March Favorites // April Playlist

FAVE_03141. The Spring Madewell Catalogue. It’s basically describing the Madewell girl to be a pretty tomboy. HELLO, is it me you’re looking for? They should just rename their brand to “hammer” because they nailed it. I poured over all of the images and outfits and a particular pair of boyfriend shorts (pictured above) all month. Check out their new collection here.

2. My little green roommate whose been bringing me positive feelings and hope for spring. I got this succulent at Trader Joe’s (which may as well be a favorite item in itself) for literally  $2.50.

3. The amethyst I picked up at the Flea Market was obviously a no brainer. Look how faceted and purple it is. It’s also my birth stone, so the fact that it’s in my room must mean that I’m really building up my Aquarius points about now. Right?

4. ULTIMATE SPRING LIPSTICK: Vegas Volt from MAC. It’s a florescent coral color that will change your life no matter what your skin tone may be.

5. Grace. I hadn’t had a chance to read Grace Coddington’s perfect memoir until now. I spotted it on a friend’s coffee table and promptly interrupted our conversation to inform him that I would be checking it out of his personal library.

6. Josephine. I really should stop talking about it, but I’m not over it yet. The wine list was never ending, the cheese plate was impressive, and the atmosphere was really unique for a Nashville restaurant. If you get the chance you’ve got to go.

7. Trader Joe’s (85% Cacao) Dark Chocolate Lover’s Chocolate Bar. Because I’ve tried to adapt some better eating habits this year, dark chocolate is my savior when I am craving something sweet but am trying my damnedest to battle my sugar cravings. I eat a 1 inch square and I am sa-tis-fied.

8. Maroon Zara boots. I got these for Christmas and they have been on my feet almost every day since then. Comfortable, versatile, pointed toe…another testament to my Masculine/Feminine wardrobe aesthetic. I’m not sure they still have this exact pair, but I can promise that you’ll stumble across another pair you like here.

9. LUSH Cosmetics Rosie giftbox. I bought this for myself and I’ve never felt more like a pampered princess than when I was surrounded by rose scented bubbles and then slathered in a rich, fragrant rose+aragon body conditioner. (Pro tip: don’t use the bubble macaroon in a jacuzzi. Don’t ask…just don’t.)

& finally

It wouldn’t be the beginning of a new month without a new playlist. Thanks to a flurry of SXSW recaps and Spotify success stories, I’ve discovered a lot of addictive (and eclectic) tuneage this month; it just so happens that it’s perfect for putting a little *spring* in your step. Open up your windows and enjoy…

 

 

Speak to you all soon!

 

 

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ZARA | Spring Fashion Inspo

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Last night I was inspiration hunting for a photoshoot I have the privilege of styling today. The story I developed for the shoot is titled “Runaways in San Tropez.

[PICTURE THIS]: It’s the 1990’s. Three Parisian twenty-somethings longing for a holiday at the sea finally escape the buzz of the city by fleeing to the south of France. They desperately want to fit in with the effortless elegance of the glamazons gracing San Tropez with their presence, but no matter how hard they try they can’t completely subdue their draw to all things grunge.

I want it be a juxtaposition of the glamourous style of the sixties (think: Audrey Hepburn) with, say, the staple styles of the 90’s (Drew Barrymore & Kate Moss circa 1994). Thus, when I ran across these Zara lookbooks (both their women’s line and their Trufaluc line) I was truly smitten.

(I should’ve just called this post Parentheses)

The silhouettes of these looks aren’t only something I hope to channel in my styling today, but also in my personal styling throughout the upcoming seasons. It’s hard to go wrong with solid colored, staple pieces…especially cropped ones. The whole Parisian closet movement is about all those things? Right?

The nineties shouldn’t be a period of fashion that we shake our heads at, but instead one that we nod to with a peep of skin, a good cut and a straight, maybe even slightly oversized, silhouette.

I, on the other hand, will be striving to look like a member of the Babysitter’s Club at all times. If you guessed Claudia, you’re right.

 

 

Speak to you soon!

 

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Nashville Guide: 12th Ave. South (Eats & Drinks)

12Smap_2HELPFUL INFOOne thing I can say, with confidence, about Nashville is that there is no shortage of places to get amazing food and drinks (beer, coffee, cocktails–everything). Another thing I can say with confidence is that there are a lot of different neighborhoods; trying to compress all of the them into one city guide would’ve been an overwhelming whirlwind that you never would’ve forgiven me for, so instead I opted to break things down into more digestible bits.

You can take that entire last sentence as a pun, and I won’t be mad about it.

