Good Dough!

Hi Loves!

I recently visited the super cute, new artisan doughnut spot downtown and I have to admit, 
Good Dough is gooood though!  Haha, pun intended! 
I had been hearing a little chatter here and there about Good Dough well before their Grand Opening a few weeks ago as they've made their doughnuts available at a few pop-up events throughout town prior to.  I was excited to finally make my way out to their new brick and mortar in San Marco last week!  I was anticipating long lines so my mom and I got there pretty early but there were only 3 people ahead of us.  I was also crossing my fingers hoping that they wouldn't run out of doughnuts as I heard they did every day during their first week.  Welp, that didn't happen either!  Needless to say, we went on a good day!
Good Dough specializes in artisan donuts and coffee so each doughnut ranges between $2-$3 bucks.  Some may find that a little pricey but you've got to remember that they are hand-crafted and made fresh, in small batches daily!  As a matter of fact, you can watch them make the batches in house!  I love it when restaurants do that!
The flavor options were pretty unique.  Take the Mimosa doughnut for example!  I've never had a mimosa flavored doughnut but I have a sneaky suspicion that it has an orange flavor.  It is on my short list of doughnuts to try next time I visit.  Ooooooh and you know what would be really great...if they actually sold mimosas to go with their mimosa doughnut! Now there's a thought!  
Other flavors that day included Honey Lavender, Cardamon sugar, Strawberry, Chocolate Pistachio, Salted Caramel, Molly Ringwald w/sprinkles (raspberry), Monte Cristo, Brown Butter, and Nutella Bombs.
I believe their menu will vary throughout the seasons, consisting of their regular doughnuts and specialty doughnuts but with that being said, I was a little bummed that they didn't have a regular glazed doughnut on the menu.  I asked which doughnut would be the closest to it and the Brown Butter doughnut was the recommendation so that's what I got along with a nicely caffeinated cappuccino.  Good Dough serves locally roasted Vagabond coffee (here) and I really love the local camaraderie!  My mom got the Nutella bomb and a green tea. 
So as for my opinion....
The doughnuts were very rich, very very sweet, and a little more dense than I'm used to.  However, the flavors were great!  My mom mentioned that the Nutella bomb would've been perfect with a few chopped hazelnuts inside or on top!  
So listen...I had to make a second trip to Good Dough with very concrete intentions to try something else I saw on the menu!  Besides the artisan donuts, they have Doughwiches!  Yep that's right, doughnut sandwiches.  They currently have two, the Ham, Egg, and Cheese Doughwich and Fried Chicken Doughwich!  
You already know which one I went back for!
Yep, that's right, the Fried Chicken Doughwich!  
Y'all....this sandwich was AMAZING!  Of course I did not eat it all in one sitting because I'm trying to get my gym life back in order but WOW!  The beer battered chicken is flavored to perfection, fried to a perfect golden brown, topped with homemade pickles, and placed in between a split glazed doughnut (you know, the one I was missing from my first trip)!  When they brought it out to me, it felt like the moment when restaurants surprise you with a complimentary dessert on your birthday!  I was more in awe with how delicious it looked but trust me when I say it tasted just as good as it looked!  
Overall, I really like Good Dough!  As with most new things, there are a few kinks that can be worked out but I'm confident they'll flourish and I am looking forward to my next visit!

Which doughnut would you be most interested in trying?

As always thanks so much for stopping by!

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What Fashion Rules?

