Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Why I Haven't Been Consistently Posting

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Hi Darlings.
So if you follow the blog on the reg, you'll have noticed I've missed a few days over the past couple of weeks. Usually it's on a Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday and I'm sorry.
But I'm at this impasse with Haute Table - no, I still love it, that isn't the problem. It's more of a problem of I want to create really good content? Like in the past I used to put 10 images in a post with no words and call it Saturday Inspiration - and that was fine back then but that isn't what I want to do anymore. I want to provide for y'all stuff that I would want to read. So sometimes I don't have a post and then the blog just sits empty. 
However, I am working to remedy this. My semester is super light this year because 1) I'm applying for jobs #stressed and 2) I want to focus on other things - like the blog! I am taking a lot more time to come up with an editorial calendar this year and I'm really excited about it.
So I hope you can forgive the past few weeks of not posting 6 times a week, it's coming back I promise. 

Hope you're having a wonderful day - xoxo darling, Hayden. 
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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Articles I'm Reading

  1. Julia's photos are absolutely gorgeous // Escape to Ireland in the Winter // Gal Meets Glam
  2. How cute is this sundress? // Clare Flutter Dress- Sunrise // Persifor
  3. I want these on my feet right now // Plush+ Socks // Shopbop
  4. Love love love this rain jacket for spring // Whitby Waterproof Jacket // Boden
  5. Emily's list made me download new podcasts (hey 101 in 1001) // My Top Ten Favorite Podcasts // Cupcakes & Cashmere
  6. THIS BLAZER // Flipboard
In Case You Missed It:
I'm really, really, really into berets right now...
Here are the products I'm loving this winter...
What I've been watching & reading lately...
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Blue Ridge Houndstooth

Y'all. It was cold in North Carolina {at one point the low was eight degrees!}. This is one of my favorite warm outfits and guess what - I couldn't find most of the pieces on ShopStyle because they are all "old" in my wardrobe. But I think that speaks to the retailers who created them. The coat is from Talbot's and it is so comfy; the sweater was purchased from a Goodwill Boutique and is Oscar de la Renta men's. My beret came from a tourist shop on Rue de Rivoli - that blue was so chic my sophomore year of high school. I love each of them individually and together; not to mention the scenery of the Blue Ridge Parkway really helped balance them out. What do y'all think? Do you have retailer's whose clothes you can wear for years? - xoxo darling, Hayden
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Friday, January 12, 2018

What I've Read & Watched Recently

This break has been a great one for binge watching and I've had time to finish {almost} two books. Plus, I've purchased two more books to take back to Austin with me so I'm ready for more reading. Below I've outlined what I have read because all of these are really good options for your next read/watch list - xoxo darling, Hayden.

B O O K S

The Countess of Prague - My dad found this book for us because we are great lovers of The Lieberman Papers, which haven't had a new book in years. It is set in 1904 and features a housewife who turns herself into a detective. She shears off her hair, starts dressing like a peasant and leaves her {kind of lame} husband in the dust. It's full of accurate historic info about Prague and makes you want to hop on a plane as soon as possible. I think one of the things I liked the most is she isn't a super feminist? I'm a huge feminist but she is coming into her own and has no clue how to real be one, it's kind of funny. But eventually she starts to get there and that's where we see the real Trixie. It is a delightful read that would entertain you on any plane ride. 

Bluebird, Bluebird - I am almost done with this book as of writing this blog post and goodness is it good. I am over halfway through and I still haven't solved the mystery, which means this is a dang good book. It's set in 2016 rural East Texas and has race relations, drugs, murder and mayhem along the way. It centers on a black Texas Ranger who is struggling with his personal life, his love for the state of Texas and dealing with prevalent racism in the tiny town of Lark. If you want something that will challenge you this book would be an amazing choice. P.S. FX bought the book's film rights and plans to create a television series. 

M O V I E S  &  T V  S H O W S

The Darkest Hour - The obsession my family has for Winston Churchill is slightly concerning but when we heard this was coming out it was our first film of the winter season. If you haven't run out to see it due to its Oscar hopes you really should. You will get to hear some of Churchill's most famous speeches and the cinematography {especially the scene at the end} is wonderful. 

