SEEING STARS

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I am back today with another trend report for fall.  I don't know if you have noticed this in my previous wardrobe choices, but I have a thing for stars.  I don't know if I every really noticed it before, but while I was cleaning out my closet in preparation for our big construction project I saw a definite pattern developing.  Lucky for me, stars are actually a thing right now in fashion, so clearly I was just ahead of this trend.

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Sweater | Jeans | Shoes | Bracelets | Sunglasses

While I was shopping for some fall basics at Nordstrom earlier this month, I found this awesome sweater from Rails that I had to have.  That's right, Rails- the maker of my favorite button down- makes awesome sweaters too.  In fact, not just sweaters, but dresses, jackets, rompers and more.  Who'd of thunk it?  As a side note, if you are looking for the best selection of Rails clothing look no further than Nordstrom.com.  They have over 100 different Rails items online to choose from. In fact, when I was searching for my sweater online I even found this awesome chambray stars button down, best part, it is 40% off. See, starts...they really are a thing.

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Now I know what you are thinking.  Landyn, aren't I going to look like I am constantly preparing for a 4th of July picnic in stars?  Nope!  Now I am not advocating you go all stars and stripes bikini on me, but some subtle well placed stars in your wardrobe will definitely make you shine.  See what I did there. 

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I went through the entire Nordstrom website and looked for some of my favorite pieces that have stars on them.  Let's just say that I had my suspicions that stars where a thing confirmed.  Everyone from the top designers like- Stella McCartney to Givenchy- to jewlery makers and everyone in between have stars incorporates in their designs.  Here are some of my top picks...and there are a lot!

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Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post.  As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.  And thank you for supporting the brands that help make Living with Landyn possible.

EVEREVE: LANDYN'S PICKS FOR FALL

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Happy Monday!! It's almost SHOWTIME and I'm so excited I can't even stand it! Everything for Living With Landyn Live is coming together so wonderfully. I'm just in awe of the amazing people + brands that have joined forces with me to give you the most amazing day possible. There were so many details and so many hours put into bringing this dream to life and I truly could not have done it without everyone's love + support. It will be... ALL THE THINGS! 

You've heard me talk about Evereve for so many reasons. It's a store I've loved shopping at for over 10 years. I first walked through their door after I had Lily, and was pregnant with Luke. For the past decade it was a place I knew that if I only had 15 minutes, a stroller with one fussy infant and a wandering toddler THIS is where I wanted to go. They were so great at helping me find what I needed, and would cheer me on and tell me, "you got this mama" when I left. Even though I thought for sure I was losing it. They just get it. There's no wonder why they now have over 80+ stores across the country helping women feel beautiful and empowered day after day.  

For the past year I have been part of Evereve's Style Crew and have enjoyed teaming up with a company that helped give me the confidence to own this whole mom thing many years ago. Talk about a full circle moment. So, when Megan Tamte, Evereve's CEO and mother of two heard about my LWL Live Show she wanted to be involved and I wanted her involved. There's no better joy than when women get behind other women and their dreams. If you'd like to read an empowering story about dreaming big, read Megan's story here. It will get you off the couch and chasing your dreams. So inspiring! 

Xx
Landyn


LWL + EVEREVE


Megan and her team sent me over all the looks for Fall and new merchandise coming in. They then said, what about showcasing your picks in ALL Evereve stores nationwide!!!! WHAT?!?! ALL STORES? WOW. Yes! What an opportunity to be introduced to women across the country and show off my style in Evereve stores from California to Connecticut. What a thrill this has been for me, and no better brand aligns more with my mission about women, than Evereve. I'm honored to have Living With Landyn's Picks displayed in their stores. So, if you live near an one of their locations....stop by and check it out. Tell them Landyn sent ya! Here's a list of locations.  


