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Weekly roundup

Another week has ended and it’s time to share some of my favorite moments from this week and some from the last few weeks. I hope everyone had a great week and you have fun fall activities planned for this weekend. Sidenote.. I really want to go apple picking this year since I’ve never had the chance to go. Yeah I know, I live in New England and I’ve never gone apple picking. I’m seriously envious of the people who are posing on Instagram in their cute outfits! Don’t worry I’ll be there soon!

 

1. Solange at the Orpheum 

On 9/28 I saw Solange at the Orpheum theater and I was so excited to finally see her live since she cancelled her Boston Calling performance. Someone from work gave me a free ticket in the balcony and I couldn’t refuse. She was amazing live and her voice is incredible. I felt weird at first because I’ve never gone to a concert alone but I didn’t even care I was so into watching her sing and dance I didn’t notice anything else around me.

 

2.Skincare routine as of lately

I received a few gifts from brands I’m partnering with so I’m trying out a new fall skincare routine. In the morning I use my Clarisonic Mia 1  with a cleanser that comes with the product. After I use my Thayer’s lavender witch hazel toner to get the extra dirt off my face and to open up my pores. Lastly, I use my L’occitane face cream called Divine Cream and it’s so great.

 

3. Doughnuts

I’m getting into the spirit of Fall so I made apple cider and pumpkin doughnuts! They were so good. The apple cider doughnuts were gluten-free and they went perfectly with coffee.

 

4. J.Jill Fall Collection

J.Jill sent me their fall collection and it’s full of fun fall pieces. They are starting to cater to younger women now and their pieces have become more versatile.  Click the link above to shop the collection. In a few weeks I will be receiving the November collection. I’ll be putting together a fall fashion haul from J.Jill very soon.

 

5. Paris Fashion Week Street Style 

I can always depend on The Cut to keep me up to date on Street style. Paris Fashion week is my favorite and if you know me then you would know I love everything about Paris. Here are some of my favorite street style looks. All photos by Nabile Quenum.

4 Days in Nashville

Nashville was never on my list of places to visit but I guess there’s a first time for everything right? I heard the food was delicious and the live music was great so I knew I should give it a chance before judging.  And I love southern food so I was ready to eat every single day. 4 days was enough time to see all of the tourist spots, try some restaurants, and visit some cool bars. We left on a Thursday morning at 8 am so Nick and I had plenty of time to eat breakfast and explore a little bit before our friends got there. Scroll down to see the stops on my trip!

Food, Drink & Air BnB

Nick and I started off the day at Biscuit Love and we split the East Nasty which is fried chicken on a biscuit smothered in sausage gravy. It was DELICIOUS!! While we waited for our friends we stopped by Peg leg Porker for food and a quick drink. Nick got the half rack of ribs and I got the BBQ Nachos covered in pulled pork and slaw. By this time our stomachs were so full we had to take a break. We checked into our Air BnB and relaxed for a bit before we hit the city to explore.

Later that night we went to L.A Jackson on the Thompson Hotel rooftop. We ate AGAIN and had tasty cocktails. The menu was a little pricey but you should expect that in a popular place like Nashville. The vibe was a mix of casual and dressy so you can show up wearing whatever. I really liked this spot and the view of the city from the rooftop.

Another stop on our food list was Tavern.  A gastro pub that serves small plates so I ordered the Philly cheese steak egg rolls with garlic parmesan french fries on the side. This place was a little pricey but the food was amazing. Honestly, every single place we went to for a meal was delicious. Swett’s was by far my favorite place though. It was definitely a small neighborhood spot with soul food. Collard greens, yams, cornbread.. You name it, they had it. I loved the vibe of the restaurant because it wasn’t near any tourist spots.

Saint Anejo was a brunch spot we stopped by on Sunday afternoon. I was so full by Sunday that I couldn’t really finish the meal I ordered here. But the little bites I did take were fantastic.

We went to  Rudy’s Jazz Room on our last night and this was my favorite stop on our trip. This was my first jazz club experience and I was in love with everything. The place was so relaxing and the music was beautiful. If you’re planning a trip to Nashville soon please stop by Rudy’s. You need to experience this place. They also serve gumbo and according to Nick it was really good!

Stay

Air bnb – Stay Alfred

The air bnb was very spacious and it had two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a living room area. We stayed in an area called the Gulch which was very close to all of the tourist spots and all of the restaurants we ate at. We had to call an Uber a few times to restaurants that were a little bit out of the way but other than that we walked everywhere. I really liked this Airbnb I thought it was a cool experience.

 

Coffee

Frothy Monkey

This coffee shop was located on 12 South in Nashville and it was a little spot hidden in the trees. I don’t remember the name of the iced coffee I had but it tasted like coconut and it was delicious.  We stopped here before we went into the Draper James store and Five Daughters Bakery.

Barista Parlor

This is by far the best coffee I’ve had in a very long time. The coffee paired so well with their almond milk. It was so smooth it seemed unreal. The wait was a little long because the baristas were very particular about how they make their coffee but it was worth the wait. I went twice while I was in Nashville and it wasn’t enough. I miss their coffee so much!

 

Additional spots to visit

Parthenon replica in Centennial Park

Broadway – Bars, restaurants, live country music

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum 

John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge

Nashville Murals