just loved walking around and taking everything in. New York is very different than any city I’ve traveled to, and it’s truly an amazing city.

It was one of the best weekends I have had in a while. I got to go somewhere new and enjoy so many new things. I took A LOT of photos, which you can check out on my Instagram, and you can also check some out below.

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xoxo Gossip Girl

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Matcha soft serve- it’s amazing!

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Times Square

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Cha Cha Matcha

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More pictures on the steps of The Met

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We had dinner at Rockefeller Center!

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View from Top of the Rock

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View from Top of the Rock

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Central Park view from Top of the Rock

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I am obsessed with murals like this!

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Jack’s Wife Freda

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Have you ever had Shakshuka?! This was my first time, but it’s delicious!

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I’m a sucker for a good latte snap

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Sometimes you just need to see stuff like this

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At the Top of the Rock!

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#truth

Have you ever been to NYC? What are your favorite places?!

Emily Riane

 

Fourth of July Weekend

I truly enjoy the little things. Although I shouldn’t be describing the Fourth of July fireworks display as a little thing, I seriously could not help but smile during the whole show. My town goes all out, and it’s a huge deal, but I wouldn’t trade that for anything. Throughout the weekend we have what’s called the Festival of Arts. There are events around town, concerts in the park, pop-up shops, artisan fairs, and of course- the fireworks. It’s a huge event that brings people from all of the world to our little seaside town to celebrate one of our favorite weekends of the year.

Since starting a full time job, I’ve really enjoyed my weekends so having a long weekend was even better. I am still recovering from lack of sleep for the past couple days, but it was worth it. I got to spend quality time with my sister and my friends, enjoy my beautiful town, and watch the fireworks from a perfect spot. I even went swimming for the first time all summer! We have a dock in the harbor at Crocker Park, which has always been a favorite place of mine. The water was freezing, but I loved every second of it!

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Sunset over Marblehead Harbor, July 3.

 

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We love each other… and we love America

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We’ve been best friends for years!

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My happy place aka Marblehead Harbor

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We walked out to Browns Island at low tide

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Grace Oliver’s beach is a favorite!

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I love how we can see the lighthouse from this side of town!

 

How did you spend your long weekend?

Emily Riane

P.S. Follow me on Instagram and Twitter! I’ve got some more exciting things coming up like a weekend in NYC and a road trip to Virginia!

Accidental Blogging Hiatus // Big News!

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, lately I haven’t been very active with my blog. I’m still semi-active on my Instagram, and I’m getting back on my Twitter game. It seems that I went on an accidental blogging hiatus, but I promise I have good reason…

I started a new job!

So, in a post I wrote a few months back, I wrote about coworking and the local space that I was a part of. Since last September, I have been the Community Manager at WorkTable. A couple months ago, our co-founders were introduced to a wonderful family owned staffing firm, The DAVIS Companies. Behind the scenes, they started collaborating in a way that would allow DAVIS to expand WorkTable to their area.

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WorkTable!

For the past couple weeks, I have been extremely busy, and honestly, stressed out. Though I am only the CM, I still became a player in a business acquisition, something that was foreign to me. During this transition, not only did I become full time at WorkTable, but I also started a position with The DAVIS Companies.

I am so happy to finally announce that my full time job is not only running day-to-day life at WorkTable, but I am also a Marketing Representative at The DAVIS Companies. I am thankful for both of these roles. I never imagined either of these things would come from getting a part time CM job, but I definitely am excited to see where all of this takes me.

All of this is pretty exciting stuff and lately I have just been trying to settle into the changes, as well as keep all of this a secret- trust me, it was hard! I will be paying more attention to my blog, creating more content, and obviously continuing to stay active on social media. I have some other pretty exciting things coming up, so be on the lookout for some more blog posts!

Emily Riane

P.S. Thanks to everyone who has supported me and guided me through these past couple weeks in some way or another- I seriously couldn’t have made it through without you!

If you would like to read the full press release about this exciting partnership, you can check it out, here! 

 

Puppy Play Date

A few months before I met my boyfriend Jack, he adopted a puppy from the Northeast Animal Shelter. The puppy that he adopted, Bailey, is one of the cutest little pups I’ve ever seen. I may be a little swayed on that opinion since she is Jack’s… but she’s pretty damn cute. Bailey was one of seven of a litter that came from West Virginia. One of the other adoptive dog parents decided to reach out and try to get the puppies back together again, and so we had a puppy play date.

Bailey was reunited with one of her brothers, Melvin, and one of her sisters, Indiana. If you ask me, they look pretty happy to be with one another! How crazy is it how similar yet unique they all are?!

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Bailey, Melvin, Indiana (Photo Credit Ruff Life Photography)

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Indiana and Bailey (Photo Credit Ruff Life Photography)

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Bailey and Melvin (Photo Credit Ruff Life Photography)

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Melvin, Indiana, Bailey (Photo Credit Ruff Life Photography)

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Bailey was absolutely exhausted after her play date!

