Friday, July 13, 2018

Five Friday Favorites 7.13.18

Happy Friday y'all! & wishing you the best of luck on this Friday the 13th! This week for me started off on a bad note but got better by the time Wednesday came. Lets hear it for hump day! Last week was my birthday week and they don't lie when they your body gets worse as you get older. I am still recovering from a awful cold. Sore throat, runny nose & headache. Yay! Not. But now that i'm back into full swing, here are my favorites of the week.

1. Eric Church- Desperate Man

Finnnnnalllyyyyy we are going back to CHURCH! And boy, he didn't disappoint! Eric Church has officially released a new single today. Its so different than the pop country FGL currently on the radio now (which I low key still love). This song has real soul and I dig it so much. It will definitely be on repeat until I see him at Gulf Coast Jam in September and then forever until the end of time.

2. Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom

My dinosaur loving heart has been so full since seeing this movie. First off, Chris Pratt.....ummmm hellllllloooo. *insert heart emojis here* I have been obsessed with dinosaurs since 2nd grade after I convinced my mom to buy an entire book series on every known dinosaur. I thought I was the coolest kid in class during dino week because I brought in all my books like a hella nerd. Anywho.....this movie made me cry...3 times. Twice because of sad parts and once at the end because it was beautiful. I might be the only person on this planet who cried during this movie but i'm not afraid to admit it. Maybe Chris Pratt will hear about my crying fest, feel bad and come comfort me?

3. The Chicago Cubs

Ok. I might be cheating slightly. I love the Chicago Cubs every week. Every day. Every hour. Every second. But for my birthday I was able to tour Wrigley Field and have been on cloud 9 ever since. I learned so much history of how Wrigley became the beautiful place it is today. Such as, the field is in fact named after the chewing gum company and juicy fruit tastes like what a type of banana used to taste like. I fell in love with the history so much that I ordered a book about it.

4. Flowers
This week I saw that Green Door Gourmet had a free sunflower tour. I instantly added it to my calendar. I've never been to a sunflower field before and have always wanted to get some cute photos in one. My wish was granted. I had so much fun with a new friend, Danielle, as we attempted to learn how to pose and photograph around a big group of people. 

5. LikeToKnow.It
I was so blessed to have been accepted into the Reward Style program. I can now use the app LikeToKnow.It to share my outfits for y'all! Reward Style is a invite only platform to help monetize my blog and instagram. Meaning i'll make a small commission if you make a purchase with my link which in turn will be supporting my blog. If you haven't yet, download the LikeToKnow.It app and give me a follow. Most bloggers use this platform so it really handy to have if you are a big shopper. All you have to do is screenshot my post, open the app and it will tell you what pieces i'm wearing and where to get them. Easy peasy. Also, if you are wanting to join Reward Style email me at and i'll gladly refer you.



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Friday, July 6, 2018

Happy Place

HAPPY PLACE is a new interactive pop up exhibit that will make your instagram pop! Formally in LA, it is now in Chicago until Aug 6. Price range is $30-$35 depending on the day for a time slot of an hour. We were lucky enough not to be rushed too badly and stayed for a little over an hour and a half.

With every turn there are new colors, walls, decorative art pieces and even treats to keep you entertained. So much that I have near 200 photos to choose from & over a months worth of instagram shots (apologies in advance). So grab your bags, & follow me to HAPPY!

Quick shout out to my beautiful sister who has a blog herself! Go give her a follow!

Overall, I had so much fun celebrating my birthday week at Happy Place and I am hoping for more pop up exhibits closer to Nashville. I'm now obsessed.

Rainbow top was from Forever 21. Similar styles are listed below.

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Monday, July 2, 2018

28 Things I Learned at 28

I am now officially 29. BRB currently freaking out that I only have year left in my 20s. 28 was still a good year. To sum it up, I got rid of negative people and made new positive friends. Went to a music festival alone. Had the same job for over a year. Finally have good roommates again.Visited Panama City Beach, Vegas and Los Angeles for the first time. And was almost on a god awful reality tv show. Needless to say....28 was crazzzzzzzy. I did however learn a lot more than I could ever imagine & here is list i'd like to share with y'all.

