Rocksbox: The Jewelry Subscription That Keeps My Spending in Check

Rocksbox: The Jewelry Subscription That Keeps My Spending in Check

Let’s start with a confession: I love jewelry. Being plus size means you can’t often shop at regular size stores with confidence that everything will fit, but with jewelry, well that’s another story. I can go anywhere and buy jewels and they will fit! So when I’m itching for a trend, I usually reach for the thing I know will fit: jewelry.

Because of this, I own maybe 30 statement necklaces…half of which I never even wear anymore. I’m not sure I want to know how much money I’ve wasted on cheap jewelry!

Then I heard about Rocksbox. It’s a jewelry membership service that is only $21 a month with designers I know and recognize (and covet like Kendra Scott!).

Here’s how it works:

  1. Log into your account and create a wish list. This was the best part for me because I basically got to curate a little jewelry drawer. Then each month I get some of it in the mail!

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2. You also get assigned a stylist who then curates a box for you every month based on your wish list as well as a style form you fill out when you sign up.

3. Once you verify you like what he/she has picked or selected from your wish list, they send you this pretty package in the mail:

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4. Wear your pieces all month! Or if you like them, but don’t want to buy them, you can keep them longer. Just know you will pay another $21 for every month you keep the jewelry. If you LOVE it so much that you can’t part with it, then you keep it and pay the overall price. That $21 you pay per month will always go towards any purchases you decide to make, and most of the pieces are $20-$40 so you can get a great piece of jewelry out of this deal!

5. Once you’re done with it all, use the prepaid label and the reusable envelope it came it to send it back. Literally just drop it in a post office box (it’s small enough to not have to take to the actual post office which is so great).

6. Then you start the process all over again!

OTHER NOTES: 

  • Each piece is hand-inspected before it gets sent out, so it’s clean!
  • If you buy all 3 pieces, you get $10 off the entire price
  • The company was founded by women and led by women which I personally am a huge fan of!

If you want to try Rocksbox for free for one month, use my code SASSYCONFETTIXOXO in the promo code box!

A Sassy Palm Springs Guide: Part Two

A Sassy Palm Springs Guide: Part Two

Below are some more of my Palm Springs recommendations including shops that you can’t miss, restaurants that are to die for, and the most important walls to take pictures against!

Shopping

  • SHAG: 60s themed art – super fun store that has a little tiki bar that was great for a photo shoot!
  • Christopher Kennedy: This guy is known for being the ‘it guy’ of Palm Springs interior design. His store has tons of fun goodies. I bought a little cactus planter for my apartment here.
  • Trina Turk: The clothes are expensive, but they also have a Mr. Turk store next door that has lots of little trinkets including a lot of Jonathan Adler stuff which I’m a big fan of.
  • Christopher Anthony: Cute art store. All these stores are right next to each other. Basically Palm Canyon Drive has tons of shopping and eating and you can’t go wrong at any of these places, but these were my faves!

Restaurants

  • Eight4Nine: We went for dinner, which was good but not super amazing for the price, but I would recommend coming for drinks and appetizers in the bar area. This place is definitely a scene and has an awesome outdoor chic patio.
  • Purple Palm: Highly recommend for brunch. Their croissant BLTA with a fried egg was to die for. And the restaurant looks out onto the hotel pool, so it’s great for a long brunch with mimosas and a great view.
  • El Jefe: Good Mexican place in the Saguaro hotel.
  • Birba: Cute Italian spot in downtown Palm Springs. Not far from the tiki bar I mentioned in my first Palm Springs guide. Make sure to sit on the patio – it’s got lots of twinkle lights and it’s very magical.
  • Ice Cream & Shop(pe): This place is a two-for-one. They are both a ice cream parlor AND a cute little store. We came here and got date ice cream (SO GOOD) and shopped their cute trinkets including a flamingo pool float that holds my drinks while I sunbathe!

Walls

  • Trellis at Parker: This is something everyone in Palm Springs has a picture with – it’s literally right outside where you walk into the lobby. Also the bellmen are very well versed in taking photos here so use them – they know the best angles!
  • MDMN Mural: This very colorful mural is right outside Trio in downtown Palm Springs. Hit up the parking lot and you will find it!

