THE LIQUOR STORE

My weekends haven't belonged to me for a while since I started my full-time job and Amira's ballet schedule has begun full swing. Allow me to be very honest, I'm not here for an illusional two days off. Weekends are consumed with chauffeuring children around, catching up on piles of laundry and getting rested just to do a full Monday through Friday all over again. I demanded an hour or two alone and treated myself to an early dinner and a cocktail while waiting on Amira to finish ballet. I've wanted to try Liquor Store for a while since it is in the neighborhood of Collage Dance Collective. So down to Liquor Store I went and I'll share my experience with you....

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger and Memphis Food Blogger reviews Broad Liquor Store restaurant 

The Liquor Store is a new diner and bar concept in the heart of Memphis, literally it is centrally located in the Broad Avenue District, or Binghampton as I've always known it. The old liquor store that I've known it as, growing up as a child in the area has been activated as a lively new restaurant. 

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger and Memphis Food Blogger reviews Broad Liquor Store restaurant

I didn't know what to expect as I pulled up to the restaurant but was totally curious to see how the place was transformed. When you enter you almost instantly feel a Cuban or Latin American influence with afro salsa playing in the background, a really cool art deco floral bar, and lights, plenty of lights and a cool bar with modern tropical floral arrangements. I took a seat at the bar, normally I don't, but I felt the vibe of a chic local bar and diner that was very welcoming. 

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger and Memphis Food Blogger reviews Broad Liquor Store restaurant

Stories are what I love and getting to know people and their unique stories is even more amazing. I sat at the bar talked thrifting, Chicago, mixology and food of course. While sipping on my Champagne Mixer cocktail garnished with lime and cinnamon, DUDE,  at 4 in the afternoon, I quickly realized this will be my restaurant of choice while on Broad. 

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger and Memphis Food Blogger reviews Broad Liquor Store restaurant
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger and Memphis Food Blogger reviews Broad Liquor Store restaurant
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger and Memphis Food Blogger reviews Broad Liquor Store restaurant
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger and Memphis Food Blogger reviews Broad Liquor Store restaurant
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger and Memphis Food Blogger reviews Broad Liquor Store restaurant

I had a craving for the Cuban. Apparently, everyone that came to Liquor Store that morning did as well. They were sold out!!! I ordered the Burger instead. It didn't disappoint me at all. The burger was cooked exactly as I asked medium well. Sometimes, I have a problem with burgers being way overcooked. 

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger and Memphis Food Blogger reviews Broad Liquor Store restaurant
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger and Memphis Food Blogger reviews Broad Liquor Store restaurant

In the neighborhood or not, I highly suggest Liquor Store for a really cool and happy vibe. It's chic, it's simple and it's easy. The diversity in the cocktails and even the people is what I really loved. It's not pretentious. It's fun. 

Breakfast is served all day, I'm her for that. Lunch is served daily and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. What's also really cool is the restaurant is locally owned by Liquor Store neighbor's City and State. 

VELVET DECOR TRENDS

I've been a lot of obsessed with Pinterest lately. The New Year will be here before I blink my eyes and count to 10. One of the things I will complete in 2018 is making my house a home. After I complete the magic of tidying up my place, I plan to take the OPERATION: 1863 into PHASE I. One decor trend I'm still loving and obsessing over is The Velvet Decor Trend. I was so inspired by the cozy and yet still chic element of velvet. 

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger Velvet Decor Trends 
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares velvet decor trends
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares velvet decor trends
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Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares velvet decor trends
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares velvet decor trends

BLACK CABLE KNIT SWEATER DRESS

I have started to get my feelings and wardrobe together to prepare for this cold that will deceitfully arrive soon. People global warming is real, okay. I can not remember it ever being this unseasonably warm. Preparing my winter wardrobe is pretty important. I DO NOT LIKE ANYTHING ABOUT WINTER. A N Y T H I N G! Therefore, I stay home and 10 times out of 10 I look very homey. To be honest, I do not always put thought into my day to day looks unless I really have to. I do not want to continue down that dreadful path of looking a hot mess in real life. LOL. I am pretty sure cable knit sweaters will be my go to this winter when I have to pull it together rather quickly. 

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger styles a cable knit sweater
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger styles a cable knit sweater

I really loved the detail in the cut out collar of this dress I picked up while wasting time in Rainbow. Yes Rainbow! Amira is really into accessories now and we stopped in to shop for some cute little stud earrings and I stumbled upon this dress. I paired it with a cute pair of tights with an abstract pattern and knee high boots from my old store Style Junkie. WHAM...BAAM...THANK YOU PAM, UNDER 5 MINUTES OF THOUGHT AND PREPARATION. 

