Festival (Block Party) Wear

Festival (Block Party) Wear

Well it was more of a block party than a festival, but if more than a couple bands are on the bill I’m gonna call it a festival and feel fine about it. And maybe because I don’t have any festivals on the books to go to this year, it makes me feel like I made it to one. So just let me have this one 🙂

Anyway, yesterday I went to a ‘block party’ put on by a couple organizations, the collaborations of which resulted in a local bill of 5 successful Nashville bands, local food trucks and art/craft vendors, taking place at an old car factory turned music venue downtown. All for only $10 with the radio station’s discount code (y’all know I used it). Great deal.

And I wore another, probably one of my most versatile, statement necklaces. I paired it with a very exciting purchase of a dress that I made last Fall at Target for $7.48.

I looooove Target clearance, sometimes.

Honestly the prices can be better than Goodwill if you happen to be there at the right time. (Sorry, Goodwill, I called ya out a little).

The first time I wore this dress, and the only other time, was to my friend’s bridal shower in Charleston, SC, last October and the lady I was staying with (through airbnb.com- a great way to travel cheaply if anyone is interested out there) couldn’t believe the price I paid and where I got it. She said it looked boutique and much more expensive.

Well, duh.

I don’t pay the prices, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like, and have…the look 😉 Can I get an amen???

And pairing the dress with this statement necklace from Burlington really adds, and completes the look.

I did quite a bit of people, I mean Fashion, watching at the block festival party and got quite jealous of some looks I saw. But hopefully there were one or two liking what they saw on me too, and returning the jealousy favor. I mean, us girls dress for other girls when it really comes down to it, right?

Anyway, the night and music was awesome. The band I was really excited to see, The Wild Feathers, definitely showed up and delivered, and dancing ensued.

2500 other people agreed, it was sold out, and I was so proud of Nashville for supporting this all local event. What with everyone, almost, being artists and musicians in this town, it can be quite hard to draw a crowd or impress, but the performers last night clearly did, and it was touching to see all the local love.

Shop, eat, live, love- local.

Well, love…ok, you can do that globally, as long as the local is included 😉

And keep thrifting buying second hand always…

Happy thrifting and living,

Jaime ❤

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Best Khaki Blazer!! Bookkeeper Wear Color Pop

Best Khaki Blazer!!  Bookkeeper Wear Color Pop

I know, it’s as exciting as it sounds- bookkeeping. Except! Except I get to do it at a music venue in Nashville so I get to deal with and hear some pretty cool people and subjects while working away at numbers. It helps.

Now, I don’t want to lead you into believing I actually put a nice outfit on like this everyday…I’d actually been getting pretty sloppy since I don’t really see anyone but my two main coworkers when I go in. But I was having a little meeting with both my bosses so I thought I’d at least put some effort into my ensemble (and then document the Goodwill goodness for you of course).

It worked. One of my bosses even said, “You look nice, all bookeeper-y.” Yes, yes I do. To which the other guy said, “What are you talking about?” To which I gave the first guy a knowing nod. We get it. Blazer. Necklace. Music venue bookkeeper-y.

Not polka dot pants and old burnt orange t-shirt (outfit prior day) no makeup and no jewelry. Not so bookkeeper-y.

Hey, I watched my fair share of What Not to Wear (more than my fair share to be honest- I love me some Stacey and Clinton), and I know the difference an outfit can make. In your confidence, in how others perceive you, the list goes on. So when in doubt, dress it up, appropriately. Cleavage is generally never appropriate. That does not equal dressing it up, to be clear.

Underneath this great mossimo blazer, which I got at Goodwill for $5.99, is one of my other absolute favorite fashion deal finds,, my peplum top tank, that I got for around $5 last year at Burlington coat factory. The necklace was 4.99 at platos closet, and the jeans were $22.99 (splurge:) also at Burlington. Quilted tan flats are wal-mart. Gasp. Yes I do occasionally shop there :/

All in all, a GREAT outfit, for cheap, and for bookkeeping.

Hey, after all, does it surprise you I like to work with numbers and bottom lines? I am a fashionista on a budget.

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Playing music out in American Rag…brought to you by Goodwill

Playing music out in American Rag...brought to you by Goodwill

If you are new to this blog (well first, welcome:-) and second, I am by trade an aspiring singer songwriter (more so writer than singer, although I would say I’m pretty darn good at both or at least getting there). It is the reason I moved to Nashville from CT four blissful years ago, and have never looked back.

Well that is actually quite untrue.

I did look back.

Even more than that, I MOVED back:). For last winter. (Wrong season much???)

Missed my adorable awesome beautiful large family 17 hours away too much I couldn’t stand it and went home. Then 6 short months later I realized I still belonged in Music City where my heart beats, and moved back. For good. And since THEN, well, I haven’t looked back.

Hey, at least I got it right the second time.

