Chattalocal: A Night In At The Inn

November 20, 2018

My go-to vacation (besides Disney) is usually somewhere tropical and involves a lot of frozen cocktails and copious amounts of guac. But living in landlocked TN, getaways like that involve a ton of planning & at least a full week off from work. Sometimes you need a getaway but you can’t fully get away so taking a mini staycation is the perfect solution to get that R&R fix.

When I travel, I like to switch up the usual hotel routine & go for an Airbnb, which can often be a much more personal experience. Don’t get me wrong - I absolutely love hotels & resorts, especially when there is an amazing pool involved (& we’ve already established I have a thing for hotel lobbies), but opting for an Airbnb instead can offer some pretty amazing & unique accommodations (think vintage airstreams, luxurious treehouses, & tiny homes in remote locations).

Easy Like Sunday Morning: Cherohala Skyway & Fall in Tennessee

November 14, 2018

If there's one thing I love about November, it's the stunning fall colors of nature (& feasting on Turkey Day. Ok, so 2 things). Fortunately for me, I live in a place with seasons (Imma let you finish, FL, but TN has the best sweater weather of all time), and I look forward to fall every year. But really, what girl doesn't?

Every year sometime around mid-September, we wait with bated breath for the first official day of fall. Eagerly clutching our pumpkin spice lattes while clad in a uniform of plaid, jewel tones, and scarves (if you don't own a blanket scarf, you're doing fall wrong), we trek out into the wilderness (or anywhere with a cluster of trees. The backyard? Sure, that looks wild enough) to take approximately 56 posts on Instagram devoted to the glorious fall season, while our husbands and boyfriends roll their eyes and silently judge us. But the real fun doesn't begin until the weather catches up and the autumn goddesses begin to paint the leaves in a stunning palette of red, gold, orange, and yellow. Living in the south, this temperature change usually doesn't occur until sometime early November - and even then, it could be 70° one day (3 days ago) and 51° the next (today)! But when it finally does, and those leaves erupt all over town in a burst of fiery-colored brilliance, you get out & enjoy it.

How About Them Apples: A Trip to Mercier Orchard

November 10, 2018

Continuing on the theme of fall before I am accosted with pre-Thanksgiving Christmas commercials, mall Santas everywhere, and the onslaught of holiday madness, I wanted to share something on my ultimate autumn bucket list. The season offers so many great activities, and one that has always topped the list for me is visiting an orchard (it's still apple-pickin' season, y'all!) One of the best places to do that (near Chattanooga, anyway), is Mercier Orchard. Even if you don't live that close, it's worth the drive. Trust me.

Located in Blue Ridge, GA and just a little over an hour and a half from Chattanooga, you'll find Mercier Orchard: "home of the best damn apples" (their unofficial slogan, coined by yours truly. Just now). Family owned and operated, this little farm has been gracing the world with apple goodness since 1943. We're talking a legit apple-lover's paradise: fried pies, apple cider (& their partner in crime, the apple cider donut), apple butter, apple jelly, apple fritters, apple wine....I think they also sell regular apples here too, but don't quote me on that (hopefully you felt the sarcasm in that one).

Good night, Sleeping Beauty: My Night Routine

November 8, 2018

*This post is sponsored by SmileBrilliant. All reviews and opinions expressed in this post are wholly my own.

For me, a strong night routine is essential for a good nights sleep - a queen needs her beauty rest after all! But sometimes the stress of the day has us wound too tight to let us sleep. There might be a million and one things left on your to-do list, but without taking care of yourself first, you won’t have the extra energy you need to tackle those ever-growing tasks.

Here’s my list of nightly rituals & tips that are sure to have you snoozing in no time, and leave you refreshed for the morning.

It's levi(O)sa, not levio(SA): Potterbounding at the Chattanooga Symphony

November 5, 2018

The Harry Potter books will always hold a special place in my heart. The very first book was given to me by my mother when it first came out (& is now very well loved in all its bent corner glory). She read the back cover and thought it sounded like something I’d enjoy: witches, wizards, magical creatures, and all that’s in between - yes please. I remember midnight book release parties & then later, the midnight movie premieres. Nights like that bubbled over with excitement and anticipation & I delighted in letting my geek flag fly. Harry Potter was such a big part of my childhood and has become steeped in nostalgia for me, some 20+ years later. 

When I heard the Chattanooga symphony was presenting a night filled with magic & Harry Potter music, my interest was instantly piqued. It wasn’t something my husband would be into (he’s not a Harry Potter fan. Siriusly. It’s a bit riddikulus), but lucky for me, I have (muggle) friends who revel in the HP universe (& are just as [in]sane as I am) who would jump at the chance to be a little closer to that magical world. My friend Sarah had an extra ticket, so together we planned a Potter-themed night out on the town (I solemnly swear we were up to no good). 

Hey Pumpkin: The Obligatory Pumpkin Patch Post

November 3, 2018

It may not be October anymore, but I’m not ready to trade in my pumpkins for poinsettias just yet! While everyone’s getting the Christmas mugs out & decking the halls (guys. It’s NOVEMBER!), I’m still reveling in this perfect fall weather & being your basic B* over here with my PSL, blanket scarves, and boots. 

My porch still has a pumpkin (& probably will for the next few weeks), and my Christmas mugs are safely tucked away at the back of our cabinet (where they will remain until after thanksgiving) - because you just can’t rush a good fall season, y’all.

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