Nashville Trip Recap

Nashville Trip Recap

I couldn’t have asked for a better time for my first time in the Music City. On my recent trip to Nashville, I enjoyed late honky tonk nights, lots of drool-worthy food, and an endless ambience of country music.

I’d say that my S.O. and I planned just the bones of our trip before visiting. We knew where we were staying, how we were getting there, and we had tickets for the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry. Yet, we left quite a bit of room in our itinerary to explore.

We decided to stay right in the heart of Downtown Nashville at the Moxy for a few nights. This hotel was very different than your average stay. The lobby had live music, games, a swing, and lots of lounge space. On the first night, we checked in at the Moxy bar and got our hotel keys along with a couple of drink chips.

The rooms at the Moxy were very clean and modern with an industrial style. If you ever stay at a Moxy hotel, definitely click the “bedtime story” button on the phone in your room for a laugh.

It was around dinner time by the time we settled into our room and got ready, so I booked us a reservation at The Diner. This place was a quick walk away from our hotel. I’m still thinking about the shrimp and grits that I had; it was seriously the most delicious start to our trip.

After dinner, we walked over to some of the bars. Our first stop was Johnny Cash’s bar. Here we learned that you better pay attention when the band tells you to raise your glass. My S.O. and I may have been distracted in conversation and a bit surprised when the bar went silent (and everyone was looking at us). I’m thankful for the bartender that tapped me on the shoulder so we could all get on with a “hell yeah” cheers.

After Cash’s, we checked out Kid Rock’s Honky Tonk. This spot became one of our favorites. The music was great, and the atmosphere was very fun. According to some locals, it’s one of the louder bars. That night we also went to Ole Red; it was a good time with a more laid-back vibe.

We began day two with a tasty brunch at Another Broken Egg Cafe. Pro tip: make reservations ahead of time for this place, so you don’t have to wait as long as we did.

Once we were full of coffee and beignets, we headed to the Johnny Cash museum. It was conveniently across the street from our hotel. If you’re a fan of Johnny Cash or country music history, I’d say that this is a must-see spot.

Later that day, we grabbed a quick dinner and went over to the Grand Ole Opry. It was an incredible experience to see a show at the Opry, and it was an added bonus that we got to see Jon Pardi take the stage.

The next day we went on a tour of Studio B and explored the County Music Hall of Fame. Overall, it was a really cool experience. At Studio B we even got to sit at the piano that Elvis used to record his music.

At night, we hung out downtown again. As a Big & Rich fan, I had to visit John Rich’s Redneck Riviera.

We also grabbed drinks at Miranda Lambert’s bar and Nudie’s Honky Tonk. Casa Rosa had a great dance floor and all the pink decor you could dream of. When we went to Nudie’s, it was gorgeously decorated for the holiday season.

As we walked around downtown, I did some window shopping at Boot Country. But, all I got was a photo with their giant boot. Unfortunately, I was not going to fit new boots in my luggage.

The following day, we checked out of the Moxy and into the Graduate. We thought it would be a nice place to spend our last night in Nashville. Full transparency: the hotel was gorgeous, but the service was not. I wouldn’t book a stay there again, but I would probably stop by to snap some insta-worthy pictures.

Soon after we got into our room, we went to the rooftop bar, White Limozeen. I had a “Queen of the Rodeo” cocktail, which was absolutely delicious. Later, we grabbed dinner at an Italian restaurant across the street and then watched a movie in our room. It was a good and relaxing night before traveling home the next day.

When we got back to Green Bay, we had a lot of sleep to catch up on, but it was absolutely worth it. I’m looking forward to planning another adventure soon.

Have you ever been to Nashville? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Cheers to the Holidays: How-To Make a Dirty Chai Tea Latte

Cheers to the Holidays: How-To Make a Dirty Chai Tea Latte

If you can’t get enough of cinnamon and spice around the holidays, this drink is for you. It’s simple to make, and it will give you just the kick of caffeine you need. Also, it’s a great treat to make for guests!

Here are your six steps to a perfect Dirty Chai Tea Latte:

Step 1: Add 1 tablespoon of Vanilla Copina Co to your cup (or another vanilla flavored powder or syrup).

Step 2: Add an espresso shot or a bit of hot coffee to your cup. Mix the coffee well with the vanilla flavoring.

Step 3: Add 1/2 cup of chai tea concentrate of your choosing.

Step 4: Add 1/2 cup of milk (I used oat milk).

Step 5: Add ice.

Optional: Add a cinnamon stick for some extra spice

Step 6: Enjoy!

