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Destination Canada: Wining & Dining

September 23, 2016
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Destination Canada – Wining and Dining

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A couple days ago we had a luncheon with Destination Canada, and it went above and beyond our expectations. We walked into Acme Studios to find Mayssam, a cool as hell DJ spinning awesome music as a video of Canadian wildlife played on the wall. Eric Pateman of Edible Canada walked us over to mixologist Nader Chabaane who was creating cocktails we could have never dreamed up. Look at that mini ice bowl holding the raspberries! Pateman then took us over to culinary expert Scott Jaeger who was whipping up unbelievable bites.

I don’t know much about oysters and caviar, but I slurped both the butter coated and sake soaked shells, and spooned the salty caviar wondering how Canada isn’t well-known for both! I also basically drooled over the warm smoked sockeye salmon and Atlantic lobster stew. Top it all of with wine expert Felix Leonard-Gagne serving up some of Canada’s award-winning wine. Apparently these wines aren’t easy to come across, but when sommelier Felix gets a hold of them and pours them aplenty, I’m a very happy camper.

We will soon be planning our first WanderLust Girls trip to Canada, so stay tuned on which region we pick!

#ExploreCanada

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Visit Franklin, Tennessee

September 23, 2016
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Firstly, a huge thank you to aloft hotels and Visit Franklin for hosting us for a beautiful week in Franklin, Tennessee. The hotel is so fun and funky. Most importantly… the beds were phenomenal. It was always so nice to come back to after a day of exploring. We caught some great flicks in bed (shout out to Freeform), snacked on the chocolate shoes they left for us, and sipped wine from Arrington Vineyards. Needless to say, we were pampered.

Our favorite spot in the Franklin area was this little tiny place called Leiper’s Fork. It is about a block wide and has all these cute galleries and shops (even one called Wanderlust.) There was a box filled with honey and they use the honesty system (leave the money, take the honey.) If that were New York……………. ransacked in minutes. It was so refreshing to see such a friendly community. Also, on the DL (good thing I’m not posting this on the internet or anything for the world to know) this town is swarming with celebs. Full of charm and no paparazzi.

Downtown Franklin is quaint and adorable. Straight out of The Notebook. You can actually picture Noah jumping off the bus to see Ali. If you get a chance go to Gray’s on Main and listen to some music. They have a great stage and space! Afterwards you can grab ice cream or candy at the little shops.

On our last day we were determined to hug some horses, so we visited Taproot Farm. We stepped out of our Uber, and were immediately surrounded by 10 horses. They sauntered over and gave us a sniff, so they could get to know us. We were in heaven. Thank you to Susan for giving us a tour of your beautiful property. It’s no wonder so many different groups book events at Taproot! Check out those sunset horseback riding photos with a hot air balloon in the sky. A picture perfect ending to our magical Tennessee vacation.

xx, Emily & Abigail

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Arrington Vineyard

September 21, 2016
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Abigail – Top, Bella Dahl. Shorts, One Teaspoon. Boots, Modern Vice. Sunnies, RayBan.

Emily – Dress, Bono bono. Boots, Vince. Sunnies, J Crew.

There is no way in the near future Abigail and I are getting married (not to each other, just to be clear.) However, whenever we do it will be at Arrington Vineyards. The rows of grape vines, the big barn with Edison bulb lights, the bluegrass band, the views of rolling hills with hay bails, and that swing… visiting this vineyard may be the most romantic thing we’ve ever done together.

We began the day with a tasting of eight different wines and chocolates. I highly suggest the Sparkle bubbly and the Firefly rosé. Don’t forget a dessert wine to finish off the tasting (Blackberry is unreal.)

Next, we wandered through the vines, swang on all the swings, and snacked on bruschetta. All while being serenaded by the band. I had way too much fun climbing in that Alice in Wonderland type tree. A few near death experiences, but it was worth it. If you plan on stopping by the vineyard I suggest packing a picnic. They do have food, but you’ll want to make this a whole day affair!

Before I sign out I think it’s important that we talk about Abigail’s new Modern Vice boots… Rock. N. Roll. These boots are so badass and worked perfectly with just about everything we wore in Nashville. We are slightly obsessed with Modern Vice and spent an absurd amount of time looking at all the shoes in their showroom. Definitely worth checking out!

Xx, Emily

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City Winery Nashville

September 20, 2016
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City Winery Nashville – 609 Lafayette St

We adore the City Winery in New York, so naturally we had to check out the winery/restaurant/concert venue hybrid in Music City. We were blown away by the size of this place. The perfect location for a big reservation. All the brunch items are delectable, and we must recommend their blueberry corn muffins. We enjoyed our classic bloody marys and mimosas, but felt it was necessary to finish off with a glass of their made-in-house red wine.

