Friday, October 23, 2015

Friday Five!!




Happy Friday to all of you!!! I hope you all have some fun weekend plans lined up. Here are five fun things that happened this week:


1. Va.cat.ion. Well today is an exciting day for me because its my last work day before I go on a much needed vacation! I have 8 vacation days to use up before the end of the year so I will be taking next week off.

Adam and I have an exciting trip planned-- we are going to Gatlinburg, Tennessee! 

 


This is my first time ever to go to Gatlinburg (I'm one of the very few Nashvillians who have never been to Gatlinburg or the Smokey Mountains!) Adam has been there many times and knows of many things to do there. We will be staying downtown so we can walk to many of the fun shops and sites around town! Have any of you ever been to Gatlinburg? What are your suggestions of things to do there?




2. The Bachelorette. You all know I am a huge fan of The Bachelorette TV show! Well this year's Bachelorette, Kaitlyn Bristowe, who I have written a lot about on this blog, has moved here to Nashville with her Bachelorette fiance, Shawn Booth! Here are some of her photos from their home here that were posted on Instagram this week:













I am very interested to see if I spot either of them here around town! And how CUTE is that dog??? They're such an adorable little family and I love seeing them both post about their lives together on Instagram. I don't call is Insta-stalking.. I call it Insta-Investigating :)



3. Lamar Odom. This time last week things were looking very grim for former basketball star / Kardashian spouse, Lamar Odom. From the reports on the news, I had thought he was for sure a goner, and that if he did pull though, he would be in a vegetative state. But I was wrong! I am very happy to hear that after a few days he opened his eyes, etc. and is making big progress! 





However, I do find it interesting that I read reports that he had been saying very harsh, negative things about the entire Kardashian family (including Khloe) during the week before his hospitalization.. and then he goes into a coma and wakes up, opens his eyes and is surrounded by the Kardashian family at his bedside for an entire week. Very odd and strange to hear about. 

I am hoping for Khloe's sake that she only called off their divorce because of his fragile state and so she could continue to make medical decisions for him. She can do much better than Lamar.... actually, most women in general can do much better than Lamar.. I mean, considering that he almost died during his 5-day stay in a brothel, she and everyone else should avoid a relationship with him for a long time. I hope she is being there for him as a friend and not as much as a love interest. What do you guys think about all this?



4. HALLOWEEN is almost here!!!! I am so excited and I don't think I've ever used the pumpkin emoji so much in my life! To celebrate, my sister and I will be hosting a Halloween party next weekend and I can't wait! I had so much fun making these invitations on Vistaprint and sending them to all of our friends:






I redacted most of the personal info from the invitation but you get the idea. I absolutely love getting invitations in the mail, they are so much more  exciting than emailed e-vites and you can show your creativity through them! I am still trying to decide between two Halloween costumes to wear. What are y'all going to be for Halloween??



5.  Target Finds. A couple weeks ago Target was having a shoe sale so I got these 3 pairs of booties in different colors:




I am so glad that I found these instead of buying more expensive ones from Nordstrom because they are so comfortable and go with so many outfits. They are very easy to walk in - yay for platform heels! Also when you wear them with flared jeans or pants you can't even tell the difference between these and designer boots. I've been wearing them both to work and on the weekends so I've already gotten my money's worth. Thanks for the fabulous booties, Target!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and I will try to post while I am on vacay. Thanks for reading, everyone!!

 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Rocksbox Review #2 (October 2015)

This month I got my second Rocksbox! Rocksbox is a jewelry subscription service that you can learn more about on my recent post about it here! You  can wear the items for a whole month before sending them back. If you want to keep any of the jewelry you can buy them for a discounted price! 

I didn't have as much luck with the jewelry in this Rocksbox, but I wanted to share it with you guys before I send it back:









This Rocksbox contained:

 - Trina Turk: Pyramid Necklace (was $78, but $62 with the insiders price);
 - Jules Smith: textured open cuff bracelet (was $38, now $30 with insiders price), and
 - Kendra Scott:  Tessa stud earrings in iridescent drusy (was $65, now $52 with insiders price)

Click the links above to shop!








Well, unfortunately I didn't like any of the three items and haven't worn any of them this month. I am pretty picky about jewelry. I don't really prefer gold jewelry, and all three of these pieces were gold. 

I had the Jules Smith cuff on my wishlist with several other items, so the stylist had planned the whole set around matching the bracelet, but the cuff looked very different in person and I didn't want to wear it once I saw it up close. Also, since it is getting cold outside, this cuff doesn't go well with long sleeved anything, and all I've been wearing lately is long sleeves. 

