CHEEKWOOD BOTANICAL GARDENS.

Being so far away from friends and family means we get visitors. Which means I’ve done more touristy things in the last 7 weeks here than most people have done in their whole natural Nashville lives.

Cheekwood is one of the places I insist people visit because it is truly the most magical place I’ve ever been. There is an exhibit right now with Spanish artist Jaume Plensa that cannot be missed. There is no point in describing it because it’s indescribable. So I’m just going to leave these pictures right here…. Enjoy.

WHITE’S MERCANTILE.

Move over Colette – I have a new favorite store.. and it’s off Paris Avenue, not in Paris, France. White’s Mercantile is basically, the store of my dreams. Let’s start with the owner, Holly. Of course she has amazing taste and amazing style, but she also named her daughter Stella June. So if Stella June and Stella Blue don’t end up best friends forever, it will be a real missed opportunity.

As for the actual store located in 12 South.. It is perfection. From the outside, its white brick, black planters, and red flowers. The flags, market lights, and vintage coke fridge, tell you everything you need to know about what’s inside.

White’s Mercantile is an updated, and highly curated, general store carrying everything from Rag & Bone and Golden Goose, to Turkish-T towels, to John Derian dishes. So needless to say, I didn’t have a CHANCE when I walked in for the first time. I left with a new kitchen utensil holder, spoon rest, clothes for Sutton Gray (also probably should start a band with Stella June and Stella Blue), outdoor cups, towels, a bracelet, and a braided leather key chain. I could have kept on going but I figured I would leave a few things for me to buy on the next visit. Tomorrow.

Location: 2908 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204 // Hours: 10am-6pm


                

YMCA, FTW.

I thought that moving to the south meant joining a country club.. Isn’t that what people do here? Sip mint juleps over looking the golf course? Maybe it IS what they do, but when I went to tour The Governor’s Club (which is about 6 minutes away), I couldn’t get out of there fast enough. I mean, for starters, it’s called The Governor’s Club. It was probably going to be stuffy. And expensive. But we don’t really know anyone out here so I wanted something that would let us be social and leave the house!

Problem solved: THE YMCA.

YMCA in Brentwood

Whaaaaat?!?! This would never be an option in LA! Nashville scores major points with this one. We went today and it was nothing short of a country club. Multiple pools, tennis courts, activities for the kids, state of the art everything, I mean WTF WHY DIDN’T THIS EXIST IN LOS ANGELES.