Bachelorettes Do Nashville

This Thursday I’m throwing it back to Allison’s bachelorette weekend in Nashville….

…because today is her wedding day!

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Allison and Brandon are currently eloping atop Sunset Rock in Highland, North Carolina and I’m over here just impatiently waiting for them to return to Atlanta so we can all celebrate on Saturday. Until then, let’s recap her last fling as a single lady.

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Per usual, Nashville did not disappoint. Our weekend was a leisure one, kicking off with a taco dinner and lingerie party at our Airbnb Friday night. We spent Saturday day drinking on the rooftop at Acme and just soaking up each other’s company.

 

Something that made the weekend even more special was a thoughtful surprise planned by our sweet and talented friend Sarah. Sarah is an Atlanta-based photographer and was able to connect with Nashville local, Rachel of Brasspenny Photography, to host a photoshoot for us. Since Allison is eloping and wouldn’t have the traditional bridesmaid pictures, we thought it would be a treat to plan a photoshoot to commemorate the weekend.

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*PS – the confetti tossed above is biodegradable, something I said multiple times, out loud, so that strangers knew we weren’t trying to litter the beautiful pedestrian bridge. 😉 

I must admit, trekking around 12South with a herd of 13 women followed by a photographer felt a little obnoxious and awkward – but the pictures turned out beautiful, making the weird glances and snickers from strangers well worth it. Rachel was an absolute gem and was a pro at corralling us to get some good shots.

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| Clearly, we get extremely excited when champagne is popped! |  

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Where We Stayed

The Best AirBnB in 12South (which is sadly no longer listed!)

Where We Played

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The Stage

 

Where We Ate

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Cheers to you, Mrs. Allison James. Your bride tribe loves you a lot!

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For more bachelorette inspiration, see our trips to Miami, Charleston I, Charleston II, and the North Georgia Mountains.

Hello from Highland, North Carolina

Cheers to another girls weekend in the books!

If you can’t already tell from previous trips I’ve posted about, my friend group is made mostly of very organized planners. We send out “save-the-weekend” emails months in advance, meal plan, research restaurants and make reservations – I guess you could say we’re professional vacationers at this point. 😉 Even with some planning involved, our weekend in Highlands was super low-maintenance, with athleisure and pajamas being our primary uniform. We even canceled our Saturday night dinner reservation to watch football and eat pizza – it was wonderful!

One of our best tricks for keeping the weekends fuss free and easy going is divvying up the meals. I volunteered to make an appetizer and cocktail for Friday. I’d been itching to test out a recipe from my new cookbook (thanks, Sissy!) and thought our mountain weekend would be the perfect opportunity. Naturally, I chose something bacon-based.

I put together a platter of crostinis with whiskey bacon jam, Brie cheese and pear. Talk about a crowd-pleaser. I made the jam the day before, stored in a mason jar and packed all the fixings to whip up the crostinis Friday evening. Scroll down for the recipe! 

For the cocktail, I mixed up an herbal + citrus rendition of a Moscow mule – unofficially coining it The Highland Mule. I combined all the ingredients in a pitcher, set out some rosemary and sliced grapefruit for garnish, and kept ginger beer close by in the fridge to top everything off. Both treats were delicious and more importantly, easy to travel with. 

