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Womanista Food + Drink: A Dinner with Friends, Wine & MOTO Nashville


If you could describe your absolute BEST night…your ideal evening if you didn’t have any limitations, what would it be? For me, it would be sharing a candlelit meal with good friends, good wine, lots of laughter, and probably some pasta (ha, true story on the pasta!) So when I had the chance to host […]

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Womanista Entertaining: Memorial Day Entertaining

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Memorial Day weekend is one of my favorite times of the year – it’s a kickoff to the summer season & an opportunity to gather with friends & family & share a meal together outside. I teamed up with World Market this year to create a punchy, seaside tablescape that is casual enough for a BBQ with friends, but […]

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Womanista Food + Drink: AFROHEAD Rum Cocktail

Afrodite Rum Cocktail with AFROHEAD rum

I was first introduced to a delicious caribbean rum that would become AFROHEAD in July 2009. As my new husband and I lingered over an incredible meal at The Landing restaurant on Harbour Island and basked in the glow of our newlywed bliss, we sipped some of the “house” rum and laughed all night. This […]

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Womanista Food + Drink: A Country Music Rum Cocktail


If there are two things that I know a little something about, it’s country music & cocktails, ha. Which is why I was excited to whip up a yummy concoction with Blue Chair Bay Rum (the delicious & boozy brainchild of Kenny Chesney!) in honor of Kenny’s show at Bridgestone arena in Nashville tonight. I […]

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Womanista Food + Drink: Valentine’s Day Wine Picks


If you are planning a romantic evening for Valentine’s Day, one detail cannot be overlooked – and that’s a great bottle of something to sip while you linger over a great meal (or, you know, while you are watching Dateline on the couch…) Wine is sort of my love language <3 and here are a […]

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Womanista Love: Happy New Year!


HAAAAAAPPPY NEW YEAR, womanistas! Can you believe it’s 2015???!! And what a year 2014 was. I’m currently sitting on my couch reflecting and I can’t think of anything other than thankfulness right now. Roof over my head, warm bed, cup of coffee in my hand, love of my life by my side, and a few […]

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New Year’s Eve in Nashville


I have a love/hate relationship with New Year’s Eve. I love (actually ADORE) the sparkles, champagne, party hats, kisses at midnight, and the hope of what a new year will bring while celebrating all of the blessings of the past year. And I sort of hate the pressure of having the perfect plans for THE BEST […]

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Womanista Gift Guide: Gifts for the Hostess


We are officially in the full swing of December, which means that there is not only christmas shopping to do for people on our list, but there are also some fun parties to attend! (Just remember the ol’ 2 drink max rule at your office soiree! ha) So with that, I always try to brainstorm […]

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Womanista Entertaining: A Holiday Party


I don’t know about y’all, but I LOVE TO ENTERTAIN. And I love a holiday party, so much. I recently invited my friends April & Kelly from Velvet’s Edge & Hayley from The Vogue Trip over to host a fun holiday soireé where we planned out every detail from the tablescape, to the cocktails, to […]

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Womanista Gift Guide: Gifts for the Guy who has Everything


I don’t know about y’all, but the men in my life (especially my husband) are IMPOSSIBLE to shop for. I mean, really. I actually start jotting down Christmas gift ideas for my husband about 6 months before the holiday just so I’m not completely clueless during the shopping season. So if y’all are anything like me, […]

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Womanista Gift Guide: Gifts for the Girl who loves GLITZ


Y’all, can you BELIEVE it’s time to start thinking about Christmas shopping already?? (I know. I didn’t believe it either. And then I looked at the calendar and saw that we have 40 days. FORTY DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! And Santa has been set up at the mall for about 2 weeks already, so…) Not to […]

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Martina McBride’s “Around The Table”


I’ve am lucky enough to not only call Martina McBride a friend, but also to have attended a few of her incredible soireés…and they are seriously FAB. Her parties are some of the best – she attends to every detail, the creative cocktails and good wine are flowing, the room is flickering with sparkling candlelight, and one thing […]

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Womanista Food + Drink: Expert Wine Picks (All under $30!)


“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.” – Ernest Hemingway Ah, wine. One of my faves. […]

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Ready for Takeoff…

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Lord have mercy, I am thankful today. Lady A’s fifth studio album, 747, is out today…And y’all, it is so dang good. One thing that (to me) is the mark of great music is the way that it moves you. The way that it creates a memory and timestamps a moment. I am so thankful […]

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Top 5 reasons why Music City Food + Wine should be on your calendar this weekend

Giada DeLaurentis & Nathan Followill doing a cooking demonstration (which was so fun!) last year. Photo Credit: Cambria Harkey

Dear Nashville: This weekend the Music City Food + Wine festival is descending upon Dowtown and you should really go if you have a chance. Last year was the inaugural year of the festival and it was SO cool & fun! You have the opportunity to taste some of the best dishes from globally-acclaimed Chefs (as […]

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Womanista Food + Drink: The Best Burger EVER!


Happy September, womanistas! Now that football season is in full swing (HOORAY!) that means it’s also tailgate season. woop! Here is a burger recipe that is an absolute game-changer. It’s simple and un-fussy and so.darn.juicy! Cheers to a fun month full of friends, family, football…and a delish burger! The Ultimate Tailgate Burger (adapted from Weber’s […]

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Womanista Food + Drink: Watermelon & Cucumber Martini

Voila! A delish watermelon + cucumber martini - one served up in a chilled martini glass and the other served on the rocks

Ah, August. You are so.darn.sweltering. Which is why (just in time for the weekend!) I’m serving up a cool & refreshing cocktail recipe for you lovely womanistas. Check out the delish watermelon + cucumber martini below, and enjoy your weekend! xo Ingredients (makes 2 martinis): (4) one-inch cubes of watermelon – 2 for each cocktail […]

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Womanista Food + Drink: A last-minute cocktail party & a coconut margarita

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One of my favorite things about late summer is getting together for impromptu cocktails at home with friends. When the weather is thick & hot and people are crazy with back-to-school activities, no one really wants to plan…Which is why impromtu gatherings are both easy AND fun during this time of year. I typically keep a […]

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Womanista Entertaining: A Summer Table

Womanista Summer Table

I  L-O-V-E to entertain. Sharing a meal & a great glass of wine with friends in the comfort of your own home is absolute heaven to me. And I always skew on the side of a little bit fancy (you can never go wrong with a splash of glam!) – so last week my husband […]

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This Week I’m Loving: July 4th Edition!


One of my favorite holidays of the year, July 4th, is in just a few short days!! I mostly love the 4th because we all get to live in the Land of the Free & the Home of the Brave…but I also love hamburgers & lakes & fireworks (you know, typical celebratory 4th of July […]

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Womanista Food + Drink: Blueberry & Mint Tequila Spritz

Blueberry & Mint Tequila Spritz

Tequila is hands down my favorite spirit during the summer months – it’s an easy sipper when mixed with ripe, fresh ingredients AND it’s the only alcohol that is a stimulant rather than a depressant (hello, fun & happy!) Last night I whipped up this refreshing summer cocktail with a great, boutique tequila I picked […]

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