Hubs got back in town Friday and leaves again next week so wanted to make sure we had a weekend full of family fun.I scoured the Facebook events section to see what was happening around town and saw an event for Sevier Park Fest and our day was decided.  It is a 2 day street festival located in my most favorite neighborhood of Nashville, 12 South. Mark my words, we will live here one day.

 

We loaded up the car, kids, and dog and headed into the big city from the burbs. The best part of street festivals is that there is something for everyone. Corla, our Boston Terrier, had butts to sniff, the girls had a kid zone and music to dance to, hubs had good food, and I had booze during the day, not on vacation and no guilt along with local shops. Not to mention always good photo opportunities.  Visiting the walls in 12 South is a day in itself, that I am planning very soon when we are dressed for a photoshoot. Every where you look there is a wall that would make a great backdrop.

There was a kids zone with tattoos, kinetic sand, balloons, and so much more. Funny story, 2 years ago Brooklyn and I took this same exact picture. Clearly we are a street festival fam,

 

 

It started to sprinkle so we jetted but so glad we were able to get out and enjoy the day together outside. We will def be back next year! Hope to see you.

Yay! Hubs got back in town early this AM after working away all week so naturally we had big plans for today! We grabbed the kids, dog, my mom and sis and hit Main Street Festival in Downtown, Franklin.  Festivals are always so much fun for the family with food trucks, kids rides, music, shopping, and beer.

We got there early to avoid the crowd. Ha, yeah right. This event brings in so many people it was crowded at 10am when it opened. We instantly made it our mission to find some snacks. Kids with food, guarantees moms can shop a little easier.

 

After we got our face painting we had to stop at every reflective surface to see it. They loved it. And I love how Charleigh picked the girly bow and lashes, while Brooklyn picked the black lips and red eyes.

 

 

 

Earlier this month was Nashville Fashion Week.  I didn’t attend this year but I have updated my bucket list to attend so can I ask a favor and will you hold me accountable and while we are here and Im asking for favors Im going to need you to come with me. ok?

I am relatively new to this whole Fashion Blogging Genre (hang with me, I promise it will get better with some more practice. ha) but I just can’t keep my favorite local shop a secret from you all any longer. Cotton Mill Boutique speaks my love language.  She has gorgeous, on trend pieces at a very reasonable price. Not to mention they are high quality and always changing. And don’t worry if you aren’t local, you can shop online or you can shop on her Instagram.  She will also set up girls night out shopping events or schedule a time to shop her showroom.

I have put together some of my current favorites below!

The Perfect Jumper

Everyone needs a jumper in their closet this season and this one fits the bill perfectly. It has pockets and pleats. So it’s basically flattering and functional. Not to mention the softest material ever. And this might be TMI but this doesn’t require a bra and yet still keeps girls in place.  Ill take any excuse to not wear a bra too! I have dressed it up and worn it on date night as well as business meetings and then dressed it down and worn it to street festivals and play dates. It’s perfection and can be ordered HERE.

I have been lusting over dusters this spring so naturally when I saw this one in a perfect pink with giraffes on it I knew it would be amazing. I am still looking for the perfect pair of jean shorts to pair it with along with a basic tee. Its lightweight and so flattering at the waist.

 

Black and White Stripe A-Line Dress

This will be another staple in my wardrobe this summer. I also got this jacket from Cotton Mill in the fall and its been a favorite of mine since I got it.

 

Basic Tee

I love tee shirts. I love to pair them with yoga pants or to dress them up with a sequin skirt and this tee is perfect for all occasions. It is looser fit which does wonders for my figure and has a cute pocket for a little detail. Im going to need this in every color.

Keep an eye out on my Instagram as I restyle these pieces often through the spring and summer. Head on over to Cotton Mill Boutiques Instagram and follow along for the most recent pieces. Also if you plan a girls night shopping event, I better get an Invite. Deal!? Can’t wait to see your goodies!

 

All my pics where taken by the amazing Bluegenes Photography

One of my most favorite weekend, family activities in Nashville is hit up the local markets located throughout the city. Most of the time we drive into Nashville proper but this weekend we got to stay close to home and headed to The Factory for The Sunday Market.  Most markets like this have a cause near and dear to their heart and this particular market was benefitting Go. Be. Love. Shopping and eating food trucks while doing good? Im in!

 

So we got there and of course instantly hit up the food trucks. No one likes to shop on an empty stomach. Hubs and kids headed to Yayo’s Omg for tacos and quesadillas.  I hit up Funk Seoul Truck. I ordered the YUZU KOSHO with a Boba Tea but hubs delivered a Chicken Teriyaki so if you are reading this and I stole your food, I apologize. It was delicious though so thank you.