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger styles a cable knit sweater
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger styles a cable knit sweater
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger styles a cable knit sweater
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger styles a cable knit sweater

SHOP THE LOOK 

VESTA HOME SHOW PREVIEW WITH CALIFORNIA CLOSET

 

Last week, I was graciously invited out along with other local fashion and lifestyle bloggers by California Closets of Memphis to get a sneak preview of one of the Vesta Home Show houses.  The VESTA Home Show is a much anticipated event in Memphis and throughout the Tri-State area. More than 500,000 people have toured VESTA Homes and VESTA Home Show sites have actually become landmarks for describing area locations. Average annual attendance of VESTA Home Shows has been 22,000+ with a record attendance of over 35,000 visitors! Huge right?!  

We got to take a special walkthrough of an impeccably designed home built by RKA Construction, the interior design was by York Binkley, who I had the pleasure of meeting and working with at Art by Design and of course custom closets by California Closets Memphis

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger previews Vesta Home Show Preview with California Closet 
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger previews Vesta Home Show Preview with California Closet
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger previews Vesta Home Show Preview with California Closet
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger previews Vesta Home Show Preview with California Closet

The home had a very beautiful, comfy, Southern chic aesthetic that felt livable and functional. It was quintessential York Brinkley aesthetic and I loved it. California Closet hosted brunch,catered by my favorite La Baquette, and bubbly with a warm invite to explore the home freely and touch and feel the closet space. Off we went like bloggers in a beautiful home to photograph and document our experience. 

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger previews Vesta Home Show Preview with California Closet
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger previews Vesta Home Show Preview with California Closet
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger previews Vesta Home Show Preview with California Closet
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Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger previews Vesta Home Show Preview with California Closet
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger previews Vesta Home Show Preview with California Closet
Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger previews Vesta Home Show Preview with California Closet
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Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger previews Vesta Home Show Preview with California Closet
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Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger previews Vesta Home Show Preview with California Closet
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California Closet's Design Consultant Sharon Fleming personally walked us through the amenities of a custom California Closet. After her guided tour, you want to save every penny you have to enjoy all of the many luxuries of a California Closet. The jewelry drawers, shoe shelves, installed garment racks, clothes hampers that pull and out and ready to take the laundry room. Here's the amazing thing I learned, California Closet doesn't just do closets. The company offers build-outs like garage spaces, home or office workspaces, mud rooms and pantries. 

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger previews Vesta Home Show Preview with California Closet
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If you live in Memphis area, The Vesta Home Show will be open and welcoming you until December 10th. Stop by and visit all of the homes especially "The Retreat" located at 3216 Chapel Woods Cove. You can buy your tickets online and California Closet is giving you a chance to win free tickets, enter here

Countdown to the Holidays

Totally transparent moment, for the past few years, I have been a complete grinch when it comes to the holiday season. I have several justifiable reasons, I guess. One I suffer from seasonal depression, the utter thought of doing anything when it's cold makes me sad. Two and three, I haven't had loads of extra disposable income to buy gifts and lastly I procrastinate because of the overwhelming feeling of shopping in crowds. Many things have changed now and I'm fully ready to embrace preparing for the holiday season. This year, I promise to try my best to be Santa's best little helper this year and I want to try to help you as well. Here's the first part of my Holiday Series,  I'd love to share with you --the Countdown to the Holidays. 

Andrea Fenise Memphis Fashion Blogger shares a countdown to the holidays guide series

 

 

4 WEEKS TO GO (LATE NOVEMBER)

Write A Gift and Card List – Take a few minutes to prepare who a list of you will buy gifts for this holiday season. Make a list of the people you need to buy for and anything you have in mind. If you don't have the money to buy every single person in your family, extended family, friends, boos, etc.--you just don't. Add a separate line item in your budget now to prepare financially.  I'd also suggest making a list of the cards you want to send. It seems people are getting back to sending personal holiday cards and if that's your thing, prepare now. 

Schedule Christmas party and events – The emails have already begun to roll in for this holiday season whether work or ugly Christmas sweater parties. People book up super early so if you want to see friends or family book them in now, even if it’s something casual. Use that smartphone for good--as soon as you get an invite, lock it in. 

Start Your Christmas Shopping – If you haven’t already done your Christmas shopping this is a good time to try to knock it over. Order any online items or buy things in person. The four-week mark is perfect timing to start online shopping to make sure you aren't in a frantic waiting for gifts. 

Think About Holiday Wardrobe For Parties – It is an awful feeling to have an itinerary of holiday parties to attend with absolutely nothing to wear. Go ahead an plan out the attire or theme of each party and figure out wardrobe now. Don't procrastinate. 'Tis the season to be stylish. 
 

3 WEEKS TO GO (1ST OF DECEMBER) 

Decorate – My family normally begins decorating Thanksgiving evening but every household and family tradition is different.  But,  Dec 1, it's a great date to get the tree lit, involve the kids and enjoy your warm and festive home.

Make DIYs – I love making and receiving DIY gifts. It's personal and shows an effort of love. If you love making DIYs, start now.  The closer we get to Christmas you'll be busy with holiday parties and sipping on eggnog that the thought of making something will be null and void. 

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