NASHVILLE, SPEND YOUR MONEY ON GIFTS, NOT ON PARKING

SPEND YOUR MONEY ON GIFTS, NOT ON PARKING

The Gulch to offer free parking throughout Black Friday weekend

NASHVILLE, TN (November 21, 2017) – Starting this Friday, November 24, the Gulch will offer free parking through the weekend to celebrate the official start of the holiday weekend. The parking special will run through Sunday in select lots and garages throughout the neighborhood.

Participating lots and garages will be denoted with a gold star icon (see below) and include:

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  • The Gulch Crossing garage, accessible from Demonbruen Street or 11th Avenue S
  • The Velocity garage, accessed on 11th Avenue S
  • The Icon garage, accessed on 11th Avenue S & Division Street
  • The 11th avenue public lots, under the Gulch mural and across from Velocity retail
  • The 12th Avenue public lots, behind and between Twelve Twelve and Turnip Truck
  • The Pine Street public lot, accessible behind Two Old Hippies
  • Pine Street Flats garage, accessible off of Pine Street across from Biscuit Love
  • The Division Street public lot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nashville Fashion Week: Nashville Designer Runway Showcase

Welcome back y'all!  I'm happy you are here.  So last week, I got to attend Nashville Fashion Week as an official Blogger+Influener.  Pretty cool, huh? 

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About Nashville Fashion Week

Nashville Fashion Week was conceived in 2010 to foster Nashville’s heralded community spirit and concentration of creative, fashion-forward and entrepreneurial talent, to create a one-of-a-kind five day event that is uniquely Nashville.

Nashville Fashion Week kicked off in April 2011 with a city-wide celebration of Nashville’s thriving fashion and retail community and its vast array of creative talent and continues to gain momentum year after year. Featuring local, regional and national designers and industry professionals in an array of creative events throughout the city encourages both Nashvillians and visitors to explore the city’s diverse fashion and retail spaces with promotions, partnerships and educational workshops.

Nashville Fashion Week is co-founded and directed by a collaboration of fashion, media and marketing professionals who have partnered to combine their passion and resources to create a completely volunteer-led and run event that spotlights Nashville’s growing fashion community with an ongoing, sustainable focus for philanthropic support of our creative community.

Ticket proceeds from Nashville Fashion Week benefit the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund gives an annual award to advance the career of select local talent with demonstrated experience in a fashion-related field. The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund ensures that Nashville Fashion Week will impact the Nashville fashion community for many years to come. (Source: NFW)

My Experience at NFW

I definitely never realized how awesome our fashion scene was here in Nashville, until now.  I absolutely loved the runway shows, a whole lot more than I ever expected.  I also enjoyed meeting lots of people in the fashion industry and other creatives as well.  Other than the Southern Women's Show when I was a kid, I had never been to a fashion show before and THIS was the real deal.  I was unfortunately sick for night one, but was so happy I made it to the second night, the "Nashville Designer Runway Showcase".  I especially loved that show in particular, because I love supporting anything LOCAL! I also attended night four, which was the "City Lights" runway show.  It was such a nice and fun experience, I don't plan on ever missing it again.  

Nashville Designer Runway Showcase 

This event took place at Track One in Nashville, Tennessee and the setting was absolutely stunning.  They featured Nashville themed drinks, "The Music City Mule" and "The Fashionista", very clever, if you ask me.  You guys already know my favorite part was the food and it was catered by Puckett's Grocery and Restaurant, one of my favorite places to eat.  The models were with AMAX Talent Agency and can we say GORGEOUS!? Gosh I'm still trying to figure out how I can make myself about a foot taller as we speak.  I'm going to share some of my favorite looks from each of these talented designers of Nashville from the Nashville Designer showcase.

 Roxenstone 

Designer: Denise Roxen/ Nashville, TN

Roxenstone inspires confidence that goes against the mainstream. Roxenstone is for men that have a little bit of Rock N Roll in their soul. (Source NFW)

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

 Sisters of Nature 

Designer: Kimberly Parker/ Nashville, TN

Sisters of Nature is a lifestyle brand for dreamers, adventurers and free spirits. Inspired by the wild beauty of nature with a new bohemian folk aesthetic, each piece embodies the woman who loves to travel the world, soak in life and celebrate her unique individuality.(source NFW)

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

 Any Old Iron 

Designer: Andrew Clancey/ Nashville, TN

Focusing on tailoring with a twist, Clancey and co-owner, Christopher Melton, aim to establish themselves with musicians and fashionista's alike. (Source NFW) 

 

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Amanda Valentine 

 Designer: Amanda Valentine/ Nashville, TN 

Amanda Valentine is a women's ready-to-wear collection created by designer and stylist Amanda Valentine. Amanda competed on Project Runway (Seasons 11 and 13) and has been voted "Nashville's Best Fashion Designer" by readers of the Nashville Scene for the last four years.  While creating collections, Amanda styles wardrobe for numerous rock bands including Twenty One Pilots and infuses her women’s line with edge - and always ease. Bold prints, dramatic color blocking and exaggerated silhouettes make an appearance each collection. (Source NFW)

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

 Ona Rex

Designer: Amanda Balding/ Nashville, TN

Ona Rex is the creative endeavor of designer Ashley Balding. It was formed in 2014 with an aim to bring women’s wear to Nashville that is unique, bold, and luxurious. Each piece of the collection is crafted in house with extreme care and attention to detail – whether it’s using custom hand woven textiles, or artfully sculpted accessories. Ona Rex holds its tradition of uniqueness to the highest regard. (Source NFW)

