Memphis Travel Guide

 

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Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion travel blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Memphis Travel Guide

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion travel blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Memphis Travel Guide

 

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion travel blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Memphis Travel Guide

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion travel blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Memphis Travel Guide

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion travel blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Memphis Travel Guide

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion travel blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Memphis Travel Guide

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion travel blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Memphis Travel Guide Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion travel blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Memphis Travel Guide

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion travel blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | Memphis Travel Guide

Sweater: Goodnight Macaroon | Jeans: Topshop (sale) | Booties: Similar (sale) | Sunglasses: Karen Walker

I figured if I didn’t immediately post my #traveltuesday, I end up procrastinating and typically never get around to posting a travel guide (I still owe a Dublin & Barcelona post). We spent the weekend in Memphis and I am so excited to share things we did just incase you ever did find your self in this city. I was so excited to head to Memphis for foliage but little did I know its still considered the “south” and foliage was hard to find. Luckily we found ourselves at a park on Saturday and found these pretty trees to welcome fall weather.

Stay: 

  • It seemed like everything was only a 15-20 minute car ride so location isn’t huge. We stayed at a Hilton 15 minutes from the airport since that is where the conference was held. We did check out the Peabody hotel and it was so cute! Loved the ambiance in the lobby and the view from the rooftop. We watched sunset from the Peabody and visited their little ducky farm on the rooftop.

Food

  • Rendezvous BBQ: If you are looking for some famous Memphis bbq then this is your place. It’s full of history and right across the street from Peabody. The boys weren’t to impressed with their ribs (they call themselves bbq conesiours) but it also was a dry rub which us Texans aren’t huge about. Their baked beans was pretty much the best beans I have had in my life, they were smoked – yum.
  • *Gus’ Fried Chicken: Now this place is well known and yummy. I am such a sucker for fried chicken. Idk what gets into me but I love them.
  • Kooky Canuc: We came here after Rendezvous for dessert and got the Pazookie. Yes we ate bad bad bad this weekend. Lots of room service and desserts and yesterday we paid for it at the gym.
  • Arcade Restaurant: traditional / classic American diner – One of the oldest restaurants in Memphis
  • The Beauty Shop: Unique place for brunch – old 1960s hair salon 
  • Memphis Pizza Cafe: A bunch around Memphis for some good thin/ crispy pizza
  • Ernestine & Hazels: Good late night burger spot. Old brothel back in the 1900s that you can explore on the 2nd floor. 

City Spots:

  • *Civil Rights Museum: We didnt go inside the museum but this was a good spot to learn more about MLKs assassination and read more into history. You can see exactly where the bullet was shot and where MLK was standing without going into the museum.
  • Sun Studio: We passed by the studio but it was the famous studio that Elvis recoded his first record.
  • Graceland: This is like Elvis museum on his property. You can tour his house, his private jet, eat his favorite meal, do the whole nine yards in remembrance of Elvis.
  • *Peabody hotel: I mentioned the Peabody above but this is a cute hotel to see ducks swimming in fountains and watch the sunset on the roof (I’m such a sunset chaser). Probably one of my favorite parts of the trip!
  • Bass Pro Shop: you know you’re not in a big city when Bass Pro Shop is on the list BUT its a pretty unique huge shop. It’s also shaped as a large pyramid that you can see across the highway. 
  • Walk along the Mississippi River:  just a nice park to be able to walk the river and see beautiful views. 
  • Wiseacre Brewery: A fun spot to sit outside!
  • Shop: we stopped by Germantown to visit some ladies from Anthropology and it was a cute little shopping center filled with a variety of shops!

(Italics: Alice’s recommendations which we didn’t get a chance to visit – thanks girl for the travel guide)

*Highly Recommend 

 

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NYFW Show Recap 1: Camo Flirty

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Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion and inspiration blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | NYFW Show Recaps: Camo Flirty

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion and inspiration blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | NYFW Show Recaps: Camo Flirty

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion and inspiration blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | NYFW Show Recaps: Camo Flirty

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion and inspiration blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | NYFW Show Recaps: Camo Flirty

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion and inspiration blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | NYFW Show Recaps: Camo Flirty

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion and inspiration blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | NYFW Show Recaps: Camo Flirty

