One Big Happy Hello Giveaway: Nashville Wifestyles

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I still remember the day Keatyn came into this world so vividly. I remember how it felt when they handed her to me. How scared I was before she came. I was terrified I wouldn’t love her enough or feel connected to her. Everyone kept telling me, when you see her face hit will it you. I kept asking myself over and over, “but what if it doesn’t?” Trust me, it did. In full force actually. I instantly became ridden with anxiety caring for her and worrying for her. She genuinely became my reason for living.

Isn’t it crazy how you have lived your whole life without someone and then the moment they enter your life, it’s almost as if you couldn’t picture a life before them. Now I am expecting my second child in 2 months. My newest fear is what if I don’t feel the same as I felt with Keatyn? I’m trying to mentally prepare myself for a new addition. Honestly, I am so excited. I’m counting down the days until I meet Charlotte.

Definitely need these newborn essentials for my winter baby.

We are in the process of finishing her mermaid themed nursery. I am way more laid back with preparing during this pregnancy than I was the first time around. With my first, I had the nursery finished completely 10 weeks out. Currently, I am 9 weeks out and our nursery still needs work. I have her swings, bassinet and everything else set up so I’m confident I’m still ahead of the game. How did you guys prepare for your first? Or your second or third? Are there any differences?

Since September is one of the most popular birth months, I am partaking in one amazing giveaway for you guys. Gymboree along with 5 other popular brands (Land of Nod, Seventh Generation, 4moms, Baby Bjorn and Munchkin) is giving over $2000 in prizes within this GIVEAWAY. Doesn’t that sound like a great deal?! Make sure to enter HERE by end of day 9/30.

 

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My Go To Colors For Fall: Rust

 

OK so it’s finally fall (ish) and the temperatures here tomorrow are gonna be in the 60s. Unfortunately that will only last a couple of days then it’s back to the upper 80s. I’ll take what I can get. I am obsessed with fall fashion so I’m so excited. My favorite colors right now are olive, mustard, grey, rust, and burgundy. I have recently stumbled upon She In and have found so many cute things. This shirt is seriously under $17 and looks just as pretty in person. I love the details on the sleeves and how loose enough it is to fit my 7 month bump. If you aren’t pregnant though it still fits in all the right places. It has the perfect 70s vibe.

I hope you guys loved this as much as I do. It’s Wednesday and hopefully your week is almost over. My baby shower is this weekend so I’m super excited. Can;t wait to share details. Xoxo

 

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Tennessee: Home Sweet Home

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Photo Credit: Thomas J Photography
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Hey guys! Today I’m working with LivingTN to show my love for my home state of over 30 years. I was born and raised in Kingsport, TN. My dad, step-mom, nana and two brothers still live there. I have lived in Nashville for nearly 7 years now. I wanted out of a small town and moved here for a fresh start. Honestly, I had never ventured outside of the Tri-Cities area but I knew in my heart I was destined for Nashville. I have never looked back.

I lived in the Sylvan Park area near Local Taco when I first moved here. I used to walk over to drink their delicious margaritas at night and had Star Bagel for breakfast most mornings. My favorite places for dinner were Virago and Whiskey Kitchen and Lime (where Tavern is now). My friends and I loved to do Hip Hop Tuesdays at Mai (which is now closed.) If you lived here then, you already know about how fun Hip Hop Tuesday was!

One of our favorite brunch spots: The Southern

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Our wedding venue in the Nashville area: Drakewood Farms
I started dating my husband Matt Houston, a Vanderbilt graduate, and we had a beautiful baby girl 4 years ago. We lived downtown at Werthan Loftswhich by the way is one of the coolest condo units ever. If you are looking for a unique place to live, check it out. I love the industrial vibe and practically every neighbor is jamming out every week. Our favorite places to go out are usually bigger events or parties since we do have a little one at home. We love Motif’s annual Mardi Gras Party and Steeplechase (they literally have the best tailgate spot there).

Motif Mardi Gras

Steeplechase 2016
Another place we frequent is The Standard at the Smith House in downtown Nashville. It is one of the oldest buildings in Nashville, it was built in the 1840’s, and is the only grand townhouse remaining in downtown Nashville. Matt and I grab dinner and drinks there often and an occasional cigar but our favorite event is their black tie event, Fight Night. Who doesn’t love an excuse to get all dolled up? It has such a classic & old school feel, makes me feel like Grace Kelly.