 

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

 Truly Alvarenga 

Designer: Truly Alvarenga/ Nashville, TN

Truly Alvarenga Is known best for her beautiful handmade one-of-a-kind garments that are minimalist, uncluttered and refined in their shaping. Truly pays meticulous attention to detail and has attracted an impressive numbers of admirers, who appreciate the craftsmanship as well as the inspired stories behind the one-of-a-kind collections. (Source NFW)

 

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

Photo: Ryan Mclemore

What is your favorite look from Nashville Fashion Week?  I plan on giving you guys coverage of Friday night's show as well, later on!  Thanks for reading & if you get the chance to attend Nashville Fashion Week next year, I highly recommend it.  Be sure to follow me on Instagram for more footage @nativeinnashville . XOXO- Amber

Hair & Makeup for this showcase by: William Edge Salon

For more information visit www.nashvillefashionweek.com

EMBRACE THE SHAKE at Studio Novo

I think I've told you all before, my life is a constant struggle of eating and trying to lose weight.  My body loves me I'm sure (completely sarcastic).   I'm the kind of person who does 100 crunches, and feels like I should have a six-pack.  In other words, I'm not very athletic.  One of my best friends, Brianna, had been telling me, not to mention raving, about a fitness class at Studio Novo.     By the way she talked about it, I was honestly intimidated to try this class.  I'm out of shape and get out of breath just from walking up my steps (embarrassing I know).  I have seen the transformation her body has made since she started taking and teaching this class, so naturally I became more interested.  Studio Novo was hosting an event at Lululemon and had one of their machines, the Megaformer, there to try.  She invited me to come and I'm so happy I did.  I tried about five of the exercises and realized it's not as scary as I thought.  Even the name "Megaformer" was scary to me before I actually tried it.  I've now taken 2 classes at the studio and it's definitely rewarding, not to mention a lot of fun!  I know fear of the unknown is a good excuse not to try something, so I want to tell you about my experience as a first timer taking this class.  These pictures were taken after we completed both classes, and as you can see, there is still a smile on my face.   

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What you need to know. 

  1.  Your first class is FREE!! You can sign up at:   http://www.novonashville.com/#welcome
  2. Bring a bottle of water, your ID & socks with grip on the bottom or you could always go barefoot.  Socks can be purchased there for $12
  3. Wear yoga pants and a tank top (nothing too loose)
  4. Arrive 15 minutes early
  5. Your body will SHAKE with just about every move

About Studio Novo 

Studio Novo is owned by Anna and Santi Tefel and they have two convenient locations, Cool Springs and West Meade.  They are the only two locations in Tennessee that even teach the Lagree Method.  Classes are small, so the instructors can really focus on making sure each person understands as well as making sure their form is correct during each move.  They offer classes as early as 6AM and as late as 6:45PM.

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What is the Lagree Method? 

 The Lagree Fitness training method is taught on an exclusive technology developed by fitness visionary, Sebastien Lagree. Physical fitness is more than being able to run a long distance or lift heavy weights at the gym; or how long you worked out or at what intensity… While these are important measures of fitness, they only address single areas. Physical fitness is made up of five basic elements: Cardio, Strength, Endurance, Body Composition, and Flexibility.  It also focuses on core strength and balance, as well as mental health.  Where many workouts and exercise regimens work to integrate as many of these elements as possible, Lagree Fitness meets all the elements to physical fitness; not just in one session but in every single move. 

Some celebrities who take the Lagree Method are Jennifer Aniston, Kim Kardashian, Sofia Vergara, Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Hurley, Rebecca Romijn, Nicole Kidman, Ali Larter, and Hayden Panettiere.  Can we say BODY GOALS!?  Sofia Vergara believes so highly in the method, she has the Megaformer in her house.

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What is the "Megaformer" ? 

The Megaformer uses springs and cables to create resistance and counter-resistance for a workout that keeps your heart rate up, while toning and stretching muscles.   At first glance it looks similar to a torture device, because it has straps, springs, and pulleys, but I promise it's not scary at all! The best part about this machine to me, is that in just 50 minutes on it, you get a high-intensity full-body workout with no impact on your joints or spine.  I'm not going to tell you it's easy, it's a hard workout, but you will see results quickly and the 50 minutes will fly by!  

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PC: Studio Novo Nashville

PC: Studio Novo Nashville

This class is great for both men and women!  I actually took my big strong man, who takes crossfit classes everyday, and he absolutely loved it.  Beforehand, knowing how much he lifts, I wasn't sure it would be a struggle for him, but it definitely worked muscles I don't even think he knew he had.  He was sweating and shaking throughout the entire class. He actually just told me he is ready to go back.  It's fun, it's free to try, it will make you feel great, and bathing suit weather is right around the corner!! What are you waiting for?  Thanks, as always, for reading! XOXO- Amber

For more information on Studio Novo or to book your first class---> http://www.novonashville.com/#welcome you can also visit my Instagram page @NativeInNashville to watch me trying some moves for my first time on the Megaformer !!  

 Locations

West Meade
99 White Bridge Rd.
Nashville, TN 37205

(615) 679-9962

Cool Springs
9040 Carothers Pkwy #103
Franklin, TN 37067

(615) 236-9167

 

#PatioWeather: 18 of the Best Patios in Nashville

With daylight savings time & warmer, sunnier days ahead, I figured putting together a list of some of the best patios & rooftops in Nashville might be a good idea !! Grab some friends & go enjoy some live music, great food & ice cold drinks in the best city there is to do it in!! 

