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#eyePISSGLITTER | Nashville's Retrograde & Oktoberfest With Adventure Seeker Orlando

Another great weekend in Nashville, included music, art and a festival of beer because, why not? I wasn't able to catch the fun times, but fellow adventure seeker, Orlando made his rounds at both Retrograde and Oktoberfest. Check out the four things that made each event pop!

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Retrograde

The Diddy Bop/Missy Elliot room. There was the room near the entrance of the venue that reminded me of a Missy Elliot or old Diddy and Mase video. Small room with parallel neons lights all around changing colors. Definitely my favorite part of the night.

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The constant feed cameras. They were recording all night and playing back and mixing footage from earlier in the night with footage from later. It was a dope room. Three older cameras and had this almost eery feel to it.

Seeing Kiya Lacey perform. I feel like I'm seeing her perform all the time but I never get tired of it.

The people. Such a diverse crowd came out. I love how the music scene in Nashville brings out all kinds of people. It's a beautiful thing.

Oktoberfest

The food. There was food everywhere. I'm a chubby kid on the inside so food is always on my mind and there was so much to choose from. 

Dogs. Everybody brought their dogs out to the event and I loved it.

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Beer. Living in Nashville has made me appreciate a good beer. I feel like everywhere I go sells craft beer so now I have a taste for it and actually appreciate that taste instead of just drinking socially

There was this one vendor selling the softest Aztec covers and throws. Like the softest thing I ever felt in my life. Literally like laying on a cloud.

 

LIFE, Food, TRAVEL, kitchen, HANG OUT

#eyePISSGLITTER | Mouth Adventure | Five Nashville Foodie Hot Spots

As the seasons begin to change so do our tastebuds, in this case it was only right to get a nice list started for some must stop spots. This time around, we're taking a trip to the Music City capital, Nashville, Tennessee. With so many new restaurants opening it may seem hard to keep up, but that's why you have EYEPISSGLITTER as your friendly guide. Now don't get sad if you don't see your favorite restaurant yet, believe me there are plenty of categories we have coming up, plus we'll sit directly with the owners to see what's best. 

Check out our ver first Mouth Adventure of five Nashville spots you want to check out...NOW!

FIVE DAUGHTERS BAKERY - 12 South

 I want everything. 

I want everything. 

Heard to be on of Nashville’s youngest fresh made to order bakery. This is a family owned bakery where it doesn’t use any GMO, chemical preservatives, hydro oils, or any artificial colors and flavors. It has been the talk in some of my Group Me with young alumni/professionals.

SAINT ANEJO - The Gulch

 The mimosas though. 

The mimosas though. 

Nice laid back Mexican Cuisine. Includes top shelf/premium tequila. They have happy hour on select days. Also they have a lovely balcony/patio if you ever want to cool out after a long day of work.

PRINCE'S HOT CHICKEN - Ewing Lane & Murfreesboro Road

 Tasty fire in my mouth. 

Tasty fire in my mouth. 

The FIRST Nashville Hot chicken joint. You can go to this place for lunch, dinner, or after the club. The one on Ewing Lane stays open until about 1 am. You will not be disappointed. If you are a lover of REAL hot chicken look no further.

CLYDE'S - Church Street

 I beat everyone in UNO here. 

I beat everyone in UNO here. 

Newly opened sports bar theme. When I say sports bar I am meaning ping pong tables and other game stations. It is a laid back vibe, not too loud or not too quiet. They have a wonderful food menu. It is jumping during happy hour or on Friday or Saturday nights.

FIVE POINTS PIZZA - 5 Points

 After The Set. 

After The Set. 

Located in the heart of 5 points, here is a pizza place that you must try. Handmade from scratch pizza. It is made to order. SO you will not be disappointed.

Reviewed By Breanna Dickey 

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#eyeADVENTURE | That Time I Stepped In Mud In My Jellies At The Nashville Freedom Fest & The Fun Stuff

 Nikki two bites and was done. 

Nikki two bites and was done. 

To believe it was scorching hot to the point I almost took my shirt off would be an understatement. But so quickly how things change, from my PEACHES Adventure tshirt turning dark green (because I was drenched in sweat) to a monsoon looking situation outside I wondered if the Freedom Fest would still pop off. With a change in time and some poppin’ music it was LIT! The un-FLEEK during the whole thing was stepping in mud, not just, "Oh she stepped in mud she has on sneakers, it's cool." No, I had on jellies and not just once but twice I stepped in the mud. Was it worth the fun I had though, yes.