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Fight Night @ The Standard
Another thing that makes me eternally grateful to live in Nashville is the FOOD! Holy moly my taste buds have never exploded like since I’ve lived in Nashville. Best food ever from the restaurants to the bars to the food trucks. I live to eat each meal so this heavily excites me. I keep a list in my phone of places to try and I have conquered most of Nashville’s eateries with pride haha. Some of my favorite places to eat are…get ready for a long list…

Brunch: Tavern (cheddar biscuits, white trash hash, scores) Silo (deviled eggs, hot chicken sliders) Urban Grub (The bar, always the bar) The Southern (hot chicken salad) and Marche (crepes).

Lunch: Tazikis, Food Company, The Pharmacy, Fido,  Cochon Butcher, Frothy Monkey, Smiling Elephant (Pad Kro Pao) and Bar Taco.

Dinner: Jeff Ruby (get the donuts!!!!), Kayne Prime (clearly I like steak), Virago, Chauhan Ale & Masala House, Sinema (take a selfie in the bathroom) and 5th & Taylor.

Drinks/Going Out: The Valentine, Bastion, Patterson House, Citizen and The Standard.

Last but not least (since I am mostly a fashion and beauty blogger) one of my favorite things to do in Nashville is shop. Some of my favorite boutiques are Lizard Thicket, Blush Boutique, and H AudreyCheck out my blog on Nashville’s top boutiques from earlier this year. Nashville has some bomb style going on and we love to support local boutiques and designers. We definitely aren’t what people expect us to be in Music City.

There is truly so much to do here, you could honestly never get bored. Music festivals everywhere you turn, NHL hockey, The Titans, Nashville Sounds, museums, live music at the Amphitheater, Bridgestone, LP Field and Ryman. Nashville is home to me now and I love that my daughters get to grow up in such a super rad town. If you guys have any questions about any of the stuff going on in Nashville or wanna know more of my favorites, please do not hesitate to ask. Email me, reach out to me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram 🙂 Come see us!

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Fall Fashion: Small Business Spotlight on Sweet Lulu Boutique

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Shirt: Sweet Lulu Boutique  ||  Vest: Blush Boutique  ||  Jeans: Stars & Rockets  ||  Booties: Sam Edelman

I hope you guys have had a fabulous weekend. I have actually spent mine relaxing for once. It’s the first time I haven’t had a “project” to tackle and it felt so weird to kick back. Keatyn and I watched Mulan and Jungle Book and I spent time with my friend Jessica and the hubs at night. I’m not quite sure how I’m so exhausted still. Now it’s Sunday and I’m watching all of my tv shows (there’s a lot trust me) and writing.

I wanted to spotlight a few small businesses and local boutiques real quick. I love the look of this outfit. Sweet Lulu is in my hometown of Kingsport, TN and I’m excited to work with them and represent my roots. This shirt is so cute and perfect for fall. I would pair it with cut off shorts or ripped up jeans.  I cannot wait to share more of the cute clothes from this boutique. If you are local to the Tri-Cities check them out on Fort Henry Drive and if you aren’t then check out their website and instagram.

To finish off this outfit, I paired the shirt with a vest from one of my favorite Nashville boutiques, Blush. Also with some adorable distressed jeans from another local favorite Stars & Rockets and they are less than $50! Both of these boutiques have such great prices.

Give these small businesses some love friends and check them out! Xoxo

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Transitioning Crop Tops Into Fall

 

Choker: FREE PEOPLE  ||  Crop Top: FOREVER 21  || Skirt: AMERICAN THREAD  || Shoes: TARGET  || Rings: FOREVER 21

Who says pregnant women can’t wear crop tops?! I say do what you want. A lot of people get scared to wear crop tops in the cooler temps but I think they can look fab. If you pair them with high waisted bottoms and fall colors, you’re set! I’m obsessed with this wrap skirt from American Threads. Plus the top is under $7 and the shoes are under $40.

This choker made by Ettika is available at Free PeopleI love the silver antique embellishments.

In other news, my weekend was supposed to be so chill but now I have so much to do. Nursery stuff, girl’s dinner and I’m filming 3-4 videos for the Tube. All exciting things but I’ve been so lazy lately, I just wanna sleep. Do you guys have anything fun planned for the weekend? Let me know, I would love to hear about it. Xoxo.