A Sassy Palm Springs Guide: Part One

A Sassy Palm Springs Guide: Part One

Oh Palm Springs! It’s a wonderland of color, architecture, and modernism and I LOVE it. If you didn’t know before (and you probably do), I love color. Palm Springs basically IS color, so it’s an awesome place to go if you want sun, history, culture, and relaxation. Below are some of my recommendations for hotels, things to see, the best pool party scenes and bars!

Hotels

Palm Springs has some fierce hotel options and while most of the ones below are $$$, they are super gorgeous and even if you can’t afford to stay at one, checking them out for the interiors, architecture or bars/restaurants, is definitely recommended!

  • Parker: God, is this place just #GOALS. The first time I came here was just for cocktails during a bachelorette party and we got to hang out in the lobby and have some spicy margs, but didn’t get much further. This place is so exclusive that a lot of movie stars stay here (Leonardo DiCaprio and Charlize Theron were JUST there according to my Uber driver), so they keep the grounds on lock down only to guests. Even if you’re going to the spa for the day, you can’t just wander around the grounds after. Somehow, we convinced the security guard to let us prance around and we happened upon so many fun nooks and crannies. If you can somehow sneak back here, totally worth it. You could hang out here all day playing croquet, giant chess, ping pong or in their many pools. Also, the spa is so great and I got one of the best facials I’ve ever had. Another fun note: Jonathan Adler just did some of the renovations and the decor is so colorful, quirky and fun.
  • Saguaro: Another place that screams COLOR! I have actually only been to this hotel in Phoenix because the last time we were there was the big White Party and it was mayhem trying to get on property, but this place is great to stop by and explore and take some Instagram pics 🙂
  • The Colony Palms: This is where I stayed this past weekend and my sister and I were big fans of the relaxing pool (this is NOT a party pool by the way), big fluffy robes, and good drinks. Their restaurant is really great, so I highly recommend coming here for a drink or dinner.

Things to See

  • That Pink Door: This is someone’s actual home that people come to take photos in front of all. damn. day. I am no exception. I came here with a gaggle of girls during my friend’s bachelorette and we did a full on photo shoot and it was great. The address is 1100 E Sierra Way if you feel so inclined to do the same! And don’t forget to use the hashtag #thatpinkdoor. Yes, it has it’s own hashtag.
  • Elvis’s Honeymoon Hideaway: Mid-century modern architecture runs rampant in Palm Springs, and one way to see it is by bike. That’s what my friends and I did when we were there last May. It was hot as Hades but we biked all over including to Elvis’s Honeymoon Hideaway, which was also his and Priscilla’s home for two years in the ’60s. You can go in and get a tour, but we just biked by and stopped for some photos.
  • Self-guided architecture tour: I am huge in history and architecture, so checking out some of that while we were there was important to me. Click the link here for some of the better spots to check out and you can do your own tour – with a car or a bike!
  • Tramway: This past weekend was my first time going up the Tramway, and it was a really fun little trip. We went up and had some lunch and lots of wine (whoops!) and just chilled. The view is spectacular and a little chilly so bring a jacket. Pro tip: they have full bars at the main level where you pick up the tram and another one at the top, so you can drink while you wait for the tram on both sides!
  • Lisa Vanderpump’s Star: While you’re shopping, you have to stop and get a picture with Lisa Vanderpump’s star on the Walk of Fame. I’m a huge Housewives fan, so this was a must for me. You can find her star at 155 S. Palm Canyon Dr.
  • Joshua Tree National Park: FYI, the national park is only about an hour away from Palm Springs, so if you have a car I HIGHLY recommend checking it out. We went at sunset for a picnic and I wish we had had more time to explore.

Pool Parties

  • Riveria at Palm Springs: This place is a bachelorette heaven and has great DJs, fun cocktails (get the mojito!) and sometimes have fun pop-ups around the pool. When we were there they had a free tequila tasting! If you want a fun party atmosphere, I highly recommend their pool party.
  • Saguaro: I mentioned them above, but you should for sure check which DJs are playing while you’re there because that totally indicates whether it will be a rager or not. I still need to get here, but I’ve heard this place gets wild.
  • Ace Hotel & Swim Club: This place is all about the pool parties and often have different themed ones, so check out their calendar to see what’s happening while you’re there because it’s probably worth checking out.

