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music city series: rosemary & beauty queen

The fact I haven’t talked about Rosemary & Beauty Queen yet is baffling. The first time I went to Rosemary was in January 2020, right before Covid changed our world. Rosemary was the neighborhood house bar of East Nashville where everyone I knew hung out. Now, with the increasing number of Bachelor and Bachelorette parties…

music city series: la jackson

Last Friday, I made plans to catch up with my friend, Celeste! After telling her that I had never been to la jackson, the rooftop bar of the Thompson Hotel, she insisted that be where we go. Once I got off work, I hopped in the shower, did my makeup, dried my hair, and put…

me + cat stone

If you haven’t heard, I have a new job under my belt: Artist Manager. On July 4th, I was at a rooftop party in Downtown Nashville and ran into my old co-worker, Cat. We started chatting about what we were up to, and I told her I was doing social media and marketing for Tate…

lip lab + blanco

Last week, Tate + Zoey had a corporate girl’s night out for the first time since I started, and it was my first opportunity to meet the EVP in person. We had been planning this night for a while to go to the new Lip Lab at 5th & Broadway and then dinner. When the…

my first vegas experience

In February, I got the opportunity to head from Nashville to Las Vegas for a fun, music-filled weekend with my mom! It was my first true Vegas experience! The first time it was a one-night stay while we were traveling to Los Angeles, so it doesn’t count. Our reason for going to Vegas was to…

valentine’s day with dua lipa

Typically, on Valentine’s Day, girls get dressed up, and they are whisked away by whoever fancies them, but what’s the fun in that when you can go to one of the best concerts ever with one of your girlfriends. Want to know more? Well, keep reading! Very last minute, Violet and I decided to get…

star-crossed in the atl

I have been lucky enough to gain some amazing friends while living in Nashville. One of these fantastic friends is Jessica Craven. Jess was one of my many roommates in Shelbyhouse. She is a student at Belmont University and a singer/songwriter. You can check her music out HERE. Jess bought tickets for her and me…

cheers to what’s to come

To say the last few months have been a whirlwind is an understatement. Over the last six months, I’ve had more success than I’ve had in my twenty-four years of life. I closed on my first real estate transaction, closed on my first home, got out of the hospitality industry, and landed a job as…

new music friday: Tigirlily

Throughout my years of living in Nashville, I have met some amazing artists. While attending Belmont, I had a class with Krista and that’s when I was introduced to Tigirlily. Tigirlily is a singer/songwriter duo made up of Krista and her sister, Kendra. Over the last year, it has been amazing seeing them blow up…

music city series: Broadway

As a local, I generally try to avoid downtown, especially during the busy seasons, but Sunday was an exception. Since I started working downtown, my coworkers have continuously said, “Michelle, come out with us,” and I finally did it. Sunday, I got off work around 3 pm and headed to Broadway for an afternoon of…

music city series: Nashville update

Did you think it’d come so soon? It has now been a week since the capacity restrictions and mask mandate were dropped in Nashville. When I left work last weekend, it was like Covid never happened. Broadway was flooded with people on sidewalks and standing in the middle of the road while lights were green.…

music city series: Arrington Vineyards

For a girl who doesn’t like wine, I had so much fun at a winery. A few weeks ago, we celebrated my friend Taner’s Bachelor Party at Arrington Vineyards and had a full day of wine, clothing malfunctions, and laughs. Arrington Vineyards has been open since 2007 and is about 40 minutes from Nashville. You…

music city series: downtown update

This past weekend, Mayor John Cooper lifted the mask mandate for outdoor settings, while still recommending them when social distancing isn’t possible. As I walked downtown on Monday afternoon, I was happy to see that approximately half the downtown patrons were still wearing masks on the streets. Masks still have to be worn inside restaurants…

new music friday: Taylor Swift

The middle schooler deep inside me has never been more excited for an album release. Taylor Swift has finally released Fearless (Taylor’s Version) with six brand new songs, “From The Vault.” I’ve been waiting for this since the day she threatened to re-record all of her albums from her Big Machine contract. All the lyrics…

i’m back

Wow! It’s been a little while since I posted, but I’m back at it again. In my post starting off the year, I talked about taking more time for myself and posting more, but that isn’t how these past few months worked out. I’ve been working, trying to grow my confidence, and figuring out how…

what will 2021 bring?

Like many others, as I counted down, “10, 9, 8, 7,…” to 2020, I thought the new decade was going to bring new experiences and happiness. Unfortunately, that was not the case. I went through a tornado, a global pandemic, changing careers, facing many mental health issues, physical health issues, and financial struggles. I know…

music city series: Old Glory

Before Halloween, some of my girlfriends and I tried out Old Glory, which is a one-of-a-kind bar here in Nashville. Never did I expect to walk into a dungeon-like room and find music, drinks, and laughter. The history behind the space is unique. With a smokestack standing tall, Old Glory sits in the former boiler…

music city series: Stateside Kitchen

Earlier this month, we celebrated my roommate for her 22nd birthday. Because of COVID-19 and the current restrictions set in Nashville, we decided to do a girl’s dinner at Stateside Kitchen in the Dream Hotel. After enjoying a few drinks and a meal, we stopped to take a few pictures at ”The Climax” neon light…

music city series: Burger Republic

About a month ago, my grandparents were able to take a trip from North Carolina to visit me here in Nashville. Whenever they come to town, we try to find the best food to eat. Last year when they visited, we ate at one of my favorite burger joints, Burger Republic, and this year we…

new music friday: Kelsea Ballerini

When Kelsea Ballerini released her self-titled album, Kelsea, in March, I didn’t listen to the whole album. With her latest release, Ballerini, I feel more compelled to listen to her stories. In my opinion, Kelsea was a overly produced, pop leaning album, while Ballerini shows all the same songs in a different, light-hearted way. I…

