I got to hang with my oldest brother the other night here in Nashville! My brother is a pilot for American Airlines and he had a last minute stop in Nashville and ended up getting stuck here for the night due to flight cancellations. So he hit me up and we went and grabbed some dinner together. I showed him around broadway and downtown. It felt meant to be, like my brother was suppose to get stuck here and see me in person. I haven’t seen him in a few years. We always have 2-3 hr phone calls so it was good to have “our talk” face to face.
It’s strange how life works...I’ve grown closer to Brandon over this past year or so, and we’ve lived across the country from each other for the past 10+ years. He has been my mentor in so many ways. Brandon is a unique and awesome individual. This guy should be public speaking around the world, no joke. He can move people with his words. And I know why. He has God. And God moves through him. To me, he is living proof that God exists. To see his transformation has been astonishing. I love you brother and can’t wait to hang again! Fly safe!!! ✈️
Since he doesn’t have IG (cuz he be slackin) I will tag @lashawna_blodgett so he can see this post!
Oh...and here’s your smile! @smeats.beats 😂
👨🎨Time To P(ART)Y!
📍Denver Art Museum
👩🎨I’m obsessed with the Denver Art Museum. I usually get museum fatigue after 2 hours, but I lost track of time roaming the exquisitely curated collections on display here. You would too if your afternoon consisted of crawling through an interactive exhibit by local artist Jaime Molina (you can see some of his top notch mural work in RiNo and on Cherry Creek Trail in Denver), ogling at Jeffrey Gibson’s colorful explosion of beaded punching bags, and exploring the human connection between art and animals in the museum’s top two floors. Sure, the Duncan Pavilion (the older portion of the museum) is currently closed for renovations, but the Hamilton Building - an angular titanium fortress that looks like aliens crafted a spaceship to imitate the Rocky Mountains - is such an exciting feat of modern architecture, and the exhibits on display so worthwhile, that I was happy to not bifurcate my time between the two. •
👨🎨If you’re going…
Mon-Thurs, Sat-Sun: 10AM-5PM, Fri: 10AM-8PM
🎨Cost: $13 for non residents, $8 for locals. Go on the first Saturday of every month for free admission. 🎨What to check out:
DO NOT MISS “Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer” (through August 12th). The exhibit is a multi-sensory reverie of Native American stylings with 1990’s club kid aesthetics, playing on themes of gender, sexuality, and race.
Honorable mention goes to Jim Howard’s “Drawn to Glamour”, a retrospective on the Neiman Marcus fashion illustrator’s extensive career. His charcoal etchings are an evocative look at top styles from the late 50’s to early 90’s. •
My favorite piece?
Sven Birger Sandzen’s “A Mountain Symphony” - a modernist painter’s take on Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park. I’ve been dying to explore the Rockies since I arrived in Denver, and this is closest I’ve gotten so far! •
There’s a little something for everyone here - the exhibits range from classic to contemporary and local to international. Bring your kids, bring your beau, bring yourself… GO! •
Neste sábado vamos conhecer um pouco mais sobre a história do centro do Rio, com um passeio que abordará os seguintes pontosde interesse: - Cinelândia, contando a história desde o tempo em que ali havia uma lagoa, depois abrigando um convento, até os tempos atuais - Largo da Carioca contando a história do largo desde os tempos da lagoa de Santo Antônio até os dias de hoje. - Visita Interna ao Convento de Santo Antônio - Uruguaiana, contando a história do surgimento da Rua da Vala - Visita Interna à Igreja N.Sra. Rosário e S.Benedito, que já foi uma das antigas catedrais. - Rua do Ouvidor, abordando as histórias da rua mais glamourosa e parisiense do Rio, na época do Império. - Arco do Telles e suas lendas e histórias - Pça XV, também contando a história do entorno, de seus imóveis e igrejas e muita curiosidade.
PONTO DE ENCONTRO: Cinelândia, em frente ao Cine Odeon.
VALOR: contribuições à partir de R$10,00
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Three years ago, almost to the hour, I was working as a tour guide in the French Quarter, telling stories for a living. Ghost stories. Legends. Tales of grit and gore and grim to deadly outcomes. I was living half of my dream - and at night, after 3-4 tours a day and 7-8 miles (my thighs hated me) of walking around the city, I would crack open my laptop and tell stories of a different kind. Love stories. Sexy stories. Swoon-worthy stories.
That story was Say You’ll Be Mine, book 1 of my NOLA Heart series. Fast forward three years - today I gave a talk on ads to author friends, then had lunch with one of my dearest reader friends, and now I’m about to crack open my document to Body Check and dive into my 12th story.
Sometimes it’s crazy to think how far I’ve come - but dreams are like that. You live them, you breathe them, and one day those dreams are a reality and it’s hard to imagine any of the time that came before it.
I’m so glad my mom took this picture and sent it to me. There’s nothing like a reflection to kick off the weekend - and those shorts I’m wearing are still my favorite!! Never let anyone tell you that your dream can’t be a reality one day. It can, and when it does happen, it will taste all the sweeter after all the work you put in ❤️❤️ #authorlife#indieauthor#romanceauthor