Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Knoxville, TN Travel Guide

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My first time to Knoxville, Tennessee was over New Years this year for a friend’s wedding!

We went for five days, and here is what we saw, where we ate and what we did.


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Hotel:

We stayed at the Hyatt Place Hotel in downtown Knoxville on Gay Street. It was the perfect location. 

All the restaurants, bars and spots to see were within a 3-minute walk from the hotel.

The hotel also provides complimentary breakfast.


Restaurants:

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Oliver Royale- we went here for the rehearsal dinner and for New Years. The food is delicious, and it is definitely a restaurant that would thrive in New York with its upscale cuisine and French bistro style interior.

Not Watson’s Kitchen + Bar- a great spot for a burger and a football game! I grabbed a bite here before the wedding.

Pete’s Restaurant- a classic diner in downtown Knoxville.

The French Market Crêperie - authentic and delicious crepes!

Tupelo Honey- delicious southern cuisine with all day brunch.

 

Things to do (within walking distance from our hotel):

•Walk around Market Square (a set of blocks that form a square with lots of restaurants)

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•Movies at Regency Theater

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•Bowling at Maple Hall

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•World’s Fair Park with the Sunsphere

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Bars:

•The neighborhood of Old City has a ton of breweries, bars and clubs.

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Peter Kern Library- a speakeasy behind the Oliver Royale hotel (The entrance is in the alleyway behind the hotel with the red lamp. The password is a series of numbers from the bar’s most recent Facebook page).

Clancy’s- a good old fashioned Irish bar right next to our hotel. We went here every single night.

Five Thirty Lounge- a rooftop bar on top of the Hyatt hotel.

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Monday, January 17, 2022

Finding Happiness at Law School

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This fall semester I was probably the most unhappy I have ever been in school (maybe 4th grade Elizabeth when she was bullied, would think differently). That’s hard for me to say because I generally love school.

 

If I’m writing this blog post, I know I can’t be the only one that feels this way. 

 

My professor in one of my classes told me that you can be happy in law school. He also said that generally the law profession can be unhappy, but you can find happiness if you do something you enjoy and not make your whole life focused around your career.

 

I’m glad he said that because now I don’t feel so alone in my feelings. I am also taking his advice and living outside of the law profession. 


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Why I was unhappy:

As I’m sure you know by now, from my previous posts, law school is a lot of work. The second year of law school is no joke. The first year they scare you to death, the second year they work you to death and the third year they bore you to death.

 

Generally, law school is a bully, as is the bar exam. There is so much conforming that each law student has to follow to become an attorney. It is exhausting. 

 

Last semester I worked long hours every day. I really felt like the work was killing me. I was mentally exhausted. I had 15 weeks straight of school without any days off. I was in 15 credit hours and working at my externship for 15 hours a week. It was my first semester on a journal. It was also my first semester where I got to pick some of my classes. I was also a TA. I did homework seven days a week.

 

Sadly, I felt law school wasn’t fun nor exciting anymore, and it just felt like a chore. Most mornings I woke up and did not look forward to my day.

I didn’t see my friends at all, and I spent a ton of time alone at the library or working at my desk in my room.

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How I found happiness:

The only way I got through law school last semester was by planning fun things to do on the weekends. I am still doing that this semester. I also have a new job which I am really excited about which gives me something to look forward to. This semester I am also going to have days off (like today and then spring break)!

 

I also took it day by day last semester. Every day was different. I made sure to take some “me time” every day and watch some tv before bed. 

 

I also talked to my friends who are not in law school a lot, as they gave me different perspectives. I complained to them a lot, and they were always encouraging. They reminded me that law school is a means to an end. And it will end soon. 

 

After last semester, I really enjoyed my winter break. I didn’t work a retail job, like I normally do, I just sat on the couch and watched tv for weeks on end. It was such a relaxing break. I felt so relaxed, I was bored. 

 

Moral of the story:

Make something that you don’t like into something you do. Look for the small happy things throughout your day. Do something you like every day (for me: blogging, taking pictures, posting to Instagram, planning out outfits, watching tv). 

 

Remember, it will come to an end.

 

I hope that if you are struggling like I was last semester with finding happiness, that you find it, because life is too short to not enjoy it a little bit each day. 


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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Workwear Wednesday and an Exciting Announcement

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Happy Workwear Wednesday and happy first day of class to me!

Welcome to my new segment where every Wednesday (well, maybe not every Wednesday) I will be giving workwear outfit inspiration.

The reason I am staring this segment is because I got a really cool Externship in Manhattan!

 

This is a post I have dreamed about sharing since I started my blog in 2015.

