Sunday, July 14, 2019

Sunday Night Thought


Thursday, July 11, 2019

Summer Blues

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Blue and white are by far two of my all time favorite color combinations, there is just something about it that’s very clean, classic, and a little English. Basically, I instantly fall in love with all things blue, plus, who doesn’t look good in blue? It’s everyone’s best color. 
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Friday, July 5, 2019

Happy Hour Time

Well helloooo Friday! It is so nice to finally see you again! I can hardly believe that the fourth of July has come and gone. I used to view the passing of the fourth as the downslide of summer, but now it means that fall is just that much closer! I hope everyone has some wonderful plans for the upcoming weekend. Here’s to good times spent with friends and family and great memories to be made. Cheers!

“Laugh as much as you breathe. Love as much as you live.”

Drink Special! 
Passenger List
½ounce brandy
½ounce dry gin
½ounce parfait d’amour
½ounce yellow chartreuse
1 dash pernod
Ice cubes
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass

Around Town!
Nashville, TN: Soul Music Festival at the Fairgrounds, Saturday, July 6, 2:00pm
Seaside, FL: Farmer Market at 30A, Saturday, July 6, 8:00am
Highlands, NC: The Get Right Band at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park, Saturday, July 6, 6:00pm
Oxford, MS: Oxford Makers Market at Courthouse Square, Saturday, July 6, 10:00am
Little Rock, AR: Peach Fest at Faulkner Lake Orchard Wedding and Event Center, Saturday, July 6, 6:00am

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Fourth Of July Weekend Sales

A few things are always guaranteed when it comes to a long holiday weekend and one of those things is fantastic sales going on 24/7! This weekend is the perfect opportunity to stock up on some basic items and treat yourself to that dress you have been eyeing for a few weeks now… Below is a roundup of all my favorite sales currently going on!
Abercrombie// 50% off through out the store
Ann Taylor// 60% off select full-priced styles with code FIREWORK plus an extra 60% off sale styles
Anthropologie//Extra 50% off sale items
Banana Republic// extra 50% off sale styles, 40% off women’s style, and 30% off men’s styles
Brooks Brothers// Additional 25% off women’s summer sale
Country Club Prep// 20% off select styles
Gap// Extra 50% off markdowns 
L.L. Bean// save up to 50% off
Loft// Extra 60% off all sale styles
J. Crew// 40% off full-price styles plus an extra 50% off sale styles with code FIREWORK
J.Crew Factory// 60% - 70% off online only
Kate Spade// extra 40% off sale styles
KJP//  20% off site-wide with code AMERICA
Madewell// 25% off sumer must-haves with code FIREWORK
Marks and Graham// 20% off everything
One Kings Lane// 15% off orders over $300 with code KL20YES, 25% off orders over $600 with code OKL25YES, 30% off orders over $900 with code OKL30YES
Pottery Barn// 15% off $100 or more, 20% off $500 or more, 25% off $1,000 or more, 30% off $3,000 or more
Serena and Lily// 20% off everything with code GOCOASTAL
Tory Burch// End of season sale – extra 30% off with code EXTRA
Vineyard Vines// additional 30% off sale styles with code JULY 19
West Elm// 20% off your entire purchase plus free shipping with code FIREWORKS
Williams Sonoma// 20% off your order with code SUMMER

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Guest Post :: 5 Ways To Be A Better Party Host

One of mine, and almost everyone else’s favorite sayings out there is ‘the hostess with the mostest’ and that is something we all aspire to be when hosting a party. Some times though there is so much work to do on the tail end of things that it is at times a bit of a challenge to be at our best at the actual time of the party. Today Peter Minkoff is sharing 5 absolutely fabulous tips on how to be a better party host!
Throwing a party can be a bit of stress if you’re not experienced or you simply don’t know where to start. People often make mistakes when hosting parties, as they forget to divide their attention amongst all guests, or they’re trying to micromanage everything so, instead of having fun, they end up being too busy. If you’re looking to throw a party, here are some tips that will help you be a better party host:

1. Plan ahead

The organization is the key, no matter what you’ve heard before. Planning everything beforehand will help you be relaxed during the party. Make sure you have a complete guest list so you’ll know how to plan the catering and drinks. You don’t need to run around trying to keep everything and everyone in line, but at least try to ensure that everything’s running smoothly, and always have a plan B in case something happens. For those who prefer technology, there are some apps that can help you with organizing your perfect party. Many of them can let you create your personal to-do list or even a guest list. Also, provide your guests with all the necessary information, so they’ll be able to come without getting lost.