ACME Feed & Seed Rooftop Patio

PC: @acmenashville

PC: @acmenashville

ACME has some of the best views there are in Nashville!! Located downtown, you are overlooking the Cumberland River, Nissan Stadium and the Pedestrian & Korean Veteran's Blvd bridges and also can see all the way down Broadway.  It's the perfect place to pre-game before Titans games or just plain awesome for any sunny day!  They also have a live DJ which makes for a fun time!

BarTaco 

PC: @ehall0202

PC: @ehall0202

PC: @chelsea_lung

PC: @chelsea_lung

Bar Taco, located in 12 South, is the newest stylish Mexican spot serving serving classic & creative tacos.  Casual atmosphere and great place to go with a group !!  Their food is amazing !! 

Taco Mamacita 

PC: Google

PC: Google

PC: @tacomamanash

PC: @tacomamanash

Taco Mamacita's is located in Edgehill Village.  Another great Mexican restaurant with inventive tacos and enchiladas!  This is also a great place to go with a group! I spent my last birthday there with 25 of my closest friends! Great atmosphere !! 

Tootsie's Orchid Lounge Rooftop 

PC: @olddog64

PC: @olddog64

PC: @m_a_fernando

PC: @m_a_fernando

Tootsie's is one of the oldest and most famous Honky Tonks downtown Nashville has to offer.  Located on Broadway, the newest addition to Tootsie's is their rooftop bar with up close views of the "Batman building", Bridgestone Arena and birds eye view of Broadway.  It's the perfect place to people watch and listen to some great live music!

Virago Rooftop Patio 

PC: @Viragonashville

PC: @Viragonashville

Virago has one of my most favorite ambiance's Nashville has to offer.  Located in the Gulch you can enjoy some sake,delicious sushi and Nashville's beautiful skyline. The music, atmosphere and view is amazing. What more can you ask for.

Rippy's Rooftop Patio 

PC: @Nestorandresstx

PC: @Nestorandresstx

Another one of Nashville's most popular Honky Tonks on Broadway is Rippy's. You are sure to find a big crowd, live music and amazing BBQ!  It's directly across the street from Bridgestone Arena and is a great place to go to pre-game before a Pred's game!

Saint Añejo  

PC: @saintanejo

PC: @saintanejo

PC: Google

PC: Google

Located in the Gulch, Saint Anejo is an upscale Mexican restaurant with a "cantina chic" atmosphere.  The outdoor patio is the perfect place to enjoy one of their signature margaritas or some of their delicious queso or freshly made guacamole.

Tavern  

PC: @nashvilleguru

PC: @nashvilleguru

Tavern is located in Midtown.  It's a sleek gastropub serving retro cocktails, small plates and tacos.  I also HIGHLY recommend their s'mores !!  Seriously to die for.  I actually want some right now!

Rebar 

PC: Yelp

PC: Yelp

Located in Midtown, Rebar has always been one of my favorite places to go out to in Nashville.  It's a very chill atmosphere and always a good time.  Make sure to grab a bushwacker, theirs are the best I've had in town.

Blue Moon Waterfront Grille 

PC: @ambi_bambi

PC: @ambi_bambi

Blue Moon Waterfront Grille is one of my most favorite places to go in Nashville.  It's located on the Cumberland River at Rock Harbor Marina.  It's the perfect little escape and they have delicious seafood.   Makes you want to listen to some Otis Redding.  They will be re-opening in mid-March and I hear may be bringing out some live music right being played right on the water. If you have never been, do yourself a favor & check it out.

San Antonio Taco Co. 

PC: @sprsprty

PC: @sprsprty

San Antonio Taco Co. is located near Vanderbilt.  This Tex-Mex style restaurant is known for their homemade tortillas, award winning Chili Con Queso and awesome patio!!  

Bar Louie 

PC: @live_nashville

PC: @live_nashville

You can find Bar Louie in the Gulch!  They also have a great patio at their Murfreesboro location but the Nashville location is my favorite!  It's a great place to "eat, drink and be happy." I love their relaxed atmosphere and location! Parking is easy so that's always a plus!  

5th & Taylor 

PC: @danieljaes_ent

PC: @danieljaes_ent

5th and Taylor in historic Germantown has a rustic-industrial modern feel. Their patio is beautiful, especially at night & has more of a neighborhood feel. It's very spacious which is good for anyone who doesn't like to be crowded. I love the Germantown area and this restaurant is amazing !! 

M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers 

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PC: @tnbrewworks

PC: @tnbrewworks

M.L. Rose has two locations one on Franklin Road and the other is off of Charlotte Pike ! They are known for their wide selection of craft beers and have the best burgers! Both offer awesome patios but I think my favorite is going to be the one on Franklin rd.  They just expanded it and upgraded it like crazy !! It is going to be such a pretty, fun and chill place to hang out !! 

Jackson's 

PC: @jacksonsnash

PC: @jacksonsnash

Located in Hillsboro Village, Jackson's patio is another one of my favorite patios to hang out on.  It's also great for people watching and don't be surprised if you see Taylor Swift or the entire cast of "Nashville" walking by. 

The Treehouse 

pc: @thetreehousenashville

pc: @thetreehousenashville

The Treehouse is a very unique & creative restaurant located in East Nashville.  It's a very charming place and somewhat romantic!  If you are in the area be sure to check it out.  