We stopped at the little concert area and listened to some amazing live music. The girls loved it and twirled and showed off their impeccable dance moves they clearly got from their mother.

There were so many cute vendors selling all kinds of goods there. Here is a list of the vendors from their webpage.

~Light of Day HOME ~ Goldfinch  –  Aviate Press Home with Mary ~ FashionABLE ~ Stampily ~Newly ~Aubrey Hyde Home ~ Olive Branch Natural Soap Company ~ East 33rd Design Paper & Plank ~Bubo Handmade ~BRANDED Collective ~ Nash Vinyl  ~ Terri Andersen Ross Art ~ KCdesignZ ~ Barefoot Vintage ~Marshall and Rose ~Rustic River Creations ~ Straw Castle ~ The Faded Farmhouse ~ Tame the Beast ~Sabrosa VintageMaxine 55 – Props Antiques – Whimsical Danger – RV Pottery – Three French Hens – Studio B Printshop – Peggy Vessels – Project 615 – Cedar Comfort – When Heat meets Rust – Electric Buffalo – Franklin Flannels –Ashwood Estates Apothecary Naturals – Brother + Sister Creative – Cindy David Designs – Carpe Diem 212 –

 

If you missed this one, no worries because there is actually another Sunday Market on May 14th and it has different vendors too. This particular market location is great for small kids (and pets). Parking was a breeze. Plenty of space to run around and play plus tables and benches to eat at. Not to mention it’s located under the shed at the factory so you get to be outside but shaded. So next month you know where to find me then! Prob in line at the food trucks.

 

 

I started thinking about doing this entirely too long ago, but then I would head over to google image like any sane person and then run for the hills at some of the “microblading” that shows up. I mean that shit is terrifying. It’s a tattoo on your face after all. But I finally found someone I felt confident in and scheduled my appointment.  I have always been an over plucker. So I would sit in my car (natural light was great for this) and I would start plucking and before I knew it, i was missing chunks of eye brow. I also rarely get my eye brows waxed. Like maybe only once every 6 months so theres no chance those holes where going to fill themselves. But my main concern was that I had a very flat eye brow and wanted an arch.

What Exactly is Microblading?

Microblading is a semi-permanent cosmetic procedure that uses a specialized tool done by hand, to make fine cuts in the skin to implant pigment that resembles the appearance of natural eyebrow hair. It is ideal for filling in sparse areas of the natural eyebrow where hair isn’t present, and also defining and enhancing brow shape.

 

Was It Painful?

I have no tattoos so I have nothing to compare this to in that aspect, but she did use a topical numbing cream which totally helped.  I def flinched though a couple times and then she would put a little more numbing cream and we were good to go. Pain wasn’t something that would keep me from doing it again. But they noise to me was a different story. haha. It reminded me of raking leaves with a metal rake as a kid.  I’ve also heard it was sensitive after the fact resembling a sunburn, so far I’m 2 days in and there is no sensitivity.

 

Whats the Process Like?

I went in to the salon with how I typically color in my brows so she could see how I wear them on a normal day. But that was part of my problem, I’m so bad at coloring them in and making a good (symmetrical) shape between the two that I wanted to make sure she was aware that’s why I was there.  I need her help in making my brows pop. We took off the makeup and then she used a ruler to draw the shape and arch on. Then she began! It took around 1.5 hours for the first session and my artist was OCD which is totally not a bad quality to have when you are tattooing peoples faces.

 

How Long Does It Last?

Like anything there is no exact answer for this. It depends on skin type, sun exposure, oil production, how you allow them to heal but if you can get 2 years without getting them touched up you are a rockstar. Ill be keeping this

 

Things to Keep in Mind

  • You can’t get your brows wet for 7 days (no that doesn’t mean you don’t have to shower for 7 days, just down water board yourself).
  • You also can’t sweat. It will push the color out which could affect your brows. Not worth it!
  • You will have to go back in 6 weeks for a touch up and thats where they will be perfected.
  • You also have to put ointment on your brows for a week so they tend to be a bit shiny and goopy.
  • They will scab

 

Prior to Microblading-No Brow Makeup

One Way Home from 1st Appt

 

These are the pictures my Eyebrow Artist took and you can really see the detail. This is immediately before and after so they will still change quite a bit and I will continue to update this post through the process.

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments and Ill be sure to answer them. Overall I am so excited for the end results and totally wish i would have done this earlier.

 

And if you are in Nashville or Brooklyn (because my brow chick travels) you def need to reach out to her. Amy Kendall is a brow wizard and I can’t wait to see her on my follow up. I will def keep this updated as to how things progress along with pictures of the final product.