2. Make your guests feel welcome

good party host will always personally greet guests as they arrive, and preferably introduce guests to each other, so they’d feel more relaxed. If you don’t have waiters serving drinks, offer your guests a drink. In case you have a lot of people coming over, it’s more practical to have a bar and a person serving drinks, so you can just point them to a bar. Make sure to mingle and talk to all your guests equally, throughout the party. If there are too many people, you can even create a game that can be used to break the ice and make people get to know each other better. Invite only the people you feel comfortable with and if there are any grudges between some guests, make sure to talk to all of them before the party so there won’t be any unpleasant surprises or altercations. 

3. Create a relaxing atmosphere

The atmosphere will, of course, depend on the party itself. If you’re planning a disco party at the garden, make sure to get some strobe lights and a hire a DJ, but if you want just an intimate gathering, you can find nice, chill music like jazz, trip hop or reggae, and let your guests do their thing. Be sure to set the right mood by decorating the place with scented candle supplies as they can contribute to an intimate and friendly atmosphere. In case that’s not enough, you can add various bouquets or flower pots. The smell is extremely important especially if you have smokers coming, thus make sure to have a designated smoking area so there won’t be unpleasant odor during the party. 

4. Consider your guests’ dietary habits

Even if you decide to hire a catering service, it’s important to check your guests’ eating habits and food preferences. If you want, create a survey and email it to them. Some people have food allergies, others are vegan or lactose-intolerant, so make sure to include various eating options so everyone feels full and satisfied. In case you’re cooking, be sure to make the food you’re familiar with, as dinner party isn’t the best time to try out new recipes you’ve found online, no matter how tempting they might seem. Also, if your guests will be standing, it’s better to prepare finger food or canapes, so they won’t have to struggle with knives and forks. Additionally, don’t forget to include dessert and coffee at the end of the party. 

5. Relax and be yourself

It might be easier said and done, but the last thing you need at your party is to feel tense. Obviously, since you’re the host, you also need to be alert to a degree, but still, don’t forget to have fun. Don’t worry about cleaning up or dishes, because everything can wait till the next day. Focus on yourself and your friends, eat the food you’ve made and feel free to drink a bit more than usual. Dance, enjoy music, and don’t forget to joke and laugh!

In the end, there’s no such thing as a perfect host. Some people are hard to please and you should never focus on them. Instead, be grateful for all the friends you have in your life and remember that throwing a party is all about having a great time with the people you care about. 

Friday, June 28, 2019

Evening Dresses

Is it just me or does anyone else out there swoon at the idea of a summer and fall soiree? All seasons seem have their own special galas, fund raisers, events, and wedding, but I would say that summer and fall are definitely the high point of functions that require evening dresses
With black tie weddings becoming the norm, white glove events, and everything in between a long dress is a must! I always like to look nice to anything I go to, but I also like being a little conservative on what I spend to look nice when I can, and Quiz clothing has the most beautiful evening gown selection at an unbelievable price range!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Guest Post :: How To Organize A Memorable Office Party

It always seems that summer and the holiday season are the prime time to have a party, especially office parties, Today Peter Minkoff is sharing a few tips on how to organize a memorable party!
Summer is here and Christmas isn’t even that far away, so if you’re already dreading organizing all those office parties, here’s something that will certainly help. While some people have a natural talent for throwing a perfect party, the rest of us need a little help from our friends (and by friends, we mean the Internet). Here are a few tips to keep in mind. 

Consult Your Guests

In order to organize a killer party that everyone will enjoy, you’ll have to please a large group of people, all with different tastes and ideas. While you won’t be able to satisfy everyone, you could organize an event that’s inclusive and respectful of your staff’s wishes. In order to come up with a good theme, try sending out a simple survey (SurveyMonkey or Google Forms work like a charm) and see what people are looking forward. This is also a perfect opportunity to see whether anyone suffers from any allergies or requires special menus. 

Save The Date

If you want your guests to arrive on time and stay until the end, you’ll need to set a good date for your office party. While choosing a weekday might be convenient for you, most people will not be thrilled with the idea. Fridays and Saturdays are always better because most people are free to stay late and have a few drinks without any consequences in the morning. No one wants an entire office of sleep-deprived and hung-over workers. 

Go Out Of The Office

Every office party should focus on your guests’ happiness and it should feel like a fun reward for their loyalty and dedication. So, why not get out of the office and host the event somewhere else, somewhere less stressful and more social? Office party doesn’t have to be held at the office as long as you have all your office staff present. Moving your party will give your guests a chance to see each other in a different light and a different environment which is always good for morale. An outdoor venue is also great since nature allows people to recharge and reset. 