THANKS MEGAN 


If you live in Nashville or are coming to Nashville for the event this weekend you should know about something really fun that's taking place on Friday, September 15th from 6-8pm at the Cool Springs location. Megan is hosting a fun shopping night filled with my picks + sips & snacks plus 15% off to everyone that attends. You will LOVE meeting her! If you can't make it to Megan's event, or don't live in Tennessee. Bummer. But, she would still love to honor the 15% to all my followers on www.evereve.com valid for one day only September 15th, using code LANDYN15 Go treat yourself, pretty mamas! 


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LANDYN'S PICKS 

AVAILABLE IN STORES + ONLINE NOW THROUGH SEPTEMBER


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TOPS + JACKETS


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JEANS + SUCH 


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BOOTIES + SNEAKS


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JEWELRY


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MENSWEAR GAME STRONG

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Blazer | Tank | Joggers | Sunglasses |

This week is New York Fashion Week, and obviously I am not there right now, but I thought it might be the perfect time to talk about some of my favorite trends for fall and winter.  One of the trends that I am LOVING right now is the return of menswear into our closets.  You guys know that I am probably a blazer's #1 fan, but I am also loving the men's inspired loafers and the non-traditional take on suiting.  I can't get enough of masculine details with a feminine touch. 

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Blazer | Tank | Joggers (size down)| Loafer | Sunglasses

You guys might remember these fabulous joggers from last week's street wear post.  Well guess what ladies, these Trouve' joggers from Nordstrom are a must have staple in your closet.  I showed you how to dress them down and here is how you can dress them up.  This outfit is such a chic and unexpected twist on a suit.  You could easily take this look straight from the office to after work cocktails and dinner just by changing out your shoes. 

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Let's talk about theses shoes for a minute.  I had never worn a loafer before this year and to say that I am obsessed and a complete convert is an understatement.  You wanna talk about taking a classic menswear trend and totally taking it to the next level!?!  These shoes are EXTRA and I can not get enough of the stud detailing.  Run to your nearest Nordstrom or head online and get these babies.  They will be your go to shoe for fall. TRUST ME.  If you don't believe me check out the 21 reviewers that gave them an overall 5-star review!  In fact, if loafers are your thing you totally need to check out Nordstrom's website.  They have over 300 loafers less than $150 to choose from. 

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See, switch out that loafer for a sexy black heel and you are ready for a night on the town.

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WHO WEARS THE PANTS?



FOR THE LOVE OF LOAFERS



THROW A BLAZER ON IT



WHAT I'M WEARING



Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post.  As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  Thank you to all of you who continue to support brands who help make Living with Landyn possible.

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER

Cauliflower is probably one of my favorite vegetables to roast. Super simple and filing. And always makes a beautiful presentation on the table. *If it makes it to the table. I'm notorious for eating it right out of the oven while it cooks. The best part...the crispy little burnt ends that are stuck to the side of the pan. I call dibs on those. 

  • I large head cauliflower, cut in florets (I also love to use the already chopped bag of cauliflower)
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced 
  • kosher salt + pepper

Preheat oven to 425°. Mix cauliflower florets in a large bowl with garlic + olive oil + 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese + salt and pepper. Place in a baking dish and spread evenly. Roast, turning with a spatula occasionally, until almost tender, about 35 to 40 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese and roast another 10-12 minutes until cauliflower is tender and golden on the edges. 

Yum! 

Xx
L

 

 

 

WIDE-LEG PANT LOVER... RIGHT HERE

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Hopefully you guys aren't going to get sick of fashion posts anytime soon.  I realized at the end of August that I didn't have anything shot for September....whoops! So, I did a big photo shoot with my girl Lindsey, cause I had quite a few new things that I just had to share. Putting on the Living With Landyn LIVE show has been quite crazy to say the least. Can't believe it, but it's only 2 WEEKS AWAY! I haven't had any time for recipe developing, home styling, etc.  Don't worry, October will be fresh and filled with lots on new content. Which I'm excited about and I think you will be too. Just hang with me through this month and we will all come through on the other side.  At least that is what I am telling myself in moments of major panic...which is daily. Yet....look how calm and care free I look. Ha! 

