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When the days aren’t incredibly hot and humid, one of my favorite things to do is stroll around East Nashville neighborhoods, window shop, grab coffee, and enjoy the beautiful weather. The sunny-yet-bearable-and-less-humid days are few and far between lately, so when we get a perfectly balanced weather day, there’s nothing better.

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Steve and I try to take full advantage of those days by working in the yard or planting things in our garden. I’m getting really excited to see our hard work produce some vegetables and herbs, as long as the deer and rabbits don’t get to them first. We’ve been seeing a ton of wildlife in our yard the past few weeks, so I think it’s going to be a bit of a challenge keeping our plants alive and well. I guess only time will tell.

summer casualsummer casualNothing new and too exciting has been happening over here. Just a lot of work. Steve and I have both been putting in crazy amounts of work over the past couple of weeks. At my job, we’re in the middle of a big launch– so I’m putting in those extra hours to help with customer support (on top of developing a brand new product that I think new self-publishers are going to LOVE, which is exciting) and Steve has been waking up super early and getting home after dinner to tech some pretty big shows. All of the working hours help us appreciate the time we finally do get off together, though.

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summer casualTop– Lulus [on sale!] // Pants– Lulus [on sale!] // Sandals- Steve Madden

summer casualsummer casualHappy Friday, friends! Hope you all have a great weekend.

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Last night was the 1 year anniversary party for Jeff Ruby’s steakhouse downtown. I was invited by my favorite ladies at Reed PR so I brought Steve with me to make an appearance and celebrate the past year of success, delicious food, tasty cocktails, and the best damn desserts I’ve ever had at this luxurious steakhouse. You can learn more about Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse in this old blog post.

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The party included live music, hors d’oeuvres, a sushi bar, tiny chocolate desserts, a signature whiskey cocktail, and a cake that looked like a giant t-bone steak and cigar box. It was amazing. If you haven’t already visited this Nashville restaurant, you need to plan ahead for your next event, anniversary, birthday, or just for a night to treat yourself. They have, by far, some of the best food I’ve ever tasted in my life.

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The sushi bar was incredible. The last time I visited Jeff Ruby’s they served a sushi roll wrapped in thin-sliced, pan seared steak and I talked about it for weeks after. I also can’t sing enough praises about the pastry chef on staff here because not only are they decadent and delightful, but they’re the most beautifully decorated desserts I’ve seen. I didn’t get any pictures of them last night, so you’ll just go see for yourself.

jeff ruby'sAfter the event, Steve and I strolled around downtown near 4th Avenue to enjoy the remaining daylight of one of the most beautiful days we’ve had in Nashville. It was finally not too hot to stand outside for more then a few minutes.

nashville bloggernashville bloggerAgate Beach Blue & White Dress– Lulu’s (on sale!) // Tahari Slides– Zappos (available in different colors) // Hat- Old Navy // Watch- Charming Charlie // Charee Cross Body Bag– Hush Puppies (available in different colors)

nashville bloggernashville bloggerThis is one of my favorite new dresses from Lulu’s. I love that it’s a light material for summer but also has high slits and long sleeves. It’s the perfect mix of professional, trendy, and practical. It even snaps all the way down and the fit is great. I love a good belted dress.

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Happy Friday, friends! I hope you all have a fun-filled weekend ahead.

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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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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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