Hi Dolls,

How do you feel about fashion rules?  "Don't wear white after Labor Day."  "Don't mix prints."  "No sequins in the daytime." The list goes on and on.  I mean who made up these so called "Fashion Rules" anyways?   Some say rules are meant to be broken and in this case, I certainly agree.  Fashion and your personal style should make you look and feel good and it definitely shouldn't be restrictive!
 I decided a long time ago that I would wear whatever I suited my fancy.  Now, don't get me wrong, you probably won't catch me in a tank top and flip flops in the winter or a mink coat in the summer but in the same breath, I'm not opposed to rocking a nice pair of shorts with pantyhose and closed toe pumps in the fall!
As a fashion-lover, I admire those who take fashion risk!  The more unique, the better!  As a matter of fact, since becoming a blogger, I've taken fashion risks of my own.  Nothing too drastic, but I rock  things I probably never would have, 10 years ago.
Crop tops are one of those things!  
I've never really been all that comfortable with baring my mid-drift and that may very well be due to the antiquated "fashion rule" that they are only to be worn by those with completely flat tummies.
Now, I have full confidence to not only rock mixed prints but a long sleeved crop top right in the mist of spring!  
In the words of Sheree from RHOA, "Who gon' check me boo?"  
But in all seriousness, you can break fashion rules and still look fabulous if you do it correctly and with tact!  
I made sure to wear high-waist palazzo pants to hide my beloved kangaroo pooch and high heels to help them fall nicely.
Top:  Forever 21(old) (similar)
Pants:  Zara (old) (similar)
Heels:  GX by Gwen Stefani (old) (similar)
What are you least favorite "Fashion Rules"?  I plan on breaking a few more in the near future (wink-wink)!  As always, thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a fabulous weekend!

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Mother's Day at Mimi's Cafe

Hi Dolls,

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that Mother's Day is a couple of days away!  If you're stuck on where to take mom for a well deserved meal, I've got you covered!  Mimi's Cafe, well known for offering French-inspired American comfort food, is showing mom and her family twice the love this Mother's Day by rolling out a special 3-course Mother's Day Menu!  I was extended the opportunity to try some of the menu items a little early so I took my bestie, Krystle with me and I'm excited to share what we had!
 Mimi's will open at 7am with their delicious breakfast menu and beginning at 11 a.m. they will offer the 3 course Mother's Day menu for $18.99.  I really enjoy prix fixe menus because they give you more than one option for each course!
Check out the menu options below!
What's brunch without mimosas!?!?  Well...I never want to find out!  Mimosas will be on deck in several flavors you can indulge in including original (Mimi-Mosa), peach, mango, and triple berry.  They come in nice size flutes so you can enjoy for several sips!
For the first course we both went with the Caesar salad.  It was yummy with just the right amount of dressing.  I believe the croutons were made in house.  
For the main course I chose the Shrimp Brochette Skewers.  They were served with a salad and cheesy gratin potatoes.  I substituted the salad for sauteed spinach.  The shrimp were very well seasoned but my favorite from this dish was the potatoes.  They had great flavor.
The star dish of the afternoon was Krystle's entree, the Chicken Tillamook Cheddar Mac!  It was made with penne pasta, pulled chicken, bacon, a mild cheddar sauce, and topped off with a delicious Parmesan crust!  I spent most of the meal mooching off of her plate because it was delicious.  As a matter of fact, I'm thinking of reinventing something like this at home! Hmmmmm!
We shared the Chicken Chopped Salad which had delicious Asian inspired flavors!  If nothing else it was a gorgeous salad!  I loved the crunch from the fried wontons!
 Of course no meal is complete without dessert and because we had such a tough time deciding what we wanted, we were brought out several different options to sample!
Krystle loves Creme Brulee so choosing the creme brulee cheesecake was easy for her.  It was a rather large and dense slice of cake, but it was good, especially with the strawberry sauce.
I had the tiramisu and it was just okay in my opinion.  It wasn't bad but I wasn't overly impressed with it so I resorted once again to pinching off of my friend's dessert!
As an added bonus we were brought out the banana muffin ice cream sundae and boy was that a treat!  If you like banana splits, this would definitely be the dessert for you! 
Overall, we really enjoyed our meal at Mimi's!  I'm pretty sure most mother's and their families would as well!  Plus Mimi's will be giving each mother a special gift and a free entree upon return visit through May 28 with the purchase of a second entree and two beverages!  If you're in need of a place to treat mom this Sunday, Mimi's would be ideal!  As always thanks so much for stopping by and to all the mother's reading this post, Happy Mother's Day!!!

Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by Mimi's Cafe.  I was given the food used in this post but my opinions are unbiased and 100% my own. 

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Dusty Boots and Pom Pom Pumps!