Whiskey Bacon Jam
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Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1.5 lbs thick cut, peppered bacon
  2. 3 medium shallots
  3. 3 gloves of garlic
  4. 3/4 cup brewed coffee
  5. 1/3 cup whiskey
  6. 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  7. 4.5 Tbsp maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Chop bacon into 1-inch pieces and cook completely in a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat, stir occasionally.
  2. Use a slotted spoon to remove the bacon from the pan and place on a paper towel-lined plate.
  3. Pour out all but 1 Tbsp of bacon grease and add chopped shallots and mince garlic.
  4. Saute shallots and garlic until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  5. Slowly pour in the brewed coffee, whiskey, light brown sugar and maple syrup. Stir well.
  6. Bring mixture to a boil and then turn heat to low, simmering for about 1 hour. Stir occasionally.
  7. Once the mixture has thickened and is almost glazelike, remove the pan from the heat and let cool for about 10 minutes.
  8. Combine mixture and cooked bacon in a food processor or blender.
  9. Pulse until the mixture is a spreadable consistency, with visible bits of bacon.
  10. Store in an air tight container in the fridge.
  11. For the crostini - spread jam on to toasted rounds of a French loaf. Top with slices of Brie cheese and pear.
  12. **This recipe yields about 7 oz. of jam.
Notes
  1. The jam is good in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 1 month.
Adapted from Ultimate Appetizer Ideabook
Adapted from Ultimate Appetizer Ideabook
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The most special part of the weekend was hiking to Sunset Rock, where our dear Allison is getting married this April (this was her first time seeing the ‘venue’!). We poured champagne, Alli made a toast and tears may or may not have been shed.  It seems the older we get, the more sentimental we become. I think we all cherish these weekends because we know in a few short years it will be husbands and children occupying most of our time and girls trips will be few and far between. So until then, we’ll load down the car with cases of wine and pimento cheese and trek to any city, cabin, condo we can!

Check out our first girls trip to Highlands, NC here and last year’s staycation here!

P.S. Don’t forget to check back this afternoon (3 pm EST) for an exciting giveaway! 

Asheville

Eat well, travel often they say!

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The week before Christmas, Stacey, Morgan and I took a short trip to Asheville, North Carolina. We stayed in the cutest cabin in Black Mountain (compliments of Morgan’s family friend – thank you, Ms. Lisa!), ate a lot of delicious food and drank an excessive amount of craft beer. When in Asheville, amiright?

I love a mountain town (much preferred over a beach) and instantly fell in love the “San Fran of the South.” Here’s a little photo diary of how we (quite literally) ate our way through Asheville in 36 hours.

 

Not to sound dramatic, but our meal at Cúrate (coo-rah-tay) was one of the best meals I’ve ever had. If you find yourself in Asheville, I highly recommend making a dinner reservation. Our server guided us through their vast, yet thoughtful, tapas menu and made suggestions on what to order and when. Who knew fried eggplant (berenjenas la taberna) pairs perfectly with rosemary ice cream? Our waiter knew, that’s who – God bless him. They have an extensive wine list but I set my sights on a gin + tonic … naturally. They serve you a generous pour of gin over ice with a cucumber slice and juniper berries then give you a Fevertree Tonic to add to your liking.

Saturday was spent hopping from brewery to brewery. I was pleasantly surprised on how affordable beer flights were. Asheville is definitely one of the more cost-friendly destinations I’ve visited lately. (Looking at you, San Francisco…breaking my bank!) First stop was Wicked Weed, then Green Man, and lastly Burial Beer Co. Not sure if it was a blessing or a curse that my phone died before our last stop. 😉 

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Where We Ate

La Guinguette

Nightbell

Cúrate

Well-Bred Bakery & Cafe

The Corner Kitchen

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Where We Drank

Wicked Weed Brewing

Burial Beer Co.

Green Man Brewery

Have you been to Asheville? Would love to know your favorite spots! 

Two Girls Take the Golden City

Fact: the West Coast knows sure does know their weather, restaurants and wine.  

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A few weeks ago, I jetted off to San Francisco to meet my best friend Morgan for a weekend trip to the Golden City. It was my first time visiting the West Coast (besides a layover in Seattle) so naturally we had long list of sites to see and places to eat.  

Here’s a little photo recap on how we spent 72 hours in San Francisco…

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Day 1 // Walking + People Watching

We arrived on Thursday and immediately began trekking around the city, heading from Union Square where our hotel was to Fishman’s Wharf. The hills are real y’all. After falling in love with a dock covered in seals, we stopped for a mid-day cocktail and snack. From there, we headed to Dolores Park and soaked up the warm California weather sans humidity – it was glorious. (Note to self: visit Piedmont Park more often) Next we ventured to The Mission and found ourselves at the coolest cocktail bar – Trick Dog. After downing some well-crafted cocktails (I ordered A Thousand Points of Light, Morgan had I Like Ike) we headed back to our hotel in Union Square to freshen up for dinner in the Tenderloin (what a weird name) district.

