Thursday, January 5, 2012

Nashville Bound!!

I was lucky enough to have the chance to spend NYE in Nashville TN with 2 of my favorite Chicago gals, Andrea from Blonde Bedhead & Merl from Clyde's Rebirth & MO Vintage. I knew it was going to be a blast, even if was only for a day. That Friday morning we decided to leave at 7am and of course not only was it pouring down rain it was freezing cold! Actually, I was quite relieved to say goodbye to Chicago and hello warm and sunny Nashville:)

It was a 8 hour trip, which normally would drag and I would dread making but with these 2, it was non stop laughter and time flew! It was seriously ridiculous how much fun we were having trapped in this small space for what turned out to be 10 hours!! Yeah, we made quite a few stops and enjoyed ourselves a bit not rushing.

Sneakin a quick pic in the parking lot of a grocery shop in Southern Illinois.
Following after my mother, I literally have a giant knot in my stomach if I am not driving. It honestly calms my nerves, give me good music and good peeps to keep me company and I will drive for hours! 

Before we knew it, we were in Tennessee! 
What was first on the list? Where do go out?! Luckily we had the lovely Chandra to put us up for the weekend and to direct us around:) Oh and braid my hair, hahaha! Seriously though, Chandra is a fantastic hairstylist, look her up if you're in Nashville!
Myself, Andrea & Merl.
Drinks a dancing led to an amazing first night in Nashville. The funny thing is, we got crazier that night than we did for New Years!
The next morning we awoke pretty early, despite being out til 3, to explore Nashville. First up coffee and brunch. Then onto vintage shopping:)

Merl & Andrea bright eyed and bushy tailed!
I was ecstatic because I was finally meeting Quincy from Q's Daydream. She recommended some great vintage shopping and this little coffee shop. It was so great to finally meet in person! I just wish we all would have had more time to hang out.  
The bottom photo was from my phone, hello bright! Lol
It's funny how much you feel like ya kinda know someone from their blog. So of course we bonded over fashion, vintage and duh, lots of laughing!
 First stop, Katy K's for vintage and all your cowgirl needs:) 

Of course, we couldn't keep it together very long with breaking out in laughing our butts off! About what? Couldn't tell ya, it happens all too frequently!
still laughing...
The next few hours were spent walking around Nashville and trying on lots of vintage! I hope to visit Quincy again soon, our time meeting was far too short!

On a whim, Andrea decided to get her first tattoo here! I was so happy for her. I know how awesome it feels to get your first:)
And Merl documented the entire moment.

The end result! A beautiful Horse Outline.

After the tattoo session, it was onto dinner then a quick nap before going out to ring in the New Year.
Ok, so we weren't really napping but we did try! Guess what kept us up??? Yeah, yeah, yeah. Jokes, jokes, jokes. :)

Me being the stressed space cadet as per usual, I left Chicago without my garment bag of beautiful vintage dresses to wear for the New Year. Luckily after playing dress up, Andrea had this little blue number that she was kind enough to let me borrow:)

A happy New Year it was, chill and just fun with the gals:) 

So that was the trip in a nutshell. A lot of fun and I really can't wait to go back. Nashville is an amazing town and *ahem* the most attractive fellas I have ever seen in one place! I hope to be there again very soon!


andrea k (blonde bedhead) said...

I loved your recap!! I'm feeling quite emotional since I'm about to me on my period any moment and I'm going to miss you and Merl so much! We need to plan more roadtrips! Thanks for driving our asses all over and dealing with my wrong directions hahahahha! You and Merl are the best road trip buddies!

Rhonda said...

What a fun post! You gals had a ball!
Great post!

Merl said...

my double chin sure got a free fun ride.. and such a photo whore! ;) next road trip: to see that lil blonde hussy who's leaving us for the mitten again!

The Thriftaholic (Leilani) said...

Blogger road trips are the best! I was so envious when I found out the three of you were going to Nashville, I've always wanted to go. Did you find any vintage goodies while you were there?? You also should have taken some sneaky photos of those cute Southern boys too, hehe. ;)

dusanabotswana said...

aww this looks like such a fantastic trip! I really enjoyed seeing so mean real "in the moment" pictures here, reminds me I really should show more of this on my own blog to not look more serious than I actually am hehe. I've always wanted to visit Nashville too- looks great! All of your outfits are super adorable too- such a great way to ring in the new year with friends like that!