Thursday, October 19, 2017

Girl's Trip Guide to Nashville

Ladies! I (Paige) just got back from the BEST girl's trip to Nashville, and I had so much fun that I wanted to share with "ya'll" my favorite things from the trip! If any of you are thinking about visiting Nashville, I highly recommend it! There's so much to do, and it's an especially good location for a girls trip for a number of different reasons I'll go over below :)



Obviously the first reason is the amazing wall above that's perfect for an Instagram photo haha. Women just appreciate this stuff more, you know? The wall is located at the Gulch which is a fun shopping area downtown. So basically, check check ;)



Honkey Tonk Row (pictured above) is another awesome area downtown that's so fun to hit up with the girls at night! They have line dancing, karaoke, and a ton of amazing live music! We line danced at Wildhorse Saloon (so fun), and sang karaoke at Lonnie's (equal parts fun and embarrassing). Singing karaoke in Nashville is just more fun with women because nobody cares too much about how you look/sound up there, AND you can pump out all the badass female country music songs like Before He Cheats and Gunpowder and Lead. Go Carrie and Miranda! Woohoo!
  


Ok so everything else on my list isn't really specific to girls trips, unless you're one of those women who doesn't like to eat too much in front of men then I guess this next one applies to you :) The food was AMAZING! So good. And fattening. The picture above is of some classic country grub that I figured I had to try when in Nashville. Chicken and waffles and biscuits and gravy did not disappoint! I recommend getting this at Sinema at their Sunday brunch. The place is filled with lots of other yummy food too!



Two of my other favorite places we ate were Hattie B's chicken and Martin's BBQ.  Hattie B's has the best fried chicken (although it's HOT so watch out), and Martin's BBQ has great food and a great atmosphere! The picture above is outside of Martin's BBQ, but it's basically just an excuse to post one of my cute outfits from the trip haha. I also heard Biscuit Love is AH-mazing, but the line was way too long when we tried to go there so we had to pass :(



The picture above is from the night we went to the Grand Ole Opry! So much fun and a great show! I highly recommend.



Another fun place to visit in Nashville is the Country Music Hall of Fame! They have lots of fun history, famous costumes etc and stories from famous country music stars.



Ok this last picture is from our RCA Studio B tour! Elvis Presley recorded over 200 songs here and famous country singers still record here today! It was awesome to learn the history and hear some of the songs recorded right where we were sitting!

ANYWAYS, if you're not already planning your next girls trip to Nashville, get on that would you?! Haha. It really was such a fun time and the perfect location for a girl's trip! Also, I wish I could take some of the credit for planning mine, but it was really all my mother-in-law! She plans the best girls trips every year, and I just get to share all of my favorite parts with you guys! Hope you enjoyed!

All of my outfits that are available are linked below :)


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A Friendly Reminder and Cute Outfit Post

Hey guys! Just a simple outfit post coming at ya today :) As we've mentioned in a couple of our instagrams, we took pictures in a bunch of our current favorite outfits recently and are excited to share them with you guys! Fall fashion is the best :) That being said, we kind of feel like outfit posts are so "fake" and we feel kind of annoying doing them at the same time haha.


Liiiike in the picture above for example! Just casually laughing at nothing at all while obviously trying to still pose and look skinny for a picture (insert eye roll emoji).


Sometimes we get annoyed with girls on Instagram trying so hard to look cute, while pushing clothes/products/services on us, and pretending like their lives are perfect. Then we're like...wait, that's kind of us! Oh no!


We're all just trying to feel cute, and be happy aren't we? Nobody is perfect, everybody has problems! It's important to rememeber that COMPARISON IS THE THIEF OF JOY! We hope to inspire you with cute outfit ideas, fun recipes and other things that make us happy :) We DON'T want to try to come off as perfect and we don't want to be annoying, but we also don't want to post pictures of us in real life looking looking like a hot mess! Ha


ANYWAYS, we just thought we'd put that out there because we really needed a reminder for OURSELVES when scrolling through blogs and pretty Instagram accounts. It's hard sometimes to remember to just be inspired by what you see on social media, and not to start comparing yourself to WHO you see on there. We all have trials for a reason to help us learn, grow and be shaped into the person we're meant to be. Although it's so HARD sometimes, let's try to be grateful and look for the meaning, lessons and sometimes even BLESSINGS in our trials instead of feeling down, jealous, and comparing our lives to others. 