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Day 2 // Biking + More Biking

Friday started with a cruffin and a morning walk to pick up our bikes. Our plan was to spend the day biking around the city and to the Golden Gate Bridge. Admittingly, I was pretty nervous about riding a bike all day. Besides a stationary spin bike, I can’t tell you the last time I was a 2-wheeled mode of transportation. I opted out of getting a helmet and immediately regretted it when I realized the only thing separating the bike lane and car lane was a painted green line. I just knew I was going to run smack dab into an open car door and fall into oncoming traffic. I was visualizing the headlines – Atlanta Tourist Dies On 27th Birthday Because She Forgot How To Ride A Bike. After about the first 20 minutes, my adrenaline overrode my worries and by the end of the day, I didn’t want to give the bike back. I felt like a Lance Armstrong in-training. We biked along the waterfront, over the bridge and in to a the most precious town, Sausalito. I made lots of mental notes to check Zillow later because the real estate was a dream. After ferrying back to the city, we got ready for pre-dinner drinks at hidden speakeasy-ish lounge and then dinner in The Mission.

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Day 3 // Roadtripping + Wine-Touring

Saturday was Sonoma-day and I woke up feeling like it was Christmas morn. Our day started early picking up our rental car and driving to Berkeley for breakfast. The drive to Sonoma was gorgeous. Morgan and I’s first stop was Gloria Ferrar Winery – every morning should start with sparking whites overlooking a rolling vineyard. Next was the Larson Family Winery, which just so happened to be my favorite. Not sure if it was the fact they had 3 Labradors that wandered around the property or that Bob the wine expert charmed me into joining their wine club after only 3 pours. It honestly could have been the delicious mustards that were sampling and the fact that Morgan and I couldn’t leave without purchasing two jars each. When in Rome Sonoma, amiright? We ended the day at Viansa, where we enjoyed more wine and more importantly a Cuban sandwich – can’t forget the sustenance. On the drive back to San Fran, we made a pit stop at Battery Spencer for a different view of the bridge … because if you followed me on Snapchat, you know I couldn’t get enough photos of that dang bridge. Dinner that night was in SoMa and I had the best burger of my life.

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Where We Stayed

The Cartwright Hotel

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Where We Ate

Fog Harbor Fish House

Black Cat

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse

The Trident (Sausalito)

Foreign Cinema

Venus Restaurant (Berkeley)

Marlowe

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Where We Played (& Wined)

Dolores Park

Trick Dog

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Parkwide Bike Rentals & Tours

Barrel House Tavern (Sausalito)

Marianne’s

Gloria Ferrer (Sonoma)

Larson Family Winery (Sonoma)

Viansa Sonoma (Sonoma)

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Celebrating my birthday on the other side of the country was such a [San Francisco] treat (couldn’t help myself there). Special thanks to my BFF Morgan for planning everything, remaining patient with my biking skills and not missing a beat with our dining itinerary!  

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xo Bree

Candlefish

If I could be a store, I would be Candlefish

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And if I could be a city, I would be Charleston. 

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A few weeks ago, Stacey, Abbye and I enjoyed a little weekend getaway to Charleston. It started out as an excuse to go see The Lumineers live (even though they were scheduled to be in Atlanta that same weekend) but we quickly filled our itinerary with dinner reservations, sight seeing and a candle making class.

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With plans to attend the 10am Saturday class, we decided to start off our morning with a nice walk to the studio. To set the scene –  Saturday is my favorite day, I was with two of my best friends, and candles are probably in the top 5 of my favorite things (coming in right between dogs and bar carts). Needless to say, I was super pepped to start my day. The universe had other plans. My shoe broke 5 minutes into the 20 minute walk, it was more humid than I planned for and Starbucks made us late. So by the time we got to Wentworth and King, I was flustered and slightly irritated with my disheveled appearance. But as soon as I walked in Candlefish I became zen AF. 

