Monday, September 16, 2019

Nashville Travel Guide


I'm back with another travel guide! This time I'm sharing everything I did during a girl's trip to Nashville. I have to preface that this guide is not about where to drink and go out in Nashville. I'm not super into going out to bars, drinking, and I do not like country music. So, this will be a Nashville travel guide for those who are looking for cute shopping, areas to explore, and food to try! 

EAT 

Five Daughters Bakery | One of my favorite stops on the trip was Five Daughters Bakery. Not only is this place adorable but the donuts are so good. This is a great place for a fun treat or breakfast along with an adorable photo op. I got the drumstick donut and it was soooo good. I'd recommend splitting a donut or two with someone else because my friend and I could not finish a whole donut ourselves! We probably could have shared.  

Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint | Martin's BBQ is a favorite in Nashville. I had the brisket and rib meal and it was very tasty! But, I will say I got extremely sick after eating it. I will spare you the details but it was NOT pretty. While my friend had the pulled pork and she was totally fine. Not sure if it was just my stomach or if there was a deeper issue with something I ate. But, I wanted to forewarn you but also say my brisket was really good, just not the second time around.... I wasn't able to eat hardly anything the next day so that was sad. You've been warned.... 


Milk & Honey | This adorable breakfast place is a must in Nashville. Located in the Gulch it is super close to a ton of cute shops! I got the basic breakfast with eggs, bacon, potatoes, fruit, and toast. The toast was soooo good. Everything seemed super fresh and was oh so tasty! I got the burnt sugar latte and it was also delicious. 

Barcelona Wine Bar | If you are in the mood for tapas look no further then Barcelona Wine Bar. This place is so cool! My friend ate at a different location and enjoyed it so we decided to give it a shot in Nashville. They have a bunch of small tapas plates that are great for sharing. We got the burrata, steak, and fried calamari. Plus the bread was freaking amazing. I didn't get any wine because #upsetstomach, but they have an extensive list with lots of options if wine is your thing! 


Hattie B's | Another Nashville staple is Hattie B's. I'm not one for spicy food, but I opted for the mild chicken and it was really good! It was pretty hyped up and I'm not sure it lived up to the hype. Again, my stomach was still a little unwell so not sure if I'm the best person to judge it. But, my friend got the medium option and it was way to spicy for her! So, if you are sensitive to spice I recommend the mild chicken. I will say we had awesome service. My friend waited a few minutes for her sandwich and they gave us a free banana pudding! So nice. One tip I did find super helpful was to eat at a location other then the Midtown location. The Midtown location is super busy and packed with tourists. We avoided quite a line by going to a location other then Midtown. For sure something to keep in mind if you don't want to wait in a huge line. 

Ainsworth | This was an impulse pick as we were hungry and we were about 500 ft from the restaurant at the time. If you are looking for a LIT brunch option this may be the place for you. We were not lit, but this place for sure was. They had drink deals, a DJ, and pretty good food. If you were going to Nashville for a bachelor or bachelorette party this place would honestly be fun! 

Liberty Common | I've seen so many people post about this place and I knew we had to go. This gorgeous restaurant is the perfect brunch, lunch, or dinner spot! It was empty when we went for lunch at noon on a Monday. But, I'm sure this place is hopping during a Sunday brunch! Make sure to make a reservation to ensure you get a table during peak times. 


SHOP 

Kittenish | This boutique created by Jessie James Decker is so cool. If you are looking for a cute outfit to go out in or some cute workout clothes this is a great place. I snagged a cute dress for 60% off for only $30. Plus they have a super cute mural in the store so be sure to stop in to at least window shop and snap a pic. 

Blush Boutique | Another fun boutique to shop if you are looking for a going out outfit. Lots of fun pieces and unique things!

Winky Lux | We have a Winky Lux in Chicago but I just think these stores are adorable. Be sure to stop in for cute makeup. 

American Threads | For anyone looking for super cool pieces from brands like Show Me Your Mumu American Threads is a great place to shop! I found an adorable pair of shorts, that I ended up wearing to the Jonas Brothers, for $19! Such a good deal. 

