IMG_0321Last week I had the pleasure of combining my wanderlust mentality with the idea that there’s no place like home.

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A #SquadGetaway staycation was just what the doctor ordered for the end of my busiest season and the start of summer. My friend Whitney and I had just had a conversation about how we treat our time traveling so much differently than time in our own city – even though Nashville has become one of the top destinations in the United States. We vowed to take in and appreciate all of the unique attractions that our city has to offer and we gathered up our other pals Taryn and Victoria for a staycation that even T. Swift and her #squad of galentines would approve of.IMG_0311

The Digs: Adjoning rooms at the recently renovated Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. The Loews boasts gorgeous (and uber comfortable) accommodations, a killer bar and restaurant (Mason’s) that yes, even as a local I have been to many times, and fab service. (Ahem… like when I called the front desk at 1 am to get a hypo allergenic pillow and then another delivery of in-room workout equipment specially designed by Carrie Underwood’s trainer Erin Oprea.)DSC_0003DSC_0006DSC_0015DSC_0012IMG_0326

We decided our first night of staycation should be our local version of a stereotypical Nashville night – Broadway. We started with drinks at Acme Feed and Seed on the rooftop at happy hour/sunset – and in the name of drinking responsibly we took a joyride to our destination. (That was a first for me – so fun, I highly recommend if the weather is nice. They are also free – just be sure to tip your driver!)IMG_0314

Views of the stadium and downtown

Views of the stadium and downtown

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You're probably not finding these drink options North of the Mason Dixon line...

You’re probably not finding these drink options North of the Mason Dixon line…

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We left for dinner and bowling at Pinewood Social which is one of my favorite downtown spots slightly off the lower Broadway beaten path that might be unknown to Nashville visitors. (Remember my last post about Pinewood Social when they opened their patio/pool area for the first time?)DSC_0026 DSC_0025 DSC_0031Pinewood is ideal for literally anything. I have been known to come in in the morning to grab coffee (some of the best in town – I like mine with their house made almond/coconut milk), breakfast, and do some work from my laptop.

Things on toast is a must order!

Things on toast is a must order!

Pretending to be healthy...

Pretending to be healthy…

One of the best burgers in Nashville

One of the best burgers in Nashville

You can also dine in the dining room, from the bowling alley, or in the seclusion of a private room at practically any AM or PM hours. DSC_0047DSC_0059

From Pinewood, we hit lower Broad heading to my favorite honky tonk, Robert’s Western World for some dancing.DSC_0100 Roberts has my favorite downtown vibes – old school country swing, all kinds of dance partner options – mostly who look and act like your grandpa (aka total gentlemen) to dance with, fried baloney sandwiches, and a crowd that ranges from local to international visitors. DSC_0084 DSC_0085 DSC_0063After dancing the night away we headed back to the hotel where I practically fell into a coma because those beds are heaven.

In fact, the beds make a great place to work - see fellow travel blogger Blonde Atlas getting after it first thing in the morning.

In fact, the beds make a great place to work – see fellow travel blogger Blonde Atlas getting after it first thing in the morning.

The next morning I woke up so excited for breakfast – if you read this blog often, you probably know that I drink a green juice or smoothie for breakfast almost every single day. HOWEVER, there is this part of me that feels at liberty to eat whatever I want while on vacation, so it was absolutely essential that we start day 2 of our #squadgetaway staycation with donuts from 5 Daughters Bakery. DSC_0110 DSC_0125 DSC_0127We tried a little of everything – a paleo Blueberry Lemon, a 100 layer strawberry (my favorite!), and a cinnamon roll. All so good – I can’t justify this breakfast often, but I will be taking any and all Nashville visitors to this little local gem.

We followed breakfast with some shopping down 12th South – where there are so many great shops no matter your style.