I wasn’t really sure where to start with this tour-de-food, so I opted for my own neighborhood of 12 South. This area is located super near to Belmont University and Vanderbilt, and is about a five minute drive from downtown. I feel like every time I walk down the street there is a new restaurant, coffee shop or food truck parked on a corner that I didn’t notice the day before, and you don’t even need to think twice about if it’s going to be good. It just is.

Something cool about this street in particular is that there is such a wide variety of styles and types of cuisines. From Lebanese to pizza to BBQ–it would take a damn picky eater to not find something that made their stomach grumble. Most of the restaurants around here thrive on being farm-to-table, a lot of the product being sourced locally, and you can definitely taste the difference.

12 South feels a lot like the show Cheers–feeling at home usually only takes about one visit. Don’t be surprised if your second time around people already remember your name.

Unless it’s because you did something shameful. (We’ve all been there.)

 

Speak to you soon

 

 

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Nashville Flea Market

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The sun was shining and the fairgrounds were swarming with Nashville’s thriftiest.  The day was brisk; not quite warm enough to bare skin but enough so to venture out and enjoy the onset of springtime. In the air was a mix of aromas all stemming from a food trailer adorned with a large colorful sign that read “Hot dogs! Nachos! Funnel Cakes!” (my own personal utopia). Flea Market day.

The Nashville Flea Market happens every 3rd weekend of each month all year round. Hundreds of vendors load up and bring their trailers full of old furniture, minerals, animal hides, vintage clothes, handmade goods, knick knacks and whatever else you can imagine to set up camp on the Nashville fairgrounds for three whole days. The sprawl of merchandise brings a loyal crowd and you never really know what you’ll come across.

Today I was on the hunt for: a new lamp to illuminate the dark corner in my bedroom, some amethyst to put here and there, and maybe some frames for a couple of prints I picked up in England. Though I didn’t find the lamp or the frames , despite the plethura of candidates, I did score a gorgeous piece of amethyst and a really great blue agate stone for my end table.

If you’re in town on the 3rd weekend of the month, I highly recommend blocking out some time to check out the flea market. Sunday is a great time to go because it’s the last day and the merchants are more likely to haggle on the price. I’d say your best bet is to sleep in, grab some brunch and then head over to the grounds. Parking is five dollars (or free if you don’t mind a little bit of a walk), and most of the vendors only accept cash. If you forget to pull money out don’t fret because there is an ATM on site and cards are accepted at some of the stalls, as well.

I’ll be there next month! Hopefully you will too.

To learn more about the Nashville Flea Market, click here.

Speak to you all soon!

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March Instagram Catchup

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Being a freelance graphic designer is great. I get to set my own hours, choose the companies I design for, and wear exclusively soft clothes to work EVERY. DAY. I can also take a burrito break whenever I want, so yes–you could say this career path has its perks.

Being a freelance designer also means I’ve been super busy, hence my absence from my blog this week. I’ve been holed up in my room like a 20-something red headed hobbit with a fixation on only eating sweet potatoes and an aversion to sunshine and spring.

I have a lot of places to go and things to see (eat) and I’ll be starting those adventures so soon! Bare with me while I figure out how to balance my life, work, and mental stability.

 

Follow me on Instagram if you’d like to see more of my photos/adventures in real time : @lacunningham

 

Have a great day! Speak to you all soon

 

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Sunday Mornings.

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Here are a list of words that begin with S that describe Sundays:

  • Serene
  • Serendipitous
  • Spiritual
  • Simple
  • Sacred
  • Spontaneous
  • Sweet rolls

If we’re being honest, I’m mainly focused on that last one.

Sunday mornings are the time in the week when I really allow myself to savor every moment as it comes. I take time to be still and to breathe and to make myself relax, because during the week those moments are few and far between.

And sometimes a mimosa (or 2) makes that relaxation all the sweeter.

Take the day off. You deserve it.

Speak to you soon!

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Weekend Playlist: NASHFEST

For those of you who don’t live in the amazing city that I call home, let me clue you in on something:

Nashville is having a M O M E N T

The spirit of this place is contagious. You can sense it–it’s literally everywhere; it’s in the food; it’s in the fashion; it’s in the music; it’s in the coffee; it’s in the social scene; it’s in the cocktails; it’s in the neighborhoods; it’s in the streets. Nashville is teeming with creativity and ambition and beauty,

And I want to share that with you.

I want to cultivate this blog to be a city guide for Nashville. A declaration of things you can’t possibly miss and things that you need to know about, no matter where in the world you are.