Pinewood Social 

PC: @travelinsider

PC: @travelinsider

Pinewood Social is located downtown and down by the river.  They offer bowling , food, cocktails and their outdoor patio even has a pool and bocce ball! It's a social gathering place that can accommodate just about anyone's needs!  

Tennessee Brew Works Taproom 

PC: Google

PC: Google

TN Brew Works is a brewery but they also have the Tennessee Taproom which has live music, food and pints, samplers and even growlers of their brews !! Awesome patio and great set up! 

I hope you all enjoy and as always thank you for reading !! XOXO- Amber

6 New Ways to Look & Feel Gorgeous at The Hot Spa by Hot Spot Tanning

I bet when you all think of having a "spa day" you would never think having one at a tanning bed, right ? Yeah I wouldn't either, until now.  Hot Spot Tanning has always been my go to place if I ever need a last minute spray tan and where I have gone in the past years, when I tanned regularly.  Their locations are convenient because just about anywhere I've ever lived (yes, I'm a gypsy) there always seems to be a location nearby.  There are several in Murfreesboro(Memorial, Rutherford Blvd, Church Street, Rucker Lane) some in Smyrna (Almaville & Sam Ridley), even a Brentwood( Nolensville Road) and a Nashville( West End) location.  With my busy schedule, convenience is key!  I was lucky enough to get to try each of the new spa services yesterday & let me tell you, when I left, I felt ahhhh-mazing!  

Before I begin telling y'all about my experience with each of the spa services, I want to talk a little about the atmosphere of their location on Memorial Blvd. beside the Murfreesboro Athletic Club or the MAC.  This is their Hot Spa location but some of these services are offered at other locations too.  When you walk in, other than there being tanning lotion for sale behind the front desk, it doesn't have a tanning bed feeling at all.  Most tanning beds I've ever been to have been very bright and almost tropical feeling but this was very soothing.  Calming colors and the smell of essential oils were in the air.  I felt more relaxed as soon as I walked in the door. 

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Here comes the fun stuff:

Blue Light Therapy:Acu-Clear 

This blue light therapy is Dermatologist recommended for people of any age with current acne breakouts or red spots.  It uses medical grade blue LED lights to kill bacteria that causes spots and helps to prevent new breakouts, regulates oil production , calms and relaxes you as well as minimizing any scarring you may have on your face.  I don't usually get breakouts too often but I tried this one so I could tell you all what it's like.  When you see the mask and put it on it looks like something out of a Black Eyed Peas video.  It was really futuristic and almost astronaut helmet feeling, but very lightweight.  They place it over your head and you sit in a massaging chair the entire time (20 minutes) , you even get to put your legs up and they get massaged too.  Very relaxing to say the least.  The room was also very comfortable, smells great and they even offered me a spa robe and shoes.  When I think about light therapy of any kind I would almost expect that it would hurt but it was completely painless and when I took the mask off it only made my face feel a little tingley and good. My favorite part was sending my friends snapchats, looking crazy.  None of them probably even realize it wasn't one of those crazy snapchat filters until now.  This service is $20 a visit.  

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Lumiere Excel

 Anyone who is looking to slow down the aging process, correcting current aging effects such as minimizing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and blemishes , evening out pigmentation or someone who wants a painless, non-invasive anti-aging regimen; this is for you.   The Lumiere is a twenty minute treatment and again completely painless.  You sit in the same massaging chair as in the blue light therapy.  You wear goggles and when they initially turn on the red light it's very bright, even with your eyes closed, but don't worry it goes away after about ten seconds so don't let it freak you out.  This treatment uses red light LED therapy to restore radiance back into the skin, detoxifies, stimulates collagen synthesis and can even smooth out dry or rough skin.  The red light therapy is able to penetrate deeper than just the surface.  I really loved this treatment!  I somehow have the wrinkles of a 90 year old so I will be back. This service is $20 per visit and they can discuss with you how many you may need. 

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Kwik Fit 

 The first thing I will say about this machine is that you stand on it for just 10 minutes and it's the equivalent of doing 30 minutes of cardio.  How can you can really beat that? I personally hate doing cardio so I was sold !! It's perfect for anyone who has a very limited amount of time to work out or someone who has physical limitations to workouts at the gym. It has vibrating plates that help with arthritis relief, restoration of balance, strengthening bone, weight management, blood sugar balance, sleep improvement and a healthier heart.  You will most likely feel silly on this machine, but you will definitely feel the effects when you get off! This is $10 a visit.  

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Believe Bed: Red Light Therapy Rejuvination

The Believe bed is perfect for anyone wanting to add hydration back into the skin, relax muscles or improve scarring and uneven skin tones.  This one looks like a tanning bed but it's actually your whole body getting the benefits of the red light therapy.  This is more of an over all skin ehancing machine!  I have some scars I want to get rid of so that was the most exciting part of this to me.  It can fade scars or stretch marks and can reduce spider veins or broken capillaries.  This also provides several benefits for people with injuries or pain by reducing inflammation and pain, increasing circulation, restoring range of motion and can speed up the healing of wounds.  Only takes 15 minutes and $10 a session.  

