TerraMae: Brunching with Jackie O

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Jordan and I live four hours away from each other but we make an effort to spend as many weekends as possible together. One of our favorite rituals is to go to Sunday Brunch. We have traveled a lot this year and have brunched in quite a few different cities. I am going to start documenting our more memorable brunches in my blog. 
Below is my first installment:
TerraMae
Appalachian Bistro 
Downtown Chattanooga
TerraMae is located on the first floor of the StoneFort Inn. This boutique inn is over 100 years old and was built on the old stone fort which existed during the civil war. Chattanooga has a lot of antebellum history and Jordan has a fascination with most things military so this restaurant seemed right up our alley! 
TerraMae is located in downtown Chattanooga on East 10th Street. I think this may be our first time going to brunch downtown (we usually stick to NorthShore). The restaurant seemed fairly busy but we were able to be seated without a reservation. We were seated by right the kitchen so next time I will probably make a reservation.
The decorations and atmosphere were great! I would describe it as Southern Chic.
We started our meal with a mimosa for me and an americano coffee for Jordan. Jordan blindly ordered an americano and learned that he prefers lattes and cappuccinos.  That was his fault, not the restaurant’s. My mimosa was very good. You may ask “how can you mess up a mimosa?’ But we have been unpleasantly surprised with the quality of orange juice used in mimosas in most restaurants (usually tastes like Minute Maid). TerraMae doesn’t cut any corners on mimosas and uses freshly squeezed orange juice. Oh, and they have bottomless mimosas for $10. 
I decided to order the Heavenly Hash which is coffee and spice rubbed beef tips, caramelized potatoes (sweet and regular) and sunny side-up eggs. Jordan decided to order the frog legs appetizer as his main. 
My meal was amazing. The eggs were cooked perfectly and the beef was extremely tender and flavorful. I would definitely order this again.
 Jordan’s meal was good but too potent for hit palate. He wanted to try the frog legs out of curiosity, but lesson learned: Jordan hates frog legs. Jordan is an extremely picky eater but he likes trying new things… this usually results in him eating my meal or him not eating much at all. 
Since we essentially split my entree, we decided to get dessert. We ordered the bread pudding. It was amazing. The dish consisted of three bread pieces a dark chocolate garnish and a scoop of pumpkin spice ice cream. This dish was divine and we could have eaten two more servings if our stomachs would have allowed. 
So far, I would rate TerraMae as our favorite Chattanooga brunch spot.
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Ciao for Now,
Jaclyn

Never Again

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I, Jaclyn, hereby solemnly swear to not get white gel nail polish again until next summer. 
My mother is in charge of infection control for a local medical practice. She cannot have gel nail polish because it absorbs germs / bacteria / icky things. Therefore, I knew that gel polish wasn’t very… ahem… clean. After getting white gel polish, I have visually experienced the dirt and grim that the polish absorbs. 
For the first few days, I LOVED the polish. 
It was classic. 
It was chic. 
It was stark white. 
Then… it turned icky. My bronzer turned the tips of my nails orange. I looked like I had a messy halloween / creamsicle manicure. Very unforgiving. I would only recommend getting white for a particular event and then getting them redone within the week. 
As for my nails, I will stick to pinks, purples, and reds in the future. 
Like most painful yet beautiful experiences in life, I will probably only abstain from white temporarily. 
I just wish that someone had warned me. 
So here I am, warning you.
Ciao for Now! 
Jac

Fashion of the Academy

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Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve watched the Academy Awards with my mother and sister. After the awards, we would watch Joan Rivers talk about the fashion. The best dresses and the worst dresses, I couldn’t wait to see them all.

The link below will take you to a blog with an infographic of the dresses of every winner of Best Actress since 1929. Definitely a link you want to check out!

http://www.mediarundigital.co.uk/blog/oscar-dresses-infographic-2014-version/

I think we can all agree that Cate Blanchett looked stunning!

