Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Spring Fever: Nashville

To say I've been on 'blog break' is an understatement. I haven't posted  since early February, and don't regret a second of taking a moment (well... 2 months) off. Traveling and meeting some of the most interesting and talented people in the country has been an adventure. 


One of many trip highlights.. presentation and color plating crash course at Gramercy Tavern NYC
 I have lots more coming up (am way behind on highlights from recent excursions) and more to learn. I am on a bit of a mission in that respect. But right now, I'm relishing being in MY CITY. I've missed every familiar face and place. It's good to be home.


Got home just in time to see the first of my bulbs blooming. Spring flowers are such a welcome sight

I have several somewhat 'grounded' weeks, and plan to embrace each day. There are friends to catch up with, volunteering to do, flowers to plant, parties to host and restaurants to try. Most importantly, it's the season for some of the city's most fun, stylish and worthwhile happenings. These are the things at the top of my list (and suggestions on what you should consider if you're in Nashville, too):

SHOPPING

My friends behind the trendsetting Private Edition are celebrating their 33rd anniversary next week (wow!). For those shopping the anniversary sale, a gift bag with unbelievable value awaits. I stock up on essentials every year to get the bag... SO worth it. What I'm most looking forward to this year are Oribe, Sisley and Laura Mercier products slated for the stash. Check their site for specifics and schedule. I might just go every day. It's that good. Founder Linda Roberts is brilliant, and even the most exclusive brands line up to support she and her team to celebrate = endless perks and freebies for shoppers. 


Just one of the little bags of goodies inside the BIG gift to celebrate 33 years of Private Edition.

Most people think of Maxwell Aesthetics only as an authority on reconstructive surgery, but I like it for different reasons. I popped in for Coobie cotton bra/tanks in spring hues and patterns (under $20 --and all I wear) and snapped up DNA/Do Not Age serum by Dr. Brandt. I was skeptical (even after reading rave reviews) until trying it. Worth.Every.Cent. -- and not really expensive. Convenient location and easy parking for a quick in and out make this a super efficient stop to sample innovative essentials.


Read more about DNA via Stephanie Maxwell in Taigan's Fetch magazine 

MUSIC

There are dozens of great shows coming up, but my fave is Tin Pan South. So many amazing songwriters performing in intimate venues at one time is rare and special. Choosing who to see is tough, but I'm looking forward to the Peach Pickers at 3rd & Lindsley, Nicolle Gaylon at BB Kings, and of course our own group of This Music  writers at BlueBird Cafe. All access passes for the week are sold out, but there are cash-at-the-door options on a limited basis (arrive early).


Nothing better than songwriters having a little fun at The Bluebird Cafe and Tin Pan South

COMMUNITY

Kevin Carter is hosting his annual Waiting for Wishes event at the Nashville Palm along with Jay Demarcus on 4/15. I've been on the steering committee for 13 years, and it only get's better. If you can't score seats to the dinner, don't miss the star power at this year's After PartyThe music involves top-tier artists and there's really not a better cause to support.

Waiting for Wishes is always a celebrity-packed, fun evening with incredible music at the After Party. 

Cause for Paws fashion show featuring Jamie is always lovely, so that's a seat to reserve. Hugh Howser is chairing the Steeplechase LookBook Fashion Show. No matter what else is on the books, I won't miss it. With Hugh in charge, I know it will be spectacular. Ditto for the talented Martha Nemer as she showcases her work with Art on the West Side on 3/29-30. If you're looking for a treasure for your home, this is where to find it. 
 
One of Martha Nemer's paintings for the upcoming Art on the West Side benefit show

There are countless reasons to be curious about Nashville Fashion Week: parties, sales.. and the excitement of runway shows. The schedule is impressive and there's so much to choose from. It's such a positive opportunity for the creative personalities involved and the entire city and it starts in just a few days.

Steeplechase Lookbook Fashion Show is just one of the amazing fashion events coming up.

The last (but not least) thing on my list is relishing quality time with friends outdoors. My favorite spot is my own patio, but I also love alfresco cocktails and conversation at Saint Anejo and Virago as well as Park Cafe Rumours or Table 3. I'm also excited to find some new haunts.


The Rumours Wine Bar patio is a hidden gem in the back of the Icon/The Gulch.
So perfect for wasting an afternoon.....
Hope to see you out and about supporting and soaking up all of this local fun...  










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