Howdy, everyone. I’ve kept a bit quiet on the blog front this week, as it seemed weird to post nonsense with so many people fighting for their lives and homes down in Texas. If you still want to contribute to the Harvey relief, Houston is going to continue to need monetary assistance for months (maybe even years)—I’ve read from many verified sources that it’s best to send money rather than supplies—and here’s a helpful guide of various organizations you can assist.
Meanwhile, in my neck of the woods, another month has come and gone, and it’s been a good, if not exhausting one with 13 nights spent in hotels and Airbnbs and 18 nights at our house. We just returned from Oklahoma City today, I have a new destination crush, and man is it a lively—and unexpected—one. More to come on the blog on OKC very soon!
Here’s what the month looked like over in C&C land:
Our new project was revealed. For those of you wondering why we were in Oklahoma City, here’s your answer!
SVV and I also were featured on the Brides magazine website. If you know us, you probably also know we met while traveling, but here’s the full story on our meet-cute (oddly, it involves a concentration camp).
I had visitors galore. My sister’s very large (and very fun) family of in-laws came to visit from Charleston, and we had a blast. Angie and Rachel dropped in for 24 hours to go to an epic eclipse viewing party with me. And the same week, my BFF Jade came in from LA for a few days and we went mural-hunting around Nashville. So much fun with friends!
Speaking of that lil eclipse, you guys, that was spectacular. I had lukewarm feelings about it going in—mainly because Nashville was expected to get a surplus of one million people (and yes, you could feel the surge, too!)—and was pleasantly surprised by what a treat it was. We watched from Wedge Oak Farm where Strategic Hospitality threw a chef-driven feast. Surrounded by my parents and so many of our friends—oh, and not to mention, 100 percent totality and zero clouds—and it was a magical day.
Taylor Swift came out with a new single! You’d have to have been living in the South Pole to not know that. And like it or hate it, you have to give the entrepreneur kudos for again making everyone talk about nothing else. Personally, I’m digging her new direction. Here’s a little flashback to when I interviewed her prior to her 1989 release.
I wrote more about Nashville. This month, for AFAR, which you can read here; for Kimpton; and for Hertz, which I’ll post next month when live.
I went to New Orleans. Armed with my pals Angie and Alex, we spent four days exploring the Big Easy. And I still feel the need to go on a cleanse after everything we ate and drank!
I also went to New York. SVV’s and my adorable filmmaker friend Nicole got married on a set in Williamsburg, and it was so perfectly her: theatrical, over-the-top, a whole lotta fun (Goo Goo Clusters! an Elvis officiant! a champagne sno-cone vendor! a fried cheese stand!).
And, of course, we went to OKC. Stay tuned for next week when I start my series about the friendliest city I’ve ever visited!
I fell out of love with NYC. Or maybe, Brooklyn is a more accurate statement. The wedding festivities we attended were lovely, but SVV and I were a little disenchanted by the inconveniences of the city these days, made worse by the fact that the subway is essentially broken. Let’s just say, on all future visits I’ll be staying back in Manhattan where I can walk or cab it everywhere.
My allergy shots continue to be the bane of my existence. Even after scaling back, way back, in terms of dosage, I continue to swell up so bad, it looks as if I have grown a third arm. I would show you a picture, but it’s pretty gnarly looking.