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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Kentucky Derby Event

Outfit Details//
Dress (similar)/Hat/Shoes

A night out with my East Tennessee Boss Babes, and my hubby was truly a night I won't forget. There was laughter, drinking, good times, and a night of relaxation for all of us that are parents haha! Our event was hosted at the beautiful Dara's Gardens in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Their venue is seriously so stunning, and the perfect place to host a wedding, shower, work event, etc. The grounds also have endless photo opportunities which is a major plus in my book. The venue makes you feel like you are about of an enchanting fairytale story. It can fit anywhere between 200-300+ people depending where on the grounds you would love to host your event. 

Vendors at our event

Their drinks were so good. They had a couple specialty drinks for us as well as beer and wine. 
The two specialty drinks that I loved were the blackberry mint julep, and peach habanero cocktail.

Single Barrel Events is a husband and wife team with 22 years of combined experience with bartending. Jake is a certified tequila expert, and accredited mixologist. They are a mobile bartending business that will come to wherever your event will be. 

Their food was so delicious. My stomach is currently rumbling thinking about how yummy everything was that night. My favorite dishes out of everything that night was the pork belly on herb crostini with a bourbon glaze, carved sirloin, chicken and waffles, and the mini bourbon cupcakes. 

Cold food station:
=Mini watermelon feta salad bites over greens with a balsamic reduction
=Freshly cut vegetable platter with dill Benedictine dip
=Mini cups of brown sugar and butter derby pecans with a rosemary garnis
=Prosciutto wrapped asparagus

Hand passed:
=Pork belly on herb crostini with a bourbon glaze
=Fried green tomato with pimento cheese

Hot food station:
=Carved sirloin of beef for sliders (Brioche buns, horseradish and spicy mustard)
=Shrimp and white cheddar cheese grits topped with chives in ramekins
=Fried chicken on waffle biscuits with spicy honey

=Roasted red potatoes

Dessert Station:
=Mini bourbon cupcakes with a caramel frosting
=Mint julep parfaits topped with crumbled chocolate
=Mini jars filled with fresh fruit and honey custard
=Mini truffles rolled in pecans


This photo booth was definitely one of the best highlights of the evening. It was so fun to act silly, and dress up with some of the props with my hubby, and some of the girls.

They provide all the props, and they can share your photos with you instantly through text or email so you an share them on social media. A backdrop is also included unless you want to use a backdrop of your beautiful venue. Whether it is a wedding, corporate event, school dance, prom, or private event.. they will bring the fun to you.

Oh Snap Knoxville is actually associated with them which is so cool. Special Notes also offers live music or dj. They will also work weddings, parties, corporate, and other special events. 

For live bands, they offer many cover and variety bands, bluegrass, jazz, street drum, and soul bands.

For musicians they offer pianists, violinists, harpists, trumpeters, organists, guitarists, bagpipers, and more. 

You can also book them for your wedding prelude, ceremony, and cocktail hour. 

No matter the size of your event, they can find the perfect entertainment for you. 

Both of these girls did a phenomenal job with capturing the whole event. Their photos turned out so stunning, and have the kindest souls. I would highly recommend booking either one of them for your next event! 

I just loved everything about this event with my boss babes. I can't wait to share the events coming soon! 


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Tassel was WORTH the Hassle//Truly Custom Invitations

Truly Custom Invitations by Basic Invite

Sometimes it can be challenging picking out the perfect invitation for an event, especially for graduation. You just finished one of the hardest and most rewarding times of your life, and you want to show off those graduation pictures the best way possible. That being said, there are so many invite website out there, and it can be quite overwhelming due to so many choices to choose from. Well y'all, I am here to tell you today that I found a website that has truly custom invites with almost unlimited colors, custom samples, over 40 different colors of envelopes, address capturing service, and stunning foil cards. 

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. Like what? How awesome is that right?

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order. This is so key because even though majority websites gives you an online sample of the invite.. you can't truly tell how it will look in person, feel, or how the images will print. I have had some invites where the images can be distorted, so having an in person sample prior to making the final order is so helpful. 

Basic Invite is just as colorful with their envelopes as they are with their invitations. Y'all can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to your envelopes so that they can make your invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of their envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed. Ummm what? Who hates licking envelopes? Raise your hand. Because I know I do! 

Love the saying the Tassel was WORTH the Hassle?? Then click here to customize your graduation invite. You deserve it after all of your hard work to order these invites. 

Homeschool graduation invites click here

High School graduation click here

As I mentioned earlier Basic Invite offers address capturing service. Do y'all ever last minute have to text, call, Facebook message, etc. everybody you know what their address is because you always loose it? Yeah me too haha! With Basic Invite's address capturing service allows y'all to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request your friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the your account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all card orders. Seriously so amazed by this!! If I could insert the praise hands emoji I would right now. 

If you decided you want foil cards.. they come in gold, silver, and rose gold. You can either choose flat or raise foil on foil designs. 

Basic Invite also has invitations for wedding, baby, birthday parties, other events. As well as business cards, stationary, free wedding websites, and free birthday party websites. 

Right now Basic Invite is offering 15% off with coupon code: 15FF51 

Follow them on all social media platforms :)

xoxo Megan


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Three Ways to Style Three Pieces From a Boutique {Lizard Thicket}

Today I am doing something I typically don’t do over on my blog, but I have started to really enjoy styling pieces together here lately. Once again, I don’t consider myself a fashion blogger, even though I love fashion. I’m here show you though that anyone can style pieces together easily, and still be trendy at the same time. Learning how to style several pieces in your closet can help you save so much money too. I usually don’t like wearing the same outfit over and over again close together. I’ll maybe wait a month or so until I wear the same outfit again. But the three pieces I have styled today will allow me to be an outfit repeater more often :) So the three pieces I styled from Lizard Thicket boutique are the studded booties, white sweater, and the cheetah print dress. Disclaimer: You will obviously need other items to accessorize or complete the look but I’m sure you have these items in your closet too. The other items needed: Jeans or shorts, belt, wedges or sandals, and earrings.