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I had a very exciting *top secret* photo shoot last month for something that I will get to reveal soon (October 1st) and I treated myself to an amazing pair of black pants for the shoot.  Now I will admit, this is waaaaaay more money than I would typically spend on a pair of pants; however, these are an investment piece that I will have forever.  As I've been writing the book for the show, I created a list of things for the FASHION section- Splurge vs Save. On my splurge list are lots of classic items like a good pair of black pumps, a nice pair of jeans, and a good pair of black pants. And these are my black pants and they really are all the things. 

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I've embraced the skinnies + fitted for the past several years, so it was fun to do something completely opposite and go for this really wide-legged trouser.  Wide-leg pants can be so chic and stylish and make such a big statement, but they can also be a little intimidating to style.  My #1 styling tip for a wide-leg is that you want to balance out your silhouette by wearing something that is tighter or more slim cut up top.  You never want an oversized top and oversized bottom, you'll end up looking 10 lbs heavier than you are and quite frumpy. Nobody's got time for that! Two things to always remember....flowy top, fitted bottom/ fitted top, flowy bottom. Pretty much apply this rule to every outfit you wear. If you must go big on top, like I did here, make sure it balances out with the bottom width. Honestly this top is so dang fun, I think it would work with almost anything. 


CROP IT


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When I am wearing a wide leg pant, I like to wear either a fitted cropped top or a shirt that can be easily tucked in. This particular pair of pants are high-waisted so I paired it my favorite white top from this summer. Remember that baby? If not here it is from my 40th birthday party.  Unfortunately my white version is sold out, but I found the black version at Nordstrom Rack for over $100 off what I paid for it! SCORE! I know the thought of a crop top as an adult over the age of 23 probably seems a little scary, but stick with me on this one.  With a high waisted pant you really won't see any skin.  If it is still a little much for you, try a lace top like this one and put a little white camisole or bralette underneath. 


OWN IT 


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TUCK IT


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Another really great look with a wide-legged pant is to tuck a slim cut shirt into it.  I love this look because it really emphasizes the proportions of the outfit, makes your waist look really small, and makes your legs look really long.  Who doesn't want that.  I tucked a simple black tank in these outfits, but I LOVE the look of a slim fit button down shirt with a wide leg pants.  I think this look is so sophisticated and chic. It would be the perfect look for work too. Oh, and what about  this denim shirt ?  I love the combination of something that is more casual with something more dressy.  Definitely unexpected. 

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SHOP MY LOOKS 


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KNOCK IT OFF



EFFORTLESS STREET STYLE

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Tank | Joggers | Jacket | Shoes | Bracelets

I have been working on getting my thoughts together for the Living with Landyn Live show and the leave behind book that each attendee will take home with them.  While writing the information for the fashion section I focused a lot on the word effortless.  Effortless style is the guiding motto I have for when I am shopping or styling an outfit for myself.  I am naturally drawn to simple, clean lines without a lot of detail and fuss, so it does make dressing in a way that projects an effortless overall look easier. But here is the thing about effortless style, it doesn't mean that it doesn't require effort.  In fact, it sometimes requires more effort because it requires restraint.


EASY AS 1...2...3...


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Today I want to talk specifically about effortless style in our daytime, around town wear.  How many of you are guilty of heading out the door in a faded pair of yoga pants and an oversized t-shirt?  Or your work-out shorts and a mismatched shirt?  Trust me, I know and have been guilty of the same.  You think, oh I am just running to the post office or to grab the dry cleaning and you throw on whatever you have laying around.  I am guilty of thinking, "well I don't want to waste a whole nice outfit on just a couple of quick errands".  I totally feel you.  But here is the thing.  I always feel so much better about myself when I look pulled together.  Notice that I didn't say dressed up.  I can still be very casual and comfortable in what I am wearing, but still look stylish.

