Monday, October 2, 2017

Wisconsin

In July, Dan and I traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for my college friend's wedding.  I was looking forward to the trip for two reasons: one, I would reunite with a gaggle of my college girlfriends, and two, I'd get to visit Milwaukee for the first time!  I really haven't spent much time in Wisconsin at all, and I wanted to see what it was like.



We definitely splurged on our hotel for the trip, staying with the wedding hotel block at the historic Pfister Hotel.  I mean, it's the same place that the visiting MLB team was staying, so you know it's nice, right?  I just couldn't resist making it a special weekend for Dan and me, knowing it was a short weekend trip.  Our room was in the more modern wing, but I also visited my friend's room in the historic side.  Both are absolutely stunning and high end!


Room at the Pfister Hotel

The Pfister Hotel Lobby

The Pfister is definitely where I'd stay again if I could return to Milwaukee, especially if I could try their Sunday brunch.  We were able to walk to local restaurants and the wedding reception, and we felt like we were VIPs.  The hotel itself had fantastic bars and food, so it's a great home away from home!


Blackened Chicken Bacon Avocado Sandwich at Swingin' Door Exchange

Speaking of food, our group met up for dinner the night before the wedding and walked to the Swingin' Door Exchange.  It was super busy, which is a great sign!  We sat outside because it was easiest at the time for our big group, and the weather was gorgeous.  Everyone sampled the local Wisconsin beer, while I (very newly pregnant at the time!) focused on the food.  I chose the Blackened Chicken Bacon Avocado sandwich.  It was HUGE and delicious.  They had these special fried potato cakes that were incredible too.  Yum yum yum.

When it came time for the wedding reception, we were treated to a beautiful panoramic view at the top of Pier Wisconsin's Discovery World.  If Dan and I could get married again, we'd probably have a wedding at a library, observatory, zoo, or a science center like Discovery World!  We're nerds at heart, so we totally ate up the venue.





I felt so safe walking around the city of Milwaukee's downtown area.  It felt like a smaller version of Chicago in a way, super clean and just a very friendly city.  And the water was absolutely stunning.



Friendship goals, too.



The morning after the wedding, before everyone headed to the airport, my friends got together for one more meal: brunch at CafĂ© Benelux.  It was definitely slammed, so I recommend getting there well in advance of when you want weekend brunch!  But again, crowded spots usually result in delicious food.

We started with hand-dipped breakfast corndogs, service with a dijon maple syrup.  I mean, how brunch is that?  They were really tasty, too.  Definitely a fun way to start brunch out right.



For my main brunch, I had the Hodge Podge: melted cheddar, thick-cut bacon, sausage, fried eggs, potatoes, chorizo cream gravy, and pico de gallo.  OMG.  So much food and delicious flavor in one bowl.  We were also really impressed with how our server managed like six different checks and two little kids and a bunch of stuff.  They just knew what they were doing!  Definitely a great way to wrap up our quick trip to Wisconsin.



Have you ever been to Milwaukee?

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Nashville Murals

Which came first, Instagram or cities creating way more murals than they used to have?  I'm not sure.  Nashville has definitely been stepping up its mural game.  My friend B and I like to do something fun when we get together, so a while back (truth: I think it was May or June) we had a delicious brunch at MarchĂ© Artisan Foods, then went driving around town to take photos with some of our fav murals.  

My advice is to choose your neighborhoods and have a plan in mind, so you can park and walk between murals easily.  We found free parking (at least long enough to snap a pic) pretty much everywhere for these.

Here's where we ended up!


East Nashville Mural
Side of the Joyner and Hogan building at 600 Main St




DCXV Industries Nashville Mural
Center 615 building (East Nashville)




Nathan Brown mural
Corner of Overton and Mansion St. (across from Barista Parlor in the Gulch)




 Ian Ross Mural
11th Ave South/Laurel Street (the Gulch)



Jason Woodside Mural
11th Ave. S/Laurel St. (the Gulch)



What Lifts You
302 11th Ave. S (the Gulch)



Draper James
2608 12th Avenue South (12South, side of the store)



I Believe in Nashville
2706 12th Avenue South (12South)
(Note: there's a bigger one at 1306 McGavock Pike at Marathon Music Works)



Nashville Script
2705 12th Ave S. on the side of Corner Music (12 South)



Green Pea Salon Flower Mural
2900 12th Ave S (12South)



Make Music Not War Mural
2900 12th Ave S across from flowers (12South)



I'm not the first or last to post about Nashville murals, but I will say we had a lot of fun being tourists in our own area.  It was funny to see certain murals' popularity, as there were times we had to queue up to take our turn for a photo!

There are SO MANY more we haven't visited, too!

One of my fav local bloggers, Kristin Luna, did an even  bigger mural post/adventure if you're interested.

Do you have a favorite Nashville mural?

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Stitch Fix: 15th Fix

Disclosure:  I paid for my own Stitch Fix; all opinions are my own.  If you're interested in trying Stitch Fix, I'd love for you to use my referral link so I can get $25 towards my next Fix!


I'm back with another Stitch Fix recap!  And yes, it's September and I got this fix in June.  My bad, but I took a little blogging hiatus and never posted... but that's alright, because I know people love these regardless.

I always look forward to Stitch Fix boxes; my stylist really knows me at this point.  So it didn't surprise me when I loved everything in this box at first glance!  All of it was stuff I'd try on for myself in a store.

41Hawthorn Maybel Jersey Faux Wrap Dress

I was so pumped when I saw this dress!  I loved the black accents on it.  But once I got it on, the dress didn't have the movement or fabric in the skirt that I usually prefer, and the print wasn't my favorite once I had it on.  If the skirt had more volume, and the print was different, I'd have kept it.  RETURNED.


Luq Julliet Knit Top

I loved the softness of this top!  I didn't put it off-the-shoulder in this photo because I would have had to remove a plastic strap, but I plan to wear it both ways.  It's perfect for summer and I can put it on my shoulders in the office too.  The sleeves were too pretty.  KEPT.  (I still wear this one, but with a cami underneath because I wish the length was longer.  Also, it didn't wash well so it looks a bit worn, but again, I wear it still.)


Daniel Rainn Malaika Henley Blouse

I really loved the print on this shirt, but cap sleeves are the devil  I would have worn this under cardigans or jackets if it were truly sleeveless, but the cap sleeves had to go.  Loved the print!  RETURNED.


Papermoon Marisol Mixed Material Knit Top

Loved this shirt, and I wanted to keep it, but I realized that I don't wear navy much because almost all of my pants are jeans or black.  So I knew this wouldn't get a ton of wear, even though I loved both the fit and the mixed material.  RETURNED.



Liverpool Kolten Cropped Denim Jacket

Finally, I have my blue denim jacket!  I was a little uncertain about this one, because I wanted a jacket with silver or brass colored hardware, and this one has black hardware.  But this is just like the white denim jacket that I have, with great elastic stretch to it.  I knew that this was a keeper, and that the denim jacket hole in my closet was finally filled.  Great layering piece!  KEPT.  (This has proved to be a great travel jacket!)

Overall, I loved this fix.  It's clear that my stylist knows my preferences, and I seriously considered everything in the box.  Yay!  It's not cheap, but the delight of getting to try everything on and the convenience of having it come straight to me is worth it.  That's why I've now had fifteen Fixes since March 2015!


Past Stitch Fix Reviews
(all reviews, in reverse order)

Disclosure:  I paid for my own Stitch Fix; all opinions are my own.  If you're interested in trying Stitch Fix, I'd love for you to use my referral link so I can get $25 towards my next Fix!
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