Thursday, July 24, 2014

Retail Therapy- Happy Hour Pop Up Shop

I have to admit, I have a thing for retail therapy! Boutiques are the best because they have limited supplies of items making it very unlikely to find another fashionista in Huntsville rocking your finds. Well here's a twist on the traditional boutique, a"Mobile Boutique". Pretty Particular is a mobile, personal shopping and styling boutique that specializes in dress shopping for social, professional, formal, and bridal events. The owner, Dwaynia has a great eye for fashion and style and will be hosting an event this weekend

Make sure to RSVP, because space is limited and fills up fast! Don't miss your chance to have that amazing piece for your next event!

Share your purchases from the Happy Hour Shopping event with me! Use the hashtag #SummerInHSV so I can check them out! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sounds and Sights- Smooth Jazz at the Three Caves

The Land Trust of North Alabama is a not for profit, member driven organization that works to preserve the wildlife, rivers and historic sites of North Alabama. Friday I attended the Smooth Jazz Concert featuring Warren Hill that helped to raise funds and it was amazing. As a fan of Warren Hill, I expected to have a great time but I had no clue how in love I would fall with the scenery. Huntsville has an gem in the Three Caves! This former lime stone quarry was an amazing stage for the sounds of Warren Hill's enticing sax and only got better as the night sky went dark and the lights that surrounded us accompanied the band. I had the pleasure of speaking with Dennis Keim, one of the members of the committee that had the foresight to see this diamond in the ruff. " We were able to see the potential in this place but we could never imagine this", Keim shared admiring the beautiful mountains and all the people in attendance at the event. Dennis a photographer and blogger ( had many memories of the area and is a strong supporter of the Land Trust and the city of Huntsville.

There are 2 remaining concerts in the series and you can't let the summer end without attending at least one of them! Tickets are still available and I can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday night then with smooth jazz and supporting an organization that supports us!

Special thanks to the Land Trust of North Alabama's Marketing Director, Cathie Mayne and all the volunteers that made this event happen.  To purchase tickets or become a member of the Land Trust please visit their  website

August 9th - Marion Meadows & August 23rd The Claire Lynch Band

Let's share the summer! Use the hastag #SummerInHSV and #MslawandaHSV to keep in touch.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Get Ready to Eat, Drink, and Be Merry!

Have you ever wanted to try out multiple restaurants in one night? Are you interested in meeting fellow food lovers? Well I am, so I decided to check out the Homegrown Huntsville’s Dine & Dash event!

My friends and I met with the Dine & Dash group at Meza Luna in Jones Valley.  The menu was a mix between Greek, Italian, and Soulful Southern cuisine.  We dined on fresh tomatoes, fried bacon, field peas, corn, and fried okra. It  sent our taste buds into frenzy, the best dish of the evening!

Our chariot awaited us, actually a trolley, where our hosts shared information on other Homegrown Huntsville events, hilarious family stories and simply a fun atmosphere.  The next stop was Straight to Ale.

This portion of the event brought the experience of the newest crave in the city "Food Trucks"!  On –N- On food truck was the food host, with Straight to Ale providing us the beer. Nothing stood out for me on this stop (Meza set the bar high), but we still enjoyed ourselves. 

The third stop was Brix, known for their "happy hour"and events,  they had the drinks flowing.  My favorite hands down were the Cosmo Ritas, and all I can say is ...... oh those Cosmo Ritas!  We were then introduced to shrimp and spinach tacos with homemade sriracha. Yummy!  I didn't want to leave, but we hopped on the trolley for more jokes and crazy conversations until we arrived at our final spot, Anaheim Chili.

 The white chili and Texas chili combination was hearty, spicy, and downright delicious. The
Yellowhammer beer was a great accompaniment and a final wrap up for the night. So if food, libations, and new adventures are what you seek - don’t delay, dash over to Homegrown Huntsville to sign up for future Dine & Dash events!

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