November Boxycharm Review

Saturday, November 18

Happy beauty day! Last month I jumped back into the world of subscription services with my first Boxycharm. I was blown away by the total value of my first box, and got several amazing products, and well- this month's is even better! 

Boxycharm, as far as I know, is in a league of its' own, sending you 5ish FULL-SIZED products for about $20 a month. As you'll see below- the total price of the box is usually the cost of ONE product. Pretty sweet deal. 

If you're not into beauty products at all, or want to be, and don't know where to start- I can't recommend a subscription service enough! They're a fantastic way to try out a BUNCH of new products, and build up a nice little collection. I was subscribed to ipsy and Birchbox for a while (so many product reviews behind that link!) and now I'm just subscribed to Boxycharm and loving it, but don't take my word for it! 

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I frequently work out in the middle of the day and I'm always looking for ways to make my make-up last. I've used this setting spray a few times now, and while I can't say I've noticed a huge difference yet, I'm happy to use it all the same. Cover FX is a brand I've heard a lot about on YouTube, and this is a $31 product, cool! 

+ KNC Collagen Lip Mask (3) | Retail: $15
These fun little jelly masks promise to hydrate, moisturize, and plump your pout. Well, I tried one last night and looked like Effie Trinket! Did I notice any differences afterwards? Not really. Maybe right afterwards my lips looked slightly fuller, but that was gone by morning. Would I buy them for myself? Probably not. But I'm always down to try any method of pampering. 

+ Winkylux Kitten Palette | Retail: $25
This palette you guys! I was SO excited about this! Several of these shimmers are just plain gorgeous. I'm also in love with the color palette- perfect for a Fall eye look. You'll see in the swatches below that the mattes aren't the best (pretty chalky). However, that's outweighed by the fact that this palette is travel sized AND a mix of mattes/shimmers, which was a conundrum in the past (pack two palettes for one weekend? One matte and one shimmer? Just mattes? Just shimmers?) I've already created a couple looks with this and WILL be packing it for my Thanksgiving trip home. 

I was familiar with this brand, having received a couple "lip lubes" (not the best name, but the product is great- like a glossy crayon!) The color, smell, and formula initially (& that rose gold metallic tube- hello!) are all fantastic, but I didn't find that this lasted as well as a matte liquid lipstick, or even another matte lipstick.

My favorite blush and highlighter brush are both Luxie (via ipsy) so I was excited to try these! My travel brush "set" at this point is a bit haphazard, so it was so so perfect to receive a set of travel eyeshadow brushes (and with a travel sized palette, to boot. Genius!) These are not my favorite shadow brushes to use, but they are pretty dang cute and handy for traveling. 

COST ME: $20
TOTAL VALUE: $120 !
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Priya the blog, Nashville beauty blog, Boxycharm, Boxycharm November 2017 review, beauty review, Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray, Luxie Beauty Quad Eye Travel Set, LAQA & CO. Cloud Lips, Winkylux Kitten Palette, KNC Beauty Collagen Lip MaskI even swatched the setting spray, right at the top of my wrist, hah. Followed by the cloud lips, and then the palette left to right starting with the top row. Could you DIE over that goldy shadow??

Once again I am SUPER impressed by the value of this box and the products in it! I said last month I only signed up for 3 months and planned to cancel... .... ...but I'm really diggin it.

--> Sign up for Boxycharm for $20/month! <-- 

My 3 Go-To Outfit Formulas For Fall

Wednesday, November 15

I don't know about you, but the number one reason I read any blogs is for some real-time advice on getting dressed in the morning. More than just pretty pictures (THOUGH, I enjoy a gorgeous styled theme-y post, trust & believe) I look for outfits that I can easily re-create with pieces I have in my own closet. Because more often that not (yikes!) I find myself rushing out the door, frantically trying to assemble a look that will keep me comfortable, work together cohesively, and just maybe, look stylish? 

Having pre-set formulas ready in my mind makes getting dressed in the morning SO much easier. With no guess-work, I know that one of these outfits (or a variation) will have me feeling put-together and walking out the door in 5 minutes, flat. 
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These are the combinations I have found myself reaching for time and time again over the last few months.

