We are all living in the “off shoulder” moment like it’s never going to go out of style, or even out of season. OH WELL! If you can’t get into gingham because it reminds you of picnics, I FEEL YOU, but since when were picnics a bad thing? Here I am playing around with my picnic patterned dress and some lemonade slides to match the theme. It’s a very summer themed look, and I know autumn is coming in exactly 21 days (who’s counting?) but it’s one of those looks that you can bring back out again and again when warmer seasons come back around.
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.
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!
@davey_gravy and @brollish talking about cameras and stuff while I was pretending I knew what the heck was going on.
Wilder – was a home/lifestyle shop with lots of nice smelling things. They had Study Case ceramic planters, which are my favorite!
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts had the coolest cars and an even cooler interior, very Art Deco.
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!!
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”.
Everlane has turned the “basics” brand into a well respected modern minimal lifestyle brand. They are hinting that most of their new styles are strongly influenced by refreshing Japanese trends. I took this oversized cotton poplin Dress and wore it as a shirt over a pair of vintage Calvin Klein jeans. I’m really into the rough worn out denim look, especially the ones by 3X1, so I actually cut off the bottom parts of the jeans and distressed them a little into the not-so-basic-mom-jeans (holla @ my mom for my jeans hand me downs though).
I recently came across DVSN, aka “division.” As stupid as it sounds, I was really into the abbreviation of their name and then I came across “Try / Effortless” off of SEPT 5TH by DVSN and I was all “okay okay yeah yeah I totally like you.”
Drake has an interesting way of finding young fresh talent, so don’t be surprised that DVSN is signed to OVO Sound. As if it wasn’t clear enough, Canada is home of talented individuals including Daniel Daley and producer Nineteen85, which are the two fellas that make up DVSN. When it comes to describing SEPT 5TH think 2013 JMSN beats (another rad dude with a rad band name) but with a heavier R&B lyrical presence. I’m not going to lie, some lyrics by Daniel make me hope no one at work can overhear the sexual references through my headphones.
So far they have only played in 10 concerts this year, being the first year they perform in large audiences (mainly because they are performing with Drake), but I won’t be surprised if they pick up some more shows pretty soon.
There is something I hate about the word lounge that I can’t quite explain. Maybe because it reminds me of the word lazy, one thing I will never aim to be. I’m in between what you would consider “lounge” and “business” casual with this look. I said I was going to try to mix both my professional clothes, and personal style, more than I’m used to. This past weekend was covered in clouds and rain, so nothing like feeling cozy in loose fitting trousers and an oversized basic sweatshirt, while grabbing coffee in the morning before errands. Gold is my “go-to” accessory that immediately steps up an outfit.