new music friday: Riley Green

It’s an exciting day when Riley Green has something new coming out. Green announced the release of his EP “If It Wasn’t For Trucks” on August 26th and it’s finally here. The EP features the songs, “Jesus And Wranglers,” “If I Didn’t Wear Boots,” “Better Than Me (Featuring Randy Owen),” “If It Wasn’t For Trucks,”…

my breast reduction story & advice

My journey leading up to my breast reduction was a long one. For years, my mother and I had always talked about my options and we always decided for me to wait until after I had kids. I had settled on this, but before I graduated college, my friend mentioned she was having it done…

how my curious mind led to national headlines

As many of you know, I celebrated the one year anniversary of my breast reduction surgery on Friday. I had it on my mind all day long and even posted to Instagram mentioning that it was the best decision of my life. The anniversary was a day for me to recognize my new found confidence…

music city series: White Limozeen

Welcome back to the Music City Series! This post is special because instead of discussing one area of town, I’ll be discussing one of the newest and hottest rooftop bars in Nashville, plus the hotel that it calls home. White Limozeen opened its doors on July 17th and has already caught the eye of Nashville…

New Music Friday: Luke and Kaylee

Check out Luke and Kaylee’s new single, “Kanye West,” on all platforms now and watch the music video here! You can follow them on the following platforms: Luke and Kaylee InstagramLuke and Kaylee FacebookLuke and Kaylee TwitterLuke and Kaylee SpotifyLuke and Kaylee Apple MusicLuke and Kaylee Youtube

Ashley Taylor: roots in Bakersfield

Country music has had a place in Bakersfield, California since the 1950s. Bakersfield is where the infamous sound made popular by Buck Owen and Merle Haggard called the “Bakersfield Sound” was created. The area has continued to be influenced by country music and up-and-coming singer/songwriter, Ashley Taylor, has brought her Bakersfield roots to the city…

music city series: Opryland

This area of town is very important to me because I work at the Grand Ole Opry House. When people come into the Opry Shop, they always assume that there isn’t a lot to do in that area of town, but that’s far from the truth. If you stop by the Opry, be sure to…

music city series: Downtown Nashville

Welcome to the First Edition of the Music City Series! Anytime I have family or friends visit Nashville, I’m always asked the question, ”What should we do?” As Nashville continues to reopen, I want to share some of Nashville’s hottest restaurants, tourist attractions, shopping areas, etc. Be aware if you come to town soon, some…

the mom-shamers come out to play

Thanks to Coronavirus, people have been spending more and more time on social media. Some of these people have spent their time becoming more judgemental and hateful. I can’t turn on social media without seeing someone attacked for living their life. A recent victim to the mom-shamers is Maren Morris. Since Morris gave birth to…

my new obsession

Quarantine has brought a lot of new TV shows into my life, like Netflix’s Tiger King and Outer Banks, but my latest obsession isn’t what you’d think. My new obsession is Bravo’s Real Housewives. Within two weeks, I have already watched the first seven seasons of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and here’s what I…

recipes that’ll be passed down

A month into quarantine, and it’s safe to say, I am bored out of my mind. Every day I am trying to come up with new ways to fill my free time. In the beginning, I did yard work and DIY projects, began watching all of the Marvel Avengers movies in chronological order, and made…

i’m REDNECKER than you

As mentioned in my “Tops of 2019” blog post, HARDY’s “HIXTAPE: Vol. 1” is one of my favorite albums. I was fortunate enough to attend his SOLD OUT show at Cannery Ballroom on February 20th. WHAT A NIGHT! Like most shows, I attended this one by myself. It’s usually easy for me to make friends…

how do you know if it’s fate?

It’s crazy to think that I’ve been single for the past four years. With failed attempts on dating apps and never meeting anyone in person, I’ve felt like I’ll never meet anyone. Of course, people say, “You’re only 22,” but I hoped I’d at least have a boyfriend by now. In the last few weeks,…

tuesday night at the grand ole opry

Over the past few years, I have had the joy and honor of attending multiple Grand Ole Opry shows. Last year, I attended two performances, and this week, I got to participate in my first Grand Ole Opry show of 2020. During the performance on Tuesday, February 11th, I got to see Jeanie Seely, Maggie…

was it worth it?

Because I’ve been going through a few things, I haven’t posted on here in a few weeks. Battling mental breakdowns, crazy ideas, and the flu, I feel like I should share some thoughts with y’all that I have had for a while. This post is going to be about my coming to Nashville and my…

podcasts: to listen or not to listen?

Since my Freshman year of college, I have made countless road trips from Nashville to my hometown in North Carolina. Many of these were spent jamming to my favorite tunes or new releases, but over the past few years, music just hasn’t cut it and when I get bored on the road, I get tired. …

the gaylord experience

The summer before my sophomore year of high school, I came to Nashville for the first time. My mom was attending a conference for work and I decided to tag along. It was the week Taylor Swift released “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and I didn’t know what to expect from this trip.…

tops of 2019

Growing up, I always listened to very diverse music from Adult Alternative, Country, Pop, Rap, Rock, etc. Except for “thank u, next” by Ariana Grande, “Lover” by Taylor Swift, and “Jesus Is King” by Kanye West, the country genre stole my heart in 2019 and I could talk for hours about my love for the…

goodbye 2019

Every year on New Year’s Eve, we say goodbye to the past and hello to what will come in the new year. Like most years, 2019 brought some of the best times and some of the worst. In this post, I will discuss my highly significant moments of 2019 and what I will resolve in…

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