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This outfit is a perfect example of this.  I am wearing joggers, a black tank top, and sneakers.  Basically I could be going to the gym, but it ends up looking like a really cute, casual outfit.  One of the key components of effortless style is wearing the basics, but then having one thing that sets the outfit apart.  It can be something as simple as the way a pair of pants is cut, the roll of your sleeve, or a statement necklace.  It doesn't necessarily have to be a big thing, but it is the element that makes people notice what you have one.

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For me, that piece in this outfit is this fun denim jacket with the unexpected addition of the sweatshirt hoodie.  I love the layered look of this jacket and that it ups the "cool factor" of this basic athleisure outfit.   I also wanted to mention that these joggers are a little bit dressier than a pair that I would lounge around the house in.  They are made of a crepe material and the cut is a little more tailored looking.  They are made by a brand called Trouve that I absolutely love and is exclusive to Nordstrom.  If you are ever looking for good basics at a reasonable price, I would definitely head in to Nordstrom or check out Trouve on their website. It would be so easy to take them straight into nighttime wear by just adding a different shoe and a blazer. 

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TWO MORE LOOKS 

Here are two other examples of effortless daytime outfits. Guaranteed to help you look and feel pulled together. 


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Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post.  As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.  Also, thank you to all of you who support the brands that help make Living with Landyn possible.

THE PERFECT CHEESE PLATE

HOW TO MAKE A CHEESE PLATE FROM ABOVE

When I wrote my post on easy entertaining at the beginning of this month, I had so many questions about how to assemble to cheese plate that I thought it would be a good idea to do a whole post on how I put one together.  If you did read that post, you know that the cheese plate is my signature dish.  It is my go-to to through together if I am having guests over for last minute drinks.  I mean, who does not love a plate with meats, cheese, fruit and nuts.  Basically it is my idea of a dream meal.

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The first step to a great cheese board is to use a really gorgeous wooden or marble cutting board.  I always keep my eyes out for boards that would work for cheese boards when I am Marshalls, HomeGoods, or TJ Maxx.  They always have great boards for cheap.  Keep this board in the pantry and make sure you use it only for the purpose of serving a cheese board.  This way you are sure that it stays free of knicks and scratches.  You can also do a half wood/half marble cutting board too.  If you are using a marble cutting board you are able to put the board in the refrigerator and it will help keep the cheese a little colder, longer.

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When I start assembling the cheese board, the first thing I think about is the colors of the board and how all the cheeses and items on the board will look together.  You want a combination of milder cheeses with more pungent cheeses.  You typically want 3-5 cheeses on your board; always an odd number of cheeses.  My favorite cheese is brie, so you will always see one of those on my boards.  I also love using a blue cheese, goat cheese, something with a little spice to it, and I typically will include one type of cheese, like cheddar, that I know everyone will eat.

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Once I have my cheeses laid out, I start filling in the spaces with all the other items I will have on the board.  I always include one or two different cured meat options.  My two favorites are prosciutto and a salami, but any kind of dried sausage or smoked meat will work well.  I love putting dried fruits on my boards and I use a combination of salty and sweet nuts.  My favorites are marcona almonds and honey roasted pecans.  I then add dried fruits like apricots and figs to my plate.  I love the color and texture they bring to the overall look of the plate.

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The final piece I like to include on my board is bunches of grapes.  I always use red grape, never green. I then finish off the board with fresh herbs and viola you are done!  I like to put out a combination of gourmet crackers.  Some of my favorites are rosemary fruit and nut crackers, water crackers, and a good multi-grain that everyone will love.  The awesome part about cheese plates is that they are great to make ahead of time and pull out before the party starts.  I always pull my cheese board out an hour before the party begins to let the cheese come to room temperature. 

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I am a huge fan of stress-free entertaining.  That is part of the reason why I love the cheese board.  It is simple, makes a big impact, and allows me to be the hostess I want to be and provide food for my guests without running around like a chicken with my head cut off.  Always remember, your friends are there to visit with you not watch you slave away in the kitchen.