Bars

  • Bootlegger Tiki: This is the cutest little tiki bar speakeasy in the middle of downtown Palm Springs. Cocktails are great, inside is adorable.
  • The Purple Room: This was a Rat Pack hang-out back in the day and still acts as a traditional supper club with live entertainment. I did not get to go, but I’ve heard it transports you back in time. Def make a reservation and get a martini.
  • Woody’s: If you can’t get a reservation at the above, I recommend here. It’s more casual, has great burgers, and the Frank Sinatra-esque live music. A lot of musicians also hang out here so you never know who you will see!

Check back next week for more of my Palm Springs recs – including restaurants and walls!

 

Travel Essentials: Sassy’s Expert Packing Tips

Travel Essentials: Sassy’s Expert Packing Tips

Last week, I gave you some short tips for being a better packer in my Instagram stories, so I thought I’d transcribe them as well as some of my other expert packing tips here for your next trip! Ironically, my next trip starts this Thursday…yep, leaving Chicago again for sunny California and some downtime with my family.

1. Lay out all your clothes day by day before putting them in your suitcase.

This is my number 1 tip for all time. It really helps eliminate wasting space and also overpacking. I will lay out my outfits literally day by day that I will be somewhere. For example, I’m going on a trip this weekend so I will lay out my clothes from Thursday plane outfits to Sunday plane outfits and everything in between. This includes laying out accessories and shoes! This way you don’t forget anything at home and you have no confusion about what to wear moment to moment. The only issue is that you are then required to wear what you bring, so I usually bring one back up outfit just in case something doesn’t speak to me while I’m gone. But ONLY ONE.

2. Minimize how many pairs of shoes you bring by picking outfits that share similar shoe choices. 

Even if you’re just bringing a carry-on, that carry-on can get mighty heavy if you are dragging around multiple pairs of shoes. So to mitigate that problem, I usually try to wear outfits that share similar shoe choices. The only time this is hard is when I’m traveling for work and know I need to be on my feet a lot. It is usually nice to switch up your shoes daily to avoid your feet feeling like actual death. If you need a lot of shoes, then I recommend lighter clothes 🙂

3. Pack each section of your suitcase by when you’re going to wear it. 

When I get somewhere, I don’t always love unpacking my suitcase especially if I’m only there for 2-3 days. So I usually like to pack bottom to top based on the days I will be there. Put the items you know you won’t need until the end of the trip at the bottom of the bag and work your way up. I try to keep my first outfit, pajamas, underwear at the top of the suitcase for easy access and then use a drawer in the hotel for my dirty clothes until the end of the week/weekend and then dump all the dirty in together!

4. Include your heaviest items as part of your plane outfit. 

This usually only pertains to the winter months, but I usually like to include my heaviest coat or shoes as part of my outfit for the plane so they don’t take up a lot of space in my suitcase that can be used for more important things like my hair styling tools. Heaviest shoes, or just ones that take up a lot of space, are either booths or running shoes. Running shoes that rarely ever get used by the way, but I bring them everywhere like I will suddenly be someone who works out when they travel.

5. Always have your bathing suit, underwear, and toiletries at the top of your suitcase. 

There have been many times I’ve been asked to check my bag last minute because it’s a small plane or there isn’t room on a connecting flight if I show up late, and my luggage has been lost a gooooood amount. So I’ve learned that when that happens, I usually grab the important things from my bag before handing it over. This means they need to be at the top! If I’m traveling somewhere tropical that means grabbing my swimsuit (I’ve been in St. Thomas for a week with no bathing suit…it was horrible),

 

Travel Essential Series: Shop My Beauty Bag

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I leave for Orlando tomorrow for work (eek – it’s gonna be a big week!) so I’m doing a travel essentials series for you guys! Earlier this week, I gave you a list of all my fave Netflix shows to binge watch on flights, and when I’m not at work dinners, and today I am going to share all my fave travel beauty must-haves!

Let’s start with what you need in your carry-on first. I fly a LOT, so I’ve learned over the years, especially as I get older, that moisture is key. That’s why I always fly with Evian facial spray and Rohto drops in my carry-on. A water mister probably sounds stupid, but it’s seriously changed my life on long flights. Spray it on a few times during the flight and especially after you wake up from a long nap. It’s refreshing and hydrating and just plain feels good! My eyes are naturally dry so I tend to travel without my contacts in if it’s an international flight, but if I’m just flying in the US, I always have Rohto with me. It’s like Icy Hot for your eyes and brings relief quickly and stays a lot longer than normal eye drops from the drug store.