Unfortunately, not everyone responded, but hopefully we can try again soon! Ryan has a website dedicated to Boston Rescue Dog photography, which you can check out here. Also remember that adopting a dog, or any animal, is such an amazing thing!

To see more pictures of Bailey, follow me on Instagram! If we get the puppies together again, I will definitely post more pictures!

Happy Friday!

Emily Riane

Best of the East Coast: Marblehead MA

Happy Friday! I have teamed up with some awesome bloggers from all over the East Coast, to put together a “Best of the East Coast” collab. Savannah from The Always Blog was the mastermind behind this one! It’s so fun to see where other bloggers live, and to discover new places. If you ever want to take a road trip on the East Coast, I think we’ve got enough places in this link-up for you to have an action packed trip! {You can see all of the posts at the bottom of this post}

As I’ve blogged about before, and Instagrammed about daily, I grew up in a small coastal town North of Boston, called Marblehead. Marblehead (MHD) is a small town, and half of it is essentially an island. I say essentially because we do have a causeway that connects the “island” aka The Neck, to the rest of the town. Our lighthouse is out there, as well as Castle Rock, so it’s always super nice to walk out there or drive out there and enjoy the sights for a little while!

MHD was founded in 1649, so there is a lot of history here. We have museums, old mansions, war attractions, old forts, and even historical houses. Throughout town there are signs on a lot of houses, mainly in Old Town (our historic district), giving a brief little history of the people who originally lived there. It’s pretty awesome growing up with all of this history around. When kids are in school, they always have a lot of history field trips, simply because it’s literally right in our back yard!

Aside from it’s extensive history, Marblehead is flat out gorgeous. It is surrounded by the ocean, which makes for beautiful scenery. We also have the small downtown area (Old Town) that has shops, boutiques, restaurants, and is right on the harbor. We are also right next to Salem, which of course is known for the Witch Trials, and definitely has tons of attractions and history.

My favorite restaurants in town are all of the special little places, such as Shubie’s, The Driftwood, The Landing, and Lime Rickey’s. They’re all restaurants that are unique to our town, and are definitely my top places to grab a meal in town!

The summer is a great time to visit because of the beaches, arts festivals, and our fireworks celebration is one of the best- seriously it’s talked about the entire year leading up to it. If you’re looking for a fun town to visit this summer, Marblehead should definitely be on your list.

Honestly, I could go on and on about this town, but I will just let these pictures do the talking! p.s. Marblehead looks perfect during every season- not to brag or anything…

 

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The structure behind us is the lighthouse! It’s unique to say the least!

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The houses are all so cute in Old Town. You can even see one of the historic signs on the house!

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This is Washington Street in Old Town on a rainy day!

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Sometimes, people like to poke fun at the history of MHD

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You can hear the bell on Abbott Hall all around town!

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The harbor looking across to The Neck

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The sunsets here are absolutely gorgeous!

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Devereux Beach after a winter storm

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Washington Street in a snow storm!

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At low tide, you can actually walk out to that little island! It’s called Brown’s Island

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Redd’s Pond named after Wilmot Redd. Old Burial Hill is right behind it. That’s the cemetery from Hocus Pocus!

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Gorgeous harbor views

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Calm day in the harbor

 

If you have any questions about Marblehead or the area, feel free to comment below or send me an email!

Emily Riane

 


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A Weekend of Indulgence

I indulged a lot this past weekend, whether it be on food, shopping, or adventuring. For the sake of this blog post, I’m going to start my weekend on Thursday and end it on Saturday. Reason being that on Thursday I went to a private shopping event in the city, so it was basically the kick-off of my weekend. I’m also ending my weekend on Saturday because I was in the city again on Saturday, but then I went to work Saturday night, and then binge watched SVU all day Sunday… So while my Sunday was relaxing, I don’t think it’s truly worth highlighting in this post- but if you ever want to do nothing for a day I highly recommend binge watching SVU episodes.

On Thursday night, Rachael Thomas of Threads for Thomas co-hosted a private shopping event with Jenna from Boston Chic Party at Best Dressed Charlestown. We sipped champagne, ate cupcakes, and shopped their collection amazing jewelry and designer dresses. At Best Dressed you can rent designer dresses for every day wear or for a special event, and it’s all at amazing prices. I bought a pair of adorable earrings, which I am so excited to style soon!

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On Friday, I got a package from ILYMIX, including some gorgeous necklaces and some sunnies! The sunnies are mirrored, with a pink tint on the front so they’re perfect for summer. I got a couple statement necklaces, one pink and one blue, and they’re too cute!

If you want to order anything from ILYMIX, you can apply the code EmRiane20 at checkout to get 20% off! All of the products are reasonably prices, so the extra 20% off makes it even better!
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On Saturday, my friend Heather and I went into Boston for the Rue La La x Cotton Pop-Up Shop on Newbury Street. Unfortunately, Jacey of Damsel in Dior was only there on Sunday, so I didn’t get to meet her.

