Today I’m working with LivingTN to talk to you about why I love Living in Tennessee, Nashville specifically! See why I love Tennessee so much and all the great things about Nashville below.
Twenty-five years ago I was born at Baptist Hospital (now St. Thomas Mid-Town) in Nashville, TN. Most of my family lives in Tennessee and I grew up half an hour outside of Nashville in Mount Juliet on a country road. I didn’t live in a subdivision but my siblings and I had 10 acres of land to play on and my neighbor was my grandmother!
My family is very close so when it came time to apply to college, I picked local schools like Belmont University, Middle Tennessee State University and Lipscomb University. I wanted to stay close to home and live in the city. I ultimately chose Belmont and loved being able to hang out downtown and see all of the cool things Nashville offers.
During my time at Belmont, I watched the university grow and watched the infamous 12 South start to develop. I spent my days studying outside at Centennial Park, catching concerts at Exit/In and the Bluebird Café, shopping at the Hill Center and Green Hills Mall, and attending Predators games at Bridgestone Arena.
After I graduated, I lived in the Green Hills/12 South Area and spent a lot of time shopping at Imogene + Willie and Serendipity and eating at Burger Up or Mafiaoza’s. I would sun tan at Sevier Park and sled down the giant hill when it snowed. Then when I began working downtown I began grabbing lunch in the Arcade or at Puckett’s and walking to the Farmer’s Market or Bicentennial Mall on my break. I could see the Sounds play at First Tennessee Park from an office window or hear My Morning Jacket rocking at Ascend Amphitheater. Downtown has so much to offer whether you like music, food, shopping, history, you name it!
I loved living in 12 South but soon the west side was calling my names. After moving to the Nation’s I began hanging out at Headquarters or Thistle Stop Café and was eating at Hattie B’s with dessert at Bobbie’s Dairy Dip on a regular basis. The West side is continuing to grow with a Hill Center being built off Charlotte Pike and many restaurants and breweries coming soon!
Everyone in Nashville has a unique look and you never know if the person you’re standing next to is famous or not. It’s not uncommon to see the cast of Nashville hanging out or a country singer having an impromptu performance at a honky tonk on Broadway. There is definitely a Nashville ‘look’ but it’s not all cowboy boots and denim cut-offs. One thing that’s really grown over the past few years in the Nashville fashion scene. So many designers have emerged like Project Runway contestant Amanda Valentine, funky women’s wear People Like Art, or classic jewelry from ConsiderTheWldflwrs. Nashville has made supporting local designers a priority so the Nashville Fashion Alliance was started. As a style blogger and online boutique owner, it’s so important to shop small and support local boutiques and designers. Some of my favorite boutiques in Nashville are Vinnie Louise, Hemline, H. Audrey and Whiskey Water.
In addition to the killer style, Nashville also has murals popping up everywhere. The Nashville Walls Project has been bringing in people from all over the world to tell their stories through a mural. See my mural guides here and here!