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NASHVILLE, MY HEART

Photography: Will Vastine, Jacket: DCXV, Shorts: Vintage Levis

There are very few places I love more than my hometown. Nashville is full of love, community, memories, and most importantly, my dearest friends and family. Its a place Ive lived for 20 years (considering Im 26, thats a looooong time!), and although I absolutely love it, its time for a change. Im always up for a new, exciting adventure and Ive decided to head out to Los Angeles, California! It could be a few months, it could be a few years, it could be a decade.  Who knows? Its time to do a little exploring, sing a few songs, style a few folks, and meet some fabulous people along the way.

How soon? Well, Im already on the road with my big brother for my very first loooooong road trip (2,000 miles!). I love that this blog has been with me through Boston, Miami, Nashville, and now LA!! Heres to many future beach blog posts 🙂

Nashville, I LOVE YOU.

MY FAVORITE FACE MASK!

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I like to say I’m not one of those people who makes resolutions, but let’s be real – we all make resolutions in one way or another. This year, I’ve vowed to take extremely good care of my skin. My usual routine consists of face wash and moisturizer (and the occasional eye cream), but recently I’ve been really into masks!

This avocado mask is one of my favorites because you see results immediately. Every time I use it, my skin literally glows. I recommend doing this mask once a week – I always schedule mine for Sunday night during Revenge (my favorite show right now!).

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Let me know if you guys try it out! Happy New Year darlings!

Ragers

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CB2CB6Top: Tidwell & Perryman, Sunglasses: Chilli Beans, Blazer: Vintage, Pants: Urban Outfitters, Shoes: Bakers Shoes, Rings: F21 & Vintage

These gold-rimmed sunnies and this vintage button-down have been two staples in my wardrobe recently! I decided to pair them with a fun pair of sweat pants (yes! sweat pants!) and a bright blazer.  I scouted the shirt at one of my favorite places in town, Tidwell & Perryman – a shop full of impeccably scouted pieces and seriously amazing prices. Here are a few shots of the gorgeous store:

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cbh2DSC_0453DSC_0457And for all of you that don’t live in Nashville, they also have an online shop HERE.

Hope you all had a fantastic holiday!

Winter White

Dress: Maggy London, Belt: French Connection, Shoes: Steve Madden, Ring: Handmade in Argentina, Earrings: Gifted

I love this little holiday dress from Maggy London, although white lace is normally more of a summer vibe, the pretty deep coral that peeks through is really fun for the holidays!  I’m a big fan of incorporating winter white looks during the cold months instead of always sticking to dark/metallic colors.

Oh, and I’m totally rocking a sock bun.  Going to post a tutorial later this week 🙂

 

So Clutch // Elaine Turner

Clutch: Elaine Turner, Bracelet: Elaine Turner, Jeans: 7 For All Mankind, Top: H&M, Shoes: Jessica Simpson, Rings: F21

I’ve been searching for the perfect, oversized leopard clutch and I’ve FINALLY found it – this Elaine Turner one is so beautifully made that I’ve been rocking it almost everyday!  I love the idea of a super simple & classic outfit paired with bold accessories, so I paired it with a fantastic wrap bracelet, jeans, and a crisp white top.

Elaine Turner recently opened up a store in Nashville and I went to scope it out the other day.  Here are a few shots of the store – they have some seriously fantastic shoes, bags, and jewelry:

Also, if you sign up for their newsletter HERE you can get an extra 20% off your first purchase at ElaineTurner.com and for those of you in Nashville, be sure to join me for their Grand Opening this Thursday!

Meeting The Sartorialist

Pants: Imogene & Willie, Top: Vintage, Shoes: Steve Madden, Belt: Banana Republic, Earrings & Cuff: Vintage, Rings: F21

The Fashion Blogger Bible: THE SARTORIALIST. We all read it, we all love it.

However, never did I think I’d actually meet the man himself, Scott Schuman.  He did a book signing at my favorite bookstore, Parnassus Books, and was every bit as kind and welcoming as I hoped he would be. I even had the chance to ask him what his favorite fashion blog was, which he responded to by coyly gushing over his girlfriend’s site (yes, his girlfriend is Garance Doré – fashion blogger extraordinaire!).

If you haven’t picked up a copy of his new book, I highly reccomend it.  Also, please consider buying it from a local bookstore in your area instead of Amazon.

Also, for those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving – I hope you had a lovely holiday!

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. 

Flouncy

Blouse: Heirloom Vintage, Shorts: Free People, Shoes: Steve Madden, Rings: House of Harlow/Vintage/F21, Timepiece: Classic Stuhrling, Earrings: Vintage, Purse: Betsey Johnson, Sunglasses: Posh Green Hills

We were lucky enough to score some seriously amazing weather this weekend in Nashville Im talking perfectly sunny skies with temperatures in the low seventies.  It was really wonderful and I took the opportunity to wear these easy, breezy Free People shorts.  Im loving all the gorgeous shades of orange this season, it was my grandfathers favorite color so I just adore it!

Hope youre all having a lovely start to the week!

teal me away.

 
cardi: love squared, tee: gap, trousers: urban outfitters, belt: vintage, ring (band): house of harlow, silver ring: margaret ellis, shoes: bakers, earrings: cache
 
yes….I FINALLY WENT TEAL! so excited about the new hair, it’s been fun playing with different colors as i’m growing it out.  quick post today as i’m hard at work on my new music project, which i’m SO excited to share with you guys soon!
hope you’re all having a lovely day 🙂