Shop My Favorite Items at Able!

Shop My Favorite Items at Able!

When I was in Nashville visiting my friend, we happened upon this store in The Nations called “ABLE”. As soon as I stepped foot in the door, I was obsessed. Everything was so cool and the vibe was just on point.

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As we were browsing, the owner told us about the concept of ABLE. Basically, it’s a lifestyle brand that is focused on ending generational poverty by working with women who have often overcome extraordinary circumstances. I love that they work directly in the communities they wish to impact – both locally and globally. And they invest mainly in women because they know that when women succeed so do the worlds they live in. According to UNICEF, women reinvest 80% of their income back into their families, while men only reinvest 30-40%. Yea, cause we bad ass!

So now knowing all that, I just hadddd to buy something. I ended up purchasing a druzy ring that day and now I am obsessed with perusing their website daily so here are a few of my favorite pieces at their store so you can shop there too and make a difference in these ladies’ lives!

Druzy Ring

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This is the stunner that I bought while in Nashville. I recommend buying it a little big – I’ve been wearing it on what I call my ‘fuck you’ finger and am loving it. Am I married? Take a gander at my eff you finger.

Gold Rosy Lariat

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I have a very similar necklace that I bought from a boutique here in Chicago and it was much pricier than the $42 it costs at ABLE. I like this because it can be casual or dressy and you can layer it with other pieces!

Tirhas Backpack

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This backpack is giving me all the 90s feels and we all know the 90s is alive and well in 2018. This particular bag was named after one of the women that ABLE worked with to create the bag. I use a backpack when I travel for work and I love that this one looks very professional and not like a little girl going to class!

Feminist Leather Pouch

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This leather pouch is on sale for $34! I have so many pouches – all for different things. One is my work pouch and it holds my eye drops, the special lotion for my dry skin, tissues, among other things. Then I have another I only use for traveling and it holds my water spray (great for long flights to stay hydrated!), more eye drops, gum, and eye mask. I like to keep them separate so I’m not constantly moving things from pouch to pouch and losing things in the process. Long story short, you can never have too many pouches!

Gabriella Bell Sleeve Pullover

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I saw this in store and it felt sooooo comfy. I didn’t buy it because it was $100 (a little pricey for something I would probably wear in the comfort of my home alone), so I passed. But now it’s on sale for $68 so I might need to add this guy to my closet. It also comes in grey and navy.

Now let’s all go forth and support WOMEN.

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!
  • Alley outside Three Brothers Coffee: someone compared this wall to modern hieroglyphics. This wall is completely black and white so it works really well if you are wearing something SUPER colorful.

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 hangover 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!
  • The Old School: The experience here is nothing short of magical. Yes, it’s a little out of the way but it’s worth taking time out of your way to go. They have live music on the weekends so you can listen to folk music as you eat and the vibe is very chill, low candlelight with a modern Little House on the Prairie take on decor. The carbonara and duck dishes were INSANE. And the service was just outstanding. I’ve also heard this place does goat yoga and in the summer they have live music on their lawn. It’s such a cute place! I want to come back in the summer and get a cheese plate and listen to music outside and drink all the rose. Anyone with me?
  • Dino’s: My favorite food is a good burger, so for my birthday I found Dino’s which is a seedy dive bar with greasy delicious food. Their Bad Boy Basil burger with basil aioli and avocado really hit the spot. If you don’t want to sit in the actual bar, there is a really cute patio out back with some cool murals to boot!

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 memorabilia, 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!).

 

A Sassy Nashville Guide: Part One

A Sassy Nashville Guide: Part One

Ever since a friend of mine moved to Nashville, I’ve spent a good chunk of time traveling there to visit and hop around Music City and a few people have asked for some food, shopping and mural recommendations. So here is my comprehensive guide to visiting the Athens of the South (a real nickname of Nashville btw!).

Bars on Broadway

 

Going to the bars on Broadway is like going to Times Square only 1,000x better because it’s just all about roaming the streets and stopping into as many bars as possible to listen to music and drink a beer (or in my case lots of Sutter Home because I’m not a beer girl). Even though Broadway is amazing, you CAN pick the wrong bars to visit. So here are a few of my favorites:

  • Tootsie’s: the most classic of classic and you can never go wrong here. There are 3 floors and I recently discovered the top floor and it is now my favorite!
  • Nudie’s: a recent favorite. They had my favorite band ever last time I was there and they play country and hip hop and rock and pop. I mean the band sang the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song and then TLC’s No Scrubs. And then I was in love.
  • Acme Feed & Seed: this place skews younger on the top floors and they have a really awesome rooftop with great views of Broadway.
  • Honky Tonk Central: I always end up here late night because they have a large dance floor and great live music. I would recommend this for any time after 11pm!

Breakfast/Brunch 

 

  • Milk & Honey: come for the biscuits, stay for the champagne mojitos. This place is in the Gulch and across the street from some amazing murals so this is two for one! It’s also near a Pure Barre, Cycle X place, and an Orange Theory. So if you’re someone who likes to work out before you brunch, this is a great location to do that.
  • The Flipside: one of the most amazing dishes ever loaded tater tots! Topped with a fried egg, avocado, and cheese. I meannnnn! This is in the 12 South neighborhood and is near tons of shopping like Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James, which just happens to also be near the “I Believe in Nashville” mural.
  • Five Daughters: some of the most inventive donuts I have ever had! And that is saying something. This past time we got one that had an entire pie crust on top! There are multiple locations, but this is definitely a pickup and go kind of place.
  • Pinewood Social: come for brunch, stay all day. This place has great coffee, food, cocktails, and a bowling alley. I literally came once with friends and we stayed for 5 hours drinking, eating and bowling. For sure recommend reserving a lane though otherwise, you will wait hours to get one.
  • The Mockingbird: Adult Capri Suns, breakfast tots, and a giant breakfast taco. I feel like I don’t need to say more, but I will because this restaurant is owned by a Chicago native so it now holds an even more special place in my heart.

Shopping

 

  • HER Bookshop: at some point, you have to hit up East Nashville (because it’s where all the cool people are), and this place is a must if you consider yourself a feminist. The bookstore focuses mainly on selling female-focused novels and highlighting female authors, and also has things like women in power playing cards and bundles of books you can buy that are curated by the store owners!
  • Draper James: Reese Witherspoon’s store is a must stop even if you aren’t into gingham and pink. The store itself is cute and usually has sweet tea to give to their window shoppers.
  • White’s Mercantile: quirky general store! All the cute things! Go!
  • imogene + willie: tons of jeans and lots of things for the dude in your life too. Not that I have one, but I hear people travel with boys sometimes.
  • ABLE: my literal new obsession. This store is in the Nations so it’s kind of a hike, but so worth it, because all the goods are made by women who have overcome extreme adversity and extraordinary circumstances like human trafficking and abuse. And the goods are of really high quality and so beautiful. I have a ring from there that I am obsessed with.
  • Elle Gray: cute little boutique in Sylvan Park. The owner was really sweet and the clothes are super cute and reasonably priced. I also wanted every piece of local jewelry.
  • Shoppes on Fatherland: Shopping, restaurants, nail salons, pilates. This little open-air shopping market has it all. It’s in East Nashville so you def get a hipster vibe. Do not miss these shops in particular btw: Gift Horse, Whiskey Water, and Project 615.

Check back later in the week for my post on restaurants for dinner, a mural guide and more on Music City!