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Cocoon Wellness Pod "The Pod"

I don't know if there are enough good words to say about this one !  I've never experienced anything like it or felt so good as I did when I got out.  This would be great for anyone who wants a quick way to relax, relieve pain or muscle tension.  This detoxifies the body, alleviates stress, helps with water retention , bloating and even cramps !! It combines heat, massage and magnetic fields to create a SUPER relaxing, healing environment.  You put on a sweat suit (this will make you feel like you're in a Missy Elliot music video from the 90's), which is extremely comfortable, then lay in a bed which your body will absolutely melt into.  It is almost like being in sauna, without the almost suffocating feel that comes with it because your head remains outside of the heat.  Your neck and  down will only be inside the cocoon and you are able to adjust the intensity of the massage speed and intensity on both your upper and lower body.  There are even little holes that your hands come through if you need to make any adjustments.  Being in "the Pod" you will burn up to 300 calories in just 30 minutes.  The temperature inside by the time you will be done with your session gets up to 170 degrees, which sounds crazy but it's abslutely refreshing.  If you ever get too hot you are able to get   I don't think I have ever sweated that much in my entire life.  I normally don't like to sweat at all but I guess there's a first time for everything.  I think I fell asleep a couple times, which I think most people do in there, and when I left there I felt better than I do after getting an hour massage that I pay between seventy to one hundred dollars for!  When you get out you will want to drink plenty of water(room temperature so that your body doesn't go into shock) which The Hot Spa provides you. There will be a towel to dry off your body, a cool wet towel for your face, spray deodorant and body spray so that you can freshen up.  This was actually heavenly and really helped out with my super sore muscles from working out.  I've had a pretty crazy week and it was just what I needed.  I highly recommend this! A session is just $35. 

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 Vevazz

This system is good for anyone with trouble fatty areas, anyone who would like to get a jump start on weight loss, has cellulite, needs skin tightening or diminishing stretch marks. This LED system is designed to contour the body by losing inches off specific body areas such as the waist, hips, thighs, arms and neck.  You go to a series of visits to see a change but typically people will lose 2-4 pant or dress sizes in just 42 days.  The LED alters the fat in the cells and allows it to seep out from the cell into space where it can be processed by the lymphatic system.  The fat is either used by the body as energy or the body will process it out.  They place 8 pads on your choice of troubled fatty area ( I chose my stomach to try) for 7 minute treatments, so this is very quick.  I felt absolutely no pain at all, only little tiny pulsing.  When I heard about this originally I was also expecting it to hurt but nothing at all me feel the least bit uncomfortable.

The salon manager Mitzi as well as Jami both thoroughly explained every single thing I was having done and made sure I understood it as well as felt comfortable the whole step of the way!  They were extremely professional and I appreciated the fact that they believe in the services they provide.  Any of these services can be available at a lesser rate and you can even take a tour of them all, everything I mentioned except for the Vevazz , for just $49.99.  That is huge savings!! They also have an all access pass of those same services for $149 a month.  There are other ways to save money on the services by becoming a member there.  You can visit Hot Spot Tanning at http://hotspottanning.com/ or find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Hot-Spot-Tanning-208396012535145/ 

 

Everyone there is awesome ! I highly recommend going to check them out for yourself, especially these new spa services. Thank you as always for reading ! XOXO -Amber 

Murals You Don't Want to Miss: NASHVILLE

I never have a free day, where I don't have any plans or something I absolutely have to do.  I finally had one so my best friend Jennifer Cody (who also happens to be a fabulous photographer) and I decided to go exploring around Nashville to find the best murals we could find. Some of these you have probably seen before (if not in person, definitely on social media.) I'm almost embarrassed to say that I waited in line to take a picture in front of one in particular but  it's seriously a "thing" here.  You can't live in Nashville & not have your picture made with the "I believe in Nashville" mural at least once.  You can't come here as a visitor and not take a picture with it either.  I am not ashamed to say I have at least 10 pictures with said mural.  You can never have enough!  I want to share with y'all some of the great places I found today!  They definitely make for some great pictures.  I will probably end up with another post some day in the near future because we were mural hunting, literally until the sun went down.   There definitely are never enough hours in the day but this is a great list of must see and must experience beautiful artwork around town.   Luckily my best friend is a photographer so we decided to turn the hunt into a photo shoot !  I decided to actually do my makeup on a Sunday, which is not a normal thing & just so happened to have the perfect shirt for it from The Nashville Shirt Co. It says "Native" how convenient, right ?

I will start with one of my most favorite new walls.  This is on the side of Draper James which is Reese Witherspoon's new boutique located in 12 South.  It is a lovely Southern boutique.  To the left of these stripes it reads "Pretty as a picture."  Looking at it just makes you feel good.  Thanks Reese :)

photo: Jennifer Cody

photo: Jennifer Cody

The wall directly across from Draper James is one of the many "I Believe in Nashville" murals around town.  If you go, be prepared for a complete stranger to hand you their phone so you can take their picture for them too.  This is a Nashville favorite by Adrien Saporiti of DCVX Industries. 

photo: Jennifer Cody

photo: Jennifer Cody

photo: Jennifer Cody

photo: Jennifer Cody

photo: Jennifer Cody

photo: Jennifer Cody

The next place I want to take you guys is right down the street, still in 12 South, the wall on the right side of Green Pea Salon.  This wall is covered in beautiful flowers and makes for some beautiful colorful photographs!!

Photo: Jennifer Cody

Photo: Jennifer Cody

photo: Jennifer Cody

photo: Jennifer Cody

Directly across from this beautiful flower painting is not necessarily a mural but to me its a really cool wall, especially for photos.  As you can see below we really had fun taking them here.  We must have taken a hundred.