To keep the hydration theme going, lately, I’ve been traveling with a lot of face masks and eye pads. My favorite eye patches are by Klorane:

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There is nothing better than after a long day of work, coming back to your hotel room and just laying back with some cooling eye pads. Plus, hotels dry you out! I usually start with a face mask and then end with the cooling eye patches. My go-to masks are the Say Yes line. Particularly love their charcoal face mask!

Getting ready in the mornings usually has to be a quick and ready type thing for me. When I’m on-site for events, I usually work late and get up early. So a quick shower, some dry shampoo, and a perfume bath are usually what happens.

My favorite dry shampoo is by Batiste and you actually can buy travel sizes of it on Amazon! They sometimes have it at Target, but they didn’t this time so I’m traveling with a Tresemme one that I don’t love as much.

Finding travel size perfume is usually not fun either. Sephora sells rollerball version of most popular scents. My favorite is Marc Jacobs, which you can also purchase on Amazon as well. I also sometimes will buy some scents from Pinrose. They have little perfume wipes that I like to travel with and that also allows me some variety of perfume scents which you don’t usually get when you travel!

Best thing I travel with though is my Tangle Teezer. I get HUGE knots in the back of my hair if I don’t wash it daily (even if I brush it often), and I have a really sensitive scalp so getting the knots out is not fun. This brush somehow gets the knots out without hurting your head at alllll. They have a travel size which I just recently bought to take with me everywhere. Obsessed.

And that, my friends, are my travel beauty essentials!

Travel Essential Series: Netflix & Fly

I travel a lot for work, which means I spend a lot of time in the air! Most of the time, I have to log onto wifi and do some work, but sometimes I like to sneak in some recreational time and either read or sit back and Netflix.

I’m sure this isn’t news to a lot of people, but did you know if you have the Netflix app that you can download their shows so you can watch them without streaming!? This isn’t just great for planes but great for any kind of public transportation situation. So, I like to load up on some shows just in case I don’t want to use a lot of my battery whilst traveling. Below are some of my favorite shows available on Netflix now AND are downloadable (because not all of them are!).

Schitt’s Creek 

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Oh man, this show gives me so much joy. It’s about a family who loses all their money and the only thing they still own is a town called Schitt’s Creek and they move there and small-town hilarity ensues. Eugene Levy wrote this with his son Daniel who also stars in the show. Things I love about this show: Moira’s accent, anything to do with Alexis, and 100% I want to be bff with David.

The Confession Tapes 

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If you liked Making of a Murderer, you will like Confession Tapes. Each episode follows someone who was coerced into giving a confession and later backtracked claiming that the police made them confess to something they didn’t do. A lot of this for me was a did they/didn’t they guessing game. Some of the stories really made me nauseous that this is our justice system. Moral of the story: always get a lawyer.

Glow

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Anytime I suggest this show, people are always like, ‘A show set in the ’80s about girl’s wrestling? Pass.’ But for real, this show is really funny and heart-warming and apparently based on a true story of a real-life show from the ’80s called “GLOW”. Alison Brie is really great in this as a struggling actress who answers an add to be on this new reality show. It’s short 30 min. episodes and I blew through the first season in one day. It’s cute, it’s quirky and I highly recommend.

Last Chance U 

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I am a thing for documentaries and this was one of the first ones I streamed on Netflix. It’s about a community college in East Mississippi that takes in players that have been removed from their Division 1 schools for disciplinary reasons to give them their last chance to possibly be recruited back into a D1 school so they can eventually go on to the NFL. The first season is fascinating and really sort of plays out like a Friday Night Lights episode meets The Blind Side. You don’t need to like football to like this!

Hasan Minaj: Homecoming King 

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Hasan Minhaj’s stand-up comedy special is less stand up and more like a stand-up memoir about his life. He starts with how his parents met, how he lived for a long time alone with his dad in America while his mom was in India, and moves on to his life going up in California with immigrant parents. I learned a lot about the Indian culture during this special, which isn’t something I could say about others and it’s freaking hilarious to boot.

The OA 

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This is one of those shows that I want to tell you to just watch without really giving you any context. If you’ve watched any other films of Brit Marling’s, you’ll know this gets a little out there in terms of storyline and content, but I love the storytelling of it and how it keeps you guessing at every turn. If you don’t like sci-fi, this is not for you.