As many of you know, I am in my second year of law school. My entire life, I have dreamed of going to law school and becoming an attorney one day. I couldn’t pinpoint the exact moment in time that I wanted to be an attorney, in college I understood why I wanted to go law school, and that’s a different story for a different day, but to get back to this story, I always imagined myself strutting down the streets of Manhattan in high heels and a sharp suit headed to work as an attorney.

I am happy to say that that dream is coming true.

Tomorrow I am starting as an extern (an intern that gets compensated in academic credit hours) at a dream company.

Catch me wearing my heels and my power suit tomorrow (as seen above) strutting in midtown Manhattan heading to work as an attorney (in training)!


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Don’t get me wrong, last summer and this past fall I worked for amazing organizations, and I loved my experiences. In the summer I worked as an intern at Lawyers Alliance for New York and this past fall as an extern (also getting credit) at The Paley Center for Media. Holding these positions were also big goals of mine, and I am proud to say the positions served me well and gave me experience that helped me gain this new position. But as dreamy as those roles were, I was not in person due to the pandemic.

However, this position is in a real live office! As geeky as it sounds, I am so excited to be working in an office surrounded by attorneys.

I know I’m crazy, but this is something I have always dreamed of and now it is really coming to life.

But besides my dreams of coming true of working in person and not remote, I am also really looking forward to learning more about the law and how to apply the law to the real legal world and not just the law school world. The type of law the firm focuses on is right up my alley and I am so excited to learn more!

 

I can’t say much about my job, but I will be working at a law firm in midtown Manhattan two afternoons a week and all day on Fridays this semester. I will be commuting from Long Island after class in the afternoons. I will be receiving four credits towards my transcript for working. This will be my second externship and I really truly deeply believe that externships in law school are the way to go! It is the best way to gain practical experience before graduating law school. It’s also a great experience to add to your resume to show that you worked at a really cool job while going to law school. The positions are great networking experiences and may even lead to a future job. And, because working is technically a class, there is no extra homework! Externships are the way to go!

 

I’m sure the commute (especially during weeks with lots of schoolwork) and the “strut” to work glamour will wear down (especially in the cold snow and rain) but I’m hopeful that the excitement and eagerness I have to gain experience and learn from the attorneys at the firm will not stop.

 

Wish me luck!

Xoxo

-E


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Monday, January 10, 2022

What to Wear to the Opera

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Yesterday my parents took my twin brother and I to the Metropolitan Opera for a matinee of La bohème, an Italian opera based on a French book.

This was our belated birthday present and our first opera at Lincoln Center. 

We sat stage right in a box on the third level. The box was great so we could spread out and stretch our legs during the show and during the intermissions.

It was a beautiful (and long 3+ hours but after every act there was an intermission) show.

The 60-person orchestra and singers were phenomenal.

The sets were also highly intricate and beautiful. 

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What to wear:

Traditionally at opening night at the opera, the dress code is formal attire. Tuxes for men and gowns for the ladies.

Every other day, the dress code is sophisticated and chic, which means no jeans. Most of the men wore suits or sports coats or button downs. Most ladies wore black pants, blouses or sweaters or dresses with boots and tights.

 

Be warned: the theater is very toasty, and you will be sitting for a long time, so you have to be comfortable.

 

If you traditionally love the theater, you will definitely enjoy the opera. It is something a bit more sophisticated and intricate than a Broadway show. So, try it out!

The talent of the artists was breathtaking and truly a wonderful experience. 

I will be returning!


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Tuesday, January 4, 2022 / 730 N Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA

What to Wear to a Rehearsal Dinner and Black-Tie Optional Winter Wedding in Knoxville, TN

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Who:

Alex, my boyfriend, and I were invited to celebrate the wedding of our college friends.

What: 

We had been waiting since 2020 for this wedding and I am so glad we finally got to celebrate the happy couple!

Where and when:

The wedding was during New Year’s in Knoxville, Tennessee. We flew in late Tuesday night to Knoxville, after connecting in Atlanta. We stayed at the Hyatt in downtown, Knoxville on Gay Street, perfectly situated in the heart of Knoxville.


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What:

Wednesday- Rehearsal Dinner

Who:

The groomsmen went to the shooting range, so some of the girls and I grabbed açaí bowls for lunch before getting ready for the rehearsal dinner.

My boyfriend, Alex, was the best man, and I was honored to be his date. 

When:

At 4pm we headed out in the rain to the rehearsal at the church. The bridal party practiced as I sat in a pew and observed.