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The Cutest Denim Jumpsuit

Overalls: VOLCOM  ||  Shoes: ADIDAS  ||  Bandana: URBAN OUTFITTERS  ||  Lashes: LILY LASHES  ||  Lipstick: MAC

It’s Wednesday! That means we are closer to the end of the week. Last night I had a wonderful dinner with some fellow Nashville bloggers. It’s so wonderful to have such wonderful support and women empowerment. We had a great dinner at 5th & Taylor in Nashville. I’m currently watching American Horror Story as I type this but I had to distract myself by writing this post because that show gives me extreme anxiety. Especially pregnant. I’m definitely gonna have to watch something sweet after this so I don’t have nightmares.

Sooo finding clothing is getting harder and harder the more pregnant I become. I love finding styles that fit in my pregnancy, but it’s a little more of a struggle lately. These painterly overalls from Volcom are adorable and I definitely plan to wear them post pregnancy.  (Also linked similar options below) I added a little twist with the red bandana and it makes me feel like I should be painting a house. I thought it was a super cute and casual outfit. Thought you guys might love it like I do. I linked all details below 🙂 Xoxo

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Lace Up Top: Trends For Fall

 

Shirt: SHOP THE LUK  ||  Shorts: TREASURE & BOND  ||  Shoes: LULU’S (Similar HERE & HERE)  ||  Choker: ETTIKA

Lace up tops are all the rage right now along with chokers. So I’m gonna kill two birds with one stone here and chat a bit about both 🙂 Mainly because I’m truly obsessed with both. I love lace up tops, they’re perfect for the edgy appeal and they look amazing with choker and neck scarves. This lace up top from Shop The Luk is hands down one of my favorites. It’s loose enough for my pregnant belly but it’s not too baggy at all. Also it’s under $32! (and with my discount code NWS20 for 20% off!) Make sure to support your local business and check them out 🙂 Great deals & cuter clothes! 

We all know from reading my blogs or following my instagram I love Ettika jewelry. This drop feather choker is available at South Moon and Ettika. The boyfriend shorts are sold out at Nordstrom but I have linked similar ones HERE and HERE for you.

I hope you guys had a great weekend, I organized the baby room and got some things done around the house. Today I kinda laid low after my doctor appointment because this pregnancy has really started to drain me. I caught up on computer work and I’m about to post my YouTube video either tonight or tomorrow morning on drugstore favorites. SOOOOO check it out!!! xoxo

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Fall Sweater Time: Featuring Coco & Main

 

Now you see it, now you don’t. I’ve had a lot of people make comments to me that I don’t even look 7 months pregnant. Haha I tricked you guys because I definitely look pregnant. It’s all in the angles. So there it is 🙂

I wanted to share the comfiest sweater ever with you guys. (Ps. It’s under $20) I literally got it the day I flew out to Florida and thought I might get cold on the plan so I put it in my bag. I’m not kidding when I say I did not wanna take it off. It is the most comfortable sweater ever. So soft. I wear it all the time now. Also, in addition I wanted to share my favorite sweaters from Coco & MainLove the motto of this store: “Fashion is what you buy, style is what you do with it!  Anything you buy to add to your closet, we’re confident you’ll love as much as we do!” We’ve gotta support our small businesses, especially those with girl bosses. Women supporting women. That’s my cup of tea.

The best part is all of them are under $25 and I have a special discount code for y’all! Use Nashville20 for 20% off and check our their Instagram too!

 

 

 

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Stripes & Sneakers: Casual Wear

 

Shoes: ADIDAS  ||  Dress: FOREVER 21  ||  Rings: FOREVER 21

Soooo basically you guys can just assume from now on out if I’m posting it, it means you can rock it with a baby bump and also without one. (ha) Again this dress (which BTW is under $15!!!)  is not maternity, it just has a lot of stretch to it. I love how casual it is and really saw a vision of rocking it with sneakers. I am obsessed with my new adidas sneakers I picked up in the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and have been dying to show them off more. They also have the traditional black & white (which I also want!)

How is your weekend going? I’m curious what everyone is up to and how the weather is where you are. It has been raining here all day and I’m not even complaining. I cleaned up the house today, put out decorations for Halloween and organized baby Charlie’s room. Btw the reason I already decorated for Halloween is because I have so much going on the next couple weeks I know I won’t have time to then.

Charlie’s room is gonna look so good if I can maintain my vision. I can’t wait to do my nursery reveal on here and Youtube 🙂

Have a great rest of the weekend dolls!

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