The Saffron Diaries, meet Sujata

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It’s no secret I love making friends! Especially when those friends and I have a lot in common! I started following Sujata a long time ago, and it was such a treat to finally meet her in person last December! OH, and she has an Instagram husband too:) Better yet, they are from Texas so of course we had something in common since my hubby’s from there too! She is not only beautiful and an amazing blogger, but she’s SO SMART! She works in clinical research, and uses blogging as a creative outlet! I’m so excited to be featuring her on the blog today! Be sure to check her out! Meet Sujata, AKA The Saffron Diaries!

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TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF

Hi everyone! Sujata here from Saffron Diaries! A little bit about myself: I am a native Texan, a diehard Longhorn fan and alum of the University of Texas, and lover of all things food and fashion.  I work in clinical research and, well, my job is way more technical than creative so I use the blog to balance the use of both sides of my brain! I’m a first time blogger, and my purpose has sort of revolved over the last 6 months. This year, I’m focusing on a year-long project which I call ‘Journey through 30’. (I turned 30 back in January) Each month I take on a new experience, something that I’ve been wanting to incorporate in my life or just try for the first time ! I’m learning a lot and getting to meet lots of wonderful people along the way!

What’s your favorite song right now?

Downtown by J Balvin (pretty much anything by J Balvin, to be honest…)

What’s your favorite style to wear?

Preppy/chic. (although this is totally determined by my mood, I’m a chameleon)

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What’s your guilty pleasure snack-go-to?

Chocolate (currently those Oreo-Milka bars)

What’s your MUST-HAVE beauty item that you can’t live with out?

Fenty Beauty PRO FILT’R Soft- this foundation just gets me! #melaninlove

Who’s the most influential person in your life and why?

My mom (shh don’t tell her). I don’t think there’s anyone else who just knows me for me as well as she does. She always has the answers, and she never holds back from calling me out (which just may be ALL THE TIME). She may be the queen of tough love, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

What’s the one thing you want to accomplish that you haven’t yet?

I don’t think I’ve reached my career goals just yet. This is partially due to the fact that I’m still trying to figure out which direction to take it in. It’s hard reaching a goal that you’re not sure of! Some of this has to do with just where my husband  and I are right now and we’re trying to figure out what’s next! Being a Type A, it has been really hard letting go of that sense of control, but I’m learning!

If you could give someone some great life advice, what would it be?

If I’ve learned anything in the last 30 years, is that life requires adaptability. Life is constantly changing, and you have to be in the mindset to keep up!

What’s your fave inspirational quote?

I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going  wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles. – Audrey Hepburn

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Where is one place you’d love to travel to?

Paris

What drives you and gives you passion in your profession?

I work in public health research and let me tell you, it’s very easy to forget that the work that you’re putting in can have some downstream effect on people. You get bogged down with the day to day, and losing the big picture is so simple. The times where I’m reminded of the importance of what I do is when I describe my work to other people. I think people lose sight of the fact that medical research is not just limited to finding the next best drug. Working in a field where we can learn to truly understand why people make the choices that they do (especiallythose that affect their health) can lead us to better medicine, and one that focuses more on prevention! (Vaccinate, eat healthy, be physically active!!)

 

 

Love Leigh Love!

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I’ve met so many great people while living here in Nashville. Especially when it comes to my blogger friends! I love that there are so many people following their dreams and doing what they love. That’s why when I met Leigh, Well I guess you could say I love leigh!!! She’s hilarious, hard working, let’s not forget gorgeous! I love her style so much, and most of all I love  her joy for life and that she gives it all she’s got! I’m so excited to be featuring her on the blog today! She’s a woman of many talents and I want you to meet her! Meet Leigh! Continue reading

The Man behind Denizen, meet Greg

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I love Tuesdays. It’s a fun day where I take the spotlight off of what I’m doing and showcase someone else that I find really inspiring. We are all here to build each other up and help one another out right?! Well I have only featured a few dudes, because well, I know a lot of Boss Babes! But when I come across a guy who is working hard for the money and hard for what he believes in, I want others to know about him too! So, when I met Greg- I was super into what he had brought to Nashville! It’s a cool concept and I am so thrilled to be featuring him today on the Blog! Stay tuned because we will be teaming up for some fun things coming up in the future! You need to all check him out! Meet the man behind Denizen, Greg!

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To Abbey, thank you for featuring me!  To the readers, enjoy this insight into who I am! 

Who I am: My name is Greg Brannon.  I’m originally from South Carolina, but I’ve been in Nashville for 3 years now.  How I’d describe myself: Dog Dad, Rye Whiskey Sipper, Ok Worker Outer, Nashville Denizen and last but not least Media Mogul (in the making).  