Organize Some Entertainment

Office parties can often get to a rough start, especially for staff that’s more introverted. So, in order to get the party started and create a pleasant and inclusive atmosphere, why not provide some fun entertainment? Music and team games are always fun, but in order to make your party stand out, you can think outside the box and invite a mind-blowing mentalist to keep your guests entertained. Even those who are super shy and work-oriented will let go and enjoy the show! Some party games like beer pong or even Pictionary will get a lot of laughs as well. And don’t forget to prepare prizes for the winning individuals and teams—the funnier the better! 

Be Smart With Drinks

Christmas, Halloween and End-of-the-year office parties often contain a lot of alcohol—hell, you all deserve to let go! However, while certain companies don’t mind organizing a boozy event, others prefer to limit alcohol consumption and keep the behavior respectable. But, you can still offer a wide variety of drinks, but make sure to include different non-alcoholic options that will make avoiding booze more attractive. If limiting alcohol is a must, you can give out drink tickets (two or three per person) or ask your caterers and waiters to go easy on the refills. 

Decorate For The Win

While your venue certainly matters, you can make any space more attractive and appropriate for your office party with some decoration. If you’re celebrating Christmas, make sure to get a Christmas tree, some lights and cookies. Halloween can’t go without pumpkins, bats, witches and ghosts (and you can ask your colleagues to dress up). The good thing about holidays is that you just can’t overdo it with decoration. While you might need some extra help with decoration, this is truly the best part of every party organization. 
Even though it’s a work task, throwing an office party is not a chore! It’s a fun activity that brings amazing results and can benefit not only your staff but also your entire company. So, make sure to give it your all, listen to your coworkers and just have fun! 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Favorite Summer Dresses

One of my favorite things to wear during the summer months is a dress, for the simple reason that it can just get so hot and so humid in Nashville. This year I’ve been having a little bit of a hard time finding dresses that I really like; a lot of them are either too preppy, too boho, too young looking, or just a little too dressy to wear during the day. 

Thanks to my late night internet shopping I have found a few dresses that I love and some can even be accessorized to be turned into a dinner dress!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Current Favorite Netflix Shows

Netflix has become a guilty pleasure that I indulge in on a nightly basis. I honestly think I watch more Netflix shows now than real live TV shows. The only downside to Netflix is that it is like a rabbit hole, you can watch one episode after another until you have complexly plowed through all the episodes. Lately Netflix has come out with some great shows and movies; here are a few of my current favorite Netflix shows/movies!
Always Be My Maybe// I am a huge fan of rom-coms; the cornier the better. This one could not hit the spot any better than it did. Two childhood best friends who secretly had a crush on each other go years without seeing each other, until their paths eventually cross again and an old flame is lit again

Ozark// I just started watching this with my boyfriend about a week and a half ago and we are already on season 2. It is such an addictive show and will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat

High Seas// Fair warning, as far as acting goes it is a little B grade, but the story line is so good! The story takes place on a ship post WWII. It follows the story of one family and the secrets that are unveiled throughout the series

Dead To Me// This show will have you experiencing so many feelings it is ridiculous, in a good way. Two women become very good friends under the oddest of circumstances, all the while; one is trying to hide a murder…

Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life// I know this has been out for about two years now, but I just started watching it for a second time, and I love it even more than I did the first time. I still have my fingers crossed that a sequel is coming soon!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Guest Post :: 5 Themed Summer Birthday Party Ideas

When I was in elementary school a part of me wished that I didn’t have a summer birthday. I felt like I was always missing out on the lunchtime celebration at school and passing out little cakes; I always came to my senses when I would think how much I would dislike actually having to go to school on my birthday. I always embraced having a full day to celebrate, and there was always a theme involved when it came to the birthday party. Not much has changed, I still love a good celebration and a fun summer themed birthday party. Today Peter Minkoff will be sharing a few fun summer themed birthday ideas!
Just because you’re an adult, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a fun themed birthday party! Summer children are really lucky because they can enjoy the nice weather and take their themed parties outdoor and make the whole backyard their dance floor. So, if you’re looking forward to your summer birthday, here are five of the themes you can consider that will definitely get the party started and produce some hilarious photos! 

Patriotic BBQ Party

Summertime is made for celebrating your country and all its beauties and people. When practised in moderation and with respect, patriotism can be truly beautiful! So, why not celebrate your birthday while also celebrating your homeland? Grab your grill and prepare smoky BBQ, whip up some fresh salads, get some light summer desserts and make sure to provide plenty of craft beer. If you have a spare grill, fill it with ice and use it as an Instagram-ready cooler for your drinks! And don’t forget to show off your love for the country by buying plenty of little flags and dressing up in your country-inspired clothing. 