Hope you're all having a great week!


Friday, September 29, 2017

Transition to Fall with Madewell

Oh hey! (Insert hand wave emoji). It's been a while since we've done an outfit post! With Fall finally here (or cute outfit season) and Madewell having a big sale this weekend, we thought it was the perfect time!


If we don't say so ourselves, how cute are both of our tops?? :) You can get them both at (you guessed it) Madewell, and they are having a sale through the weekend for 20% off $100 and 30% off $200!


Also, if you STILL haven't gotten yourself a pair of high waisted denim, just trust us and buy some already. They will make your legs look sky high and skinnier than they really are. Need we say anything else?


Paige is wearing a 10" rise from Madewell, but those might be a little TOO high if it's you're first pair. We recommend these if you're getting your first pair :) We've posted about them before, and will definitely be posting about them again. They're our absolute favorite.


Also, Regan's cute watch is from Arvo! We love their watches. So elegant and simple :) Scroll to the bottom for links to our whole outfits!





Friday, September 22, 2017

Burgundy Birks

I jumped on the Birkenstock train a couple weeks ago when I saw this cute burgundy pair in a store and I have to say, I GET IT.

Why I waited so long to get a pair of these magical sandals that make you feel like you're walking on clouds...I have no idea.

I will also say, I've seen a few pairs that were little manly looking (sorry not sorry), and I think that made me a little skeptical.  Also the fact that I'm not hipster enough, but let's just pretend I'm a hipster when I wear these, k?


Summer's basically over, but that won't stop me from taking every last chance to wear sandals that I can get before it's boot season (or Ugg season for me) forever. And by forever I mean March 2018 which seems like a VERY long ways away.  Thank you Utah.



This burgundy color makes these Birks the perfect transition from sandals to fall booties and I am in love! Scroll down for all outfit details, including my baseball hat that matches perfectly. 

Side note: my husband won't let me rock any team EXCEPT for San Diego, so that means I've made it my goal to own this hat in every color - find them all below.  San Diego fans, you're welcome.








Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fall Popcorn: White Chocolate and Caramel Corn

If you know us Salty Blondes well, then you KNOW all three of us love a good bowl of popcorn.  You can bet the very first thing each of us registered for when we got engaged was a popcorn popper.  

Our go-to is obviously freshly popped corn with a half a stick of butter and salt (obviously).  Sometimes we like to switch it up and, if we're feeling super UNhealthy, we go for the white chocolate or caramel corn.



WHITE CHOCOLATE POPCORN

This one is super easy.  
1. Pop your corn 
2. Pour about 2 tablespoons of melted butter over
3. Sprinkler with salt and mix
4. Melt about 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips
5. Drizzle melted white chocolate over top and mix
6. Add more salt if desired
Let the bowl sit out until the chocolate hardens or throw the bowl in the fridge for about 10 minutes.

Tip: the white chocolate chips melt best in a double boiler.  We don't have one, so we make our own by boiling a little bit of water in a pan, then setting a glass bowl with the chocolate chips on top, making sure the water isn't touching the bowl.  Stir continuously until melted.  See picture below :)







EASY CARAMEL CORN

1. Pop your corn
2. Melt 2 sticks of butter + 1/2 Cup of brown sugar + 8 large marshmallows or 1 Cup mini marshmallows in pan
3. Stir ingredients continuously until melted and bring to a boil. Boil for about a minute. Keep stirring.
4.  Pour over popcorn and mix

Note: our original recipe calls for one stick of butter, but Paige uses two, which makes it a little less sticky, but obviously more fattening.  At this point though, does that really matter? 








These are both so yummy and perfect to bag up and give out at a Halloween party or even to trick-or-treaters! Let us know what you think in the comments if you try either of these!






Monday, August 28, 2017

Cabo with Costco Travel

Regan here, feeling refreshed, relaxed, and motivated to start planning my next trip to Cabo!! 