In fact, not just here, but for all of the places I visit. Come with me.

 
I haven’t done a playlist post in awhile, so to kickoff Nashfest 2014 I thought I’d get some jams together that spouted from around here. Some of these might be familiar to you and others may not, but I encourage you to give it a listen.

If you don’t have Spotify, here’s the entire track list so you can find them some other way, and you should:

NASHFEST PLAYLIST

  • Doses & Mimosas – Cherub
  • Thunderclatter – Wild Cub
  • Watering Can – Liza Anne
  • Just You – Amy Stroup
  • Mercury – Moon Taxi
  • Spotlight – Leagues
  • Can’t Wake Me Up – Apache Relay
  • Keep On Keeping On – Colony House
  • Love Me Now – Rebecca Roubion
  • Passenger – Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes
  • We Are Alive – Golden Youth
  • New News – Ranch Ghost
  • Those Killers – Phin
  • Screws Get Loose – Those Darlins
  • All Fall Down – Five Knives
  • Get up – Machines Are People Too
  • Want You – The Wans
  • Devil Don’t You Fool Me – Josh Farrow
  • Breakdown – Marquee Mayfield
  • Casual Vibes – The Lonely Biscuits
  • Feel Like Falling – My Red & Blue
  • Lipstick Summer – Mackenzie Elliott
  • Blue Hotel – Kate Tucker & The Sons of Sweden

(You should also take time to check out COIN, That’s My Kid, and Cardboard Kids)

Happy listening & Speak to you soon!

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PS: For more Nashville music news, check out the website for our independent radio station Lightning 100

LA Photo Diary: All Over the Place

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“Cities were always like people, showing their varying personalities to the traveler. Depending on the city and on the traveler, there might begin a mutual love, or dislike, friendship, or enmity. Where one city will rise a certain individual to glory, it will destroy another who is not suited to its personality. Only through travel can we know where we belong or not, where we are loved and where we are rejected.”

Roman Payne, Cities and Countries.

Los Angeles embraced me with open arms. I don’t know if it was the sunshine or the never fading smell of donuts and wild ambition, but I definitely felt the energy there.

Investigating the streets around our hotel was one of my favorite parts of the trip. I think that’s the best way to travel sometimes–ignoring the agenda and just wandering. That’s how you discover a city’s secrets, and those secrets will be the parts of the adventure that you remember most vividly. They’ll be your personal opinion of the city, and not someone else’s.

Travel Rules #1: No matter how aimless it may seem, never be afraid to just explore. Be there.

Speak to you soon!

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LA Photo Diary: Santa Monica Beach

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I don’t know that seeing the ocean will ever get old. Since I was little, the majesty of the thing was pretty evident. Even when I’m not near the ocean I’m swept away by it; on Friday nights you can often find me swaddled like a nun in the orange afghan in my living room watching any number of ocean documentaries with the most wide eyes you have ever seen. You could probably play a drinking game for every time I say, “CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?”

I can’t make this stuff up, folks. It’s real. It’s my cross to bear. I am a fangirl of the ocean.

Anyway, the Pacific is beautiful. Cold, but beautiful. Santa Monica was only about a 25 minute drive from the hotel so it was the beach town we chose to visit (twice). The charm of the bright colored buildings and the pier is the same as it is in pictures. The quaint shops and breath taking look out points definitely would keep me coming back.

Next time I’d like to explore more of Venice Beach (as the only taste I got of it was a delicious cup of coffee from Intelligentsia) and Malibu. In fact, a California road trip is something I am 100% ready to dedicate to. Who’s with me?

More photos tomorrow! Speak to you soon,

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LA Photo Diary: Magnolia Bakery

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Walking into the charming, mint green establishment a few days later I immediately knew I’d made the right decision. A table in the middle of the room welcomed me with examples of the bakery’s beautiful work. Near the back there were pastry chefs working on a new batch of cupcakes, newly frosted with pale pink buttercream and lightly sprinkled with white sugary pearls.

After talking to the girl behind the counter, I learned there are only a few Magnolia’s storefronts–one of those being in LA and the majority of them being in New York. Not wanting to miss an obviously God given opportunity, I ordered 3 chocolate and buttercream mini cupcakes and was on my way.

I’d later find out the only thing I was to be disappointed in was the fact that I didn’t order 10 more cupcakes, some cookies and a dozen blondies to boot.

To learn more about Magnolia and to order every baked good you ever need from now on, click here (they deliver!).

More photos tomorrow! Follow me on instagram at @lacunningham for more livefeed photos.

Speak to you soon!

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