Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Nick Viall is the Next Bachelor



Last night it was announced that Nick Viall is going to be the next Bachelor! If you had told me this a couple months ago I would have been really mad and maybe would have refused to watch the show. I watched him on both Andi and Kaitlynn's seasons of The Bachelorette, and on two seasons of Bachelor in Paradise. He has always been the runner up- almost picked, but ends up getting his heart broken.

I had thought he was absolutely annoying and cringe worthy on past seasons, and thought it was really weird that he kept coming back on these shows over and over! I also didn't see what these women saw in him! But watching him on this season of Bachelor in Paradise (which is still running two nights a week on ABC), he has really won me over! They have shown him in a very different light and I've decided he is looking to find love and he's not just on these shows for fame.



On this season he has been looking out for girls who are living in Paradise with him, giving them advice, and he has also been warning everyone about crazy Josh Murray! He has acted like a mentor/brother type figure to them and I think they all have been really happy he's there.

I also think Nick will make some entertaining TV. I mean .. each season he's been on has been very dramatic or funny/strange because of him. I am glad that ABC is going with a fan favorite and a Bachelorette alum, because I thought Ben's season was pretty boring this year. So.. congrats to Nick Viall! I will definitely be watching his upcoming season! I hope he finds love during his 5th time on the show!!


What do you think about Nick being the next Bachelor??


Friday, August 5, 2016

Friday Thoughts


Some thoughts on this August Friday.....





1. The Hills 10th Anniversary Special was even better than I thought it would be! Lauren Conrad spilled so many funny secrets about the show! I had forgotten how relatable and likeable L.C. is! She's such a pro in front of the camera.  I later went back to watch the first season of The Hills yesterday, and the show really was even better than I remembered. L.C's seasons were amazing.. Kristin Cavallari's seasons weren't as good because they were clearly staged and over-the-top dramatized. But on L.C.'s seasons they were dealing with real problems and issues that even though it was filmed 10 years ago, people can still relate to them today. I also LOVED seeing all the clothes they wore back then.. so many denim skirts (!!!!).... brings me back to my college years!!!






2. Jojordan. This week, Jojo Fletcher chose Jordan Rogers on the final episode of The Bachelor and they got engaged! Well.. I wasn't happy about who she picked. I thought her and Jordan had little chemistry on the show, and it always looked like she cared more about him than he did about her. I didn't like how he reacted when she confronted him about serious topics either. So I wasn't happy she chose him.. usually I get emotional during the final episode of The Bachelor/Bachelorette, but not this time.

Then, on the after show, After The Final Rose, Jojo didn't look happy at all! From watching Jojo on The Bachelorette I have noticed she really isn't good about hiding her feelings. She looked angry and sad during her and Jordan's first appearance together as an engaged couple. That was the strangest Aftershow I've ever seen on any season. Maybe she was just mad and hurt about all the gossiping and rumors about them, but she just didn't look happy or excited. I want the best for Jojo but I just don't see it lasting long. I hope the best for them, though! Thoughts???





3. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is still happening! Many items are restocked so give it a look- prices go back up on August 8. During this sale I got this leather jacket in brown, this dress in navy stripe (already wore it to work and got lots of compliments!), and this blouse in a mauve "antler" color (it fits perfectly, I want it in every color now.) What have you guys gotten from the N Sale? Click here to shop.

What are your thoughts on all the happenings this week?? Hope all of you have a fabulous weekend!



Monday, August 1, 2016

The Hills is Back!!!



Okay, the TV show The Hills is not really coming back... but I had to get your attention somehow! However, I have great news!! The whole cast is coming back to MTV for their 10th Anniversary Reunion Special tomorrow!!

You have no idea how much I loved this TV show and the original of the series, Laguna Beach. Lauren Conrad and her friends were my age, and the show premiered during my freshman year of college! I watched the shows all throughout my college years and then as my years as a young professional after I graduated. The show ran for 6 seasons! I can't believe it's been a whole 10 years since the show first aired!