Hippies Two Old | If your style is more eclectic Hippies Two Old is a super cool store. From gifts, knick knacks, to clothing this place has it all! For sure a more western vibe, but it is fun to look around. 

Imogene and Willie | This place is so unique! They hand make denim jeans and have awesome vintage graphic tees. The vibe is super cool! Plus it smelled amazing in there. Not sure what it was but it was on point. 


THINGS TO DO 

Explore neighborhoods | There are a ton of neighborhoods in Nashville. From The Gulch, Midtown, East Nashville, and more there are a lot of areas to just walk around. We did a decent amount of exploring on our trip and it was so fun! Be sure to take in the different areas and to see different parts of the city. 

Walk around Broadway | As I said earlier my friend and I are not big fans of drinking or country music. We didn't have the "typical" Nashville experience. But, we did walk around Broadway to say we did it! If you are into country music and bars this will be your heaven. If you're like us, it is still worth it to go down and walk around and see some of the iconic bars and overhear a little country. 

Scout out murals | Nashville has soooo many murals! The photo ops are honestly endless. I'm creating a whole separate post on Nashville photo ops so be on the lookout for that. 


Amelia's Flower Truck | Another highlight of the trip was seeing Amelia's Flower Truck. If you follow any blogger that has gone to Nashville you most likely have seen this flower truck. I have to say it is so cute you just have to get on the bandwagon. You can create your own bouquet or have them make it! We gave them a $10 budget and they created this bouquet for us. It was so pretty and made for super cute pictures. Just do it for the gram people! 

Explore local boutiques | As stated above there are a ton of cool boutiques to shop in during your trip. Be sure to check out some local boutiques to find unique pieces and souvenirs for your trip! One of my favorite things about traveling to new places is shopping at cool local spots. 

See a concert | While in Nashville we saw the Jonas Brothers and it was AMAZING. That was the main reason we went to Nashville. No shame people! Seeing a concert in Nashville is a no brainer. Whether it be country or the Jonas Brothers I highly recommend seeing a show here. The Jonas Brothers brought on Dan + Shay, Marren Morris and Keith Urban were in the audience, and the concert was amazing! Being in Nashville the odds of some music stars arriving I guess are high. That is always a plus and makes the concert a super fun unique experience!

What are your favorite spots in Nashville? Let me know in the comments! 
XOXO 
Miranda 

Friday, September 13, 2019

Dose of Disney: Arendelle Aqua



Arendelle Aqua is here! When I first saw Disney Style post about this next new Disney color I about died. This is giving me all of the Breakfast at Tiffany's vibes. I know it's meant to be Frozen theme, but come on! Arendelle Aqua is the perfect Tiffany blue shade. Now the entire aqua collection is on Shop Disney. So, if you're like me and don't know when you'll be back in the parks you can still shop this gorgeous color. 

What has been your favorite Disney color collection? I think mine is Potion Purple followed by Arendelle Aqua! 
XOXO 
Miranda 

Dose of Disney: Boo


It is no secret that Monsters Inc is my absolute favorite movie and set of Disney characters. I mean Mike and Sulley are best friend goals. Also, Boo is so cute I die. Any who, when I saw this tee at Zara I about died. I needed it immediately. So I went on a mission to a Zara near me and found it!



Once I scored the shirt I knew I needed this pair of Sulley ears to complete the ensemble. They are so cute! Normally every single Disney trip I take I do some sort of Monsters Inc outfit. So these will be perfect for my next trip. 

 

I will say Disneyland really shows off Monsters Inc, more so than Disney World. Don't get me wrong I love the Laugh Floor attraction, but DCA's Mike & Sulley to the Rescue is so darn cute. Look at Boo's giant door! It makes for the perfect photo spot for all you Monsters Inc fans. 