My husband, Daniel, and I have made it a tradition to try to get away together for our anniversary each year.  Even if it's just a weekend stay-cation, we always try to do something and I love it!

This year we booked a trip to Cabo and it was the perfect getaway for us.  We left baby Cal with my parents (which was HARD), and spent 5 days in Mexican paradise ;)



We are currently saving for baby #2 (more on that later), so we didn't have a very big budget to spend on this year's trip.  Introducing your new best friend for booking your next vacation...COSTCO TRAVEL.

You're welcome in advance.

I couldn't believe how many of the people I've told about this have never heard of Costco Travel, so I knew I needed to #sharethegoodness. 

It's basically just a bunch of awesome deals on travel packages.  Secrets Puertos Los Cabos was part of one of Costco's featured vacation packages at the time when we booked our trip (they feature certain packages when they have really good deals), and it included flights and a $300 Costco Cash Card.  We stayed at a Secrets resort in Cancun on our honeymoon and LOVED the resort (it's all-inclusive), so we went ahead and booked our trip to Cabo.



Swimsuit - TOP / BOTTOM

We LOVED Cabo.  My husband and I both decided we like Cabo better than Cancun. It's a quicker flight, and we just felt like the food and service was better quality.  I will say that the blue water and white sand beaches are better in Cancun, and one bummer about our resort was that the beach this time of year is not swimmable because the waves are too big.  BUT, overall, we had a great experience in Cabo.


Swimsuit - TOP / BOTTOM / COVERUP / SUNGLASSES



Since our resort was all-inclusive (meaning unlimited food and drinks, all. day. long.), we only left the resort twice.  This was perfect for us, and just the relaxing trip that we had envisioned.  We hung at the pool for hours, took long walks on the beach, sipped (virgin) pina coladas, and ate unlimited amounts of chips & guac and the most delicious chicken quesadillas.  It was perfection.






The views at the resort were incredible.  There was a "party pool" (what we called it) and a quiet pool.  We stayed at the quiet pool which was pretty deserted most of the time and had the most gorgeous vanishing edge with an amazing view of the beach. Although the weather was SO hot, we felt like it was a great time to go to Cabo because the resort wasn't very crowded (this is also probably why we got such a great price).  And we stayed in the water all day anyways, so the heat didn't bother us!



Swimsuit - TOP / BOTTOM / SUNGLASSES

We booked a snorkel excursion and explored Cabo San Lucas one day, which was really fun.  We booked it the day before just through the company at our resort, and probably could have shopped around a little more for a better deal, but had a great experience and felt like we got a decent price for everything it included.

A shuttle picked us up, took us to the marina in Cabo San Lucas, and we took a glass-bottom boat out to see the Cabo Arch.  We explored the pretty rock formations, then got to get out and snorkel.  We snorkeled for about an hour and then got dropped off at Lover's Beach and spent about a half hour there.  The water was so pretty and warm.  





Another cool thing about the snorkel excursion was that the tour guide followed us around while we snorkeled and took pictures of us on his GoPro (making all my snorkeling mermaid picture dreams come true ;).  He was so nice and gave us a CD of all the pictures at the end of the tour.




After the snorkel tour we had a couple of hours to explore Cabo San Lucas.  We walked around and shopped, and asked all of the locals where the best tacos were.  Multiple people referred us to Las Guacamayas and let me tell you, it did NOT disappoint.  SO GOOD.



 TOP / SHORTS

On our last night we visited one of the most highly recommended spots in all of Cabo...Flora Farms.  Most of Cabo is pretty desert-y, but when you pull up to Flora Farms all you see is lush green farmland.  It's a little community that grows all of their own crops.  There's a cute little restaurant with live music playing, lots of adorable seating areas, some little cute shops, an ice cream stand, and pathways going through the gardens that you can explore.  The food at the restaurant was incredible.  So fresh and delicious.



Overall we loved Cabo, and are so glad we were able to spend this time together.  Huge thanks to my parents for taking such great care of Cal while we were gone.  We missed that little sweetie!



Let me know if you have any questions about our trip that I didn't cover.  I'd love to answer them!

Links to my swimsuits and coverups below :)