What’s your go-to coffee to make at home? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

3 Gifts Your Friends & Family Will Love

3 Gifts Your Friends & Family Will Love

In my opinion, you can never go wrong with gifting candles and wine. However, I have a few more self-care gift ideas that would pair nicely with a bottle of rosé. The following items would make perfect gifts for friends or family (or even yourself).

First up is the comfiest gift idea: Woxers! These are seriously buttery soft and the best for lounging around in. Woxers come in three different cuts, so there’s a fit for almost everyone’s taste. In the picture, I’m wearing the “studs.”

Next, I’d recommend the new Glitter Beachwaver curling iron. This is the perfect gift to enhance someone’s morning routine. Also, the holiday design is a fun twist.

Like the Woxers, Beachwaver has three different designs. In the picture, I am holding the medium barrel size; this is perfect for achieving natural beach waves. If you want to see the Beachwaver and its rotating barrel in action, check out this tutorial I created here.

Another gift idea that is perfect for enhancing your giftee’s morning routine is Copina Co’s Holiday Kit. This comes with a couple of different kinds of plant-based collagen, a frother, and an adorable glass.

In case you didn’t already know, plant-based collagen can have a positive impact on nail and hair growth and your skin. Yes, you can actually drink this skincare (and it’s delicious).

If you go ahead and purchase any of these items during your holiday shopping, I have discount codes for you! You can check them out here.

What’s your favorite gift that you’ve received? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

2 Years of Blogging & Finding My Voice

2 Years of Blogging & Finding My Voice

This past week, turned two!

First, I want to thank you for reading this blog and keeping up with my content. I appreciate having this creative space that allows me to connect with others from all over! As this blog has grown, it has become something more than just a spot for me to type; it has become a community. I am glad that you are a part of it!

Next, I feel like I have to beg the cliche question: has it really been two years already? It doesn’t feel like that long ago that I purchased my domain and started writing weekly. It has become so integrated into my routine, and I am very happy that it has. Creating content on this blog keeps me in the habit of writing, which I adore doing.

Throughout two years of editing the website and publishing posts, I’ve learned a few things. I would say the biggest journey and lesson was finding my voice. And, what I mean by that is my writing voice. It took quite a bit of time and drafting before I truly understood my style. I’d say that blogging helped me to learn more about who I am, what I value, and how I communicate that.

For example, when I look at recent blog posts compared to blog posts from this time a year ago, I can see a difference in my comfortability to show up authentically. It’s not that I was sharing a false version of reality a year ago, but I don’t think that I was as confident in my voice. A year ago, I second-guessed myself way more than I do now.

So what changed? Well, I think time and practice had a lot to do with it. Continuously writing and creating helped me to get more comfortable with showing up in this online space. With time, I’ve allowed more breathing room in my writing process. I brainstorm, I write, I edit, and I give myself time to work with the words that I type rather than being super quick to publish. Of course, it’s good to have some structure and deadlines, but allowing some fluidity in your work and life can be good too.

In my second year of blogging, I got into even more of a groove with things than in year one. I’m looking forward to another year of creating and learning.

Cheers to the beginning of year three!

What was your favorite blog post from 2021? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Chatting Entrepreneurship and Mental Health with Brianne Helfrich

Chatting Entrepreneurship and Mental Health with Brianne Helfrich

Brianne Helfrich is a college student, CEO, and podcast host. She is originally from Edmonton, Alberta, but she currently lives in Pittsburgh where she is completing a master’s program before attending medical school. During the pandemic, she started her clothing brand, Helfrich Collective.

Brianne and I recently connected on Instagram, and as soon as I heard a bit of her story, I knew that I wanted to have her on the blog. To say the least, she’s making things happen, and I admire that. Throughout our Q&A, Brianne tells it how it is about starting her business, finding balance, and creating positive habits.

Q: What inspired you to start your business, Helfrich Collective?

A: During the pandemic, I started going through my own mental health struggles. I needed something to look forward to and work hard on, but I also wanted to give back and raise awareness. So, I randomly decided to start my own clothing brand that donates to various charities for each collection.

Q: What prepared you to start your business?

A: Honestly, I had no preparation before starting HC. I kind of jumped into it and as a STEM major, I had no business background. Thankfully, I was able to surround myself with people who understood the business side of HC and they have helped guide me along the way. A big thing that I’m thankful for is that I was taught and brought up with a strong work ethic. Like any business, it takes a lot of work and isn’t an overnight success type of thing. It’s very easy to get discouraged when starting your own business, so my resiliency has definitely helped the process.