I'm not a fan of the shape of these Kendra Scott earrings or the colors so I chose not to wear these.. and I usually LOVE anything made by Kendra Scott. The necklace is what I liked the least- I do not like studded jewelry at all, which is what I had told my stylist in my profile when I signed up. So this was kind of a bummer!

But anyways I will give my feedback and send these back for some new jewelry to wear! Hopefully I will have better luck next time haha! Sorry for writing such a negative review, but that's just how I feel this time! But I bought two items last month from my last Rocksbox and I love them both -  you can see the items here.

What do you guys think of the items in this Rocksbox? Let me know if you think and if you agree with me about each! If you want to try out this service for a whole month for free, use my code theritzyglitzyxoxo, and you can learn more and sign up here!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Le Sel : Review

 

This weekend Adam and I got to try out Nashville's new french restaurant- Le Sel! It is located in the bottom of The Adelicia condos in midtown. This is the newest restaurant created by Strategic Hospitality the Goldberg brothers who have brought you The Catbird Seat, Pinewood Social and Patterson House (click to read my past reviews of each!) It is a brand new restaurant and just opened two weeks ago! Their theme is new world french cuisine, and their executive chef is Rene De Leon.

Le Sel (which means salt in French) has three different menus. They serve the brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays until 3, but the rest of the week they serve the brunch menu, lunch, and dinner menus. We were there on a Saturday so we got to try out their brunch!

This restaurant really made me feel like I was back in France! It really resembles a french cafe with its black and white floors, pink couches, etc:












This restaurant has a very authentic french menu, and I although I took french in high school and college, I ended up having to look up the meanings of a few french words on the menu for clarification. I took a photo of their menu below:






Le Sel  raves about their fresh seafood so I couldn't wait to try some- their separate Seafood Menu is below:











We started off by sharing the Seafood Tasting Platter:




It was absolutely delicious! It had three different kinds of oysters, shrimp and a salmon dip. Definitely some of the freshest seafood I've ever had in Nashville. The platter came with little labels so you know what kinds of oysters you are trying and where they are from. Here are the kinds of oysters we tried:





You can really tell a difference in the types of oysters- my favorites were the Salute oysters from Canada and the Cape Cod oysters from Massachusetts. The salmon dip was also insanely good- our server told us that all of their seafood is flown in from up north so it is only a day old- you could definitely taste the freshness!

For our brunch entrees, Adam ordered the Eggs Any Way dish with a hash brown and I went French and ordered the steak frites- read about each below:




Eggs Any Way


This dish sounded like it would be the most simple dish- but it was far from simple! The crispy slab bacon, hash brown and toasted brioche were SO tasty! I have never had hash browns like that before, so it is worth just coming here for the hash browns!!!! 

The crispy slab bacon was so delicious and reminded me of the pork belly course that I had at their sister restaurant The Catbird Seat. So good!





Steak Frites


The steak was really good and they didn't give me too large of a portion (probably since this is the brunch menu). Their frites are really some of the very best fries I've ever had in Nashville (I may like them even more than my favorite Flip Burger or Tavern Fries!) The fries came with ketchup and also a garlic butter for dipping. I really couldn't stop eating the fries. Definitely try the steak frites!!


We can't wait to go back to Le Sel.  If the dishes we tried were that fabulous, I can't wait to try the rest of their dishes like their Ratatouille, Croque Madame, Belgium Waffles or Lobster Omelette. The menu was pricey but it was worth it to try such unique and tasty food!

I am also curious to see what is on their lunch menu and dinner menus- especially since they aren't posted online yet! They also have a very extensive wine and cocktail list that I would also love to try. 

Le Sel is one of the few Nashville restaurants that accepts reservations and you can book them through their website or on the phone. Their top floor is their private dining room and can be reserved for larger parties.

Let me know what you think of Le Sel if you have made it there yet! 



Thursday, October 15, 2015

My Favorite Blogs

I wanted to write today about some of my favorite blogs! I usually follow blogs when I feel like I can relate to the blogger, their writing and have things in common with them - almost all of these women are exactly my age or just a few years older or younger. These ladies have been blogging for a long time and work really hard on bringing great content to their readers, so be sure to check out their blogs!