Marcella 

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The show opens up with a woman in a bathtub covered in blood but alive. Is she a victim of a crime or a perpetrator? We don’t know. Then we find out, this woman in the tub is the main character and she can’t remember what happened the night before. I love murder shows and I love psychological thrillers. This combines both. Marcella is a former cop who gets brought back onto a case because a serial killer has seemingly come out of retirement, but how is she linked to it? We don’t know and SHE doesn’t know which makes this show ten times more thrilling.

Sassy’s Book Club: My Favorite Books of 2017

Sassy’s Book Club: My Favorite Books of 2017

If you read my post the other day you got to learn more about my writing aspirations growing up. So, it will hopefully come to no surprise that I am an avid reader. Growing up, I was obsessed with the Bronte’s and Jane Austen and also any chick lit I could devour. I don’t read as much as I used to as an English major, but I still try to read at least 20 books a year (thanks for keeping count Goodreads!). Speaking of Goodreads, follow me if you want to see real life updates of my 2018 reading challenge progress!

Below are some of my favorite books that I read during 2017 (and some in 2016, but were too good to not tell you about!). I also linked them all in my Amazon Shopping List!

We Are Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Fowler

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This book was actually recommended to me by my friend Ellesse after I asked for some recommendations mid-year because I was almost exclusively reading books recommended by The Skimm and being super disappointed in them. Do NOT read The Light We Lost, by the way, it’s horrific and I can’t believe The Skimm recommend it. Anyway, this book is a delight. It somehow manages to be funny and serious at the same time. The writing is smart, sassy, and the topic is intriguing. I’ll give a tiny synopsis, but I don’t want to give anyway away so this is going to seem pretty vague. The story is about a girl in college whose brother has disappeared, and it is somehow connected to another disappearance of someone in her life who felt like family. It’s not really a mystery, but more like a mystery of trying to figure out who these two people were in the protagonist’s life. Read this. It really is spectacular.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

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This is one of the books that I read in 2016, but it’s one that I recommend anytime someone asks for a book recommendation. This one was a fast read for me, mainly because each chapter follows a different person within this one family that originated in Ghana. The interesting twist is that the story starts with two sisters of a Fante tribe. One of the sisters is captured and traded to Englishmen to be shipped to America and be sold into slavery, while the other stays in Ghana. The story unfolds over 300 years, but each chapter zeroes in on one person and it progresses up until modern times. I learned so much about the slave trade in this book, but also just about progress, or lack thereof, that our countries have made since then. Fantastic read. Couldn’t put it down.

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

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OK, I’ll admit it. This was no The Girl on the Train, which is why I think it doesn’t get a high rating on Goodreads. However, I found the content highly intriguing. I’ll agree, there are a lot of characters in this book and at first, it’s hard to keep them all straight, but see it through and trust me you will not regret it. What the book descriptions don’t tell you is that this book is anchored in witchcraft. Meaning these turbulent waters that all these women die in are connected to witches being taken to them to see if they could float back during the Salem Witch Trials era. If you could float, you were a witch and if you sunk, you weren’t a witch, but usually died anyway. The story follows a slew of different female characters and their connection to the water and I found it very interesting once you figured out who was who. I kept a little list on my bookmark while I was reading it to make sure I didn’t forget each character’s little back story.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

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Cue the sobbing. This memoir is about a young doctor who is diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and begins to write about his experiences because as a young boy, he had debated between a career in medicine or in literature. The memoir is really about what makes a life worth living and it’s poetic and beautiful and lyrical. Kalanithi is really a genius with words and it’s crazy how talented he was. If you’ve dealt with cancer in any aspect of your life, this is a hard read, but very much worth it. This one was recommended to me by my father and sister since we have all dealt with a lot of cancer in our lives and it was very therapeutic.

Shrill by Lindy West

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If you are curvy (and even if you’re not), I highly recommend this read. West’s memoir is about not fitting in and how she dealt with that and is still dealing with it now with her highly public battle with Internet rolls. I found myself taking screenshots of multiple pages to go back later and to read and bring up in conversations, which to me is always a sign that something is sticking and resonating with you and therefore should be recommended to others to read as well.

Blackout: Remembering The Things I Drank to Forget by Sarah Hepola 

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This book was recommended to me by one of my fellow book club members, Sami, and I really enjoyed it. Hepola is very self-deprecating, one of my favorite traits about myself btw, and while the story she tells is very sad and sometimes hard to hear, she somehow makes it…I don’t want to say funny because it’s a serious topic, but yea it does have a good amount of humor.

