Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tour Guide Tuesday: Acme Feed and Seed

For years, the corner of Broadway and 1st Ave, stood an empty old warehouse begging for a little love from a local developer.  Boy did the developers show Acme a little love!  With over 22,000 sq feet of open space, this Nashville gem is the hottest ticket on Broadway.  

You will be greeted by a larger than life menu as you waltz through the doors of the 1890's grocery store.  You can either order on at the entrance or head upstairs to the sushi lounge on the 2nd floor.  The 3rd floor is reserved for private parties.  With a spacious rooftop deck overlooking the city, this even space is bound to be a hit in Music City. 

I'm sure this new hot spot was built with tourist in mind, but the locals are loving it too.  The food is spot on, the vibe is eclectic and approachable (per the Tennessean), and the live music is top notch.  

Check out more info on their website: http://theacmenashville.com/

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tour Guide Tuesday: Nashville Christmas Village


Nashville Christmas Village

I know, I know, I'm breaking every rule in the book by speaking of Christmas in October, but this event is worth marking your calendar for.  Grab your girlfriends, sisters, and mothers and head to the Nashville fairgounds to get your holiday shopping started.  Christmas Village is a tradition I love to celebrate with my mom and sister.  We always get a big jump  the holiday shopping season via this worthy cause.  This year Christmas Village will be Nov 14-16th.  Check out more information about vendors and hours on their website.  See you there!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What I'm Loving Wednesday!

1. Yesterday I met up with a couple of my favorite Nashville girls for happy hour at Sinema. The vibe of the upstairs bar is trendy yet casual.  It was a perfect new venue for happy hour with ample comfy seating and tasty cocktails.

2. I'm loving the low maintenance of my new do!  About a week ago, I took the plunge at my favorite Nashville Salon, True Blue, and went for a fresh fall look.  *Not usually a selfie sharer!

3. I love Young House Love.  It's one of the first blogs I started reading years ago and instantly I was hooked on all things John and Sherry.  Last week they wrote a farewell post and announced they are moving on to their next adventure.  YHL will still be a go-to of mine for all things DIY.  I will miss following their daily projects, but am thankful for the archives of incredible projects they have left behind.

4. I am so lucky to work for a company that values team building.  Last week, my leadership team of 6 ventured to Nashville Escape Game to test our skills at cracking codes, putting puzzles together and breaking out of Nashville Escape Room in less than 60 minutes.  I love events like this and so does my team.  We escaped in 52 minutes, success felt so good!  You can try it out with your family, friends or co-workers.  

5. I'm happy to announce my real estate license has finally been issued.  I've joined the Keller Williams team in Green Hills.  More on this new venture soon...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tour Guide Tuesday: Tennessee Beer Festival


The Tennessee Beer Festival is held the third Saturday in October at Two Rivers Mansion.  Last year over 1,700 enthusiastic beer tasters showed up for a great afternoon of some of the best craft beer tastings.  Over 40 local, national and international breweries were there with a selection of over 100 beers to taste.  We are so pleased that we can give money to so many worthwhile non profits while promoting the Donelson Hermitage area through the festival.  This year’s 2014 Tennessee Beer Festival is being held October 18th at the Two Rivers Mansion.

Day of tickets are $45 and proceeds benefit various chariaties in the Donelson Hermitage area.  Check out their website http://tnbeerfestival.com/.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Leadership Skills I Learned From Being In A Sorority Part 2

Check out part one here.

I'm loving reminiscing down memory lane.  I'm back with 5 more essential leadership lessons I learned from my beloved ZTA college days.

6.  Never undervalue how much rituals, secrets and traditions bond people together.  Honestly, in college, I thought most of our sorority rituals were cheesy and pointless.  I was totally missing the big picture.  We were making memories and sharing experiences that only the other girls in our sorority would understand.  The funny thing is, that same principle is carried over to the workplace.  If everyone on your team at work has the same memory, experience or shared sentiment, it forms a bond that can only be shared by that team.

