Fall in love with custom cards!

Happy November! You guys, I can’t believe it’s already that time of year! The holiday season is finally upon us which means cooler weather, tasty food (+drinks) and tons of holiday parties and get togethers. This season makes me so happy. Everyone ( for the most part) is in a such good mood spreading their holiday cheer. I swear its contagious. 

The other day, I received my first holiday card. It was an invitation to a Friendsgiving and you bet I RSVP’ed that ish! Coming from an Immigrant family, we never celebrated Thanksgiving. My family couldn’t grasp the tradition of having a turkey dinner. They didn’t even know what a turkey was until they came to the United States…lol. It wasn’t until a few years ago when Shawn and I started dating when I regularly celebrated Thanksgiving! This year is a special year because my sister in law is hosting Thanksgiving for the first time. For this special occasion, I am going all out and sending formal invites to our closets friends and family. 

I am very excited to be partnering with Basic Invite this year for our invites! I kid you not, when I saw the color options available on the website, I had such a hard time deciding!

The best part about Basic Invite is the instant gratification. If you obsess over the little things (like me) or are indecisive, you have the option to immediately preview your custom card! How cool is that? I had a hard time narrowing my options so I decided to print out a few samples. This way I am able to feel the cards and make sure every detail is perfect. In my sample batch, I ordered a few cards with and without the foil detailing. I personally love foil on cards, they just  elevate the cards and make them look/ feel so luxurious! I can’t wait to go crazy with the foil detailing for my wedding invites.

Right now, Basic Invite is offering 15% off with a coupon code: 15FF51 to all of my readers! To check out their abundance of holiday cards online and Christmas party invites, click on the links provided. I am already planning on ordering our custom Christmas cards!

Thank you so much for reading! Do you celebrate Thanksgiving? What is your favorite dish? Let me know in the comments below.

xx-Michelle

*Thank you Basic Invite for sponsoring this post. As always, all options are my own. 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

I can’t believe it’s already July! Right now, Nordstrom is currently having one of their biggest sales of the year. I love shopping the anniversary sale because it gives me an opportunity to A) stock up on basics and candles and B) Allows me to shop out the latest fall trends at a heavily discounted rate (Up to 40% off!).

Nordstrom recently released their Anniversary Sale catalog and there are a ton of NEW items marked down ranging from women apparel, mens, home goods, shoes, kids, etc.

Access to the sale is dependent on your Nordstrom card status. ICON/AMBASSADOR levels have access as early as July 10th 12:30 EST/9:30 PST. All other card holders have access on July 12th 12:30 EST/9:30 PST. If you do not have a card, you can apply online or in store. Public access this year will be July 19 12:30 EST/9:30 PST. The sale will go on until August 6th and prices will go back up Aug 5th.

Card or not, popular items will sell out FAST ( usually within the first day or two of each access date. Often times, not restocking again after the sale. A huge tip of mine is to download the app beforehand. This will save you SO much time. Once the sale goes live, if you live near a Nordstroms, add your selected items into your cart and purchase it through the pick up in store option. Nordstrom is currently offering a promotion where you can receive a $10 gift card via this option. You can also pick up your items curbside too. This way you don’t have to experience the chaos of the anniversary sale and/or fight for the items you choose. Granted this isn’t totally fool proof. Some of your items may be taken but an associate can always order your size if they can’t find it. Another option can just be to order everything online and have it shipped to your home. If you go this route, I would suggest paying the extra $10 in shipping fees so your order is prioritized. Plus, you’ll get your items in two days rather than the standard 5-10 business days.

Below are my top picks for this years sale. Happy Shopping!

XX- Michelle

My Favorite Podcasts

I am not kidding when I tell you that podcasts have changed my life. If you asked me 5 years ago what a podcast was, a) I would’ve had no clue what you were talking about and b) once I did find out, I would’ve probably laughed at the thought of listening to people talk on the radio for fun.

When I was in college I was introduced to Serial, a podcast about a high-school lovers and a tragic death. The first episode hooked me right away and the rest is history. I don’t know what it is about crime or murder but it fascinates me. I can’t imagine the pain and suffering that these individuals have gone through and with these podcasts I want to hear their stories and seek justice in some sort of way. If true crime interests you haven’t listened to this story, I HIGHLY suggest it. You’ll be hooked – I promise.

Here are other crime podcasts that I also enjoy:

Sword & Scale – Each Episode is a new story ( for the most part). Very gory at times but also very interesting and slightly crazy.

Crime Junkies: The newest and most recent obsession in the podcast world. I love the narrators ( their both female) and I love hearing their show from a woman’s perspective. I listen to them every week and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of them!

Dirty John– OMG guys, this story is cray. First of all, the asshole in the story deserves what came to him. Its a story about a woman who was tricked into something that she thought was true. Her children got involved and it was a giant scam. It’s insane to think that this happened in the first place and it makes me wonder how many assholes (like this guy) are in the world.

In the Dark: This story takes place in Minnesota and it involves one of the the biggest child abduction cases in the U.S. P.S. The abductor just confused to his crime. 20+ years later!

Dr. Death: This podcast is from the same people who narrated Dirty John. It is about a “renowned” Doctor who performs a lot of effed up surgeries while high on drugs. Yeah, I know…

Okay, on to brighter topics… Here are some of my non-crime podcast recommendations. I honestly could rant on true crime podcast’s all day so I won’t bore you.

The Good Life – I have been following Stevie and Sazan for so many years now. ( Back when Sazan was around 200K) and let me tell you that these two are GOALZ. I am obsessed with how real/genuine they are. They are hilarious and I’ve enjoyed listening to their show.