World Cuisine Party 

Barbecue is great and beloved by everyone, but it’s not exactly super unique and impressive. So, if you’re a self-proclaimed foodie and love to explore new cuisines, why not bring the world of cooking to you? If you know your friends are just as interested in culinary acrobatics as you, organize a World Cuisine party that will blow everyone’s taste buds away! And of course, you don’t have to cook. There are amazing catering services out there that handle everything from food prep, decoration and presentation. And if you find the right caterer, you can get the world on your plate, literally! You’ll get a true culinary rollercoaster that will take your from Nonna’s house to a New York bistro to bright lights of Singapore and back! You can really have an adventure of taste and impress all your foodie guests.  

Masquerade

If you want to organize something very mature yet exciting, why not go for a masquerade? If you rarely get to wear your expensive gown or your tuxedo, this is a perfect themed party for you. All your guests should come dressed for the event accompanied by some elegant masks. And when they arrive, surprise them with a beautifully decorated backyard together with a little stage perfect for ball dancing. And don’t forget to provide plenty of champagne to make the event even classier! Your dance floor, your masks and your champagne will make or break your masquerade, so make sure to really splurge on those. If you manage to get them right, your adult party will be a total success. 

Beach Party

Beach has no age limit—it’s beloved by kids, teens and adults alike. But if you live inland, it can be really hard to get enough of the beach, even during the summer. So, make sure to bring the beach to you and organize a fun beach party in your backyard! Fire up your fire pit and provide people with easy foods to roast, get plenty of light beachy cocktails (Sex on the Beach is a must) and play some nice and relaxing music. Make your dress-code super casual with shirts, shorts and flip-flops and you’ll get just the right vibe of those beach parties you used to attend when you were younger. Even friends who think themed birthday parties are for kids will love this kind of party. 

Hollywood Party

If you’re itching for Halloween and can’t wait to whip out your next costume, make Halloween come early this year by organizing a fun Hollywood birthday party. Since movies are something everyone enjoys, so make it a theme of your party and ask all your guests to dress up as their favorite movie stars or movie directors. Blast soundtracks from movies and watch as your guests have a blast on the dance floor/your lawn. Keep drinks and foods classy (after all, you have all these movie stars in your backyard) and you’ll create just the right atmosphere. It’s really amazing how crazy and relaxed people can get when they are in a costume, so expect a lot of hilarious photos! Your Instagram will blow up! 
Adult birthday parties don’t have to be boring get-togethers with just dinner and wine! Pick one of these themes and organize the best summer party that will get you going hard until the morning. 

Monday, June 10, 2019

It's The Small Things

In today’s society it seems like it becomes more and more easy to get caught up and this and that and just become discontent with things in general. I think it is wonderful that we live in such a goal driven society that fills people with ambition and drive, but it seems like every know and then you just need to slow down and take in all the small things in life that bring happiness to your life on a daily basis. 

I have always been a strong believer that you attract what you think and positive thinking goes a long way – if you have positive thoughts and a positive attitude then you eventually start to have positive things happen. 

I always try to find a little something that happened positive in the day, even if I’ve had a not so great day. Today I thought it would be fun to share with you a few of my favorite things and moments!
Puppy kisses in the morning

A bouquet of flowers

The feeling of sunshine on my face first thing in the morning

Any excuse to get dressed up

Christmas music

Black and white movies

Bubble baths

Hot chocolate from Starbucks

Stumbling upon a great Instagram account

An unexpected text/call from a friend

Hearing someone say ‘I love you’

The smell of a bookstore

Rosé

When you’re current favorite song comes on the radio

Frank Sinatra

A new dress that fits perfectly

The sounds of laughter

The smell of grass right after it’s been cut

Peonies 

An unexpected surprise

Your favorite home cooked meal that takes you back to your childhood

The sounds of water {preferably, the beach}

A calm night after a long day

Friday, June 7, 2019

Happy Hour Time

Helloooo Friday! It’s so nice to see you again – what took you so long to get here? I hope everyone has managed to stay safe and dry today with all the rain that seems to keep pouring down. I think I see myself snuggled up with a blanket, good movie, and some popcorn later on this weekend – don’t rainy days/nights just make for perfect movie watching weather. Here’s to a wonderful weekend ahead and many memories to be made. Cheers!