Q: How do you balance being a CEO and attending school?

A: To be honest, most of the time I don’t balance it very well. I want to do the best I can at everything, so sometimes that means overworking myself and pushing myself a bit too hard. It’s something I’m working on because I know it’s not healthy for me and leads me to insane burnout. I think a big thing for me is prioritizing and planning ahead. It helps alleviate my anxiety and helps with my time management when I know what’s coming up and can prepare ahead of time. Another big thing is asking for help whenever I need it. Sometimes I can delegate tasks or even get advice when I feel like I’m having a tough time balancing.

Q: What are some positive habits that you’ve created in your life?

A: Positive habits I’ve created in my life are the usual things like working out, eating what makes me feel good, saying positive affirmations, etc. But one big thing that has really helped transform my life was seeking help and going to therapy. This has made such a positive impact on how I view myself and the world. Learning that it’s okay to not be okay and having a safe outlet to talk/express my feelings has been so impactful.

Q: What does a day in your life look like?

A: My days are pretty similar during the week, but normally I wake up around 5 am. I’ll then head to the gym (it’s my favorite way to de-stress), workout for a little bit, then go home and get ready for the day. I then head off to clinicals and school. I am constantly working on Helfrich Collective, so I’ll send emails, prep for launches, contact manufacturers, etc. all throughout the day. Then when I get home from school, I normally do any homework I have, make some dinner/watch TV/facetime my family and friends, and go to bed early.

Q: What advice would you give other 20-somethings who want to start their own businesses?

A: Just start. You will always feel like you aren’t ready or not prepared enough, but you learn by doing. It’s normal to make mistakes, so take everything as a learning curve and grow from it. Just believe in yourself, work hard and you can achieve anything.

Q: Where can we keep up with you?

A: Instagram @briannehelfrich & @helfrichcollective, TikTok @briannehelfrich & @helfrichcollective, shop HC at, and listen to Welcome to the Collective.

A New Season of Style

A New Season of Style

The cooler weather is calling for a style change-up, and so am I. Lately, I’ve had a bit of a bored feeling when looking in my closet to choose something to wear. You know the one?

I think it’s important to note that this feeling doesn’t mean that you have to, or should, start from square one. I like to view my closet as an ongoing draft that I can make edits to, here and there, as needed. As fall came, I realized it was time to make a few additions and subtractions to refresh my wardrobe.

First, I focused on the subtractions. I took an informal inventory of my closet to see what I had, what I liked, what I didn’t like, and what I needed. Then, I began to take the items out of my closet that no longer “sparked joy.” I piled these items up and put them in bags to be donated.

In theory, this closet clean-out process seems simple enough. In practice, this process can be a bit tedious. But, I do have a few tips and tricks from a previous blog post that you can check out here.

I’d say the number one thing that can make or break your closet clean-out is honesty. You have to get real about what items you enjoy wearing and what items you will never wear. Holding onto pieces of clothing that don’t make you feel good isn’t worth it. Let yourself simply say, “thank you, next,” to the things that don’t spark joy! Trust me; it’s free-ing.

Once the hard part was over, I focused on the additions to my closet. Before heading right to the store, I thought about the type of pieces I truly needed to enhance my wardrobe. When you are specific and intentional, you are less likely to buy something that will end up collecting dust in your closet.

Based on the weather and the items that I decided to donate, I knew I wanted to add a few new sweaters and long sleeve tops to my closet. This brought me to my local T.J. Maxx, where I scored some really great pieces.

I can’t wait to wear these tops out and style them in different ways. I tried to get items that seemed classic rather than overly trendy. As I continue to edit my closet, I find that I value a more timeless style. Trends come and go, but your style is yours, and it can grow with you.

What’s your best seasonal style tip? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Showing Up Authentically on Social Media

Showing Up Authentically on Social Media

Authenticity and social media aren’t always two peas in a pod. However, with good intentions, they can be.

Social media can be used in a way that is uplifting and true to you. It can be used to express yourself and connect with others that share your interests. Here are a few best practices when showing up online:

Type like you talk. How you speak IRL should line up with how you communicate on social media. If you wouldn’t actually say something that you are typing then there is a disconnect with who you are and who you are showing up as online.

Share content that you enjoy creating. When you share content that you’re passionate about, your online community can tell. If you are just posting something because you think it will get engagement, your community can tell. Create and publish genuine content that matters to you, and your community will show up for it.