All of the clothes at the sale were perfect for summer! I loved that they had everything in themed sections of the store, had a DJ, a photo booth that took gifs, and a fashion illustrator. It was such a fun shopping event!

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We got adorable tote bags!

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How cool are these photos? We got a gif out of them too!

Last but not least, we also went to brunch at one of our favorite restaurants, The Met Bar Back Bay. We had never gone for brunch before, but I definitely want to go again! They had a special blood orange mimosa which was absolutely amazing. I also ordered Nutella stuffed French toast, which had cinnamon sugar on it, caramelized bananas, and salted caramel sauce. It’s safe to say I was in a sugar coma for the next 24 hours…. It was the best brunch food I’ve tried lately, and I highly recommend it! (But maybe split it with someone because I couldn’t eat it all myself!)

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I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Emily Riane

Currently Loving: June 3, 2016

I noticed that although this was a shortened work week, it seemed like it was never going to end. Not that I want to start this blog post off on a pessimistic note, it’s just that I felt like a lot happened in a short period of time. Not all was bad, to be honest most of it was good. Sometimes just being busy in all aspects of life can be exhausting, so I am definitely excited for the weekend!

There definitely were some amazing parts to my week, some I will share with you in this weeks edition of Currently Loving, and some that I will be sharing at a later date because for now it’s a secret. (a very, very exciting secret!)

Summertime Vibes // I know it’s only the beginning of June, and that it’s technically not summer yet, but the fact that the weather has been so nice recently is giving me major summertime vibes. Unfortunately, yesterday and today have been a little chilly, but i’m holding onto last weeks warmth and highly anticipating next weeks warmth. It’s been so nice taking the puppy down to the beach, going out for ice cream, and having extra long days.

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LIFE: It Is What It Is // The latest book that I read is called LIFE: It Is What It Is by Lisa Sugarman. I met Lisa at a local event where I actually bought her book that night (it’s a signed copy!) She is a local columnist from my town, which is essentially a little bubble, so everyone can relate to things on a central level. This book is a collection of her columns that tackle life’s everyday quirks in such a way that it truly does feel like you’re just having a conversation with a friend. The one thing I will say is that I’m not a parent yet, so some of the things were foreign to me, though in a way made me excited for what’s ahead in life. Fun fact: the book is priced at $16.49 because it’s the year our town was established!

It’s definitely a fun read if you’re looking for something to read this summer!

Turning Old into New // As you can probably see, in the sidebar of my blog I am selling some of my old clothes on Poshmark. I recently went back through my stuff and discovered a jacket from LOFT that I liked, but never really wore, and it’s brand new. So I decided to give it a go and style it, and I actually love it! It’s always nice to go through what you already have and try things on again. It’s good for closet clean out, as well as finding old gems that you want to keep in rotation.

This jacket is no longer available, but I linked some similar lightweight styles below!

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I’m also super excited to be going to the Rue La La x Cotton event in Boston this weekend- who’s going?! Be on the lookout for a blog post about that early next week!

Emily Riane

 

 

 

Currently Loving: May 27, 2016

Here’s my round-up of things that i’m loving this week!

New Sandals // I have always been a Jack Rogers girl when it came to sandals- by the way they’re on sale this weekend! But lately I decided that I wanted to switch things up. I ordered a couple pairs of Steve Madden sandals online, and I absolutely love them! They’re both strappy, brown, sandals, but they both have slightly different looks to them. They’re super comfortable and perfect for the warm weather we’ve been having! Shop my favorite Jack Rogers picks, as well as Steve Madden, below! I’ve highlighted some of my favorite Jack Rogers Styles, but click here for my ultimate favorite!




Victoria’s Secret Swim Sale // If you haven’t heard the latest news, VS is going to discontinue their swim line as well as their clothing line, basically everything except bras, panties, and lingerie. I have always loved VS, especially the swimwear line so when I heard this, I immediately went to online shop. I truly wish that I could buy one of everything in every color (dream big!) but unfortunately I couldn’t. I did pick up a two bikinis at just $45, so you should definitely shop the sale! 

The Bachelorette // I never jumped on The Bachelor bandwagon, but for some reason this week I decided that I wanted to tune in. I had heard so much about JoJo and her heartbreak on the last season of The Bachelor that I felt I had to watch her finally find love. I am definitely one who gets emotionally invested in TV shows and feels personally victimized when something bad happens to my favorite character; I also get way too into reality TV… I’m not proud of this, but it happens.

So, I basically am already obsessed with this season of The Bachelorette. I will be tuning in every week and live tweeting the episode much like I did last week. All while I am rooting for JoJo to find her Prince Charming.

Happy Friday, and Cheers to the long weekend!

Emily Riane