All Around Favorite Blog: 
by Lauren Evarts



Yep, this is my very favorite blog and I'm so happy that my sister introduced me to The Skinny Confidential! This blog is by Lauren Evarts (above) from San Diego, California. After graduating from San Diego State and then getting her nutrition certification, it was her mission to start a lifestyle blog. After bartending and writing on a daily basis, she launched The Skinny Confidential many years ago and since then she has been able to quit her job and travel the world with her fiance while full-time blogging!  She is just 3 years younger than me and is such a real, unique and funny person!!

This is my very favorite blog because it has it all. She writes about workout routines, fashion, nutrition, pop culture, health, everything. She also writes about things that people are too embarrassed to write about which can be fun (and insightful) to read. I just cant find the nerve to write about embarrassing health topics, relationship topics, etc. on my blog, (maybe I would if I was anonymous but my family and friends read this so I just can't do it!) but Lauryn is SO brave and will research the craziest and sometimes the grossest subjects and use herself as a guinea pig for her readers! She will REALLY discuss anything. Big props to Lauryn. 

She is also the author of The Skinny Confidential Bombshell Beauty Guide that you can buy to learn all about recipes, exercises etc. so you can be fit like her! Her blog has really affected my life because I started taking magnesium and other vitamin supplements after reading her advice and I feel so much better every day. I have also been wanting to try a lymphanic massage after reading her blog. So be sure to read it, I guarantee you'll learn something new! 





Favorite Comedy Blog:
by Taylor Wolfe



Taylor (above) is my age and a Nebraska native living in Chicago. Many years ago when she was a college student she started a blog when she was a lab rat in a medical testing center. Because she was a broke college student, she had decided to be a medical guinea pig so that she could make a quick $5,000 so she could travel to Europe. She blogged about the process and the strange people who were being tested with her on The Daily Tay.

Unexpectedly, her blog really took off from there and she gained a following because of her hilarious and honest posts (like this one!). Because she is so funny, she now does standup comedy in Chicago and many of her blog posts have gone viral. She has been able to quit her job and blog full-time  - she now also owns a tee shirt company that sells funny merchandise! She is really hilarious and loves to make fun of herself, so be sure to read her blog! 




Favorite Local Blog:
by Cassie McConnell Kelley




Cassie McConnell Kelley started this blog in 2012 after she married the well-known musician Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum. She started blogging because she wanted a hobby while traveling the country with him on tour. I remembered Cassie from growing up in Nashville because we both went to Ensworth Middle School and Harpeth Hall School, so I already knew who she was before her blog.

Mrs. Kelley started Womanista, a lifestyle brand, to inspire and encourage women to follow their passions in life that makes them their best self. It features posts about fashion, beauty, family, wellness, design and current events.

Womanista for years was only written by Mrs. Kelley, but in the last few months the blog was sold to Yahoo, 247Sports and ComicBook.com on a custom technology platform designed for the women's lifestyle category. So now you can read material written by many different bloggers- so be sure to read it! It is much like BlogHer and there are new fashion, pop culture, health, family, etc. posts every day, so be sure to read Womanista! 





Favorite Fashion Blog:
by Alyson Haley



Fashion blogs bore me because most of the time I can't afford anything on there and the bloggers seem snooty or unrelatable. You usually have to scroll through 20 photos of the same outfit before finally being able to read who makes the clothing. Sequins & Things is the only fashion blog I really read because it is affordable, relatable and Alyson Haley and her rescue dog, Fish, (above) are adorable! 

Alyson Haley (her real name is Haley Sheppard) is from Jacksonville, Florida and started her fashion blog in 2013 as a hobby when she was a nurse. Because of her fabulous taste in clothing and accessories, she gained a very big following. Since then she has been able to quit her job and earn a living as a full-time fashion blogger! 

Most of the clothing she wears is from Nordstrom and anytime a store like Shopbop or Nordstrom has a sale she will write a huge post about the best deals and where to quickly buy the items before they sell out. 

Thanks to her I found this curling iron that is the only invention ever that can curl my straight hair, so now I can finally curl my hair myself all the time without a hair stylist! So THANK YOU Alyson Haley!! If you are going to read a fashion blog, read this one - her Snapchats are also fun to follow!




Favorite Blog about Blogging:


I recently started reading this blog a couple months ago - Helene is a Texas native who suddenly has relocated to Nashville with her husband! She has been blogging since 2011 and now she is very successful from making her entire income from her blog. She started blogging when she was involved in a very serious rock climbing incident when she fell 20 feet and ended up seriously injured and out of work for  many months.

She has blogging forums and has made a lot of money from blogging so be sure to read some of her tips. She also blogs about her life, etc. and has some really (really) funny stories. Helene is two years younger than me and is married to her high school sweetheart. I also like to read about where she goes in Nashville since she is a newcomer here!

