Hope you all are having a great start to your week! I am so excited that April is coming to a close, because May is BIRTHDAY MONTH! Who else celebrates their birthday for an entire month?! One thing I’m most excited about as we move into May is the ability to finally wear spring clothing (at least I hope). This weather has been so up and down here in the midwest, it’s really cramping my style. I am OBSESSED with the new high waisted culotte trend, and I’m certainly loving the white wide leg pair from Express I recently grabbed. They are high waisted, and hard to tell here but have a nice folded pleat right down the front with a raw edge. Perfect for dressing up for a day in the office (if white is allowed) or dressing down for a nice spring look. They are BOGO for $29.90 right now. You can also use code 8138 for $25 off $100 in-store and online (expires 05/15/2019).
I personally love pairing my white denim with anything chambray, so I grabbed this smocked chambray tie sleeve blouse from Express as well and adore the way it fits. I am wearing a size small in the smocked top, and the bottoms fit TTS (wearing a size 4). With the bottom of the top being smocked like that, it helps give balance to the eye when you have a wider leg bottom. Also, this top is perfect for midi skirts like this one which is adorable! There are so many fun pieces I’m loving on the Express website right now – linking some of my faves below that are a must have for this spring/summer season:
Hope you enjoyed this cute spring look! Have a great week!
*Thank you Express for partnering with me on this post. As always, all styling ideas and opinions are my own*
I’m stuck in the 90’s and there is no denying it! If you’ve been following me for awhile now, you know I am a graphic tee and sneakers kind of gal. I love that the Reebok Aztreks are back and taking my love of the graphic tee look to a new level! Not only are they the most light weight and comfortable sneaker ever, they have just the right amount of funk to add something special to your outfit. I was really digging this pink & gold combo as I feel they compliment so many of my fun graphic tees. Don’t be afraid to wear your sneakers with blazers and even dresses, ANYTHING goes when styling them! There are so many different colors you can select, here are some of my faves:
I just want to mention that these are unisex sizing, so please research what size you would need. I am a women’s size 9 and did the size M 7.5
Hope you enjoyed how I styled my sneakers!
**Thank you Reebok for sponsoring this post. All styling and opinions are my own**
Boss Lady: “a successful, independent woman who knows what she wants in this world. She will not stop until she is satisfied. She never settles for anything less than everything. This girl knows what she is talking about and can easily intimidate you with her confidence. She speaks her mind in every situation. She stands up for herself and for what she believes in. This woman is always on the top of her game. She thrives on what she has and she won’t stop until she reaches the top.” Thank you google for that amazing definition. March is all about women empowerment, and as this month comes to a close I am more proud than ever to be a woman! The women empowerment tees at Express are right up my alley! I of course selected boss babe, because I believe that is a true definition of who I am as a woman. I am a mom, a wife, a business owner, a blogger and most days I run around like a chicken with my head cut off. There are days that I feel on top of my game, but there are also many days that I feel defeated. The biggest thing for me though, is that I surround myself with like minded women, and never give up. I love the fact that I have women in my life that support me, stand by me, and cheer me on. There is nothing greater than women supporting women!
Express has an amazing line of women empowernment graphic tees, as well as so many other trendy fashionable items that help you put your best foot forward! Whether that be a girls night out, a big meeting at the office, or a day at home leading the family as mama. So many options for all of us boss babes! Here are some of my favorite graphics:
Just remember to always keep pushing on! Women can change the world, just believe in yourself and never give up!
