Ladies Night Out: Restaurant Medure

Hi Dolls,

Last night, several of my favorite foodie ladies and I decided to have an evening of wine and dining!   We decided on Restaurant Medure in Ponte Vedra and due to the fact that their wine is half price on Monday evenings, our decision was a no brainer.
  For starters, we all indulged in a glass of wine or one of their amazing cocktails.  I had the Pinot Noir which was amazing!
 This cocktail is called the Plum Dandy.  It is made with Campo de Encanto Acholado Pisco, Lemon Black Plum Shrub Syrup, Hibiscus, and Egg White!  Yes, egg white!  Who knew you can get your protein for the day in a cocktail!  
Restaurant Medure owned by Executive Chef David Medure who also owns one of my favorite burger joints, M Shack (here)!  I love the burgers at M Shack so I was pretty confident that the fine dining alternative would not disappoint.  In no particular order here's what we had!
Arugula Salad:  served with local fall veggies, grilled zucchini, artichoke puree, and basil vinaigrette. 
 Medure's Meatball Slidersmade with fresh mozzarella and housemade marinara.
M Burger Sliders:  made with American Cheese, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Pickles, and Shack Sauce....SO GOOD!
Lamb Sausage Slider:  Made with sauteed onions and peppers and provolone.
Truffle Fries:  Drizzled with Truffle oil and Parmesan!  These were so good I had to stop myself from eating too many of them.
Medure's Meatloaf:  This was so delicious!  It was a friend's dish but we all got a nibble off of it.  
I've never seen meatloaf served with crispy onion rings but it totally worked and the whipped potatoes were almost to pretty to eat!  The veggies and the roasted crimini gravy were perfect!  
Beef Carpaccio:  Served with a fried egg, mustard vinaigrette, arugula salad, and crostini.  Though I consider myself a foodie, I can not bring myself to eat raw food.  I just can't.  My friend who ordered this loved it though!
Fish and Chips:  Served with crispy spinach, malt vinegar, and lemon caper tartar sauce.  It was very good.
After we had great drinks, laughs, and good food, some of the ladies wanted something a little sweet!  
The Souffle of the Day:  was a Chocolate Pistachio Souffle.  It was pretty tasty but the winner for the evening was the.....
Fuji Apple Streusel Tart:  This dessert was simply perfection served with honey ice cream and apple molasses.  Can you say decadence?!?!?!
Restaurant Medure Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
We had an amazing time!  Restaurant Medure is the perfect place for date night, ladies night, or an evening of fine dining with your family.  The ambiance was beautiful and they are in a great location in Ponte Vedra.  
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!  If I'm not back before Thursday, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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AASavory Scents

Hi Dolls,

This post is going to be a little different from the norm but after meeting this dynamic duo of young ladies, I had to share their story with you!  I  recently had the pleasure of being introduced to AASavoryScents, a small business ran by an adorable duo of sisters, Angelina and Avana who are only 6 and 9 years old!  
I'm sure most would agree that lemonade stands come to mind when you hear of children going into business for themselves.  Well, not Angelina and Avana!  Though they did give a lemonade stand the ole' honest try, they wanted something a little more lucrative.  Like any good business owner, they did their research and with the help of their parents, created  AASavory Scents, where quality scents are their business!
They specialize in home fragrance oils and tarts for a very reasonable price!  I had the pleasure of sampling the fragrances, Lovely, Pineapple Sage, and Blueberry Cheesecake!  Savory scents indeed!  They smelled edible!
These young ladies definitely know what they're doing because the fragrances are right on par with the well-known fragrance oils out of our favorite stores in the mall.  They last long and the smell great!
Some of their other fragrances include Fruit Loops and Cotton Candy!  As great as the scents I sampled were, I'm sure these two will smell like a candy store!  There is so much to admire about young entrepreneurs! They are on to something at such a young age!  You can find out more at their website here.  They even have a super cute personalized greeting and song once you go on their site!
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!

Disclaimer:  I received these products courtesy of AASavory Scents for review.  However, my opinions were my own and 100% honest and unbiased.