Do any of you read these blogs too? Let me know! Also let me know what you think of them and the bloggers' stories!





Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Jennifer Lawrence's Essay on Lenny

This morning I woke up and checked my email first thing like I always do. In my email was another interesting Lenny newsletter, which I have told you about previously and you can read about here. For those of you not familiar with Lenny, it is an email newsletter started by actress Lena Dunham and Girls writer Jenni Konner. Anyways, in it was an essay written by Jennifer Lawrence. I haven't been a big fan of her but after reading her essay, I am now because I think writing it took bravery. 

She wrote her essay on the topic of being a woman in the workplace. I see women and men treated differently on a daily basis every day, and it is a topic that I will write about in a post someday. You can read her essay below- I censored the curse words and profanity since I don't like that kind of stuff in my blog ;)


(Illustration Credit: Jennifer Williams)


Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co-Stars?
By Jennifer Lawrence


When Lena first brought up the idea of Lenny to me, I was excited. Excited to speak to Lena, who I think is a genius, and excited to start thinking about what to complain about (that’s not what she pitched me, it’s just what I’m gonna do). When it comes to the subject of feminism, I’ve remained ever-so-slightly quiet. I don’t like joining conversations that feel like they’re “trending.” I’m even the a****** who didn’t do anything about the ice-bucket challenge — which was saving lives — because it started to feel more like a “trend” than a cause. I should have written a check, but I ******* forgot, okay? I’m not perfect. But with a lot of talk comes change, so I want to be honest and open and, fingers crossed, not piss anyone off.

It’s hard for me to speak about my experience as a working woman because I can safely say my problems aren’t exactly relatable. When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky [men], I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. I didn’t want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don’t need. (I told you it wasn’t relatable, don’t hate me).

But if I’m honest with myself, I would be lying if I didn’t say there was an element of wanting to be liked that influenced my decision to close the deal without a real fight. I didn’t want to seem “difficult” or “spoiled.” At the time, that seemed like a fine idea, until I saw the payroll on the Internet and realized every man I was working with definitely didn’t worry about being “difficult” or “spoiled.” This could be a young-person thing. It could be a personality thing. I’m sure it’s both. But this is an element of my personality that I’ve been working against for years, and based on the statistics, I don’t think I’m the only woman with this issue. Are we socially conditioned to behave this way? We’ve only been able to vote for what, 90 years? I’m seriously asking — my phone is on the counter and I’m on the couch, so a calculator is obviously out of the question. Could there still be a lingering habit of trying to express our opinions in a certain way that doesn’t “offend” or “scare” men?

A few weeks ago at work, I spoke my mind and gave my opinion in a clear and no-bullshit way; no aggression, just blunt. The man I was working with (actually, he was working for me) said, “Whoa! We’re all on the same team here!” As if I was yelling at him. I was so shocked because nothing that I said was personal, offensive, or, to be honest, wrong. All I hear and see all day are men speaking their opinions, and I give mine in the same exact manner, and you would have thought I had said something offensive.

I’m over trying to find the “adorable” way to state my opinion and still be likable! F*** that. I don’t think I’ve ever worked for a man in charge who spent time contemplating what angle he should use to have his voice heard. It’s just heard. Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, and Bradley Cooper all fought and succeeded in negotiating powerful deals for themselves. If anything, I’m sure they were commended for being fierce and tactical, while I was busy worrying about coming across as a brat and not getting my fair share. Again, this might have NOTHING to do with [being a woman], but I wasn’t completely wrong when another leaked Sony email revealed a producer referring to a fellow lead actress in a negotiation as a “spoiled brat.” For some reason, I just can’t picture someone saying that about a man.

Jennifer Lawrence is an Academy Award–winning actress.



Did anyone notice the little dig the producers who called Angelina Jolie a spoiled brat above? That Sony hack was a doozie, wasn't it? Anyways, I can relate to her essay, and she made several interesting points. So many times when women in the workplace state their opinion and don't budge, or show visible frustration, they are judged as being "bitchy". When a man does the same thing, nobody bats an eye.. because "he's a man". But don't get me wrong, I believe that women have it easier in the workplace in other ways too. I have witnessed that people are much more comfortable at yelling at a man in the workplace than a woman. So if you're a man, you are more likely to have someone raise their voice at you.. or be asked to carry heavy objects, ... etc. I will go much more into this topic on another day but I just wanted to share this essay with you all ASAP!

