Black Sheep, the Best Sheep!

Hi Dolls,

I attended a Christmas Party at none other than the fabulous Black Sheep Restaurant, in 5 points last night!  We were on the rooftop, which at this time of year, was perfect!  Not only did we have beautiful views of the city but the ambiance was perfect for a Christmas party, complete with white lights, candles, and heater towers.  I wore this really cute leather skater dress I bought on sale last summer from Zara and it was the right amount of coverage for the cool Florida evening!
This is a food post so I won't waste anytime describing the amazing food we had.  For starters, we had several appetizers.  Everyone didn't get the memo that I needed pictures first before digging in so the absolutely amazing Chicken Liver Mousse with southern pepper relish was not photographed.  Take my word for it, you want to get this when you go to Black Sheep!  It is delicious.  Here is what I was able to get before devoured.
Old Bay Potato Chips:  These chips are made in house and dusted with, you guessed it, Old Bay.  It came with a Point Reyes Blue Cheese Fondue for dipping.  I'm not a fan of blue cheese so I dipped mine in the chicken liver mousse, don't judge.  It was just as good, if not better this way!
Fried Green Olives:  I've never had olives this way before but I'm sure it won't be my last.  It tasted exactly how it is described, like a fried olive.  It was stuffed with house-made pimento cheese which added a nice little surprise when you bit into it.
Korean Beef Short Ribs:  This happened to be my dish!  Our waitress was right when she said, "Everyone will be jealous of your dish"!  It was absolutely delectable!  As a matter of fact my mouth is watering a little right now just looking at the picture.  The bulgogi marinated beef was incredibly tender and all of the sides including logan turnpike grits, kimchi, and a soft boiled egg, were the absolute perfect compliments to this dish.  I was beyond satisfied.
Springer Mountain Farms Chicken:  Most of the guest got this dish which consisted of a deliciously cooked quarter chicken, roasted cauliflower, leeks, fingerling potatoes, rye bread and caper crumbles, and hollandaise sauce.  Just looking at this dish puts me in the mindset of fall/winter.  Delicious!
Catch of The Day:  This was a beautiful piece of trout accompanied by house-made chorizo, sapelo island clams, caramelized fennel, and shellfish broth.  
Wild Georgia Shrimp and Grits:  These were some of the most succulent shrimp complete with charred broccoli, shallot confit, and a flavorful New Orleans BBQ sauce.  
I was able to get a small taste of all of these dishes and every last one of them were superb!  After gift exchanges and lots of laughs and pictures, dessert came around!  Same as before, some of the ladies dug right in before my pics but I caught a couple!
I'm not quite sure what the dish above was but it looked delicious!  I had the Upside Down Fig Cake below that was served with five spice ice cream, and a peanut brittle.  In all honesty it was to "spicy"  for my liking.  Not spicy as in hot but spicy as in too many flavors.  It was a beautiful to look at though.  
Black Sheep Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
I've had food from Black Sheep before but had never been on the rooftop.  It was a perfect evening of dining and holiday fun with some amazing people.  My birthday is in the spring and I think a birthday brunch on the rooftop would be ideal!  The food is out of this world and if and when you get a chance to visit Black Sheep, try some of the items I mentioned.  I highly recommend the Korean Beef Short Ribs!  Phenomenal would be an understatement!
As always thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend!

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Cato Fashions is Perfect for Work + A Giveaway!

Hi Loves!

I think I have been completely asleep on Cato Fashions.  They have some really great pieces that are perfect for work!  If you're not familiar with Cato Fashions, they are a leading retailer of women's fashion and accessories and there is a new one coming to Bolton Plaza in Jacksonville early 2017! 
I hadn't been to Cato in years but recently stopped by one in the neighborhood and was pleasantly surprised by all of the attire I could wear to work!  Remember us "Teachers Have Style Too"!  As a matter of fact, these pictures were taken at school!  There were several trendy pieces, staple pieces, accessories, and shoes for women of all sizes.  The best part was the affordable prices.  
 Cato reached out to me and was generous in sending me a gift card and I had a hard time picking something!  There were lots to choose from.  If you're looking for something to wear to a Christmas dinner or a New Year's Eve party, they currently have several fun and sparkly dresses that would be perfect for the occasion.  In my attempt to shop for work, my final decision was to purchase this really cute top!  I loved how the drawstrings cinched in my waist!  
Top:  Cato Fashions/ Pants:  Dillards
Here's the really good news!  Remember the cute and sparkly dresses I mentioned earlier?  Well you may be able to get one, courtesy of Cato Fashions!  
They provided me with a second $25 gift card for one of my fabulous readers to shop with for yourself!  The giveaway will be held here and on Instagram.  Just leave a comment along with your email address and I'll pick a lucky winner next Wednesday, Dec. 14th!  It can't get any easier than that!
You can check here to see if there is a Cato Fashions in your neck of the woods but don't fret if there isn't because they're online as well!
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!