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CHEESE BOARD ESSENTIALS



TAKE YOUR SUMMER DRESS STRAIGHT INTO FALL

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Dress | Jacket | Shoes | Bracelets

When I asked for fall content ideas on Instagram the other day, I got so many requests for fall fashion ides.  You ladies ask, Landy delivers.  I really want to show you guys that dressing for fall does not require you to necessarily buy a ton of new pieces.  You can shop your own closet and rework your favorite pieces from summer and bring them straight into fall.  Would you believe me if I told you I only had to buy two new pieces- a utility jacket and a scarf- to make up these two different looks?  Yep!  I have been wanting a utility jacket for a long time, so I stopped by Nordstrom the other day to check them out.  They had an awesome assortment of not only great lightweight jackets for fall, but also tons of other great transitional pieces to help you extend the life of your summer clothes.

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Do you guys remember my favorite black Michael Stars dress that I got at the very beginning of summer?  I love this dress and practically live in it.  It is such a great basic and is flattering on lots of different body types thanks to the ruching.  I was a little sad to think that I was going to have to say good-bye to it for the fall and winter, but guess what, now I don't have to.  I want to show you guys how to take this little black dress from running around town doing errands to a date night with the hubby just by changing out the jacket and the shoe.

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I don't really wear a lot of olive green and that is a very popular color for utility/anorak style jackets.  I was so excited when I found this gorgeous slate gray one at Nordstrom.  It is so lightweight and perfect for over a dress or layered over a long sleeve shirt and jeans when the fall weather starts to turn a little cooler.  Seriously, if you are going to buy one piece for fall get your booty over to Nordstrom and check this one out.

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For my day look I wanted to pair the dress with a little bit of a chunkier sandal.  You guys know I have worn these shoes to death since I go them.  They are actually a perfect transition shoe for fall because they are suede.  They are seriously so comfortable once you break them in.  For sure my favorite shoe of summer.

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For my nighttime look all I had to do was switch out my jacket and shoe and then add a scarf to give it a little pop.  Leopard print is a HUGE trend for fall, so I also picked up this cute leopard print scarf from Nordstrom for only $19!  Scarves are such an easy and inexpensive way to add an accessory and a pop of pattern to a neutral outfit. 

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Dress | Jacket | Shoe | Scarf

I know you guys remember this jacket from last year.  It is still one of my absolute favorites and I can't wait to start wearing it more once the temperatures cool down in Nashville a little bit.  So for this fun little date night outfit I already had the dress, shoes, and jacket, which means I literally was able to pull a date night look together for only $19.  If that is not winning, I really don't know what is.  It really is a lesson in the importance of picking out simple, classic staples for your wardrobe that you can wear season after season, year after year. 

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GREAT LAYERING JACKETS FOR FALL



SCARVES FOR FALL UNDER $50



Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post.  As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.  Also, thank you to all of you who support the brands that help make Living with Landyn possible.

SPOTLIGHT ON A&M EVENTS

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I am so excited to be able to introduce you guys to Amanda and Micaela of A&M Events, the event planning dynamic duo who are helping produce the Living with Landyn Live Event.  Let me be the first to say that neither Julia or I have ever done anything like this show and to say we are learning as we go is a HUGE understatement.  It has been such an enormous help to have A&M Events guiding us through this process.  There are SO many details and technical aspects that we would have never even thought about if it was not for them.  One of the reasons that we chose them is that they have had so much experience not just planning gorgeous weddings and parties, but they also have planned huge conferences for global organizations.  That was a major selling point for us because the Live show has elements of both the most gorgeous wedding or party you have ever been to (if I do say so myself), combined with lots of the technical needs of a large conference.  The moral of this long-winded story is, if you ever have an event need of any type, do yourself and favor and call Micaela and Amanda. They were sweet enough to agree to be here with me today to share a little bit about how they got started in the industry and some of their best party planning tips and tricks.  So without further ado, here are Micaela and Amanda.....Could they be any cuter?


How did you both get started in the event industry? What drew you to it?