There are even talks of creating a The Hills movie in the future, and everyone is down to be in it except Lauren Conrad. I wish they would bring the show back or at least make the movie!

Anyways, here the trailer for the anniversary special:





Here's some more fun Hills videos that I found on YouTube:






















I also wanted to throw in a fun Laguna Beach themed video:




Are you excited yet?? Be sure to tune in TOMORROW NIGHT at 9:00 p.m. CST! Are you guys as excited as I am?



Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Eve of Janus



This weekend we went to the Eve of Janus! This is a debutante ball put on by the Tri Delta sorority alumni chapter in Nashville. Each summer, men and women who just finished their freshman year of college are presented to society in this fabulous event to raise money for the Vanderbilt Children's hospital.

I was in the Eve of Janus back in 2005 and it is so much fun! Back then, this event was held at Hillwood Country Club because there were only 60 girls and 60 guys being presented. This year, there were 175 girls (called signs of the times) and 170 men (called marshals) being presented so it was a much larger event. Also, back when I was presented all the women were required to wear pastel ball gowns- now all the women wear white ball gowns. It was fun to see all the different styles of white dresses that the girls chose to wear!

It was held at the Country Music Hall of Fame. The Tri Delt alumni put on such an amazing event. I was really impressed and blown away by the flower arrangements, the lighting, and they even had a cute little dessert bar for the reception! I wish I had gotten a photo of the little milkshake shooters they had- really adorbs!


My sister and her friend Hannah






We had to get a photo in front of the Batman Building!!




I managed to get a few photos of the beautiful flower arrangements. I loved their color theme- the orangey red roses mixed in with lilies, pink and yellow flowers, etc:














The women being presented also carried beautiful lavender bouquets (shown below). The band was amazing and it was the same one that we had at the Junior League Masquerade Ball that I helped put together this year. After so much dancing we all had to remove our heels by the end of the night:




Great job to everyone who put this amazing event on! Such a fun, unforgettable night!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: My Favorite Deals





The best sale of the year, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is almost here!!! It starts on Friday and sale prices will remain until  August 8.


It is going to take a lot of self control  for me to not overspend during this sale. There are so many items I want, and at such great prices... and with FREE shipping! I haven't been able to shop the sale yet because I don't have a Nordstrom credit card, but these are my favorite items- which have been modeled by some of my favorite bloggers:



Leather jacket by Trove: Now $219, was $329

This leather jacket worn by Lauren Lefevre is my #1 pick from the sale - and I hope it doesn't sell out! It also comes in gray and brown-- which I also want!!








Lush blouse: Now $29.90, was $45

This blouse worn by Caitlin Coving  comes in 7 colors! It is long in the back so it could be worn with leggings.. and such a great deal!












Cowl Neck Sweater, now $29.90, was $45

Love this sweater worn by Katey McFarlan! The camel color is so cute and it comes in other colors too! Last year I wrote about these cowl neck sweaters by Dreamers by Debut! Cowl necks are awesome because they're a mix between a scarf and a sweater and can be dressed up or down!










Knit blazer: now $37.90, was $59.00

This blazer worn by Lauren Lefevre comes in several colors. You never find a blazer for this price- and it could be work to work or out on the town!











Leather Jacket by Marc New York: Now $299, was $450



Above is another leather jacket I'm wanting, posted on SnapChat by my favorite blogger, Haley Sheppard. I love the brown color and I love how it drapes in the front!  And $150 off??? I really may order this jacket too.








Lush shift dress: Now $31.90, was $48

This shift dress worn by Caitlin Coving comes in 10 colors! It would go with so many jackets, vests and jewelry.







Cargo jacket: now $44.90, was $68

This cargo jacket worn by Caitlin Coving has sold out in green, but it could be coming back soon. It's a great staple piece so check back later if you want it in the green color!





Here are some other fun deals that I found:

 

What are your favorite items from the N Sale?? Let me know below!


 
 

Monday, July 18, 2016

It's Burger Week!!!




Hey guys.. in case you didn't know.. it's Burger Week this week in Nashville! This event is put on by the Nashville Scene. Participating restaurants all over town are offering burgers for just $5.00!!!