A Sassy Nashville Guide: Part Two

A Sassy Nashville Guide: Part Two

So far, we’ve covered my favorite on Broadway, breakfast/brunch spots and shopping of Nash Vegas. Let’s move on to the meat and potatoes of Nashville – the murals, dinner, and sight-seeing!

Murals

  • I Believe in Nashville: located at 2706 12th Ave South. This one is an icon and even though it’s overdone, you have to do it. It’s also right near most of the shopping in my last post so if you go shopping in the 12 South area, you will definitely not miss this mural.
  • Draper James Stripes Mural: located at 2707 12th Ave South. You guessed it, this one is on the Draper James storefront! Go shopping and see a mural.
  • Nashville at Heart: located at 2705 12th Ave South. Show your #NashvilleatHeart by visiting this mural done by the American Heart Association!
  • Ian Ross + Jason Woodside Murals: located at 11th and Laurel in the Gulch area of Nashville, which is right across the street from yummy brunch place Milk & Honey. These are two different murals right next to each other which means double duty without a lot of travel to grab your shots!
  • Google Fiber mural: located in East Nashville at 1012 Woodland St. aka outside Five Points Pizza. All the color, all the fun.
  • Star mural: located at the corner of Martin St & Humphrey St in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood. Good if you’re wearing a very bright colored outfit!

Dinner Spots

  • Husk: I could not be more in love with this place. It’s got such great Southern charm. The food is magnificent (esp the charcuterie board) and even if you don’t get food here, you can saddle up to their bar and just get a cocktail and apps. But for sure worth the price tag.
  • Five Points Pizza: a very casual spot in East Nashville. Their garlic knots are out of this world. They have local beer and wine in tap from City Winery. Their pizza is creative and different – like this vodka sauce pizza we had. Perfect hungover food.
  • Pharmacy Burger Parlor: this is a great spot for the summer because they have an awesome beer garden and great burgers that come with tots. Do I seem obsessed with tots? Because I am.
  • Rolf & Daughters: this is not an exaggeration, but this is the literal best meal I’ve ever had in Nashville, hands down. I had this fabulous duck for my entree, but the starters were real stand-outs. The beef tartare toast was just sensational and the butternut squash which didn’t even taste a thing like a squash. If you can get squash to taste not like squash, you can come cook for me anytime!

Sights to See 

  • Parthenon: I’ve never been to Athens, so I can’t attest that this is as grandiose or as beautiful as the actual Parthenon, but it was pretty incredible to see a full-blown replica in the middle of Nashville. Apparently, it was built to celebrate the state’s 100th anniversary because of the city’s nickname for being the Athens of the South. This nickname comes from all the universities and colleges in the city. Nashville was THE place to go to school in the 1800s/early 1900s if you lived below the Mason Dixon.
  • Ryman Auditorium: the first time I was in Nashville, I got to see the Opry at the Ryman since the Gaylord hotel was being renovated. It was the most amazing experience. I highly recommend seeing the Grand Ole Opry show at the Ryman if you can. It’s a radio program that is broadcast live and all sorts of different performers come (some very famous!) and perform. We got to see Jimmy Dickens there as well before he passed, which if you are a country fan you know that’s a big deal! They also just do tours during the day, which if you are a history fan, I highly recommend.
  • Country Music Hall of Fame: I really only recommend the hall of fame if you are a big country fan. I love country music so it was fun for me to see all the costumes and memoribilia, but if you aren’t into country music this probably isn’t the place for you. They do have a good amount of Taylor Swift stuff, so if you’re a big Swiftie then it might be worth it!

3 Cocktails to Make your Cold Days (or Nights) Warm & Cozy

3 Cocktails to Make your Cold Days (or Nights) Warm & Cozy

It has been a dream of mine for a while to get out of Chicago for NYE. It just feels more exotic somehow! So this year, my friend and I decided to go visit our friend who moved to Nashville two years ago. Nashville seemed like a good idea since it’s usually a lot warmer than Chicago and we were hoping to wear fall coats and boots and romp around the city sight-seeing.

Of course, it ended up being a balmy 9 degrees most of the weekend so staying warm was key! And since it was a vacation, after all, we figured the best way to do that was to spike our coffees and hot chocolates as we ran around Nashville using Solo Hot Cups to Go.

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you can get solo hot cups to go at the grocery store!