Disclosure: This blog post was sponsored by Cato Fashions, however my review was unbiased and reflects my honest opinion.

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"Built Ford Tough Toughest Tailgate"

Hi Dolls,

This week Chef Kenny Gilbert (From Top Chef, Season 7) is celebrating and rewarding Jaguars fans and local community heroes with the help of former NFL player, Fred Taylor.  In partnership with Ford, there are a series of events, which include Jaguars fans having the chance to order lunch made by Chef Gilbert, complete with two tickets to Sunday's game through the Uber app, for free!
A few co-workers and myself were able to get a sneak peek of the lunches today and it was amazing!  Chef Gilbert prepared a healthy and flavorful lunch that satisfied us hungry teachers!  It included a pimento and fried green tomato slider,  an amazing ham salad and spinach wrap, a delicious pasta salad, chocolate banana pudding with a ginger snap (I've never had it this way and it was delish), chips, and a banana!
 It was a perfect lunch!  Everything was delicious!  Tomorrow, December 1st, Ford is continuing their commitment to local community heroes by providing a private tailgate lunch by Chef Gilbert for the policemen of Jacksonville Police Department.  Below is a list of events everyone can partake in this weekend!
Friday, December 2, 2016:  Ford Toughest Tailgate On Demand Uber Promotion 
From 11am-4pm, fans have the chance to order Ford Toughest Tailgate On Demand through the Uber app.  Jax fans can order chef-made tailgate inspired dishes from Chef Gilbert through the app and have it delivered to their home or office in a 2017 Ford Super Duty, complete with tickets to Sunday's game, and an NFL Shop Gift Card.  To activate the promotion, all you have to do is  open the Uber app and enter the promo code 'FORDTOUGHJAX' and request the 'TAILGATE' option.  Lucky fans that connect with the driver will receive the delivery!

Sunday, December 4, 2016:  Built Ford Tough toughest Tailgate Game Day Stadium Experience
From 10am-1pm Experience a once-in-a-lifetime tailgate experience before the big game complete with a playground of entertainment. food made by Chef Kenny Gilbert and beverages before heading into the game!

This weekend is definitely going to be exciting!  If you have the Uber app, you have nothing to lose trying your luck at a chance for free game day tickets and a lunch from Chef Gilbert!  
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope to see you at Everbank Stadium Sunday!

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Perfect Thanksgiving Dress & Zaful Review/Giveaway (Closed)

Hi Dolls,

Winner of the giveaway has been emailed!  Thank you to those who participated!

I was recently contacted by an online clothing store called Zaful to do a collaboration and though there was a slight language barrier, I decided to collaborate anyways, despite my skepticism.  I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of products I received!  It was a couple of weeks away from Thanksgiving when I was contacted by them to choose a few items of my liking for review.  When I saw this dress I knew it would be perfect for hiding all of my Thanksgiving day imperfections    
(AKA Food Baby) and still be stylish!
They have a lot of trendy clothing and after perusing their site I was reminded of Shein, one of my new favorite online stores!  In fact I saw several items on Zaful that I have seen before on Shein.  
With this in mind, I figured the quality would be similar.  Now one thing I will say about ordering from these sites, is that you absolutely have to be careful with sizing.  The clothing usually runs very small so my best advice would be to read the reviews and pay close attention to the sizing descriptions. 
As I expected, their location was in China so I was anticipating the shipping to take forever.  To my surprise, I received my package in no time!   I'm not sure if it's because of the fact we're collaborating but the quick turn around is definitely something I could get use to!  I can't promise that this would be the same on a regular basis but one can hope.
I say it was the perfect dress for Thanksgiving because it was loosely fitting to hide my food baby and I was still able to be cute and stylish while doing so!  No body would ever know I ate enough to feed three grown men! LOL!
The print was also perfect for fall and it gave me the opportunity to finally get some wear out of my gladiators which was a perfect match!  The weather was pretty warm so I was very comfortable in this outfit throughout the day!
Zaful has been gracious enough to offer a gift card for a couple of lucky winners!  So here are the rules for the giveaway:
1.)  Of course be a follower of mine (blog, IG, FB, Twitter, etc.)
2.)  Click on this link to see what you would love from Zaful.
3.)  Comment below with what you'd like along with your email address.
That's it!  Pretty easy right?!?  I will choose the winners on Saturday, December 3, 2016.
Dress:  Zaful
Gladiators:  ShoeDazzle
Necklace:  H&M
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!  Good luck and talk to you all soon!

