Take Me To: Beach Club

January 15, 2019

It's been a hot minute since I've released the next post in my "Take Me To" resort series. So what better way to kick off getting back into the swing of things than by starting in January for the new year? I'll be keeping attempting to keep these more regular by adding a resort post once a month. Since it's January & most of us are covered in snow, ice, or just plain frigid cold weather (unless you're lucky enough to live somewhere that has summer year round - hello Florida friends!), it seems like the perfect month for a Beach Club post. 

While I'm over here covered in 2 sweaters, a coat, boots, and leggings under jeans, I'm swooning over the thought of being poolside right now, somewhere warm & sunny - like the Disney's Beach Club Resort. I asked my good friend Joanna to style a look around this resort & do a guest post. She has some great vintage style and eye for details, and pulled together an adorable look, perfectly set to her surroundings. The following is what she had to say about this beautiful resort.

White (mochas) after Labor Day

January 10, 2019

If you know anything at all about me or have ever even glanced at my Instagram, you know I pretty much have a cup of coffee permanently glued to my hand at all times. No really. I’m like Mary Poppins & can pull a venti iced white mocha on command from the depths of my handbag. So naturally if there is a new spot in town for coffee, I am all about it. 

Recently I checked out the new Edwin hotel (read more here) & discovered the cutest new little coffee shop - Provisions. The name evokes (in my 90s-childhood brain) imagery of the Oregon Trail game, where players could purchase supplies & food for the long treacherous journey (there are 2 types of people in this world: those who ford the river & those who take the ferry across). I feel like Provisions is definitely the former because coffee is very much a “you can do this!” kind of drink (unlike tequila, which sometime says the same thing, but is FULL OF LIES).

Chattalocal: Breakfast Date at the Edwin

January 7, 2019

It’s no secret I’m a bit of a connoisseur of hotel lobbies. Fun fact: the trend dates back to my college days, when I would frequent the Read House (pre-renovation - this was years ago) with my best friend & we would sip Starbucks on the red velvet sofa & chat for hours. I just love visiting hotels to marvel at the unique decor & style, check out new eateries, & basically pretend I’m one of those super wealthy celebrities that lives on the top floor. It gives me a bit of a wanderlust feeling, being able to stroll through like a wannabe-guest, coffee in hand, & just take it all in.

So when my friend Sarah wanted to get together, I suggested breakfast at the new Edwin Hotel downtown, located at the south end of the Walnut Street Bridge. The Edwin derives it’s namesake from Edwin Thatcher, the architect of the iconic Walnut Street Bridge & the interior was designed specifically for Chattanooga. Everything in this hotel is unique - from the restaurant & Whiskey Thief rooftop bar, to the library & cozy chill spaces spread throughout the hotel. Crystal chandeliers? Fur ottomans? Blue crushed velvet dome chairs?! Someone please come decorate my house like this!

New Year Cheer

December 31, 2018

I’m not entirely sure what happened to 2018 or how I got here. It’s as if I somehow Marty McFly’d myself several months ahead because I swear it was just January & I was settling into life at home with my newborn daughter. Looking back, 2018 was a pretty great year - it kicked 2017’s ass, that’s for sure!

2018 was the year of some serious multitasking skills, what with trying to juggle motherhood, my usual office job, and my side hustle Second Star Co. & I think I did pretty well! Becoming a mom truly does change you (for the better, of course), but if there’s one thing that hasn’t wavered, it’s my love of travel. Even with a new baby, I still managed to take a few (several) trips this year: Nashville, St. Pete Beach, Disney World (three times!), Denver, & Memphis.

Winds in the East

December 18, 2018

"Winds in the east,  | mist coming in | like something is brewin' | about to begin"

Mary Poppins is one of my (many) all time favorite movies. I remember watching it on VHS (yes, that dates me back a bit) when I was little and fawning over Mary's Jolly Holiday dress and the entire carousel scene. Clearly I was drawn to fashion as a child, somewhere between the ages of "dressing like a fairy princess" and "chicken fingers/mac&cheese diet" (honestly, not all that unlike my current self if we're being honest). So when I heard there was a Mary Poppins sequel, I was a bit skeptical at first. No one can live up to the epic performances of the dream team that is Julie Andrews & Dick Van Dyke, but after seeing the previews for Mary Poppins Returns, I think it may come close. We'll have to wait and see, but more on that later after I've seen it.

So in keeping with the MP theme since the movie is about to be released, today I'm sharing this fun dapper Mary look I did when I was at the Grand Floridian for afternoon tea. I may not be a literal fairy princess here, but I definitely felt like one.

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