Below are some of my favorite recipes for spiking my hot beverages in the winter. These are great to transition from afternoon to night too and keep you caffeinated and warm. And they are all SUPER easy because as you all know, I am all for the simple and easy when it comes to cooking or making a beverage. That way you can consume it sooner and faster! And by using Solo Hot Cups to Go, it was a simple and easy cleanup. In other words, there was no cleanup!

 

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The Hot Bird

  • 1.5 ounces Songbird Coffee Liqueur by Cardinal Spirits
  • 6 oz. hot coffee
  • Whipped cream

This one is simple. Just add the liqueur to your coffee and top with whipped cream (or don’t!) and you’ve got one spiked hot coffee that is good to go sight-seeing with!

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An Irish Winter

  • 1 1/2 oz. chocolate flavored whiskey
  • 1 hot chocolate packet
  • A dash of peppermint oil/extract
  • Marshmallows

Make your hot cocoa. I’m a single lazy girl, so I buy either buy my hot chocolate at a coffee shop or get the pre-made packets from the grocery store and then add the whiskey and peppermint oil and top with as many marshmallows as I please! I love this one because it tastes nothing like alcohol and everything like chocolate and peppermint! It’s like a Frango mint.

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Spicy Cumin Margarita 

  • 2 oz. Spice Note cumin tequila
  • 2 oz. lime juice
  • 2 oz. simple syrup

OK, I know I know. This one is not very warm. In fact, you probably want some ice in your to go cup. But, this tequila warms you up with one sip because it’s spicy! And the to go cups keep your hands the perfect temperature! Place all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake it like a salt shaker and then pour over ice (or don’t pour over ice if you’re freezing!).

 

Unboxing My First M.M.LaFleur Bento Box

Back in March, I told you all about my first experience with MM.LaFleur, a women’s collection of clothes intended for the workplace. Their goal is to take the work out of the dressing experience. This past fall/winter, they opened up a brick and mortar styling studio for people in the Chicago area to stop by and do styling sessions to see if their exclusive collection of clothes…and they serve you prosecco. Before they could finish saying ‘free bubbles’, I was running towards their doors.

My first experience was so great that I decided to also try out their Bento Box service. First things first, this is NOT a subscription box. You literally only pay for what you decide to keep. Even shipping to and from your home is free.

The whole process is insanely simple. First, you go to their website and fill out a form on your personal style for your MM.LaFleur stylist to get an idea of who you are.

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I picked “fashion-forward” and “business casual” because I like to bring some of my personality into my work wardrobe even if I have pretty conservative clients. After you submit this you get assigned to a stylist and then wait about a week to get your Bento Box in the mail!

You usually get about 4-6 items in your Bento Box and it can include dresses, skirts, accessories or even jackets. Specify to your stylist what you prefer to wear. I told mine I prefer dresses so she sent more dresses and skirt options than she did pant options, which is what I prefer. But I also told her I was open to trying new things so she sent me a few things to experiment with and I was pleasantly surprised with one top!

Once you’re done trying everything on and deciding what you want to keep, return or exchange, you use a pre-paid label to send it all back! It’s easy to drop off at UPS store and you’re DONE! The simplest process ever and like I said before literally no commitment.

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These were the top 3 looks that I adored from my first Bento Box and things I could easily see wearing to client meetings or even out after work is over (I mean that top with the jeans is a perfect happy hour outfit, right?).

Here were my big takeaways from the entire experience and why I think every corporate woman should try their services:

  1. I love that it’s not a subscription service. I’ve done a few subscription boxes and gotten ones where I didn’t love anything and then just waste $20 on a box of things I didn’t want to keep.
  2. If you want a different size, they will also replace that for you for free. A few of the things were too small so I sent them back to get a bigger size which was really easy.
  3. The best thing about MM.LaFleur to me is their inclusivity. They service sizes 0 through 22 and it’s so refreshing to be able to try something on and not be nervous that it will be too small!
  4. All their pieces are made with the corporate woman in mind. For example, that top I’m wearing in the photo above has slits on the side so if you sit, it doesn’t feel uncomfortable or bunch up. A lot of the dresses are made with fabric with a lot of give for the same reason. They know you spend a lot of your day at a desk or in a conference room so the clothes are made with that in mind.

Final verdict: try it! You literally have nothing to lose since it costs nothing. If you don’t live near a brick and mortar store or you are very busy and travel a lot (hi, yes that’d be me), then the Bento Box is an awesome alternative.

