Flannels Under Fifty

It’s flannel season, for better or worse. (In my case, it’s for worse because I have no desire for winter to be right around the corner.) While I definitely love fall style, I am already missing my summer wardrobe filled with bright colors, classic shift dresses, skater skirts, scalloped shorts, and cropped tops. Not to mention, dressing for fall seems to take so much more effort than summer. Layers, layers, and more layers. (I’m always cold so yes, multiple layers are necessary.)

Complaining aside, I do mean it when I say I love fall style. So as I’m preparing to transition my wardrobe to apparel fit for cooler temps, I’m eyeing pieces that I need to pick up before the temperatures get consistently lower. A great fall staple that everyone should have a few of in their closet are cute flannels! Flannels are comfortable, versatile, and can be layered for fall and winter, then pared down for spring and summer. The one thing I always keep in mind when deciding whether to purchase a flannel is how comfortable it is; some flannels are thin, rigid, or just downright uncomfortable. My favorite flannels are soft, warm, and cozy. But beyond that, your options are endless. From full-sleeves to 3/4 sleeves and from traditional plaid to Buffalo check, there are so many ways you can embrace flannel this season.

My three favorite flannels so far are here, here, and here. But I’ve linked up a ton of solid options — from classic to trendy — below. And the best part is they are all under $50!

 

What’s your favorite fall wardrobe staple?

AS

Music Midtown + Citi Private Pass Travel Diary

If you’ve been tuned into Insta and/or here on the blog, you can see that Bob and I have been traveling non-stop. This summer alone we’ve been to Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Jamaica, and most recently, back to Atlanta for Music Midtown. Music Midtown was the first music festival I’ve ever attended, and it was a great experience! I’m already itching to see who will perform next year and even looking into trying some other festivals next year.

When I was perusing the Music Midtown website, I noticed that Citi cardmembers could take advantage of Citi Private Pass benefits at the festival. We’d gain access to the Citi Cardmember Lounge, which was air-conditioned, equipped with a private bar and a GIF booth, charging station, and live feeds of the stages. They were also giving away promotional swag (sunglasses and branded sunscreen) and playing games to win VIP passes throughout the weekend!

A really awesome perk was that you could link your Music Midtown passes to your Citi card, so you could go “cashless” and make purchases throughout the festival simply using a pin you set up. This was a convenient feature that provided me with the peace of mind that I wouldn’t have to bring my wallet and risk losing it as I traipsed around the festival.

Citi Private Pass Cardmember Lounge

On Saturday, the first day of the festival, Bobby and I got there early and headed to the Citi Cardmember Lounge. We spent a couple hours there, enjoying drinks, making GIFs in the photo booth, and playing corn hole outside. I struck up a conversation with Chris and Meghan, executives from Livenation and Citi respectively, and to our surprise we ended up with VIP passes for the day.

Music Midtown Citi Private Pass

We headed over to the Citi viewing section at the Electric Ballroom stage to see DNCE, and trust me when I say they were amazing. I have no shame in admitting that I’ve been a Jonas Brothers fan for 10 years now (eek, I’m getting old), so seeing Joe do so well with his new project made me so happy! They sounded great live, had impressive stage presence, and performed a ton of songs — both songs from their upcoming album and covers from Prince, David Bowie, and Drake.

Music Midtown 2016

After DNCE, we headed to the VIP section of Music Midtown. Although it wasn’t air conditioned like the Citi Lounge, and the charging station was considerably less efficient, Bobby and I still had a great time. There was free Shake Shack, free alcohol, and private bathrooms! Plus there were couches, corn hole, and chairs set up all around so you could view the stages while relaxing.

On Saturday we also saw Leon Bridges, a bit of Logic and G-Eazy, and then we saw Collegrove (comprised of Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz) close out the night. It doesn’t get more ATL than that! We were able to enjoy the Collegrove section from the front row of the VIP section, so thanks Citi for that awesome perk!

Sunday was dreary and rainy, and the festival was even evacuated for a while because of extreme weather. Even though we bought ponchos, it was downpouring so hard that by the time they resumed with the shows after the delay, we were pretty tired of trudging around in our muddy sandals. Unfortunately, we missed Kesha and Alabama Shakes because of this, but hey — there’s always next time. After we realized the rain wasn’t going to end, we headed off to dinner at a restaurant in Atlantic Station called Yardhouse, that had awesome drinks and delicious ahi tuna nachos!

All in all, Music Midtown was a huge success, even if we only had one full day of bright weather and VIP perks. The next day (Monday), we hung out with friends and went to Top Golf (which was soooo cool), and then it was time to head back home. Side note: I wish we had more pictures from Music Midtown, but they didn’t allow cameras in so I couldn’t bring the handy dandy DSLR. Plus I was trying to live more in the moment. It’s kind of nice just going off memories to reminisce on the experience with.

All the trips we’ve been on lately have been extremely fun and memorable, but I am very excited to settle in and enjoy more than a week or two at home.

Have you been to any festivals lately? Let me know!

AS

Montego Bay Travel Diary

Let me start by saying that I just got back from the best — and I mean best — trip ever. Bobby and I decided a few months ago that we wanted to go on a beach trip this fall, and the destination we picked was Jamaica! My mom’s side of the family is from the West Indies, so I was excited to visit the land of my matriarchal roots. Plus, Bobby jokes that he is Jamaican at heart, because he is so laid back and lives by their motto of, “no problems, mon.”

Montego Bay, Jamaica

We arrived on Monday morning at the Secrets Resort Wild Orchid in Montego Bay, and we were astounded by the hospitality! Once the automatic wooden doors to the lobby of the resort opened up, it was like we’d entered a whole new world. We were greeted with cold towels (to cool down from the heat we’d just been in outside), champagne, and they even had fresh cookies! Our room wasn’t readily available as we’d arrived a little before check-in, but they instructed that two of the restaurants on the resort were open for lunch and that we were free to eat there. (Side note: there were no wristbands at this resort even though it was all-inclusive, and that was a nice touch that we loved.)

We had lunch at the Oceana restaurant, which is a cool outdoor patio restaurant nestled between the pools on the premises. I had an awesome burger and sweet potato fries, while Bobby ordered a jerk pulled pork wrap with fries. Everything was delicious, and we ended up eating there on the last lunch of our stay as well. All of the food was surprisingly delicious, which was a nice change from other all inclusive resorts that both Bobby and I have been to. I think that it was the combination from the resort being upscale as well as the Jamaican culture consisting of really impressively flavorful cuisine.

The drinks were awesome as well! There were some delicious signature drinks that we indulged in all week, and some classic drinks we were used to in the states were made with a fun spin in Jamaica! Beyond the food and drinks, the activities were also so fun! (Special shoutout to Chase in the entertainment department!) There was a schedule posted throughout the resort each day with fun activities, from cornhole tournaments on the pool deck to beach volleyball and soccer. In the evenings, they had sports nights, talent shows, and beach parties! I have never been to a resort with such constant and seamless entertainment for everyone’s tastes!

We went off the resort once during the trip to visit Dunn’s River Falls. It was a really unique excursion where you get to hike up a waterfall in the middle of the forest! You hold hands with the other people in your group and climb up the rocks together as the waterfall gushes down on you. The day we went was pretty busy because two big cruise ships had docked in Montego Bay that day, but we made the best of it…and the 2 hour drive there and back. The experience itself was awesome, the tour guides there were great, and I’d totally do it again.

All in all, I had an excellent time at Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay and I highly recommend you consider it for your next tropical vacation.

Here are some more photos from our trip:
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Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay

Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay

Have you ever been to Jamaica? Let me know!
AS