Click through my exact items for plenty of similar options to shop for each piece! 
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A short-sleeve sweater top is THE transitional piece that everybody needs to have in their closet. They're perfect for early Fall, when you're dying to wear a sweater, but the temperature is still jumping into the 80's mid-day. Plus they're a fuzzy, cozy option for the early morning chill, and a seriously chic upgrade from a t-shirt. I have a sweater top in black, tan, and gray, so literally any time I would wear a neutral t-shirt, I can swap in a sweater instead! 

The shoes & jeans that you pick are irrelevant- though I love a trainer to downplay any "twinset" vibes, and a trendy girlfriend jean to keep me from looking like an 80's secretary on my lunch break. Full outfit here! 
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oversized denim jacket + tee + black jeans

This is, to me, the quintessential "cool girl" uniform of the moment. Vintage (or, "vintage", also ok) denim jacket, ripped black jeans: a blank canvas for so. many. looks! With a little bit of layering (or a long-sleeve t-shirt?) this can easily take you into true Fall and Winter as well. 

I like to style mine with plenty of funky pins, a quirky graphic tee (mine is so random/stolen from my brother but i LOVE that Michael Jackson option!) and maybe a pair of flats or oxfords that don't quite go; just to make sure I have a little personality showing. Full outfit here (one of my all-time favorites!)
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oversized sweater + structured leggings + booties
Three pieces that couldn't be easier to pull together. Works best on a freezing day where you can't get out of bed, a Monday when you don't want to wear real pants, or the day after you went a liiitle too hard last night and want to live inside a giant sweater. 

I purchased my giant red sweater recently (still available!) at H&M with this exact combination in mind! I say "structured leggings" (see: Ponte knit) because that makes it feel more like a "look", instead of, a sloppy alternative to pajamas. You'll definitely want the added height from booties to balance out a big chunky sweater, and I can't recommend the Rag & Bone Harrow booties highly enough! They are pricey, but gorgeous, and worth every penny! --> Full Outfit! <-- 


There you have what I'm living in and living FOR during Fall 2017. 

What are your fail-proof combinations for Autumn? I would looove to get a few more in to my rotation. Share with me in the comments! 


all photos by Miles Price

Weekend Update: Britney & LPFC

Friday, November 10


Once a year or so, a weekend comes along that takes you until about the next weekend to recover from. Though honestly, it's been a busy week both personally and professionally (and some professional-meets-personal) sooo I'm still not quite there and I want to sleep all weekend!

So originally, after debating back and forth all year if I should go to the show or not, my sister was supposed to meet me for a quick > 24 hours, just to see the show and then get out of Vegas as soon as possible (not my steez.) Well, spoiler alert, she was able to run the New York Marathon, that Sunday and therefore, couldn't go to the show.

Not to be deterred from seeing Britney, I asked around a little bit. I was literally sending a text that was like "heyyy do you want to go to Vegas for about 18 hours?" This actually worked out perfectly (I love it when this happensss!) Stephanie agreed to go and then spend the weekend with her best friend, Julie (who I also know from high school and hadn't seen in about as long!) Bingo!

So I got to Vegas Friday afternoon, all hyped up on Britney - self-titled, and was immediately overstimulated and overwhelmed and reminded of just how weird Las Vegas really is. Mind you- I had not been since my 21st birthday trip (I don't think this post has the pics, but, still the mems) but that's a different story. And I say all this and I am totally planning a trip back to hang with Steph & Julie (and her friend Gurpreet) and maybe, finally see Celine Dion and/or Backstreet Boys!?

After a whirlwind afternoon of pre-show insanity (including an expedition to the Spanx store and packaging lamb shanks TO GO to eat cold in my room after the show, yes, really) it was truly, finally time for **the show**. I'm seriously kicking around an entire blog post in my brain that's called "What Britney Spears Means to Me." But in the meantime I'll just say, in the year 2017, I have become what I'm calling "a late-in-life Spearsophile" and while it was honestly not the best vocal concerto I have ever been to, it was a really FUN show and not disappointing to see her perform in person. And then we went out and saw Martin Garrix :D

And then I was sssooo proud of myself for being an adult and going to bed and getting up bright eyed and bushy tailed to fly to NYC (Vegas - 1, Priya - 1.) After flying across the country, I had just enough time to get two slices of that NY za and tuck Carina in before she said "go be friends!" to me and Michael. And so, minutes after meeting her new boyfriend, I was accompanying him to his best friend's wife's birthday outing (just in time to make a toast! SERIOUSLY. Life is fun.)