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - Oh my goodness. This is my favorite show for the first time in a long time. Seriously, I am in love. My parents and I started watching it toward the beginning of my break and we would watch about two episodes a night. Every night I would want to get back home so we
could watch because everything about this show is wonderful. The clothing - to die for, the acting - superb, the humor - hilarious, the scenery - quintessential New York. It's from the creator of Gilmore Girls and she does not disappoint. There is feminism, coming of age, spouse issues, religious tension, so many themes! It's on Amazon Prime and it is a MUST watch. 

Tin Star - My dad was sick over break so the family decided to binge this thriller staring Tim Roth {who we once saw buying produce at a Pasadena Whole Foods}. Boy is it dark. It's set in Canada and in the very first episode his son is shot...yeah...craziness ensues. There is so much alcohol, gun play, dirty oil money - seriously this show is insane. But gosh is it good, we couldn't stop ourselves
because it seems like every episode leaves you on a cliffhanger. 

Jean-Claude Van Johnson - If you are looking for a laugh this one is for you. I have never seen a Jean Claude Van Damme movie but I have heard of him and roughly knew what he did. In this six episode Amazon Prime show all he does is make fun of himself and it is so refreshing. You'll get to go on a movie set, save humanity and there is a cast of kooky characters along the way. 

LA to Vegas - Oh my this is bad, but so so so good. You can catch it on Tuesday nights and the plot line is literally about "Jackpot Airlines" which flies a route from LA to Vegas on Fridays and Vegas to LA on Sundays. The entire show takes place in the airport or on the plane with flight attendants joining the mile high club with customers and the pilot casually walking through the aisles doing promoted speeches for clubs on the strip. It is dumb and is only 30 minutes a week but if you are looking to lighten your week it is a good one. 
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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Asheville Vlog

Here is a little video to capture everything we did in Asheville. If you want to learn more about it, click here for my guide and I will be posting a guide to the breweries we visited soon - xoxo darling, Hayden.
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Asheville Guide