Below are the participating restaurants:





Click here to read the details. Burgers are probably my favorite food ever (besides pizza)... so I'm pretty excited about a week dedicated to burger deals!  


Nashville Scene is having a Burger Week Photo Contest where you can win prizes! Here's how to enter:

1. Check in at the participating Burger Week restaurants.

2. Take a photo of your burger.

3. Post the photo on Instagram or Twitter.

4. Tag @NashvilleScene using the hashtag #SceneBurgerWeek .


Share your photo to be automatically entered to win prizes! Each restaurant you visit and tag @NashvilleScene in a photo with #SceneBurgerWeek gets you an additional entry in the contest!

Burgers are probably my favorite food ever (besides pizza!!!!) so I'm pretty excited to try out some new burgers in Music City.

If y'all need a recommendation, one of the best burger places in town is Flip Burger (you can read my review about it here) and they're participating in Burger Week!!! Green Hills Grille is also one of the places participating- you can read my review about their burger here!

Have you tried anything from Burger Week yet?? What's your favorite burger in Nashville?


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Thoughts on The Bachelorette... Jojo's Season



Even though I think Jojo may be one of my favorite bachelorettes ever, I am starting to lose interest in this season. Ever since crazy Chad got sent home I've been feeling a lot less entertained and a lot more.... weirded out. Here are some reasons why:

1. The male contestants are starting to show their true colors.. and seeming pretty lame. Guys..... what is up with the stupid songs about Jojo that they write together and sing when she's not around? It makes me cringe. And now they're writing rap songs about her? Please stop!


2. Why did the guys encourage Wells to kiss Jojo when he went on his one-on-one date? They were pretty much cheering him on and psyching him up! Aren't they supposed to be "in love" with this girl? Aren't they all supposed to be wanting to get engaged to Jojo in a few weeks? If you have feelings for someone you would never be excited about someone else kissing them! Yuck.


3. I was hoping she would pick Luke, but since he has been joining in on some of this weird behavior I'm not rooting for him as much anymore. He's still my favorite for her though:






4. From the looks of things I think it's really obvious that she's going to pick Jordan Rogers. She looks one million times more excited to talk to him than the other guys... and when he told her he loves her, she looked like she was about to faint! I like Jordan okay, but I think he seems ingenuine, kinda fake and too showbizzy.




I also didn't like how he reacted when she confronted him with the fact that his ex-girlfriend said he cheated during their relationship.  I hope the cameras start showing a more down-to-earth, likeable and relatable side to him.


Side note: What I really have liked about this season are the outfits that Jojo has worn! I think she and I have very similar taste in clothes because I've loved them all. Did anyone else love the brown suede pants she wore during her date with Alex?







They reminded me of something Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera would have worn back when I was in middle school or high school... feeling nostalgic over here!


Hopefully after the hometown dates, this season will get more exciting. I really like Jojo and hope she will be one of the bachelorettes who find true love.

What do you guys think of all that's been going on this season?





Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Live On The Green Schedule Announced!

One of my favorite things to do in Nashville during the fall is the Live On The Green concert series! It is free for everyone, but you have the option to buy VIP tickets. VIP tickets are awesome and worth the money - I would really suggest buying them to your favorite shows!

The lineup for 2016 was just announced:




I'm looking forward to seeing Ben Harper and Band of Horses (which thank God will be on Friday and Saturday nights.. those Friday mornings at work after the shows are rough!) I also like Young the Giant!


I'm disappointed that Moon Taxi will not be playing this year, but maybe they will add them later in the year? Hopefully!!! They've always been my favorite band to see.


