Spring Break

Taking Spring Break as an adult is so different than it was when I was a teen or in my early 20s… Instead of heading to the nearest beach we take time to get in a mini trip in to see family. ✈️ This season of our lives is so busy that it’s really not even feasible to take more than 3 days to go anywhere, so when we get the opportunity we want nothing more than to spend quality time with each other, or the ones dearest to us. Last week we finally got the chance to meet our sweet new niece and go back to the place my husband proposed. ❤️ We had dinner at our favorite restaurant and enjoyed the cityscape where he popped the question 7 years ago. 💒

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[Rittenhouse Rye is my new favorite whiskey – it’s like drinking everything enchanting about a spice market!]

[A little glimpse of the view I had during his proposal. It was freezing cold but I was so excited I didn’t notice!]

[I’m certainly a bit biased, but don’t you think she darling for only being 3 weeks old? She’s already smiling involuntarily!]

[THIS is where we ate dinner 7 years ago the night he proposed to me]

What are your favorite things to do when you finally have a few days to breath?

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I was looking through some shots I took of some beautiful French hotels I stayed at last time I was in Paris and it inspired me to shoot a little boudoir theme collection of my January Favorites! Paris is the easiest city to fall in love with, don’t you think? 🗼❤️

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XOXO

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All images taken by me, Rachel Christian, © 2011 – 2017

Blush Blouses (Under $35!)

This weekend I had a tiny bit of time to myself and decided to pop into the Galleria in Nashville for some “retail therapy!” I ended up scoring some pieces from newly released Spring lines and one of my favorite pieces was this bow tie blouse from Forever21 for only $18! I had to share! What better way to wear a pretty blush blouse than styled in a Valentine’s themed vignette? I hope you love it and get a little style inspiration of your own! Shop the whole look at the end of the post.💋

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XOXO,

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Romantic NYE Trunk Picnic

New Year’s Eve for us always ends up being really amazing or really awful! One year we were in Berlin and I seriously remember like 10 minutes of the entire night, while another time we accidentally fell asleep in our pajamas, in our apartment (even though all our friends were only 2 blocks away waiting on us to arrive at our favorite bar!) and missed everything. For this NYE I wanted something romantic and low key that would still feel like a celebration! The only thing that threatened to ruin my “trunk picnic” plan was the immanent rain! Thankfully there was only the lightest of misting here in Nashville on NYE and we were able to enjoy our champagne toast at midnight ❤️

Romantic NYE Trunk Picnic

I decorated the trunk of my Jeep Latitude with a faux fur rug, disco ball, tinsel strands, a vintage picnic basket, roses, poppers, strawberries, champagne and macarons! I had everything set up so that the tailgate could open and close with everything inside! Watch the video below to see! (There was a LOT of scotch tape involved!) 

While trying to find an alternate route to my office one day I discovered the perfect spot to watch fireworks over Nashville! We had a beautiful cityscape view on NYE, just long enough to catch the midnight barrage of fireworks before the fog set in.

Romantic NYE Trunk Picnic

Romantic NYE Trunk Picnic

Romantic NYE Trunk Picnic

Romantic NYE Trunk Picnic

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Romantic NYE Trunk Picnic

Even though this was the simplest NYE date ever I think it’s by far my favorite! Back in 2010 we did NYE in Nashville on Broadway, and I have to say, I don’t plan on doing that again! I love the idea of dressing to the nines and sipping champagne in your own living room, or at a quiet spot overlooking the brightly lit city, with those few special people who make life worth living. NYE is a time for reflection, celebration and thankfulness. It doesn’t have to be spent in Times Square, or attending Gorgeous at the Ritz, to feel like it was a successful one!

What’s the best NYE you ever had and what made it special?

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Simple & Sweet Valentine Ideas

Valentine’s Day is my favorite day of the year. You can be as sappy and romantic as you want, chocolate calories don’t count, and decorating everything in sight with pink and red is socially acceptable. My husband doesn’t really understand my obsession with Valentine’s Day but he respects that I absolutely adore it, and being the cheesy person that I am, need him to acknowledge that! Because we respect each other’s arbitrary preferences he does his best to make Valentine’s day special for me… just like I make major football game days fun for him (I even cancelled plans for a highly anticipated NYE party this year so he could watch a game that went from 7-10 that night!). Even though he doesn’t get excited about Valentine’s day I still try to surprise him so he enjoys it as much as I do!

DIY Valentine Scratch off Lottery Ticket

Valentine Mantle Decor

Friday morning I went out to my Jeep and found this sweet cuddly teddy bear in my front passenger seat! Yes, I took him to work with me 🙂

Oversized Valentine Teddy Bear

Later that morning a bouquet of gorgeous roses arrived! He knows how much it means to me to receive flowers at my office especially if Valentine’s Day falls on a week day I can’t take off — of course it didn’t this time, which is why the flowers were such a surprise!

Valentine's Day Red Roses

When I left my office Friday I went home and made him heart shaped pepperoni pizza and chocolate fondue with strawberries for dinner and surprised him with a mock “lottery ticket” as a gift. He has a little ritual of buying those $1 lottery tickets after something lucky happens and the funny thing is he always either breaks even or wins over the value of the ticket! So I knew he would get a kick out of receiving a “lottery ticket” on Valentine’s Day!DIY Heart Shape Pepperoni for Valentines Day

DIY Valentine Scratch off Lottery Ticket

Creating the “lottery ticket” was so easy. I designed a ‘ticket’ using graphics on PicMonkey.com and printed it on 4″ x 6″ paper in full color ink. Using a silver paint pen I wrote the ‘prizes’ inside the lip prints. Next, I covered the front and back of the ‘ticket’ in clear contact paper and trimmed the excess to 4″ x 6″. Lastly, I used a Sharpie poster paint pen to draw over the contact paper and cover the prizes inside the lip prints. After drying (maybe 10 minutes) the gold poster paint easily scratches off using a coin… just like a real lottery ticket!

DIY Heart Pepperoni

Saturday morning I made him an omelet with heart pepperoni served on a heart shaped plate and chocolate milk in the cutest red and gold mug I found at Homegoods. It’s hard, even for someone who thinks Valentine’s Day is unnecessary, to dislike a special Saturday morning breakfast!

Valentine's Day Mantle Decor

Valentine's Day Lipstick

Any excuse to wear my favorite red lipstick is a red letter day for me!

Cartier Love Ring

Cartier for Valentines Day

When one of your Valentine’s Day gifts appears on your mantle as an unexpected surprise, and comes in a little red box, you decorate the rest of your mantle around it as your inspiration!

Special Edition Valentine Cupcakes from Sprinkles Nashville

On Saturday my best friend and I celebrated GAL-entine’s and went to Sprinkles cupcakes on 12 South for the first time. We ended up scoring two of the limited edition raspberry and chocolate chip cupcakes for FREE and later stopped at a new coffee shop on 21st to exchange our Valentines.

Valentine's Day Brunch Accessories

On Sunday morning I took my husband to Josephine’s on 12 South. My best friend introduced me to this delightful spot a few months ago and after going on and on about how amazing it was to my husband I knew I had to take him. What better day to enjoy a delicious, cozy brunch than on a cold and gray Valentine’s Day?

A huge thank you to Rocksbox for the crystal peach Perry Street earrings and crystal Loren Hope necklace you see above to wear for this special date!

Valentines Brunch at 12 South

Cheers to the sweetest Valentine’s weekend ever!

What do you love (or hate!?) about Valentine’s Day?

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