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Black Booties and Leather Sleeves

Hi Dolls,

Although it still pretty warm here in sunny Florida,  I am ready for boots,  booties, and coats!  A slightly cool morning breeze is enough for me to pull out the winter clothes.  My friend, Krystle, gifted these booties to me and I couldn't wait for an excuse to rock them!  
Speaking of winter, I've also been waiting to rock this shirt and skirt I purchased last summer.  I didn't think the fabric and colors would be appropriate for any other time of year.  The leather sleeves in this top were what sold me on this top.  It's so simple yet so chic!  
By the way, this is not a dress!  I love it when two pieces from two completely different stores match perfectly!  Gotta love fashion!
Top:  J. Crew
Skirt: Banana Republic
Booties:  Gift
 I literally threw this outfit together in a couple of minutes.  I love it in all of its simplicity and the booties gave it just enough edge without going overboard.  
I already have ideas about how to rework this look next time!  I'm thinking statement necklace and vest...hmmmm!  
 As always thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great week!

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe Giveaway!!! (Closed)

Hi Dolls,

I'm always down for a healthy meal that doesn't lack in the flavor department so I was excited to meet up with my friend, Krystle for lunch at Tropical Smoothie Cafe yesterday!  I've always enjoyed their smoothies and wraps so lunch was a no brainer.  This particular day we were in the mood for something a "little naughty and something a little nice" so we decided to try some of their limited time offer menu items!
The Blueberry Pom Truffle smoothie was sinfully devine!  It is made with Ghirardelli white chocolate!  I mean, come on!!!  They had me at Ghirardelli!  It was very good and super sweet.  Krystle was happy to stake her claim over this "naughty" smoothie and I happily indulged in the Blueberry Bliss smoothie which was the perfect mix of bluberries, strawberries, and banana!
They also have new grilled chicken sandwiches on brioche, which is one of my favorite types of bread and for the first time ever, Tropical Smoothie Cafe has partnered with FRANK'S Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce to spice up the new Island Buffalo Sandwich! Needless to say, we had to try this sandwich! 
This sandwich was everything you want in a hot wing...on a bun!  It was made with grilled chicken, mozzarella and gorgonzola cheese, topped with tangy, house-made slaw tossed in citrus dressing, and covered in a mouthwatering buffalo cheese spread.  It was definitely an exciting flavor combination!
Avocado and bacon are two of my favorite things so I was also excited to try The Moho Mojo Chicken Club!  This sandwich is served with bacon, avocado, a zesty mojo sauce, and is topped with a signature slaw to satisfy anyone craving a delicious, full-flavored sandwich! 

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
This new line of hand-crafted sandwiches will not disappoint anyone looking for a hearty yet exciting bold take on a classic chicken sandwich and the delectable smoothies are perfect for satisfying a mid-afternoon sweet tooth!

Now for the giveaway!!!
Tropical Smoothie Cafe was so kind to provide me with a $15 gift card for one of my fabulous readers!  To win, all you have to do is be a follower of course, and comment below or on my IG or FB post with your email address and which sandwich and smoothie you would try if you won!  
That's it! 
 The giveaway will end next Saturday, November 21 and I will email the winner that day!  

As always, thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great weekend! 

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT:  A big thanks goes out to those of you who participated in the giveaway here and on IG!  The winner was chosen using  Please see below! Congratulations JustMoe!  Look out for an email from me!
Disclaimer:  I received these products courtesy of Tropical Smoothie Cafe for review.  However, my opinions were my own and 100% honest and unbiased.