 Anyways, for your reference the rest of the schedule is below:


Thursday, August 11: White Denim, Allen Stone, Andra Day

Thursday, August 18: JR JR, Passenger, Jenny Lewis

Thursday, August 25: The Record Company, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Dawes

Thursday, September 1: Young The Giant, Repeat Repeat, The Revitalists, Simo, Borns, Coin

Friday, September 2: Band of Horses, The Sheepdogs, Josh Farrow, Rayland Baxter, Simo, Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes, The Wild Feathers

Saturday September 3: Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Kids Fest with Mr. Steve, Aubrie Sellers, BASSH, Elizabeth Cook, Alanna Rotale, Bullt, Los Colognes, The Weeks, Mountains Like Wax, Judah & The Lion, Gabe Dixon


What do you guys think of the lineup this year?



Monday, July 11, 2016

Amazon Prime Day is Tomorrow!!!!



**News flash!!** Amazon Prime Day is tomorrow! It starts tomorrow morning at 3 a.m. EST. Last year, Amazon started Prime Day to celebrate the company's 20th birthday (how in the world is Amazon that old?!?!). They say that Prime Day has better deals than Black Friday, and some deals have already started here!


Amazon has been very secretive about what the sales and deals will be this year. Only members of Amazon Prime will be able to shop during Prime Day, but you can sign up for a free 30-day membership to take advantage of the big day!




There will be three types of deals on Prime Day: Spotlight Deals, Lightning Deals, and Savings & Deals. A lightning deal is only available for a few hours-- I got some stuff from the Lightning Deals last year and it was pretty crazy because stuff was selling out so quickly. New sales will be available during the day as frequently as every five minutes.


Also be on the lookout for competing sales. Last year, Walmart had a sale bigger than Black Friday to compete with Amazon-- read about that here.

I will probably be on the lookout for new kitchen supplies this year.. or maybe some new pillows? I'll let y'all know what I end up getting.

Are any of you members of Amazon Prime? Let me know what y'all end up buying during Prime Day!!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Get Your Summer Dresses at SheIn !!




My favorite store of 2016 is SheIn. They have clothes marked down to super cheap prices, and you can earn points for your purchases! Shipping is also FREE!! The clothes are really high quality and they have everything from cocktail dresses to swimsuits. Here are some of my favorite purchases that I bought this summer... and yes.. they were all dresses, as usual:





White off the shoulder lace dress: $18.99








Black cap sleeve dress: $24.99. I have to mention that this lacy dress is perfect. It looks like a $300 dress. I wore it to our anniversary dinner, and since then I bought it in another color. It's available in black/tan and black/ blue. Amazing!!!







Off the shoulder ruffle chiffon dress.. did I mention this could be perfect to wear to The Grove
at Ole Miss?: $21.99








Green halter floral print backless dress.... since we all know leafy patterns are so in right now...$21.99








White cap sleeve v neck underskirt floral print dress: $17.59



As you can see.... these prices are ridiculous. They also let you earn points for reviewing the clothes or posting pics of you wearing the items. Let me know what you think of SheIn !!!




Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Podcast: The Bitch Bible




I am always looking for a new podcast to entertain me while I'm working out or driving around. A new fun one that I've found is The Bitch Bible podcast!

Jackie Schimmel is a blogger and absolutely hilarious. She really should be a comedian or have her own talk show because she's hysterical to listen to. She has had the blog The Bitch Bible since May 2013. She's from California and worked at a corporate company near her home.  One day decided to follow her friends' advice to start a blog. When the HR department at her company found out about her blog and told her to stop blogging, she refused and quit her job on the spot. Now she makes a living off her blog!


She eventually started her podcast this year. On the podcast she discusses everything - pop culture, life tips, funny stories, etc. I've only been listening in for about 6 weeks but in that time she's had so many guests- including Dorothy Wang from Rich Kids of Beverly Hills, Stassi Schroeder from Vanderpump Rules, many authors and bloggers, and even famous instagrammers (like the mother and daughter from the @CrazyJewishMom Instagram account)!




Jackie's dark humor has me laughing out loud on a regular basis! She also is really relatable. She hasn't had as many new episodes lately because she's planning her wedding - she's engaged to a songwriter in Nashville... so I wonder if she will move here once they're married??

This podcast has no commercials which is nice, and you can even listen for free here. Anyways give it a listen and let me know what you think below! Also.. let me know if you know of any other fun podcasts!


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