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Twitty City: Conway Twitty’s Mansion & Gardens

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Conway Twitty’s mansion, Twitty City,  is located in Hendersonville, TN  20 minutes north of Nashville. It was his home until his death in 1993. Many of the country stars throughout the years have built beautiful homes in Hendersonville. Johnny Cash’s home was located around the corner but burned to the ground a few years back. It appears one of the Bee Gee’s bought it and while work was being done, it caught on fire and poof, it was gone.

The story was, that Conway Twitty’s four adult children did not get along with wife number three and when Conway died there was a huge fight and many lawsuits. As always, no one wins and the home, recording studio, the  kids’ homes, his mom’s house, located behind Conway’s mansion, were all sold.

Turns out Trinity Music City, USA purchased the entire complex for their live studio audience taping that are televised and special concerts that are held there. The venue holds church services on Sundays, as well as concerts featuring religious music and attractions.

Twitty City has a magical light display during the Christmas season. trinityThe kids and I visit every year  so this was my first visit during summer and in broad daylight. I was hoping for a tour of the mansion, unfortunately, tours aren’t available during the summer. Tours of the mansion and gardens are free and are offered Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm.

I was still able to walk the gorgeous grounds and take lots of pictures. This place is dreamy. I truly think Twitty City is a potential “gold mine”. You just don’t see places like this anymore. Graceland is so commercialized compared to Conway’s former estate. If you are ever in Hendersonville, TN be sure to drop by One Music Village Blvd for a wonderful experience.

Nashville’s New Year’s Eve 2014

NashvilleNewYearsWhat is the hottest city in the nation right now? Nashville!

So why not ring in 2015 in Music City?

New Year’s Eve is probably the greatest holiday of the year. You can dress up and hit the town. No presents to buy. No tree to trim. No turkey to cook. And no judgments on staying up late.

Best of all, it’s a time to reflect on the past year, set some resolutions, and then start the year anew.

This is my third New Year’s Eve in Music City, but I have heard Nashville as a city has upped its New Year’s game in recent years.

The “Jack Daniels Bash on Broadway: New Year’s Eve in Music City” is expected to draw 100,000 people this year, growing from 85,000 last year and 15,000 in 2009, the first year of the event.

Lady Antebellum (my favorite musical group) will headline the FREE street party, and will be joined by Gavin DeGraw, Chip Esten from the TV show “Nashville,” The Apache Relay and more. The evening is filled with free live music, fireworks and the Music Note Drop at midnight. The party will be televised as part of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015,” airing Wednesday, Dec. 31 beginning at 7 p.m. CST on ABC.

According to the Nashville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, New Year’s Eve week is now one of the strongest in the year for Nashville with about 21,000 room nights being sold on New Year’s Eve.

In addition to the downtown party, Nashville restaurants and live music venues will be chock full of New Year celebrations.  For more information visit  here.

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Music Festival Beauty Essentials

Colorful makeup and crazy outfits are synonymous with Music Festivals. Equally, the lack of hot showers and room for storing belongings mean packing light and thinking very carefully about what you take with you – facial wipes become a must and dry shampoo turns out to be as vital a part of your kit as your glow sticks and signs.

My daughters have attended many festivals like Bonnaroo, Ultra, Lollapalooza, TomorrowWorld, Electric Daisy Carnival, etc. Because music festivals generally involve being at the mercy of the elements—that is, the heat and humidity — it’s important to make sure your makeup has staying power and that you’re fully protected from sun. And always remember to bring water! Here’s their guide to beauty essentials for music festivals.

Eye Makeup: Music festivals scream bright colors. In fact, the brighter the colors the better. Glamour Dolls Makeup is absolutely perfect for this. With colors ranging from Smokey Purple to Smokey Blue, this pallet is perfect for music festivals. Glamour Dolls Glitter Eyeliner makes your eyes sparkle and is super easy to apply. Our favorite is Jenna Lilac and  so affordable at only $1.99.
Lipstick: No one wants dry lips while at a music festival. Even if you’re keeping the rest of your make-up minimal, a burst of bright color on the lips is a quick and easy way to pull your festival look together. We vote for this hot hue from Glamour Dolls. The Dolls Gone Wild color is the perfect pink, goes on creamy and smoothly and retails for only $2.99.
Dry shampoo: When attending music festivals, dry shampoo is going to be your BFF. Most of the time, showering is not an option – and if it is, it can cost up to $7/shower. Thankfully, there is dry shampoo, which is perfect for soaking up any extra sweat or oil before you start your day.
Flower headbands: You need one for sure. They are easy to make and fun to wear. Visit your Dollar Store, grab some plastic flowers (we like daisies) and hot glue them to an elastic band. You just made a flower headband.

Sunscreen, hand sanitizer and facial wipes are also must-haves at music festivals, as is plenty of WATER!

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