Let’s Catch Up; Jeff’s Birthday Brunch, The Stubborn Mule & Henri Bendel

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Hi guys!  I know it’s been awhile but I promise I didn’t forget about you all.  This past weekend and week really was spent celebrating Jeff’s birthday so I was busy putting together quite a few surprises!  But I wanted to share this post with you!  I know you’re all always asking me about Brunch Spots in Orlando because obvs Jeff and I are major brunchers.  So this past Sunday I took Jeff to the Stubborn Mule for his birthday brunch!

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I ordered The Coachmen (veggie potato hash with cheese fondue) and added Maple Bacon and a side of Smoked Gouda Grits (ah-mazing!) and Jeff ordered the Cloud Nine which was Pastrami, Breakfast Potatoes and more between an Asiago Bagel (huge and delicious) We sat outside on the beautiful sunny morning and indulged in bottomless mimosas.  There was live music and we were just off Lake Eola, if you’re in Orlando I definitely suggest the Stubborn Mule for Brunch and Happy Hour!

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Some of you commented on my instagram asking about my outfit worn that day!  I love this mini cotton dress (similar here) (it’s the dress I wore the day I purchased my wedding gown!) I wore one of my favorite denim jackets (from old navy) thrown over my shoulders and the most perfect Sam Edelman sandals.  I grabbed my Henri Bendel Mini Carryall (no longer available via the brand)that Jeff bought for me the day he proposed and threw my Maison Coco NY flower strap on it! Super cute and casual – perfect for brunch!

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Anywhoo, tonight after work I’m going to my Henri Bendel store for a little Bendel Girl’s Night Out!  There will be snacks and of course champs!  They’ll be revealing the new collection and allowing us to shop it with a little discount in the air!  Gotta love those events.  I’ve got my eye on a few pieces in this new Retro collection because about a week ago I got a sneak peak AND the collection officially dropped online yesterday!  Between the Binocular Bag, the Mini Suede Bag and the Tilda (from the last collection) I am sold and the Binocular Bag is definitely in the running! I’ll be back later this week with a little bag reveal and review!

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Saturday Brunch in Target Style

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This past weekend a close family friend ( much like a younger sister to me) had a brunch at the Downtown Orlando Citrus Club to celebrate her graduating from High School.  It was such a great time and of course I loved a reason to put together a great look and be out and about!

I had no idea what I was going to wear and decided to make a run to Target – with all the collaborations they’ve done recently I knew it would be a breeze to find something and I was definitely right! I tried on dozens of dresses that were all beyond cute before find the one that I just loved!  From the color and pattern to the fit and detail this A New Day polka dot dress was absolute perfection, especially for a brunch.  I paired the look with these DV Style Gold mules with the knot detail and the gold statement Sugarfix by BaubleBar for Target earrings.  I mean How fun is the look overall?

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On Saturdays We Brunch

One thing I absolutely love is a wardrobe piece that can easily be taken from day to night! On Friday I was out and about with my parents and we decided to check out the Banana Republic the factory store because I’d gotten an email that there was a major sale (as always) If you haven’t checked out the Banana Republic Factory Store you definitely should because there are always great sales! I snagged this jumpsuit for 40% off (similar) and it literally wardrobe perfection.  Classic and clean, this jumpsuit is the perfect piece for a day to night flip and I thought it would be the perfect looking for our Saturday brunch!

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We decided to head to Earl’s Kitchen for Saturday brunch and would you believe they have a brunch happy hour!  Before noon all food on the brunch menu is just $8 and all drinks are only $4!  Who doesn’t love a happy hour of any kind?  Jeff and I both opted for  the Chicken and Waffles and although it wasn’t the best we’ve had it certainly was delicious!  Paired with Orange Mimosas and a beautiful patio setting, Earl’s Kitchen in Millenia is definitely a must try place if you’re in the Orlando area.

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Back to the outfit!  I paired this killer off the shoulder jumpsuit with a denim jacket just thrown over the shoulders! I think the Old Navy denim jacket was the perfect piece to compliment this all black look!  I finished the outfit with my favorite Sam Edelman sandals and of course my Henri Bendel Claremont Top Handle bag and I felt Brunch Ready!

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Orlando’s Top 3 Brunch Spots

 

Orlando has officially been named a foodie hub of the country but honestly I already knew that!  Jeff and I eat out quite often, whether we’re hitting up a food truck at Tasty Tuesday or dining at Seasons 52 we go places for two reasons and two reasons only, the Food and the Vibe. Well service counts too!

Today I need you all to trust in me completely when I say these 3 restaurants are the top 3 places to go for brunch! Now this doesn’t mean I’m saying every other brunch spot is less than desirable, what I’m saying is these 3 places have a the total package from a stellar menu, great service and a vibe that will make you want to never leave and to make it even better the menus these 3 places offer are so different and mouth watering you’ll have to keep coming back to try it all!

Blu On the Avenue

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Blu on the Avenue is a restaurant in Winter Park on Park Avenue. If you want to sit outside there’s a patio option and if you want to sit inside you might still feel like your outside with the doors in being a glass wall and the skylight you’ll find on the ceiling. Not only is the drink menu awesome with the best Sangria I’ve had in years but the food menu is one that will keep you coming back with things like Banana Foster French Toast and Steak and Grits made with Corn Grits you’re sure to have the brunch of a lifetime.

Artisan’s Table

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Okay So this is one place Jeff and I venture to at least once a month because everything is perfect every time!  With an open concept dining room, Huge glass windows and a glass contraption that shows you how the restaurant makes their on Coffee Tequila (which is mesmerizing) might I add you’ll love Artisan’s Table. Here you can get delicious “Sparklers” – Sparkling juice in the flavors of Blood Orange, Elderberry and more and what’s not so surprising is the food is even better! With things like Stuffed French Toast ( Sweet, savory and filling) and Pastrami Hash (Get it almost every time!) this restaurant is must visit here in Orlando.

310 Lakeside

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This restaurant has 2 locations! One on Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando and one on Park Avenue and an even more fun fact? The owners of 310 are the same owners of Blu on the Avenue! I know what you’re thinking, okay the food is probably the same right? Nope! Very different Brunch Menus and very different locations.  310 Lakeside is right across from Lake Eola while 310 Park South is in the midst of shops and restaurants.  The menu at 310 is definitely more traditional brunch with a fun twist! From French Toast made on french bread coated in Frosted Flakes to Tenderloin Benedict and even a Pear Brie Omelet.  310 has something for everyone!

If you’ve been to any of these brunch spots tell me what you think! And leave me a comment if you have a restaurant I need to try!

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XOXO Spotlight ; 310 Lakeside


310 Lakeside on Central Blvd here in downtown  Orlando. A few weeks back Jeff and I went to brunch on Lake Eola at this amazing place, 310 Lakeside. I had Tenderloin Eggs Benedict with breakfast potatoes and Sangria while Jeff had the French Toast with eggs and bacon and a Mimosa. The restaurant has indoor seating as well as patio seating and offers the much loved double mimosa! If you’re in the Orlando area it is a must!