Monday, November 11, 2013

Nashville Tourist

{ What I Wore: cobalt dress c/o Onze Boutique // DaisyGem necklace // boutique belt (love this one!) // Paige Denim jacket* // ShoeMint heels // TheIt bag camera purse }
* gifted in the Southern Blog Society brunch swag bag
When people ask me the age old question - "so why did YOU start blogging?" - my pre-packaged answer is always about wanting a creative outlet, a place to let my girlie, fashion obsessed side run free during the hours after my day job as a scientist. Well, I'm changing my mind (as BritBrit once said, that's my prerogative!)

Now, the thing that keeps my blogging mojo going? It's all about the connections I have made. The women that I never would have met otherwise but have nonetheless become my blogging friends, collaborators, and downright soul sisters. Pretty crazy when you think about it. 

Because I don't already have enough on my plate, I dreamed up (with the other Jessica, who sadly left Nashville this Fall) a community of bloggers for Nashville. BlogNashville was born this Summer & I can't believe how far this little dream has come.

Yesterday 14 Nashville bloggers & I hopped on the GrayLine Trolley Tour** & got to see behind the scenes in our own backyard. Exploring such landmarks as The Ryman Auditorium, Broadway Ave. & The Country Music Hall of Fame. We giggled, took way too many pictures, strengthened our bonds on the other side of the computer screen, & shared duck fat tater tots. The perfect day I tell you!

Thankful for the friendships that I am forming with these lovely local ladies: Perfectly Priya // Oh So Pretty // Fringe & Lace // Stilettoed to Steeltoed // My Scuttle // Ellen Loves // J's Southern Chic // Love This Life // My Post Grad Life // Gin & Tonic // Not Quite Grownup Guide // Three Sweet Peas // Zipporah Photography

This is just a sneak peek of our adventures & I can't wait to share the fab pictures that my talented photographer friend Zipporah took throughout the day too!


Wether you are a local or a Nashville tourist, I definitely recommend the Gray Line Hop on & off trolley tour along with their other top notch tours like the Unpublished Nashville Walking TourConnect with the Gray Line Tour group on Facebook & Twitter.

Have you gotten out & acted like a tourist in your town lately? 
Any away from the computer blogger connections? 

**Gray Line tours provided us this experience free of charge, but all opinions & reviews are my own. I would never share anything with you that didn't meet my high standards.

35 comments:

  1. I love cobalt blue and your outfit is so beautiful. This dress looks fantastic on you and I love how you style it with a denim jacket and gorgeous black pumps. The bloggers event must have been really amazing.
    Have a great week!

    http://thefashioness.com/

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  2. You look adorable, Jessica! I love how the belt toughens up the dress a bit–great combo!

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  3. I love that belt and your gorgeous heels! Sounds like you had a really great weekend connecting with fellow bloggers!

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  4. Isn't it crazy this blogging thing? You look so pretty and girly... Love the dress and those shoes.

    Inspiration Monday Link Up @ happymedley.blogspot.com

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  5. How fun is this???? I wish there were more style bloggers/bloggers in general in Austin that got together like this. And um, that belt...I haven't seen anything like it...LOVE IT!!!!

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  6. What a fun event! I have only been to one KC blogger event and it was pretty great. It's fun to meet people around you that understand the blogging world.


    Now, that cobalt on you is just adorable! You totally nailed the soft/hard look with that belt too!


    www.theadoredlife.com

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  7. Love love this dress and totally wishing that we'd have some sort of blogging event get together in NY!


    www.asequinloveaffair.com

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  8. I'm such a tourist here. The hubs and I are always walking around places that are old hat for most locals. Speaking of which, if you've never seen the Gaylord Hotel by Opry Mills when it's all lit up for Christmas, you soooo have to check it out! I think it will be all decked out after the 15th. It's gorgeous!

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  9. Ummm I kind of love this post - I feel same with the "why do you blog" question! I wish I lived in Nashville so I could hang with all you lovely ladies for BlogNashville stuff! So much fun! P.S. obsessed with that belt!

    xx
    Katie

    www.pearlsandtwirls.net

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  10. You look so cute and I love that gorgeous necklace! Looks like you had a great time!

