Happy Thursday! I’m beyond thankful that it’s almost the weekend. Today I would like to introduce you to a new series here on the blog: Travel With Me Thursday. Catchy, huh? This week, I will be starting with a location near & dear to my heart, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Travel With Me Thursday may cover a town here in Arkansas or a city in Europe or China. The possibilities are endless. I have a fun trip lined up in October, so I can’t wait to share that with you! I had mentioned in Monday’s post that I wanted to blog more about travel, so here we go.

If you’re not from Arkansas, you might know a lot about Fayetteville. It’s located in the far northwest corner of Arkansas and is home to the University of Arkansas. Our mascot is the Razorback and we call the hogs to support our team! WOO PIG SOOIE.

I had actually never spent much time in downtown until the #Megaphone16 blog conference; however, I’m so glad I did because it’s beautiful. I love the tree lined streets and the beautiful town square that gives some much needed shade in this hot, humid Arkansas weather. I will definitely have to head back this fall to see the trees change color, too.

Recently, downtown has added a mural by Alexis Diaz:

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{Alexis Diaz is on Instagram here}

If that owl mural isn’t a huge photo opp, I don’t know what is. Next up, the rainbow wall at Maude Boutique. Grab your BFF and head to Maude to do some shopping, then take some photos (or do a snapchat story) behind the store at the Maude Wall.

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{burgundy skinnies, Target + leopard flats, Yosi Samra}

If it’s football season, you don’t want to miss a game at Donald W. Reynolds Stadium here in Fayetteville. Home to the Arkansas Razorbacks, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Come see for yourself as we call the HOGS in our cardinal & white. (HOG call video is here!) If you cheer on another team in the SEC, you know that football RULES the fall season and it’s a big deal around here.

Also, be sure to check out Old Main at the University of Arkansas. It’s the oldest building at U of A and is an iconic symbol of Arkansas.

If you happen to be around the downtown square in the spring/summer, be sure to bring your camera. The flowers are beautiful and bright! You might even catch a bee pollinating a flower.

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We are so blessed to see all four seasons in Arkansas. Be sure to pack a light rain jacket for the spring and even a fleece jacket for the winter. It’s pretty common to see snow (or even ice) in the winter, so prepare for that. And by the way, summer is HOT and HUMID. Be sure to pack some good hair spray ;)

Recommendations:

Downtown Hotel: the Chancellor Hotel

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Can we please for a second talk about that ceiling? I want to re-create that in my house SO bad. I was obsessed with that ceiling, and I told everyone I saw :)

“Only in Arkansas” restaurant: Tacos 4 Life

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Here’s why Tacos 4 Life is amazing: 1 meal is donated for every meal purchased. Meals are sent to Swaziland, Africa, and Honduras. If you know me, you know that Honduras is close to my heart as I’ve traveled there several times on mission trips. It pains me to know that there are starving children in these countries, and Tacos 4 Life is a GREAT way to help others. I’m so thankful for those who started Tacos 4 Life. You can also find Tacos 4 Life in Conway and coming soon to Little Rock.

I hope you enjoyed this post on Fayettevile. I also hope you’re excited for my “Travel With Me Thursday” posts coming to the blog.

If you have any questions about Fayetteville, or Arkansas in general, be sure to email me. My email is listed here.

XO,

Rebekah

Hey y’all! HAPPY Monday…just kidding! I’m here today to share the first post in a line of a few about my trip to Nashville last weekend! I can’t wait to tell you ALL about it. I met up with my bestie, Ricci, in Little Rock and we headed to see our other bestie, Jenn, who lives in Nashville. It was just about the perfect road trip length…not too long (about 6 hours).

Jenn had to work a half day on Friday, so Ricci & I left SUPER early from Arkansas and went straight to the nail salon in Nashville. Jenn had recommended the Nail Bar & believe me, it did not disappoint! This was the most chic nail salon I had ever set foot in:

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After that, we headed to Jenn’s apartment in the Gulch! The Gulch is a super cute neighborhood that has everything you could ever want: restaurants, a salon, a pharmacy, and much more. That first afternoon, we decided to head out and start our sightseeing. We had booked a 2-day trolley pass that had several stops along the way…I am writing an entire blog post on this with LOTS of details, so stay tuned. We got on the trolley and rode around seeing locations that we knew we wanted to explore more in-depth.