Amanda: I knew exactly what I wanted to do from an early age! In high school, I interned for an event coordinator in Tulsa, Oklahoma. To be honest, she didn’t handle the role very well, but the experience gave me an opportunity to step up and learn on the fly. My attention to detail and team-oriented leadership style mesh with the fast-paced events industry.

Micaela: I fell into the industry after graduating from college. I was a public policy and sociology major and always thought I’d work in politics or government. However, once I landed at a corporate event production company here in Nashville, I quickly realized that it really suited my personality. I have always been a self-starter and meticulously organized. You have to be a certain kind of crazy to love this job!



How did you meet and decide to join together to start this company?


Amanda: Micaela and I were the same year at Vanderbilt University and had tons of mutual friends, but never crossed paths. After college, we met while working at a corporate event production company. Micaela was on the sales team and I was a project manager. Our partnership was initially based more on friendship than strategy, but we our skill sets and personalities complement each other. We’re like each other’s second spouse!


Micaela: After just a few months of working side by side at our corporate event production job,
we quickly realized that we weren’t ever going to feel completely fulfilled in our roles. We needed the creative outlet that wedding coordination provided. Eventually a few weddings here and there turned into a full-time corporate and special events company.


Tell us a little bit more about your company


A&M Events isn’t your typical event planning company. We really do believe that good luck is the result of good planning.  As Landyn mentioned, we really do get to experience the best of both worlds by providing corporate and social event planning.  Whether it is an intimate wedding, a reception for several hundred, or a conference for a national association, we approach each event with the same methodology to ensure an organized, well run and inspired event. At the end of the day, a smile and solution-oriented attitude is way more attractive than a ball of stress and anxiety.


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In your opinion, what is the key to a successful event?


 

Amanda: We never use the words “assume” or “it will work out.” Micaela once got a fortune    cookie that said “good luck is the result of good planning.”

Micaela: Not taking anything too seriously. At the end of the day, it’s just an event. Have fun
with it and roll with the punches, because they’ll definitely come your way.


What has been your favorite event you've ever done?


 

Amanda: Whether a group is coming to Nashville for a conference or a weekend retreat, we
love developing authentically Nashville itineraries tailored specifically to each client. We’re in
love with our city and feel proud sharing it with visitors!

Micaela: The wedding we coordinated at Blackberry Farm was not only a fabulous opportunity,
but it was also such a special weekend with an incredible family. It truly felt like we were hanging out with our own families for three days. A&M Events tends to attract like-minded folks who want to put together a successful event and are able to “let go” enough to have a good time with their guests!



If you can only afford to do one special thing in an event, what is the one thing you recommend and why?


Amanda: Keep it simple! A beautiful space with a few touches is often as impactful as a decked-out venue.

Micaela: From a decor perspective, lighting is critical. Just a few uplights can transform a space and add a luxurious element. From a guest experience perspective, investing in a good band or DJ is SO important. This can keep your party alive or absolutely kill it.


What is typically the biggest challenge when planning an event? What are some tips or tricks to getting around that challenge.


Micaela: Space availability in Nashville is a challenge! This is definitely getting better as more
hotels and event spaces open up, but we find that flexibility is key. You might have one venue in mind, but end up with something completely different instead. Nine times out of ten, it all works out for the best.  



Why did you want to get involved in the LWL Live event?


Micaela: When Landyn announced her plans for the event, I had been following her for a few
months. I was drawn to her authenticity and knew that a live event would be such an organic
extension of her blog and social media. Her followers are the types of women I’d like to get to
know and even work with someday.


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Thank you so much Micaela and Amanda for being here with me today and thank you again for all you have done to help us get our very first Living with Landyn Live off the ground.  It is going to be a spectacular day and we are so grateful for your teams help and expertise.  Seriously ladies, if you need help planning anything these are the girls you better call.  I hope you all enjoyed a tiny little sneak peek into the work of an event planner.  If you guys are interested in any more behind the scenes planning posts just let me know and I will try to pull one together.  I don't want to bore you with the detail, or giveaway too many of the surprises, but if you guys are interested it is something we might be able to get together.