 Always that one dude that carries the snake around. It wasn't Rico though. 

Always that one dude that carries the snake around. It wasn't Rico though. 

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Great energy from the crowd, visual artists and music artists, made the Nashville Freedom Festival stand out. Check out a few photos from it. Huge shout to Black City Management for putting on a great event. Check out photos below shot by Compass Creative.

 Rico about to fake laugh at my joke that was only funny to me. 

Rico about to fake laugh at my joke that was only funny to me. 

 Mike Floss & Stan on some Redman Method Man ish. 

Mike Floss & Stan on some Redman Method Man ish. 

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#eyeADVENTURE | The Phoenix Zoo & Ear Hustling Monkeys

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 "Hey do you want to go to the zoo?" Of course I say yes! Fatima, better known as the future veterinarian and the coolest little sister on the planet (yes, Asia, Kris, Bril,and Lorenzo; I'm claiming her too) made sure I got a little Sahara while back in Phoenix. It was 108 degrees so it was only right we made our way to see the beautiful animals and exquisite cacti.

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  Besides sweating crazy and thinking about what were were going to eat after, it was a wonderful experience.

Check out a few photos below.  

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eyeADVENTURE | #PartyOnABike Was Just That In Phoenix

It's no secret that one of my favorite cities on the planet is Phoenix, Arizona! Although it's been two years since I lived here and have been back I still don't know all of the "poppin" things to do.  What I do know is, Health is Wealth and when you're in the company of great people (in this case, my sisters Asia, Krishna, Kenya & Fatima) you can't not have a great time. 

 

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This trip took us to #PartyOnABike aka spin class. I've been before, not to this particular one but I do remember I was starving afterwards.  

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This was a great experience, minus my butt hurting which is probably a good thing it was LIT. Our spin class instructor Brynn had a dope playlist, great energy and was super supportive. So if you have no idea where to start for fun in Phoenix of any city rather, start with a good exercise class. You can't go wrong when it comes to getting your body right.

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Quiz Dat A$$ | How Many Gucci Mane Lyrics Do You Know

I got 17 out of 21!

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This was fun! Check it out via Pigeons and Planes. And cop the Gucci pouchette here!

Gucci Pink Lemonade Pouch

Collaboration with Tuscaloosian artist, The Prblms and EYEPISSGLITTER both share a love of creative design and Gucci Mane. What started as a print to frame turned into lampshade, wallpaper and now the limited edition pillow and travel pouch. Gucci In Paris.

*Plus it's been revamped with a new lining! Pink and black.

100% Linen Cotton Canvas

Elephant Texture

10 x 8.5

Made with my bare hands (handmade)

Cold Water Wash

Made In The USA

Limited Edition

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TRAVEL | Fleeing The Country, Can't Come Back Where Are You Headed?

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A couple of weeks ago I asked you all a question that I was so wrapped around. Not in a bad way just one of those hmm, questions. It was bound to come up because I finally sat down to go through my book, Book of Questions. I was super drawn to this questions and figured hey, let's start a question. I already know my answer but check out a few from my fellow Wanderers:

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Everyone here seems to want to JUST BE. I agree. 

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Some just want a great escape. 

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Europe and Asia are also getting massive play. 

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Water is the answer. 

So now that you see some of the most illmatic answers, here's mine...

Capetown, South Africa. I've never been but I see beaches and it's always hot and I would like the challenge of starting over and doing something I love and being with a beautiful culture

Question Two On Way. Where would you go?

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LIFE | Bonnaroo 2017 Dates Have Been Announced & See What Made 2016 Bonnaroo Really Pop Off

So it's really LIT. No seriously. If you went to Bonnaroo I'm sure you feel like you're liked in sunshine, especially if you're just now using AC (it feels different). But even if you didn't go there's something so special about that too. 

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If You Didn't Go Start Here

So it's Winter, I'm talking freezing cold (maybe not depending on where you are) but if it's not 90 degrees it's cold to me. I digress, each year since 2012 (never forget Asia when we had the day pass because you have the best customers ever) I have looked forward to another year of freedom, excitement and that community feel you have in college (or school period) that you think will never go away until you graduate.