Be sure to check out a show in their back room. Book a seat at a family style table, and enjoy dinner and drinks to some fantastic musicians while glowing edison bulbs hang over your head like fireflies. On a nice sunny day enjoy their upstairs balcony. Thank you to Ryan for the private tour of the brewery!

xx, Abigail

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Jack Daniel’s Distillery

September 18, 2016
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Fun fact: Jack Daniel started distilling whiskey at 7 years old.

Fun fact #2: Jack Daniel was only 5’2″ and ultimately died because he kicked a safe in frustration.

I can say with confidence we know everything about whiskey (#WhiskeySnobs.) We began our day at 9:30am in Lynchburg, TN at the Jack Daniel’s distillery. If you haven’t been it’s totally worth it, even if you’re not whiskey lovers like us. You’ll be shocked at how quaint the town and distillery are. It feels more homey than like a factory.

You’ll tour the grounds where they make the whiskey soaked charcoal to purify (*see “whiskey for destruction” image.) Once you are in the building where everything is being made the smell is incredible! The barrel room is picturesque and they even host tasting in there. Jack Daniel’s actually only uses one of their home made oak barrels just once. It was really interesting to see how far the whiskey is soaked into the wood. I had no idea that whiskey was actually clear and gets it’s color and a lot of it’s flavor from the barrel!

Okay, enough bragging about my whiskey knowledge. I highly recommend checking out the distillery. Plan to spend a few hours there touring, tasting eating at Mary BoBo’s and most importantly giving a big kiss to Honey the towns only horse!

Xx, Emily

P.S. We still have a couple days left here in Nashville. Make sure to follow along on our social media channels @WanderLustGirls for real time updates (i.e. yesterday’s Harley Davidson event… also known as a little bit of Heaven.)

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The Hutton Hotel Nashville

September 15, 2016
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The Hutton Hotel was a wonderful place to begin our journey in Nashville. The check in was a nice personal experience sitting at a desk with a friendly staff member, as opposed to the typical elbows on the large barricading counter experience you usually have at hotels. Our hotel beds were so plush and cozy that we accidentally almost napped upon arrival. The location is a quick 5 minutes or less from Downtown Nashville. Their super kind shuttle service drivers brought us to and fro Broadway, a breakfast joint near Vanderbilt, and Nelson’s Greenbrier Distillery. If you’re looking for a super chic hotel within minutes of all the action, we highly recommend the Hutton Hotel!

1808 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203
xx, Abigail
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Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery

September 15, 2016
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We’ve arrived in Nashville! We are celebrating our 16 year friendiversary (aka sweet sixteen or sixteen candles.) On our first full day we had to do what seemed right… drink whiskey. What better than the local Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery? We were totally into the history part of the tour thanks to our guide Austin. Let’s just say there may be some sunken treasure, and the only way you’ll know about it is by taking this tour. I feel my whiskey IQ is much higher now, and our distillery jargon is top notch #AngelsShare. Thank you to the (sexy) Nelson brothers for having us in today. We will forever treasure our first whiskey distillery experience, and seek out Belle Meade Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey.

1414 Clinton St Nashville, TN 37203

xx, Abigail

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Katty Xiomara SS17 NYFW

September 15, 2016
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KATTY XIOMARA SS17 NYFW

The moment we plan our first getaway for 2017 we’ll be looking for this collection by Katty Xiomara. Imagine that sequin dress out for a night of dancing in Spain. Imagine that blue and orange dress twirling around a vineyard in Italy. Imagine that pink printed jumpsuit strolling the little streets of Mykonos.Imagine that navy blue bell sleeve dress out to dinner in Cannes. Katty’s show was a glimpse into what my vacations should look like. It may not be resortwear, but maybe that means I should always be traveling!

xx, Abigail

 

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Son Jung Wan Excites with Stripes & Sequins

September 12, 2016
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SON JUNG WAN EXCITES WITH STRIPES & SEQUINS

Minimalism isn’t something Son Jung Wan is familiar with, and we thank her for it. Long live maximalism! Her SS17 collection was true to her avant-garde aesthetic with bright colors, patterns, and sequins. We’re loving the focus on red and pink, but specifically adore those Tim Burton-esque striped looks. Also can we talk about the hair here?! I’m literally dying for those corn-rows and curl ‘fro.

xx, Abigail

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KYBOE! New York Fashion Week

September 12, 2016
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We knew the KYBOE! watch runway would be a blast because of our recent trip to Miami for Swim Week. The show was packed, the music was bumping, and out came gorgeous girls and sexy men sporting a single colored look with a watch to match. The outfits were minimal and adorable, but all eyes were on the wrists. It seems that KYBOE!’s mission to make watches less boring, which was definitely accomplished at this runway! Also, men without shirts… never fails.

xx, Abigail