Furocious Deal

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In Georgia, we just got over a cold front and it has been pretty rainy and muggy. Today it was actually sunny which made me, and my hair, very happy. Here are a few pictures of my outfit today. I scored this cute brown coat from Forever 21 for only $11. Yes, ladies, $11. They are having a great sale on clearance items! 50% off already marked down items! I love a good deal (in this case it felt more like a steal) and I am extremely happy with the weight and fit of this coat. Plus, it’s fur and I am loving the fur trend this season. This is a great piece to be on trend but not blend in with the masses in fur vests. I accessoried my outfit today with presents from some of the people in my life which are close to my heart which made it even more special! 

Close up of the cute pockets! 

Necklace from J Crew (Christmas present from my boss) 
Bow bracelet from Kate Spade (birthday present from my dear friend Rachel) 
Earrings from J Crew (Christmas present from my sister) 
Finally a picture of the coat from Forever 21! This was my inspiration behind today’s look! 
Did any of y’all shop end of season sales? Did you find success like I did? 

#TeamStud

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I love accessories. My first job in retail was in an accessory store in the mall, Charming Charlie. After working there for 6 months, I aquired lots of necklaces, bracelets, purses, scarves, and mostly: stud earrings.

I haven’t worn dangly earrings since high school and here are 5 reasons why:

1. Studs look cute with all hairstyles. 
2. You can style your hair while wearing studs and not be in pain. (I have almost ripped a hole in my earlobe countless times from getting my earrings stuck in my hair while styling it. Also have you ever worn metal dangly earrings while blow drying your hair? Don’t, it’s painful and will burn you!) 
3. You can wear a statement necklace and studs at the same time and not look overaccessorized. 
4. Unless you are wearing 80s prom queen studs, they are lightweight and will not wreck your earlobe. 
5. You can buy a pair of stud earrings to match any theme imaginable and not look tacky.  (Examples: Kate Spade wedding studs, sports team mascots, and holiday shapes like a Christmas tree or pumpkin) 
Here is my personal collection of my favorite studs. My most worn earrings are my David Yurman pearl cookie earrings. They go with EVERYTHING. 
Here are some studs which I would like to add to my collection: 

Jac’s helpful fashion hint
A little hint about stud earrings is the type of back that you wear with them. 
If you wear these backs: 
Then your earrings will look sad and hang off your earlobe strange. The bigger the stud, the more it will droop. 
But if you use these backs: 
Then your studs will be perky and happy just like the fabulous girl wearing them. 
You can buy a pack of these from Amazon and replace your backs on all your studs that have the other kind. Or you can just use these backs from another pair of earrings with your studs that came with lame backs. 
The clear ring adds support and makes for a much more comfortable experience as well as keeps the earring perky! 
What are your favorite studs? Do you share my stud-love? Are you #teamhoop or #teamdangle? Let me know! 

Horse Country

Fall is my favorite season. Each year I look forward to wearing leggings, oversized sweaters, and boots. I love the holidays and seeing family and friends. Unfortunately it is one of the most difficult seasons to dress when it comes to weddings or fancier daytime events. There is an art to looking fashionable but not too summery. Darker colors and sleeves are key to a good fall dress.  As a worker in a boutique, I am daily helping women find the perfect dress to wear to any and every occasion. 
This past weekend I needed to find a dress for fall Steeplechase. In the springtime, a standard Steeplechase outfit for women consists of a Lilly sundress and matching floppy hat. Fall horse races are different. Not many women wear large sun hats. I still wanted to wear a dress but I needed something that was warm and not too summery. What a dilemma! But, I found the perfect dress! It was orange with light blue, navy, and black flowers. I paired it with my Marley Lilly riding boots and leggings. 
I received several compliments on both my dress and the dip I made for the tailgate. The only downer of the day was forgetting to bring the mango orange juice for the mimosas! 
My roommate and dear friend Holley! 

My sorority sister Caro! 

My date Matt sporting his Dogwood Stables hat! 
(Street Fight from Dogwood Stables won the first race!) 
Mirror picture before leaving and putting leggings on to keep me warm. 