1. Its still ok to do things alone.
2. Hangovers are more real and more painful when you are closer to 30.
3. You have to work to make money. But don't take it too seriously.
4. Disney movies will still make you cry, no matter what age.
5. People are fake. Like so so so so so fake.
6. Eating ice cream and watching true crime documentaries will turn into a daily thing.
7. Never pay to park anywhere unless you HAVE to. Use the legs God gave you.
8. Chipotle will forever have the best burritos. sorry.
9. Live life the way you want to. Its YOUR life after all.
10. Fill up your passport. The world is beautiful.
11. Your parents will be proud of you, even when you fail, because you still tried at something.
12. Friends will ditch you for their boyfriend. It sucks.
13. Love your grandparents with everything you have. (RIP Meema and Grandma Dee)
14. Compliment strangers. They could end up becoming one of your best friends.
15. Stand up for what you believe in. Don't let anyone knock you down.
16. Ibuprofen is your best friend.
17. You might find a grey hair. Be prepared.
18. The word "bro" isn’t cool. It’s obnoxious.
19. Everyone around you will be getting married and having babies. Just watch Serendipity. It will be ok.
20. Bagel Bites are still as good as they were when you were 12.
21. Live in the moment. But take a damn picture if you want to.
22. Its totally ok to wait over 2 hours for a table at Bartaco.
23. Level 611 of Panda Pop is really hard.
24. Not everything will go as planned. Roll with it.
25. You never know what someone else is going through. Be kind.
26. Las Vegas is really expensive and does get cold.
27. Visit your hometown every chance you get.
28. McDonalds ice cream machines are still broken.

The jumpsuit i'm wearing is from Impromptu Boutique. Its probably the most comfortable thing i've ever worn. And whats even better is that you can use the code calli20 at checkout for 20% off your purchase!

Monday, May 21, 2018

How to Survive CMA Fest

CMA Fest is by far one of my favorite weeks of the year. During the second week of June country fans from all over the world will come together in Nashville, TN. CMA Fest main activities run Thurs-Sun with mulitple free stages and the main Nissan Stadium shows. However, there are events all week long.

I always suggest to get to Nashville early. That way you get to experience some of the other local bars, restaurants, and events before the big crowd comes. This year things start off as early has Sunday night with Whiskey Jams outdoor shows in the parking lot of Losers Bar. They will sure to have up and coming acts, song writers and a few bigger artists as well. This year they are doing 3 nights in a row of acts so there are bound to be surprises.

Wednesday night is the CMT Awards. In years past you have been able to wait along the red carpet for a chance to get photos with your favorite artists or sign up to receive a wristband to be a seat filler or in the PIT. Moore Casting (click here) has been in charge of casting red carpet extras as well. So make sure to sign up with them in case they are casting this year. Another casting company to follow is Audience Company (click here), days before the award show they have handed out wristbands to attend the show itself. The past 2 years however, CMT the Ticket (click here) has taken over and you have to sign up with them to be on a list to attend. The award show is one of my favorite events of the week. You get to be up close to all your favorite stars as the perform and win awards and you get a chance to be shown on TV!

Some artists will host a fan club party which usually include: a meet and greet, performance, exclusive merch items, cds, food and more. Only a few tickets are available, giving you a up close and personal setting among other fans just like you. Most parties will cost a fee and will sell out quickly so make sure to follow your favorites on social media to see when tickets are available. Also, a few parties (such as Eric Church) you have to be paying members of their online fan club. Don't forget to sign up for your favorites so you don't miss out. A few fan club parties I have attended were Michael Ray and Dan and Shay.

