Mid-winter skin can be dry and pale, but that doesn’t mean we have to accept it! We’ve raved about this belle-ringer before, but thought you might need a little reminder…’cause it’s the total bomb-diggity!
Available at Nordstrom, Neimans , Saks, and (of course), Chanel…Soleil Tan de Chanel gives us just the right glow to combat the pale-skin doldrums and just the right amount of moisture to keep the flakiness at bay!
OurTALKGreenville cocktailin’ excursion this monthtook usto the most perfect little neighborhood spotinthe Hazelwood area of Haywood County, North Carolina…”theGateway to theSmokies”. Ashley Owens, owner ofBourbon Barrel Beef & Ale,graciously welcomed us to her delightful establishment with cocktails ready forsippin’ and nibbles ready fornibblin’. “Blown away” would bea very mild way to describe ourexperience!
Bourbon, bourbon, and more bourbon…
No surprise here…with bourbonin the name,there’s pretty much a guarantee you’ll find some interesting brown liquor drinks on the menu! While the fine stuff isso often enjoyed neat, Ashley isn’t afraid to toss a shot of Basil Hayden orBulleitintoa killer cocktail. In fact, all three of our featured libations have ahealthy doseof the brown stuff. That’s right up our alley!
The BB Bloody Mary
The first in this trifecta of bourbon concoctions is a real taste thrill…a Bloody Mary made withBasil Hayden!Spiced up a bit with a touch of Absolut pepper vodkaand garnished with bacon, pickled okra and olives,this bloody is a belle’s surecure for a crazy Saturday night…or a good start to any easy Sunday morning. #nobetterbloody
The Classic Old Fashioned…
A classic is never a bad idea,and this one is genius in its simplicity.BulleitBourbon is the anchor in this strong, consistent, reliable comfort-in-a-cup. Need something you can count on? The old-fashioned is your answer. Justsayin’#bourbonistheanswer
photo by Brindley Faile, Haywood County TDA
The Blackberry Bourbon Smash…
If you haveahankerin’ for abeautifulbeverage inside and out, thesmash is the coveted elixir in this threesome. Knob Creek bourbon is the star of the showhere;however,the fresh muddled blackberries, orange zest, sparkling water anda garnish of fresh mint and blackberry certainly earn their spots for best supporting ingredients. #smashitlikebourbon
Though we have gone heavy on the bourbon here, we can safely say that even a non-bourbon drinker will be delighted with the other options available on the cocktail menu. In fact, Ashley has gone to great lengths to call attention to her other specialties with “Margarita Monday”, “TiniTuesday”, “Wine Down Wednesday” and the ale-focused “ThrowdownThursday”. Cheers!
About those nibbles…
All this drinking can get your appetite up,and we were more than delighted to try some of the local fare. Amazing is anunderstatement- elegantly plated, delightfully portioned and only the freshest ingredients make the dishes worthy of any gourmet’s palate. The fried oysters were heaven and the French onion soup wasmagnifique. Not to be outdone, the firecracker shrimp and fried green tomatoes were positively scrumptious,and we are still dreaming about the roasted pepper, artichoke and feta dipas we headed back down the mountain!
We were quite charmed by this little neighborhood as well as the greater Waynesville/Haywood County area! Nestled in the mountains with the Blue Ridge Parkwayweaving through, there is an abundance of mountain-inspiredactivities to keep the whole family busy. Andat onlyan hour-and-a-half from downtown Greenville, it’sjust a hop and a skip. Well worth the visitin our opinion! Take a peek at what the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority has in store for you! #haynow
Happy 2019, belles!! We must admit, the holidays were a blur, and now we find ourselves in mid-late January! How does this happen?? We’ve realized it’s time to get serious about settling into 2019. First up…get rid of 2018, 2017, 2016…2006…you get it, right!?
Read this from Life Hack to get yourself in the right frame of mind. Then get busy!
We love this list from HGTV on what you can toss now:
Spare contact lens cases
Broken costume jewelry
Wrinkled wrapping paper and crushed bows
Latex paint (if it’s more than a year old)
A bread machine
VHS workout tapes
Manuals for appliances and electronics (they’re all available online)