**Thank you Express for partnering with me on this post for women empowerment month. All opinions, ideas and fashion pairings are my own**
I am so excited to share some of my favorite pieces with you all from the Olivia Culpo X Express Collection! As many of you saw on my Instagram a few weeks ago, I shared a sneak peek of this amazing and comfortable off the shoulder jumper! Olivia designed all of the pieces for women who are fearless and have a lot to accomplish. Her mindset were options that can make women feel confident and powerful (#girlpower). What I am loving most though about her collection is how classic and effortless all of the pieces are! You can dress all of these items up, or dress them down depending on your needs! I grabbed this black off the shoulder jumper which I am showing here more dressed down with sneakers, but don’t let this look fool you! You can totally dress this up with heels and go out for a night on the town in comfort! You can easily also wear this on the airplane while traveling, so a great two for one look! The other item that I grabbed was this striped boyfriend blazer. In the photos of Olivia, she had it styled with leather biker shorts which I was totally digging! It was such an edgy yet classic vibe! I recreated the look with a pair of leather shorts that I had, and I believe this would be the perfect going out look! Blazers are classic and effortless and can be worn with denim and a graphic tee, or dressed up for work! The last piece from the collection that I grabbed was this utility jumpsuit. Neutral colors with the utilitarian fit are a huge trend for spring! I am dressing it up a bit more here with pointy heels, but again like the other looks, you could dress this down or add booties instead for an edgy look!
Shop this post and all of the incredible pieces from the collection below:
I hope you all enjoyed how I styled my pieces from this collection, and I can’t wait to see what you all pick out! There is a polar vortex sale happening today where you can get 40% off (excludes some items) so make sure to check that out on the Express website!
*Thank you to Express for sponsoring this post and gifting me with this collection. All items were picked out by me and as always all styling and opinions of the products are my own*
The most anticipated blog post ever! Sorry for the delay getting this done! As many of you know my blog crashed for an entire weekend and I lost all of my content I had typed. I then was able to restore everything and then I ended up traveling to LA immediately for my boutique and I’ve been crazy busy ever since! I am so sorry for the delay, I know many of you have been waiting on this for awhile now! Who knew boutique business would be busier than Christmas in January!
So back to business …
If you’ve been following me for awhile now, you know that my husband and I absolutely love going to Nashville. We go yearly around our anniversary (late fall) and then try and do another trip yearly with friends. There is so much to do you can go back monthly and never do or see it all!
This past trip we went with our good friends Jessa Helm (@jessajo7) and her husband Andrew. We had a blast! Typically when Ross and I go we get an Airbnb closer to 12th Ave. South. I love that area (fun fact I used to have a clothing boutique in 12th South). The area is near the Frothy Monkey and a lot of other iconic “places to stop” in Nashville. This trip however, we knew we were there to have fun with friends and spend our quick trip day drinking on Broadway. We ended up booking an Airbnb very close to Broadway. The location was AMAZING! We could literally walk down the street to Rippy’s, which if you follow Jessa and I closely, you are aware that Rippy’s is our absolute favorite! You MUST get a Bushwhacker when you go to Rippy’s, but be careful they sneak up on you!
Where we stayed
We found the CUTEST Airbnb this trip! We were seriously just down the street from the Bridgestone Arena and Broadway! We walked to downtown and walked back, it was amazing! The condo we stayed in has a balcony that has the best view. The condo is BRAND NEW and it comfortably holds two couples. We each had our own rooms and bathrooms which was amazing! The hosts Devon & Sabrina were great, and so kind to let us be the first to stay in their brand new condo! The decorating style is very historic and boho which is so fun! You will find all kinds of different styles when booking an Airbnb and that is one of the things I love most! Each room had a HUGE walk in closet and enough space to stay organized! The floor to ceiling windows were amazing because you all know how much I love that beautiful natural light. With renting this space, you also have access to the complex common areas (pool, weight room, lounge, rooftop patio).
Where we ate
I am a creature of habit! I need to probably get out more and explore but I typically find somewhere I love and then always make it a point to go back! Saint Anejo is always our very first stop when we get to town. We typically always arrive on a Thursday night. This place does not take reservations so just make sure to get there at a decent time (especially in the spring/summer/fall). On off season in Dec-Feb you should be okay. Their tacos are seriously to die for, some of my faves are chicken tinga, hot chicken and molida! Whatever you do, make certain you get the mexi corn as a side! I also highly recommend the sayulita margarita and your favorite shot of tequila chilled (it will be served with an orange slice with cinnamon on top).
