JAC B. TALKS
Party in the city where the heat is on!
48 hours in Miami starts with a good brunch! Seaspice has everything nice! Stop in and get seated by big boats on the Miami River or switch things up at the 1 Hotel in South Beach. The hotel brings in elegant touches of nature and has some of the best avocado toast in the states! Pop open bottomless at The Local House. They make a mean smoked beef skillet and their airy atmosphere is perfect for your next Instagram! Head down the road to South Pointe Park Pier for a beautiful view of Miami beach.
Make a short trip over to Wynwood Art District and explore the grounds of their graffiti park with rotating artists! Next head across the street to Bakan for a snack! Order a guava margarita and skillet baked queso for an appetizer!
Ready for a real meal? Miami has some of the best sushi and truffle mac & cheese! Reserve your spot at Bâoli for the ultimate party! Everyone dances on tables, there’s fog machines and sparklers! Can’t get in? Head to Villa Azur! This mediterranean restaurant has great atmosphere and a saxophonist that plays along with the DJ!
Now it’s time to go out! You haven’t lived until you’ve been to LIV! Think confetti, Calvin Harris and nice champagne! Looking for something more low key? Grab a drink at Cibo Wine Bar in South Beach or ask to get in the speakeasy at Sugar in Brickell.
Reward yourself with a nice brunch the next day and repeat. Welcome to Miami. Bienvenidos a Miami!
Mondays are the worst and Tuesdays are one step closer to the weekend! Here’s five ways to play all under $20.
Take me out to the two dollar Tuesday games! UT baseball offers $2 general admission tickets and $2 smoothies through the fourth inning! Get your tickets here.
Get your run on and reward yourself with a discounted beer! Join other runners of all experience levels at Crafty Bastard every Tuesday at 6 p.m. for a group-lead 5k. The route starts at the brewery and goes through downtown and the Old City. Brews are $1 off for all runners.
Become a sommelier for $10 at Old City Wine Bar every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Taste wine, learn it’s origin and meet other vino enthusiasts!
Grab $2 tacos at Babalu Tapas and Tacos! Just don’t forget a side of their legendary guac!
Enjoy live music at the WDVX Six O’ Clock Swerve every week at 6 p.m. The Concert is FREE and the venue is ever-changing!
Cheers to new Tuesday night plans!
My schedule moves at a full one hundred pace.
Between work, friends and trying to find balance (or total lack thereof) I have to keep it organized! I’m a hard planner type of girl. I visualize my week by writing it all down in front of me.
Last Friday, I was introduced to bullet journaling. A style of organization helped to track your goals and log your progress with short, bulleted notes.
This style is completely customizable! I started adding a meal list, short-term monthly goals and a mood tracker to my already filled out to-do list. Nothing is more satisfying to me than checking off a task! By adding in a few more goals and notes, I feel more efficient and organized this month!
Here are 6 things I'm loving this month!
Fur Coats + Sunnies
Lately I’ve been super into faux fur! In the past three weeks, I’ve bought and received three fluffy fur coats. Right now I have a cheetah, blush, lavender and blue rotating through my wardrobe.
I'm equally obsessed with my pair of Quay round sunnies! The green-black tint and gold rims go with all of my jackets!
thank u, next
This song...scratch that...ANTHEM has been on repeat!!!!! I've always loved Ariana Grande and this just furthers my fan girl! In October, I got a celebrity makeover for Halloween to look like her. AG's music video takes the cake! Mean Girls, Bring It On, 13 Going On 30 and Legally Blonde?? thank u Ariana!!!!!
A Legendary Christmas
“Alexa, play 'A Legendary Christmas'.” I cannot stop listening to John Legend's jazzy upbeat holiday album. It even beat out my favorite Justin Bieber Christmas cd, and that’s saying a lot!
John was our Friendsgiving party playlist!
Dirty John podcast
The opposite of John Legend Christmas!!!!
I’m super late to the party on this one, but with the E! series about to air I’ve started listening to “Dirty John.” I CAN’T STOP.
The podcast follows the story of a California woman who falls in love with a man who has stalking and violent charges in his past. Host, Christopher Goffard, documents the story with interviews from the woman and her family members. I'm hooked!
High cardio & high ponies! CYCLEBAR is my new winter workout! You get great cardio, great music and even a light show! I started cycling this Fall, and so far this has been my favorite studio! Clip in for an hour and feel amazing afterwards!
Fall weather has been teasing me this week! The crisp morning air and pleasant 80s has me ready for pumpkin spice and football season to start! Below are 10 things I absolutely adore about this season!
Pumpkin Spice Lattes 💁🏼♀️ Self explanatory!