Love shopping at Cadeau for great gifts and home decor

Love shopping at Cadeau for great gifts and home decor

Emerson Grace has beautiful apparel and footwear

Emerson Grace has beautiful apparel and footwear

Serendipity is great for snagging local items

Serendipity is great for snagging local items

Nashville's favorite book store, Parnassus, on wheels

Nashville’s favorite book store, Parnassus, on wheels

You can't call yourself a cute neighborhood if there's not a farmer's market

You can’t call yourself a cute neighborhood if there’s not a farmer’s market

Lunch was at one of my new local favorites (I’ve literally been 3 times in the past week!) BarTaco.

BarTaco has equally great indoor and outdoor dining options

BarTaco has equally great indoor and outdoor seating options

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I love a spot where I can get something healthy or splurge and this place offers all of those options. The chopped salad, guacamole, and cauliflower, ribeye, and duck tacos are my favorite menu items and the sanguina cocktail might literally be my favorite cocktail of all time.DSC_0164 DSC_0155Processed with VSCO with f2 preset DSC_0163 BarTaco uses all fresh squeezed juices which makes them taste so fresh and I’m telling myself that I’m getting some nutritional benefit from each cocktail I drink. Sidenote: All of the servers here are good looking – is that a prerequisite for getting hired?!DSC_0157

We were miserably full, but since we were soooo close to the newly opened Sprinkles Cupcakes, we decided to grab some in case we needed a snack later. (We did. Yummmmm!) IMG_0323DSC_0187

No true #SquadGetaway is complete without some beautification and pampering so we decided to go to the best in town aka The Dry House. The Dry House is known around Nashville for glamming some pretty famous faces/heads of hair, so we thought a blowout would be just the thing to refresh us before our night out. The interior is gorgeous, you’re treated to all kinds of beverages, and these girls know how to give your hair the kind of treatment that could inspire Beyonce lyrics. #BeckyDSC_0172 DSC_0166 DSC_0170

How legit is this before and after?

How legit is this before and after?

…impressively, these blowouts lasted through a little snooze…DSC_0192

We were feeling refreshed just in time for our tour of City Winery complete with a tasting – a perfect outing for squads. City Winery is also a great place to have dinner or take in a showDSC_0194 DSC_0196 DSC_0198

However, a stay at the Loews isn’t complete without dinner at Mason’s. I suggest starting with a cocktail in the bar and then moving to the dining room for dinner.

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You would never believe that this is a personal trainer approved skinny cocktail. Tequila, fresh pomegranate, and rosemary – so good.

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We enjoyed the greatest service and suggestions from our server, Charles and ate so much incredible food I wanted to pop. The menu offers great suggestions ranging from personal trainer approved options (look for the barbell on the menu) to modern Southern delicacies like the most delicious grits I’ve ever had in my life. The meal was also perfectly paced for us as we did the full treatment – appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts.IMG_0324DSC_0217 DSC_0220 DSC_0222 DSC_0224DSC_0226DSC_0225

One of our good friends (and rising country star) Ryan Beaver was playing a show at The Basement East (A superb local spot to see great music BTW) so we went out to support and dance off some of our meal. Be sure to check out some Ryan Beaver tunes, you’ll be able to tell your friends that you knew about him first! (Such a Nashville thing to be able to do.)

Whether you are a local or someone visiting Nashville for the first time, I can ensure that taking part in some of all of this #SquadGetaway itinerary will lead to an awesome time. Please feel free to leave your questions and comments below. Where would you go for a #SquadGetaway?