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For the next 2 hours, we sniffed, poured, and shopped to our hearts content. The class was educational (I learned you’re suppose to smell your inner elbow to cleanse the palette between smelling scents) and the staff was so warm and welcoming. At risk of sounding like an old lady, I had an absolute blast pouring wax and watching candles cure. Seriously, I kept looking at Stacey and Abbye saying, “this is the best. day. ever.”

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If you’re headed to Charleston* soon, I highly recommend visiting the beautiful people at Candlefish. Even if not for a class but just to browse. Their store is stunning – housing a library of 100 scents and filled with all of my favorite things.

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Special shout out to Gabriel who introduced every scent by giving a them a guy’s personality. i.e.: This candle smells like a guy who slept over but never texted you back. OR This one smells like a guy who still lives with his mother. OR my personal fave – This candle smells like a guy who is attractive and established. Looking to buy a home in the ‘burbs. Has a dog , but like a clean dog that you won’t mind letting sit in your lap. (I want that guy …er…I mean candle.)

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For more details on Candlefish classes, check out their schedule

*Currently, Charleston is their only location. However, they hinted that they are expanding and let’s just say, I’m keeping all my fingers crossed in hopes they come to Atlanta. 

xo Bree

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See more of my Charleston adventures here and here

Bachelorettes Do Charleston: Part II

Charleston is always a good idea and a prime destination for bachelorette trips. 

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Warning: this post may induce deja vu & wanderlust…   

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Even though it seems like I just posted about Caroline’s bachelorette trip in Charleston, I was so excited to be back in my favorite southern city to celebrate Meredyth’s last few weeks as a single woman. Our itinerary was totally different and I loved exploring new spots and trying a few different restaurants.  At this rate, I’ll have a City Guide to Charleston before Atlanta!

Here are a few snap shots from the weekend…

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| How cute was our Snapchat filter?! |

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Where We Stayed

VRBO – Suite Z

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Where We Played

Stars

Republic Garden & Lounge

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Sullivan’s Island

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Where We Ate

Husk

O-Ku

Poogan’s Porch

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| See you in September, girls! | 

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Special thanks to the MOH’s Allie and Michelle for planning such a fun weekend and spoiling us with so many pineapple treats! And a huge thank you to Meredyth’s Mom and Grammy for stocking our apartment with all the snacks and alcohol – ya’ll were the best time!

For more bachelorette fun, check out last year’s trip to Miami here and here, and Charleston here!

xo Bree

 

Adult Spring Break

Monday (& August) totally snuck up on me. Time needs to s l o w down.

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Getting back into the work week after long, super fun weekend is always a struggle. After such a great girls weekend in Panama City the Monday blues hit hard. So while I’m procrastinating facing reality, I thought I would share a few photos from our girls weekend… 

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We jokingly referred to our trip as an Adult Spring Break, in reality there was so much more adulting than spring breaking. We cooked in more than we ate out, most of us woke up early for coffee and to check work emails and our coolers were stocked with craft beers and turkey wraps. If it were 2008, we would have been eating at Pineapple Willy’s, sleeping in until noon and drinking all the Natural Light. Needless to say, hangovers hit harder in 2016 than they did 8 years ago. 😉 

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Where We Stayed

Edgewater

Where We Played

Club La Vela*

Tootsies 

Where We Ate

Firefly 

Runaway Island

*(only 2/9 of us actually made it out on Friday)

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xo Bree

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Special thank you to Abbye’s family for letting us over take their condo for the weekend!

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Beach, Please!

One is never too old for an adult spring break.

The girls and I are taking tomorrow off and heading to the panhandle. For no reason other than we are trying to stay young by living like we’re still in college. In preparation for our trip, I sent out a very urgent, high priority email asking them to share their beach trip must-haves. (The results reminded me why we’re all friends.) After filtering through the inappropriate comments, I was able to put together a pretty solid packing list…

Beach Weekend Packing List

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“I’m a pretty practical beach packer. I always pack OGX Sea Salt Spray, my Beats Pill, and I love my Mimi & Muff tote.” – Abbye

