Sole Hope party at Green Door Gourmet, Hey Rooster, Barista Parlor, 5 Points, Fresh Bread from Bella Nashville, Pinewood Social, late night boot shopping down town, Frothy Monkey, I Believe in Nashville, Imogene + Wilie, Burger Up....  They came, They saw, they Conquered! #FourPeasTakeNash... wild success!

There are lots of things left about Nashville that I love and hope to one day get the chance to show them.  So thankful to have had them in town if just for a little bit.


I've talked about my different "hostess gifts" this past week, another part of their gifts were infinity scarves and fleece lined leggings from Conversation Pieces.  The weekend was actually really cold so they were the perfect accompaniment!  (Annnnd I may or may not have been wearing my leggings every night since they left! -- so cozy & only $12 w/ several color options)


Y'all!  There is not a lot better than having your college girlfriends in town for the weekend.  I love these three girls.  We met in college -- our small 1,350 student body liberal arts school in South Carolina.  I met Courtney first as I reached out to touch her curly hair as we walked in a group to GDH (our dinning hall).  Helen and I met through a campus ministry and then became closer through Courtney and through being new members of our sorority together.  Katherine came the next year and we became friends through campus ministry, student government, and then as my little sister in our sorority.  Helen and Courtney and I were the "three peas."  Katherine very easily has become our fourth.  We live in Washington D.C., Nashville, and Chapin South Carolina.  We are a teacher, government health, engineer, and ministry.  We have a lot that makes us different, and a lot that makes us the same.  He laugh at and with each other.  We talk about the hard things.  And just like in college when we would wear 80s prom attire to our formals just for fun, we don't take ourselves too seriously.  Ah!  Love these girls.

As mentioned last week, I wanted to put together some fun surprises for then they came to visit.  In the past I've enjoyed getting matching long-john pjs for us to sit around and stay cozy in.  This time around I wanted something a bit more custom and I remembered my friends at apliiq -- a store that "celebrates fabric as art and clothing as a frame" (love that!) and you can creat custom t shirts  and other apparel from baby wear to denim jackets to dresses and cardigans.  

I had thought about designing each of them a sweatshirt as a surprise, but decided it would be more fun to let them show of their own personalities and design their own.  I loved what they each came up with.  And if you're worried that "design your own" means difficult and only for "designers,"... have no fear because apliiq's interface is unbelievably easy and gives lots of fuel for creativeness! Each of my girlfriends loved it!

What I love about these sweatshirts (besides their coziness and quality) is that just like us and our friendship -- each of these sweatshirts are so different and unique, but hold the same core values that make them the same.

use code wildandprecious for 15% off your order now through December 1st.  Think of all the peeps you can cross of your Christmas list!  And if you want to do like I did and let your favorite people design their own, go for the gift card!

Apliiq is great for individual and small orders for custom apparel, but they are also now excited to offer large group orders and even take custom designs!  Think of the possibilities for office apparel, team spirit, greek groups!...  I'm already dreaming up more ideas for more occasions!

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Hostess Gift Guide ft. Apliiq & Conversation Pieces

inifinity scarf + fleece lined leggings // conversation pieces
carrie grace amersand necklace

You've heard of Hostess gifts... when you bring a little token gift for your host. Maybe it's some cocktail napkins, a bottle of wine, some hand lotion. You know what I'm talking about. But today, I'm talking hostess gifts as in gifts that you, the hostess, give. Why? Just for fun and in honor of my Grammie because one of my favorite memories of going to her house as a child was running straight back to my bed to find a gift laid out for me. 

I was so so incredibly excited to get to host three of my college girlfriends in Nashville last weekend. I even packed up and waved goodbye to the husband and kids (they headed to grandma's) so us girls could have the (very clean) house to ourselves. My girls were taking off work, and booking flights, and leaving behind family of their own, so I wanted to do something special for them. So my kind of "hostess" gifts it was.

We had plenty on our "itinerary" to do here in Nashville (Barista Parlor, 5 Points, Frothy Monkey and 12th South, Pinewood Social...), but I knew we would also just want to cuddle inside and be cozy together and have lots of time to chit chat.  Hence, I laid out a custom made sweatshirt from Apliiq (more one these later this week) and a pair of fleece lined leggings on each of their beds.

The next morning for breakfast, even though I had to force them to stop helping me get breakfast ready and literally make them go sit on the couch with their eyes closed, I placed chunky infinity scarves at their place setting.  I picked out a different color from Conversation Pieces for each of them that I felt best suited their style and set it next to their pumpkin smoothies and pour over coffee.

Y'all.  It tickled me so much to surprise them with these treats.  Little "thank yous" for making the journey my way and for making the effort to still invest in our friendship after all these years.  Such small tokens for such love!

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