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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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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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Sponsored by Zappos. 

I had so much fun this past weekend at the Zappos Friends with Benefits Road Show here in Nashville. I already had assumed the event would be awesome considering they were holding FREE pet adoptions, but everything had exceeded my expectations immediately upon arrival Saturday morning. I was greeted with an upbeat and friendly emcee who was openly inviting all pedestrians into the party for free craft beer, free champagne, free live music, free grilled cheese from The Grilled Cheeserie, and more! I couldn’t believe how generous the entire Zappos road show crew was. It was all just to say ‘thanks’ to their loyal customers over the years!

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If you aren’t a part of it already, definitely sign up for Zappos rewards ASAP! With the Zappos rewards, you can get early access to major sales, free expedited shipping, and you earn points for every time you login, purchase, or leave a review! It’s so easy to rack up major points!

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I’ve been off the grid a little bit lately, but that’s mainly because Steve and I have been keeping some big news under the radar until we knew we could finally unleash the news to the world.

We bought a house! We’re officially homeowners. As of 12pm today, we closed on our very first home and have the keys to our new place in Madison (just north of where we currently are in East Nashville). We couldn’t be more in love with the house and we’re so excited to get settled in. It’s been a crazy journey since we started looking for the perfect place a few months ago, but we’re so relieved to have everything complete. We’re packing up and heading out to the country! (kind of). The house is on 1 acre just outside of the hustle and bustle of the city, so it’s definitely new territory for me.

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Remember a few months ago when I posted about Morton Salt’s Next Door Chef event that took place in a beautiful backyard setting? Well, I finally get to share more about that amazing evening!

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On Monday, March 20th, the video from my meal at Morton Salt’s Next Door Chef: Nashville event officially went live. As you may remember, I shared a few details about the delicious meal I enjoyed by a local Nashville resident, Travis Nunn. As a part of the Next Door Chef campaign, Travis was coached by an acclaimed local chef, Karl Worley from Biscuit Love, to learn how to prepare an incredible meal using the right types of salt. Travis’s home was transformed into a beautifully decorated pop-up restaurant, “Indie’s Kitchen,” and we were served an amazing meal right in his backyard.

Check out the video from the evening here.

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Before our meal began, we learned from Travis that as a full-time, traveling musician, husband, and father, he hasn’t had much experience in the kitchen. He loves his wife’s cooking and as a way to impress her, he wanted to master the art of cooking and understanding how the right salt can make or break a recipe.

To learn how he could step up his cooking game through the proper use of salts, Morton paired Travis with Karl Worley of Biscuit Love (who doesn’t love Biscuit Love?!). Together, they created a menu Travis could easily prepare as Morton Salt transformed his home into a fully decorated pop-up backyard restaurant named “Indie’s Kitchen,”—after Travis’s daughter—where they served an amazing meal that I still daydream about today.

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When I first arrived at the popup restaurant at Travis’s home, I was greeted with Lemon Spring Tea with Morton Kosher Salt to mellow out the bold, tart flavor from the natural lemon, giving the garnish a burst of fresh, sweet flavor.

Once we all took our seats, our meal officially began. It started with pimento cheese and crackers covered in course sea salt. Many of us bloggers got to know each other over glasses of wine while gushing over how much we loved the food. We were then served several dishes to follow: salt roasted beet salad, chicken country captain and curry powder, cheese grits, and last but definitely not least, biscuit strawberry shortcake.
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I not only had one of the best meals I’ve ever tasted, but I met some really incredible individuals that evening while being serenaded by the one and only Heather Morgan. It was a Nashville evening to remember and I’m so grateful I got to be a part of such a beautiful event that represented our city so well.
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This was the second of three Next Door Chef events. Morton Salt has shared that they will be releasing video and recipes from their third Next Door Chef, in New Orleans, this summer. The first Next Door Chef event that was held in Chicago.

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At Next Door Chef, I learned all about the benefits of using Morton Kosher and Sea Salt, versus the standard table salt when cooking your favorite dishes. I’ve already learned so many new ways to implement the right kind of salt into recipes I’m making and it has really turned things around.

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To learn more about how salt amped up all of the delicious food we enjoyed, visit mortonsalt.com/nextdoorchef. All of the recipes from the evening are available on their website!

This post has been sponsored by Morton Salt. All opinions are 100% my own.

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