Photo: Jennifer Cody

Photo: Jennifer Cody

photo: Jennifer Cody

photo: Jennifer Cody

photo: Jennifer Cody

photo: Jennifer Cody

photo: Jennifer Cody

photo: Jennifer Cody

photo: Jennifer Cody

photo: Jennifer Cody

Yall my be sick of my face by the time this is over, whoops. The next place I want to tell you guys about was my absolute most FAVORITE place we went to.  It was like finding a hidden treasure and I have NO idea how the heck I have never seen this amazing place before today.  I am about to share probably 20 pictures from there.  Sorry in advance.  There wasn't just one piece of wall art, there were several.  Even the fences were painted.  I'm SO excited to share.  This is in Berry Hill at the House of Blues Studios.  I had no idea we even had that here, but I guess you learn something new every day.  Some of these are iPhone photos, so don't judge me.

photo: Jennifer Cody

photo: Jennifer Cody

photo: Jennifer Cody

photo: Jennifer Cody

photo: Jennifer Cody

photo: Jennifer Cody

photo: Jennifer Cody

photo: Jennifer Cody

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Y'all know I had to take a picture with Snoop !  

Y'all know I had to take a picture with Snoop !  

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If you pull out of the street this is on and head towards Wedgewood you will see this ! I loved this one because it's painted as a cassette tape, gotta love anything old school.   Kids these days will never know the struggle.  

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I couldn't resist heading downtown off of Korean Veterans Bridge on Almond Street to see the Willie Nelson wall! 

Photo: Jennifer Cody

Photo: Jennifer Cody

The last 2 murals I want to show you all are both in East Nashville and about 45 seconds apart (driving)  We got a little lost so it took us more like 15 minutes but that's ok,  they were both awesome!  The first one actually says "East Nashville" and is by : @ColorTheoryStudios. 

photo: Jennifer Cody

photo: Jennifer Cody

photo: Jennifer Cody

photo: Jennifer Cody

photo: Jennifer Cody

photo: Jennifer Cody

This last one is also by Adrien of DCXV Industries and names "Stay Tuned". This is at the Center 615 Building.

iPhone photo: Amber Ford

iPhone photo: Amber Ford

photo: Jennifer Cody

photo: Jennifer Cody

Photo: Jennifer Cody

Photo: Jennifer Cody

Photo: Jennifer Cody

Photo: Jennifer Cody

 

I have lived here my entire life and it's crazy the things you can see if you actually just open your eyes.   Pay attention to something other than your phone for a change ( don't worry I'm guilty too) and really take the time to go enjoy the beauty that is all around you.  If you know of any other great wall art in Nashville please share with me so I can share with others !!  I never knew how much I would enjoy blogging or how much work it would be but I really do love it!  I sincerely appreciate everyone who has reached out to me about my new blog and it means a lot to me to know people actually enjoy reading it. Be sure to follow me on Instagram at @NativeInNashville and Jennifer Cody at @JenniferCodyWeddings. I hope you enjoy this one, we had lots of fun with it & thank you for reading ! XOXO - Amber

If you would like to book Jennifer Cody for photographs you can contact her by visiting her website at  http://www.jennifercody.space/ she specializes in weddings, engagements & boudoir and adventure photography :) (shameless plug) you'll love her ! 

Made in Nashville: #TwoRoast

 

I don't know about y'all, but the only thing that gets me out of the bed in the morning is the thought of freshly brewed coffee or the smell of bacon!! The smell of both together is even better.  But I absolutely love it!  It's weird because I remember being little and swearing to my mom I would never in my entire life drink coffee because back then I thought it was the nastiest thing I had ever tasted, I actually used to feel the same way about wine (can you believe that?). What was I thinking?  Growing up is mind blowing to me.  Anyways I want to tell y'all a little about this fabulous coffee + cacao mix by Two Roast!! Incase you're like me and wondering what the heck is cacao exactly, the cacao bean is the most elemental ingredient in chocolate-making and who doesn't love chocolate?  If you don't, I almost question your character, ha.  The absolute BEST part of this product, other than the taste, is the fact that it was made right here in Nashville!  I am a firm believer in supporting local businesses and especially obsessed with anything made in Nashville!  Two Roast is made by a couple, Dan and Jenny Oliver.  There are only 2 ingredients, coffee and Cacao and it's completely organic, all natural, contains no sugar, dairy, gluten or chemicals.  

I love the aroma of coffee and the smell is delightful!  I almost think the smell alone wakes me up.   I am normally a Keurig coffee user, because to be quite honest, I'm a little lazy and usually in a rush, but I love the fact that this is actually ground up to where I can see what I am putting in my coffee machine.   Now let's talk taste.  When you hear the description you would think it may taste like chocolate but it does not, it's a perfect blend of coffee and cacao. Doesnt lean more either way.  The other thing I love about this product is the resealable bag.  Most coffee brands you just fold them over and clasp them, Two Roast actually seals up completely.  I'm also big on catchy logos and theirs is great!!  If you would like to try some for yourself, you can order online at http://www.tworoast.com/  I don't know about you, but I love to shop & support local.  Hope you all enjoy.  XOXO- Amber 

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Top 10 Can't Live Without Beauty Products

Y'all know those products you find and you try out once, then can never live without them again?  No matter how much they cost you, you have to have them?  Well I wanted to share with you guys some of mine!!  Some of them are a little on the pricier side and I almost wish I never tried them, but it's too late now and they work perfect for me so here we go.

