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Blame it on the upcoming elections (p.s. go vote) or just plain cyclical fashion, but for better or worse military is back in fashion this fall.  You could go the easy camo route (which isn’t a bad choice given that these Zara gems have made it into just about every blogger’s wardrobe), but I say take a different spin.  Corduroys in deep burgundy (another hit of the season) are a perfect contrast against the neutrals here.  Add shine with a hefty watch and heels to keep the whole thing from skewing too masculine.  I chose shorts here to play up the still warm west coast weather, but these skinnies from Madewell will be a better option come cooler days.  

(Vogue Russia image)
(1. zara heels; 2. asos blouse; 3. fossil watch; 4. pacsun shorts; 5. club monaco trench)

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Spent the weekend doing a bit more unpacking (organizing in a temporary space is not the easiest), checking out some new spots – including Zuma Beach in Malibu, and finally (despite the fact that it’s still beach weather) easing into Fall with a new two-tone green manicure and fall recipes.  Butternut squash is the new pumpkin spice?  Hope your weekend was just as good!

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Spent the weekend doing a bit more unpacking (organizing in a temporary space is not the easiest), checking out some new spots – including Zuma Beach in Malibu, and finally (despite the fact that it’s still beach weather) easing into Fall with a new two-tone green manicure and fall recipes.  Butternut squash is the new pumpkin spice?  Hope your weekend was just as good!

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Nashville, Tennesee

Since it was impossible to keep up while I was on the road, I figured I’ll take my time and space out my features on each city (and maybe throw in some past travels as well).  So for today, let’s pass through Nashville – a city that’s seemingly equal parts rowdy nightlife, esteemed college town, and historic country soul.  If you can get a reservation (which we unfortunately couldn’t..) stay at the Hutton Hotel.  It’s perfectly situated modern luxury.  As far as downtown goes, it’s neon, loud, and country – and not to be missed.  Cover all the bases like line dancing, live music, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and a meal at Jack’s BBQ (which serves up classic cafeteria style ‘meat and threes’).  Then, promptly escape all the commotion and head to the area surrounding Vanderbilt University.  The Hillsboro area provides small town charm and shopping with barely a cowboy boot in sight (stop by Retropolitan for a well curated mix of vintage home decor).  The campus also happens to neighbor a beautiful park which is home to Nashville’s Parthenon, a surprising beauty.  My advice?  Pass through, but be sure to look beyond Broadway.  


(Jack’s BBQ and Parthenon images, my own)

 

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Nashville, Tennesee

Since it was impossible to keep up while I was on the road, I figured I’ll take my time and space out my features on each city (and maybe throw in some past travels as well).  So for today, let’s pass through Nashville – a city that’s seemingly equal parts rowdy nightlife, esteemed college town, and historic country soul.  If you can get a reservation (which we unfortunately couldn’t..) stay at the Hutton Hotel.  It’s perfectly situated modern luxury.  As far as downtown goes, it’s neon, loud, and country – and not to be missed.  Cover all the bases like line dancing, live music, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and a meal at Jack’s BBQ (which serves up classic cafeteria style ‘meat and threes’).  Then, promptly escape all the commotion and head to the area surrounding Vanderbilt University.  The Hillsboro area provides small town charm and shopping with barely a cowboy boot in sight (stop by Retropolitan for a well curated mix of vintage home decor).  The campus also happens to neighbor a beautiful park which is home to Nashville’s Parthenon, a surprising beauty.  My advice?  Pass through, but be sure to look beyond Broadway.  


(Jack’s BBQ and Parthenon images, my own)

 

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