Introducing Sassy’s Book Club!

Introducing Sassy’s Book Club!

Something you probably don’t know about me: I was an English major. This is because growing up I loved reading and thought that when I grew up I would be a writer. That’s mainly because my parents were both literature enthusiasts. We grew up with a lot of books in the house and one of the family childhood stories about me is that I used to sit and read the Encyclopedia Britannica before I could even read just because I liked the feel of paper.

In short, literature is in my DNA. And my day job doesn’t include it at all surprisingly, so I try as much as possible to read on my own. One thing I’ve found lately is that I’ve been taking more and more book recommendations from book lists like Oprah and The Skimm and while yes, they’re good, none have made me go, “OMG this is amazing. I need to tell all my friends to read this.”

I’m hoping by bringing together an amazing group of sassy women and men we can curate a great list of reads that we can highly recommend to the group to read and then have awesome discussions about them in our group chat on Good Reads.

Here’s how it will work:

  1. We will read 1 book over a 2-month period. Why not a shorter time frame? Well, most of us have a lot going on with jobs, kids, and general life stuff! So let’s give ourselves enough time to finish the book properly.
  2. At the end of the 2 month period (or earlier if you want), you can go into the Good Reads group and put in your thoughts, feelings, and questions. If you do put in your comments early, make sure to write SPOILER before your review so people know not to read it if they haven’t finished the book.
  3. Once we’ve read the first book, I will send out a survey to all our members to get suggestions for our next two-month read! This should be a book you’ve read before that you highly recommend and might not be widely read or known about (or it could be and you just want to scream it from the rooftops along with Reese Witherspoon!).

If you are interested in joining, click here to be taken to the Sassy Confetti Book Club group page on GoodReads.com. You will need to be a member of the group to make comments in the discussion feed. Additionally, you will need to join Good Reads to be a member at all! It’s one of my favorite places to keep track of all the books I’ve read and I especially love making challenges for myself throughout the year.

Our first book is going to be a book I read a few months ago and was recommended to me after I lamented the fact that every book I had read lately just wasn’t that great, which was disappointing since they had all been recommended by an official Reading List. The book she recommended was We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Fowler and I sped through it in two weeks. It’s really well done, keeps you guessing the whole time and then spits you back out at the end wondering what just happened to you. It’s a gorgeous read and I am really excited to now recommend it to all of you!

So let’s get READING!

Travel Essentials: Travel Hacks with Solo Cup

Travel Essentials: Travel Hacks with Solo Cup

As you have probably noticed, I travel a good amount for work (and sometimes pleasure). Besides giving you some of my favorite packing tips and travel guides, I thought I’d also give you some travel hacks using one of my favorite brands Solo Cup.

I love traveling with Solo Cup products because they are incredibly durable and reusable, which are two very important things when it comes to travel. Great example, I use a Solo Hot Cup to Go to travel with and when I was traveling to Orlando for work a few weeks ago, my bags fell over while I was in the bathroom and the cup didn’t even have a dent in it! Luckily, it didn’t have any liquid in it at the moment!

So below are some of the ways I use Solo Cup when I travel. These items can all be found at your local grocery store so you can also travel smarter with Solo Cup.

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  1. I like to bring all my plane snacks in Solo Bowls to Go. I used to bring my granola or candy for the plane in Ziploc backs on the plane, but everything would get squished by my computer and I’d be eating granola dust or squashed peanut M&Ms. Recently I discovered that these super durable bowls were a great alternative for when I’m on the go especially for on the plane.IMG_1181
  2. For a while, I have been traveling with a water bottle that I can refill after I get through security, but my cool one is glass and pretty heavy, so lately I’ve been bringing my water/tea in a Solo Hot Cups to Go and putting my glass water bottle in my suitcase for when I get to the hotel. This way I can drink my tea or water in the car, go through security with an empty cup, and then have Starbucks reuse when I get through security or refill it with water! The only reason I can do this is because the product is HIGHLY durable and doesn’t get soggy after one use. I can even use it on the way back home too!

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3. Use Solo Bowls to Go for things other than snacks! I don’t have kids, but I have a lot of friends that do and one of their tricks while flying is to bring a bunch of random little toys and pull them out during the flight one by one so it’s like a little surprise every few minutes to keep them entertained. The Solo Bowls to Go are perfect for holding little toys and like I said before really durable and the top doesn’t pop off easily.