1. I will start with my most favorite makeup wipes in the history of ever.  You can buy them at Target and a pack of 45 will run you about $10.  I love the way they make my face feel and the smell is awesome!! The brand is YES TO.  I like to make them last so I actually tear them in half so I don't have to go back to Target so often.  You know how that goes, walk in for one thing (a $10 dollar pack of makeup wipes, leave with a new chair for your living room, 12 picture frames, 17 bags of candy, 5 new shirts for a grand total of $1542. Yeah, I try to stay FAR away.

2. EVO "Water Killer" Dry Shampoo.  This product will run you about $25 and its the absolute BEST dry shampoo I've ever found in my life.  I use to be the girl who had to wash my hair every single day, but lets be honest, who really has time for that?  I know if I have to make the decision between wash my hair or sleep an extra 30 minutes in the morning, I'm going with sleep, EVERY time.  I can go about 4 days until I have to wash my hair again.  This gives you body and fullness as well as makes your hair look and smell clean.  It's basically like magic.  I buy mine at Parlour 3 in Brentwood.

3. Strobe Cream from MAC.  I love this face lotion.  It makes my face shimmery like Edward Cullen, and I mean c'mon who doesn't love a good shimmer? This moisturizes and makes your skin more radiant.  I guess you can say it takes away any dull or tired appearance.  It brightens your skin with vitamins, green tea, andioxidants and iridescent particles.   So in a nutshell I would say it gives you a healthy looking glow, without even being pregnant. Ha . This is $33 for 1.7 ounces , so it will last you awhile !! 

 

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4. Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit (powder version) .  I bought mine at Ulta for $40.  This kit is amazing for contouring and highlighting, and quite frankly making my cheek bones look way cooler than they actually are.  I have the light to medium shade kit and it includes 3 highlighting shades and 3 for contouring. Using this can help emphasize your cheeks, jawline, nose and even your eyes.  A complete game changer !  

 

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5 and 6:  Honey Love lipstick & Nightmoth lip liner both from MAC.  I actually tried this combination out by mistake and ever since I've been hooked.  When you see these next 2 pictures y'all are going to think I'm crazy but I promise people ask me what lip color I'm wearing almost every day. It is a nude lipstick with a very dark lip liner . And put together it makes (for me) the perfect shade of mauvey nude. 

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7. "They're Real" mascara by Benefit.  This mascara is $24 and can be purchased at Ulta or Sephora.  I've tried a million different mascaras it seems and this is the one that works best for me ! It actually makes you look like you're wearing fake eyelashes. It seperates your lashes perfectly and makes them look super long. Not like tarantulas like other pricey mascara I have tried.   

 

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8. "Burgundy times 9" eyeshadow palette by MAC. $40 I'm a BIG fan of eyeshadow palettes in general because I love a good bargain. When you think of how much this would cost if you bought all these colors seperately, your head would spin.  As I said in my last blog post I have green eyes and I really like to wear colors (when I wear eyeshadow) that make them pop.  Mauvey, pinkish or purple shades really do the trick ! I love this palette in particular because it has some shimmery colors and some matte colors and I like to change it up sometimes. My absolute favorites I wear are the top 2 on the left and the bottom middle.  

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9. Frankie Rose "matte perfection foundation" in the shade neutral.  I was only introduced to this foundation Saturday and I'm already addicted. Same with my item number 10.  I've been getting compliments ever since I got it. I have heard things like "it's not as cake like" (yes apparently my face looked like dessert before) and "your face looks a lot more smooth".  It doesn't feel like I'm wearing a lot of makeup and it matches perfectly. So happy I found it!!  $33 and I think it can only be purchased online or at Parlour 3 in Brentwood.

 

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10. Amazing Cosmetics "Amazing concealer" in light beige.   $42 and I purchased at Parlour 3 as well.  I have naturally very dark circles around my eyes and I can't ever seem to figure out how to cover them up!  This has actually done the trick!  I apply my foundation first and the concealer afterwards.  It's definitely the best concealer I've ever used. It says "The World's Best Concealer" right on the box & I like a company confident enough to put that right on the product!  Seriously where has this stuff been all my life !? 

 

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I hope if you get the chance to try any of these amazing products you love them as much as I do and as always thanks for reading and sharing !! XOXO- Amber

Radnor Lake: Good for the Mind, Body and Soul

Can we talk about what a gorgeous day we are having here in Nashville.  Last time I checked it was 71 degrees, which is crazy considering just yesterday I had to wait 10 minutes for my icy windows on my car to melt.  I think it's safe to say that we have the most bipolar weather in the history of anywhere.  There is nothing better in the South than a good sunshiny day that feels like Spring or Fall and being able to ride around with your music blasting and windows down.  I am off work today and luckily my roommate asked me what the weather was supposed to be like and at the time it was sixty degrees so I knew I had to get out of the house.  Last time we had a day like this, the only thing I walked outside for was to get something out of my car, and I'm still mad at myself about it.  I just spend about 70 percent of my life (aka the only time I'm not at work) in sweatpants or Yoga pants these days and I guess I just didn't want to leave them.  PS I have never done yoga in my life but Lululemon yoga pants are still my BFF.

Today I decided to do something where I could wear my sweatpants and no one could judge me because I look sporty.  I think the key to life is wearing workout clothes all the time in public, that way you can be comfortable and if you look like crap people won't judge you because they will think "she just worked out" and they can't hate on that. See what I mean? 

There is this magical place that unfortunately I never knew about until about 6 months ago that makes me genuinely happy anytime I have ever been, Radnor Lake State Park.  Radnor Lake is a 1,332-acre park and is protected as a Class II Natural Area. It is unique due to the abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities, environmental education programs, hiking opportunities and its location in an urban area. The park is day-use only and the more than six miles of trail are strictly used for hiking, photography and wildlife observation. Pets, jogging and bicycles are only allowed on the Otter Creek Road trail. The Lake Trail is accessible to people with all-terrain wheelchairs.