The marathon was incredible- truly an operational feat with 60,000 runners, 120 countries represented, and the most amazing fans lining the entire course (I say that like I was running. I was not.) Aided by Taylor Swift Inspired signs and Little Peanut Fan Club t-shirts, Carina ran her personal best AND qualified for Boston! I was so proud of her!!!

And then, we hugged goodbye and Carina said "sorry we didn't get to hang out this weekend." But I did make a new buddy who is seriously in contention for boyfriend of the year.

Now I love a crazy weekend (see: 36 Hours In...), but this one was wild even for me. But I'm really super thankful to be able to make trips like this, and have friends that will cater to my crazy whims and meet me AND fly me out to cheer them on :) sorry that is post is INSANE too, but, accurate vibe for last weekend!

The Red Sweater

Wednesday, November 8

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| sweater: H&M | sunnies: Primark {similar} | lipstick: Maybelline Colorsensational in Rubylicious | earrings: Zara {similar} | leggings: Zara {similar} | tote: gift (Nordstrom - still available & in more colors!) |
booties: Rag & Bone |

There was no appropriate title for this post other than "RED SWEATER!" That's literally the only thing I can see in these photos (oh, and that spiderweb, we shot these on Halloween!) but I'm not mad about it! This sweater is delicious and I want to live inside of it. I don't know what your personal ethos about fast-fashion is (and whatever it is...you do you, I pass no judgement) but H&M really is THE place to get knit sweaters of all cuts, sizes, colors, and fabrics (they even carry cashmere!) I picked up a few last month. 

I think I mentioned already that I wanted one of my Fall uniforms to be oversized sweater + leggings + booties, and here we areeee! Stay tuned, because I'm getting a post together about my three outfit formulas for Fall. I would love to hear yours, if you have any?

I've wanted a pair of these exact Zara leggings since I saw them on my boss years ago. I don't know if you can tell exactly how perfect they are- ponte knit, high-waisted (with a sturdy waistband), and the moto/ribbed knee detailing makes them extra cool! I've been very awkwardly cuffing them to be the right length with booties, but I should probably be an adult and get them hemmed. I lived in these leggings all weekend, on flights from Nashville to Vegas and then Vegas to NYC- they are the standard for chic-but-still-comfortable airport attire! 

And speaking of this weekend- I will definitely be sharing pictures/tales from what was probably the most epic weekend of my life...but honestly, I'm still recovering after hitting the ground running Monday morning after a delayed flight Sunday night. I recently realized I get over-stimulated very easily, so I'm still processing! But all in good time!  

photos by Miles Price

Small Goals / November 2017

Monday, November 6

Central Park this weekend!

I've only consistently adopted the "small goals" practice this year (with Nicole as my inspo), and I haven't really been blogging about mine, because I've found them to be too insignificant, too boring, or too personal. Well, I've had a lot going on lately, and this is a pretty great way to keep yourself on track!

Here are my small goals from October + my report card:

1. Catch up on my phone bill | DONE! I'm still on a family plan, which comes with the luxury of sometimes slipping behind. I paid my *increased bill (I'm paying for my new phone now, too) through the year's end!
2. Badass costume | Done-ish. I did actually dress up for Halloween for the first time in years (besides our haunted house), but my Little Mac costume was not my best work. I'm giving partial credit on this one.
3. Festive activities! | DONE! I could write a post about the festive things I did this month- carved a pumpkin, made soup, watched a scary movie, created/spooked in a haunted house, lit some festive candles...I keep saying it was the best Halloween in recent years and I know this was part of it!
4. Make a budget & stick to it | I haven't talked about this yet- I'm starting with a strict # for clothes/make-up, and while I didn't shop a lot, I didn't quite stick to it this month. Rolling this into November.
5. Make Thanksgiving plans & book flight | DONE! I am so so so excited about this. I still have some details to finalize (read on) but I at least have flights and an outline of plans. It can't come soon enough!