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion and inspiration blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | NYFW Show Recaps: Camo Flirty

Dress Up Buttercup // A Houston-based fashion and inspiration blog developed to daily inspire your own personal style by Dede Raad | NYFW Show Recaps: Camo Flirty

Jeans: Misguided | Top: Topshop / White | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Bag: Gigi NY

So I went to A LOT of shows during NYFW and watching the runway was probably the most memorable part of my trip. The lights, models, people, make up, outfits were so on point I wanted to share each show that I attended real quick and either trends / pieces that stood out to me. Keep in mind I was at the Spring 2017 shows so these are all items we won’t be seeing until 2017 but it’s always good to stay a head of the curve 🙂 You can also certainly incorporate some of these pieces now since its still hot outside! Like in the outfit above this flirty pink is my absolute favorite and I decided to girly up the ripped camo denim that I can’t get over. Luckily all sizes are still left and under $50. On trend and on point!

*Noon By Noor: Lots of neutrals & sheer fabric. This was my first show so I was very goo goo gah gah during the entire show. The neutral colors and sheer fabrics were so flirty I couldn’t keep my eyes off of them and definitely gained lots of inspiration from this show.

*Marissa Webb: What really caught my eye was the silky materials which I was inspired by and blogged about here. This was my favorite show of them all and I am not sure if it was because I was wearing this Marissa Webb shirt and felt super cool or the amount of iconic ladies were in the room that I looked up too OR the fact that I landed FRONT row at Marissa Webb. I was let alone surprised I got in. Anyway along with the silky fabric lots of leather came into play along with dark greens and white (which was my outfit to the event – here – I felt right at home)!

Fashion Palette: So this was a mix of brands which I thought was pretty cool. It was also a mix of categories from ball gowns to night gowns. Tons of different styles which was super fun!

Misha Collection: This particular show I had some pieces that I was obsessed with and others I wasn’t crazy about. This collection consisted of leopard, gold fringe, monochromatic, and very sexy going out kinda looks. Leather and lace were also on the menu!

*Tadashi Shoji: Sad this was one of my favorites but the photos are not out! I’ll be sure to share in the next post the photos. I remember very fun and elegant pieces. This show was also so special to me since I actually have been a fan of Tashi before I was invited and it was in the big runway showroom which felt like a dream. I ALSO ran into my old bride and groom waiting in line which was super crazy! My old bride and groom was Crystal Stewart ( Mrs. Usa 2008) along with her Belgium prince. You can find their wedding here. They actually where my last wedding so hold a dear place in my heart!

Dan Liu: I scored front row at this one and I did like some dresses but nothing wowed me. I did have friends that loved this show so you can see how every one is different. I also believe that is the beauty of fashion – we all have different taste buds and there is so much fashion to go around. Lots and lots of dresses were showcased and was a Parisian themed show. We all were introduced with red roses at our seat and Dan Liu himself sat at a Parisian like table for his finale. It was cute!

Click on the names of the shows to take you to the gallery. As you can see I went to A LOT of shows – I have 6 more which I will be sharing at a later post. I was in New York for fashion week for a full week and I had a jam pack schedule everyday so it was a lot to take in. I am not going to lie all of the shows kinda are mumble jumbled in my head but the ones that stood out to me have an * – luckily I have photos to go back on for memory because I am going to need them once Spring comes around.

You can visit Things I learned during NYFW here. I am getting tons of emails about how to get into shows so I maybe working on a post ONLY if you all are interested – so let me know 🙂

Random Trip Necessities

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Jeans: Misguided | Top: similar | Shoes: | Keds | Overnight Bag: Sole Society or here

Amazon prime always becomes my best friend when prepping for a trip. My lovely mail lady knows when a trip is coming when I receive a mass amount of boxes (Side note: I think of my mail lady as my co – worker and love that women haha). I usually come up with the most random necessities that really are helpful with last minute emergencies while on vacation & hello 2 day shipping. Here is my list of 10 randoms:

1. Fashion tape: You never ever know when something is too big or too small.
2. Dry shampoo: Washing my hair everyday on trips is impossible. Dry shampoo really does the trick.
3. Stickies. Umm I recently just found out about stickies (re-usable kind) and they have saved my life. I absolutely hate bras so this has been a total game changer.
4. Gum: because no one likes stinky breathe and I rather have gum come to my door than I go inside a gas station.
5. A good straightener: I finally got a T3 straighter and let me tell you I no longer will be going back to my old one. A fast good straightener is perfect to style your hair in a hurry!
6. Long Charger: I know non apple chargers are not good for your phone but when I am laying in my hotel bed and the outlet for the charger is 6ft away, a 10ft charger saves the day.
7. Portable Charger: You can tell how important my phone is by my necessities lol I bought two portable chargers to take with me through out the day so I hopefully will never run into a dead battery problem
8. A note pad/calendar: I like to plan out my days the old fashion way with a good ol pen and paper. My entire schedule is pre – uploaded on my google calendar (thanks babe) but something about having it all out in front of me calms my nerves
9. Spanx: I usually pack some comfy volleyball spanx and some tight legit spanx for those dresses that need a little more oomph. I get so uncomfortable when I don’t have spanx on under my dress, I feel like anything can happen and I rather not be that person.
10. A cute bag: now I didn’t order this from Amazon but I did order it from Sole Society and it has to be the cutest weekender bag on the market. Something about traveling in style with my luggage makes me not feel so blah. I was actually worried they wouldn’t consider this weekend bag as my “personal item” but luckily I got in with out having to check in any bags. It was a win win and I plan on taking this bag everywhere with me! s’cute.

You can find my outfits for NYFW packed in my suitcase under the shop then NYFW tab or here. Oh yes & aren’t these camo jeans the cutest?! I plan on wearing them with a pink peplum top for one of my looks while I am here.

Happy Friday Eve loves!

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Lisbon, Portugal Travel Guide

Dress Up Buttercup | Houston Fashion and Travel Blog - Dede Raad | Lisbon, Portugal Travel Guide

Dress Up Buttercup | Houston Fashion and Travel Blog - Dede Raad | Lisbon, Portugal Travel Guide

Dress Up Buttercup | Houston Fashion and Travel Blog - Dede Raad | Lisbon, Portugal Travel Guide

Dress Up Buttercup | Houston Fashion and Travel Blog - Dede Raad | Lisbon, Portugal Travel Guide

Dress Up Buttercup | Houston Fashion and Travel Blog - Dede Raad | Lisbon, Portugal Travel Guide

Dress Up Buttercup | Houston Fashion and Travel Blog - Dede Raad | Lisbon, Portugal Travel Guide

Dress Up Buttercup | Houston Fashion and Travel Blog - Dede Raad | Lisbon, Portugal Travel Guide

Dress Up Buttercup | Houston Fashion and Travel Blog - Dede Raad | Lisbon, Portugal Travel Guide

Dress Up Buttercup | Houston Fashion and Travel Blog - Dede Raad | Lisbon, Portugal Travel Guide

Dress Up Buttercup | Houston Fashion and Travel Blog - Dede Raad | Lisbon, Portugal Travel Guide

Dress Up Buttercup | Houston Fashion and Travel Blog - Dede Raad | Lisbon, Portugal Travel Guide

lol incase you were wondering behind the scenes – final product below

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Dress Up Buttercup | Houston Fashion and Travel Blog - Dede Raad | Lisbon, Portugal Travel Guide

Dress Up Buttercup | Houston Fashion and Travel Blog - Dede Raad | Lisbon, Portugal Travel Guide

Dress Up Buttercup | Houston Fashion and Travel Blog - Dede Raad | Lisbon, Portugal Travel Guide

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Dress Up Buttercup | Houston Fashion and Travel Blog - Dede Raad | Lisbon, Portugal Travel Guide

Our flat had the best views. Dress Up Buttercup | Houston Fashion and Travel Blog - Dede Raad | Lisbon, Portugal Travel Guide

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The famous elevator!Dress Up Buttercup | Houston Fashion and Travel Blog - Dede Raad | Lisbon, Portugal Travel Guide

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Dress Up Buttercup | Houston Fashion and Travel Blog - Dede Raad | Lisbon, Portugal Travel Guide

I know a few of you that have Portugal trips coming up so I am so excited to share with you our next stop, Lisbon, Portugal. This city really took us by surprise. I never really had the desire to visit Portugal, but I am so glad we did. We only spent a couple of nights here and it is a small city, but I think that is what I loved the most about it. Small cities really steal my heart and I think it’s because I know that I have conquered all that I have to see without feeling like I have missed out. Portugal’s streets were my favorite. The tiled streets alone made me one happy girl! So much intricate details on the clean bright tiles that were laid across to make a road look so majestic. Oh, what I would do to go back to having dinner outside on the streets with some Risotto and Pinot with my family!