Radnor Lake is located at 1114 Otter Creek Road in Nashville and pretty close to Brentwood. The trail I go on is the Lake Trail, I start in the parking lot and head into the woods (there are signs up to show you where to go.)  The route I take is about 2.5 miles long and it's mainly flat but there are a few inclines and it will get your heart rate up and fresh air in your lungs, your legs a little more toned, as well as seeing some beautiful scenery.   You seriously never know what you are going to see while walking through the trail.  You are in the woods walking the trail surrounding the beautiful lake, so naturally you will see lots of different animals.  I have seen deer, owls, turtles, ducks, geese, and turkeys so far.  These deer will literally be walking 3 feet away from you.  It's pretty awesome actually.  I remember the first time I ever went, feeling like Snow White in a forest.  I even tried talking to the deer to get them to look my way for pictures.  Don't worry they didn't talk back, lol.  I chose this trail because it's not as difficult as some of the others. Have I ever mentioned I'm not very athletic?  Blogging is now my cardio.

I actually love going by myself.  Although thinking about being in the middle of the woods with nothing but a bunch of animals and strangers who pass by, mostly in groups of 2, is a little bit creepy, I thoroughly enjoy it.  It gives me time to reflect on my life and get some fresh air.  I literally am not worried about anything else while I am there. The only reason I take my phone is incase I want to Snapchat the deer I pass by or take pictures.  Today I took my camera and I will be sharing photos below.  If you aren't familiar with it, it's such a beautiful and wonderful hidden treasure that I think just about anyone would enjoy.  It's a perfect place to take your kids also.  I was walking by a little pack of turkeys today and I had a little boy who was carrying a walking stick he had picked up from a broken tree, tell me to "shhhh" because he didn't want to scare them off.   It was really cute.  It's the perfect place for all ages and best of all it's FREE!  So get up, get out and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!! XOXO- Amber

You can read more about Radnor Lake State Park here www.RadnorLake.org

More Than Just Juice: Juice Bar

I think I told you all this before, but my life is a constant struggle of trying to lose weight and eating dessert.  I have been eating a little too much dessert lately & the proof is in my clothes not fitting anymore.  I've been feeling kind of blah lately and that my body is screaming "feed me something healthy".  That's why I decided to go to the Juice Bar the past 2 days for lunch. I am normally more of a meat and 3 type girl but I knew this would make me at least feel better about my life.

Juice Bar is overwhelmingly vegetarian, gluten-free, organic when possible, and always uses 100% whole fruits and vegetables.  They are definitely a  “I want to eat healthy and feel great” type place. They offer juices, smoothies, juice cleanses, superfood salads, soups and more.  Please see my pictures below to see more of what they have to offer.

On Tuesday for lunch (day about 27 of me feeling blah- I told you guys I am a procrastinator) I walked into the Juice Bar, took about 10 minutes to make a choice on which smoothie to get, which you would have thought I was making a major life decision, I decided on the "Green Smoothie."  I went with a smoothie because I like a little more substance.  To me it feels a little more like actual food , which y'all know I  love.  It's made with spinach, kale, pineapple, banana, lemon, apple juice and coconut milk.  It is the perfect blend of healthy and sweet tasting and absolutely DELICIOUS.   The best part was that it actually filled me up, and smoothies never fill me up.  They are always more like a drink to me.  I also enjoyed watching them actually placing all of the vegetables and fruits in and mixing it up in front of me, where I can see all of the fresh ingredients.  While I was there waiting on my made to order smoothie, I noticed a sign with a large bowl of soup.  Their featured soup of the day was black bean.  The nice man working asked me if I would like to try a sample.  I am not a big fan of black beans in general, so I politely declined.  He told me they have a different soup everyday and they had just finished making tomorrow's soup, which was his favorite, the garden veggie; so he gave me a sample of that.  It was so delicious I couldn't wait to get back there today on my lunch break.  I posted a photo of it below so you can see how absolutely packed with healthiness it is, but it has broccoli, carrots, celery, onions, kale, red beans, zucchini, quinoa, cilantro and maybe a little bit of a tomato base.  I seriously have never felt so healthy in my life after eating that many vegetables together at one time.  It was so filling and packed with enjoyable flavor.  I am very excited about Wednesdays now, thanks to this soup!  I also got to try their four most popular juices, the "Orange You Glad" and the "Sweet Greens" were my two favorites!!

Juice Bar has a different soup each day; Monday-tomato basil, Tuesday-black bean Wednesday-garden Veggie, Thursday- red lentil and Friday through Sunday butternut squash.  I went to the Franklin location located at 232 Fifth Avenue North Franklin, Tn, but they have locations all over the Middle Tennessee area.  Locations include Green Hills, Berry Hill, Hillsboro Village, The Gulch, Germantown, Belle Meade, Murfreesboro, Brentwood and of course Franklin.

Moral of this story if you pass by a Juice Bar, GO!  It will make you feel good on the inside as well as out.  I Just hope my clothes start to fit better.  I'm one of those people who feels like you can eat salad once and you should automatically lose 5 lbs.  I'm almost 30 and I have never known this to be more untrue. Baby steps though, baby steps.  XOXO- Amber

For Juice Bar's full menu click here www.ilovejuicebar.com