I hope you all had THE MOST fabulous New Year's Eve yet!! Complete with friends and family, a glass of Champagne or two, a kiss at midnight with someone you love, and a bunch of great new memories!!
Blake and I had a some friends in from out of town! They were our first over-night guests in our new home!! It made my heart so happy to have them here!! We started our evening with dinner at a fairly new restaurant in Columbia called the Twisted Spur, which I have reviewed below! Then we rang in the New Year at the Famously Hot New Year downtown, also reviewed below! And we finished up the evening back at our house with a bottle of Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato Champagne! I couldn't have asked for anything better!!
My girl Kimmie wore black leggings, which you can get HERE; a dark green tunic sweater, which you can get HERE; great black booties that she never once complained about her feet hurting in (even after having been in them for 9 hours), linked HERE; and the most versatile bib-necklace, linked HERE.
I wore black skinnies from J Crew, high-wasted linked HERE, low-rise linked HERE; a long black tunic, a good one linked HERE; Demure statement earrings, linked HERE; AND THOSE SHOES!! They are Cathy Jean shoes and are no longer available, but I've found literally the exact same pair linked HERE, and even though they are currently sold out, they let you sign up for email alerts for when a product is back in stock!! These are $20 cheaper than what I originally paid!! I've also linked another great pair, with that trendy wide heel HERE, and a pair of ballet flats for my non-heel wearers HERE! I styled my hair with the Hot Tools Wand you can find HERE.
Dinner was at the Twisted Spur at 705 Gervais Street! If you are local to the Columbia area, its a place worth checking out!! It was our first time eating there and we had such a great time. The food was excellent, at a medium-high price range. We ordered 4 appetizers (half of the available options), and the favorite among us was the pulled pork eggrolls!! Delicious!! For my entree, I had the Sea Scallops - they were very large and I didn't bite into a single spec of grit, which is pretty rare actually!! They were served over a bed of locally made Adluh grits with an andouille sausage gravy!! AMAZING!! Blake had the Braised Pork Shank. I didn't try any, but he really loved it!! Even though we were both so full, he made sure he finished every bite! It was served over roasted garlic mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts!! We LOVE a good meal, and we were very impressed by this restaurant!! And not only was the food amazing, but the service was so great too!! Our waiter was so nice, very funny, knowledgeable, and just all around good at his job!! He took very good care of us, and I so wish I could remember his name so that y'all could ask for him too!! Kimmie and I ordered custom drinks, and the bartender rocked that out as well!! The atmosphere was clean, modern, and trendy. I love that since they brew their own beer, they had the brewery on display through a glass wall - adding to the coolness of this place!! Even the bathrooms were nice [that matters y'all]!! Overall, I give this restaurant a 4 out of 5 Stars!
So, then we were off to the Famously Hot New Year. This is an annual City of Columbia Event that is located on the Pendleton, Main, and Assembly St. blocks of Gervais St, in front of the State House. There were 35,000 attendees last year (numbers for this year have yet to be announced). It is a free event, with food trucks and alcohol vendors available on every sidewalk. I almost wish I could have tried a few of the local food truck vendors! Maybe next year :) We showed up at about 9:30 and Sister Hazel was already on stage. This was one of the bands we had come to see!! They were great! A little country, a little rock and roll! They deserve a listen!! Next was Trombone Shorty, and they were even more amazing!! They were announced as New Orleans Royalty, and that they were!! They have played for Presidents many times, and they seriously just made Jazz really cool - it had a little funk, and a lot of energy!! Trombone Shorty himself played the trombone and trumpet, and he could sing!! The sax player, basest, and drummer completed the band, and they all just rocked it!! So glad I got to witness it!! Just before midnight we made our way over to right in front of the State House to have the best view of the fireworks display. Though it only lasted for about 5 minutes, it was a great site to see!! I was so happy we stayed until the end to see that!! I'm not usually into free events, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one!! Even though my feet were stolen and in so much pain by the end, I think back on the evening with only positive thoughts!! I'm so glad we went!! I would love so see some of you there next year as well!!
As far as my New Year's resolutions go, I just really want to resolve to putting the very best effort I can into providing y'all with a blog worth reading, I want to grow Demure into somewhere people want to shop FIRST, I want to be the best employee I can be at my day job, I want to be a wife worth having, and I want to share the love of Jesus Christ with everyone I come into contact with!!
I pray many blessings over all of you!