Friday Rambling // What's Still Available at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
7.29.2016

Tan suede ankle boots | Treasure&Bond 'Winsor' Bootie
My booties are a part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and are still available in a couple of sizes + most sizes in black!

Happy Friday! I'm so happy it's finally here. I need some downtime in a bad way!

One of the highlights of my week, though, was getting involved in a couple of workout classes. Since moving here two years ago, I haven't worked out consistently or actively looked for workout classes, but last week I kind of hit a point of desperation and vowed to make some changes with my health and fitness! Until I graduated from high school, I danced around 5 days per week and was in amazing shape. Then before I got married I got really into workout classes and got in great shape again for our wedding. Then I moved and things dropped way off. I don't hate how I look or anything like that...I'm very grateful to be tall and fairly thin naturally, but... I knew I wasn't in good shape and that I wasn't reaching my full potential by any means! I miss feeling proud of my body! So last week I did some research and found a great yoga class I can take each week, as well as a spin class walking distance from our house! So, I did three fitness classes this week, and while I'm so tired and sore, I'm already feeling so much better about myself. In an ideal world, I would be able to take my favorites types of workout classes - pilates and barre - but I'm just going to be content with the opportunities I do have and hopefully I see good results! Classes are a 'must' for me! But I want to hear from you... How do you get out of a rut and get inspired to be healthy again?? What fitness classes do you love, and what mixture of workouts do you do each week?

Sorry for the unplanned unloading above... Now onto the real business of today's post, which is still so very random because I didn't know how to break things up. I wanted to share some great things that are still available from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, because there really are still a lot! I also wanted to ask your opinion on something, so check for that at the end of this post!

Still Available at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale




I've also found a lot of great deals at Nordstrom the past week or two that aren't part of the Anniversary Sale, but are definitely worth checking out! These are my all-time favorite staple tanks (pretty alone or layered!), and I found it in a pretty pink! These are the jeans I've been talking about so much, and this dress that I've been wearing so much is now 40% off!




Last but not least, remember the This Month's Favorites posts I was doing for quite awhile? Well, in my blog survey in the spring, you guys overwhelmingly voted in favor of doing weekly posts like that on the weekends! I'm all for the idea and so excited to have a more casual, lifestyle post each week where I can share all sorts of things like blogger mail and best beauty buys but also great recipes I tried and a song I'm listening to obsessively. The only holdup? I can't decide on/figure out a name! So lame that I'm admitting that, I know. So if you have any ideas for me, will you please leave them in a comment or tweet or email me? I'm picking your brain because my own brain seems to be failing me. And I want to launch the series ASAP!

Thanks ladies! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! xo

Summer Work Wear
7.28.2016

What to wear to the office in the summer
ModCloth sandals and skirt
Summer work wear
Earth tones for the office
Neutral wedges
Summer work outfit idea
Olive green skirt
Top: c/o ModCloth (lots more here) | Skirt: c/o ModCloth (so many cute skirts here) | Wedges: c/o ModCloth

Since I work full time beyond blogging, I get quite a few requests for ideas on what to wear to work. Today, I've partnered with ModCloth and ShopStyle to show you a summer work look that's also wearable beyond the office! I do have to dress up for work, but since my office isn't business formal, I usually stick with outfits like this that are put-together and stylish while also being comfortable. ModCloth is such a great place to look for work wear that checks all of my boxes (and they have so many cute, affordable shoes, which certainly doesn't hurt)! One thing I like about ModCloth is that they take a lot of current trends and interpret them in a work appropriate way...and the perfect example is this lace-up tank! I would never think that a lace-up top or dress would work for the office, but this top totally works and can be layered under a blazer or cardigan in the fall and winter

 A few other favorites from ModCloth...


Thank you to Shopstyle and ModCloth for sponsoring this post!  

Off-the-Shoulder Midi Dress
7.27.2016

Off-the-shoulder floral dress
Floral dress + strappy heeled sandals
Floral midi dress
Off-the-shoulder midi dress
Steve Madden 'Stecy' in black
Off-the-shoulder
Big sunglasses, nude lips, off-the-shoulder dress
Off-shoulder midi dress
Steve Madden Stecy
Clutch: Clare V (similar for less) | Sunnies: Karen Walker (dupe)
Lip color: 'velvet teddy' + 'whirl'

This dress isn't something I would normally pick out, but I stepped outside of my comfort zone just a bit and have ended up loving this! I think it's effortless to dress up, and you know I love off-the-shoulder anything. 

