• Caviar and Bananas
  • Caviar and Bananas
  • Poppy and Monroe
  • Poppy and Monroe
  • Poppy and Monroe
  • Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint
  • Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint
  • Five Daughters Bakery
  • Five Daughters Bakery
  • Proper Bagel
  • Proper Bagel
  • White’s Mercantile
  • Draper James
  • Sprinkles Cupcake ATM
  • Parlour 3
  • Parlour 3
  • LA Jackson
  • LA Jackson
  • LA Jackson
  • LA Jackson
  • Acme Feed and Seed

Day One

Nashville here we come! We have been planning this girls weekend for months. On our agenda: Shopping, spa treatments, great restaurants, photo-ops, and fun night life.

From St. Louis, it took us about 4 1/2 hours to get to Nashville. We arrived just in time for lunch so we headed straight to Caviar and Bananas. I heard about this place from one of my favorite Nashville bloggers: Living with Landyn.

Caviar and Bananas

This place is gorgeous. It’s a fast casual cafe and market. We created our own sandwiches and salads. They have huge pastries, cookies the size of a dinner plate, a coffee bar, wine, brunch, cheese plates and Fro-zay that looked amaze!

Curious about the name? I was. An employee told me originally it started as a market and expanded into a cafe selling everything from Caviar to Bananas. Clever. The decor alone made me so happy.

Poppy and Monroe

We had manicure appointments booked that afternoon at Poppy and Monroe, a natural salon in Germantown.

We got relaxing gel manicures, picked the perfect neutral nail color #30 and soaked up the peace and quiet without having the kids around. Next time I want to try the sugaring which is a natural alternative to waxing. Have you tried sugaring? The salon also has amazing natural skin care, jewelry, and other goodies in their gift shop.

Alexis + Bolt

After our mani’s we walked to a cute shop Alexis and Bolt Boutique. You have to check out their greeting card selection and other cute gifts and clothing.

Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint

For dinner, a Nashville BBQ joint came highly recommended. Martin’s BBQ. They are known for the “Redneck taco” and brisket sandwich. There was a long line but it moved quick.

Five Daughters Bakery

After dinner, we had to make a sweet treat stop to Five Daughters Bakery.

We indulged in the decadent Maple, Chocolate, and Purtin. These are 100 layer cronuts. They are unlike anything I’ve tasted – nothing like a regular donut – because they have 100 layers of heaven in each bite. Yum!

Renaissance Nashville Hotel

We stayed at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel. It was a perfect location. Everything we wanted to see and do was within a few miles.

Our room overlooked from a distance Broadway and all the Honkey Tonks. There is a Starbucks in the lobby for coffee if you’re a coffee fanatic like me.

Parking tip: We parked across the street at the Nashville Public Library garage for $13 a day (there is a covered cross walk to the hotel on the 4th floor) vs. the hotel valet $40.

Day Two

Proper Bagel

We started off with breakfast at Proper Bagel. We ordered a trio of tasty toast and the must-have lavender honey iced latte. You have to try it. Avacado Toast, Pruchetto and Fig, and Peaches and Cream with a honey lavender latte. Bring it on.

12South

After fueling up we couldn’t wait to check out 12South. This place is a little piece of heaven. Shops, Restaurants, Murals for photo ops and the cutest flower truck to take home a bouquet.

Amelia’s Flower Truck cruises around town but lucky for us the truck was at White’s Mercantile.  You can pick flower stems to create your own bouquet.

Draper James is Reese Witherspoon’s boutique. They have the sweetest southern style clothing and accessories. The shop is pricey but it worth a trip into browse. They even greet you with a sweet tea to enjoy while you shop.

There are so many fun murals and painted walls to get your photo.

Next door to Draper James is Sprinkles Cupcake ATM. OMG, WHAT!! This concept is genius. I had to get a couple cupcakes for my boys. I opted for the pumpkin and sprinkle cupcakes. They loved!!

Parlour 3

After shopping, photos and cupcakes we needed some pampering.  We had set appointments for blowouts at Parlor 3.  This salon is where Nashville celebs get their hair done.  The owner works with Carrie Underwood.  One of my favorite bloggers, Living with Landyn, always talks about Parlor 3.

