3 Colleges, 3 States, 3 Gal Pals

Life has a tendency to be a little crazy, but one thing I can always count on is Girls’ Night. I am extremely lucky to still have best friends from high school that I get to see often. While college brought me some of the greatest friends in the world, I find comfort in being close with a group of girls that has known me for so long and has watched me grow and change into the person I am today.

It was hard leaving a small high school with my group of friends (many I had known since I K-5) and starting something new almost 5 years ago, but I look back and think, “we did good.” I go to school in North Carolina, Tori stayed in Nashville at Lipscomb, and Blair went away to Kentucky but we still manage to stay as close as ever. I might even say that I have gotten closer with the gal pals being far apart.

When we are all home for the summer, we try to get together as often as possible! One of our very favorite places to host Girls’ Night is at Cabana’s.

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On Wednesday nights, they have killer Ladies’ Night deals. We’re talking $4 drinks and $6 appetizers. The best part is that they taste great. There isn’t anything much better than talking about your favorite memories with good friends, strong drinks, and delicious food.

IMG_1143The one item that is a MUST for our outings at Cabana’s is the Tennessee Sliders. A Tennessee slider is a sweet potato biscuit with fried chicken topped with peach preserves. To say that it is delicious would be an understatement. I have tried making this meal at home multiple time, but it is easier said than done. The ones that I make still taste great, but it just isn’t the same. Maybe it’s the people I am with that make these snacks so perfect…

IMG_1148This little purple number was a good as it was pretty. It was the Huckleberry Lemonade. It is made with Pearl Blueberry Vodka and fresh lemonade. A tasty combo for a warm summer night.

IMG_1144I couldn’t imagine life without my girlfriends. From listening to all of life’s silly problems to being there when it matters most, I see true friendship that has lasted longer than I ever could have dreamed. From Tori letting me crash on her couch 3 nights a week and always being open for any adventure (Her 22nd birthday is a great example…) to knowing Blair since we were 3 years old, my life is so much better with people like them in it. Shout out to all my high school gal pals, wish you were here!

I think that Carrie Bradshaw had the right idea when she said…

Maybe our girlfriends are our soul mates and guys are just people to have fun with.


The only song I see fitting for this is my girl, Lana Del Rey. This Is What Makes Us Girls (Remixed) has been a favorite of mine since I heard it. To me, this song describes a lot of what it feels like to be a girl and the friends you make. “There she was my new best friend, High heels in her hands, swayin’ in the wind While she starts to cry, mascara runnin’ down her little Bambi eyes: ‘Lana, how I hate those guys.'”

It’s in the moments when life really sucks that we find out who our real friends are and who will be there to hold your hand during the though times and who is going drag you to the bar telling you how great you are.

you do you, rach

Runnin’ On Sunshine

Sweet summer time brings out my love for the beach even more than usual. Being in landlocked Tennessee getting to the beach is easier said than done. Luckily I get to go at the beginning of the summer season with my best friend to enjoy Hangout Music Festival. What could be better than the beach, your best friend and good music?

While I can’t be at the beach everyday, at least I can wear outfits that are inspired by the breeze and the waves. This outfit is perfect for those days when you want to be at the beach, but it is just a little too far from reach.

White jeans are the summer staple, and nothing is better than a pair that fits well and makes you feel your sassiest. I never thought I would, but I have been a huge fan of white on white this season or white with a lighter color. It instantly takes me to a beach mindset. With the right pair of wedges and classic sunglasses, I’ve gone to sandy seaside towns here in the heart of Tennessee.


The breeze hitting my hair as we were taking photos kept me smiling ear to ear; the beach must know I’m missing it.


My favorite thing about white jeans is their versatility. I can wear them to my Farmers’ Market internship with a nice top and I can wear them to dinner with friends and not feel too dressed up. You can make them as classy or as wild as your little heart desires. Now if only white bottoms were allowed year round…




This top is a piece that I have had for a year or two from UAL. {It’s one of my favorite places to shop at here in town, so items from there will appear pretty frequently!} Its a Chan Luu top, you know the one who made wrap bracelets a thing… I had no idea that he made clothing until I purchased this top! The beading is so delicate and just sparkles in the sunshine. It is the perfect pair with some simple white jeans. I wanted to put a tube top under it instead of tank top because it showcased the detail of the beading a little better when against my skin.





“Live in the Sunshine, Swim in the Sea, and Drink the Wild Air.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’m so glad Kate found this grassy area that made us feel like we were on the streets of 30A.

You go Kate David Photography

Shopping the look: Jeans|Top (Actual in White)Top AlternativeTube Top|Similar Shoes|Sunnies

For summer and beach inspired outfit, a frozen drink is the only real option to pair this with. Screamin’ Lizards are a drink that a friend of mine taught us how to make after a long day on the river. You gotta give these a taste!

  • Plain vodka
  • A can of frozen limeade
  • Mint
  • Ice, Ice Baby
  • A blender

Add your limeade mix to the blender. I fill the limeade container with vodka (sometimes a little extra splash) so I know how much to put in, but you can add however much or little you would like! Pour in the vodka, add mint leaves. The more mint, the less tart and vice versa. Add your ice and blend until it is to frozen cocktail consistency. Enjoy the instant relaxation.