“I always carry a good writing pen in my purse (especially when I go on trips) because you never know when you need to give someone your number on a napkin … could be your future boss, investor, business partner, etc. I also pack coconut oil for after a day in the sun and for glossy legs going out!” – Allison

“My Jack Roger Georgica sandals have been with me for 3 summers, I think I have a sentimental attachment to their jelly-like material. Gotta have a good towel to protect you from the disgusting sand and sun protection for your lips!” – Bree

“Poo Pouri – because it’s just polite.” – Jamie Lee

“…advil for my old lady hangovers and band aids because it’s too hot for sticky boobs at the beach.” – Kelsey

“..urinary track infection medicine and an extra pair of contacts for sure!” – Molly (she’s a nurse, y’all)

“Mardi Gras beads and dolla dolla bills for when we ride the STRIP!!!” – Nola

“Matches – I literally do not travel anywhere without them. Beach or no beach, you never know when they could ‘strikingly’ come in handy! 😉 Also, Clinique After Sun Rescue Balm works wonders on turning a burn into a tan.” – Samantha

“Everyone needs to protect their skin – naturally tan or not – I’m not, so SPH 50 is my must-have. And I couldn’t leave for the beach without my favorite swimsuit!” – Stacey

 
 

xo Bree

 

Tianjin Travels

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I recently made the trek over to China for a business trip and let me tell you – traveling to the other side of the world is exhausting (even when you’re not the one driving). But my excitement overrode the exhaustion and I had an absolute blast touring Tianjin!

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| Our hotel was insanely gorgeous! |

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My favorite part about traveling (specifically internationally) is living and eating like the locals do. I ate fried rice for breakfast 4 days in row, consumed a few too many dumplings and I’m still dreaming about the Pad Thai and coconut soup I had at YY Beer House. Talk about carb overload.

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My second favorite thing about traveling is the shopping preparation beforehand. I was absolutely one of those kids who loved every minute of shopping for school supplies at the beginning of August and that excitement has only transformed to getting giddy over loading up on toiletries before a trip.

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So per usual, I over packed and over prepared. Days leading up to my departure, I was making impulse purchases left and right. I probably went to Target four times in two days buying lord knows what. Let’s just say my carry-on to China was much heavier than my carry-on back.

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I ordered the Large Metro tote from MZ Wallace the week before I left and I couldn’t be more satisfied with my purchase. It fits everything – laptop, a box of tissues, bag of caramel popcorn – everything. My favorite feature – three detachable, multi-sized zipper pouches for easy organization, along with pockets lining the inside.

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Though I don’t regret any of my purchases, I definitely lightened up my bag before catching the flight back home. Once I realized I’m not going to read my heavy hardcover (watched like 7 movies instead), nor do I need an entire pharmacy of allergy pills, it was easy to make cuts to my packing list. So in hopes of helping you trim down your baggage, here are my must-pack travel essentials:

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 Yes To Grapefruit Makeup Remover Wipes | Ainsworth Glasses | Silk Eye Mask | Facial Moisturizer | Hydrating Cream | Lotus Eye Mask | Mini Electric Toothbrush & Toothpaste

The flight from Atlanta to Seattle was only 5 hours, but the flight from Seattle to Beijing was 11. Ya’ll, 16 hours airborne is not a good look for me. Which is why a mid-flight refresh was a must. After dinner service (and The Martian), I removed my make-up, took out my contacts, brushed my teeth and applied an under eye mask. (I was #blessed on the way to China with not having anyone seated next to me but I definitely felt a little awkward borderline bathing while a sweet older gentleman sat 4 inches to my right on the way back.)

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*Not pictured: my laptop, large stash of Lara Bars & beef jerky, phone charger and sleeping pills – all of which I would be miserable without.

For any of my light-packing friends, please teach me your ways. For my friends, who love to over-pack, let’s get together and go shopping before our next trip! 😉

xo Bree

 

 

 

 

Bachelorettes Do Charleston

There couldn’t be a more perfect spot to celebrate our sweet Caroline than Charleston, South Carolina.

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From the colorful architecture, to the incredible restaurant scene – Charleston is my favorite southern city. Can someone please buy me a single house in the French Quarter so I can sip cocktails on the piazza?!

