Germantown

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Here’s a little glimpse of Germantown, a neighborhood in Nashville I happily call home. I moved here in 2009, right when it was starting to see a healthy influx of new growth. The 18-block area boasts a plethora of beautiful architecture, including buildings that date back to 1830. Streets lined with over 100 species of trees is another visual treat, and special to watch as the seasons change while strolling down the brick sidewalks.

The vibrant neighborhood is rapidly changing with new restaurants, shops (and a baseball stadium!) all moving into the proximity. Here’s a list of some places definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area:

Food + Drink:

  • Rolf & Daughters
  • City House
  • Germantown Cafe
  • Mad Platter
  • Silo
  • Monell’s
  • 312 Pizza Company
  • Flour. Sugar. Eggs.
  • Red Bicycle Coffee & Crepes
  • Garden Brunch Cafe
  • Knock Out Wings
  • Mary’s Old Fashion BBQ
  • Little’s Fish Company
  • Big Al’s Diner
  • Cupcake Collection
  • Lazzaroli Pasta

See:

  • Nashville Farmers’ Market
  • Bicentennial Park
  • Neuhoff Factory

Shop:

  • Peter Nappi
  • Nisolo
  • Pieces
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Bonnaroo Street Style

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Some of my favorite snaps I shot for Refinery29 last weekend at Bonnaroo. Check out the full feature here.

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Cobra Rock

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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.

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Lisa Garcia

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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.

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Downtown Franklin

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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.

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Nisolo

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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.

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Storybook Cottage

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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.

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