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My Girlish Whims Does Nashville

I up and went to Nashville last weekend!

I had never been to the city but my boyfriend travels there often for work and always told me how awesome it is - I was always jealous until I was left with a few extra PTO days from work this year and I decided to fly out to meet my bae on one of his work trips and we extended our stay into a long weekend full of fun! Suffice it to say I think I ate and drank my way through Nashville in four days but I had the BEST time and wanted to share some of the cool places I visited in case you ever find yourself in the city.

I flew out Thursday morning and took taxi from the airport downtown (only $25) to the hotel that my boyfriend's work was putting him up at - The Hilton Garden Inn Vanderbuilt which was a really nice hotel.

I unloaded my bags, had some lunch I had packed from home and settled in for a bit until it was about 1:30PM and my boyfriend wasn't done work until 5....so I decided to take myself out exploring!

Me being me, my first thing to explore was the local wineries in the area ;) My first stop was to the Belle Meade Plantation which once was a mansion and 5,400 acre thoroughbred horse farm back in the day. I paid $15 to do a walking tour of the grounds which included a tasting a their winery on site! The grounds really were beautiful and I took home a yummy blackberry wine but I have to say...$15 to just walk around a bit and get to sample 4 tiny samples of wine seemed kind of steep to me.  Go and check it out for sure if you are a history buff and want to get away from some of the hustle of the city, but this was one stop I would probably skip over if I did everything all over.

My next stop was just an uber ride back towards the city to try Grindler's Switch Winery. The true winery location is located about an hour outside of Nashville but they have a tasting room in Marathon Village which is a set of cute little shops (including a distillery and store from American Pickers!) right in the city.  I had a much better experience here.  They had a few different tasting options but I chose to try all of their wines for $8 which was then waived if you bought three bottles of wine (which I did to take some home!) The employee doing the tasting was very friendly and personable as well as everyone else in the tasting room - it was a great stop for sure.

After the tasting I decided to just walk the mile back to my hotel: I found Nashville as a whole to be a very walk-able city and when it was too far or too cold to walk - uber and lyft were really cheap.

I finally got to meet up with my man when he got done work :) And we went out to explore some more of the city for my first night there! We stopped in a few different places including The Tavern for an appetizer and some sangria (bae always comes here and orders the buffalo cauliflower while staying in town for work). Yummy drinks and great atmosphere in here - highly recommend! We also wandered into Slider House for a cider quick since it was close by.

DIY Crystal Cluster Earrings

These DIY Crystal Cluster Earrings are a beginner jewelry project that look professionally made but are easy and affordable to make - perfect to make for yourself or for a friend as a gift this holiday season!

For the first time in my life, I don't know what I want to ask for for Christmas.  I have people who want to buy me gifts, and I don't know what to tell them to buy me!!! I think I've finally reached the point of adulthood where if there is something I really want or need, I just buy it for myself. And as much as I love a new pair of boots or a cute new pair of workout leggings I actually think that I am GASP becoming less materialistic as I get older and am valuing the time and activities I get to spend with loved ones verses anything that can be found wrapped  in a box underneath the Christmas tree.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who has this problem - or maybe your problem is that you know what YOU want but have no idea what to get someone else on your list! If you are looking for an easy gift that, while still materialistic (hard to avoid during the Christmas season anyway it seems) still shows a little extra thought and care - consider trying your hand at an easy jewelry project to make a personalized gift!

I'm going to show you the basic tutorial for these cute cluster earrings below, but you can easily pick any type of bead or color to customize them to the preferences of whatever lucky lady is still left on your Christmas shopping list. I first made these earrings in a fuchsia color because I bought a cute new dress for less than $16 in this gorgeous fuchsia color and needed something to wear with it! Maybe that's another reason I can't think of any Christmas present I want...whenever I need new accessories for an outfit I just make them myself ;)

Here's how you can make your own version!


You will need head pins, 6mm crystal bicones, 4mm stone round beads, two earring hooks, two oval metal links, jump rings, needle nose pliers, round nose pliers, and wire cutters.

Your Whims Wednesday #329 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

Autumn Apple Pear Sangria by Home Cooking Memories
Autumn Apple & Pear Sangria Recipe 

Boho Chic Thanksgiving Table Ideas by Birds Party
Al Fresco Boho Chic Thanksgiving Table - creative and DIY styling ideas, decor and recipes for a stunning but easy to style, autumn tablescape! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty

Walk in the Woods Earrings by Moois Van Mie
free autumn earrings tutorial diy

Festive Lily Vanilla Trifle by I Wasn’t Expecting That

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Now... onto this weeks party!

Your Whims Wednesday #328 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

Fall Candles by The Country Chic Cottage
Make these fall candles for your home in just minutes!

Thanksgiving Turkey Cookie Pops by The Jenny Evolution
Your kids are going to FLIP over this Thanksgiving Oreo Turkey Cookie Pops Tutorial | The Jenny Evolution

Pumpkin Embroidery Hoop Wreath by Lolly Jane
Such a cute fall wreath for your front door fall decor! Love this DIY fall wreath hoop art!

Turkey Pom Pom Craft by Growing Up Gable

Curry Salmon Cakes with Yogurt Dressing by Bites of Wellness
These curried salmon cakes with cilantro lime yogurt sauce are perfect for lunch or dinner. Simple to make, these are whole30, paleo, grain free and ready in under 30 minutes | bitesofwellness.com.

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Your Whims Wednesday #327 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

Autumn Spiced Rum Cider Cocktail by Honey and Birch
Autumn Spiced Rum Cider Cocktail - the perfect autumn cocktail! | honeyandbirch.com  

Pumpkin Soap by Clean and Scentsible
These quick and easy DIY pumpkin soaps are so cute and the perfect addition to your fall decor. They work great as cute little hostess gifts too! #falldecor #pumpkin

Cheese, Grape and Pistachio Truffles by Delightful E Made
With just three ingredients, these delicious Cheese, Grape and Pistachio Truffles are the perfect appetizer! Wonderful for a holiday party, intimate gathering or wine with the girls, these easy appetizers are sure to please! 

Zombie Graveyard Pudding Cups by Comic Con Family
Zombie Graveyard Pudding Cups with Free Printable Label

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