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Monday, July 24, 2017

Best of Brunch: Tupelo Honey Cafe

We are so super close to sharing our Pigeon Forge travel diary with you all and I'm so excited! Make sure you're subscribed to Keeping Up with Kahla on Youtube so you don't miss when it's uploaded. The trip was an absolute blast, and on our final day we had some time to kill in Knoxville, Tennessee. Ben and I are Nashville junkies through and through. While we love our share of late nights on Broadway with cover bands galore, it was nice to get a taste of what else the Volunteer state has to offer. We also enjoyed getting a literal taste at one of Knoxville's cutest brunch spots: Tupelo Honey Cafe.

Tupelo Honey Cafe's menu is full of luscious brunch options. It's serves up some real southern food treats. The menu ranges from sweet potato pancakes, to goat cheese infused grits, all the way to blueberry french toast made out of challah bread. Are you drooling yet? Your tastebuds won't know what to choose because it all sounds so dang tasty.

And don't even get me started on their biscuits. My meal could have been those alone. They were served to our table complete with honey to drizzle on them and berry compote to smear them with. Our table of four powered right through them without a pillow of dough left to spare. YUM.

After perusing the Tupelo Honey Cafe menu for a brunch item to enjoy, I opted for the Avocado Toast & Eggs - sunny side up, of course. Those who know me know I'm an avocado connoisseur - my pool floatie speaks for itself. They're a staple in my diet and I'm no stranger to spreading the green goodness on toast for lunch or a quick snack. When I tried Tupelo Honey Cafe's avocado toast it set a bar that I knew I would never be able to recreate in my own kitchen.

The avocado was spread over a thick slice of hearty toast. It was drizzled with red chili honey, topped off with aleppo pepper. The flavors served on this dish were literally dynamite. It was the perfect balance of sweet heat with a kick of freshness. As I sliced bites of the avocado toast to eat,  I made sure to dip them into the runny yolks of my eggs. An on point combo if I do say so myself.

I would so be a loyal repeat customer if only Tupelo Honey Cafe had a Florida location. For now I'll just have to reminisce about the yumminess while staring at the Insta I captured minutes before I dove into my meal.

The Tupelo Honey Cafe in Knoxville is only one of many! You can find more of their locations on their website. If upscale southern comfort food is your thing (which who are we kidding, how can it NOT be?), then make sure you stop in at Tupelo Honey Cafe if you get the chance. 

Have you been to Tupelo Honey Cafe before? What did you order?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

White Lace Dress with Cutouts [Special Occasion Accessories with Diamonds Direct]

This past weekend was full of all of the best things - a Sam Hunt concert with friends, bridesmaid dress shopping, and brunch in Tampa with some blogging gals. While I can appreciate a weekend without plans, I love weekends that are full of things that get me out of the house and away from feeling like I have to be doing something productive. It reminds me that it's OK to put work away for a little while and enjoy quality time doing things I enjoy doing. This is something I've been trying to work on this year.

Today on Keeping Up with Kahla I'm sharing my third and final look with Diamonds Direct in St. Pete. The pieces we styled in this shoot were just BEAUTIFUL. They sparkled so much that they rivaled my engagement ring - and that thing sparkles all the time. Don't get me wrong. The previous jewelry pieces that I wore with DD here and here were stunning too, but I think the ones featured in this post are the ones you save to wear during one of those so called "special occasions". And for good reason.

I felt very much like Andie Anderson in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days frosting myself with this gorgeous necklace. It features multiple diamonds and is part of Diamonds Direct's very own Sunbright Collection. The necklace is very dainty, delicate, and wow does it give off some serious sparkle. There's no denying that it is a statement piece in its own right.

 I really loved the earrings that we styled as well. These pretties feature Diamonds Direct's very own Sunshine Cut diamond. This is a diamond that owner Gary Sanchez developed with a whopping 97 facets (typically diamonds have 57). It's a Diamonds Direct original so you won't find these anywhere else. When worn with this necklace, you are a sparkling machine.

This dress from Nordstrom has me wondering why it wasn't available last year during all of my bride events. The lace detailing gives it such a classy feel, but the side cut-outs keep it young, fun, and trendy. I could see this being perfect for any bride to be, but since I'm a bride that has been I'll be saving it for fancy date nights and other dressy occasions. It's unfortunately sold out online, so I'll be linking some other cute white dresses below (some are on saaaaale!).

Don't forget that Diamonds Direct has its biggest sale of the year coming on July 20, so mark your calendars! You won't want to miss it. Find out more information about this sale here.

Check out the Diamonds Direct website here.

Diamonds Direct is located at 117 2nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 (in the Sundial!). Follow them on Instagram and Facebook to stay in the know for upcoming sales and updates.