Hi Dolls,

I don't know about you but after a long day (or week) at work, sometimes a girl just needs a nice cocktail with a fabulous rooftop view and that's exactly what I was feeling this day!  So I threw on a jazzy outfit and headed downtown to Riverside!
You've probably already heard me rave about one of my absolute favorite restaurants in town a time or two, but what's one more time gonna hurt!?!  
Black Sheep has one of the best views of downtown Jacksonville from their rooftop and besides sitting up there to enjoy the views and great food, it's ideal for a great cocktail as well!
My favorite cocktail is the "Dusty Boot"!  
It's made with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, simple syrup, lemon and lime juice, Jerry Thomas bitters with a smoked sea salt and pepper rim.  It reminds me of what a "Dirty Margarita" would taste like if there were such a thing! YUM!
It can get pretty windy up on the rooftop but it's the perfect place for happy hour, brunch, or any meal for that matter.  I love great scenery while indulging in a good meal!
Can we get into this outfit though!?! 
 I am absolutely in love with this lacey off the shoulder romper.  Because there's so much going on with the material and the off-the shoulder bib, I kept the accessories minimal.  
I didn't want a necklace taking away from the look so I threw on some long gold earrings and made my heels and clutch the statement pieces!  Oh and boy did these heels make a statement!
  It's like my pumps had a ponytail!  Or pom-poms!
Restaurant:  Black Sheep (here)
Romper:  Marshalls (similar)
Heels:  Shooz Venetian (similar)
Clutch:  Gift (similar)

As always, thanks so much for stopping by!

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Birthday Reflections!

Hi Dolls,

Today is my birthday y'all!  As I look back over my life, I can truly say that I am blessed!  I, legit,  had an out loud conversation with myself last night and reflected over the year that was coming to a close and putting into the universe all the things I want for myself in this new year.    
 Like most, I had lots of ups and some downs but in the end, blessings prevailed.  Today as I step into this new year of life I am grateful, thankful, and humbled that the Lord saw it fit to continue bestowing His blessings upon me!
On today I am confident in who I am, happy to be making an impact on the world both great and small, and overjoyed to live in a time such as these and on this day, there's nothing that will wipe this smile off of my face! 
Now about this post...can we say aging like fine wine!  HaHa!  If nobody else will toot my horn, I'll always be happy to do it myself! 
When I first put this dress on, it felt like it was made just for me!  
It hugged my curves perfectly!
And who doesn't love a maxi that sweeps the ground?!?    
Keeping with the florals and off-the-shoulder trends that I am absolutely loving this spring, this dress was love at first sight!
Dress:  Steps New York (Orlando)
Heels:  ShoeDazzle
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a fabulous weekend!

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The Hyppo

Hi Dolls,

With summer (and Florida heat) quickly approaching, staying cool is high up on my to-do list!  Honestly, whenever I'm out and about whether it's in Riverside or St. Augustine, I find my way strolling into The Hyppo for a deliciously cool and refreshing treat!
These gourmet ice pops are handmade daily with all natural ingredients!  They use the freshest fruit, herbs and spices, evaporated cane juice, and hormone free dairy.  If dairy isn't your thing, no worries!  All ice pops that contain dairy are indicated by the dot by the name of the pop!
The variety of flavors to choose from make it quite an ordeal when ever I go in!  I've never had a pop I didn't like so it's hard to pick one every time!  Some of my favorites include the Strawberry Basil, Watermelon Hibiscus, and Pistachio Coconut!  There are others that have piqued my interest that I have on a list to try this summer like the Peach Prosecco Mascarpone and Sweet Potato Crunch! 
I love that they use the best fruit around for the season.  They flash freeze the ice pops for ultimate freshness that you can really taste with every bite!  I'm looking forward to the Pumpkin Pie pop next fall!
This day I was in the mood for a something less fruity so I got the Creamy Walnut and had it dipped in chocolate!  It was absolutely amazing!  The creamy texture of the ice pop and the smooth vegan-friendly chocolate complimented each other nicely.  
I love supporting local businesses especially when the product is phenomenal!  Like I mentioned earlier, I haven't had a bar I didn't like and with a menu as extensive and creative as theirs, you're sure to find something you'd love!
Which ice pop would you try?   
Besides the incredible ice pops, the staff members are always a delight and willing to help you decide on the best flavor for you!  If you're ever in the area, The Hyppo is a must try!
 As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by The Hyppo.  I was given the product used in this post but my opinions were 100% my own and unbiased.

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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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