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Last Sunday, on our day off together, Steve and I had a brunch date for the first time in several weeks. Since I’d only been to Le Sel once before with some friends nearly two years ago, I figured it was time to go back and to bring him with me. Le Sel is a French brasserie located in Midtown. I love the unique Parisian decor and the contrast of bright colors and bold patterns. It makes me feel like I’ve stepped right into France (or what I imagine everything in France looks like.) Everything about it is the epitome of chic.

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le sel

We started with coffee and beignets, or, what I like to call the perfect pair. Their beignets have apple butter and spiced sugar and are a gift from heaven. If you’ve been looking for a place to visit in Nashville that has beignets, look no further than Le Sell.

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le sel

For our brunch entrées, Steve ordered the savory crepe with bear creek farms sausage, a sunny-side-up egg, tomato and fromage blanc. I took a taste of it myself and it was amazing.

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I ordered one of the house favorites, the croque madame with country ham, gruyere, egg and mornay. You best believe I upgraded to a side of truffle fried (my all-time favorite splurge snack.) Holy flavor batman, this meal is no joke. It was everything I could’ve wanted in a brunch.

le selle selI would definitely slide Le Sel up into the top 5 places to eat brunch in Nashville. The service, location, aesthetic, and most importantly, the food are all top-notch. 10 out of 10, we’ll be back again soon.

Some images by Nashville Guru

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It has been sweater weather for a while in Nashville and I can honestly say I’ve never loved living in sweaters more than I do this year. Maybe that’s because in the south the bitter cold still isn’t nearly as bad as it was in Michigan, but it’s also just comfortable to step outside wearing a sweater. It feels like more like ‘cozy’ weather than it is ‘freezing.’ I’m still looking forward to Spring already though.
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A few nights ago, Steve and I finally ventured over Cornelia Fort Airpark at Shelby Bottoms Greenway. The airpark was a privately owned airport that operated from 1944-2011. It was named after Cornelia Fort, the first female pilot in American history to die on active duty. The runway and airpark was built on her family’s farm.  I loved learning more about Cornelia and how she became an American hero and pioneer right on this land. airpark airpark airpark
I love discovering all of the historical gems around Nashville. It’s so much fun to learn about things that are in our own neighborhood. For instance, we learned so much more about the history of our house from some of our neighbors at a recent neighborhood holiday party. There’s so much history in our own home and I love knowing that it was so well-loved before we purchased it.airpark
High-Rise Straight Leg Jeans– Abercrombie & Fitch // Sweater– Forever 21 // Jacket- Lulus // Boots- Lulusairpark airpark airpark airpark
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HAPPY NEW YEAR, FRIENDS! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful start to 2018.
I recently found my perfect crossback jumpsuit at my favorite local East Nashville boutique and to say I’m in love is an understatement. I picked up this showstopper at Vinnie Louise a couple weeks ago and immediately snatched it off the rack when I felt how soft and buttery the material was. This was before I even realized the amazing crossback tie detail on the backside of it. I knew I had to have it instantly. crossback jumpsuitcrossback jumpsuit
I ended up wearing this crossback jumpsuit on Christmas to my family party. Although it was in Michigan and it was frigid outside, I still liked the way it looked with a chunky cardigan over it. When I wore it out on a coffee date to Three Brothers Coffee with Steve over the weekend, I paired it with this cozy faux fur vest and my favorite fossil watch.
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crossback jumpsuit
crossback jumpsuit
I’m so looking forward to hitting the proverbial reset button that is the New Year and gaining some fresh perspective. I really need to reset my mind and refocus on what’s most important. I’m going to work on getting into a more productive morning routine that will consist of meditation and daily planning. I also want to be more balanced overall. Travel more, get better quality sleep, launch new projects, spend more time with good friends, etc. There’s a lot of good things in store for 2018.
crossback jumpsuit
crossback jumpsuit
Jumpsuit- Vinnie Louise // Faux Fur Vest- Forever 21 [similar on sale] // Necklace- Lee & Birch // Booties- H&M // Micah Watch– Fossil [now on sale!!]crossback jumpsuitcrossback jumpsuit
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I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas!! Popping in here real quick to share my holiday outfit. This comfortable, festive look is perfect for New Year’s Eve. I’ll probably be repeating this outfit for the occasion since I can’t bear to wear a short or sleeveless dress in the winter. There’s also something so cozy about wearing stretchy velvet and a flowy midi skirt.

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I still can’t believe Christmas is over already. It feels like summer was just ending yesterday. I’m looking forward to a fresh start though, and New Year’s Day is always the best reset button. I want to be more productive in 2018 and become better at planning ahead. I want to have better personal accountability and watch more projects come to fruition. I’m so excited for what the next few months will bring because I’m definitely stepping a bit outside my comfort zone to pursue some new things.holiday outfit holiday outfit holiday outfit holiday outfit
This entire holiday outfit is under $125. Top– Forever 21 // Skirt– Forever 21 // Necklace– Forever 21 // Shoes– DSW // Clutch– Lulusholiday outfit holiday outfit
I hope you have a Happy New Year! What are your plans?!

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Well, dang! I guess you could say I had my own little winter break there for a minute. I took a partially intentional/partially unintentional month-long break. I was planning to take about a week or so off from blogging so that I could be with my family in Michigan after my grandfather passed away, but it turned into a longer hiatus when I realized I had to re-prioritize some things in my life. The end of the year can be so crazy and I think it’s so important to head into a new year and a new season with clarity and some fresh perspective, so I’d say the break was more than necessary for me.

Speaking of the year coming to an end… when did that happen?! I can’t believe it’s mid-December. I’m afraid to blink. Although the sun setting slightly after 4pm has been a huge downer, I am happy to spend more time at home with a cup of hot chocolate and a good Netflix show. I think some quiet, cozy time is good for my mental health.

winter break

winter break

These photos were taken a couple weeks ago when Steve and I paid our first visit to Mockingbird. We had been hearing so many rave reviews about it since it opened that had to grab some brunch there when we had a day off together. Ya’ll.. it was so good. Everything from the food to the service to the decor. It’s one of the most beautifully decorated restaurants in town, in my opinion.

winter breakwinter breakTee- Old Navy // Blanket Vest- Target [same] // Jeans- Lulus [same] // Booties- H&M [similar] // Necklace-Lulus [same] // Sunnies- Lulus [same]
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I’m going to get cracking on my 2018 bucket list because I’d really like to make some big accomplishments in the new year. 2017 was huge in so many ways and I want to continue to raise the bar.

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Strapping myself in for an exciting 2018. What’s your biggest bucket list item for the new year?!

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