My stylist was Derick.  He just moved to Nashville from LA and was so sweet.  He said it was his first job in a salon.  He had been working with celebs in LA and NYC doing celebrity events.  He was modest about the celebs he had worked with but on his IG account @derekpeterw, he has pics with Khloe Kardashian, Gweneth Paltrow, Whitney Everport,  Rebecca Romijin and tons of others.  I loved feeling like the celebs do for an afternoon.

Tip:  If you are in Nashville, go to Parlour 3 on Saturday.  They said Saturday is there slowest day but book in advance.  We had the best service and time.

L.A. Jackson

After getting our hair done we were ready for a night out in Nashville. The first stop was The Thompson Hotel. They have a swanky rooftop bar called L.A. Jackson that overlooks the Gulch. It was the perfect night. We order some cocktails and an app and enjoyed the fresh air and Nashville glow.

Acme Feed and Seed

Since we had our dancing shoes on, we headed to Broadway we went to Acme Feed and Seed.  This was a four-floor honkey tonk on Broadway.  Each floor had a totally different vibe.  We spent most of the night on the first floor listening to the live band, watching the bachelorette parties, and dancing.

Thankfully The Renaissance Nashville Hotel was a quick uber ride back.

Are you ready to grab your girls and go?

The weather has cooled off in St. Louis so I’m obsessed with getting my boys outside as much as possible. Many nights we will take our dinner to a playground or park and enjoy the outside while we eat. Being a working mom, I don’t have loads of time with my boys so I try to find ways to make our time together special without a lot of work.

Here’s what we do:

  1.  Keep a blanket, towel, even your yoga mats in your car so you can be spontaneous when you’re in the picnic mood.
  2. If packing food isn’t an option and you’re not in the mood for fast food, we like to get “grab and go” from The Art of Entertaining in Webster Groves.  They have healthy options my kids like too.  Mason is eating the Smart Start breakfast option which includes fruit, yogurt, and a popular mini muffin.
  3. One additional thing I like to do is use these fun kids conversation cards to generate interesting dialogue with my boys.  It helps keep topics off the bathroom which for some reason boys love to talk about.  🙁  LOL

Fill me in on how you like to picnic.  Have fun enjoying your quality outdoor time.

On a side note, my boys LOVE dogs.  They want to pet every dog they see.  I was recently looking for some cute graphic T’s for a family photo and found these adorable options.

Puppy Applique T-shirtPuppy long sleeve optionRound towel for picnic | Art of Entertaining grab and go foods

My trunk club box arrived and I know your dying to see what I got.

First I wanted fall transitional pieces for work.  I love jackets, vests, need some peep toe booties and dresses I can wear now into fall.  Second I wanted some fun tops for the fall for a couple of GNO’s and a winery trip.

Here is what I found:   A personalized note from the stylist Lyndsey, and prepaid shipping labels to send back anything that doesn’t work.  There was also a note about free alterations at any Nordstrom if needed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I tried everything on but the lighting was horrible so I took pics that were easier for you to see.  I added my own jeans.

The perfect dress to wear now and transition into fall.  I love this wine color.  A soft taupe moto jacket for layering and taupe peep toe booties and some bling. I’m obsessed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cute GNO/Winery tops,  cold shoulder is still all the rage, peep toe booties and my jeans.  What do you think?  What should I keep?

 

 

 

 

 

If your thinking you want to try trunk club check out this link.  It will save you time and money and you’ll have a stylist helping you pull it all together.  XOXO Sarah

Hey friends.

Fall is around the corner and I can already smell the pumpkin lattes.  YUM!!  I am in need of a couple of fall updates to my wardrobe.  I have an upcoming girls trip to Nashville and a couple of work trips and no time to shop so I decided to try the “Trunk club” a Nordstrom company for some updated pieces to take with me.  Here are the steps I took:

  1.  I logged in to https://www.trunkclub.com/my/invite/APLJPZ and filled out a profile.  They asked my style, taste, occasion, price points, etc.  I wanted all clothing under $100 and good transition and layering pieces for Fall.
  2. I was assigned a stylist…Lyndsey.  She messaged me a few questions to get a good idea of what I was looking for, my taste, etc.  I had also set up a Pinterest board and pinned a few looks I liked to give her a better idea of my style and what I am looking for.
  3.  She then curated looks for me to approve/not approve.  Once everything was approved it was shipped.