If any of you want to sign up for the Lenny Newsletter, you can do so here! What do you guys think of Jennifer Lawrence's essay? Let me know below! 

Friday, October 9, 2015

GREEN HILLS GRILLE IS BACK!!! My Review!

 

When one of your favorite restaurants closes, it always feels very tragic. It is usually pretty unexpected and you are hit with depressed feelings because you'll probably never be able to eat their food again.... ever.

But last week, I realized that one of my favorite restaurants has risen back from restaurant heaven. Just when us native Nashvillians have felt defeated by New Nashville taking over, a little food angel from the past has come back to us! 

GREEN HILLS GRILLE IS BACK!!! I was SO excited to hear this news, and I still am!! 


For all of you who are not familiar with this restaurant's past, Green Hills Grille opened in Nashville in 1990, and it was in the location where Noshville in Green Hills is now. The restaurant was a huge success and a local favorite for 18 years before it closed very unexpectedly in 2008 when its Florida-based company went bankrupt


Vintage Photo of the former Green Hills Grille (image via Facebook


We were all left with only memories of their coconut chicken fingers, their tortilla soup, their burgers, chinese chicken salad,  their white table cloths and their well lit dining area.

That is, until this year when Steven Smithing, owner and operator of Mere Bulles in Maryland Farms, decided to bring the restaurant back. He moved it into the building where Alegria was in Green Hills (don't fret- Alegria has relocated to 1720 West End Avenue). Smithing has a special connection to Green Hills Grille because he worked at the original restaurant for 11 years. He started as a server and worked up to General Manager of the restaurant before he went onto other things when the restaurant closed. 

I had to try this place ASAP and I was so happy when my mother mentioned that she wanted to go there! The building is really nice, and they kept the outside patio area that Allegria used. 

We were sure to try many of our old favorite menu items! The menu is very much like the former restaurant- they still have their tortilla soup, coconut chicken tenders, burger, and desserts. We tried the following below:



Coconut Chicken Tenders

These tenders are just as good as I remembered- and they still have the same sauce! I remember eating them as a kid, teenager and college student. Be sure to try them if you come in. 




Blackened Fish Sandwich

This was on their previous menu. I am still on a diet and have been trying to order fish or chicken when I go to restaurants. This is why I didn't order the burger. However, this fish sandwich is AMAZING and melts in your mouth. It normally comes with chips but I asked for fries instead since I wanted to try them. The fries are divine and I couldn't stop eating them- they are kind of soft in the middle- a different texture for fries and SO GOOD! I ate the fish sandwich in 2 seconds - I loved the tartar sauce on it too.



Nashville's Best Burger

My mother ordered the burger above and I wish I had gotten to try it. She loved it and it looked delicious!




Heath Bar Crunch Pie

I remembered this dessert from their old menu- it is still reallyyyyy good! I have always been a heath bar fan! It has both heath bar ice cream and chocolate ice cream and has a very unusual cookie crust. Make sure to try it! 

You can see their full menu here. Their menu is an eclectic mix of steak, seafood, sushi, sports bar food, and mexican food. The sushi is a very new addition and I would love to try it! They have free valet parking if you can't find a parking spot.

Thank you to Green Hills Grille for coming back! I loved all of the food and can't wait to go back again! Nashvillians, do any of you remember the old Green Hills Grille- and what do you think of its return? Let me know what you think of the new restaurant!!! 


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Nashville Legal Professionals




This week I created a new networking group - Nashville Legal Professionals! I am always looking for new ways to meet people and network and I was surprised that there's no networking group for people in the legal profession in Nashville (I'm a paralegal). Especially since people who work in law firms usually love to socialize. Here is the information I wrote for the group on Meetup:


"Nashville Legal Professionals (NLP) is a networking group for anyone in the legal profession! Whether you're an attorney, paralegal or legal secretary, law student, or you're just interested in law, this group is for you! These events are for meeting others who share your common interest or legal profession. Come on out and socialize with us in Music City!"

I am the official organizer and we will have fun events all around town. Our first event is on October 20th at Greenhouse Bar! Click here to learn more- guests are welcome - tell all your friends!




If you haven't heard of Meetup you should really join- there's so many fun groups and events on there! It is the world's largest network of local groups. More than 9,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves of their communities. Meetup's mission is to revitalize the local community and help people around the world self-organize. 

Just click around the site and search your favorite activities and you will probably find many groups to join! 

What do y'all think of the Meetup site- let me know your experiences if you've gone to Meetup events before!


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