Here's what I'm working on in November:

1. Find & go to the Dentist | Since getting on my own health insurance back in June, I haven't been due for a dentist's appointment, until now! I've actually been going to a dentist in Nashville for a bit so I'm hoping this is an easy switch.
2. Stick to clothing/make-up budget | I am easing myself into a real life adult budget by starting with the expendables. Would you believe me if I told you 6 days into the month I've already spent it all..?
3. Plan wine tasting trip | It's nearly time for the annual Pappu & Friends Post-Thanksgiving Wine Tasting Trip. And of course I'm planning it.
4. Mini cleanse | Lol, back to back with ^ lots of events, traveling, Halloween, etc. have left me feeling like it's time for another food & drink cleanse. Probably just a small one before Thanksgiving. I just bought a new cookbook that I think will really help with this!
5. Closet swap & clean-out | This was a Halloweekend goal that didn't happen. It's time! To swap Summer clothes out for Fall, and simultaneously clean out my closet, tossing things I don't wear, don't need, or that don't align with my style currently. I also have lots to list on Poshmark. This is kind a big project that I look forward to twice/year.

Linking up with Nicole at writes like a girl

Oktober / the pumpkin spice of life

Thursday, November 2

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I'm breaking this post up a bit, because it was getting so LONG. Stay tuned for my report of my small goals in October, and what I'm working on in November.

+ Life | October is my favorite month of the year, always! It's the highlight of the most magical season. This October was filled with weekend getaways, concerts, volunteer projects, and general ~festivities~.

+ Blogged | Hello Fall fashion, and everything I bought last month & can finally wear!
+ I've been living in this fuzzy cardigan and my Birkenstocks (before the temp dropped), I wore a jumpsuit to beat the Tuesday Blues, the least spooky outfit with my pink clogs, a new pin, I actually took pics at a pumpkin patch, the sweetest little vintage bandana, and my favorite Scooby Doo t-shirt!
+ Also blogged this month: a festive weekend, my epic Halloweekend, & pics from Katie's wedding in May!

Beauty | I've been LOVING the ^ Wet n Wild Metallic LiquidCatsuit in Harbor a Crush (wearing it here.) I love this formula already, but they updated the product into an on-trend metallic, in a shade that's not too much of a statement. (Check out my October Boxycharm review for more of the latest beauty buzz!)

Shopping | After solidifying my Fall wardrobe updates last month, I took it pretty easy in October.
+ I had Poshmark credit, & ordered a blue pair of Madewell Flea Market Flares because I love these so much.
+ I've been in the market for a new carry-on suitcase since mine bit the dust in Italy, & my sister shared this Away + Gray Malin one with me. The lining is a photograph by Gray Malin, and I had to have it!
+ I found myself at the mall completing my Halloween costume last minute, & also picked up some accessories at H&M: velvet chokerssheer tights, a pretty bralette, & lavender slides on mega sale.
+ Same story, I found part of my costume at Forever 21, came across this dress, and was instantly obsessed.

+ Music | SO much good new music out! I can't believe how many artists I love recently released albums.
+ Now - Shania Twain | Listen: Who's Gonna Be Your Girl (a song SO nostalgic Shania Twain I nearly cried.)
+ Younger Now - Miley Cyrus | A new sound for Miley! Listen: Week Without You (& Younger Now.)
+ Tell Me You Love Me - Demi Lovato | I think Demi is really coming into her own. Listen: Daddy Issues 
+ Flicker - Niall Horan | Niall's post 1D debut & I am here for it! Listen to: Seeing Blind (with Maren Morris!)
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+ Podcasts | I listened to Dirty John this month and really enjoyed it! It was less gory/disturbing and more intriguing true crime, and the ending totally took me by surprise! It's also 6 episodes that you can easily get through (as opposed to Up & Vanished which I FINALLY finished!) I also started Someone Knows Something, per Kate's recommendation (she has a great post about podcasts!)

+ TV | I really need a recommendation for a good, TV drama to get into. Maybe NOT true crime? What was the last show you watched and loved? My viewing has been all over the place!
+ The only thing worth mentioning is Gaga 5'2", the Lady Gaga documentary on Netflix. It was SO GOOD, you guys! I am a bigger Gaga fan than ever! I wish they would do these for every celebrity.