Anyway, I play out at a Nashville phenomenon called ‘writers nights’ quite often. A writers night is when writers play strictly and solely their material, and play it in a round where 2-4 songwriters take turns playing their songs, in a type of round. Nashville is home to more than 20,000 songwriters so these nights are prevalent across town.

My last one was at the Millenium maxwell hotel, quite fun, and I wore this Goodwill top by American Rag that I had purchased a few days earlier. I feel like I got it at half off, but can’t be certain because I know I would have been willing to pay the full price of 4.29 for a great American Rag top like this. It was missing one half of the attached fabric belt/string, but I got home and said ‘no problem’. A little snippy snippy and the remaining half was off and I used my own little braided belt to create some cinching instead. Worked like a charm and people were happily seeing my waistline all night long:) Although when you’re sitting in a chair playing guitar I can’t say that it matters much.

Anywho, the night was a success, I played my best yet, and the people I invited to play had a blast, and I think it’s safe to say we can attribute at least 70% of that success to this shirt. At least. 30% to the long hours practicing and writing the material.

Til next time, happy thrifting and living ❤

-Jaime

Ps if you'd like to hear my music it is at http://www.reverbnation.com/jaimenelson. You can download songs for free!

Also, if you want to help further my career, you can vote for my song that is a finalist in a national competition (go me!!!:) at http://www.NSAI.cmt.com, and hear some other great writers as well.

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Valentine’s Day Surprise and Cheesecake

Disclaimer: This find IS NOT my own.

K, I’m glad we got that out of the way.

But it was given to me by the One who was half responsible for making me aka my MOM.  So it counts.  And it’s hanging in my room now too along with my other lovely things.

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My mom (and anyone else who talks to me for five minutes) knows that I love flowers and music.  Not necessarily in that order.  Safe to say 3/4 of my clothing probably have flowers on it, as well as my hoome decor.  I am not ashamed or scared to admit that fact.  Yes, I am also 29 years old.  Not six or seven like the kids in the classroom that I work in.  I think it would be safe to say I would have been a ‘flower’ child had I lived in that decade.  Well, maybe.  I’m not so sure about the lifestyle, just the title.

Anyway, I digress.  In addition to flowers, I love music.  I have played piano since I was 5, and sang for even longer.  Suffice to say it is beyond my passion, and I just spent three years in Nashville trying to make it my career.  Another self plug- you can hear a couple of my songs at www.reverbnation.com/jaimenelson.  I hope you enjoy.

So the mother of all mothers saw this frame, while looking for Valentine’s gifts for my wonderful nieces and nephew, her grandchildren (crazy how I made that connection, huh???I know) and added it to her pile to leave waiting for me Valentine’s Day morning.

What a lady.  Who needs a boyfriend?

Well, that may be a stretch…I take that back.  I would like one.  For sure.

I really do love this canvas though, so pretty.

And I just realized, it has a THIRD thing that I love.  Fancy writing in a foreign language (French??).  Making me have absolutely no idea what it is saying, but I can only assume it is something beautiful and heartwarming.

It could be saying, “you suck” for all I know.

But it sure looks nice.

I hope you all had a beautiful Valentine’s Day.  I assume you are all the type of people that don’t get hung up on the fact of having or not having a ‘boyfriend’ to share the day with.  There are so many wonderful types of love in the world to celebrate on such a day to be depressed over not having just one specific kind.

Make yourself a cake,

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as I did, and move on.  How can you be sad with this in your life???

Looks delicious, right??  Well, it was.  Raspberry white chocolate cheesecake with chocolate wafer crust.  All of those words should not be in the same title.  Too much goodness.  But its not.  It’s heavenly and perfect.

Here is the ‘quick’ recipe:

Crust:

2 cups chocolate cookie crushed mixed with 6 T melted buttteerrrrrr yummm

Raspberry swirl:

2 T cornstarch, 2 T sugar, 1/2 water, and 10 oz frozen raspberries brought to a boil together in a saucepan for 5 minutes until thick.

White chocolate mix:

Melt 2 cups white chocolate chips with 1/2 cup half and half or heavy cream etc in a double boiler

Cheesecake!!!!:

3 packages cream cheese softened, 3 eggs, 1/2 cup sugar.  Mix this with a blender on high speed, then mix in the white chocolate mixture.

Layer the cream cheese mixture over the crust with 3 drops of 1 T. each of the raspberry swirl twice and then swirl it with a knife all pretty like.

Bake in a 9″ springform pan at 325 for 50-60 minutes.  Open the door and turn off the oven when it’s set on the edges and let it cool in the oven so the top doesn’t crack (too much).

Cool a couple hours and enjoooyyy!!!  I did.  It is delicious.

Lastly, I would like to give a shoutout to some viewers I had the other day all around the world:

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The world is so big and yet so small!!  I love that no matter how far apart we are, and different cultures we live in, we share a similar bond and interest.

Happy thrifting and living!  Please share with me your finds and stories:)  I’d love to hear.

-Jaime

“Life is too short not to spend it smiling.”