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| Caroline reacting the best scene from  Bridesmaid. |

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Rolling 9 deep, we had an absolute ball exploring, eating, and drinking our way down King Street and beyond. The weekend was the perfect mix of relaxation and activity, which I think is crucial for a successful bachelorette.  Here are few snap shots from the trip, including what Stacey, Alexis and I packed in the treat totes…

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| Pineapple Totes, Matching Tees, Flamingo Drink Holder, DIY Tassel Keychains, Mini Bottle of Champs, Pineapple Cookies, Koozie, Advil, Sunblock |

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| Thanks to AFY Events for the cute personalized buttons! |

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| Another huge thank you to David for making our tees – they were perfect! He’s an Atlanta local and does a fantastic job if any of you are looking for custom t-shirts. |

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| Cocktails prepared and ready for a pre-dinner lingerie shower. |

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Where We Stayed

DoubleTree on Church Street*

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Where We Played

Historic Charleston City Market

Palmetto Carriage Tours

Prohibition

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Where We Ate

O-Ku

Kitchen 208

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Low Country Bistro

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*Editor’s Note – The folks at the DoubleTree couldn’t have been more accommodating. They were amazing! (I don’t think they knew what they were getting into when they offered complimentary cookies and bottled water.  Stacey requested 10 bottles every time we passed the front desk, and they never seemed annoyed. It was almost as if they were impressed by our commitment to staying hydrated.) Our rooms were spacious and clean. The valet did a way better job at unpacking and repacking our car than I ever would have and the location was perfection. I highly recommend staying here on your next trip to Chuck Town!

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For more bachelorette week inspiration, check out last year’s trip to Miami here and here!

xo Bree

 

New Years in Nashville

A New Year’s well spent brings a year of content!

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I rang in the New Year in the middle of Broadway in downtown Nashville with some of my closest friends (including Kings of Leon and Chris Stapleton). 😉 Per usual we had a blast, celebrating New Year’s twice – once at 11pm (midnight ATL time) and then again an hour later. The rest of the weekend was spent relaxing, hanging out with Stacey’s adorable niece and eating our way through the first few days of 2016. Monday definitely came too fast but I can’t help but feel refreshed and ready for the clean slate that 2016 will bring! Here are few snap shots from our trip…

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Where we ate:

Acme Feed & Seed (pictured above) | PM Sushi | Jack Brown’s | Little Harpeth Brewery

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Where we shopped:

Draper James (pure perfection)

How did you celebrate New Year’s?

xo Bree

 

Bienvenido a Miami!

I would totally be fine to celebrate all future bachelorette parties in South Beach – though my wallet and liver would disagree.Greetings from Miami

Miami is far enough South that you feel like you’re in a foreign country but less than two-hour flight, making travel a breeze.

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Planning a four-day trip with fourteen girls is no easy feat but luckily we have some pretty amazing planners in our group.  Abbye, Jamie Lee, Samantha and everyone else coordinated everything perfectly – from dinner reservations to the house and the boat to matching tanks – we had a full agenda yet relaxing itinerary.  After four years of Spring Break and many post grad girls trips, you can say we are pros at corralling and coordinating and even though each trip is different we always wall these three tips…

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Venmo – Splitting checks can be a real b*tch and sometimes it’s just easier to pay for something and have people pay you back later.  Venmo is seriously the best app invention I have on my phone (besides my rain machine).  Paid for the Uber? Just Venmo the other passengers.  Booked Hunk-O-Mania on your credit card? Venmo.  Purchased $400 worth of groceries + champagne? Venmo, girlfriend!  I pay my bills with this app, my sister sends me “surprise!” treat$ with this app, I pay people back with this app – it’s literally my personal finance manager and never judges me for silly purchases.