Plus you can meet Sulley and Mike randomly on Pixar Pier at DCA. Luckily Hollywood Studios just opened up a Mike & Sulley meet and greet and I am forever thankful. When I met them on my last trip I about died. They could tell I was a hardcore fan and gave me such a cute meet and greet experience. 


Now, I wish Disney World would get a cool Monsters Inc. photo wall so I could always have cute Monsters Inc photos. Maybe someday... 


Where it's from: 
Tee: Zara 
Sneakers: Nike 
Location: Disney California Adventure


Do you prefer Monsters Inc or Monsters University? Let me know in the comments! 
XOXO 
Miranda 




Tuesday, September 10, 2019

OOTD: Lilly Romper ON SALE!




This romper is currently part of the Lilly After Party sale! Be sure to shop while it is on sale. It is around $50 which is an amazing deal. It has these adorable ruffle details which add a feminine touch. I paired it with my go-to Jack Rogers sandals plus a pair of Kendra Scott earrings.






Let me know if you shopped the Lilly sale! The sale ends tomorrow so be sure to shop while you can. 
XOXO
Miranda

Monday, September 9, 2019

Lilly After Party Sale Picks




I know I said I wasn't going to post about the After Party Sale. I also said I wasn't going to buy anything. Neither of those plans worked. SO here we are. Here are some of my top picks from the sale! Plus I included some of the items I picked up.

ITEMS I PICKED UP
Cicely Off-The-Shoulder Dress
Everleigh Romper
Isle Lattice One-Piece Swimsuit
Dusk Ruffled Tank Top
UPF 50+ Luxletic 24" High Rise Weekender Midi Legging
UPF 50+ Luxletic Zela Skort
UPF 50+ Luxletic Martina Polo Top

What did you pick up from the sale? Let me know in the comments! 
XOXO 
Miranda 

Las Vegas Travel Guide


PHOTO SPOTS

The Venetian | The Venetian hotel is full of amazing photo spots! My favorite is outside the front of the hotel in front of this gorgeous water area. It really looks like you are in Italy. There are also some great indoor spots like the giant love sign, near the fountain outside the casino, or on the upper deck right outside of Buddy V's restaurant. The Venetian is for sure a must if you are looking for a gram-able photo op. 

The Bellagio | The Bellagio Conservatory is an also another great spot to snap a picture! It changes seasonally so it is always a little different. But, it always has gorgeous flower displays. If you really want a good picture I recommend getting there early. We went at two different times and it was busy during both! Of course the Bellagio fountain show is also an ideal spot for some cool photos. 

The Palazzo | I've always stayed at the Palazzo hotel so I know it inside and out. There are some really pretty photo spots here as well. I love the front of the hotel where there are stair cases and patios galore. Also, during certain times of the year their lobby is decked out so be sure to check it out to see if it is a photo worthy display. Since the Palazzo is connected to the Venetian you can hit a ton of photo spots in one trip.

The Cosmopolitan | If you are looking for an edgier photo location The Cosmopolitan hotel is the place for you. Their theme is a cool Alice in Wonderland vibe that is super unique. Very dark, cool, and hip décor is everywhere. They also have this crystal bar that is gorgeous and would make a great photo spot!

Primrose |  This breakfast and lunch spot is seriously adorable. Down to the glasses, napkins, and décor this place is so pretty. I loved the patio for a cute photo spot! 


WHERE TO EAT

Lawry's | If you are looking for an old school steak meal look no further then Lawry's. I went here for a work dinner and I really enjoyed it! Lawry's is known for their prime rib meal and it did not disappoint. It comes with the works meat, salad, bread, mashed potatoes, veggies, and of course Yorkshire pudding! It's located off the Strip, but is worth the trip if you like old school steakhouses and restaruants. 

Hell's Kitchen | Hell's Kitchen is by far my favorite restaurant in Vegas. I've eaten there 3 times now between all of my work trips and every time I have not been disappointed! I've gotten the beef wellington and the strip steak and both were amazing. When it comes to appetizers the lobster risotto is a must, the meat balls are also tasty. THEN you HAVE to get the whipped potatoes. They are seriously the best potatoes I have ever had. So creamy, buttery, and delicious. Honestly, if you are going to take any of my recommendations for Vegas take this one! Hell's Kitchen is a must do!