Yesterday Trey and I celebrated our two-year wedding anniversary, and it's just crazy how fast it's flown by (you can see our wedding photos here and here)! We both worked yesterday and Trey had to coach a football camp last night (#adultlife), but we did at least have a late dinner at home together. I made this salmon recipe and had to share it with you! We felt like we were eating at a nice restaurant it was so good!


LL Travel Guide & Photo Diary: Nashville
7.26.2016

Angel wing mural at The Gulch in Nashville
^^ This gorgeous mural is located in The Gulch! Basic or not, getting a photo here was a 'must' for me on this trip.

We enjoyed our trip to Nashville so much that I wanted to share some photos from the trip, as well as some recommendations of what to see, eat and do! After exploring Nashville, I think it's somewhere we could easily live. It was easy to get around and there's so much to do! We rented a studio apartment through AirBnB that was located just off of 8th Ave and less than a mile from the 12 South neighborhood (so convenient, and way less expensive than a hotel). We were walking distance from quite a few great restaurants, bars, and live music venues, and an inexpensive Uber ride from pretty much everywhere we wanted to go.

EAT / DRINK

Butchertown Hall in Nashville
Queso at Butchertown Hall in Nashville
Butchertown Hall
Located in the Germantown neighborhood, Butchertown Hall is kind of a BBQ/Tex Mex fusion. It was undoubtedly one of our favorite meals of the trip, and the decor and architecture were just as amazing as the food! The queso is an absolute must if you go (it has chorizo and pico de gallo mixed in and I'm still dreaming about it)!

Street tacos at Bartaco in 12 South, Nashville
Bar Taco
This is a really fun restaurant in the 12 South neighborhood and we raved to each other about every bite of food we ate. Their margaritas are hands down the best I've ever had. I should have stolen the recipe somehow! ;) You also must get the fish tacos, the pork belly tacos, and the fried oyster tacos, as well as the churros for dessert!

Iced coffee
Red Bicycle Coffee & Crepes
I'm not a coffee expert and don't drink it more than 2-3 times per month, but this was a super cute coffee shop with a darling patio in the front! It's located in the Germantown neighborhood, and everything about the street and area is incredibly charming.

Party Fowl hot chicken in Nashville
 Party Fowl
So when we got to Nashville, we learned that it's famous for hot chicken. Basically, it's super spicy fried chicken and while I'm not a huge fried chicken eater, we both though it was freaking delicious! Party Fowl has great hot chicken, and I stepped outside of my comfort zone and got the hot chicken french toast, which sounded so odd to me. But oh my gosh, the mix of sweet and spicy was melt-in-your-mouth good.

Nashville sign in Biscuit Love
Biscuit Love
This is a Nashville hot spot, and after trying it we totally knew why. Their biscuits melt in your mouth and they have all kinds of breakfast sandwich options with them. Trey had the hot chicken biscuit and while our mouths were on fire, it was soooo good. I went for a safer option after a couple too many drinks the night before :) We first tried to go on a Saturday for brunch, but there was an hour line out the door. We went back on a Monday and there was only a 5 minute line, so I definitely recommend going on a week day if you can!

The Hook in Nashville
      The Hook
This little fish spot was a short walk from our rented apartment and had a daily happy hour - score! We went on a Saturday evening before a concert and they had $6 sangrias that were divine. Their crab rangoon dip and french fries were delicious as well!

Nashville travel guide & photo diary | Love, Lenore
Sushi at Acme Feed & Seed in downtown Nashville
 Acme Feed & Seed
This was definitely one of our favorite spots we found! It's a huge building in downtown Nashville that's right on the river. It was an old warehouse that has been converted into an incredible dining, drinks, and music venue. The first floor has live music and a pretty big food menu, the second floor is a lounge with a sushi bar, the third floor is an event space, and then....there's an amazing rooftop patio that overlooks downtown Nashville, the river, the Titans stadium, and the big pedstrian bridge. We hung out here on our last night in Nashville and had such a wonderful time! I don't remember the name of our sushi roll pictured above, but it was one of the best I've ever had, and everything else we watched them make looked incredible as well. We also listened to some live music for a bit, and then spent an hour or two relaxing together on the rooftop patio and soaking in the beautiful view.

