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Selfies: Why I Am That Girl

You know those people right? The ones you look at like they’re crazy walking down the street with the forward facing camera on. The ones who get the media attention for it at baseball games. The ones who’s Instagram feed is covered with them. Well, I too am guilty of being “that girl.” I am the girl who has over 100 pictures in the selfies folder on her iPhone and I’m okay with that. We can think of a million reasons people take selfies, but for me, I have one: to create a memory. To stop time and save a moment when there is no one else around to do it for me.

Last Saturday I had to say goodbye to my best friend. My most loyal companion and the light of my whole world. It was the most devastating day of my life and it has hurt every day since. To feel close to him, to try to ease the pain as I figure out where to go from here, I scrolled through my phone at all the pictures I’d taken of him. There were dozens upon dozens and guess what a lot of them were… yup, selfies!

If I wasn’t “that girl,” I would not have captured the quiet moments at home, the mornings cuddles or the late night snuggles that made my relationship with my dog exactly what it was… a lifetime bond.

So no matter how many crazy looks I get, I will continue to take my selfies, I will create my memories and I will hold on dearly to the times I wish could last forever, because when they’re gone, I can always look back at them and smile

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Musts for Glorious Hair and Wine Bars

This weekend in Charlotte was a whirlwind, but so much fun. New places, old friends and country music, what more could you ask for!

Part I: Wine Bars

My best friend from college came to visit and wanted to spend Saturday night relaxing and enjoy good music and good wine. I wanted to try something new, so we ventured up to Cornelius and tried out the Wine Cellar and The Corkscrew Wine Shoppe & Bar. Both places were cute and intimate. I enjoyed a Prosecco from the Wine Cellar while my friend dug into their Campagnard sandwich , which she said was amazing.

Photo courtesy of the Wine Cellar

I have been loving Birkdale Village lately. Went up there for dinner on for Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s day for me) and fell in love. It’s a quaint shopping center which is where The Corkscrew Wine bar is. We ended our night here. They had a live band and an area set up with couches so we could sit, lounge and plan out our annual girls vacation. So far our list of options is The Outer Banks, Charleston, Aruba or Vegas. Any suggestions?

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Photo courtesy of The Corkscrew Wine Shoppe & Bar

Part II: Glorious Hair Products

And lastly, I was kind of obsessed with my hair Saturday night. And last weekend in Charleston, I received a lot of comments on it,  so I wanted to share my favorite products if you’re looking to switch it up a bit. Here are my saviors for this wavy hair of mine. My lifelines for going out, going glam and going curly.

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1. Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion: I use it to give a little volume to the roots of my hair

2. Aveda Control Paste is great for taming those stubborn flyaways on your styled hair

3. Right when I get out of the shower, then first thing I do is put a dab of Garnier Fructis’ sleek and shine leave in conditioner in my hair to smooth out the tangles.

4. Then I put in some Morrocanoil. This has done wonders for the sleekness on my straight and wavy hair looks

5. Kenra’s Curl Defining Cream is my go to product when I am in a hurry and don’t always have time to dry my hair fully. I towel dry until my hair is no longer dripping, then I add a quarter size of this to my hair and scrunch all over. I dry it just a bit with a blow dryer and let it air dry the rest of the way.

What sort of hair taming troubles do you have? Any hair products that have saved the day? Let’s hear it!

Next Up: Mark Your Calendars for Wednesday because I’m super excited to be debuting my video blog of the Dan & Shay Where it All Began Tour with Canaan Smith!  

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Chase Rice and Old Dominion Come to Charlotte

It’s been over 2 years since I first saw an add for Dirt Road Communion on my Facebook page. That, as corny as is sounds, is how I found Chase Rice. His song, “Only a Country Girl,” has been a staple on all of my playlists since. Living in NY, he never came around my neck of woods, so I followed him via social media until my move to Charlotte. He comes around this area much more often and one year ago next month will mark the first time I saw him live. Last weekend, I returned to the Fillmore to see him again.

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The first time I saw Chase, he brought Sam Hunt along. I’m sure you’ve heard of him before! This time, he brought with him the band Old Dominion. Not only does Chase put on a seriously high powered show, but he seems to always find openers that know how to do the same. The best part was that Old Dominion played for a full hour before Chase hit the stage. Not very often do you ever get to see an opening act for more than 20-30 minutes. What I also loved, was meeting the writers behind some of my favorite songs. They wrote a few for The Band Perry as well, but Craig Morgan’s “Can’t Stop Lovin’ You” and Tyler Farr’s “A Guy Walks into a Bar” are two of my absolute favorite songs these days, so it was cool to hear them cover those and find out they had a hand in writing them too!

If you haven’t heard of Old Dominion yet, I highly recommend doing your research now. I will admit, I’m very picky about my music and who I listen to and I’ve already purchased their EP and have had it on repeat in my Jeep for the last week. “Break Up With Him” is probably my favorite upbeat song of theirs followed closely by “Dirt on a Road.” Doing some research, I heard a song off their YouTube called “Never Stopped You Before.” I don’t know when or if that song comes out, but I’m kind of obsessed. It’s more of a slower ballad, but really shows of the vocal harmonies and sets more of a serious tone.

I’m looking forward to hearing more from these guys! And now… on to Chase!

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Every time I’ve seen this guy, his show gets better and better. Even within the two months since I last saw him, he changed it up. He’s starting to input more songs from the Ignite the Night album now that it’s released, along with the old school stuff that made me a fan in the first place. “Jack Daniels and Jesus,” no matter how many times I hear that song, the goosebumps always come. Here in Charlotte, one of the biggest highlights for me, now being a Carolina Girl, was his introduction of the song “Carolina Can.” Of course I’m partial to thinking that’s the best song on the album, and I’m glad he played it last week!

He also played “Beer with the Boys,” which ranks quite high on my list as well. I think I’m a fan of this song because it’s the true way guys really think of romance. Any of the guys I know anyway. Like hey, it’s Saturday, I’m hanging with my boys, drinking some beers and having a good time, but I’ll be out of here in a heartbeat, just say the word.  A guy putting you before beer and poker lol you know he’s a keeper.

One of the best parts of the show I thought was the band solos. Each pulled out an old school song for Chase to jump in with the lyrics. One of them was Puddle of Mudd’s “She Hates Me.” A great change in tempo.

This guy knows to how to pull out all the stops in a show. He gets the crowd involved, plays to everyone’s preferences and slows it down at just the right times. Chase was certainly born to be a performer. For someone relatively new to headlining, he played a high energy show for about 90 minutes and never lost the crowds attention for a second. That is pretty impressive. Anytime he’s within driving distance, I will be there because I know he makes it worth my time. Well done, Chase. Well done. The only recommendation I have for ya Chase is maybe next time you can play a little “U-Turn” ;) …. that’s my fav!

If you haven’t had a chance to see Chase in concert yet, here’s a little recap of what you’re missing.