Primrose | If you want an easy breakfast spot hit up Primrose at the Park MGM hotel. The aesthetic is fabulous which also makes it a great photo spot. I got the scrambled eggs and they were super tasty.  

Mon Ami Gabi | Another one of my favorite Vegas restaruants is Mon Ami Gabi at the Paris hotel. Fun fact: I first ate there when I got stranded in Vegas after my flight got cancelled. They greet you with a warm baguette that is seriously to die for. I always get the classique steak frites and they are so delicious. This steak frites dish rivals the steak frites I've eaten in France.

In-N-Out | A west coast classic In-N-Out is a must while you are in Vegas especially if you don't have them near you! The menu isn't complicated here so it's easy to make decisions. There are some locations off the strip if you have a car, but there is also a location near the Flamingo if you'd like to walk! Normally I get In-N-Out twice per trip because it's just that good. 

Lavo | Another good option is Lavo an Italian restaurant in the Palazzo. This isn't anything life changing, but when I went I enjoyed my meal, appetizers, and desserts! 

Buddy V's | This one was a surprising find on my most recent trip to Vegas. I wasn't feeling well and I just wanted some take out that was in my hotel that I could easily walk too. Oddly enough I was craving fettuccini alfredo. Checked the menu at Buddy V's aka Buddy from Cake Boss's restaurant and they had it! Went picked it up, took seconds to get from the bar, and it was actually so good. I got the pasta plus a burrata appetizer, and I have to say I would recommend it.

Carlos Bakery | Speaking of Buddy, my favorite place to grab a treat is Carlos Bakery located in the Palazzo. They have the best chocolate covered strawberries there! Plus a ton of other tasty treat options. 

Paris Baguette | For breakfast I love Paris Baguette which is a favorite of mine from some of my trips to LA. It is sooooo good. Lots of yummy pastries to choose from. They have a location right in the Venetian so it is super convenient if you are staying at the Palazzo, Venetian, or a nearby hotel. 

Yard Bird | Another place we tried on our most recent trip was Yard Bird. Oh boy did it not disappoint! This place is always packed, and I could never get a reservation. So, this time I was more proactive and made sure I booked it a week or two before my trip. My mom and I split the fried chicken and the sweet tea braised short ribs. Holy yum, it was so good. Highly recommend this place! But, be sure to get a reservation!!! 

Tao | I am not a fan of Asian food, but I went to Tao with some co-workers and it was pretty good! If you actually like Chinese food I think you would really enjoy it!  


SHOPPING

The Shops at Crystals | If you like window shopping, or actually shopping, for high end products the Shops at Crystals is the place for you. This mall is actually stunning. So, be sure to head there just to window shop if anything! Trust me I'm not casually shopping at Harry Winston, but it is so fun to look at all the window displays and explore. 

Fashion Show Mall | This mall has literally every single store. It is a one stop shop! Places like Mod Cloth, Nordstrom, Zara, and more are located here. If you are looking for more normal stores this is my recommendation for the place to go!

Cesar's Palace | Cesar's shopping area has a mix of high end and normal priced stores. Stores like Ted Baker, Sam Edelman, H&M, and others are available here! But, they also have high end brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and others. 

Miracle Mile Shops | Another good area to shop for more general stores is in the Miracle Mile Shops. Some stores include Alex and Ani, Urban Outfitters, Pandora, and more! 


ENTERTAINMENT

Gambling | I am NOT a gambling expert by any means. But, obviously gambling is one of the main forms of entertainment in Vegas. If you are a beginner I recommend just doing a low value slot and putting a max $20 in there. That way you can say you did it but you aren't out $100+. Maybe it's just me but I'd rather shop then gamble! Every hotel has slots, tables, etc. so really wherever you go there will be gambling available. 

