Last week I spent one day running around Nashville hitting up 5 favorite spots for my annual FREE day! If you sign up for enough birthday perks you can easily spend an entire day without pulling out your wallet! There are dozens of birthday freebies and discounts in Nashville to enjoy but today I’ve rounded up my top 5 freebies Southern girls will love! Start with a morning of treating yourself with the 5 stops below, then head to your favorite local bar with live music (we are in Music city after all)! Depending on the bar, if they know it’s your birthday, you might score a free drink too! That’s just an little extra perk of living in a place known for its hospitality!
Being born has its perks… especially if you’re a #Nashbelle!
Pick up your FREE cupcake from Sprinkles on 12th South!
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” have only 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)!
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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.🏇
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!
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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.
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!
Steeplechase at Percy Warner is always a fun, Spring event in Nashville. The weather Saturday was perfection and probably the most beautiful day I’ve seen this year! Even though we were at the Hunt Club most of the day, we found time to take a few turns in the infield and stop by the new Fox Den Tent. It felt like there weren’t as many attendees this year as previous years, but it made everything far more quiet and enjoyable! I love Steeplechase so much because I always meet so many awesome new people and see friends over great drinks to catch up! The view is spectacular, the food is incredible and the company is priceless.
View of the track standing in front of the Hunt Club
We *barely* got in with 5 armbands haha! Huge thanks to Andrews Cadillac and the Fox Den for a great time!
The Hunt Club was two tents this year because there were so many attendees!
Enjoying the incredible weather…
The hats and outfits this year were absolutely darling!
View of Paddock seating from the Winner’s Circle.
Candid hair vibes thanks to the beautiful Nashville breeze!
The Hunt Club bartenders outdo themselves every year! I had my favorite Hendricks Gin and Seltzer with a splash of orange juice over ice!
#OOTD vibes from my view.
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Gearing up for the first race of the day! Got to make sure those trophies are shined!
I hope y’all aren’t tired of my @jen_of_all_trades manicure updates because I love posting them! Even though this isn’t the usual post (where I show you how to DIY something!) it still lends to creativity and inspiration! What better way to get inspired than to look at creative nail art, right?! I always get great ideas for all kinds of projects after browsing unique, brightly hue-ed manicure designs on Pinterest, and I’m sure I’m not the only girl who does this! For April I knew I wanted something Easter themed with my monthly manicure, and after creating this year’s bunny-centric Easter blog content I wanted to stay with the bunny theme! I texted Jen a couple of photos to get our creative juices flowing. Our design is a shellac gel manicure, and Jen drew the half-moon on each nail, as well as the tiny bunny faces, by hand. One of the reasons I chose the half-moon on each nail is so that my manicure lasts longer! I first asked for a negative space at the base of each nail with last month’s mani (which I didn’t blog because it was so simple, but I absolutely loved it because it’s so my style). By leaving the base of the nail blank you can’t tell when the nail starts growing out. There’s nothing worse than a chic nail design having to be re-done or removed before it’s time because it’s growing out! My nails grow unusually fast (yes, I am lucky!), however Jen’s manicures typically last about 4 weeks for me, so it’s always such a shame when I must have the beautiful designs removed just because they’re growing out! Hence, my sneaky little trick of leaving a little shaped space at the base for the nail to grow so I can enjoy the manicure longer! I chose a rose-pink color for all the nails, except the ring fingers, because it’s such a pretty shade for Spring, and is an easy neutral to wear with anything. Each little bunny face is dark gray with white eyes and inner-ears, and a matching pink nose. Aren’t they the cutest thing?!
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To see more of Jen’s work, visit her on Instagram @Jen_of_all_trades. To book an appointment visit Parlour 3 in Brentwood, Tennessee, call (615) 942-9020 (Tell them Rachel sent you!) or go online at Parlour3.com. Jen also does incredible makeup, brow shaping and brow microblading!
Jen’s shellac manicures start at $40. Prices are subject to change. For additional pricing inquiries call Parlour 3.
I’m excited to announce I’m teaming up with fellow style bloggers Alexis Teichmiller and Greta Holler to host a “Shop My Closet” event at Steadfast Coffee, 603 Taylor St. Nashville Tennessee, November 13th, from 1-4pm! If you ever wished you could score clothes from the closets of the bloggers you follow on Instagram, this is your chance! Grab your girlfriends and browse clothes, shoes, bags and accessories while you sip coffee! See you there!