Hiking in The Smokies
Beer Runs - Every week I go to my weekly beer market, do a 5k and run back for discount beer. I'm what you'd call a seasonal runner. You'll only see me when it's nice outside!
College Football Games
Happy almost Fall, Y'all!
Home is where the music is.
Last weekend I went to a brand new riverfront music festival in my city. My heart is so full! I got to introduce my favorite band, dance in the rain while drinking moonshine cocktails and I was surrounded by all of my people!
Days like this are what make my town home! Being a total gypsy and living in nine different states, I’ve never felt the concreteness of staying in one place. I love having the feeling of community and great friends on my side. This is the second music fest my city has had this year, and both were filled with everything and everybody who I love.
Home is where the heart is, and in this case it’s in the music.
There’s nothing like a girls getaway weekend in the summer to leave you feeling rejuvenated! My friend and I road tripped to the music city to spend the night and see as much of Nashville as possible! We checked into the historic Hermitage Hotel Saturday morning.
We we’re greeted with plush robes and a beautiful lobby. The five star hotel is listed in Forbe’s 2016 Travel Guide and did not disappoint! The Hermitage has a cute boutique right outside the lobby. It’s named after Andrew Jackson’s wife, Rachel!
Stop in and look around, but don’t leave without sneaking a peak at the men’s bathroom. Located in the basement, the restroom is restored to it’s 1930s state with green and black lined walls and a shoe cleaning station. When my friend and I found out about this, of course we had to take a look! We made a friend outside the bathroom who checked to see if the coast was clear so we could step inside!
After getting settled in our room, we hit Broadway! This cowboy’s paradise is the best place to listen live music and barhop from rooftop to rooftop. Our all day Broadway adventure turned into a late night! We ended up at honky tonk with an awesome view of the AT&T building. On our way out we grabbed pizza and went back to the hotel.
Sunday was all about The Gulch, a trendy part of Nashville right outside of downtown. We brunched at The Mockingbird, where I got a delicious dish of breakfast tachos! Yes, tachos. Think nachos with tater tots! Afterwards we went to explore all of the streets (and Instagram murals) this part of the city had to offer!
Before we left, we had one more item on our bucket list! Donuts from Five Daughter’s Bakery! We ordered a vanilla bean and a birthday cake, both equally delicious!
While our time in Nashville was short, we had so much fun and visited so many different places. I highly recommend taking a road trip yourself to the country music capital.
Bach is back, alright!
Is it the promise of true love?
Is it the celebrity appearances? (Hey Lil John!)
Is it the drama on the two-on-one date?
Whatever it is, Bachelorette is back and I'm hooked! Every Monday night is an excuse for my friends to get together, watch reality tv and drink wine til our hearts content!
Each week we take turns hosting our watch parties with a full spread of snacks, tons of drinks and our picks for the final four!
(My friend's dog gave us the first impression rose - so sweet!)
These are a few of our favorite treats:
I love using my bar cart for Bach night! The top shelve holds a few bottles of wine & La Croix, and the bottom is stocked with clean wine glasses, coasters and bottle openers!
This week I'm trying out a Frosé recipe, if it's a success I'll add it to this post! :)
This IS the Bachelorette we're talking about! Get caught up on last week's episode with the Rose Pricks podcast or keep up during the show on Twitter! Following #Bachelorette Monday nights at 8/7c really will change your life - or just make you laugh!
Bach is always better with friends! I think we all use the show as an excuse to get together every week and catch up! Now, "Let's Do The Damn Thing!"
People always crack up when I tell them my favorite part of living in Tennessee is “having actual nature.” It’s true! I’ve lived in nine states and this is the first time my home has had mountains, rivers and incredible natural beauty that I’ve never experienced before.
To give you my background...I’m TERRIFIED of bugs, and I really hate dirt. To be completely honest, I hated the outdoors before my move! A few months before coming to my new home, I went to “Mississippi’s Grand Canyon” and hiked for the first time for a shoot.
I took two interns with me and the whole time, I kid you not, we took selfies and struggled to climb up a steep, clay-covered mountain.
At one point, I thought I was going to die in sinking mud and never make it out of the hike alive.
I’m happy to report that I now hike on the reg.
Recently, I caught up with one of the interns from the shoot. She told me she couldn’t believe I was such a “nature girl” now! I had to agree, I had surprised myself!
There’s something to be said for being out in nature! You get to decompress and really connect with being outdoors!
Now that it’s summer time in Tennessee I'm in heaven! My town is coated in beautiful blooms, green and gracious hikes and of course, incredible mountain backdrops! It’s such a refreshing breath of fresh air to be able to get outside and hike, run and paddleboard after a long stretch of winter!