Friday, October 24, 2014

Happy Hour Time

Welcome, Welcome to Happy Hour Time and a special hello to out good friend Friday! I apologize for being a bit tardy posting the Happy Hour Time today; I was beyond exhausted last night with a side of anxiety last night, so I went to bed early. I hope that everyone has had a wonderful week and will have an even better weekend! Here’s to some pumpkin fun, football, and of course some downtime – thank goodness it’s the weekend. Cheers!

“Luxury to me is not about buying expensive things; it’s about living in a way where you appreciate things.”
~ Oscar De La Renta

Drink Special!
Smart Alec
¾ ounce cognac
½ ounce cointreau
½ ounce yellow chartreuse
1 dash orange bitters
Ice cubes
Shake ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass

Around Town!
Nashville, TN: Tennessee Titans v. Houston Texas at LP Field, Sunday, October 26
Franklin, TN: Pumpkinfest at downtown Franklin, Saturday, October 25
Seaside, FL: 5th Annual Halloweener Derby at Amphitheater, Saturday, October 25, 10:00am
Raleigh, NC: Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto at Meymandi Concert Hall at Duck Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Friday, October 24 – Saturday, October 25
Little Rock, AR: Asbury United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch at Asbury United Methodist Church, Friday, October 25 – Friday, October 31

Thursday, October 23, 2014

My Hair Care Essentials

My hair is a project when I wash it. It’s thick, curly, and long – washing my hair is something I don’t do every single day, I usually wash it every other day, I don’t have the patience to wash it every day. Truth be told I probably need to do the No Heat challenge or something and give my hair a break, but it takes forever to air dry, maybe when I go on vacation in a few weeks I will give my hair a break from the heat. Since I don’t wash my hair every day {it take up so much time to dry it} I like to use solid shampoos and products that work well with my hair so it will look good the next day too.

Over the years I have experimented with many different types of shampoos, conditioners, leave-in products, curling irons, hot rollers, straighter, etc. Through trial and error over the years I have found some favorite hair care products that work well with my hair. As you have probably guessed by the above picture I really like the drybar products, they are amazing plus they smell wonderful. I have my fingers crossed that a drybar opens up in Nashville; I would so hit that place up all the time!

Here are my hair care essentials:
PanteneCurl Perfection// I have tried so many different brands of shampoo for curly hair and Pantene seems to work best on my hair. It doesn’t feel heavy to me and after I used it for a while I noticed I didn’t have as many split ends.

RedkenAll Soft Shampoo// I always was my hair with the All Soft shampoo after using the Pantene Curl Perfection shampoo. If you have curl hair you probably know all too well that it tendency to feel dry sometimes and the All Soft shampoo seems to prevent dryness from occurring. Caution: when using the All Soft shampoo, unless you really do have dry hair, be sure to just use a little or else it will make your look flat or feel a little greasy.

RedkenCurvaceous Conditioner// This is by far the best conditioner for curly hair I have ever used. It will do wonders and make your hair look shiny!

EVOLiquid Rollers Curl Balm// Liquid Rollers might just possibly be my favorite product ever. It holds curls together and protects against frizz.

HotToddy// If you plan on using a hair dryer for a decent amount of time or a curling iron or straighter be sure to use a heat protector. I really like this one because it is not heavy at all, it prevents against frizz, and adds a little extra bounce and body to your hair.

Hold MeHair Clips// I dry my hair in sections using a Wet Brush and a barrel brush as I go. It is easier for me to dry my hair in sections and these clips work marvelous for that purpose. I tried them out for the first time a few weeks ago and I love them, they have an “alligator jaw” that allows them to be more flexible than normal clips and holds hair in place much better.

ConairJumbo Hot Rollers// After I dry my hair I put hot rollers in and leave them in for about 3 minutes. I usually put my makeup on right after I roll my hair and take them out after I finish my makeup.
The 3-Day Bender// The Bender was my splurge last year, and it is the best thing since I don't know what. The bender is amazing it heats up in 5 seconds and takes not time to use. I usually run the bender over random sections of my hair after I take the hot rollers out just to add a different texture and so my hair doesn’t look so perfect.