Pricing for jewelry pieces shown:
  • Earrings - $3999
  • Necklace - $2995

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*This post was made in collaboration with Diamonds Direct in St. Pete. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Picks

Woohooo, welcome to Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access week! NCard holders rejoice because you have the opportunity to stock up on some great pieces for fall and winter before the rest of the world does. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to the public on July 21st and runs through August 6th. It's the perfect time to stock up on pieces that will get you through the second half of the year and last you for years to come. I purchased pieces from the 2016 NSale that I still use and wear on the daily. The great thing about the NSale is that there's no shortage of quality items. It's not the old products that the store wants to get rid of - there are new quality pieces included that are just waiting to be scooped up.

Today on Keeping Up with Kahla I'm sharing a roundup of picks that I know you all will love. I can't wait to share my actual purchases with you (haul video to come soon!). Happy shopping + Happy Friday!

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Headphone Highlights: Aubrey Wollett [+ Interview]

The perfect Florida scene normally includes lots of sand and sunshine, being just feet from the water. You breathe in the salty air and listen to the waves crashing with a cold drink in hand (for me, a vodka club). Toes are buried so deep in the sand that they're actually cool from the outside heat. The only detail missing from this perfectly painted picture is the background music playing on your iPhone speaker. My suggestion: a little bit of Aubrey Wollett.

Say hello to my latest Headphone Highlights feature.

Aubrey Wollet is a Florida grown girl from one of my favorite Sunshine State cities - Dunedin! When it comes to her sound: think Jake Owen, meets Sheryl Crow, mixed in with just a touch of Jack Johnson.

My sister and I had the pleasure of meeting Aubrey while we were at the Wyndham on Clearwater Beach where she was performing poolside. Her tunes were incredibly beachy, and carefree - paired with her soulful voice, it was a pretty glorious combo. She had her share of cover songs in her set, but I thoroughly enjoyed her originals.

We caught Aubrey after her set at the Wyndham and she was incredibly sweet. I was able to see her perform a second time at Fun N Country (a country music festival held annually in Clearwater) the very next day. She rocked it yet again on a bigger stage where she drew a decent sized crowd (a rarity for openers at that festival!).

Her positive energy, infectious vibes, and catchy songs make you crave being oceanfront surrounded by salty air just doing you're own thing. Some of my favorites of Aubrey’s include Saltwater Gypsy, Dime a Dozen, and Summer Never Ends.

Aubrey's latest release Saltwater Gypsy helps you find the that carefree beach-babe soul that lingers in all of us. You know the one I'm talking about. Check out her music on iTunes and let that side of you rejoice. Go coastal for a little while, in the best way.

Aubrey agreed to do a short and sweet interview for Keeping Up with Kahla. Read on to learn a little more about this Florida girl!

Who are your top three musical influences and why?
AW: Sheryl Crow because she’s timeless. I love her style and admire her songwriting. I was also influenced by James Taylor growing up because my parents love listening to him. And of course Shania Twain was a huge influence for me.

It’s karaoke night. What song are you singing? (can’t be one of yours!)
AW: My go to karaoke songs are basically all TLC. Waterfalls is my favorite.

You’re from Dunedin, where is your favorite local spot to grab a bite to eat when you’re home? What do you order?
AW: I love Frenchy’s Outpost! Fire Island Shrimp and Fish Tacos.

What’s next for Aubrey Wollett? (i.e.: new music, tour, etc.)?
I will be releasing a new single at the end of July!!

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Tie Front Tank Top & Blush Maxi Skirt

This outfit is one of my favorite ones that Ben and I have shot together so far. I knew as soon as I styled it that I wanted to take it to the streets of Dunedin, in front of the "blue place with the orange umbrellas" - otherwise known as the Express Cafe. Little did I know there was an event happening that weekend in Dunedin (isn't there always?), but that didn't stop us from getting pictures of me spinning around in circles in hopes of nailing the perfect twirl shot. The funny looks were a small price to pay, and most people were happy to walk around and behind Ben rather than behind me.

This tie front tank top has been on literal repeat since I bought it. I've styled it for concerts, nights out, and now with this gorgeous blush maxi skirt. I bought two more of these tanks after I ordered my first one because I want to always have it as an option in my closet. Ya know, in case we don't get around to our laundry days because we're too busy bingeing on Shameless (#priorities). This tie front tank top is lightweight for the Florida heat, and because its such a basic piece it can be versatile in matching with almost any bottom you put it with. Fashion win!

I fell in love with this blush maxi skirt as soon as I saw it online at Nordstrom. The slit in the front makes the skirt breathable for those hot summer days. My favorite part? The color. It's so feminine, and delicate, and GAH just so airy and pretty. I'm really feeling the whole bohemian vibe that this skirt gives off with the low hanging tie tassels. I could see pairing it with a chambray shirt in the fall when Florida decides to cool off a teensy bit.

Hope you all had a fabulous Monday! It's pouring over here in Clearwater (although you wouldn't guess it from my latest Instagram photo). Stay dry local friends.

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