Use filters to enhance images rather than alter them. Filters and editing tools are great for creating sharp and high-quality images. But, I do believe they can be overused. If you want your digital community to get to know you on social media, you have to be real.

Be honest and transparent. I believe transparency is especially important when you are posting #sponsored or #gifted content. If you promote a brand on social media that has paid you in currency or product, you should be open about it.

Create healthy boundaries for yourself. Being authentic on social media doesn’t mean that you have to share anything and everything. You have control over your own social media account, so you have control over how much you decide to publish. I find that it’s good to strike a balance between the personal things that you make public and the things that you keep private.

How do you show up authentically on social media? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Steal That Look: Florence Given’s ’70s Aesthetic

Steal That Look: Florence Given’s ’70s Aesthetic

UK-based artist and author Florence Given has a gorgeously unique and defined style. I admire her bold attitude and confident self-expression. You may recall a few times on the blog where I have quoted her book, “Women Don’t Owe You Pretty.”

As a way to play around with my personal style, I recreated three of Florence’s in-feed outfits. This allowed me to mix and match items that I already had in my closet in new ways. This also forced me to jump outside of my comfort zone.

First up, I copied this little black dress look. This was fairly simple to put together since it just required a black dress, black boots, and a scarf. I think this is the perfect simple yet elevated outfit to go out in.

Second, I put my own twist on another one of Florence’s slip-dress looks. This outfit was a lot of fun to put together; it challenged me to mix up various patterns, textures, and colors.

Last but certainly not least, I recreated this black and denim look. As with the first outfit, the “recipe” is pretty simple. All you need is a black tank, black boots, jeans, and a black belt. This is a great outfit for looking effortlessly put together.

While I have my personal style preferences, recreating Florence’s outfits helped me to explore. I believe that when it comes to style, you have to be open to trying new things whether it’s a new trend or aesthetic. Through trials and the occasional errors, you are able to learn a lot about yourself and what your style truly is.

Which look was your favorite? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

Fangirling in Chicago: Attending Wizard World ’21

Fangirling in Chicago: Attending Wizard World ’21

Over this past weekend, I attended the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con. It was fun to spend a Saturday in cosplay while browsing comics and other collectibles.

In previous years, I’ve attended this convention as Padme, Tank Girl, and even Mr. Freeze. This year, Frenchie from The Boys inspired my #OOTD. I managed to thrift every piece of the outfit, so it was a fairly easy costume to put together. It’s just made up of plaid pants, a belt, suspenders, and a grey t-shirt that I cropped and painted a skull bunny on. If you’re also a fan of the show or comics, feel free to steal this costume idea for Halloween.

At the convention, there’s always a lot to see. My favorite photo opp was definitely with Chicago Tardis‘ Winston. Winston is a Dalek aka a mutant alien from the show Doctor Who. If you don’t know the show, I understand that may all sound very confusing. But anyway, trust me when I say that it’s pretty cool to see a life-sized replica in person.

I’m happy that I brought a few pieces of the convention home with me. My haul included a Powerpuff Girls charm bracelet, vintage Purple Rain and Annie Hall movie promotions, and a Jeff Goldblum print from Kelsey Rushing. You may just see some of these items show up in upcoming apartment decor blogs!

Have you ever attended a comic con? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!

A Few Recent Thrift Finds

A Few Recent Thrift Finds

I always like to visit my local thrift store with the intention of curating my style. This helps me to focus on what clothing items I want to take home as well as which items to leave. On my latest thrift trip, my goal was to find a few more dresses to compliment my wardrobe. I got a bit lucky and found three new-to-me dresses for under $30.

First, I found this asymmetrical olive green dress. It was originally from J.Crew where dresses can easily cost more than $100. I scored this dress for just $8.99. I really enjoy the unique cut and color. This dress pairs perfectly with just tennies, but I could also dress it up with heels.

Next, I found a simple little black dress with lace detailing for $3.99. While browsing the clearance rack, I found an oversized vintage blazer to go with it for just $1.99. I think this look would be perfect for grabbing dinner.

Last but certainly not least, I found this casual denim dress. It’s Loft brand and cost just $8.99. It’s simple, comfy, and effortless. I adore dresses like this for mornings at the farmers’ market or for grabbing coffee and running errands.

If you live in northern Wisconsin like me, I’d definitely recommend checking out your local Goodwill NCW. That’s typically where I thrift, and that’s where I got all of the items featured in this blog. Also, before your next thrifting adventure, check out this blog post for a few tips and tricks!

What’s your best thrift find? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!