Tailgating on the rail makes for an excellent view of the track. 
The girls at our tailgate! 
Now for the dip recipe which will rock your pasture! 
It was very easy to make. I found the base recipe on Pinterest but edited the amount of ingredients I put in to make it my own. 
-16 oz of reduced fat sour cream
– 8oz of cream cheese
– 3/4 cub of chopped ham (I bought premade chopped ham at Kroger) 
– 4 green onion chopped  
– 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese (save a little to sprinkle on top) 
– 1 tsp of hot sauce 
– 2 tsp of Worshestershire sauce 
– salt
– pepper 
– Italian Bread Loaf (baked) 
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl except the loaf. Add the hot sauce and Worshestershire to taste. I added a little at a time to make sure they weren’t overpowering. 
Cut the football shaped center top out of the bread and use a knife and spoon to carve out the center of the bread. 
Fill the bread bowl with dip. Sprinkle extra cheddar cheese on the dip. Wrap completely in tin foil. 
Bake the dip for 350 degrees for 1 hour (wrapped in tin foil)
It serves well immediately or after it is cool.
I used pita bread but any sort of chip would work well with it. 
The picture is from Pinterest because mine was gone by the time I thought to snap a shot! 
Ciao for now! 
Jaclyn 

A Recipe That Will Make Some Noise

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Beer Battered Asparagus 


For my first post, I thought I’d share a dandy recipe which I found on Pinterest. I love beer battered anything and I am a huge fan of asparagus. So this combination seemed like a match made in culinary heaven! It is not the most healthy recipe in the world but it is better than french fries. I have made it on several occasions and I have always gotten compliments on the way tastes. 
The first time I made this recipe was for a wine night.  My best friend, Callie always comes over to watch the Bachelor and drink wine. This specific night, I decided to try my hand at cooking.  I was running late and Callie was already on her way over to my townhouse, so I figured I could finish my make-up while the oil heated in the skillet. BAD IDEA. NEVER, I repeat, NEVER leave oil unattended on the stove. The oil caught on fire and the entire townhouse ALMOST did also. I ran next-door to my neighbor’s house and asked to borrow a fire extinguisher, but they didn’t have one either. My neighbor came over and put a cookie sheet over the open flame, that I had just been staring at in horror. (Which was a very easy and practical fix, deny fire oxygen. Apparently I didn’t learn anything in High School Chemistry). I was so spooked by the giant fire that I wasn’t thinking very logically… Anyway, the fire alarm went off for a solid 15 minutes… We had to open every window in the house. Even the cob webs near the ceiling were black from all the smoke. Sorry, roommates. It was a scary moment and I am so glad that my neighbor was there to help. 
I still ended up making the recipe after the smoke cleared because I had prepared all the ingredients and dip already. It turned out delicious and would be great for a tailgate or as an horderve! 



picture and recipe from Pinterest. I did take a picture of mine but I guess I deleted it. (Dumb, iPhone storage problems)

Ingredients
Dipping Sauce
½ cup mayonnaise
Juice of ½ a lemon (watch out for seeds)
½ teaspoon lemon pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
½ teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
Pinch salt
You can substitute the herbs for what you prefer. Also, I used dry herbs and you can use fresh.

Combine all ingredients, chill until ready to serve

Beer Battered Asparagus
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 lemon zested (use microplaner)
1 cup beer
1 bunch asparagus, trimmed (I used green beans as well because my best friend doesn’t like asparagus, blasphemy, I know!)

Directions

This recipe is a lot easier if you have a deep fryer but you can do it in a deep skillet with an inch or two of oil. Make sure to heat the oil to 375 degrees. (Since I don’t have a thermometer, I turned the stove on high and waited about 5-7 minutes. You will see the oil ripple) DO NOT LEAVE THE OIL ALONE! 

Whisk together the flour, salt, pepper and lemon zest, until thoroughly combined. Then whisk in the beer (I have used a bottle of Bud Light, Micholob Ultra, and Blue Moon… all have tasted the same) Dip asparagus into the batter. Make sure to get rid of the excess batter. Fry until golden brown. Line a cookie sheet with paper towels and put in the oven at 200 degrees to keep warm.

Serve as soon as possible so that the asparagus don’t loose their crunch. (If you make the asparagus then I HIGHLY recommend making the dipping sauce as well. It is divine!) 

Ciao for Now,
                       Jaclyn
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