So since this entire week's "Week Re-Cap" would be photos from my trip to Asheville I thought I would just do a little guide to our trip instead. Now, there is an entire separate post coming about all of the breweries we visited {I believe 13 in total} so stay tuned for that. I hope you enjoy - xoxo darling, Hayden.
Saturday morning began with a stop at Biscuit Head, which was recommended by just about every travel site. We visited the one near the hospital and it was marvelous. The biscuits were literally as big as your head {see what they did there?} and there were tons of options. I opted for a biscuit with a side of fried chicken - I then crafted a version of the Chick-Fil-A chicken biscuit but gosh was this one better! The fried chicken was expertly cooked and beautifully breaded. My companions both had bacon and eggs with their biscuits and said the bacon was phenomenal.
Biscuit Head has two locations in Asheville, 733 Haywood Road and 417 Biltmore Avenue.
After that huge breakfast we set out for the Biltmore - something I have been wanting to see for quite some time. It was my dad's fourth time and my mother's second but this time it was still decorated for the holidays so a tad different. If you don't know the Biltmore is the largest privately owned house in America, it stands at 135,280 square feet; for reference the White House is 55,000 square feet. It is massive with staff quarters, a gigantic kitchen and tons of rooms for the Biltmore family. I will say, it is quite expensive to visit but if you have never been you need to go. It is definitely one of those things I can now check off of a travel bucket list but have no need to go back to.
Look at this ceiling! 
The gardens, while mostly dead due to the winter weather, are impressive. You know its good if it looks amazing while nothing is blooming, right? For more photos of the grounds click here, my outfit post from yesterday was shot there.
The Biltmore has lots of little shops and restaurants in the stables including a coffee shop that is really good. Way better than any Starbucks you could grab on your way in. I had a latte, my dad had the apple cider and my mom had hot tea. All received good reviews. 
The Biltmore Estate is located at One Lodge Street. Cost of admission ranges from $40-$75 depending day of visit. 
After walking so much {that house is so big!} we ventured to Mills River, NC for a stop at Sierra Nevada Brewery's taproom. We went last year on our trip to Boone but I couldn't drink then so I insisted on a stop. You have probably had Sierra Nevada beer before {or at least heard of it} so it isn't being included in my Asheville brewery post but it is being included here because of the food. Y'all, for the past year I had dreamed of going back because the food was so good - and if you know me this is high praise. We got the cheese and butcher board to start and really enjoyed one of the cheeses and both the meets. It comes with pickled grapes so be prepared for that - they look like regular grapes but they are NOT. We followed that up with pretzels & pimento beer cheese, a serious favorite of mine. I do not like soft pretzels or pimento cheese but this stuff is like crack. The cheese is the perfect amount of hot to melt perfectly on your pretzel, which is toasted so crispy I can barely taste that soft pretzel taste (I love that). Lastly, we opted for the joyce farms chicken wings in a ginger soy glaze. And oh my goodness were they amazing. First of all, the way they are prepared must be mentioned because they slide off the bone so easily and there is very little mess. This is something I can get behind. Plus, the ginger glaze made them sweeter than wings I usually eat but the sriracha mayo provided balanced that out. Honestly, they were a party in my mouth.
Sierra Nevada Brewery Taproom is located at 100 Sierra Nevada Way, Mills River, NC. There are brewery tours available as well as a gift shop and restaurant. 
The rest of our day we spend at various breweries, all of which will be in my brewery list coming to you soon! A few highlights included this hippo wall mural at Hi-Wire brewing's Big Top and Burial Brewing's Top Selleck painting.
Sunday dawned another beautiful but very cold day. We began with a stop at Moose Cafe somewhere we went when I was little on my first real trip to Asheville. I had remembered the moose cakes {hotcakes} and insisted we visited again. We were not disappointed, they began with biscuits that rivaled Biscuit Head and had some amazing apple butter. My dad and I had the Biltmore meal that featured two eggs, potatoes, bacon and a moose cake. There was way too much food for me to finish but all of it was delicious. It is the perfect kind of down home cooking stop that feels like the people eating are more local than tourist. 
Moose Cafe is located at 570 Brevard Rd and is open from 7am-8pm.
Anytime we visit North Carolina there is a pull to drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is probably my family's favorite national park. Since it was January most of the stretch near Asheville was closed, something that was quite sad for the fam but we did get to stop for a few shots.
The Blue Ridge Parkway runs through multiple states but you can get on it just outside of Asheville. 
View of the French Broad River
After that we visited quite a few more breweries. One of our favorites was Wicked Weed's Funkatorium where I had to snap a photo drinking out of a snifter sitting on this massive couch.
For a quick break between breweries we visited Vortex Doughnuts for a tap donut, one made with local beers. It was so so so good. There were peanuts involved and I loved it. We also had a chocolate iced with pretzels on top that was good but that tap donut was so much better. After 4pm (at least on Sundays) they do buy one get one free so we took advantage of that. Also, if you aren't into the craft beer scene but want somewhere adorable to hangout, this place is for you.
Vortex Doughnuts is located at 32 Banks Avenue, Suite 106. They are open from 7am-5pm Sunday-Friday. Saturdays they are open from 7am-7pm.
Dinner came a little later and we had seen Buxton Hall BBQ from another brewery. We then looked it up and found there were James Beard nominees involved so we knew we had to go. They close between lunch and dinner, so be aware of that but this should be on your list. The food is excellent. I had the BBQ chicken with fries and BBQ beans. The fries could have been cooked a little crispier for my family but they were still delicious. The food is simple and doesn't try to over complicate BBQ, which some restaurants can be accused of. Plus, the pie looked delicious - we didn't get any because we had plans to visit Cook Out for milkshakes after.
Buxton Hall is located at 32 Banks Avenue. They are open 11:30am-3pm and 5:30pm-10pm.
After dinner a few more breweries were visited and Cook-Out was stopped at but the next morning we had an early flight back to Florida so we went back to our hotel downtown and passed out. Hope y'all enjoyed and if you have any questions about our travels let me know here. A vlog of the trip will be up tomorrow and the brewery reviews are coming soon.
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