Other places we went...
-Sutler Saloon/The Basement - the Sutler has great live music and good food too (although it's a bit pricey)! If you go, get the guacamole trio! The Basement is a separate lounge downstairs with reasonable drink prices.
-Embers Ski Lodge - a funky pub in 12 South with great happy hour drink deals
-MLRose - great for late night drinks and appetizers 

A few places we didn't get to but wanted to...
-Adele's
-The Pharmacy
-Suzy Wong's House of Yum
-Otaku (ramen)
-5th & Taylor  
     

DO / SEE

Nashville travel guide & photo diary | Love, Lenore
Modern house in Nashville
12 South
This was one of our top 2 favorite parts of Nashville. The actual 12 South district has a bunch of shops and restaurants, and is so cute to walk around. We visited this area multiple times to check out different things and restaurants. It's also where the famous I Believe in Nashville mural is! Another one of my favorite parts of the trip was driving around and looking at the homes in this area (does anyone else do that everywhere they travel??)! It was seriously the most beautiful area, and had this incredible yet perfect mixture of modern and craftsman homes...all pristine and so so nice. I probably couldn't afford to live in that area, but it's definitely where I would want to be! We were literally pointing out every house to each other. 

Love, Lenore: Nashville travel guide & photo diary
Pedestrian bridge at the river / downtown
While we didn't go into any of the honky tonk bars downtown (they were so packed!), we still really enjoyed the downtown area, especially the pedestrian bridge. It crosses over the river and overlooks the city. It was beautiful, and we even got to see a proposal! Other notables downtown are Ryman Auditorium, the Nashville Convention Center, Hatch Show Print, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. 

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Nashville
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
This is a large, beautiful park with lots of walkways and things to do and look at. There's also a large indoor/outdoor farmer's market with all kinds of international food. We were too full to eat, but it all looked amazing. If you walk up to the north end where this photo was taken, there's a beautiful view of the park and capitol building. The Tennessee state capitol building sits up on a hill and is so pretty! It was way too hot to hike up the [steep] hill to look at it up close, but I would definitely like to next time we're there.

Nashville travel guide & photo diary | Love, Lenore
Shop & eat at The Gulch
This was a really cool area of Nashville with lots of shopping and food! It is definitely a newer "hip" area. There you can find the gorgeous angel wing mural at the top of my post, as well as Biscuit Love and an amazing Urban Outfitters. We shot this outfit post down there! 
  
Nashville skyline
Love, Lenore: Nashville photo diary
Enjoy live music
Nashville is obviously known for its live music (there's actually so much more than just country) and it's no joke. There are so many talented people there! We went to the Gary Clark Jr./Raury concert at Ascend Amphitheater in downtown Nashville, and it was such a great venue with the skyline framing the stage! We also heard great live music at the Sutler Saloon and Acme Feed & Seed. There are lots of singer/songwriter nights around town so if you're into that be sure to do some research beforehand or ask local people where they like to go! The Bluebird is featured commonly on the TV show Nashville, but supposedly it's equally amazing in real life! From what I heard you need to buy tickets in advance though. 

White eyelet dress
Home in Germantown, Nashville
Vertical garden at Butchertown Hall in Nashville
Easy summer dress
Explore Germantown
Germantown is such a beautiful area of Nashville just northwest of downtown Nashville. There's a mixture of gorgeous newer apartments and townhomes mixed with stunning and eccentric older homes. There are lots of restaurants and boutiques down there too, so it's just a great area to spend some time walking around! I loved walking around the area. I mentioned Butchertown Hall and Red Bicycle above, but I also tried a juice shop called the Juice Bar that was some of the best green juice I've tried. Germantown is right by the Bicentennial Park I talked about above, so those are good to combine within the same morning or afternoon. Details on my white dress can be found in this post, which we shot in Germantown!

Other fun things we did...
-Toured Corsair Brewstillery, a distillery and brewery that offers an inexpensive tour and tasting
-Drove around the Vanderbilt & Belmont campuses. Both were beautiful!

Things we didn't do but want to next time...
-Check out Centennial Park, which is supposedly beautiful to walk round and has the world's only true-to-size replica of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece
-Hangout at Pinewood Social, a really trendy hangout spot by downtown with a pool, a vintage bowling alley, food, drinks, and games
 -Check out the 5 Points area in East Nashville


I'm sorry that post got so long, but hopefully you got some good info if you ever want to visit Nashville! Overall, it was a pretty affordable trip, and we had so much fun exploring there! It's just a really fun and vibrant city, and everyone we met was so friendly and eager to give us suggestions. Please let me know if you have any questions, or suggestions for our next visit!
 
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