7.  Recruiting doesn't stop at pref night.  Learning a 60 second elevator speech about Breast Cancer Awareness, practicing bump rotation to learn to work a room, and finding commonalities between potential new members and your organization are all key life skills.  Not only in corporate America are we constantly recruiting new talent to join our organizations, I constantly use these skills to build relationships and get buy in for a cause.

8.  You will always have competitors and rivals, but keeping the competitive spirit focused on other groups and not internal to yours is key to building a strong team.  This is a new work lesson for me.  Internal competition often creates unnecessary tension.  Competition can be a strong driver, just make sure that competitive energy is focused outward, not inward.

9.  Know your strengths, find a position to exploit them.  Know your weaknesses, surround yourself with people that excel in those areas.

Emily was a marketing major, Sarah studied accounting and I focused on science and engineering.
Emily kept up with the keys, I lost the keys and Sarah had better things to do than think about keys.
Emily was eager to share, I was eager to learn and Sarah was game for anything.
Emily was the peacekeeper, Sarah was the free spirit and I could be a bit dramatic.
Emily would plan the party, Sarah would invite the baseball team, and I would try to show up between studying and lab experiments.
Emily was the president, Sarah the new member educator and I was recruitment chair.

This friendship was not built on the fact that we are all so different, but I started to learn the value of diversity through these girls.  Now, I'm very aware of my strengths and pick projects to showcase them and am also very aware of my shortcomings and I make sure I have team members that I can rely on to get those jobs done as well.

10.  When you know better, you do better.  We are all growing and learning everyday.  Don't be so critical of people walking the same path you are...we live and we learn and then we make better decisions next time.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tour Guide Tuesday: Nashville Oktoberfest

featuring Nashville Oktoberfest 2014

Nashville's 35th annual Oktoberfest is this weekend!  This free event is bigger than ever, stretching to a 3 day party.  Germantown, in North Nashville, is a residential subdivision established by European Immigrants in the 1850s. This beautiful re-invented, yet still authentic, neighborhood is home to the Annual Germantown Street Festival, also known as Nashville Oktoberfest, the city's annual all-things-German celebration. With an estimated 100,000 visitors slated for this year (a good jump from last year's 70,000 attendees), this fun-filled event is always on the 2nd Saturday of October and lasts three days.

The dates this year are Friday, Oct. 10 – Sunday, Oct. 12. with a kick-off party sponsored by Christie Cookie (one of my favorite Nashville originals!) 1-5pm opening day, serving Yazoo beer, live music, brats, chips and of course, loads of cookies.
This neighborhood celebration is full of German music, polka dancing, authentic German food, food trucks, local restaurants, three stages of live music and a stein hoisting contest. Also planned for the three day party is a limited release Yazoo Oktoberfest brew, craft vendors and tons more fun. The event is free, with wristbands for beer available for purchase.
Here's the link to find out more...  http://thenashvilleoktoberfest.com/

Friday, October 3, 2014

5 on Friday!

It's fall, the forecast is chilly perfection this weekend, and it's Friday...that's a perfect combo!  I'm joining 5 on Friday this week with Natasha, April, Darci, and Christina.

1. Nashville's shopping options just took a big step up in the right direction.  Madewell opened their doors in Green Hills last month, and of course I'm in love!

2.  It's Fall Ya'll!  I started putting out our fall decor yesterday, and Woody was fascinated with one Halloween accessory.  Cutest. Thing. Ever.

3. Can't leave out the rest of the crew....Tally, Walter and Woody

4. I'm stoked about this next announcement.  The extremly talented Aubrey Kinch helped me revamp the blog with a makeover.  I am enchanted by her style and cannot wait for her new design to be uploaded.  The new look should debut today!

5.  This summer, I jumped on the Gone Girl bandwagon and was hooked from the first chapter.  This page turner was by far one of my favorite reads this year.  I have been anxiously awaiting the silver screen debut and already have tickets to catch this flick on opening night.  With Ben Affleck starring as Nick Dunne, the unique perspectives of the novel and the twisty turns of the plot, I'm sure this film won't disappoint!

