Listen up, Nashville! There’s a really cool event coming up at the Mall at Green Hills Monday, August 7th from 12:30-1:30pm. Kiehl’s Since 1851 has announced its continued partnership with amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research and they’re holding their 8th annual Kiehl’s LifeRide to support the cause.

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The annual motorcycle LifeRide continues Kiehl’s mission to heighten awareness and raise funds for amfAR. This year, beginning in Minneapolis and ending in Nashville, the multi-city charity ride will take place over 8 days, from July 31-Aug. 7, 2017.

The LifeRide rally will continue along through 9 different stops throughout the country. Even better: Kiehl’s will donate a total of $100,000 over the course of the ride. With each public stop, people can attend and meet the riders, learn more about amfAR, and contribute to the non-profit. Kiehl’s and amfAR executives will be riding motorcycles alongside celebrity riders from NYC through their journey. Since Nashville is the last stop on this year’s ride, they’ll be hosting an event at the Kiehl’s location in The Mall at Green Hills celebrate the grand finale of the LifeRide.

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The event is open to the public and festivities will incude a special musical performance from Ingred Andress, a meet-and-greet with beauty blogger Amanda Ensing, skincare consultations, catered bites from Bacon and Caviar and on-site motorcycles, with TV expected to attend. If you’re in the area and available, please come out and support this wonderful event!

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In honor of this charitable event, I’m hosting a giveaway on my Instagram— where one lucky winner will receive NINE of my favorite premium skincare products from Kiehl’s Since 1851.

Hope to see you there!

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I feel like I’m getting my groove back after being in somewhat of an exhausted slump since I returned from Mexico last month. This past week has been more productive than the entire month of July so far and it feels good to have my energy return. Now if I can just get myself to finish up our garden out back, I’ll feel more accomplished. I knew yard work was going to take a lot of elbow grease and motivation at this house, but man, it takes some serious dedication to stay on top of it. Kudos to all you homeowners that spend hours on end in the yard making sure everything is neat. I can barely keep my green bean sprouts alive and those are the easiest things to grow. I’ve got a long road ahead of me, haha!

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A couple nights ago, Steve and I decided to go on a last minute dinner date to our favorite taco spot, Bartaco after picking up his car with newly replaced tires. We weren’t ready to go back home (where I spend all day every day working) so I offered up the idea of grabbing a late dinner. I say this every time we randomly go out during the week, but it never fails to amaze me how good it feels to break up the week with a mid-week date and a cocktail.

airyairyI wore this delicate, lacy white top with my favorite loose-fitting and flowy palazzo pants. The heat has been insane in Nashville this week, so I wanted something light and airy that wouldn’t make me feel even sweatier. The older I get, the more I appreciate a good pair of loose-fitted, comfortable pants. Especially since I no longer work in an office.

airyTop– Shein // Pants– Target // Slides- Forever 21 // Necklace- Lulus [similar] // Clutch- Lulus [similar]

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So happy that it’s Friday! Tonight I’m grabbing drinks with friends, tomorrow we’re going to the Elliston Place Street Fest, and Sunday I’m going to do some gardening. Hold me accountable. 😉 Have a great weekend!

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I decided to take a month-ish off from blogging this mid-summer so that I could catch up on some much needed personal time, freelance, and social activity while also focusing on my mental health. It was definitely worth the break and I’m glad I spent some time with my laptop shut. The month of June was a total blur; I watched the Nashville Predators make it to the Stanley Cup Finals, traveled to Mexico with my coworkers for our Q3 offsite, hosted my mom and sister for a fun weekend in Nashville, and spent the end of the month getting over a sinus infection.

The last week and a half were spent traveling to Cincinnati, Detroit, Ayr, Parry Sound, and Muskegon for family visits, 2 weddings, and fun with friends. We made it back home late Sunday night after a blown out tire in Indianapolis and some major traffic delays. Fortunately we were still able to catch the premiere of Game of Thrones, so the day wasn’t a total loss. To say it’s been a tiring week is an understatement. I’m happy to be home where I can hit reset and get some quality rest.

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Last night we intended to see Charlie Worsham play at Basement East for his ‘Every Damn Monday’ residency, but it sold out before we got in. So instead we met our good friends Brian and Trisha at Jeni’s for some ice cream and good conversation. It actually was just what I needed.

 

I wore this pale pink embroidered top I got on sale at Zara last night and I love the loose fit. I’ve never been much of a pink girl, but I couldn’t resist buying once I saw it. It helps that I have a bit of sun on my skin finally, otherwise pastels completely wash me out.

pale pinkpale pink Top– Zara // Cropped Jeans- Abercrombie & Fitch [similar] // Shoes– Olive Ave Boutique // Purse- Nine West [similar]

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pale pinkpale pinkIt’s good to be back.

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On Wednesday night I attended the launch of Able, FashionABLEs new apparel line. The party was held at their flagship store here in Nashville. The new apparel line officially launched yesterday, June 1st, so attendees of the launch party got a first-look at the amazing new clothing before anyone else. Spoiler alert: the clothing is amazing! Everything is made with super soft fabric and is comfortable, basic and stylish. I snagged this Odaliz Tank from the rack because I love a good striped top.

fashionable fashionableIf you don’t already know about the brand, FASHIONABLE is a socially conscious lifestyle brand dedicated to creating sustainable business opportunities for women to promote economic change. FASHIONABLE believes poverty will end when people can provide for themselves, and its mission, through their creation of a collection of jewelry, premium leather, apparel and hand-woven goods, is to create jobs for women. It’s always so awesome to see local businesses making a positive impact on the world.

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fashionablefashionableIf you’re in the Nashville area, I highly recommend visiting FashionABLE‘s flagship store to see the beautiful handbags, jewelry, scarves, and clothing in person. The store is located at 5022 Centennial Blvd. and it’s right next to some of the city’s newest and trendiest restaurants like Nicky’s Coal Fired and House: A Social Eatery. The Nations neighborhood is definitely a hotbed for cool new places opening in Nashville.

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It feels good to see the start of a brand new month. May was great and full of adventure, but I couldn’t seem to stay on top of everything I wanted to accomplish. It just went by way too quickly. It was nice to travel to Asheville, see family and friends, and watch Steve play a few shows, but it was a whirlwind of a month. I’m happy to be back home, getting work done, and getting back into a blogging routine. Today I’m showing you all my new favorite casual fringe dress from Lulus (and it’s on sale!)
fringe dressfringe dressfringe dressSpeaking of being home, I really need to buckle down this weekend and finish some more things around the house. I feel like we’re still trying to settle in after a couple months. I need to empty a few more bins and baskets so I can start organizing our storage closet and basement. Then I can finally move on to starting a garden! I can’t wait to start growing my own herbs and vegetables. I also see a couple fruit trees in my future. I’m slowly adapting to this country life, but I’m loving it.

fringe dressFringe Dress– Lulus // Lace-Up Heels– Lulus // Necklace- Lee & Birch // Cuff Bracelet- Forever 21

fringe dressfringe dress I have to share some product love real quick. I ordered this foaming self tanner mousse from Loving Tan a week ago, and I’m obsessed with it. It’s so great for on the go, because it’s an instant tan while also building tan over time and lasts for a few days. It definitely makes me feel more confident for a night out with exposed legs and arms. (This is 100% not sponsored, I just really love this self tanner and highly recommend it.)

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fringe dressfringe dressTonight I’m going to watch Steve play a showcase at The Basement and then I have a weekend of no plans. I plan to catch up on some rest, get some work done, clean the house, and hopefully play outside a bit if it’s nice out.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

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