Yesterday was a pretty special day, as I got to see my friend Logan and her boyfriend Colt while they were in town hosting a pop-up for their boot line, Cobra Rock. Logan and I studied photography together at Concordia University, and have kept in touch ever since those Montréal days where we’d rack up hours upon hours shooting and developing photos in the darkroom. Photography may be temporarily taking a back seat in her life right now, but I’m so proud of all the success and praise her and Colt have received on this exciting new journey of theirs.
As you can see, all their boots are made by hand and sewn together with American full-grain leather. Their workshop is based in Marfa, TX (dreamy, right?) where Logan and Colt spend their days creating the same way small-shop cowboy boot makers have been doing for over a century. Although they can work on several pairs at once, a single pair of boots takes nearly two and a half weeks to create — equating to the heart and soul of this small-batch handmade process.
I can’t wait to break in my new pair and watch them just get better upon each wear.read more
Upon arriving at Lisa Garcia’s shared studio space, I was immediately greeted with a big smile from the designer as I walked through the open door and into her studio being showered in the afternoon’s natural light. As I began snapping away, Lisa worked on a hoop art wall piece while we chatted about all her creative endeavors.
Kicking off with an impressive career in interior design, she’s also worked in art direction, photo styling and product design. When she’s not on the road touring (check out her band, Copperfox), she’s here in her studio working on handmade pieces for her line Soñadora (Spanish for dreamer). Applying a modern spin to her folk fiber art inspired pieces, she works with gorgeous high-quality fibers and it certainly shows through the texture, shape and color of each curated item.
Like what you see? Hop onto her Etsy shop to browse and purchase your own piece here.read more
I had some time to kill after a meeting in Downtown Franklin yesterday, and here are some of the things that caught my eye in the quaint 16-block area. A short drive from Nashville, Downtown Franklin has a beautiful theater along with a plethora of places to shop and dine. Streets adorned with historic houses and stunning architecture is the norm here, and Natchez Trace Parkway is right around the corner.
If you’re heading to Nashville for a visit, I definitely suggest detouring here for a day.read more
Welcome to Nisolo’s spiffy showroom and offices located at the ever-evolving 100 Taylor Street Arts Collective building. A socially conscious brand, Nisolo offers a variety of beautiful handcrafted leather shoes, bags and accessories constructed by artisans in Peru. Advocates for sustainable development throughout impoverished regions of the world, they’re able to give their Peruvian shoemakers a consistent job to support their livelihood. Props to them for creating high-quality leather goods that represent and enforce positive change.read more
On Sunday, I packed up an overnight bag and ventured to Storybook Cottage in Leiper’s Fork. A little house so charming, your mind naturally creates its own whimsical story in its embrace. My check in wasn’t until three, so I set out ahead of time to explore around Leiper’s Fork. It unfortunately rained all day, but some of you might remember this post I did on the area here.
Hoping the rain would simmer out, I ended up driving a little too far on Natchez Trace and came dangerously close to running out of gas. I took the next available exit, and landed in Santa Fe. Thankfully, after asking some locals, I found a mom and pop store to fill up at. I’d like to explore around these small counties a bit more one day.
Feel free to read about or book your stay at Storybook Cottage through Shelter + Roost, where they also have four other rental properties to choose from. Even if you live in the area, it’s a great mini vacation to just recharge and take a breather.read more
If you’re a diehard Pinterest fan, there’s a good chance you may be one of Lauren Zwanziger’s 4.6 million followers. Browse any of her thoughtfully curated boards, and it’s clear that this recent graduate of O’More College of Design has the style and eye to back that faithful following. Aside from utilizing Pinterest like a boss, Zwanziger has also dipped her toe in the blogging world and launched The Transatlantic, which showcases everything from personal style to her adventurous travels around the world. Along with photographing a bit of her house (and lots of downtime in between playing with adorable dog, Banjo!), I was also able to pick her brain about what she’s currently working on and has planned next. Follow along and bookmark her blog, as this young lady has some very exciting things ahead.
When did you first get involved with Pinterest and how has your success with the site influenced your career choices and led to new opportunities?
I first started using Pinterest back in Fall 2010, so near the launch of the site. As most new users, I quickly fell in love with the site! At the time, I was in my sophomore year of design school, so I was using it almost daily to create inspiration boards for class. After using it for about a year, I noticed I had acquired a surprisingly large number of followers, which sparked the idea to pursue blogging full-time.
That’s right, you just launched The Transatlantic. Tell us more about it!
Building the blog has been a very long, on-going process! It took me about a year to actually launch the site after the initial idea to start blogging. I knew I wanted travel to play a large role in the blog, so I wanted the name to reflect that. I’ve been traveling back and forth between Tennessee and England since I was a kid, so the name felt like the natural choice.
You recently graduated from O’More College of Design. Is designing your own clothing line something you’d still like to pursue?
I’m definitely considering it. While it’s nothing I see myself doing in the immediate future, I hope to expand into different avenues as I continue blogging.
You live in Nashville and are a big supporter of the cities new growth. Do you ever see yourself moving somewhere else, or are you focused on building your own brand here?
It’s kind of funny, I always thought I was going to have to leave Nashville for a job. But now that I’m self-employed, it’s really up to me if I want to move or not. Right now, I can’t imagine living anywhere else, but that’s not to say I wouldn’t want to eventually experience somewhere new!
What does a typical Saturday in Nashville look like for you?
I’m such a creature of habit and have such a specific routine! I usually take my dog, Banjo, to Centennial dog park, then go to any of my favorite brunch spots: Frothy Monkey, The Perch, Pinewood Social, The Southern, I could go on…
Now that it’s spring, I’ve been looking for any excuse to be outside. I’ve been kind of plant obsessed lately, so I’ve been heading over to my local plant shops on the weekends to stock up. There’s a little plant shop behind Neighbors in Sylvan Park that’s my current favorite spot. I’ve also been hiking over at Percy Warner a lot lately which is a great way to feel like you’re out of the city.
What are you currently working on and what’s next on your agenda?
There are a few fun things in the works right now, currently planning a big trip. Stay tuned to see more!read more