NASHVILLE | TENNESSEE
Every few years I go on a girls trip with a few amazing women in my life; my mom, aunt, and two cousins who were the closest thing I had to sisters growing up. We try to pick a city that none of us have been to so we all get to experience something new + exciting. This year was Nashville and I couldn’t have asked for a better choice!
Our Airbnb was located in the 12 South district which has lots of cool restaurants + shops and is a very walkable area. After everyone arrived from the airport we immediately went in search of some good food. Bar Taco is a fun, upbeat, and delicious with a wide variety. We got salsas, guac, multiple tacos each and a few sides. It was the best first meal ( cough cough, margaritas) and all right around the corner from our place.
My mom and I got to Nashville a couple hours before the other girls so we scooted over to one of our top recommended places — Cafe Roze. It did not disappoint. I could’ve taken ten million photos in there. That deliciously refreshing looking drink above is Harry’s Bellini and it was magical. I wish I could have tried every single thing on the menu but that’s what multiple trips are for. I’ll definitely be back and in the mean time I’ll be stalking my friend Annie Reeves’s Instagram for all of the beautiful coffee photos from Cafe Roze.
Looking for good food, awesome + unique atmosphere and something to do? Pinewood Social is the place for you. This bowling alley/restaurant/coffee shop/patio/cocktail lounge is one of the coolest places I’ve been. There is something for everyone in this storage garage turned entertainment destination.
Kristin Cavallari has created a beautiful + bright oasis full of gifts for all the women in your life, even the tiny ones. Uncommon James aims to “bring timeless, effortless, and refined jewelry to women on-the-go”. Along with perfectly curated jewelry, you can find the sweetest baby items in the Little James collection as well as UJ Home goods.
One of my favorite little corners. Reese Witherspoon knows how to create a brand.
Draper James is also located in the 12 South area and definitely has one of the coolest exteriors. One whole side of the building is blue and white stripes - so fun.
This restaurant was recommended by so many people, for every meal. We decided to try out Henrietta Red for our Saturday brunch and we couldn’t have picked better. We were the first ones in the restaurant (hence all the photos) and I immediately wanted to move in. As for the food . . wow. Above you can see a few of the things we ordered ; Kimchi Farro Bowl, Sweetened Crème FraÎche, Blueberry Granola, Lemon Marmalade Pancakes, Shrimp Salad, a few Bloody Marys, Mimosa, and a Paloma.
IMOGENE + WILLIE
A really cool, dark + moody shop located in an old gas station and are known for their perfectly fitting jeans. The shops in 12 South are definitely more geared towards women but I absolutely loved the vibes of Imogene + Willie. It’s inviting and has the coolest products. If you are in the area I would for sure check out this shop and you might even catch Amelia’s Flower Truck parked outside!
This was one of the first shops I found on Instagram and at the top of my list to visit once in the city. It’s located in Germantown neighborhood and on the same street as Henrietta Red (see above). I love the story behind this store —
“I frequently get asked about the name of my shop and where it comes from. ABEDNEGO is from one of my favorite stories in the bible. It tells the story of three men (one being Abednego) that were thrown into a fiery furnace but because of their faith they came out alive. I like to relate that to our lives today, a big part of life is being thrown into situations and circumstances that might not be ideal or necessarily wanted. Time and time again we battle these circumstances to find ourselves coming out alive because of our faith. We have to choose to learn and grow from those situations. This shop is a testimony to that, because of the trials in my life I have been able to grow and be where I am today. I hope you find strength and continue to have faith everyday because you are worth it.
It’s a must visit if you’re in the area. The perfect spot to find a gift, something to take home with you, a fun new shirt or pair of shoes. I’ll probably be back whenever I get the chance to visit Nashville again!
This stunning restaurant was our last stop in Nashville. Little Octopus exceeded all expectation and I’m so glad we popped in before heading to the airport. We ended up splitting the Lo Burger (tomato, butter lettuce, manchego cheese, piquillo aioli) and the Rosti (crispy potatoes, smoked salmon, labneh, herbs) which was recommended by our waiter. Both were unbelievable — however, they offer this awesome thing called “The Everything Brunch.” So, basically for $38 you try a smaller portion of 8 out of their 13 brunch menu items. If this wasn’t our second breakfast of the day we would have totally gone for this. The food, drinks + service were amazing but the aesthetic was my favorite part. I mean, look at this place! Paradise.
OUR AIR BNB
We searched and searched for the perfect place to stay in Nashville. There were five of us and we weren’t super interested in paying for two hotel rooms so I started browsing Nashville Airbnbs. First off, there are so many rental properties all over the city, it was a little overwhelming. I finally came across this awesome place called The Ashwood Penthouse at The Waverly. It ended up being exactly what we needed for our trip! First off, this patio (WHAT). This is the first thing we saw when we got up the stairs which made us even more excited.
A few things about this property — the hosts were amazing and very responsive/accommodating, the decor was clean + stylish, they wrote out so many recommendations for the neighborhood and surrounding areas,
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