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Soul Food In An Unexpected Place

Hi Dolls,

I recently attended a NomNomJax soul food event at the most unexpected location!  The Holiday Inn!  Yep, that's right, The Holiday Inn honey!  If you live in the area and enjoy food as much as I do (which I'm sure everyone here does) then you definitely want to get up with my friend Nate and the NomNom Club!  He has events monthly at some of Jacksonville's best eateries!  This particular event featured some of our favorite soul food items!  Chef Kenny at The Holiday Inn on Baymeadows definitely knows what he's doing!  These items are usually on a catering menu but are available upon request otherwise!  These were my favorites from the evening!
These were the fried macaroni and cheese balls.  They were fried to a beautiful golden crisp!
The inside was cheesy perfection and I'm not even a big mac and cheese fan (I know, I know, how could that be!  I just never cared for it much!)  These were very good though!
Que my Bubba Gump voice....  We had Fried Shrimp, BBQ Shrimp, Cajun!  All three of these came with a delicious and creamy bed of cheese grits!  This was my favorite dish of the night!
Of course you can't have soul food without fried chicken being somewhere in the mix!  This was the most beautiful plate of fried chicken, greens, and black eyed peas, I have ever seen!  The only thing that was missing was a biscuit!  It was everything!
So, if you're ever in the Baymeadows area, and you're in the mood for some good ole' soul food, stop in to the Holiday Inn and give Chef Kenny a holla!  
As always, thanks for stopping by!

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Keep Smiling!

Hi Dolls,

They say "the prettiest girls are the happiest"...well I'm getting there.  This thing called life has so many ups and downs, twists and turns but through it all, I've been determined to never let anything dull my sparkle!  So with that being said, I continue to smile through everything, the good, the bad, and the homely (LOL) and  you dolls should always do the same!  
This off the shoulder blouse is definitely something to smile about!  I stalked it on Shein for months before I finally decided to purchase it!  It took for what seemed like forever to get to me but now that I have my hands on it, I know it will be a longtime favorite!
Today is November 1st and I am so eager to pull out the boots and coats but oh Florida, Florida, Florida!  It just won't let my fall/winter wardrobe be great with temps still reaching the high 80's.
I can see dressing this top up and down.  This particular day I met up with a friend for lunch so I kept it casual by adding a pair of skinny jeans and bright pumps.  I received tons of compliments on the top!
This post may be all over the place but I'm sure it speaks to someone.  It's speaking to me as I type it.  A quote comes to mind as I'm going through a few things right now and I want to encourage others who may come across this post...
Your past is gone.  Your mistakes are behind you.  Focus on your gorgeous unmarked, love-filled future.  The only thing you are responsible for now is taking each step with intention.  Rebuild your life.  Make it gold."  - Cara Alwill Leyba
Top:  Shein (here)
Jeans:  Marshalls
Purse:  Christian Lacroix (similar)
Pumps:  Aldo
As always, thanks so much for stopping by! Keep smiling! 

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Firstwatch Breakfast with My Besties!

Hi Dolls, 

What is better than breakfast or brunch with your besties after a sleepover?  Nothing!  I know!  That is exactly what happened when my college roomies and myself met up for the weekend recently!  Sidenote:  I am so glad these chicas were my roomies in college!  We became the best of friends then and our friendships are still going strong!  Love these girls!
I had been wanting to try FirstWatch for breakfast since one opened in Jax a few years back and I never got the opportunity.  While visiting my friend Maribel in Ocala,  she suggested we go to the one there for breakfast and I was all in!  I believe there are two kinds of people in this world...those who only eat breakfast in the morning and those who can eat a pancake and a side of bacon and eggs for dinner!  I'm the latter!  I love breakfast and the funny part about it is that I don't have it often.  It's probably because the kind of breakfast I typically want is not the kind of breakfast I have time to make in the mornings before work but trust me, if I had time to make a french toast, eggs benedict, and salmon croquette kind of breakfast daily, I certainly would!  Anywho, I digress.  Here is what we had.
  I had the Belgian waffle with a side of bacon and eggs.  It was exactly what I was hoping for.  Nothing more and nothing less. It was nice and fluffy on the inside and very filling.  I was hoping for fuller strips of bacon because....come on, bacon!  It was satisfying nevertheless.
My friend Renee had the Bacato omelet that is made with bacon, of course, Monterrey cheese, and avocado.  She got potatoes and an English muffin on the side.  She loved it!
Bel got the pecan pancake with eggs and a side of turkey sausage.  The pancake was huge!  It was just about the size of the plate.  Needless to say, she didn't finish it.  I tried to help but was already full from my own meal.  I had to taste the pancake though and it was fluffy and perfectly made with just the right amount of pecans.
First Watch Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
It's always good times when I'm around my friends!  It's an even better time when food is involved.  FirstWatch definitely met my expectations!  They are only open through lunch so you have to plan accordingly but the food is certainly worth a visit.  Oh and they sell healthy smoothies too!  As always thanks so much for stopping by!

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Hi! I'm Trice, a Jacksonville, FL based blogger. I LOVE shopping and all things fashionable and want to show everyone that "Teachers Have Style Too!"! I also LOVE to cook and enjoy dining out. Please enjoy my fashion and food experiences and leave a comment if you'd like.
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