Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Brunch the Barcelona Way

Hi Readers!

It's Christmas week and this Nashville weather's been downright gross! If you're like me, preparation for the holiday has had you crazy busy and you really just want a chance to kick back. Stop with the cooking and the serving and the shopping and the rushing, and get yourself to Barcelona Wine Bar - Edgehill!

Tucked in a rustic little nook along Villa Place, Barcelona brings its unique tapas cuisine to Nashville with an eclectic mix of food influenced by Spain, South America, and the Mediterranean. The atmosphere itself is cozy, with dark wood paneling, brick and various vintage knick-knacks lining a bookshelf style wall (my personal favorite being the antique cameras). A large marble bar rounds out the center of the venue with a more formal dining area located in the back behind a unique block barrier, large canvas art adorning the walls.

We had the pleasure of popping in for the roll out of their brand new brunch, and it is not to be missed! But before we dive in to the delectable dishes take note: Barcelona - Edgehill will be offering brunch served from 11:30am-3:00pm on Christmas Eve, the day after Christmas, New Year's Eve, AND New Year's Day. Go make your reservations asap!

Now for the yummy part. Let's start with the Bloody Mary Bar, shall we? It's exactly what it sounds like. During Barcelona brunch you can opt into their Bloody Mary Bar where you'll receive a glass of vodka and the rest is up to you! Choose from tomato sauce or a house made mix then add all kinds of things to your drink. Fresh veggies, spices, lemon and lime juices, the possibilities are endless! I certainly treated myself to this fun drink option.

Next we dug into some of their incredible dishes! All were absolutely divine but if I had to choose my favorite, the Churros and Chicken, Huevos Estrellados, and Short Rib Hash all tied for top spots. I've included photos and descriptions below to help you decided what YOU want to try when you go (but honestly you can't go wrong with any of them). Now, if you're not familiar with tapas style dining, these are small plates meant to share. Grab a couple of your friends, each of you order something different, and just sample around! Not only do you get to try a few different items, it's great for conversation as you pick your favorites and compare tastes!

Banana Crepas and Short Rib Hash | These crepes were absolutely delightful, with a banana center
 and a caramel and nut topping, the short rib hash literally melted in my mouth. Like. Buttah.

Churros & Chicken | I LOVED this take on "Chicken & Waffles"

Torrijas | This was a Spanish style french toast, topped with powdered sugar and drenched in syrup!

Pan con Huevos | A nice hearty plate by way of toast, hollowed out and filled with an egg,
covered in a pork spread.

Pork Belly Benedict | This was a lighter breakfast dish with a poached egg atop pork belly and
a toasted english muffin.

Georgia Shrimp Biscuit | Two thumps up for this buttermilk biscuit topped with Georgia shrimp!

Huevos Estrellados | One of my top three, this little bowl is filled with chopped potatoes and chorizo,
covered with a fried egg. De-Lish!

Overall, we had an incredible experience at Barcelona - Edgehill. The staff was beyond accommodating, the atmosphere was inviting, and the food was to die for. Nashville, make sure to make your reservations for the holidays now, and follow Barcelona Wine Bar on Instagram HERE.

Monday, December 12, 2016

My Fine Feathered (Nest Boutique) Friend

Hi Readers!

Happy Monday! I'm so excited to continue my non-traditional Gift Guides and introduce you to the incredible Feathered Nest Boutique! This online shop based out of Athens, GA has captured the hearts of monogram lovers everywhere and I know YOU are going to fall in love with it too!

I met Kathryn (Keith as she's known to friends) by chance via Instagram and I tell you, I've never seen a harder working woman! I asked her a little bit about how she got started and what inspires her. Here's what she told me:

"I started FNB five years ago after struggling with major depression after losing both of my parents. It was a way for me to create, focus on something positive, and start interacting again after two years of battling depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. I started making purses but soon fell into a passion for monograms and decided to open an Etsy shop. I had five items then, now it's become a home-grown business that I can't quite believe! I personally make each and every item and absolutely adore creating pretties for people. And while I still prefer to 'hide' behind my screen, I love being able to interact with customers through my Etsy shop and social media. Baby steps!
I was surrounded by strong, creative Southern women growing up who taught me to sew, work hard and never give up. Whenever I hit a wall with FNB, I think about them and how they would attack it. My mother was an amazing artist who, in the 1980s, had her own counted cross stitch business. I was able to work national trade shows with her and learned to always strive to provide the customer with more than they expect. That's why I include my handmade hair ties with every order - my little way of saying thank you!
My Daddy was a third-generation farmer who gave me my love of all things Southern, and I'm actually in the process of rebranding my business and changing the name (hopefully in the Spring!) to honor my Daddy and our family's farm."

Today, Kathryn creates everything from graphic tops to scarves, totes, hats, and koozies, including an exclusive Southern Girls Collection. You'll be able to find something for every gal on your list at Feathered Nest Boutique, and I've attached some of my faves for you to check out below. Show Kathryn some love y'all!


Cozy up in a beautiful blanket scarf and make sure no one can take it by
adding your monogram! Buy this baby HERE

I stinkin' LOVE all of her seasonal graphic raglan tees. Snag this one HERE

Although the time for receiving this pretty little 1/4 zip by Christmas has passed,
you should still get one. Or two. I LIVE in this thing. Grab it HERE

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Holiday Looks For When You "Literally Can't" With Red and Green

Oh December. You bring the cold, and the shopping, and the parties. All the parties. But doesn't it get tiring? The "festive" looks? The outifts that shout the strange pairing of reds and greens? Like...would we wear that color combo at ANY other time of the year? Well, if your style is less traditional Christmas and more, I don't know, anything but red and green, then I've got a few looks for you!

