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Nashville Bachelorette Adventures, continued…

Nashville has so much to offer and we took full advantage! After a traditional Southern brunch (thank you all that is good for grits, sweet potato fries, sweet tea, and BBQ with biscuits) at Puckett’s Grocery in downtown. I know I say it a lot, but nom nom nom!!!

 

Exploring downtown

Exploring downtown

We needed to burn off some of the friend green beans (this is a real thing), and whoa! I had planned a bike tour for our little bachelorette and co. I use Trip Advisor religiously, and Green Fleet Bicycle Shop and Tours had stellar reviews – signed, sealed, delivered! This was absolutely one of the weekend highlights; I booked a private tour for our group of seven, and thankfully we had great weather (I’ve become a bit of a cold weather wimp, so I was most concerned in the days leading up to this outdoorsy excursion). I won’t go into too much of a lengthy review (you can of course read my “official” Trip Advisor review, if you’re so inclined 😉 ), but our guides, the bikes, and the route was above and beyond what I had hoped for!

Gals on the Green Fleet Bike Tour of Nashville

Gals on the Green Fleet Bike Tour of Nashville – safety first from Ashley! 

Isnt she the cutest bachelorette you ever did see?

Isnt she the cutest bachelorette you ever did see?

Well after our bike tour, we were ready to rage! Cue the cocktails, cheesy costume jewelry, and in our case, honky tonk bars 🙂 We had a late dinner reservations at Merchant’s (run, dont walk to this eatery if youre ever in Nashville – but seriously, def make a reservation – theyre packed), so we started the night off strong with a visit to Robert’s Western World, where the bride to be was serenaded by an amazing country band – it was a sight to behold:

Get it!

Get it!

Obligatory cowboy boot koozie

Obligatory cowboy boot koozie

From there, we hopped along the various honky tonk spots in downtown, enjoying the live music, good weather, and celebratory beverages. The fact that several of the group had early morning flights coupled with the slight issue that is was daylight savings that night (spring forward – lost that hour – whoops!) didnt deter us – it was a great evening! Enjoy some of the pictures of the night and cheers to Sarah Craig!

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I know we’re all SO excited to celebrate again in May – toot toot! Until next time…

 

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Bachelorette (Hen Party!) in Nashville

By the time I touched down in Nashville, Tennessee (home of country music, for those of you not aware), my days in the states were numbered, but the celebrating was far from over. Sarah Craig ties the knot in May (!), and as her matron of honor, the fun of planning a bachelorette weekend (hen party…am I using that correctly, British friends?) was on my shoulders. I love love love planning this kind of stuff – getting the details together and setting forth some fun activities is part of it, sure, but celebrating one of my dearest friends with all (most) of her dearest friends was the real special part 🙂

Sarah Craig and I donning some festive, celebratory wear at one of the honky tonk bars in Nashville (couldnt tell you which one by this point)

Sarah Craig and I donning some festive, celebratory wear at one of the honky tonk bars in Nashville (couldnt tell you which one by this point)

So first things first: why Nashville? Well, we knew that weather over the weekend we settled upon was going to be potentially cold (ahem polar vortex), so anything too beachy was kind of out of the question. Alongside that consideration, most of the bridesmaids and girlfriends live on the east coast, so being conscious of flying time for working/studying girls, as well as budgetary elements, we decided Nashville would be a good place! Not to mention, many of us either hadnt been before or it had been a brief visit – and there is plenty to do and see – and if it’s good enough for Rayna and Juliette, it was good enough for us 😉

For anyone out there planning a bachelor/bachelorette party in Nashville, let me tell you, you are not alone. There had to be no less like 20 other parties raging on that weekend in Nashville, so you will be in good company!

I booked us at the Sheraton downtown so we could be close to all the action of the honky tonk bars and restaurants we wanted to try out. Luckily, there are plenty of cute areas in Nashville, including the Vanderbilt area and the Gulch.