What Are Some Of Your Hair Care Essentials?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What I'm Falling For This Fall

I am still morning the fact that summer has come and gone, but I do love the fall season! There are so many iconic fashion piece, foods, color, décor, etc. associated with the autumn months and I enjoy every single one of them.

A few weeks ago I started using Resultly; if you like Pinterest, you will love Resultly. Resulty is basically like Pinterest: you can create boards or “collections” as they are referred to on Resultly, follow other users, and you can even but the items you save to one of your collection or even another persons collection. I haven’t had too much free time to go too crazy with it yet, but I am kind of obsessed with Resuly – it’s like a giant wish list and it is so convent because you can actually go back and but the items you saved in a collection {still slightly amazed by this}.

One of the collections I created on Resultly is Fall Favorites. I have saved everything fall imaginable to this board from boots, nail polish, to pumpkin butter! Below are just a few items from my Fall Favorites Collection, clickhere to view the full collection!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Gray's On Main

This past Saturday I ventured down to downtown Franklin, TN. this is the perfect town to walk around during the fall, everything is so picturesque. Franklin is about 30 minutes away from where I live in Nashville; I have to say I am slightly jealous of all the great restaurants Franklin has on and around Main Street. Then after you eat you can walk around and visit different stores – a few of my favorite stores right on Main Street are The Iron Gate, Lulu, and of course Anthropologie.
This weekend I decided to have lunch at Gray’s on Main which is a pretty new restaurant, I believe it has only been around a year are so, but the building is chalk full of history. Before becoming Gray’s On Main it was the Gray Drug Co., which was a landmark pharmacy that lasted almost a century. Gray’s on Main is housed in a three-story Victorian building, and is one of the few buildings in downtown Franklin that uses all its three-stories for the same purpose.
One interesting thing Gray’s is know for is their bar and focus on brandy-inspired drinks from around the late 19th century. I personally didn’t have a drink, but the bar tenders seemed to be very skilled and were mixing some drinks that looked downright delicious. The bar has a handcrafted menu reflecting the drink culture around the 19th century and its original foundations and also includes a few drinks that pairs nicely with items from their seasonal lunch menu.
Now to the important part…the food! I was torn between two appetizers so I did they only sensible thing and ordered both, after all, they are meant to be shared and better to have too much for everyone than not enough. The first appetizer that was chosen was the Pecan Crusted Okra. Now I am quite a fan of okra and this okra paired with the comeback sauce {it tasted like it was some kind of spicy cheese sauce} was so amazingly delicious. If you ever go to Gray’s definitely get this appetizer.
The other appetizer I opted for were of course the Fried Green Tomatoes; whenever I see these on a menu I always have to get them, friend green tomatoes are one of my favorite things in the world! The Friend Green Tomatoes was paired with roasted creamy corn and goat cheese. I will go ahead and admit that I am not a huge fan of creamed corn nor I have I had it paired with fried green tomatoes before, but everything worked perfectly together and was out of this world. I highly recommend ordering this appetizer as well if you ever go to Gray’s on Main.
For lunch I ordered the Grilled Pimento BLT, which consisted of Texas toast, house pimento, fried green tomato, sundried tomato aioli, bacon, and arugula. In all honesty the sandwich fell a little short of expectation and everyone else at the table admitted that their main dish didn’t measure up to the appetizers either. The Grilled Pimento BLT was still delicious, plus it had a fried green tomato on it, but it just didn’t quite measure up to the appetizers.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Kate Spade Friends & Family Sale

Is there any better way to start the weekend than to wake up Friday morning to an email from Kate Spade informing you that their friends & family is going on till Sunday and you can revive 30% off you entire purchase? I think not. In my book this is a pretty awesome way to start the weekend and Kate Spade has some many wonderful things right now: sequin dresses, shoes with bows, glitter oxfords, polka dot glasses, amazing handbag, plus 30% off – someone pinch me now! Here are a few of my current favorite Kate Spade items.