NashVegas, Part 1

{Behind the scenes for Nashville Music Minute}

I mentioned in my last update that I was spending a week in Vegas for the Academy of Country Music Awards. For those wondering, I was assisting a friend who was there to interview for Nashville Music Minute at the various events surrounding the awards. And although 7 days in Sin City is about 4 days too long, the entire experience was all together rewarding, chaotic and an absolute blast. In a city (and an industry) where so much happens unexpectedly, I was forced to learn how to go with the flow and break away from my trusty itinerary. Sometimes sleep came at 3:00 in the afternoon instead of 3:00 in the morning and I must’ve walked 5 miles in the highest of heels skipping from one hotel to another. However, at the end of it all I ended up meeting some fantastic people and had some pretty unforgettable experiences that I’ll share more of in tomorrow’s post.

{Jacket, cuff and necklace: H&M, Watch: Michael Kors}

{Filming during the Laura Bell Bundy concert}

{Red carpet at Big Machine’s “Outnumber Hunger” event}

{Jake Owen after his NMM interview}

{Big Machine artists at the Outnumber Hunger event including The Band Perry, Eden’s Edge, Martina McBride, Thomas Rhett, Rascal Flatts, Eli Young Band and Justin Moore}

Bits of Happiness

Bright color accents for spring~ Necklace: Versona, Nails: Essie ‘Mint Candy Apple’

This week I saw The Hunger Games. I have photos to prove that other stuff happened too, but that was pretty much the highlight. That might actually be pretty sad considering this post is coming to you from Las Vegas where I’ll be knee-deep in projects for the ACM Awards all weekend. That’s pretty exciting too… but all I can do is think about how closely Vegas must resemble the Capitol, complete with elaborate productions, zany outfits, and crazed fans swarming the streets. Have you all seen it? What were your thoughts? I’m a huge fan of the books and was, for once, pleased with the movie outcome.

Hunger Games aside, here are a few fun photographs from the week.

Jeni’s Spendid Ice Cream in Brambleberry

Sightseeing at The Parthenon in Centennial Park

Best of both worlds breakfast: Healthy green smoothie + no-bake oatmeal cookies

A particularly insightful fortune I’ve held onto since my first week in Nashville

Two Old Hippies

The storefront that’s hard to miss.

One of my favorite things about Nashville is the abundance of interesting, local restaurants and shops that have a uniqueness and charm you just can’t get from a chain. I first walked into Two Old Hippies when a friend of mine worked there and immediately fell in love. It’s stocked with intricate jewelry, fun novelty items, pretty art, vintage-inspired clothing, and has become my go-to spot for a little creative inspiration. My favorite elements of the store include walls lined with rock n’ roll memorabilia, “The Vault” which is a private guitar room, and a 60s-inspired Volkswagen bus right in the middle of the floor. Fun fact: drop by on a Sunday to catch the open mic sessions for kids in the afternoon!

Because everyone needs a chair that could potentially be found in Ozzy Osborne’s home.

The Vault.

An assortment of coffee table books for the living room.

A bus fit for the Magical Mystery Tour.

I loved the elephant more than the jewelry.

Rock N’ Roll Memorabilia: The Rolling Stones.