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Agenda – Have an agenda for each day but be prepared to break it.  We had a pretty good idea of what we wanted to do every day/night but we’re totally flexible. With as many people we had on our trip – it was crucial that we pre-planned (it also helps with budgeting!).  At the same time, it’s never fun to feel rushed so just go with the flow.  Know that you will most likely be late for your dinner reservation so go ahead and make it for 15 minutes later than you want.  You may end up at the club on Thursday instead of Friday but that’s okay because there is confetti everywhere.  You will definitely sleep in after a night out so don’t fool yourself by thinking you’re going to make it to the beach at 10am.  Just speaking from experience people.

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Become a Local – I refuse to ever be tourist (inevitable, I know) so blending in with the locals is always my goal.  Get recommendations from your server at dinner or the person you rented your house from – they usually have the inside scoop.  Also, “club promoters” (a rare term for me) but if you’re interested in the night life these people are your best friend.  Some of their deals sound too good to be true (you mean to tell me I just meet you at the door, skip the line, and drink Grey Goose all night on a couch?) but just go with it.  PS. I’m dying to know – how do they do their taxes? What’s their salary?  Do they have a LinkedIn?

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| our gorgeous bride! |

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| mini daiquiris & Abbye’s face |

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| dinner at SUSHISAMBA |

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More Miami here & here.

xo Bree

 

 

 

Cockpit Cocktails

There are many important things a woman should have in her carry on.  Mints, your passport, a good book, and a…..

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mini cocktail shaker.

I’m sure you’re sick of hearing about Miami but I’m sorry – it was that much fun.

I stepped up my bartending game 30,000 feet in the air and embarrassed all of my friends with my airplane bottle of Ketel One and mini cocktail shaker from Williams-Sonoma.  To be honest, I’m not an expert on what is acceptable to bring on a flight so I erred on the side of caution with a mini liquor bottle and depended on the flight attendment to provide be with a mixer.  I seriously contemplated packing mint bitters and a lime for garnish but I decided against it.  There’s always next time!

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It’s a personal preference but I typically like my drinks shaken and served with little to no ice.  So after politely requesting some cranapple juice and a cup of ice, I got to work making a very complicated drink – a cranapple and vodka. Ok so it was probably the most basic drink ever – but the sound of my cocktail shaker and added touch of a paper straw and cheeky napkin really set the tone for the trip.  We arrived in Miami around lunch on Thursday – tipsy and ready to go!

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| More from Miami … Bach Bags! |

xo Bree

Dressing Drink

This weekend was a gin-fueled college reunion celebrating a very beautiful couple!

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I love coming home and catching up with friends and this past weekend was just that.  If you follow me on Snapchat [breediah] 😉 , I’m sure you saw the shenanigans.  On Friday, my sister and I treated ourselves to a boozy lunch at The Tipsy Cow and a mani at our go-to salon (my current color: OPI Mod About You). #TGIF

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My great friend, previous boss and store owner, Devan Martin, welcomed a new four-legged ball of joy to her family and we celebrated with cock’tails’ and cookies at Only Options!  Lucy Claire is the prettiest golden doodle ever.

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Friday night consisted of dinner at The Salty Snapper and catching up on our DVR queue.  Anna arrived in town on Saturday and after a quick lunch we headed home to get ready for the wedding.  Which brings me to today’s post – Dressing Drinks.

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In college you pre-gamed with keg beer, in adulthood your twenties you sip a Dressing Drink.  Since Anna and I didn’t have our usual arsenal of spirits and mixers (note to self: portable bar cart) we made a quick run to the liquor store.  Gin – check. Pineapple juice – sure? Champagne – absolutely.  Fruity and bubbly – the perfect refresher for the insanely hot weather.

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My inspiration – Patricia (Whitney’s mom) on Southern Charm is my future self.  The woman knows the importance of a good Dressing Drink.

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Do you have a special drink that you love to sip when getting ready?

Happy wedding, Mary Beth & Briggs! xx

xo Bree

AF&WF

AF&WF, year 5, is officially over…and ya’ll it was a wild ride.

A weekend of mostly work but some play!

Like most multi-day events, the work is exhausting but the experience is so rewarding. I’m back in the office this week (we were headquartered in Loews during the week/weekend) and my to-do list is growing fast, so I’m keeping this post short and sweet. Here’s a little photo diary of the past weekend….cheers!

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