Monday, September 29, 2014

New Orleans Quick Stop

Two Mondays ago, I was hanging with the fam in New Orleans!  In college, Pat O's in Memphis was our go-to hot spot, so I was eager to introduce my parents and JK to the original NOLA.  Just a few pics to share of our short stop in the big easy before hopping on a cruise ship and heading to Mexico.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Sorority Skills = Life Skills

I loved being in a sorority in college.  I often internally debated how much time I should allocate on Greek activities.  In retrospect, the traits, skills and life lessons I learned from being an active member of a sorority were as impactful on the employee and leader I am today as the actual school part.  Without the degree, I wouldn't have the opportunities I've encountered, but without the life skills, I wouldn't have known what to do with the opportunities.

Without further adieu, here are 5 things I learned from being a member of ZTA that I use in corporate America today:

1. Banners are fun to make, get people pumped about an event, and brighten a dull wall!  My roomie, Emily, and ZTA president happened to be a world class banner designer.  I have her to thank for so many things, and teaching me how to paint 15 ft banners advertising events is one of them.  This week at work, I was planning a project day for my team, dusted off my foam brushes, and went to town spreading sunshine and spirit!

2. Everyone appreciates a little happy gift.  Birthdays, thank yous, and thinking of you are always great reasons to spread cheer.  From cards, to gift cards to little candy treats, everyone likes to feel appreciated and know someone is thinking of them.  In appreciation for the planners of the work event pictured above, check out these fun little thank you gifts I was happy to make.  

3.  Snap jars get people in the habit of sharing and accepting appreciation.  I'm so glad ZTA got me in the habit of saying THANK YOU all the time!  Ending each meeting with sharing good news or saying thank you left everyone on a high note.  Now, I don't call it a snap jar at work, but I do incorporate spreading good news at the end of meetings often.  My mom encouraged thank you notes when I was growing up, which is a tradition I continue in the workplace as well.

4.  The level of planning you put into an event usually is a great predictor of the outcome.  Couldn't. Be. Truer.  We had an all-star adviser team for our sorority and the amount of prep work they did behind the scenes was mind blowing.  Every event they were involved in went flawlessly.  We quickly learned parties, intramurals, step shows, recruitment, meetings, and reports were a lot more fun if you put the time in 1st!

5.   A great t-shirt grows pride and spirit exponentially.  Ya'll this is so true!  From the anticipation waiting for the order to arrive, to the feeling of being a part of something bigger than yourself, t-shirts unite.  Here's a throwback pic from college days!

Stay tuned for Part 2, I could go on for days!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Home: Crystal and Iron Light Fixture

Making a house a home takes a lot of time and work! There were so many things I loved about the house when I bought it, but the light fixtures the contractor selected were not quite my style.  I've been searching for a new light fixture for the dining room.  Of course I found the perfect one at Pottery Barn, but then I ran across this look-a-like on Copy Cat Chic and was sold.  

Although a lot of the reviews mentioned a difficult installation process, I was convinced it couldn't be that difficult.  Boy was I wrong, it took a week to get this thing assembled, wired, and hung!  The installation was no joke, but I'm loving the end result!



I think I've mentally blocked the installation process because I'm happy to report, I'm loving my first overstock purchase.  

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tour Guide Tuesday: Nashville Events and Happenings

I often get asked where I find out about events in Nashville, so today I will share a few of my favorite sites to visit to keep up with what's going on in Music City.

Style Blueprint is a local lifestyle blog that just launched a page dedicated to keeping their readers up to date on local happenings.  The ladies of SB always have the inside scoop on the hottest tickets in town.

If I'm looking for live music recommendations, there is no better source than The Scene.  The cover all genres of music and almost all events in town.  They always have great recommendations

Featured events, annual events and concerts are captured on this site sponsored by the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp.  If I'm looking for the scoop on any big city events like 4th of July or NYE, this is my go-to.

I hope these prove as useful to you as they are for me.