A couple weeks ago I visited Tennessee's capital city for a quick photo shoot—make sure to check it out in Glamour's upcoming March issue!Nashville has perfected the balance between music,style,and Southern charm.After 36 hours in Music City,I was smitten.
First stop,Mexican food! Mas Tacos(732 McFerrin Ave.) used to be a mobile taco Winnebago.In 2010 the truck was converted into a proper shop in the East End and has been delighting hipsters,foodies and bands ever since.When I arrived,the place was packed with the weekday lunch crowd tucking into $3 tacos and homemade chicken soup.I ordered the quinoa/sweet potato and fried avocado tacos and fresh horchata.Holy fiesta en la boca.Mas Tacos did not let me down.
Antique,local and healthy:After lunch I grabbed a bottle ofBooch,Nashville-brewed Kombucha,atThe Green Wagon(1100 Forrest Ave.).Nearby,Wonders on Woodland (1100 Woodland St.) had great antique linens,vintage postcards,turquoise,and a very impressive Bakelite collection.I loved the Sam Spitzer word ribbon necklaces and a dreamy Karen Elson painting at Garage Mahal.If you're in the market for cowboy boots (andper MJyou should be)Goodbuy Girls(1108 Woodland St.) has an amazing vintage selection.Last stop was theTurnip Truck(970 Woodland St.),a health food store with an amazing cheese selection and snacks like Cha Cha Chia Raw Energy.
Paletas and jeans:I paid a visit toImogene and Willie(2601 12th Ave.South),the much-talked-about denim specialists housed inside an old gas station in the 12 South shopping district.They hand make,adjust,and repair their jeans in the same building.I tried on a couple styles and had a quick tailoring session with Jessica.She took measurements for shortening the hem and tapering the legs.In a few days,they would ship the custom jeans to me.In celebration of my one-stop successful jeans shop,I ducked into Las Paletas (2905 12th Ave.South) for a tamarind chili gourmet popsicle.
Beer,BBQ and Honky Tonk Heaven!For my last hurrah,I joined the photo crew and some local friends for a feast atJack's Bar-B-Que(416 Broadway),the downtown establishment on Broadway's glowing strip.This place was not for the faint of heart.Bring your appetite.Afterwards we stopped next door toRobert's Western World(416B Broadway)—theHonky Tonk in Nashville,where we caught a local band and admired the most impressive wall of deadstock boots and vintage music posters.I made it back to the historicalHermitage Hotelin time to collapse before shooting and traveling the following day.Can't wait until next time!