Before we dive in, however, I wanted to share one bit of advice. If you're planning outfits for festive parties, think MATERIAL, not color. You'll look just as festive in metallics, sequins, or fabrics with sheen to them as you would in red and green. Thus we segway into 3 alternatives for your holiday plans!

Let me know what you think babes!

Look 1 features the fan favorite sequins! Get your shine on in BLUE with a leather legging
and a graphic bomber.
Top: Renamed | Jacket: Peach Love CA | Leggings: Spanx
Top & Jacket provided by Muse Nashville

Look 2 is all about metal with the focus on my shiny gold jacket! I paired mine with a camo crop,
 high waisted black jean, and funky olive heel.
Jacket: Forever 21 | Top: Wasabi + Mint | Jeans: O2 | Heels: Liliana
Top, Jeans, & Shoes provided by Muse Nashville

And Look 3 is about sheen with this ribbed velour top in a pretty mauve. A burgundy pant, leather
jacket, and chunky heel rounded out this style.
Top: Potter's Pot | Pants: Old Navy | Jacket: Kenneth Cole Reaction | Heels: Aldo
Top provided by Muse Nashville

Sparkling with Shane Co.: For the Jewelry Lover on Your List

Hi Readers!

Ready for my second installment of Holiday 2016? Today is for those who LOVE the shiny things.

I first met the wonderful people of Shane Co. this past April as we were all gearing up for Nashville's Iroquois Steeplechase. They were incredible hosts of a darling little event and I had the most fun getting to talk to their staff. Incredible customer service, well educated on the product, and the next time I came in they greeted me by name! Bonus? They helped me pick out the prettiest Citrine ring that I wear constantly (and get compliments on constantly!).

Shane Co. itself is a family tradition, founded in 1971 by Tom Shane, a third generation jeweler. Tom Shane has made sure to keep in tact his father's and grandfather's commitment to quality, value, and customer service. Shane Co. buys their diamonds and other gems first hand so there's no distributor mark-up, and they provide a 60-day money-back guarantee to customers who aren't 100% thrilled with their Shane Co. purchases.

On top of all of that goodness, Shane Co.'s staff makes sure to provide customers with all of the knowledge they need to make informed decisions when purchasing their jewelry. Even after the sale, customers are tended to FOR LIFE with complimentary cleanings and inspections. Having your jewelry inspected every 6 months also insures the Free Lifetime Waranty on Shane Co. jewelry, for life! You just can't beat this buying experience.

So, for you sparkle lovers (or those of you that need to buy something for other sparkle lovers), I've featured some of MY favorite Shane Co. pretties below! Shop each piece by clicking the links below the photos OR shop their entire site HERE:

This gorgeous lariat style necklace is sterling silver and features a single cultured Tahitian pearl dangling down from a single fresh water pearl | Price $100

LEFT: For the ladies who like a little color, this sterling silver necklace features two oval London blue topazes that are aprox. 1.60 carats. | Price: $125

RIGHT: Stackable rings are hot hot hot right now. Give her a little something to compliment her
engagement ring or, ladies, just rock them on your right hand!
Top band is Vintage 14K Rose Gold | Price: $395, Middle band is Vintage Engraved Band w/ Pave Setting | Price: $595, Bottom band is Infinity Twist Pave-Set Band in 14K Yellow Gold | Price: $775

These Diamond Babies might be my absolute favorite! Perfect for layering!
They come in four shapes and are available in Yellow Gold, Rose Gold, and White Gold | Price: $475 ea.

This gorgeous set will turn heads at parties year round!
The necklace is a teardrop diamond cluster that features 63 round diamonds and is crafted
out of 14k white gold | Price: $1995
Matching earrings boast 124 brilliant round diamonds set in 14k white gold | Price: $2495

Ladies, make sure you don't show up empty handed either! These new bands will have your guy geeking out.
LEFT: This band is made of textured meteorite and cobalt. Like, ACTUAL meteorite | Price: $995,
RIGHT: Fun fact, Samurai swords are made of  Damascus Steel and so is this band. Like I said, he'll geek out. | Price: $750

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Agathos Athleisure: For the Active on Your List

Hi Readers!

Well, here we are, thick in the middle of gift shopping, prepping for Christmas! Each year bloggers work tirelessly to bunch together Gift Guides to help our followers find the most perfect and unique items for everyone on their list. As I was getting ready to put my own Gift Guides together I had a thought. What if, instead of sending people to lots of different big box places, I made it more personal? What if I focused on amazing brands that offer cool items, have incredible customer service and a passion behind what they do? I loved the idea!

So this year I'm foregoing the traditional Gift Guides and I'm introducing you to brands I love in in-depth features, beginning today with Agathos Athleisure.

Y'all, athleisure is so hot right now. Whether you're an avid Yogi, hit the gym twice a week, or just like to run errands in comfort, cute athletic wear is a must. But what if your super trendy leggings did more than just make you look like you lead a healthy lifestyle? What if they did GOOD for the WORLD?

Well, that's what Agathos Athleisure does. Agathos itself is Greek for 'good,' and each brand sold by Agathos is ethical, sustainable, fair trade, organic, or philanthropic. From clothing made of recycled materials to profits being donated to rescue animals, you'll feel good AND look good with Agathos Athleisure! PS - They're based out of Nashville too!

Check out my Agathos faves below and shop this company HERE:

Also, make sure to check Agathos Athleisure out on Social Media: Instagram & Facebook

Tides Tee | Vibrant Blue by Cozy Orange

Dune Bra | Seafoam by Cozy Orange

Cardiff Crop | Raven Black & Seafoam by Cozy Orange