How I built this: I am always interested in how people build their business/empires/ etc. As an individual who wants to be a successful entrepreneur, the life lessons and tips learned from this show is so inspiring.

Second Life/ Girl Boss Radio – Similar to How I build this but from a womans perspective & featuring women bosses!

Blogging Unscripted – For all of my content creator/ blogger gals, Danielle Gervino’s podcast is so insightful. She talks about the industry, how to pitch and brand yourself, etc. She’s real and will tell you straight up what you need to do to build your empire.

Well, these are my current faves in the podcast department! If you have any other suggestions or have started any of these podcasts, please feel free to reach out to me in the comments below or on IG! <3

XX -Michelle

REVOLVE FESTIVAL ROUND UP

Last month, I was fortunate enough to attend the exclusive Revolve Festival with my good friend Annie. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the festival, it is a two day festival held in Palm Desert hosted by the online retailer, REVOLVE.

The festival is jammed packed with amazing performances, influencers, good food, and carnival rides. I had such an amazing time networking with other bloggers and dancing under the desert sun. With performances from Tyga, SZA, 2CHAINZ, OFFSET, and Cardi B, it was truly a weekend that I will never forget! The first day I had a fan girl moment when I met Julie Sariñana of Sincerely Jules. I kid you not I was freaking out that I was able to meet one of my favorite bloggers!

For my outfits, I kept things pretty simple. Opting for my sneakers the first day and booties the second. I paired my shoes with dresses because it they were breathable and comfortable. Who wants to be dripping in sweat under 100 degree weather?? NOT ME! Hoped you guys enjoyed my festival looks as much as I did! Which one was your favorite?


Atlanta Trip Guide: What to do in 48 hours

Lobster Roll at BeetleCat
Oysters at BeetleCat
Ponce City Roof
Ponce City Roof
Ponce City Roof
Ponce City Roof
Atlanta Breakfast Club
Atlanta Breakfast Club
Atlanta Breakfast Club

My recent trip to Atlanta was so inspiring. Every one was incredibly friendly, the city was bustling and I can’t forget about the amazing food! OH MY GOODNESS. The amount of restaurants and the variety of options was almost overwhelming to say the least. Shawn and I only had about 48 hours to spend in the city so we packed as many things as we could in the time frame.

We didn’t want to go do the typical touristy things. Although I have heard amazing reviews on the aquarium, I honestly didn’t want to spend $35 on an individual ticket. Instead, we ate our way through town and walked around the Ponce City Market.

My favorite neighborhood in Atlanta was Inman Park. The Main Street is home to a ton of restaurants with varying cuisine. We spent a majority of our time here. It is also a mile away from the Ponce City Market and Krog Street Market.

Ponce City Market is something that I have never experienced before. What was once and old factory, it is now a “mall” equipped with shops, a dining hall, winery, a trail loop, and a cool rooftop. I love me a good rooftop but this one in particular was completely different from the rest.

You have to pay to go up ( $10 adult, $7 kids), kids are allowed up to a certain time I believe. There are carnival games ( skeeball, basketball, etc), mini golf, a giant slide, two bars, ton’s of games like jenga and corn hole) and a restaurant/ beer garden with sweeping views of the Atlanta skyline. Shawn and I played some games and then had some cocktails and fries at 9 Mile Station.

Below are the restaurants that we visited.

BeetleCat: This was the first restaurant we went to. It has a cool nautical vibe with seafood being their specialized cuisine. Seating is very limited so I recommend making reservations beforehand. We were lucky in that we only had a half hour wait so we just walked down the strip and checked out other restaurants. There is dining on the lower level if you are wanting a quick, relaxed bite. It has more of a bar vibe so it can get loud and rowdy. Shawn and I both had oysters for an app and lobster rolls for our main. I kid you not, the lobster rolls here are probably the best lobster rolls I have ever had. This roll is currently the best thing I have tasted in 2019 and let me tell you why.

First of all, you get a massive portion of succulent lobster. Each chunk of lobster was about the size of a quarter that just melted in your mouth. The lobster was placed on a soft toasted brioche bun and was seasoned to perfection. The dish came with a side of house made chips that were also delish! The cocktails however, weren’t as good. I had two and they were honestly awful. I’d stick to wines, beers and cocktails that you are familiar with.

BarTaco: We first discovered BarTaco while living in Colorado and we were so happy to see one literally right next door to BeetleCat. BarTaco has amazing tacos for the price ( $2.50-$3.50 per taco) and we both love their drinks. My favorite taco’s are the pork belly, chicken pastor and shrimp. Shawn loves the duck and chicken pastor.

Atlanta Breakfast Club: I had high expectations for this place and honestly it fell short. We chose this place to go to brunch because it was two blocks away from our hotel and we could join the waitlist on yelp beforehand. It is extremely busy and just know you’ll be sitting pretty close to the next patron. We got the Pepper Chicken Biscuit and their famous Chicken and Waffles. Both dishes were good but lacked in seasoning/ salt. We had to add salt to both of our dishes and we aren’t even salty people… The food was light compared to the traditional heavy southern cuisine. We both left without feeling gross and lethargic so that was a plus.

These are the places that we wanted to visit but will be saving for next time:

Superica (Tex-Mex)

Barcelona: ( Tapas)

JCT Kitchen & Bar: (American)

St. Cecilia: ( Italian)

Upbeet: ( Salad/ Juicebar)

Atlanta now holds a special part in my heart and I hope that my recommendations can be some use to you! Thank you so much for reading. Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think!

XX, Michelle