+ Nashville | I visited 404 Kitchen for a grown up Halloween/special occasion dinner, and boy was it fancy! I had Salmon Crudo, Burrata, and chicken so good it tasted like beef (<-- I'm not a food critic.) This is THE spot for whiskey lovers (they have one of the largest selections in town!) and with only 45 seats, it feels very cozy and intimate. I think this is the perfect spot for celebrating!
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Weekend Update: Halloweekend 2017

Tuesday, October 31

Happy Halloween! I realized I had just enough spooky activity over the past week to warrant a full post.

My "Halloweekend" actually started last Wednesday, with Code Boo! I just want everyone reading this very self-absorbed blog to know that I am also on the Giving Back team at work. Code Boo is the haunted house we put on every year at a local community center, for kids in the neighborhood. This year marked #10YearsofBoo (and my 4th year participating!) Our theme was Bad Dreams, and that's our crew up on the left! I am never scary (on the contrary, I've had middle schoolers ask me for my phone number), and this year I was in more of an "establishing role" as the little girl having all the bad dreams, right at the entrance. Code Boo is one of my favorite seasonal activities every year, mostly because it's pretty impressive how this crew turns an old musty gym into a legit haunted house! I've never shared about it much on the blog, but ok fine, here's a video of this year's (watch at your own risk!)

Friday night was our annual company Talent Night (I realize this isn't Halloween related, but it ended up being festive because of the timing.) My filler karaoke gag turned into a full-blown performance (I was kinda mortified to be sharing the stage with actually talented musicians/singers) but you know, it was fun, and a great continuation of #yearofBritney and great START to #Britneyweek (I am going to see Britney Spears in Vegas on Friday !!!!!) I posted a clip to my Insta and chose the most dramatic screen grab, you're welcome.

Finally, to round out what was truly the best Halloween in recent memory, on Saturday night I went to an amazing "video game" themed party. I am dressed up as Little Mac from Mike Tyson's Punch-Out. Not my best work, but I have to say, video games are not something I am into at ALL! I did grow up watching my older brothers play Punch-Out on the original Nintendo. My friend Kyle was ALSO Little Mac (I know, what are the chances) but from Punch-Out after Nintendo lost their license to use Mike Tyson (green shorts vs. blue shorts, I did a lot of research.) I finished up the night out at a dance party with assorted friends, it was a very late and very fun night.

How did y'all celebrate Halloween this year?? I would love to hear! 

Woulda Got Away With It, Too

Monday, October 30

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I've been having a bit of a existential style crisis lately. I've really been struggling to get dressed, and constantly feel torn between the things I *want* to wear, and the things that I know will look stylish/photograph nicely for this blog. Mostly, I just want to find a way to still wear the pieces I love (--> colors) in a way that is still on trend. Any advice is much appreciated!

This outfit felt like a triumph, because I got dressed and totally felt like ME (well, me, but still cool.) I just want to wear goofy graphic tees (forever!) and shoes that don't really match my outfit, and quirky accessories, and pins that remind me of fun places/people I love.

And this is *actually* my favorite shirt. Not only is it huge and so comfy (I live it in for days at a time), I stole it from my little brother who I'm obsessed with, and, I actually really love Scooby Doo! Who wouldn't want to drive around in a hippie bus solving mysteries with their best friends? Plus I am so into theme-y/seasonal looks, and I thought this would be perfect for right now. Aren't the shadows so cool/moody looking?

And speaking of seasonal, on this afternoon, Miles bravely walked around ~the Gulch~ with me, and boy was it spooky (see: New Nashville.) I do need to go back and rescue those velvet shoes. Jinkies!

This has been the Monday-est Monday of all time, but it was also the best Halloweekend in recent memory. Feels like a fair trade-off? More on this weekend, later, maybe.

EVERYBODY have a FUN and SAFE Halloween! xox

photos by Miles Price
Sorry (not sorry) for the photo overload, Miles just crushed it. I think this is my favorite shoot we've done! 

Katie & Jon, 5.21.17

Thursday, October 26

I'm excited to finally share some photos from my friend Katie's wedding back in May (more about the wedding weekend with my own pictures, right here!)

I realized I've shared photos from every wedding I've been in on my blog, which may feel a little weird? But you know, even though I'm not the one getting married, these weddings are important days for me, too! I consider it such an honor to be a bridesmaid, and every wedding I've been in has been for a very dear friend, or sister, and really friends that feel like sisters. Also, yeah I want to brag on my beautiful friends and the photos are always amazing. Just wanted to clear that up. 

