- kate spade Tres Chic Studs (originally $48, paid $19): Curse you, kate spade Surprise Sale! They know me too well. These earrings suckered the French major in me, and I love yellow gold now. (I used to be all silver-tone.)
- kate spade Moon River Bangle (originally $58, paid $29): I'd been wanting this bangle for about a year, then I decided to just go for it. My "arm party" is all gold tones so this goes along with it well!
- Fabletics 'Ocean Drive' Outfit (originally $80, paid $70 with credits): I needed a new black workout tank top, and I loved the cardigan for layering. It actually has a zipper portion for two different looks. Lastly, that awesome capri print won me over! I am not sure if I will continue with Fabletics beyond this point; I have soooo many workout clothes now. I love the quality, and lately I'm drawn more towards pieces that could serve as loungewear too.
- Columbia Silver Ridge Pants (originally $55, paid $25 each for two pairs and Mom gifted me a third pair): I plan to be "hiker chic" during our honeymoon in Peru, because I know we'll be on foot a lot. I don't have pants other than work pants and jeans, so I had hiking pants on the list. I got these pants in all three colors: Black, Tusk, and Mom got me Grill. They needed hemming for my height, but they're perfect for our upcoming adventure.
- Columbia Outerspaced Hoodie in Sea Salt (originally $60, paid $20): This is another top I added as a layering piece for Peru. It was on super clearance, and it is very soft and not too fitted. Again, not something I'd wear all the time, but worth purchasing for the trip.
- Stitch Fix Pixley Ellie Elephant Print Blouse ($48): My $20 Stitch Fix styling fee was built into the cost of this shirt. So Stitch Fix would say I only paid $28, which I don't consider to be too bad. I really fell in love with both the print and softness of this shirt. I dislike that it's "hand wash", but that just means I'll probably put it into a mesh bag when I wash it with the rest of my clothes on cold. (Shhhh...) I'll do a full review soon!
- Merrell Moab Waterproof Hiking Shoes in Dusty Olive (retail $110, gift from Dan): I told Dan that I wanted hiking shoes for Peru for my birthday, but since the trip is just a few days after we decided to get them early so I can break them in!
Friday, February 27, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
The macaroni impressed me! I love macaroni, but usually the sides at BBQ places are kind of bland and generic. This macaroni was thoughtfully seasoned (I know that sounds so pretentious, but it's the only way I could describe it) and worth choosing. I am lactose intolerant, so I have to take medication to eat mac 'n' cheese, and I'd deem this worth it! The sandwich was top notch too. I really thought the ratio of sauce to meat was perfect, and the bread was good too.
Dan got a half rack of ribs, as well as the brisket chili. I got to taste both, and it was delicious! There's great brisket meat and spices in that chili. I'd recommend this option too, if you're into ribs. My cousin got the ribs, mac, and banana pudding. The sandwiches comes with two sides, but the ribs come with two sides and cornbread. Bonus!
When you're done with the meal, you toss the trash away and put your tray on the pile. Edley's is definitely my new "old" favorite for BBQ in the Nashville area!
Monday, February 23, 2015
Disclosure: I received a month of unlimited access to ClassPass (and a tank top!) at no charge, in exchange for my honest review. You can skip the Nashville waitlist using my referral link and join ClassPass right away! I do not get a kickback for referrals, this is just a benefit for my readers.
ClassPass is a brilliant concept. I have a tendency to get tired of a workout "routine" and look for Groupons or newbie deals at different fitness studios. I never stick with them for long. That's why ClassPass is so great; you get unlimited fitness classes (up to 3 per participating studio) for a single monthly fee. You make reservations for classes via web or mobile app; you receive a reminder e-mail about classes, as well as tips on what to bring and how early to show up. If it's your first time at a studio, you'll want to go early to fill out waivers and whatnot.
There is a $20 charge if you miss a class or show up late, which is how the studios participating likely mitigate risk from allowing you to join their classes. I think this is reasonable (you can cancel 12+ hours in advance) and many studios already have this as a policy. I also think it holds people like me accountable!