Outfit #1

Love love love this outfit. First off, the sweater is so perfect for spring because it is lightweight, and very breathable.

The sweater is sold out, but here is a short sleeve one that is similar on their website
click here

Check out all of their in stock sweaters here

I paid the sweater with their Kan Can jeans. This brand of jeans is seriously my all time favorite. I am pretty sure I am only sticking to this brand for now on. That is how much love them. They are so comfy, stretchy, and look so good on.

Similar pair of jeans click here

Check out all of their jeans here 

Their cheetah sandals are to die for, and I am seriously so obsessed with them. They were so comfy too. Shop the sandals here

Outfit #2

When I put on this dress and these shoes... I was in shock how great it looked, and how instantly in love I was with the whole outfit. I actually don't own in animal print clothing until I put on this dress. I love it that much. Now with the shoes, these are typically something I wouldn't wear either but I just had to try them on because I was curious how they looked on. Moral of the story, never judge a book by its cover right? Even when you don't think you like something on the rack or shoes on the shelf.. maybe just step out of your box for the day, and say why not? You may end up falling in love with that specific piece like I did with these shoes. 

Shoes are not available online but they do have them available in stories. At least I know the  Knoxville location does. At the end of this blog post I will list all of the LT locations. But Knoxville is my favorite ;)

Shop all of their shoes here 

Shop the exact dress here 

P.s every single one of the three items are under $40!!!!!!!!!

Shop all of their dresses here 

Outfit #3

With this last outfit, I just combined all three pieces together with the help of a belt and earrings. Even though you can not see my earrings I will link them for you all. 

I learned this trick from one of the sweetest bloggers I followed on Instagram. Her name is Monica Kaase. Here is her Instagram if y'all want to check her out. Seriously the cutest, sweetest, and has the most precious little boy. I believe he is only a couple months older than Luca. How cool! 

Anyway, the trick is you put a belt around your dress at the waist, and then throw a sweater on over top. Then tuck the sweater into the belt at the front. It brings an illusion that you are wearing a shirt and skirt.. but you really aren't. ;) 

Click here to shop my belt. I have it in two colors. Black and Brown. 
Click here for earrings. They come in a pack of 4 for $11.99. 

All locations of Lizard Thicket

  • Birmingham, AL

    216 Summit Boulevard, Suite 114
    United States - 35243
    Phone no:
    (205) 900-8888

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  • Mesa AZ

    1652 South Val Vista Drive, Suite 112
    United States - 85204
    Phone no:
    (480) 584-5807

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  • Boulder, CO

    1805 29th Street, Suite 1124
    United States - Colorado
    Phone no:
    (303) 209-0113

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  • Destin, FL

    4131 Legendary Drive, Suite F112
    United States - 32541
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  • Orlando, FL

    653 N Alafaya Trail
    United States - 32828
    Phone no:
    (407) 730-3231

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  • Panama City Beach, FL

    15565 Starfish Street #105
    Panama City Beach
    United States - 32413
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  • Pembroke Pines, FL

    506 SW 145th Terrace
    Pembroke Pines
    United States - 33027
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  • Wesley Chapel, FL

    28249 Paseo Drive, Suite 150
    Wesley Chapel
    United States - 33543
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  • Buford, GA

    3333 Buford Drive NE, Suite VC01B
    United States - 30519
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  • Carrollton, GA

    1109 South Park Street, Suite 507
    United States - 30117
    Phone no:
    (770) 836-8808

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  • Columbus, GA

    2523 Airport Thruway
    United States - 31904
    Phone no:
    (706) 320-5407

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  • Macon, GA

    5080 Riverside Drive, Suite 230
    United States - 31210
    Phone no:
    (478) 216-5343

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  • Marietta, GA

    1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 520
    United States - 30068
    Phone no:
    (678) 269-7930

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  • McDonough, GA

    1792 Jonesboro Road
    United States - 30253
    Phone no:
    (678) 884-6630

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  • Newnan, GA

    378 Newnan Crossing Bypass Newnan
    United States - 30265
    Phone no:
    (678) 423-7100

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  • Norcross, GA

    5135 Peachtree Parkway
    Peachtree Corners
    United States - 30092
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  • Peachtree City, GA

    1253 N Peachtree Pkwy
    Peachtree City
    United States - 30269
    Phone no:
    (770) 487-7449

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  • Charlotte, NC

    9852 Rea Rd. A1
    North Carolina
    United States - 28277
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  • Greenville, SC

    1125 Woodruff Road
    South Carolina
    United States - 29607
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  • Mt. Pleasant, SC

    1640 Palmetto Grande Drive
    Mount Pleasant
    South Carolina
    United States - 29464
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  • Franklin, TN

    535 Cool Springs Boulevard, Suite L100
    United States - 37067
    Phone no:
    (615) 807-2545

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  • Knoxville, TN

    11369 Parkside Drive
    United States - 37934
    Phone no:
    (865) 671-0684

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  • Mt. Juliet, TN

    401 South Mt. Juliet Road Suite 500
    Mt. Juliet
    United States - 37122
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  • Murfreesboro, TN

    2615 Medical Center Parkway Suite 1365
    United States - 37129
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  • Nashville, TN

    2124 Hillsboro Drive
    United States - 37215
    Phone no:
    (615) 678-7092

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