Last night I was invited to attend a blogger happy hour event at the new Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse in downtown Nashville. I was excited at the opportunity since I had already heard so many great things about the food and the atmosphere of the restaurant; so naturally I jumped at the chance to visit (even though it was our 2nd wedding anniversary). Since the event was right at the end of my work day, I figured “why not?” and stopped by for an hour. I am so glad that I did.
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The bar at Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse
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Upon arrival, I was greeted with a beautiful doorway that led into a dim-lit dining room with large windows that allowed for the perfect amount of natural light. The entire interior of the restaurant was gorgeous and no detail was left behind. Every piece of furniture, every wall hanging, and every tiny decoration served a purpose.

The bar area is stunning, and atop of the stage sits a beautiful, white mini grand piano that gets played for the patrons of the restaurant every evening. There’s a full stage behind the bar right against the large windows, which can house a full band as well.
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I was asked to be given a tour so that I could pop my head into as many different rooms as possible. While heading toward the back of the restaurant, I saw the gigantic wine cellar behind glass and the shoeshine right outside of the restrooms. Yes, that’s right, a shoeshine.
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I then took a peek inside both the women’s and the men’s restrooms because I knew those would be just as decorated as the dining room. Sure enough, the restrooms looked amazing inside!

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The men’s room had a vintage barbershop chair from the 1920s along with a barber sign on the wall!

I then made my way over to the speakeasy room, which is the perfect setting for a small business meeting or private dining experience. The cabinet is over 150 years old and holds the liquor that is served at the bar. The table is glass that came from a clock tower from an old cathedral in London. The door to the speakeasy room was originally a door to an actual speakeasy during the prohibition era. Amazing, right?
Jeff Ruby's liquor cabinet
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Fortunately for me, I was able to pop into the Music City Room, which was being set up for a private event that evening, but I was told I could take a look before guests arrived. I loved the Nashville theme of the room, which came complete with curated memorabilia from country music artists. The chandeliers, carpet, curtains, and table linens were all gorgeous. The fireplace in the Music City Room was actually Al Capone’s old fireplace from his winter home in Florida.
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^Photo c/o Nashville Guru
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Jeff Ruby's Music City Room
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I don’t know which I liked better, the food or the decor. Everything was so, so good. The cuisine the servers brought out was delicious and so were the hand crafted cocktails.
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Jeff Ruby’s is definitely unlike any other restaurant in Nashville. If you’re looking for a fancy place to go for a special occasion and love steak and seafood, I highly recommend paying them a visit.

Laura

I am unapologetically embracing the 90s style that’s coming back. From denim dresses to dark lips and neck chokers, I feel like I’m reliving my youth with these trends. Just be sure to call an intervention if I start wearing scrunchies and jelly sandals. I have to draw the line somewhere.
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Dress- Forever 21 // Shoes- LuLu*s [similar] // Purse– H&M // Choker- Forever 21 [similar]laura2laura6laura5

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What trends are you currently embracing? What was your favorite part about the 90s? I’d love to hear!

Laura

Last week, I was invited to be a contender in the cocktail olympics held at Double Dogs in Sylvan Heights. The event benefitted the Nashville Humane Association, so when they asked me to be a part of it, I immediately jumped at the opportunity. Myself, along with 2 other local business owners, were staged to compete against each other by concocting cocktails judged by a panel of local Nashville celebrities. We each had to mix up 3 drinks: 1 with vodka, 1 with whiskey, and 1 with beer. Each cocktail had to also have its own canine inspired name, created by us.

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Cocktail Olympics
Fortunately for me, the 3 of us competitors were partnered with Double Dogs bartenders that could help us craft the cocktails. The first round of the competition was the vodka round. We created:

The Blue Heeler

  • 1 part Tito’s vodka
  • 1 part blue Curaçao
  • 1 part ginger beer
  • muddled lime
  • garnish with pineapple and cherry

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The second round was the whiskey round, and we created something that I was particularly a huge fan of. I also give myself a lot of credit for the extra clever name. ;]

The Noble Shih Tzu

  • 1 part Jack Daniel’s whiskey
  • 1 part tonic
  • Splash of orange juice
  • pineapple-jalapeño simple syrup
  • cayenne pepper rim with lime garnish

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The third and final round was the beer round. We were given Stiegl grapefruit beer to use in the cocktail.

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    • 2 parts Stiegl grapefruit beer
    • 1 part champagne
    • muddled raspberries and mint,
    • strawberry, mint, lemon twist garnish

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Towards the end of the competition, we made tiny versions of our cocktails so that customers could come up and donate to taste our creations. All donations went directly to the Nashville Humane Association.
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The cocktail olympics were a blast. I had so much fun being a part of something that was for a great cause and the staff at Double Dogs were so wonderful.
After the judges tallied their scores, they gave out medals. I received bronze, which was still a win in my book (even though it was technically last place) because I really had no idea what I was doing. All in all, it was really fun to pretend to be a bartender for the evening while raising money for the Nashville Humane Association. cocktail12
Hope you all have a great weekend!
Laura

cinnamon applesauce banana muffins
Today’s recipe is for delicious and mouth-watering cinnamon applesauce banana muffins. Since I love anything and everything breakfast related, these are one of many favorite muffin recipes I have. I especially prefer them in mini muffin form (plus you get more of them that way).

Here’s what you need.

Ingredients:
+ 3 bananas, mashed
+ ½ tsp. salt
+ ¾ sugar
+ 1 egg
+ ⅓ butter, melted
+ ⅓ C. applesauce
+ 1 tsp. cinnamon
+ 1½ C. all-purpose flour
+ 1 tsp. baking powder
+ 1 tsp. baking soda

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat muffin pans with non-stick spray if you don’t have liners. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

2. Combine bananas, sugar, egg, applesauce, cinnamon and melted butter in a large bowl. Fold in flour mixture, and mix until smooth. Scoop into muffin pans.
3. Bake in preheated oven. Bake mini muffins for 10 to 15 minutes, and large muffins for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from tray once cooled.

Makes approximately 6 large muffins or 14-18 mini muffins.

Enjoy!
Laura

I recently added a wood watch from JORD to my limited collection of jewelry and watches. I’ve become a bit of a minimalist in terms of my jewelry collection because I get so tired of organizing, purging, and reorganizing my necklaces, bracelets, and earrings and more. I used to have more jewelry than I could keep up with, so downsizing was necessary. Now my collection feels intentionally curated with only pieces I truly love. In that collection now lies my JORD wood watch that fits in well with my wardrobe of mostly neutral hues.
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My JORD wood watch is the Frankie style in the colors Koa & Ash. The wood has a darker finish with a slate grey face and I think it’s the perfect contrast. I love that the face of the watch is large but simple, too.
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JORD wood watches run between $129-$395 in price and they have a huge variety of styles and colors. I happen to have weird, bony wrists so the fact that they are very descriptive with their custom sizing chart is helpful. I can confidently wear my watch without it drooping or spinning around my wrist because it fits perfectly.
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To find the right wood watch style for you, visit woodwatches.com.

Wooden Watches by JORD