Getting to the beach is a road trip for me, so it’s only fitting that I introduce you to a song that is nothing less that road trip worthy. When I first heard 101 by WALLA, I played it on repeat. It is a feel good tune and makes me want to get in my car and drive down 65, beach bound. I hope it puts a smile on your face. It sure does mine.

WALLA has a great story behind them too. Read about it here.

you do you, rach

Tickled Pink

It keeps getting hotter outside and I’ve realized you can’t just wear a swimsuit 24/7 (my swimsuit drawer would tell a different story, but…). As the temperature rises, so do the hemlines. My favorite way to stay cool during a warm summer day is to wear a breezy dress. The best part about this dress is that it can be worn during the day with sandals for a casual look… But if you just throw on a pair of wedges, you are ready to take on the town and spin and twirl your night away.

kate_davis_godfrey_blog_7_9_15_0019The way that this dress moves makes me wanna dance the night away to a live band while I sing along a little too loud and never stop laughing.kate_davis_godfrey_blog_7_9_15_0020


I was at my local Goodwill looking for jeans to make some cutoff shorts and wandered into the shoe section and found a BRAND NEW pair of Aldo wedges. After a deep clean of the sole, I knew these were the perfect match for such a fun dress.






Because the dress has so much color and detail, I kept the accessories simple. I paired it with a sterling silver bracelet that has “Rachel” engraved on it. It was a gift from a friend for my 15th birthday.


Photos from the always wonderful Kate Davis Photography

I got the dresses almost 6 years ago (and wore it for the first time this year) at UAL so it was impossible to find a link to a place to buy it now, but it is by French designer Dino e Lucia.

Good alternatives for you: Dress|Shoes|Sunnies

An outfit that inspires so much fun deserves a drink that is a good time. The colors make me think of one of the best drinks of all time. If you have ever been to The Masters, I hope you have had an azalea. This is my signature drink, and I even taught the owner at the college bar how to make it. Recipes are different when you look online, but the way that we make them is very simple and they look beautiful!

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  • Lemonade
  • Vodka
  • Grenadine
  • Orange slices

I am no expert at making drinks with the appropriate amount of alcohol. For azaleas, add the vodka, then the lemonade, and pour in the grenadine. Don’t pour too much grenadine because it can get gross real quick. Add ice and don’t stir! Drop in an orange slice and bottoms up! I bet you can’t have just one.

With this pink dress and pink drink, your day and night are sure to be a success. All you need is some local music to get your toes tappin’. The Apache Relay is one of my favorite local bands, and I’m just waiting on the day that I will get to see them. Check them out! You won’t regret it, I promise.

Katie Queen of Tennessee is one of their more popular songs and can be heard on Lightning 100 here in Nashville. If this song and video don’t make you want to move, I don’t know what to tell ya! It is a catchy song and a good choice to dance around to even if it’s just while you are getting ready in the morning.

you do you, rach

Hats Off to a New Blog

Summer brings new adventures, free time, and a break from the same ol’ same ol’ in the school year. It’s easy to find time to try new foods, new drinks, and new styles. For me, summer gives me a chance to start many new projects like furniture pieces and a new blog. So, hats off to the first post on my new blog about drinks, fashion, and music. *Food will appear occasionally, because let’s face it… I love to eat.

My favorite trend this summer has been hats. I purchased my first felt hat back in the Fall of 2013 and was very unsure about it. Now, I own 4 and try to get away with wearing them whenever I can. They add the perfect amount of hip to a simple outfit and can be the best finishing touch. With t-shirt dresses being all the rage these days, I decided these two are a match made in heaven.

Kate Davis Photography Paired with a necklace that my awesome dad made as an Eagle Scout, this outfit is perfect for exploring the coolest areas of town and places like Porter Flea. kate_davis_godfrey_blog_7_9_15_0084kate_davis_godfrey_blog_7_9_15_0090

White Converse completed the look with the right amount of casual flare. With these on my feet, I feel like I can take on the world… Or at least be able to run and catch up with it.

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So you wanna buy this outfit: Dress|Shoes|Similar Necklace|Hat (purchased here)|Sunnies

This outfit makes me want to sit on a porch, looking out at Nashville talking about what’s next in the crazy ride called life with an ice-cold Moscow Mule. 

*This is my all time favorite summer drink.

How to make one for yourself!

  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 4 to 6 ounces ginger beer
  • Collins glass (The Copper Mug that makes them the cutest drinks on the block.)

Squeeze lime juice into a Collins glass (or Moscow Mule mug) and drop in the peel. Add some ice, pour in the vodka and fill with cold ginger beer.

Now your are ready for a great Nashville Summer night. Turn up Dreams by Beck and you have a real party on your hands.

Dreams is my summer anthem this year. It’s the right amount of funk and folk and can be played morning-to-night. Not to mention Beck is perfection. He can do no wrong. So roll down your windows and turn it up loud. I bet you will be singing by the last chorus.

you do you, rach