There are between 9-10 different stages and the Nissan Stadium show. The best way to keep track of where and when your favorite artists are playing would be by downloading the "CMA Fest" app. There they have a tab where you can add your favorite artists to your schedule. It is ultimately the BEST tool to use. However, you're not able to include the extra non CMA affiliated events to it such as the fan club parties. So I tend to design my own spreadsheet in the same format as the app but add my extra activities to it. It also comes in handy to have a paper copy in case your phone dies or you can't get service.
The stages are all located downtown or inside Fan Fair. But do keep in mind that they are spread out. I made the mistake on thinking that I would be able to make it quickly in-between performances but would end up missing one. There are a lot of people and roadblocks in the way so give yourself extra time by either leaving an act early or know that you may have to miss someone. Security is going to be tight this year after the tragic event that happened in Vegas, so be prepared to make extra time for that as well. The Riverfront stage always has a long line to enter as well, plan accordantly.

Located in Music City Center is Fan Fair. Here you will get to access other stages, artist meet and greets, food, drinks, merch and vendors. It is also a great way to get out of the heat and rest for a little bit. Make sure you have room in your bags, vendors love handing out free things. I think I ended up with almost 20 koozies last year. This is where youll get to meet most of the artists, get in line before the doors open and head straight to who you are wanting to meet. I have met Chase Rice, Kip Moore, Chris Lane, Drew Baldridge, David Nail, and others. The lines fill extremely quick for the bigger artists. Don't want to wait? There is a way to get a guaranteed meet and greet! Remember that app I talked about? Well there is a section to register for "Fan Access". Once it gets closer to CMA Fest, you will get to enter a lottery for a chance to win a meet and greet or into the HGTV lodge. The HGTV lodge is another intimate stage where you can only win your way in or stand in the "hopeful" line to attend. I have gotten to see Kip Moore, Eric Paslay and Russell Dickerson at the HGTV lodge.

1. Clear Cross Body Messenger Tote (click here) : A new rule was put into place this year that requires all bags to follow Nissan Stadium's clear bag policy at all festival locations. This means that your bag must be clear and not exceed 12" x 12” x 6".
2. Stainless Steel Water Bottle (click here) : Water stations will be set around the festival where you will be able to fill up for free. Its going to be hot, so water will become your best friend for the week.
3. External Phone Charger (click here) : You will most likely be on the go from the moment you wake up and your phone will be used for photos all day. My advise is to splurge on a portable charge like this one so you won't have to worry about your phone dying as you go to take a photo with Luke Bryan....tragic. Don't forget to grab your wall charger as well, there might be a time at the bar where you are able to charge up from an outlet as well.
4. Band-Aid Variety Pack (click here) : Wear comfy shoes. Because you WILL blister. Grab a variety pack of bandaids for emergencies.
5. Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen (click here) : You will be in the sun 90% of the week, if you burn, you will need this.

Others useful items: hair ties, deodorant, tampons, sunglasses, autograph book, permanent markers, hand fan, tissues and hand sanitizer.

Social media will be your best friend. Before and during CMA Fest, check your favorite artists social media pages to see if they announce anything for the week. Pop up concerts happen daily and its something you don't want to miss. I always turn on notifications for artists I follow so if they post anything I will get alerted. I was able to find out about Blake Shelton doing a bar crawl and got a video of him walking behind me.

Trying to plan and learn everything there is to know about CMA Fest can be stressful and extremely overwhelming. I ended up joining a few Facebook groups to help. People will help each other and post when things are announced and even have extra tickets or items to sell. Going to CMA Fest (click here) and CMA Fest Family and Friends (click here) are 2 of my favorites!

Keep your eyes peeled at all times. Artists will be EVERYWHERE. They are extremely busy bouncing around to performances, meet and greets and interviews but they need a way to get there. Look out for golf carts, thats usually their main choice of transportation. On our way to the CMT Music Awards my friend spotted Tod Chrisley for Chrisley Knows Best get out of a car right in front of us. Pure luck.

HAVE FUN! Its extremely overwhelming. Your schedule won't go 100% as planned. You'll miss things. Your feet will hurt. You'll be tired. But the more you just go with the flow and enjoy the experience the more fun you will have!