What I do:  I run a city guide here in Music City, called Denizen.  It aims to represent the best that Nashville has to offer across all aspects of urban life.  So, basically, I traipse around Nashville seeking out new spots, revisiting old faithful’s and conversing with some of the coolest people in town.  All in an effort to help locals and visitors maximize their time in Nashville, no matter how long or short it may be. 

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What’s my favorite song right now?

Morning “Pick Me Up” Song: Gasoline – Halsey 

Mid-day Song: Eye of the Tiger – Survivor 

Bedroom Jam: Sexual Healing – Marvin Gay  

What’s my favorite style to wear? 

Go to outfit:  Long Sleeve Henley | Dark Denim | Chukka Boots | Flat Bill 

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What’s my guilty pleasure snack-go-to?

My long-standing favorite has to be Peanut M&M’s, although the Five Daughter’s chocolate & sea salt doughnut is quickly working its way up the ladder.

What’s my MUST-HAVE beauty item, that I can’t live without?

Beard Comb & Beard Balm.  Gotta keep my whiskers in check.

Who’s the most influential person in my life and why?

My mom – for sure.  I wouldn’t use the phrase “tough love” but I wasn’t coddled growing up.  At a young age, she taught me that if I wanted something, I had to put in the work.  She made sure that I understood what “respecting others” meant and she never let me quit.  She is a hustler, she busted her hump every day and I never heard her complain.  When I got out of line, she disciplined, when I felt down, she encouraged and when I came up with really bad ideas, she cautioned.  She has been and continues to be the one constant voice of reason in my life. 

What’s the one thing you want to accomplish that you haven’t?

The restoration my father’s 1971 Torino GT.  He bought the car when he was 18 and over the years, it has found itself at the bottom of the priority list, as far as things to take care of go.  I think it would be very cool, to have the car restored and see the look on his face when he sees it.  Not “world changing” I know, but something I’d like to accomplish.  

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If you could give someone some great life advice, what would it be?

Always be your biggest fan.  Life will divvy out enough critics, so believe in yourself and revel in your accomplishments.  Never be too hard on yourself.

What’s your fav inspirational quote?

“If you’re tired of starting over,  stop giving up.” 

While short and sweet, the message is crystal clear.  This quote hit home with me not long ago and has rooted itself into my everyday life.  So many times, we take the path of least resistance…aka “giving up”.  This quote reminded me that if I wanted circumstances to change, I needed to stay committed and learn to enjoy the process.  

Where is one place you’d love to travel?

Everywhere…. I had the luck of getting to travel pretty extensively in my previous profession.  Getting out and experiencing the world and all of the cultures in it is something that I crave constantly.  Top place on my list right now is Ireland…. I was so close, when I went to Scotland, but I didn’t get to visit. 

What drives you and gives you passion in your profession?

The Partners.  My goal with Denizen, is to build a unique network of like-minded individuals and businesses that make Nashville better with what they do.  People are such a valuable asset, and I feel that Denizen has the best of the best. Interacting with folks has always been a driving force in my life.  I love to meet new people and find out what makes them tick.  You can learn so much from others, and with me being new to this industry, the people are where I’m going to learn the most.

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KiNiMi Kitchen – Meet Kirbee!

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One of my friends said ” you have to check out this chick, her food is so good and she has a show too!” So, I checked out this chick! Her name is Kirbee! I loved it all from the very first moment! She’s fun, full of life and joy, so right up my alley! I knew I had to meet her, so I invited her to a creative’s event I was having. She was just as kind and sweet as her IG portrays! She is so very talented, and has the yummiest recipes! I am so excited to be featuring her today on the blog! You all need to know about her. OH, and YOU ALL NEED TO TRY HER CAJUN POPCORN. It-is-LIFE CHANGING! Meet the face behind KiNiMi Kitchen, Kirbee! Continue reading

Olivia Shea Style

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When I find another person who has a major passion for Taco Bell, I know we are destined to be friends. This girl is full of joy, and you can see that in any one of her pics. I met Miss Olivia at a fun event I held, and she was so sweet. I have enjoyed following her for cute outfit tips and tricks, and did I mention, we are both obsessed with Taco Bell. (we just might be working on some fun things there. More to come….) I’m so excited to be featuring Olivia on the blog today! She is the cutest, and has the best style, and we can all learn from her! Meet Olivia! Continue reading

Meet Kathleen, she’s the new girl in Nashville!

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I have been following Kathleen on IG for quite some time now. I finally got to meet her IRL, when we both went rollerskating for our gal pal’s bday party! That’s quite the way to get to know each other, let me tell you! But I figured anyone who would skate beside me for 2 hours and still like me, was a legit friend! She’s the sweetest and I think she is so inspiring! She has the cutest little boy, and I am always jealous of her gorgeous ginger locks! Plus, she is a fellow hat lover, so we are destined to be friends.  I’m so happy to have to her on the blog today and want you all to meet her too! So, meet my friend Kathleen! Continue reading