Sarah Craig and I arrived a day early to get acclimated and catch up one on one as email, What’s App, and FaceTime dont always cut it #expatproblems We grabbed dinner at Husk, an eatery we had also tried out when we were in Charleston, South Carolina last spring – what can I say? We’re consistent. And the food is that good – that Thursday night we didnt have any reservations and the place was packed, but luckily they served the full menu at the bar (alongside a very unique wine and cocktail list).

The other reason I arrived a tad early for the weekend was to get my goodies that I had ordered from my sister in law – she and her mother run two adorable shops in Memphis, Tennesse: RSVP and RSVP Baby. Fear not! Even though I wouldnt be making a trip to Memphis (though I would have loved to), Curry was kind enough to send her designs to Nashville. I told her I wanted a citrus color theme and a few “girly” touches; that was all she needed, and she went and designed some fab paper items for our girls weekend. I may be a bit biased of course, but I’ve placed a number of orders from RSVP and have always been overly pleased by the customer service, creativity, price, and end products. Here’s a peak at the cups and kraft boxes/labels (they matched the invites) she made up:

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Fun, arent they? RSVP also created the invites and a banner that we hung in the room. Loved all the items, as usual!

Many of the girls had arrived by mid afternoon, so we decided to walk over to Pinewood Social for lunch. Sarah Craig had read about it in Southern Living (one of the best bars of the south), and we werent disappointed! The kitchen was about to close when we walked up, but they were kind enough to still serve us a quick bite. This was a really neat spot: the food and cocktails aside, there was a bowling alley and a cozy little area where plenty of people were enjoying coffees and working on their laptops. It was a very eclectic and festive atmosphere. We enjoyed a quick lunch (and drinks!), and headed back to the hotel to congregate and rest up for the night ahead. I’ll fill yall in on our bike tour, meals, and evening out tomorrow. Happy Hump Day and until next time…

Pinewood Social

Pinewood Social

Around the World in 17 Days

Well not quite the whole way around the world, but close! It has been a long 17 days, but I had an amazing time during my stint in the states (with the only bummer having been that Barr couldnt make it too!) If you follow me on Instagram, you have been privy to some of the travels and subsequent celebrations, but I’ll do a bit of a recap over the next few days (in between last minute…okay second training for the Abu Dhabi triathlon – why did I decide to that again?? Super screwed on that front – and recovering from jet lag).

Our fur baby and continual source of love and happiness, Dash

Our fur baby and continual source of love and happiness, Dash

The journeys began in Houston, where I was in a good friend from college’s wedding. Thankfully, my parents live in Houston as well…and my grandmother (Mema!) came to town…and my dog (Dash!) is currently being lovingly taken care of by my parents as well. A recipe for a great week.

Mema receiving some love from the pups

Mema receiving some love from the pups

Following Elise and Evans’ spectacular wedding (more details to come…), I headed to the west coast to visit two of my favorite people in the world – they graciously welcomed me into their fabulous new home…and on the week of their anniversary no less! I love seeing Allison and Mike – you know those friends that just make you smile just thinking of them? That’s these two 🙂

I mean, LA - are you real??

I mean, LA – are you real??

From Los Angeles, I hopped on the red eye to Nashville to celebrate a bachelorette party! I am my dear, lovely, amazing friend Sarah Craig’s (double name, yall!) matron (ugh, can’t I stay a maid? Matron sounds old) of honor in her wedding this May. Seven of her friends met up in the Music City for a weekend of loving on the bride to be – it was an amazing way to end my trip to the states 🙂

A little teaser of an upcoming post on the Nashville festivities

A little teaser of an upcoming post on the Nashville festivities

Sarah Craig and I at Elise's wedding the weekend before her bachelorette

Sarah Craig and I at Elise’s wedding the weekend before her bachelorette

More details on the trips coming…along with photo overload (all iPhone – sorry!) Until next time…