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ROAD TRIP // PHOTO MEMORIES

So this is it folks, the post youve all been waiting for! Ok, well maybe not all of you, but my Dad really wants to see these picts and well, you have to listen to your Dad! I had such a blast driving across the country with my big brother we saw a lot of beautiful scenery, ate some delicious food, and had an incredible journey:

For those of you driving from Nashville to LA, here are my recommendations (mostly food & sight seeing, I didnt have time to go shopping!):

Amarillo, TX: This was a weird place, so we just embraced the crazy. We went to this tourist trap called Big Texan, it was hilarious and dripping in every Texas stereotype!

Albuquerque, NM: If you dont stop anywhere else, you MUST go to Mary & Titos they even won a James Beard American Classic award! Its authentic, delicious, and local.

Phoenix, AZ: La Grande Orange is one of my favorite spots in Phoenix. A friend of mine took me there last time I was in Phoenix and I just had to go back. They have these delicious english muffins that you MUST try!

Flagstaff, AZ: This place is gorgeous and the drive from Flagstaff to San Diego was the most stunning of the entire trip! Flagstaff has a gorgeous downtown area and Im hoping to go back and explore a little more in the winter months (and maybe get in some skiing as well!). We went to a cute little local coffee shop called Macys.

(most people would just go from Phoenix to LA, but we really wanted to make a detour in San Diego!)

San Diego, CA: Oh San Diego, I see many weekend getaways in our future! We went to a fabulous place called Neighborhood (that has a secret bar in the back!) and Isabels Cantina for brunch. I really wanted to explore the fashion scene, but I didnt have time, so Ill definitely update you next I time I visit!

Sorry for the long post, but this was a great experience that I really wanted to share with all of you! Hope you enjoyed the photos & recommendations 🙂

Barista Parlor // Hand-Crafted Coffee

I’m extremely loyal to my neighborhood coffee shop. It’s a happy stop and much needed wake-up call on my way to work each morning. While it’s a coffee buzz that I’m after, I always appreciate seeing familiar faces deep in conversation or buried behind a laptop, and imagine the number of stories that have unfolded in that cozy little space.

When I heard that East Nashville had recently become home to a new coffee shop, I was instantly curious and couldn’t wait to visit. Upon entering Barista Parlor, I knew the uniquely curated and well-designed space had to have a story of its own, and I was delighted when owner, Andy Mumma, agreed to tell me a bit about his new business. His keen eye for design, love for local craftmanship (Imogene & Willie, Otis James and Emil Erwin were tapped for uniforms), and seriously delicious brew make me proud to welcome Barista Parlor to the neighborhood.

Without further ado, here’s our Q&A with Andy Mumma, Coffee Guru:

How did you come up with the name Barista Parlor? 

The name came from my idea for the design. It’s all about the Barista in an open layout where it feels more theater and interactive – which is also why i chose the word Parlor. I wanted people to ask questions and watch what we are doing, and just hang out and be comfortable, like an old speakeasy.

 

Is there a story behind the anchor in your logo?

The anchor represents a lot of things, but it’s mainly about transportation and how coffee is still brought over on big boats – the manual process of creating something.

 

Someone had a very specific aesthetic in mind in when designing your  interior. What inspired the design?

I really just wanted to create a space that could showcase all my passions -coffee, art, design, music, transportation. Lines are really important to me. My design sense is a mix of mid-century (which I really grew to love when I lived in Arizona) with a twist of southern charm. Using all reclaimed wood from 250-year-old poplar to 150-year-old Tennessee Black Walnut adds warmth, but the lines are still clean. Everything at Barista is made by materials from Tennessee by people I know, even down to the lighting. 

 

If someone walks into Barista Parlor for the first time and cannot decide what to order, what drink would you suggest?

I would suggest a hand-crafted cup of coffee and a Single Origin Espresso. 

What did you do before Barista Parlor?

I’ve worked in specialty coffee for almost 15 years (since I was 18) which includes about a dozen coffee shops from Nashville to Arizona.

What made you choose East Nashville as the home for Barista Parlor?

East Nashville has been our neighborhood for almost 10 years. It has a wonderful sense of community and support for local small business. I knew they would support the risk in creating a whole different coffee experience.

If you could have a cup of coffee with anyone at Barista Parlor, who would it be?

If I could have a cup of coffee with anyone it would be my mother. She passed away in December. It was her dream to see me have my own place and Barista Parlor is a dedication to her. 

cityscape.

drape sweater: moda, dress: sparkle & fade, shoes: jessica simpson, earrings: indian, belt: vintage
so…i’m confused. the weather has me dripping sweat one minute and then freezing the next. truth be told, i find fall perfectly strange. oh well, i kind of like it because it keeps things interesting.  i decided to wear this long sweater because it’s so cozy and fantastic – i’ve literally had it for years and i always find myself coming back to it!
this weekend should be fun – i’m going to all sorts of fun events for a music festival in nashville called soundland. let me know if any of you are going to be there!