That first night, we had reservations at Puckett’s Grocery for dinner. Reservations here are a MUST. Be sure to call ahead, because the wait was over 1.5 hours if we hadn’t had reservations.

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After dinner, we headed out on the nighttime trolley ride. This was really cool, because we got to see the sights all lit up in bright colors. It was fun to see a “different” side of Nashville without the sun bearing down.

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We got up pretty early the next morning to grab a spot in line at Biscuit Love. We actually arrived around 7:30am, and there were already people waiting. This place is famous, y’all. BE SURE to arrive early to start waiting in line for the best bonuts (biscuit donuts) you’ve ever tried in your life!

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We then headed to the Blowout Co. for blowouts! If you know us, you can usually find us at a DryBar or a salon at some point on our trips together. We love to get our hair done. Granted, it was super hot & humid, so we opted for ponytails! Right after our blowouts, we stopped by the Wing Wall in the Gulch for pictures! (our trolley had a stop in the Gulch, so it was SUPER convenient)

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After this, we again jumped on the trolley to take us back to the locations we knew we wanted to check out! We stopped at the Parthenon first! Ricci was ALL about seeing the Parthenon, and it didn’t disappoint. The huge Athena statue was super cool to see!

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We then headed to our tour (included in our trolley passes) at the Ryman Auditorium! Talk about history…the Grand Ole Opry had performed here several years ago. It was great to see that the pews still exist, much like a church today.

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Jenn had told us about a cool neighborhood, 12th Ave. South, so we decided to head there next. We visited Draper James (Reese Witherspoon’s store), got some ice cream at Jeni’s, and got some cupcakes (for later) at Sprinkles. We also snapped a few pictures outside at the “I believe in Nashville” wall!

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That night, we went to Green Hills to shop at Nordstrom. If you know me, you know I love Nordstrom. Sadly, Arkansas doesn’t have this store, so I have to visit it in person whenever I can in bigger cities. We then grabbed a super late dinner (around 10pm) at Hattie B’s Hot Chicken. Again, the wait was LONG here…even at 10pm. We probably waited 30-45 minutes. They don’t accept reservations, so maybe try it at a weird time…early morning or afternoon.

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The next morning (after the fire alarm debacle at 5am), we ate brunch at Adele’s before saying goodbye to Jenn and heading back to Arkansas.

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I am the LUCKIEST girl to have the BEST friends in the whole world. Who knew that blogging would bring these girls into my life and I would be able to travel with them? SO thankful for you Ricci + Jenn!

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More posts on Nashville coming up this week, so check back.

XO,

Rebekah

 

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend. Today is exciting, because I’m recapping my graduation trip to New Orleans!

NOLA, new orleans, road trip So for today’s post, I wanted to share the overall trip details. I will mix in a few pictures as I go. My dad came home to visit from China for my pharmacy school graduation, so we decided to take a trip to New Orleans. We drove from Arkansas, and it took around 8 hours.

We stayed in New Orleans for 4 nights which was just about the perfect amount of time to see New Orleans. Note: New Orleans is HOT. Just prepare by packing some extra changes of clothes. Also, if you have naturally curly hair like me…don’t plan on straightening it. ;)

We stayed in the French Quarter, which I highly recommend. This will put you right in the middle of the hustle & bustle of New Orleans. Parking is quite expensive (and can be hard to find), so I would suggest planning on walking most of the time.

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(St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square)

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(Horse drawn carriage, Jackson Square)

Getting around seemed pretty simple by using Google Maps. I’m not the best at directions, but my phone really helped me get where I was going. Since we went during the week, it was pretty calm and not too packed. I was told by multiple people though that the weekends get crazy. I have no doubt about that!

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(street signs in the French Quarter)

I loved that everything was so “French”. It truly felt like I was in Europe for most of the time. I loved the one way streets and bright houses/buildings in the French Quarter. I also loved looking at the cool street names like “Dauphine”.

New Orleans is full of history. From the architecture to the music, there is something for everyone in New Orleans. If you follow me on any form of social media, you know I’m pretty obsessed with the weather. I was very interested to drive down through the ninth ward to see where Hurricane Katrina came ashore in 2005. It has been rebuilt for the most part, but I was able to see why the hurricane was so devastating.

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(water tower in the ninth ward)

Also, I’m having a blog relaunch giveaway here. GOOD LUCK!

XO,

Rebekah