Minimal Sweater Vest



During my time in Nashville I bought this sweater at a place called Ensemble, which is a luxury boutique downtown that has "luxury for less." I noticed that many stylish women that lived down south had classy pieces like nice sweaters, fur vest or a great overcoat, but rather than looking simple, they look modern and put together. After finding this knitted sweater for a great price, I decided that I wanted to buy at least one thing (I wanted everything in the boutiques I visited) to remind myself of the simple, yet dignified look that I noticed during my short time in Nashville.

Blanket Scarf



I was anti blanket scarf for a while, not because I don't think they are cute, but because they are everywhere. I don't regret conforming at all, they are the comfiest accessory ever. Plus they actually protect you from the wind which is helpful in Chicago.

Camel Coat



FINALLY, a style post is live! Today I'm highlighting this trending camel coat and my favorite striped button up shirt. I tend to complain about Chicago weather... but it is freezing again today or as my least favorite weatherman says, "bitterly cold out there." 

A Weekend in Nashville

Over the New Year I spent a few days in Nashville. The first thing I noticed about Nashville was the small city feel in a larger southern city. Every single bar had live music, the people were friendly and the food was all fried. I wanted to give a quick list of things that I would recommend doing if you had a weekend away.

Bars:

Local Place:
Santa's Pub: Nashville townies, karaoke, cheap beer and rowdy people all in a trailer with an owner who looks like Santa. It's one of the weirdest experiences I've had, but it was a ton of fun.

Broadway:
Boot Leggers Inn: This bar had great seating, drinks and a communal feel. A lot of bars on this street are way crowded and frankly a little dirty, if you are looking for something chill go here.

Tootsies: There is three levels of various musicians playing and a ton of cheap drinks. The atmosphere is a bit chaotic but if you are looking for a big party go here.

Classy AF:
Patterson House: This place has amazing handcrafted cocktails in a speakeasy atmosphere. Be prepared to wait for a table, but it is definitely worth it.

Food:

Casual Lunch:
Flipside: This was my favorite place to eat in Nashville. They have fried chicken, tatar tots and various sauces all in one skillet. The atmosphere was an industrial, hipster feel. Apparently it's a new place on the street 12 South. I loved it!

Getting Fancy:
Adele's: This restaurant had amazing and unique American style cuisines. Think: Trout dip, Seafood Salad, Brussel Sprout Salad etc. I loved this trendy restaurant located in The Gulch area.

Shopping:

12 South: There were a ton of cute boutiques located on this block. The clothes here were preppy and had a sophisticated, southern look. I would check out Reese Witherspoon's new shop- Draper James. I would also check out Imogene and Willy for their classic denim jeans.

East Nashville: There are an abundance of thrift stores in East Nashville. If that's your thing I would check out Kittie's or Local Honey.

Museums:

The Country Music Museum: If you like country music you should definitely check this out. The whole museum works like a timeline starting from the producer who founded Elvis, Sam Phillips, to a huge section on contemporary musicians such as Keith Urban and Taylor Swift. The whole museum took around two hours to get through so if you have time to kill check it out.

Hatch Show Print Shop: This was my favorite tour that I have been on. If you are interested in how print shops work and the history behind them, I would recommend going here to check out one of the first print shops in the world. This tour lasts about an hour and you get to create your own print.

4 Nashville Brunch Spots You Have to Try

Over the New Year I spent four nights in Nashville. Living in Chicago, I'm  spoiled by innovative and delicious restaurants this city has to offer. I was impressed by Nashville's not only growing city, but the number of trendy food and growing food scene in each neighborhood. I had no idea what to expect when exploring Nashville and the copious amount of live music, friendly people and cuisine made for a great visit. I've listed some of my favorite restaurants I visited, unfortunately I didn't get to take pictures of everything we ate but I would recommend any of these places for a good time and great food! 



Brunch: 

1. Marche Artisan Food- East Nashville, $$: This was my favorite brunch place by far. The food was fresh, unique and the ambiance was great as well. They have seasonal menu items, but if the crepes are available I would highly recommend the "savory" crepe. 
 

2. Frothy Monkey - 12 South or Downtown Nashville, $: I liked Frothy Monkey because of the laid back atmosphere and reasonably priced menu items. I would recommend the bloody mary and omelet. However, if you are looking to be waited on I would stray away from this restaurant because you have to wait in a (usually long) line to place an order then they will bring your food to you. 
 
3. Barista Parlor- East Nashville- $: This coffee house is a hipsters paradise. Although the ambiance is a little over the top for me, I really enjoyed the pour over coffee that they offered. I didn't get the food, but the chocolate bars are unreal. I would recommend this place when you are looking for a chill getaway. 


4. Atmalogy- Midtown- $: After way to much fried food I needed a break. We checked out Vanderbilt's campus and headed over to this cute cafe. I tried my first acaci bowl with fresh berries, coconut and granola. I loved the atmosphere of this cafe because it has a ton of small rooms filled with couches, interesting decorations and an overall relaxing vibe. I would recommend this place if you are sick of southern food and need a dose of avocado toast, smoothies and good coffee.



PS. Happy New Year! I hope this year is filled with amazing food!