“She was unstoppable not because she did not have failures or doubts, but because she continued on despite them.
~ Beau Taplin
   
Drink Special! 
Fluffy Ruffles
½ounce rum
½ounce Italian vermouth
Ice cubes
1 lemon peel for garnish
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with lemon

Around Town!
Nashville, TN: CMA Fest at Downtown Nashville, Friday, June 7 – Sunday, June 9
Charleston, SC: Birmingham Legion FC at Charleston Battery, Saturday, June 8, 7:00pm
Little Rock, AR: AAROC Zoo Day 2019 at Little Rock Zoo, Saturday, June 8
Atlanta, GA: Ariana Grande at State Farm Arena, Saturday, June 8, 7:30pm
Austin, TX: Hamilton at Bass Concert Hall, Saturday, June 8, 2:00pm

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Guest Post :: How To Turn Your Hobby Into A Business

With the development of social media and word of mouth advertisement being a touch away with each passing year the internet makes it more and more possible for you to pursue your passion, share it with others, and even possibly turn it into a business. Today Peter Minkoff has written a fantastic guest post sharing tips on how to take you passion to the next level!
If you are very passionate about a hobby of yours and you tend to do it every spare minute you find, have you considered turning that passion into a business? If something you do whenever you are free is your true love, why not also make it your career? Maybe you like to take up more than just one activity whenever you can, but there is surely something you are keen on the most and you do most of the time compared to other things. Whatever that is, here are some tips on how to make some profit out of it as well.

Figure Out Your Strengths 

Are you creative, good at planning, inspired, or maybe you have impressive organizational skills? If some of these traits describe you, that is great, but if you have all of them – you should definitely start up a business! Before engaging in anything serious, you should figure out what all of your strengths are. After that, you can aim all your efforts to attract all the right people, the ones who will appreciate these certain skills of yours.

Create a Business Plan

You can ask someone who is already successful in their business how to do so, or read a book that tells you about your first steps. Once you have figured out what you want to do, it is time to make a plan what to do next. What are the things you need, who are the people you need to contact? What about the workspace, working hours, workers? These are all the things to think of, just like there are so many more details you need to take care of. It can be stressful or exhausting thinking about all of that, but it can also be quite fun and rewarding.

Invest In Appropriate Equipment 

If you want to paint for money, what you might find useful is purchasing a quality canvas online. If you want to bake – be sure to have all the baking tools that you need. If you want to sell products online, don’t hesitate to invest in trusted sites. Whatever you enjoy doing the most, know that all the money spent on the appropriate equipment will definitely be worth it. Invest in all these things and be sure they are of high quality. When you have all you need for your hobby that is also your business, everything will eventually pay for itself.   

Don’t Hesitate To Sell Yourself

When it comes to business, being modest is a bad quality. You need to know how to sell yourself and everything that comes as a product of your efforts. You need to be fearless and not at all hesitant to convince people you have exactly what they need. It might not be easy, but it is the only way it brings you success. Why is what you are selling exactly what they need? Why would they choose you from all people? You need to have answers to these simple questions.

Be Patient And Don’t Be Afraid Of Failure

Some people just need more time to succeed. There are many stories in which people had to wait for a long time before their business took off. However, once it became popular, it was very fulfilling. Be sure to always work on yourself and your products and never give up. When it feels like nothing is happening, think about all the ways how to take your career to the next level. Also, if you fail at first, know that only people who are persistent get what they want. Do not be afraid of failure, learn from mistakes and always find new things to include in your business.  
We all want to be rich and successful and at the same time do what we love for a living. Yet, only the bravest of us manage to combine what they love with work – and become accomplished. If you have a hobby you enjoy so much, why not earn money from it, especially if you are good? What is even better, why not make a thriving business? Now you know what to do next… It is all up to you!

Friday, May 31, 2019

Happy Hour Time

Aloha Friday! It is so oh very nice to see you again! Too bad you couldn’t bring your friend 3-day weekend with you again. In my opinion every week should be a 4-day week, it just makes everything seem better. Summer is officially under way and I for one am ready to dive into the weekend. Here’s to a wonderful weekend filled with time spent by the water, sipping on some sweet tea, watching hockey, and of course making memories with friends and family. Cheers!

“It’s okay to make mistakes and it’s okay to not be good at everything”

Drink Special!
Golfer
½ounces vodka
½ounces 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: Brew at the Zoo at the Nashville Zoo, Friday, May 31, 6:30pm
Seaside, FL: Central Square Cinema at The Amphitheater, Friday, May 31
Hilton Head Island, SC: Stand4land Jazz Brunch Fundraiser at Ruby Lee’s South, Sunday, June 2, 11:00am
Little Rock, AR: Travelers v. Tulsa at Arkansas Travelers Baseball Club, Sunday, June 2, 9:10am
Augusta, GA: Movies on the Common at Augusta Common, Friday, May 31, 7:30pm