Stay:

Baixa is a great location for tourists since it is so central to the city. If you are looking for a place to stay, I highly recommend an Airbnb during your stay. We were blown away by the amount of options the city had to offer and every place was so stinking cute. We were absolutely obsessed with our place, from the decor to the amount of space available. Our only complaint is apparently a/c is a rare thing in Lisbon, so we were so hot the majority of the time. You can’t beat the price of an Airbnb that is so central in such a beautiful city.

My sister got to Lisbon a few days early and stayed here for a couple nights. Once we landed we went straight to her hotel and I fell in love. It was such a cute hotel and perfect central location. I recommend it for sure! We also had dinner here and it probably was one of my favorite memories in Lisbon.

Food:

Every morning we would wake up and head to Nata for some good coffee and pastries. We went goo goo ga ga for some Pastel De Natas which are custard pies.

I was legit craving Indian food and this place hit the spot. The naan bread was heavenly and so was the chicken curry. The restaurant is a little hidden down an alley way and inside is pretty small. Sadly no outside seating but the food was worth it!

As mentioned above, dinner here in the streets of Lisbon surrounded by my family, good food and wine, was my favorite memory of this trip. I couldn’t stop smiling the entire dinner. It was our nicest meal (we ate McDonalds everyday up until this point) and just the fact that I we were in a beautiful city that surrounded us. My cousins are pretty wild and love to go out so the fact that I got one of these chill nights made me super happy. I say this is a MUST for your last night in the city!

You must go watch the sunset at Park Bar! It is a hidden gem on the top of a garage. You really have to look for it but it probably was my favorite bar of the trip as well. It overlooks the city and has a great ambiance. Drinks are reasonable priced. I do recommend getting there early because by sunset it’s a mad house. It gets pretty packed and there is limited seating.

City Spots:

If you’re looking for some sweet views then this is your spot. You take a ferry ride to the other side of the bridge to Almada. It was a pretty ferry ride and then you have to take either a bus or taxi to the statue. Typically, Ted and I are not much of monument type,  but it was a fun experience. After, we took a taxi to the local beach and spent the rest of the afternoon there.

  • Pink Street* (R. Nova do Carvalho, 1200-371 Lisboa)

If we have a pink street in America, let a girl know. This street was on our bucket list before we even got to Lisbon. It was a tad disappointing since it was not as bright pink as the photoshop google images, BUT it was still worth it. We stopped by during the day to get our pink street photo (duh) then came back at night and went out. Pink street is lined up with bars and is a pretty popular night scene. Apparently Europe doesn’t start partying until 12:00 and stays open until the crack of dawn. I wasn’t having it but if thats your scene, this is your place!

We are all about views and this was another way to see the city from above. You do have to wait in line and there is a cover charge, but it’s also very monumental in the city.

This was probably my favorite area of all of Lisbon and I think we covered the entire city central by walking. This area is just stunning, from its architecture to the diversity of the people. There is plenty to do in this area from restaurants to shops.

This is actually at the end of the center above, but such a stunning landmark to see in person. Passing the Arco is also another monumental landmark that I couldn’t tell you the first thing about. The boys stared at it for like 5 whole minutes while the girls were ready to go.

Oh, man! We climbed and climbed to get to this castle. I don’t think we have ever walked so much. It was so nice to walk through the town and get fresh fruit/ beer on the side of the road on the way to the castle. We kept finding hidden gems that was well worth the steps. The castle was at the top of the mountain and we apparently acted like we were in the 1500’s and didn’t use our GPS (oops). On our way back, we realized it was only a 15 minute walk vs 60 minutes. You had to pay a small admission fee to see the castle, but if you’re into castles and views, this is a good spot for you.

  • Trolley #28

We are dumb and didn’t make time for this but it’s a well known trolley tour that is most likely a must!

Thats a wrap for Lisbon, Portugal. If you are on the fence about visiting this city, I say go for it. I would absolutely LOVE to know if you have visited the city or plan on going! I love love your feedback on these posts. Happy #raadstravel Tuesday!

 

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