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  11. How fun are blogger friends?! I love the little (okay, huge) community that blogging has creating and I'm seriously hoping to find some like-minded girls close to our new home in Huntsville, Alabama. How would I even go about doing that?!

    xoxo,
    Chelsea & The City

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  12. I spy myself being a total dork not once, but twice in this post! Yesterday was such a fun day, I LOVED the tour and getting to meet some local bloggers!! Ready for our next BlogNashville event! Thank you for setting that all up Jessica.

    Oh p.s. you look fab, obvi

    perfectly priya

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  13. How fun to go sight seeing in your own city! I really need to do that sometime. Love the blue dress...looks like a Madewell one I lusted after for a while!



    PS...I believe it was Bobby Brown's prerogative before Britney's ;-)

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  14. This cobalt dress is gorgeous on you, Jessica! And what a fun event - looks like you had a wonderful time. =)

    http://www.avecamber.blogspot.com
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    I hope you have a great week!

    Amber

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  15. I'm loving everything cobalt this fall! This dress is adorable and I'm loving that bag.

    <3 Vicki
    wildeinthecity.blogspot.com

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  16. Thank you for your sweet words! This is one of those dresses that is way more comfortable than it should be, especially considering how cute it is!
    xx

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  17. Thanks dear! The moment I saw SJP wearing this belt in the Sex and the City movie I new it had to be mine!
    xx

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  18. Thanks lady! I've gotta say, I walked many blocks in these heels on Sunday, and they are so comfortable!
    xx

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  19. Super crazy, and I love it! Thanks lady :)
    xx

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  20. What!? You have got to make this happen in Austin, blogger meet ups are so fun! We don't have to explain what blogging is to each other, awkwardly justify the fact that we take photos of ourselves for fun, or why we need 5 minutes to Instagram our food before we eat it ;)
    xx

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  21. They are wonderful - but as I said in my ShoeMint review, order a half size up... and then they are perfection!
    xx

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  22. Thanks lady - that's what I was going for ;)
    And yes, so happy with all of the bloggers I have connected with online & off!
    xx

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  23. I said that for years about Nashville, then I started one... totally worth it!
    xx

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  24. Ooh I love the Gaylord at Christmas time. My parents will be here this weekend, thanks for reminding me that we totally need to do that!
    xx

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  25. Thank you lady, I must say, I don't think I have giggled that much in a lonnnng time!
    xx

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  26. Um, I don't think you mean dork, I think you mean totally & completely ADORABLE!
    xx

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  27. So much fun! I have you on the newsletter list so you will know about the next event as soon as I plan it!
    xx

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  28. Ooh I always like learning that I scored something that is a look-a-like for less - thanks for letting me know!
    xx

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  29. Thank you lady! The dress is made of a thick t-shirty cotton, so it is totally comfortable too!
    xx

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  30. Thank you so much! I owe everyone a review of this bag soon, it is my camera bag & I'm in LOVE with it!
    xx

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  31. That looks like so much fun!! I think it's great you guys were able to organize such a fun day to meet and socialize with other bloggers!

    That dress looks fantastic on you lady!
    Lauren
    Exploring My Style

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  32. Sounds like such a fun excursion! And I totally agree, the networking and friendship opportunities that have opened up from blogging are definitely the thing that keeps me going :)

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  33. I started by just knowing that I had a blog in Nashville and that I wanted to find other bloggers in town. I met one really sweet blogger, Jessica of Dahlia Lynn Lane & we went from there. I now have a list of over 45 local bloggers, and it grows weekly. Ask your Twitter followers if they know anyone in Huntsville… And if we ever have a super fabulous, blow out event for BlogNashville, I officially give you permission to invite yourself to come along :) We are only 2 hours apart after all! Oh - just thought of this… are you a member of the Southern Blog Society?
    http://southernblogsociety.com/members/alabama/
    xx

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