Xx,
Landyn


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CONNECT WITH A&M EVENTS

Call (615) 784-8225 or Email  info@ameventsnashville.com

PO Box 40082 Nashville, TN 37204

@ameventsnshville


HEY LANDYN.. I'VE GOT A QUESTION

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Hey guys!  I got a ton of questions about different things we did in Cabo, so for this week's Hey Landyn!  I wanted to answer all of those questions in case you are planning a trip to that part of Mexico anytime soon.  Cabo is one of our very favorite places to vacation and we've been several times, so I am going to give you a couple of favorites from previous trips too, just to make sure you have lots of good info.

Xx,
Landyn


WHERE DID YOU EAT WHILE IN CABO? 

So for this particular trip, we actually did not eat out that much.  We were able to use a private chef who came to the house and cooked us the majority of our meals while we were there.  That was actually one of my favorite parts of the trip; getting to sit around the table every night with my closest friends, share a meal, and talk and laugh for hours. However, as I mentioned, we have been to Cabo several times so I am going to share some of my favorites from previous trips too.  I have to start with Flora Farms.  This was actually one of the only places we went out to dinner during our trip and I have to say it is a MUST visit! 


FLORA FARMS


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I have to start with Flora Farms.  It is one of my favorite restaurants in the world and if you can only eat out once while you are in town, this is the place you have to go.  In fact, you could probably eat every single meal here and never get tired of the location or the food.  It is an absolutely stunning 10-acre working farm that grows all the food that is used in the various restaurants on property.  I literally can not do justice to the beauty of this place.  If you go, make sure you order a Farmarita...I promise you will love it!

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A couple of other places we love to eat are Nicksan, which is actually a Japanese restaurant with the most delicious sushi.  I know sushi seems a little out of place in Mexico, but the fish is so incredibly fresh and everything is delicious.  We also love Seared, which is in the One & Only Palmilla resort.  It is an American-style steakhouse, but if you are in the mood for a great steak and glass of wine...like my husband always is, then you should definitely check it out.  In fact, one of our favorite things to do is to go to some of these pretty resorts to look around and then have a nice dinner.  They all have amazing dining options.


WHERE'S A FUN PLACE TO GO FOR DRINKS IN CABO? 


THE OFFICE 

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If you are looking for a true beach-side dining and drinking experience then you have to go to The Office.  I will be honest, it is a little touristy and it will not necessarily be the best meal that you have in Cabo, but it definitely will have one of the best atmospheres.  It is literally directly on the sand and the tables practically go all the way down to the water's edge.  The tables all have umbrellas that practically touch, so it creates a great shaded canopy.  They have live music and great drinks and it really makes for a fun afternoon.  It is also a great place to get a souvenirs, because local vendors and artisans line up outside of the restaurant and you can just walk around and pick up a great bag, bracelet, or any other trinket you might want to take home with you.

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WHAT WERE THOSE DUNE BUGGY THINGS YOU RENTED IN CABO?


THE ULTIMATE THRILL

Steve and I wanted to plan a fun little surprise for our friends while we were in Cabo.  Since we were there for a full week we were looking for something different to do that would really let people experience the beauty of Mexico.  Luckily for us, our friend who owns the house we stayed at had told us about The Ultimate Thrill.  Guys!  It was so freaking amazing and such a once in a lifetime experience.  If you are going to Cabo, you absolutely have to do it.  They are guided dune buggy tours that literally take you all throughout the Baja Peninsula.  It is so amazing because you get to get out of the town and resort area and see the true undeveloped side of Mexico.  They paired us four to a dune buggy and the a guide led us all through the dunes and cliffs of Baja.  We got to stop and swim, get out and look at views, visit a small Mexican village, and the boys got to live out their race car driver dreams.  It was so cool!  I HIGHLY recommend it!

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