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Diner En Blanc with One Hope Wine

Memphis recently become the latest city to host Diner En Blanc and I had the pleasure of attending and enjoying a bottle of One Hope Wine along with a delicious dinner. Diner en Blanc is a very involved event but in a nutshell it's a flash mob / dinner party with food, wine, dancing and fun.

Diner En Blanc started in Paris 30 years ago with the simple idea of friends gathering for a dinner party - so the story goes no one in the group had an apartment large enough for the gathering so the group decided to meet in a park and all wear white in order to find each other easily. Thirty years later DEB has expended internationally and each event brings thousands of attendees - the inaugural Memphis DEB had 1,000 attendees.

Attending Diner En Blanc requires a lot of planning. Invitations / Tickets are offered in three phases: first to individuals who have attended prior events or those invited by the host  these individuals can then refer individuals to be included in the 2nd round an…

Shop With Mandysue - June 2018

Oh my Y'all! July has just flown by and I realized I never shared my June purchases with y'all. If you've been keeping up with me than you know that I love the brand Draper James but until recently I've been unable to get clothing items in my size. In March Eloquii announces a collaboration with Draper James offering beautiful styles in size 10 to 28 with two different collection releases. From the first collection I purchased a beautiful pink dress but for the second collection I was a little more prepared to purchase a few more items. The first item I really wanted was this blue magnolia dress. I love magnolias and it's Draper James's signature so I knew I wanted something with it. I'm a little disappointed the magnolia print is not the same as the regular Draper James collection but it's still a beautiful dress. This dress was recently worn by Chrissy Metz so I expect it to be in demand - it's current on sale on the Draper James site, which is …

$40 Date Carolina Watershed

As y'all know by now I am always challenging myself to find $40 dates for myself and Shaun. It's super easy for us to go to our favorite Mexican restaurant up the street and spend about $35 and be in and out in an hour but that's not very romantic or exciting. In general if a meal is going to be a $40 date than it needs to entire have a free activity attached or needs to be someplace really cool- and that's exactly what we found at Carolina Watershed when we recently visited with friends.

Although the watershed does have a bar and tables inside most people  choose to sit outside and it's easy to see why - it's a beautiful outdoor oasis despite being on the outskirts of downtown. Plus, they have fans and misters discreetly set up to keep people cool and comfortable - it was over 90 when we visited but we were perfectly comfortable.



The menu provides elevated bar food and southern classics at a reasonable price point. We went for burger week but couldn't hel…

Nike New Release Review

Recently I was lucky enough to visit the Nike Company Store and for the first time ever in my life I was actually excited to buy a pair of sneakers. Since this opportunity allowed me to try several of the new release items I thought I'd share my impressions here as a non athlete or sneaker fanatic. Maybe it's because I'm married and I no longer feel pressure to wear cute but uncomfortable shoes all the time or maybe because the older I've gotten the crankier I've gotten but lately I find myself wearing flat shoes - I've even been wearing keds as of late. While I find keds to be cute and comfortable I decided that I really wanted to start wearing proper sneakers in a casual fashionable way. In the past I always considered sneakers to be a gym only shoe, partially because they are sooo casual but also because quite frankly I think they're pretty ugly - and they're expensive! The Nike Company Store is located on the large distribution campus here in Memp…

Summer Sparkles with Kendra Scott

 Kendra Scott hosted a blogger event for the Memphis Bloggers and there were lots of pretty pieces to try on and see with some sweet treats as well. Look how beautiful these cookies are! Y'all know I'm a big Kendra Scott fan so of course I had to go and check it out. I tend to buy a few pieces of Kendra Scott jewelry items throughout the year because I love their quality and think they have classic style with a trendy twist. During your birthday month you can get one item 50% off so shopping in July is always especially fun and I tend to go for a more trendy piece. As the newest collection has been released there were plenty of options. If you're looking for a versatile piece to wear with lots of different outfits a neutral color is always a good idea.

Of course, bright colors are never a bad idea either. These tassel pieces came out Spring 2018 and I've had my eye on them ever since then - they're so fun!



And of course I love sparkly and glam so thes…

20 Rules for Modern Feminine Style

One of the things I love about the digital age is the ability to connect with others! I recently got a great idea from a youtuber I follow to make a list of 20 "rules" that define my lifestyle and I really loved this idea and thought not only would this be a good exercise for myself but a good topic to share with y'all. So, obviously you do you and wear whatever you want but these are my guidelines for my modern feminine without breaking the bank aesthetic.
1. Focus on pieces with wear ability beyond one season, don't get sucked into too many trends. For example, gingham will always be wearable for summer, plaid for fall, sweaters for winter and floral for spring - but get pieces with classic cuts so you can wear them year after year. For example, a gingham shirt dress is classic, a gingham top with bell sleeves will look dated the second that shape is out. 2. Don't be afraid to spend a little more for quality timeless pieces - a cashmere sweater, a great blac…

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