ASOS High Neck Drape Front Midi Skater Dress in Polka Dot

I don’t think there’s a print I love more than polka dots. Something about them evokes a retro femininity that I can’t get enough of.ASOS High Neck Drape Front Midi Skater Dress in Polka Dot

I love how this dress swings and how the two slits add a little bit of sass that I’m all about.IMG_1023

You can definitely dress this number up or down, but no matter how you do it, you’re definitely going to be comfortable. ASOS High Neck Drape Front Midi Skater Dress in Polka Dot

I threw on my go-to red heels and added my go-with-everything bag and voila! – an outfit that can take you most anywhere this spring/summer. Click below to shop the look.ASOS High Neck Drape Front Midi Skater Dress in Polka Dot

Photos by the uber talented and sweet Melanie Foster Photography

By now you guys know how much I love curating playlists each month. I’m excited that I was able to find so many great new and old (see the first two songs on the playlist – haha) songs this month. Favorites include “ILYSB” by LANY – I can’t remember how I found it but it’s my current favorite upbeat love song. My friend Whitney of Blonde Atlas also told us that a friend from college is the drummer in this band. Go Jake Goss! My favorite slow love song is from… wait for it – Justin Bieber. Have you guys heard “All That Matters” yet?? It’s so good – the kid has talent. I admit it, I’m a Belieber. I’m also feeling ANY track that features Tove Lo. What are you listening to right now?

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetI have been on the hunt for a shorts suit for 4 years – one of my besties, Jessica, wore a metallic copper jumpsuit with a huge statement necklace to an event at Miss USA and I’ve been on the hunt for my own ever since. Processed with VSCO with f2 preset

I recently tried some suits on at Intermix and Nordstrom – both striped, which I usually love, but the bold stripe on both the jacket and shorts were just tooooo much, even for me. Processed with VSCO with f2 preset

When I saw this gorgeous number at Billy Reid it was literally love at first sight. I can think of about 20 ways I want to style these pieces together and separately almost all year long. (Crisp white button up, band tshirt, chambray top, etc…)Billy Reid Unlined Iman Jacket Lanel Short

I wanted to keep my look pretty simple last night, so I styled it with low key accessories, my favorite being the most beautiful and delicate necklace from DolceAve Jewelry. Fun fact, this necklace has also been worn by Kourtney Kardashian. I love how this piece is uber delicate, but also makes a statement at the same time. I also love anything that has a “B” or my initials. (Remember my monogrammed leather Fashionable clutch from earlier this week?) I always think personalized pieces make great gifts too!DolceAve Jewelry Necklace

| Blazer | Shorts | Necklace c/o DolceAve Jewelry | Heels | Clutch | Rings |

All photos by the coolest videographer/photog around Shelby Goldsmith Billy Reid Unlined Iman Jacket lanel short

Lulu Frost Daisy Statement Earring Saint Laurent Sac Du JourLast night’s Nashville Fashion Week showcase of local designers was absolutely impressive. Some of Nashville’s best showed their collections on the runway. My favorite was Truly Alvarenga who’s construction is impeccable and her styles are feminine, quirky, and colorful with fun unexpected details. I also loved Amanda Valentine and the Sister’s of Nature showing.

One of my favorite looks from Truly Alvarenga

One of my favorite looks from Truly Alvarenga

She showed just how talented she is as a seamstress when my romper had an unexpected wardrobe malfunction with the button that holds the front together and she drug me backstage and stitched it back on much better than how it came in less than 90 seconds! Best place to have a wardrobe malfunction!Lulu Frost Daisy Statement Earring Saint Laurent Sac Du Jour

Speaking of this romper, can I just tell you how much I love it? The navy color, the cape detail with unexpected cutouts, the a-symmetrical skirt detail. LOVE.Nashville Fashion Week

I also have died and gone to heaven with these Lulu Frost earrings… I saw them on Instagram over the weekend and had to have them for this look.Nashville Fashion week

A color combo I’m loving right now is navy and grey and I love the way this bag and these shoes paired with the romper. I’ve had this pair of Brian Atwood heels for about 3 years now and I love the way grey snakeskin seems to go with everything. Somehow I was still able to find these shoes in a couple different colors online. (If you’re a size 9, you’re in luck!)Nashville Fashion Week

Tonight Fashion Week continues with an accessories installation at WELD – hope to see you there! (Tickets available here)