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Il Desco

 Hi Lovelies,

This Thursday, Il Desco, Jacksonville's newest modern Italian restaurant, will be opening its doors to the public!  The restaurant is located where the old Pele's Wood Fire use to be and is a beautiful site on the corner of Park Street!  I attended a menu preview last Friday and I'm pretty optimistic that Il Desco will fit in nicely with Riverside's eclectic food scene!
The new reconfiguration of the dining room layout is gorgeous!  Design Cooperative did a beautiful job opening up the space and adding a stylish and contemporary flair! I mean, would you just look at these chandeliers! I would love to have some of these in my house!    They're definitely an eye catcher as soon as you walk in! 
 The restaurant has 150 seats with a 20 seater community table being a focal point.  This makes perfect sense being that Il Desco means "the dinner table"! It's made with century-old wood that has been restored. I've always liked the idea of communal dining but I appreciate the fact that there are more intimate seating options as well.  
 There is also a full bar with 13 beers on tap, 26 wines by the glass and 125 wines by the bottle.
There's is also a full wine room and two cocktails on rotatation, available on tap, served with fresh shaved ice or cubed ice.  
Speaking of cocktails, I had the opportunity to try several.  My kind of Friday night! 
        The Negroni was my favorite and happened to be one of the cocktails on tap.  It was very fresh with a hint of sweetness. 
My second favorite was The Daquiri.  As you can see, it is definitely not what one may think when they hear Daquiri but it was a nice cocktail. Not too strong and not too sweet.
There are several talented chefs under the direction of Executive Chef Brennan Pickren, who prepared an evening of fabulous cuisine for us to sample.
There's a raw bar with locally caught seafood including oysters, clams, shrimp, and daily crudo offerings.  I love it when local restaurants use local meat and produce.  They are dedicated to using local products as often as possible.
Il Desco has a menu full of classic Italian dishes with modern twists, including house-made pastas, sandwiches, salads, grilled entr√©es, and wood-fired pizzas!!! 
Here is some of what we sampled off of the menu:
Oysters:  Served with fennel and orange mignonette, cocktail sauce, horseradish, and fresh lemon.
Grilled Octopus:  Served with puttanesca, arugula, crispy garlic, and squid ink.
Margherita Pizza:  Made with San Marzano tomatoes, fresh pulled mozzarella, basil, and olive oil.
The Garden Party Pizza: Made with roasted brussels sprouts, rapini, tomato, wild mushroom, smoked provolone, mozarella, ricotta, and prosciutto.
Spaghettini Arrabiatta:   Tomato sauce, red chili, shaved Parmigianno-Reggiano, basil, and an extra large meatball!
Lobster Cavatelli:  Maine Lobster, fresno peppers, lobster cream, and herbs.
Chicken Milanese:  Springer Mountain pan roasted breaded chicken, brown butter, white wine, garlic, shallots, heirloom tomatoes, and Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Everything was beautifully plated! I love trying new things so my favorite dish of the evening would have to be the Garden Party pizza!  I would never think of a combination of brussel sprouts anf procuitto for a pizza but it totally works!  
Il Desco opens this Thursday and considering the fact that they are operated by "Forking Amazing Restaurants" who also operate some of Jax's favs like Ovinte and Bistro Aix, I'm sure Il Desco will be right on par!  
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!  Stay Hungry!

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YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lippies!

Hi Lovelies,

I was super excited when I found out that I was selected to receive a second YSL voxbox from Influenster!  I was even more excited when I found out that this box included lipsticks, especially since I've been trying to step-up my lippie game!  I received two YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipsticks for review. 
The packaging was in the signature gold wrapping and the lipsticks themselves are in the signature, couture jewel-like, gold tube with the YSL logo.   Pretty fancy for a tube of lipstick but considering it's valued at $36 a pop, I appreciate the elaborate packaging.
I was pretty excited to try the lippies especially after reading up on the product.  I enjoyed the YSL Touche Eclat Blur Perfector and Primer I reviewed last time (here) so I hoped for similar results with the lipsticks!
The colors I received for review were #09 Rose Stiletto and #19 Fuschia.  
Upon the swatch applications, which were super smooth, I could see that both were very creamy and highly pigmented. After all, this YSL line, in just one stroke, promises to give luxurious and rich color that dresses the lips with intense hydration and antioxidant care.  On a side note, I love that the colors have YSL engraved in them.
 Here's how each color looked on my lips.
09 Rose Stiletto
19 Fuschia
Both colors glided on with ease!  They both left my lips feeling very moisturized and as I mentioned before, they were highly pigmented, especially the Fuschia.  They both complimented my skin tone and I can definitely see myself rocking both!  The Rose Stiletto is more of an everyday color.  Fuschia will have to be reserved for going out because it was pretty bright!  I believe there are over 40 shades of the YSL Rouge Pur Couture available on YSL, Nordstrom, Saks, Bloomies,and at Sephora!

 So which color do you like best?  I can't really choose!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by!

Disclaimer:  I received these products courtesy of Influenster for review.  However, my opinions were my own and 100% honest 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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