Now, that you get the feels get why Bonnaroo 2016 made for the relaxation year of Bonnaroo but still left everyone refreshed and appreciative of a good time well spent.

If You Did Go Start Here

Oh My Goodness...so now, Lil Chano from 79th aka Chance The Rapper is Mayor of Bonnaroo!?! He really did four shows, he surprised himself with himself and us!! But let's get to the...

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TOP LIT LIST

  • The Trapped In The Closet Sing Along (No really it was a giant karaoke of R. Kelly songs for pregame; next thing you know we're 23 chapters in). "Cuz he's my baby's daddy...daddy...daddy (echo)
  • The Coachella girls next to us. We didn't see them smile until the last day & that was after Jamilah made me socialize with them. They ended up being really cool, this was their first and last time at Bonnaroo.
  • Chance The Rapper surprising himself with us not only once during J Cole's set, not only during Bryson Tiller's set, not only during Miguel's magical set but also at Silent Disco.
  • Waking up naked because it was too hot to put on clothes.
  • Miguel.
  • Hermitude.
  • The Water slide even though we didn't get on it this time.
  • The Amish doughnuts.
  • The Amish pretzels.
  • First feel of air conditioner in the car.
  • Dancing to our own music as we waited for the storm to be over.
  • Eating shrimp and chips twice within an hour.
  • The alarms sounding off everything was postponed until the storm was clear. In that moment we were fake sad because we had SO much faith it wasn't going to last & it didn't. It ended up making for a great moment and giving us a little break.
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Ok Pictures cuz it was LIT!! & Oh yea...

Bonnaroo 2017 June 8-11. See you on the farm.

 Get your hair done too. 

Get your hair done too. 

 Our other Grandpa & one of the Princesses of Bonnaroo! 

Our other Grandpa & one of the Princesses of Bonnaroo! 

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LIFE | How Traveling Somewhere You've Never Been Can Build Your Confidence

and will help you make a better connection to the people you talk to on a daily basis. No really. I travel because I love embrace change and love the new, but I also love talking to people. My dream is to have a conversation with everyone on the planet because honestly everyone you meet knows something you don't.

My way of having a conversation with everyone is designing something that will spark conversation amongst the masses. Whether it be a piece of furniture, a great read or music some kind of talking is done. I've learned by traveling in the past few years that my conversations have gotten better. I am able to cut the small talk and break the ice with real questions that show interest and the wanting to know more. I did this when I lived in London for my study abroad and then that one way ticket to Phoenix, Arizona for Asia's graduation that turned into getting my first apartment on my own. 

So I recommend everyone, even if it's a quick trip to a different city in your state; travel and speak to people...

Be Dangerous...It's Careful Out There.

#EYEPISSGLITTER

 

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LIFE | I Met God Yesterday...

I MET GOD YESTERDAY in the form of a Grandpa; yearning to share his wisdom, but also take on the role of a student. He showed me that opportunity is always around us and "it's up to you to take advantage of it," he said.

I MET GOD YESTERDAY in the form of good eye contact and willingness to listen and let the conversation flow. It showed me that I'm where I'm supposed to be without a doubt.

I MET GOD YESTERDAY in the form of a song. I'm always thinking of my MAMA. I find myself randomly giggling or crying because I miss her juicy hugs. I decided to skip right to Rick Ross' Smile Mama, Smile for obvious reasons (I usually play an album all the way through before skimming to my favorites). As soon as the beat dropped and Ceelo started singing, I felt joy, sadness and warmth all at the same time. But it felt like Ceelo was singing for my heart and my MAMA. It is beautiful.

I MET GOD YESTERDAY in the form of a vivid memory of a picture. My MAMA was so excited for me because she saw a copy of The Source Magazine (my dream since 4th grade to write for/my article was printed). She took a picture of herself (FACIE) holding the copy smiling and texted, "Look what I got." That is forever imprinted in my mind.

I MET GOD YESTERDAY in the form of a feeling. I went to bed feeling confident, warm (yes the heat is on) and safe.

This is not to say I won't ever be sad again or have my moments. It's just nice to feel connected with something bigger than yourself. It felt so good that I woke up thinking I was dreaming.

Thank you God for my MAMA GRANDPA AUNT ALBERTA...you all have forever changed my life.