If you need some wardrobe updates, don’t have time to shop or don’t like to shop I’d recommend trying Trunk Club.  They waive your $25 styling fee if you purchase something OR if you have a Nordstrom credit card so you have nothing to lose.  Shippingand returns are free and you can try on at home.

Use this link to try for yourself:  https://www.trunkclub.com/my/invite/APLJPZ

Stay tuned to see all the fun goodies that came in my trunk.

XOXO  Sarah

 

Happy Fry-yay!

It feels like fall today in St Louis.  Which makes the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale even more appealing.  There are only 3 days left to snag some Fall essentials before the prices go back up.  I have some of my Anniversary Sale FAVS.

Jeans | T-shirt | Scarf | Hat (Target)| Necklace

This outfit is perfect for weekend running around and having layers with the changing temps.

 

 

 

 

This top is perfect for fall trips to the winery, girls night or date night.  If you are a curvy girl like me these jeans are amazing.  They tuck and lift and are so comfortable and hello leopard accessories–I love you.

Cold Shoulder Top | Clutch | Bootcut Jeans  | Drusy Y Necklace-similar | Earrings | Leopard Heels-similar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mad for Plaid in the Fall.  This plaid shirt is soooooo soft.  I layered it over this essential T that comes in loads of colors.

T-shirt | Plaid Shirt | Jean Shorts | Straw hat Flip Flops | Necklace-similar Sunglasses | Earrings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This dress is so adorable for work or weekend fun.  Navy with the ruffle detail and classic accessories-yes!  Oh and this clutch is the perfect fall accessory.  I love the colors.

Navy Dress | Mixed Metal Bangles | Hoop Earrings | Clutch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love having cute jackets i can wear in the fall,  This ruffle track jacket is so cute in person.  These black jeans are all about the frayed hem which you’ll be noticing a lot this fall and accessories galore.

Ruffle Trim Jacket-sold out | Tee | Black Jeans | Necklace-similar | Earrings | Clutch | Booties

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cold Shoulder Top | Clutch | Bootcut Jeans  | Drusy Y Necklace | Earrings | Leopard Heels-similar

Perfect Fall girls night/date night outfit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T-shirt | Jeans Herringbone jacket | Scarf | Mixed Metal Bangles | Hoops | Clutch

This herringbone jacket can go from work to weekend.  All the accessories are so versatile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How fun is this swing dress?  It’s perfect to wear while the weather is transitioning.  These sunglasses are low investment but good quality and a big statement.

Swing dress | Quay Sunglasses | Shoes | Earrings | Bangles and Bangles

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of a few classics.  T-shirt, Olive jeans, versatile necklace.

Caslon Rounded V-neck Tee | Olive Jeans  |  Tassle Pendant  | Cuff (not anniversary)

 

Classic Inside Out Hoop Earring

 

 

 

 

 

Perfect date night or girls night outfit.

Drusy Necklace | Ruffle bell sleeve top | Paige black denim

Clutch | Cuff (non anniversary)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scarves galore:  My favs and leopard–yes!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This jacket–a fall staple Caslon Rounded V-neck T-shirt  Comes in 16 colors, super soft, the perfect layering T-shirt

Double Ruffle Sleeve Blouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caslon Knit Blazer, This blazer feels like a sweatshirt but looks polished.  Super versatile to wear from work to weekend.  Comes in several colors.

Classic Plaid Shirt-Ultra soft and drapey.  Would be perfect with the knit blazer or on its own.

Ponte Ankle Pants-The perfect black ankle pant.  Sleek and Stretchy.

Leopard Print Scarf-Everyone needs a little more leopard in their life.

Faux Leather Leggings-Perfect for fall looks,zipper at the bottom for vent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruffle Cold Shoulder top-This top is so soft, feminine and light weight for fall.

Long sleeve knit tunic-This tops feels as soft as pajamas, it is the perfect layering top or worn on its own, comes in tons of colors.