Taking on Nashville

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This past weekend, I took on a 6.5 hour car ride to Nashville. A few years ago, I made an internet friend (how modern of me) who lives in Calgary, Canada, and his plans landed him in Nashville. So of course I decided to take the trip to meet him, plus visiting a new city is never a bad idea.

After a few hours of listening to Frank Ocean’s new album on repeat (ABOUT DAMN TIME FRANK!) and multiple snack stops, my boyfriend Branden and I arrived to The City of Music to check into our AirBnb. I had never been to Nashville before so here are a few places that we visited and ended up being my favorite.

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Barista Parler – stopped by to get some mochas, they were splendid and the coffee shop was built inside an old mechanic shop. It was rad!

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@davey_gravy and @brollish talking about cameras and stuff while I was pretending I knew what the heck was going on.

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Wilder – was a home/lifestyle shop with lots of nice smelling things. They had Study Case ceramic planters, which are my favorite!

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Evelyn Striped Wall

Suede Slides – Marais USA | Peplum Top – Madewell | Denim – GAP | Bucket Bag – Mansur Gavriel 

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The Frist Center for the Visual Arts had the coolest cars and an even cooler interior, very Art Deco.

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Bartaco – I’ve only been to the Bartaco in Atlanta, and I was delighted to find one in Nashville. Try their chorizo tacos and their corn.. THE BEST!!

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Last but definitely not least, we stopped by Two Son, which is a shop co-owned by Miss James (@bleubird) and it was just as great as I expected it to be. The retail space is large with windows found on every wall pouring natural light into the rooms full of in-house designs as well as popular brands like Baggu.

I’ll probably start positing more of the places I visit, because I’ve been to so many cities this year so far, and I wish I had someone suggesting places to visit. Hopefully my lists will help someone else feel less “touristy”.

 

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Color Me Happy

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It’s not even the middle of the year, and it’s already been one hell of a ride for me. I can’t remember the last time I’ve been this productive and busy working. As daily struggles and stress still show up here and there, I look back at times I’ve had to myself to just enjoy the view and remind myself that it’s totally worth it.

Being in Mexico meant being in the land of no phone service which meant no work, no deadlines to meet, and only face to face interaction with others and nature. A lot of strolls were taken and it was overwhelming to see all the small little details I missed when I was younger. I had been here to visit my grandparents at least 20 times and I never noticed all the colors and the people as much as I did this last time. I think part of that has to do with growing up and having different priorities now.

I know that not all of us can just drop everything and go to a whole other country any time we want to, to achieve complete electronic solitude, but maybe it’s something we can duplicate into our own lifestyles.

Maybe we can find little details around us that we’ve overlooked or make some “ME” time where we’re not constantly checking in on something else.

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Between Brick

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If you follow me on any social media (especially snapchat) then you probably know what I was up to this past weekend. If you don’t know, I was in New York City for a few days. I wanted to see what this whole New York Fashion Week is all about. In case you wanted to know, it’s about freezing your butt off due to 10 degree weather with -2 degrees of wind temperatures. I’m kidding. It’s about some serious fashion as well. I met some pretty spectacular individuals, but I’ll share more later.

IMG_0366AirBnb hooked your girl up with a room that had a balcony right between all the other apartments, so these images happened. By the way, if you don’t know what AirBnb is, you should check it out! It’s this cool app where you can “rent” people’s places like a hotel room except at a fraction of the cost and the luxury of not feeling like a tourist. We’ve booked our last 3 trips through AirBnb. Use *this link* for $20 off your first trip!

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Beanie: j.crew | Textured Sweater: Madewell | 501 Jeans: Levis | Collar Moto Jacket: F21 | Black booties: F21

By the way, I’m wearing 2 long sleeve shirts, tights, leggings, knee high wool socks, a heat tech scarf and gloves from Uniqlo, so don’t think I’m risking my health by only wearing what can be seen, in LITERALLY 10 degree weather.

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images: @brollish

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Getting Quirky at Quirk

This past weekend, I took a getaway weekend trip to Richmond, VA, and although we didn't get the chance to actually stay at Quirk Hotel, we decided to have breakfast there early Sunday morning. Their breakfast menu was pretty short and we decided to go with the house omelet, chose the baked avocado on toast with bacon and some sort of spread topping that I can't quite remember the name of, all along with a side of house potato fries. It was all so good and I'm so glad that we made that breakfast choice. I'm still trying to figure out how to copy that recipe into my own kitchen.
I'm a huge fan of midcentury furniture with modern twists to it. In this case, the choice of color and architectural placement. Quirk has very specific placement of midcentury furniture in various shades of pink in a large escalated ceiling space with fig trees in corners, what I'm trying to say is, it was dreamy! The staff was so welcoming and kind making it an even better experience making everyone feel at home. If you stop by Richmond, VA make sure you take a quick stop at Quirk for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or drinks.
Images by Branden Ollish @brollish
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Fall with Open Arms

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The struggle, of trying to take things in the middle of Fall without seeming to cliche, is real. This weekend I hit the road back to Galax, Virginia (my sort-of-not-really home town) and we made a quick stop at the Blue Ridge Parkway. To me it seems like just another sight, since I’ve seen it so many times, but to the cars going 5 miles per hour with their camera phones out the window, it’s a beautiful sight capturing the true essence of Fall.

I had to take a step back and realize how lucky I was to spend my teen years in this area. If you ever drive through VA from NC, make sure you take the scenic route, it’s worth it!

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Back Pack: Everlane | Jeans: Madewell | Booties: F21

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