My favorite part about ClassPass, other than trying classes, is definitely the app! You can browse and reserve classes either via web browser or the app. Both methods are super simple and easy. You can browse classes on a map or by name. The app allows you to add reserved classes to your iCal calendar. I love being organized, and this helps a lot.
I've been attending a few different classes at various studios in my area already: Jazzercise, Niki G's Fitness Bootcamp, and 100% Fit are some of my favorites. (The links take you to Yelp, where I've reviewed them!) All of them have helped me break a sweat for sure. I know that to see optimal results, it's good to stick to a certain type of class multiple times per week, over time. But for me, without variety and mixing it up, I'm more likely to quit. ClassPass has allowed me to experiment with new techniques, as well as get to know studios in my area I had no idea existed.
I think ClassPass is ideal for:
Disclosure: I received a month of unlimited access to ClassPass at no charge, in exchange for my honest review. You can skip the Nashville waitlist using my referral link and join ClassPass right away! I do not get a kickback for referrals, this is just a benefit for my readers.
- People like me who really enjoy variety in workouts, or trying something new.
- Someone new to a ClassPass city looking to try out different studios and meet new people.
- Business travelers who can use the membership in multiple cities.
Have you tried ClassPass before?
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Overall, I wish there were more lunch options vs. brunch options on the weekend, but we're a brunch culture in Nashville. The menu is not extensive, because it's all made to order and fresh... it's all about what's seasonal, available, etc.
In the spirit of brunch, I ordered a side of biscuits and preserves for the table. The biscuits, jam, and butter were all excellent. It was all tasty, though I might argue that for the South, $4 for two biscuits is kind of steep. Maybe I'm just used to complimentary biscuits everywhere? I expected there might be 3-4 for that price.
For my meal, I really wanted something with meat, because I'd heard they are really deliberate about where they source their ingredients. I chose the Cuban sandwich, which had the house pork, black forest ham, and Swiss. It came with their house fries and house ketchup. I LOVED the Cuban. The bread was so fresh and good, it really made the sandwich amazing. Seriously, when a restaurant nails the bread it is such a win. The meat and cheese were also great. The fries were pretty good, though I did not like the house ketchup. It tasted a bit fruity or jam-like, not like ketchup really. The fries tasted good without it, and I appreciate that they make their own sauces!
Friday, February 20, 2015
Women make up almost 16% of the military these days, but until I discovered Lady Brigade I wasn't seeing cute apparel for women veterans to wear their pride! There's so much out there for male veterans and military wives, it's nice to see this come to life. There are a couple of shirts I want!
This GIF of Mindy Kaling is one of the reasons she is my spirit animal. It's TRUE.
"I Do" rings by Japanese artist and designer Sakurako Shimizu. The custom bands are etched with a waveform of a couple's voices uttering any words they choose.
Severus Snape is one of my favorite characters in the Harry Potter series, but if you only saw the movies you might not understand fully why... watch this (long) video of all of his most poignant scenes cut together in chrono order, and you might understand my love for him!
This collection of photos that prove that babies needs pets, and pets need babies.
Watch American kids try breakfast from around the world. It's hilarious!
+ "Death to the Chicken Finger" is a great article to read about food. I'm a picky eater that doesn't like veggies and grew up super-picky. I'm hoping to coach my kids not to be the same way, by avoiding the default fare on "kids" menus.
+ 11 Things Highly Organized People Don't Understand About Unorganized People... because TRUTH.
+ Flashback: My first visit to Franklin (and Nashville, as an adult) was four years ago!
Labels: Friday Favorites
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
|Hermitage Hotel in the background of our selfie, Capitol Grille Menu|
P.P.S. Congrats to Anne for winning my Tea Box Express giveaway!!!
Monday, February 16, 2015
|The place was packed!|
Friday, February 13, 2015
|Pay no attention to Bear ruining the photo. He likes the new bed positionnig.|
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
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