Wednesday, September 19, 2018

August Book Reviews

Does anyone else they could rewind the clock a little and go back to summer? I am so excited for the fall, the ushering in of the holidays, and the opportunity for layering, but there really is nothing like reading an entire book on a lazy summer day.

I have to admit; I have not been that great lately about sticking to my New Year’s Goal of reading more… I blame Netflix; I stumbled onto this show, Shameless, and cannot stop watching it. Thankfully I think I have made it through almost all the episodes, and I have promised myself that once this show is over I am staying off Netflix for a bit. Anyhow, on to the book round up for August.
Visible Empire, by Hannah Pittard// Basically any book that is set during the 1920’s – 1960’s I am pretty much guaranteed to love it. The books that are centered around the Paris/Atlanta plane crash completely mesmerize me in the weirdest way. I still cannot believe that I never learned of such a large-scale event when I was in school, and I just find it so jarring that Atlanta went through such a tragedy.

Visible Empire is about the children, spouses, friends, and loved ones left behind to deal with the grief, a mayor that must figure out a way to move an entire community together and rise from such a tragic event, and the scandal the accident brings to the surface.

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake, by Amy E. Reichert// A rom-com should seriously be made out of this book. I know some of you out there might shake their heads, but I have no shame in confessing that I bought this book because of the cover, and it totally paid off; I will definitely be reading more books by Reichert!

An unlikely pair, Lou, a restaurant owner and chef, and Al, a restaurant reviewer, cross paths on the day Lou got her worst review, which also happened to be the review that Al was celebrating. Al challenges Lou to make him fall in love with the city of Milwaukee, which she agrees to. The two fall in love, but what will happen when the truth comes out…

The Secret To Hummingbird Cake, by Celeste Fletcher McHale// Get ready to experience every emotion possible when you read this book. A story of lifelong friends, navigating their way through marriage, the unexpected speed bumps in life, and the secret to hummingbird cake.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018


For New Year’s of 2014 one of my New Year’s goals that year was to go to Chicago. I know it is a little crazy since it is such a popular weekend travel destination, but I had never been to Chicago before. Fast-forward four years later to September 2018, it may have taken me a little while, but I can officially check that item off my New Year’s Goals list from 2014.
Chicago is definitely my kind of town. I don’t know about the winters, but as long as the temperature was above freezing I could so live there. The river running through the main stretch of buildings was beautiful and the shopping definitely lived up to all the hype; I now feel like all the stores in Nashville are sample stores compared to the 2 – 4 story buildings on Michigan Ave.

I was only there for Memorial Day weekend, but I can already feel the city pulling at my sleeve to come back… The Ralph Lauren Store and Restaurant was by far my favorite place I visited there. Once I walked into their home department I felt like I had just walked into a perfectly decorated apartment that I never wanted to leave.

The only two things that I was really able to mark off my Chicago to-see list was Michigan Ave, East Oak, and eat at the RL CafĂ©. I really want to see a play there (the Chicago Theater looks amazing!), visit the Art Institute of Chicago, go see a Cubs game, and last but not least see The Bean {I know, it’s probably the most touristy thing ever} so I will definitely visit again soon! For now here is a little photo recap!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Happy Hour Time

Well look who finally decided to show up! It’s so nice to see you again Friday!  I know it’s a little early, but who else is officially excited that the pumpkins are out and the PSL is officially acceptable to drink? Here’s to a wonderful weekend watching football, drinking warm cider, time outside, and of course enjoying times with friends and family. Cheers!

“You are the books you read, the movies you watch, the music you listen to, the people you spend time with, the conversations you engage in. Choose wisely what you feed your mind.”

Drink Special!
1 ½ ounces vodka
1 ½ ounces gin
Dash of dry vermouth
Ice cubes
Lemon twist for garnish
Stir ingredients with ice and strain into cocktail glass, garnish with lemon twist

Around Town 
Nashville, TN: Music City Food + Wine Festival, Friday, September 14

Seaside, FL: Seaside Farmers Market at 30A, Saturday, September 15, 8:00am
Auburn, AL: Auburn v. LSU at Auburn, Saturday, September 15, 2:30pm
Atlanta, GA: Music Midtown at Park DR, Saturday, September 15 – Sunday 16
Louisville, KY: Up Up! Farm Film Festival at Payne St, Saturday, September 15, 7:00pm