Next on my list of faves and somewhere you MUST go to is Biscuit Love! They have two locations in Nashville – one in the Gulch and one in Hillsboro Village, and then also a location in Franklin. If there is one thing on the menu you have to order, it is the BONUTS!
We also ate lunch at The Pharmacy this trip. Absolutely delicious. If you want the best burger ever make sure to check this place out. The tater tots are also delicious!
We checked out The San Antonio Taco Company (best Tex Mex in Nashville) for lunch! You walk in and order and then find a seat and once your number is called grab your food. The cheese queso is to die for! The tacos were amazing, and it was just a chill little joint with amazing food!
Where to shop
The shopping in Nashville is absolutely amazing! I personally love to shop in the Hillsboro Village area. Some of my favorites are Posh and Impeccable Pig. After brunching at Biscuit Love, you can easily just walk up and down the street (or scooter) and do all kinds of shopping! There are several boutiques in this area and it is hands down my favorite place to do my shopping. I would also suggest checking out the Gulch ( Two Old Hippies, Blush, Kittenish) and then of course 12th Ave South area ( Reese Witherspoon’s boutique Draper James is worth popping in and taking a picture outside).
Don’t gorget to check out Uncommon James! I’m sure you’ve already heard of it, but you can get the cutest jewelry as seen on the show Very Cavallari! It is actually on sale today for 20% off with code sweetsavings!
Our favorite bars
Again, being the creature of habit that I am, we always head to Winners & Losers Bar the first night we arrive (which is usually on a Thursday). This bar is not on broadway and tends to be one where more of the locals hang out. The bars are right next to one another, and you can honestly go back and forth if you wish. I love the Whiskey Jam they have at Winners, but I love the live bands they have at Losers! This is the place to get that orange drink I discussed on my Instagram stories. We ran into our friend Ethan and he was drinking this amazing drink, so of course we had to have one! It will come in a styrofoam cup and you just tell them you want the “orange drink in the styrofoam cup”. Hah, hope that helps!
I’ve already mentioned that we LOVE Rippy’s but I need to make sure to emphasize that once again. The food is amazing, the live music is amazing, the drinks are amazing, it is all around a good place. I recommend closing your tab frequently because a good time may result in you sitting at a table for 6 hours and getting one heck of a tab!! Don’t forget to make sure you order a Bushwhacker! If you show up and see that Jordan McCants is playing, do not leave! Seriously coolest guy ever and has an amazing voice! We also heard Zach McKenzie for the first time this trip (and we started him and Instagram page that I can see he isn’t posting on, haha) and his voice gave me goosebumps!!
I sadly do not think I have any pictures from this bar because by the time we made it we were tanked, but this karaoke bar is SO fun to end your night at! Ms. Kelli’s is a great time – located in Printers Alley which is a few blocks away from Broadway. Actual address is 207 Printers Aly Nashville, TN 37201 – get a jello shot and request your favorite tune to sing!
Other bars to check out: Honky Tonk Central, Tootsies, The Stage, Luke Bryan’s Bar, Florida Georgia Line’s bar FGL House (they have THE BEST pretzel that comes with amazing dipping sauces and you have to try the bourbon bbq chicken flatbread). FGL House also has the very best outdoor rooftop patio!
Here is the listing page showing some other Airbnb options available with our host! Click this and it will take you to the listings! They were also so very kind to include a list of places to check out so if you would like more info I can send you all of that! The list was quite long to include in this post, but if you book with them they will be happy to offer loads of suggestions!
I will have another post coming soon going more in depth with other places we’ve stayed over the years and other cool places to check out! I will also post more about fashion and how to dress for your trip!
Thank you for reading, and I hope you have a great time if you are headed to Nashville soon!