Get rest. Pack your things. CMA FEST IS COMING!

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Everything You Need To Know About Tortuga Music Festival

Here I am a week later and i'm still recovering/having post Tortuga withdrawals. I can honestly say that it was one of my favorite weekends that I have ever had in my life.

Tortuga Music Festival just concluded its sixth year. It is usually held the first weekend of April and is three days long (Fri-Sun). It is held in Ft Lauderdale, Florida directly on the beach. So needless to say, I STILL have sand everywhere.

When the lineup first came out in November I knew it was a festival I couldn't miss. Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, and Eric Church were the headliners and I have a love for all three. So I hit up my girl Mary Lou and before we knew it, we were on a plane. We booked out hotel late so we weren't able to stay directly on the beach which honestly was a pain. We stayed at The Link and for the price, it wasn't terrible. It was a bit run down for my liking but the rooms were nice. Check in was a nightmare after their wifi went down and their "breakfast" was cereal or a bagel. So I wasn't impressed. It was around $8 one way for an Uber (use my code: xbij9 for $5 off your first ride) to the festival, which added up after four days. After the festival was over it was IMPOSSIBLE to get a ride back and we had to wait/walk far away to get one to even be able to come get us. My advice: spend the extra cash and get something close. It evens out in the end.

Before the festival we stopped at Rock Bar where they had giant 2 for 1 mixed drinks. They added up to be a little over $20 each. Which wasn't bad based on how huge they are. They also have the BEST quesadilla you'll ever have. We ended up going back for one the next day too. Be aware that they do add a 15% gratuity on your bill....they made a lot of extra money off us the first night. Another bar we loved was The Elbo Room. It has been around since 1938 and is known from the movie "Where The Boys Are" that came out in the 60s. Its run down, its cash only, its everything you would want it to be and more. Also, during Tortuga there is a group that will show up at 8am to start drinking. They are rightfully named "The Breakfast Club" and were an absolute hoot to hang out with and we will be joining them next year.

swimsuit || sunglasses (get $20 off a $50 purchase)

Inside the gates of Tortuga were two stages. The Sunset Stage and The Main Stage. I loved the option of having multiple stages with different acts, however, they are set far apart so trekking around in the sand wasn't the easiest. Corona, Titos, Barefoot and Malibu were the drink sponsors. For a tall Corona it ran you $13. I thought it wasn't that bad of a price. But I would much rather hang out in the Malibu tent and spend a bit more for rum. Plus they had limbo, corn hole and other games where you  could win tokens to trade for drinks and other Malibu merch. We ended up with a free drink to split and popsockets. Next year I plan on hanging out more in this area.

Every act was incredible. You could see the happiness and excitement when the crowd would sing back to them. Thats what I love about the country community. We don't mess around. We support and learn lyrics to just about everything that any artist puts out. My favorite moment was witnessing a proposal right behind us during Dan + Shay. Everyone was in tears and screaming for joy. It was absolutely beautiful. We later saw them the next day and they said that their first concert together was Dan + Shay so it made the moment so much more special.

Now I will warn you, this festival holds THOUSANDS....around 10,000 people. It gets crazy. So if you can't handle crowds, this won't be the best for you. Unless you are the #FrontRowOrGoHome type of person. If you are, be prepared to run when the gates open. My friend Katie got in line at 6am to get the best spot but couldn't run as fast as others and ended up a row behind. Also be aware that people will drink....ALOT. Your towel will get stepped on, you will get pushed, just keep your cool and enjoy the music. Don't try to be the person to push your way to the front either, I witnessed three fights from people trying to do just that. Also please pace yourself. We learned the hard way, after being in the sun for too long, and ended up not remembering much of the first night. Opps.

Overall this is THE FESTIVAL of the year. Perfect time of the year to get away and enjoy the sun, get sand in your toes and sway to country music. Plus it goes to a great cause. Tortuga works with Rock the Ocean, which helps raise funds for ocean conservation. So help save the turtles y'all! Can't wait for next year! Hope to see you all there!


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