A Date at Belle Meade Plantation

This week we had our 7th Anniversary💖 It’s been a crazy couple of years since moving to Nashville and it’s even crazier to realize we only have 1 year of law school left!🎓 This week we tried to make up for a lot of lost time hanging out together and just enjoy living in Nashville.🎻 We went on a little day date to Belle Meade Plantation for a guided tour and wander around the grounds.🏰 Just an FYI to you ladies, the entire experience is a small enough amount of walking to still be able to wear some chunky heel pumps or wedges, I discovered (in relief)

A Day at Belle Meade Plantation

Belle Meade Plantation #OOTD

This adorable boho dress is light and loose enough to get away with having long sleeves for the Summer and is from one of my newly discovered favorite brands, plus, it’s less than $30! Shop my look here! 👉 http://liketk.it/2rq5j

A Day at Belle Meade Plantation

A Date at Belle Meade Plantation

A Day at Belle Meade Plantation

A Day at Belle Meade Plantation

The Belle Meade plantation grounds are really beautifully kept and such a pleasant walk with many photo ops and plaques with notable historical instances. The tour guide thoroughly covered the interior of the mansion and answered all the questions we had. If you read my previous posts about attending the Iroquois Steeplechase horse race you’ll be interested to know that the Iroquois was named after a race horse owned by William Jackson, owner of Belle Meade. Iroquois was the leading sire of 1892 and many current derby winning race horses are descendants of horses raised on Belle Meade.🏇

Belle Meade Plantation #OOTD

A Day at Belle Meade Plantation

A Date at Belle Meade Plantation

A Day at Belle Meade Plantation

Belle Meade Plantation #OOTD

A Day at Belle Meade Plantation

A Day at Belle Meade Plantation

Belle Meade plantation

Belle Meade Plantation #OOTD

A Day at Belle Meade Plantation

At the end of the tour we enjoyed a brief wine tasting and had the opportunity to buy wines only available at Belle Meade. We purchased a bottle of our favorite to open next year on our anniversary as a little souvenir. Next year we may or may not have already started the moving process to leave Nashville, so it will be a nice reminder of our time here when our 8th anniversary rolls around!

Belle Meade wine tasting🍷 🏇

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A Day at Belle Meade Plantation

A Day at Belle Meade Plantation

Our afternoon concluded with a stroll down 12th South, stopping at 5 Daughter’s Bakery for a donut and a pop into Draper James so I could pick out Chad’s anniversary gift to me (we’ve been together so long we just let the other person choose their birthday/christmas/anniversary gifts because we know it’s sure to be the perfect thing! Neither of us likes surprises!). We also stopped in at Sprinkles for my free Birthday cupcake (you can sign up for this perk on their site!) and had dinner at Bar Taco.

Belle Meade Plantation #OOTD

A Day at Belle Meade Plantation

A Day at Belle Meade Plantation

A Day at Belle Meade Plantation

In all it was a lovely day and I must thank the Nashville weather gods for blessing us with sunshine and very little humidity!

Have you ever visited Belle Meade Plantation or been anywhere in Nashville you recommend? I’d love to hear about your experiences and suggestions! I’ve got one year left here, so I want to make sure we don’t miss any “musts” before we leave!

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2 Year WordPress Anniversary!

2 year WordPress Blog Anniversary

After 2 months of research I made the big move from Blogger to a self-hosted WordPress sight and 2 years later I’m so glad I did! While hosting my own site has it’s special set of challenges, it feels amazing to be able to focus on CONTENT and less on tweaking my site. I have to thank Blogger for all the coding I learned though, because it sparked my interest and led me to choose coding as my main course of study in Uni! I have learned SO much about running a blog in the last two years and have enjoyed growing, even through the tough moments! To celebrate this 2 year Blogaversary I’m sharing a few blog-related facts you may not know about me!

  1. I’ve had 5 different blog names since 2009! (Bello Bene, Amphoria Bello, Glitter & Bow, My DIY Life, and now, RKC Southern!)
  2. RKC Southern stands for my initials, Rachel Kennedy-Christian (my first, maiden and married names!) + an ode to my upbringing and my mother’s heritage as a dyed-in-the-wool Southern lady!
  3. The 3 blog posts I spent the LEAST amount of time on were the ones to go viral (Example: If you search “Don’t Kill My Vibe” on Google my design is the FIRST image to show up! HERE. The image is all over Pinterest but my initial pin from the blog post where I first published the image has been RT’d 94k times and counting! I created that design on a whim in 5 minutes.)
  4. Until about 2 months ago I shot ALL my photos with an Android smartphone camera and edited them online with PicMonkey!
  5. I met my now best friend through an online blogging class and we both moved to Nashville within months of each other!
  6. Because I lived in Germany for 5 of the 8 years I’ve been blogging my blog has been featured on more European sites and publications than American ones.
  7. I’ve been  asked my growth strategy for gaining a Pinterest following and my numbers are only where they are because I started using Pinterest when they were in Beta testing! There weren’t many pinners to follow when I was invited to join so everyone was just following the only accounts that existed! 
  8. I don’t plan non-sponsored content/posts out more than a month in advance. The truth is I just don’t get inspired until the last minute, so when I do, I run with it! For example I realized two days ago that it was my 2 year WP anniversary and decided to write about it this morning!
  9. My blog revenue pays for my designer handbag and shoe addiction but I’ve NEVER paid retail for any of it. I wait for sales, save up, and buy 90% of my luxury collection second hand.
  10. 75% of my blog content and videos are shot between 6pm and Midnight! I get most inspired and fired up to work at night, which is why I’ve invested in some good lighting equipment!

I’m also sharing some of the blogging must-haves that I’ve discovered along the way with you today! I use most of these items every time I’m prepping a post:

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Red, White & Blue Chicken Salad Recipe

Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays, so I always have a huge menu, decorate my house and plan my outfit weeks in advance. Having been blessed with a long family military history, and being a Kennedy, means the patriotic blood runs strong through my veins! It’s so bad I actually start tearing up literally any time I see an American flag! Anyway, one of my favorite Summer dishes to make is chicken salad, and since this will be on my July 4th menu, it gets a makeover with a patriotic name (plus, it actually is red, white and blue!).

Patriotic, Red, White & Blue Classic Chicken Salad Recipe

To make this chicken salad you will need:

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5 Year Blogaversary : Thanks, Y’all!

Glitter & Bow is coming up on its 5 year anniversary in mid September, and I usually wait till that annual date to do a Blogaversary post, but I discovered something yesterday…
Every few months or so I like to add up all my subscribers across the G&B social media platforms, {Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.} to update my media kit, and was totally floored to discover I’ve surpassed the 10k mark! You guys are awesome and I wouldn’t have the passion to do what I do without your sweet comments, enthusiasm and amazing feedback.
 
I’ve learned so much about myself through blogging since 2009. Including my ever-changing tastes, better photography skills, communication, creative writing and finding my niche of expertise on the internet! It’s been an eye-opening experience and I hope to continue growing and expanding as I learn more about cultivating an effective and informative online presence.
Thank you for making Glitter & Bow part of your newsfeed! 

With Love, Rachel