September 16, 2016
ONE NIGHT IN CHATTANOOGA

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It isn’t often Jared and I sneak away for a day or two – just the two of us – without our furry children. We made an exception last weekend. Chattanooga, Tennessee was calling. We packed an overnight bag, handed our house keys to a trusted friend, and drove two hours southeast to Scenic City. Our anniversary would take place the following Tuesday, so we planned to celebrate early while away. This was our first trip to Chattanooga, so there was much to take in. The city rests beside the winding Tennessee River and among the Appalachian Mountains and Cumberland Plateau. At the right vantage point, we could see rolling hills through the cityscape.

We stayed at The Dwell Hotel, a funky and colorful abode in the heart of downtown Chattanooga. We shared an anniversary dinner at Easy Bistro and ended the evening with cocktails at Matilda Midnight.

Come morning we indulged our appetites without having to go too far. The Dwell Hotel is also home to Terra Máe, a wonderfully fun spot to share an omelette and house made potato donuts. POTATO DONUTS. We then headed to Tennessee Aquarium and Hunter Museum of American Art before heading home to our aforementioned furry children.

Photos are below of our short weekend in Chattanooga! Happy Anniversary, dear Jared.

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The Dwell Hotel and Terra Máe

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Hunter Museum of American Art

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Near Rembrandt’s

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Paddleboarders on the Tennessee River

Have a great weekend, friends!

August 23, 2016
SUMMERTIME IN THE CITY

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Summertime in New York City

More photos from this trip (taken in July) are posted here. Have a great week!

August 18, 2016
A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS

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T.G.I.T. Happy almost Friday, friends!

A few of my favorite things as of late are below!

These modern day Cinderella slippers make me want to dance my way into the office each day.

Uber is introducing an impressive fleet of self-driving cars this month.

I’m already planning a trip to Cleveland, Ohio in 2018.

This book has completely transformed the way I make decisions each and every day.

I deleted Snapchat and am feeling a lot like this as a result.

Meryl Streep continues to blow me away.

Jared and I are heading to Chattanooga (for the first time) next month and staying in this charming hotel.

Have a great weekend!

July 17, 2016
MANUS X MACHINA

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I oftentimes call my mom on my way home from work in the afternoons. We chat for ten minutes or so, and if I’m lucky, she is hangin’ with my niece, Mylah, who is able to say, “Hello!”, as well. We then say our goodbyes before I walk through the door to see Albert, Jones, and Jared if he has beaten me home.

Recently, during one of those phone calls, I mentioned to my mom that I was soon headed to New York City to see Manus x Machina at The Met. The exhibit had been on my mind for quite some time, and I was itching to see it in person before its closing. I felt there was so much to learn from an exhibit that studied the relationship between man and machine. After all, it seems I consider this simultaneously unsettling and comforting dichotomy almost daily when thinking not only about clothing, but also when choosing food from a grocery store versus food from a local farmers’ marketnatural medicine versus modern medicine, hands-on experiences versus Googled experiences, and so on. 

Phew, this could escalate quickly into a philosophical rabbit hole.

Within ten minutes of describing this all to my mom, she, too, was itching to see the exhibit in person and to spend some time together, as well. Before another week could pass, we had each booked flights to the city and had created a plan for the weekend ahead. Our plan, sure enough, began with Manus x Machina.

Fast forward to arriving at The Met.

After getting our tickets (our mind-blowing tickets), we walked through The Great Hall and Medieval Art before being greeted by the most elaborate wedding ensemble I have ever seen. The proceeding three hours included 3-D printed ensembles, hand-beaded gowns, endless pleats and folds, and much more.

Below are a few of my favorite pieces and experiences (among many others) (more than 170 others to be exact) from the exhibit.

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House of Chanel, Wedding Ensemble 2005

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Yves Saint Laurent, Spring/Summer 1983

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House of Dior, “L’Eléphant Blanc”, Spring/Summer 1958

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Alexander McQueen, Spring/Sumer 2009

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Gareth Pugh, Autumn/Winter 2015 

“Every straw was cut by hand… They were attached individually with metal hardware – a little twisted jewelry fitting that hooked onto the fabric base. On the runway, you could hear them before you saw them. And they moved beautifully – like feathers caught in a gust of wind.”

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House of Dior, Autumn/Winter 2014-15 + Prada, Autumn/Winer 2015-16 + Louis Vuitton Co., Spring/Summer 2012

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House of Chanel, Wedding Ensemble, 2014

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Mariano Fortuny, 1920s

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Iris van Herpen, Autumn Winter 2014-15

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House of Givenchy, 1963 + Alexander McQueen, Spring/Summer 2012

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Miyake Design Studio, “Rhythm Pleats”, Spring/Summer 1990

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Iris van Herpen, Spring/Summer 2015

See a couple of my favorite articles about the exhibit here, here, and here.

The exhibit is open until September 5th. You can purchase the Manus x Machina book here.

July 3, 2016
THE WESTCOTT HOUSE

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Westcott House

My mom and I found ourselves in Springfield, Ohio on Saturday afternoon after learning of the Westcott House, one of many homes designed by one of my favorite American architects, Frank Lloyd Wright. I happened to be in my home state for a wedding Friday evening, and I decided to make the most of my time in Ohio by spending Saturday afternoon seeing an additional Frank Lloyd Wright home and Sunday catching up with my college roommates.

I’m now close to 20,000 feet in the air on my way home to Nashville – in awe that I’m connected to the internet and deciding to take full advantage. I’m listening to Hide Away by Ben Rector and beginning to feel antsy to arrive home to my boys in time for the holiday.

Have a wonderful 4th, friends! I hope it’s spent with your favorite people, eating your favorite food, and listening to your favorite tunes.

June 26, 2016
DISCOVERIES AT OZ

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While Jared and Jones took off for a hike on Saturday morning, my friend, Blaque, and I decided to replace our planned coffee date with a trip to OZ Arts Nashville instead. Our friends, Ashley and Mary, had individual modular pods on exhibit, and we wanted to see each of their work in person (especially after watching the evolution of each pod on Snapchat for several weeks!).

Upon our arrival at OZ, we entered the artistic warehouse to find a long hallway that would straightforwardly lead us to the pod exhibit. Along one wall of this hallway was a commissioned project by Addam Yekutieli, an incredible Israeli-American street artist. His project, Vicariously Speaking, consisted of several letters – letters Addam wrote to inmates in Nashville prisons plus the inmates’ letters back to him. In addition, Addam extracted one line from each letter to create a powerful message that currently permeates the entire city of Nashville by way of billboards (pictured above). I quickly realized I pass at least two of the aforementioned billboards each morning on my way to work.

By taking these phrases out of their original context and placing them in a new one, a newborn presence for the inmates takes place in public space and a dialogue within an interactive environment is created between two separate realities.

Seeing the modular pods, in conjunction with, Vicariously Speaking fed my unquenchable urge to better understand those around me this weekend. I want to better understand their minds, the stuff they create and dream of creating, and the way they best communicate to others. I want to better understand how they learn, how they feel appreciated, and how they feel loved. And, I want others to better understand those aspects of me, too.