Where:

After practice we drove back downtown to Oliver Royale where the restaurant was rented out for everyone invited to the rehearsal dinner. The dim lighting, signature cocktails and delicious food (so good we went back for New Year’s Day dinner) was a wonderful way to celebrate the bride and groom. Alex and I got to sit right across from the bride and groom at the long dinner table and got to experience all the toasts and speeches firsthand. Most of the groomsmen and bridesmaids gave speeches (even some musical renditions), as did the father of the groom and some tears were shed. It was such a lovely evening.

What:

I wore a casual silky wrap dress to dinner and added fun feather and velvet accessories. Shop my outfit below!


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What:

Thursday- Wedding Day

When: 

Some of the nonbridal party and I grabbed lunch and then I ran to my hair appointment at Culture Studio hair salon at 1:30 before walking back to the hotel to do my full contour (courtesy of YouTube and Pinterest) makeup look.

We hopped on the trolly at 4:15 and headed to the ceremony.

Where: 

After the ceremony we took the trolly to The Press Room for cocktail hour and the reception. The signature drinks were delicious and so was the steak dinner!

What:

I wore a long green chiffon dress with sparkly accessories to the black-tie optional evening wedding. As a wedding guest, you never want to outshine the bride. I am friends with the bride and groom, so I asked the bride in advance (probably back in 2020) what the bridesmaids would be wearing, and they were set to all wore long burgundy dresses and the groomsmen would be in kilts. I love wearing long dresses, and getting all glammed out, because when do you get to dress fancy anymore?! If it was a day black-tie optional wedding, I probably would have worn a midi dress but because this was black-tie optional and an evening wedding, I wanted to wear a long dress. It just so happened that my dress was the exact same color as the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom, so I definitely looked important. However, my date was important. He was the best man, so I knew all eyes would be on him at certain points of the night and I wanted to look good!

 

We stayed until after New Year’s to celebrate the happy couple and be reunited with our friends. It was such a fun week and we can’t wait for more friends to get married!


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Monday, January 3, 2022

2021 Bucket List Roundup and 2022 Bucket List

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Happy new year!

Last year I made a bucket list of all the things I wanted to do and see in 2021 after a very disappointing 2020. Let’s see which bucket list items I completed in 2021 and which ones I want to complete this year!

 

2021 Bucket List Roundup:

 

          Get the vaccine

          Dance at a club or bar

          Have a graduation ceremony and get to go back to Wake

          See my friends and hug them

          Have boozy brunch with friends

          Attend a Broadway show

          Go to a Mets game 

          Visit the museum of ICE CREAM

          Get a legal summer internship 

          Spend time in Florida 

          Visit friends in DC 

          Meet more blogger friends 

          Go to our friend’s wedding in December and NYE in TN

          Visit the Statue of Liberty

          Spend a day on Governor’s Island

          Visit The Edge

          See Vanderbilt’s Sunken Gardens 

          Go to Wake alumni events 

          Visit the MOMA

          Go for a wine tasting at a winery 

          Have a Picnic

          Go to the beach

          Visit the Hamptons 

          Take a trip to Chicago 

          Visit Time Out Market, Brooklyn 

          See a comedy show 

          Eat at Chelsea Market

 

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2022 Bucket List:


1.          Visit the US Open

2.          Go to a karaoke bar

3.          Watch a movie in Bryant Park during the summer

4.          Visit The Boardy Barn 

5.          Dress up at Belmont

6.          Attend Santa Con in December

7.          Get a donut at the Krispy Kreme in Times Square

8.          Attend a Drag Queen show

9.          Go to Wake’s Homecoming 

10.       Visit the Museum of Illusions

11.       Hike upstate NY

12.       T&P Goals: Hit 10k Instagram followers, 2.5K Pinterest followers, 5k LTK followers and double my income from last year

13.       Visit the Frick Collection

14.       See the Transit Museum

15.       Go to Smorgasborg 

16.       Have a snack at Maman

17.       Visit Fire Island 

18.       Go salsa dancing

19.       Have a Kentucky Derby watch party

20.       Visit Montauk

21.       Visit college friends

22.       Host a murder mystery party

23.       Visit the lavender fields on Long Island 

24.       Watch the sunset over the Brooklyn Bridge

25.       Go on a drive-through food date

26.       Walk from top of Manhattan to bottom 

27.       Visit Uncommon, a board game bar

28.       Have a wine tasting at Chelsea market 

29.       Go for Tea at the plaza 

30.       Go to the opera

31.       Visit Boston during the fall

32.       Picnic on Governor’s Island

33.       Go on a dessert tour of NYC 

34.       Take a double decker tour bus around Manhattan for fun

35.       Spend time in Florida

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