Go see a show | I have yet to see a show in Vegas, I know I know that is super lame. I'm always in Vegas for work though so that is the main reason why. There just isn't normally time! Plus the shows are kind of expensive. Maybe one of these days I will go but when it comes to the show department I am not much help. I'd check out Vegas's tourist website for deals and available shows during your stay. 

Go to a concert | Without fail, every time I am in Vegas the artists I want to see are taking a break. WHY? So, I haven't been able to see Celine Dion, Brittany, J Lo or anyone good. Make sure you check who will be in town before you book your trip. Again, I'm in Vegas for work so I have little control over the dates. However if you want to see someone in residency in Vegas make sure to double check the dates they are in town!  

Explore the Hotels | Not going to lie my biggest form of entertainment is walking around the hotels. They all have different themes, décor, vibes, and of course people watching. Easily you can spend a full day just seeing all of the hotel lobbies, displays at the hotel, window shop, and just explore. A lot of the hotels have a ton of cool hidden things so I always find something new when I'm exploring. There is a lot of ground to cover so make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes on the days you plan on exploring! 



WHERE TO STAY

The Palazzo | I've really only ever stayed at the Palazzo while in Vegas. One time I did get stranded and spent an extra night at The Paris, which I will review below. The Palazzo is, in my opinion, one of the nicest hotels on the strip. The rooms are AMAZING and huge. Their standard room has an amazing bathroom, a nice sitting area, and a comfy bed. Overall, I've had great experiences at the Palazzo the couple trips I've gone to Vegas. Being in Vegas I would expect to have some noice issues because well it's Vegas. But, I've never had an issue with a loud neighbor. The hallways are always quiet and the hotel has good security. You have to swipe your room key to get into any guest elevator so you know only hotel guests are getting into the area with the rooms. The Palazzo is also connected to the Venetian so you basically get two hotels worth of restaruants, shops, and more all in one big place. Everything is connected so it's super easy to do stuff both in the Venetian and the Palazzo. All of the finishes in the hotel are super nice and high end. Nothing feels run down or gross. They recently updated a bunch of the bars and the casino area so everything feels nice and fresh. Most of the restaruants I've been to are in the hotel since there are so many options. You really could stay in the hotel and never leave if you really didn't want too! All in all, I would recommend The Palazzo. I think it is worth the extra cost because you get so much space for your money. If you had two queen beds I think you could comfortably fit 4 adults in these rooms. 

The Paris | Like I said above, the only other place besides the Palazzo I've stayed at was the Paris. I stayed here one night when my flight was cancelled home. I didn't pay to upgrade my room so I had a very basic room. I swear it was under $70 for one night which is nuts. There was nothing glamorous about the room but it worked for a night. If you are on a budget I would recommend it. The hotel itself has some decent food options, Mon Ami Gabi is one of my favorites which is located here. Plus I like the French theming but maybe thats just me. Again, I would recommend this place if you are on a budget. If you are willing to spend more money I would go to the Palazzo. 

Let me know any questions you have about Vegas! Unfortunately I always go for work so I don't have many recommendations when it comes to entertainment and shows. But, those can easily be researched on your own based on your personal taste. 

Have you been to Vegas before? Let me know in the comments! 
XOXO 
Miranda 

Friday, September 6, 2019

Dose of Disney: Three Good Fairies



Guys, I am obsessed with this shirt. When I saw it at Box Lunch I about freaked out. It is soooooo cute! As I've mentioned before, the three good fairies are some of my favorite Disney characters. When I saw this shirt I about died. Not only is it a unique shape and not just a tee, but it has all three fairies! 

 

It is so rare to find merchandise that has the three good fairies so I instantly had to buy it. I Paired it with these navy and pink ears which worked out perfectly. They really tie the whole look together. Of course the shirt goes perfectly with Aurora's castle at Disneyland too. Plus this shirt is subtle enough that you could wear it outside of Disney very easily. 


Which castle do you prefer? Cinderella's or Aurora's? Let me know in the comments! 
XOXO
Miranda