Favorite things about this wedding: uh, everything about the ranch (that California backdrop!), the bridemaid ensembles, Katie's sweet dad who I love officiating, that giant tree (!), both Katie & Jon crying through the ceremony, those bouquets (!), making the "NorCal/oldies/dance party" playlist for the reception, that Jon has his arm around ME in one of the photos below hahaha

All photo credit: Katie Photographie, who was a delight to be around, and her work, well, see for yourself! 
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photos by Katie Photographie 

I wrote more about my friendship with Katie in my brief (lol it's not) recap of the weekend back in May, but in a sentence: Katie is the kind of friend that will cry if you're crying, that will insist on taking you out to lunch the day before HER wedding, the kind of friend that will wake up early to go to the airport to send you off to college with muffins that she made.

OH- and today is actually Katie's birthday, so there is extra reason to celebrate her! Happy Birthday to my dearest darlingest Kate "Firstie" The Great.

Katie and Jon, I love you guys and I'm excited for you! Thanks for letting me be a part of your big day!

New Nashville

Wednesday, October 25

Priya the Blog, Nashville style blog, New Nashville, vintage bandana, high-waisted jeans and sweater top outfit, Nashville Tennessee skyline
Priya the Blog, Nashville style blog, New Nashville, vintage bandana, high-waisted jeans and sweater top outfit, Nashville Tennessee skylinePriya the Blog, Nashville style blog, New Nashville, vintage bandana, high-waisted jeans and sweater top outfit, Nashville Tennessee skylinePriya the Blog, Nashville style blog, New Nashville, vintage bandana, high-waisted jeans and sweater top outfit, Nashville Tennessee skylinePriya the Blog, Nashville style blog, New Nashville, vintage bandana, high-waisted jeans and sweater top outfit, Nashville Tennessee skylinePriya the Blog, Nashville style blog, New Nashville, vintage bandana, high-waisted jeans and sweater top outfit, Nashville Tennessee skyline
Priya the Blog, Nashville style blog, New Nashville, vintage bandana, high-waisted jeans and sweater top outfit, Nashville Tennessee skyline  | leather jacket: Forever 21 {similar} | bandana: vintage via Local Honey {similar} | sweater: secondhand Banana Republic {similar} | jeans: Old Navy | booties: Steven by Steve Madden via Carina {similar} | lipstick: Wet n Wild Metallic Liquid Catsuit in Harbor a Crush (I am obsessed with this!!!) |  
"New Nashville" is a term that has gotten a really bad rap. New Nashville is responsible for constant construction, pedal taverns, rap-country, bro country, TRAFFIC, & irreverent hipsters. I hear this phrase like once a week as an explanation for something, "that's New Nashville for ya", usually paired with an eye roll. 

Though it gets blamed for a lot of things that was totally the aesthetic behind this look!

I don't really consider myself New Nashville (I am decidedly not hip, cool, or Southern you guys!) and though elements of it can definitely be irritating, I hate to say it's these same things that also make Nashville a really amazing city to live in. I don't think I even mentioned that I hit my 8 year anniversary of living here this past August! I love California and always miss the Bay Area, but I'm more confident than ever that Nashville is exactly where I'm supposed to be, right now.

I actually found this kerchief during what turned out to be a very New Nashville day (and now I'll stop using the term), at still my favorite vintage shop in town, Local Honey (Belmont.) Bandanas are of course, sohotrightnow, but I was totally smitten with this one- those tiny boots! Those horseshoes! So Nashville!

I also jumped at the chance to shoot this on our pedestrian bridge downtown with Miles- a landmark, with one of the best views of the city skyline, that I run over from my office any chance I get. It's a spot that shouldn't be missed if you're in town! Also don't skip over Local Honey because I always manage to find a hidden vintage gem there.

I am absolutely out of my mind this week with activity- TONIGHT is the big volunteer haunted house that we put on a local community center every year! I have been living in that musty gym since Saturday and we are ready!! Seriously- the things that are in my brain and then instantly forgotten right now are out of control. Friday kicks off Halloweekend with our company Talent Night, someone I know is performing Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman karaoke...

On a separate but related note- anyone have a great idea for a video game themed costume? HELP

photos by Miles Price