Last Friday we went to Wild Vine at Zoo Knoxville to raise money for animal conservation. Drinking wine for charity? Wild animals couldn’t stop me! To be honest, they were the main event.
Grab a glass (or two) and take a look at these gorgeous creatures- my partners in crime included. 😉
There were lots of wineries to choose from and just as many different wines. The rosé wines were my favorite because I’m quite seasonal with my wine selections. I feel like warm weather calls for white and blush wines and red wine is for mulling in the winter months. Plus, red gives me a dreadful headache. Does anyone have an answer for that? I’d love to know.
Hopefully next year they offer more fruity and sweet wines. That would be my only critique. I like my sugar with a little bit of alcohol. I uphold that same philosophy with coffee and tea. And wouldn’t you know it- the diseases that run in my family are diabetes and alcoholism. Go figure.
The animals were magnificent but I have to say I wasn’t comfortable with the amount of snakes that came out to play. No sir!
The porcupine, God love him, kept raising his quills from stress when a bottle was uncorked so they let him go back home. Personally, I had fun watching everyone duck and gasp.
But my favorite, without a doubt, was Tonka the elephant. He gorged himself on sweet potatoes and acted like we weren’t there. My spirit animal.
We had a lovely spring evening sipping wine and enjoying our exotic surroundings. I would definitely go back to Zoo Knoxville for Feast with the Beasts or Brew at the Zoo. You can check Zoo Knoxville’s website for a list of upcoming events.
Our trip to New York City was in honor of my friend Hannah’s upcoming nuptials but she was kind enough to let us go inside Ladurée to sample their infamous macarons. They were every bit as delicious as I imagined they would be! I hope to one day visit their original store in Paris as well but now I can officially say I’ve had a Ladurée macaron. Let me show you around Ladurée on Madison! Continue reading “LADURÉE + A GIVEAWAY! (NOW CLOSED)”
I’ve already mentioned that I was fortunate enough to be in NYC for my 27th birthday because of my best friend’s bachelorette weekend. This was our last day in the city and my sweet friends wanted to have a birthday brunch together before we reluctantly went back to Tennessee. Continue reading “BIRTHDAY BRUNCH IN NYC”
Thank you to everyone who wished me “Happy Birthday” on Sunday! I was incredibly fortunate to be in New York City on my birthday for my best friend’s bachelorette weekend. I can’t wait to share all the photos with my You, Me, and Tennessee family. You guys are the best! First, I wanted to take the time to reiterate how grateful I am to y’all. I’ve never felt closer to living out my dreams and it’s because of your support. Continue reading “HEY THERE, 27.”
Double D’s Coffee and Desserts is housed inside a double-decker bus that originally roamed the bustling streets of London. Since taking on a new life as a coffee shop this bright red bus keeps Asheville wanting more. Everyone can use a cup of tea or coffee throughout the day so why not get it with a little whimsy? Continue reading “DOUBLE D’S COFFEE & DESSERTS”
A few years back I saw a picture on Facebook of girls in wigs for a bachelorette party and I knew when it was my turn that I would be completely unoriginal and copy them. We “wigged out” in Asheville and had an absolute blast. I was worried initially that people would give us funny looks but so many people came up to us to say how much they loved the wigs. Lots of the girls ended up saying that they couldn’t wait for another opportunity to wear them. Continue reading “WIGGING OUT IN ASHEVILLE”
We had the most amazing time in Asheville for my bachelorette party! As fate would have it, Cider Fest was on the same weekend and this bride loves hard cider! Accompanied by my best girlfriends, we took Asheville and Cider Fest by storm the same way… one drink at a time. Looking back on this weekend will have me smiling for years to come. Continue reading “GIRLFRIENDS’ GUIDE TO CIDER FEST”
For my bachelorette party we headed out to Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie. Exactly 5 years ago on Labor Day weekend I was introduced to Put-in-Bay for the first time by Christopher’s family. This place has themed bars, great restaurants, and it’s safe to walk everywhere… Perfect for a bachelor/bachelorette party or to celebrate your 21st birthday! Continue reading “PUT-IN-BAY TRAVEL GUIDE”
My Ohio bachelorette party could not have been more enjoyable! I felt like a local and definitely part of the family since I got to celebrate my upcoming nuptials and one of the last weekends of summer at Put-In-Bay. Christopher’s family did the planning so I got to feel special and enjoy myself without worrying about playing the role of cruise director. Continue reading “DINNER AT GOAT SOUP AND WHISKEY”