Little Cottonwood Canyon

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Fine and Feathered Blog

All photos by Ashley Jensen

We got back from Utah a week or two ago and I am still reeling over the magic of it all. We went out for an event my husband was part of and stayed an extra couple days to hike and see the sights, and it turned out to be one of my favorite trips we've taken.

It just so happens the lovely Ashley Jensen moved out to Salt Lake City just a few weeks before and she already had me so excited, just from seeing her incredible photos. So of course I couldn't resist when she invited me to go with her on a little sunset drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Not only was watching the sunset from the top of the mountain incredible in and of itself, but the drive back down was equally as magic getting to see the lights of Salt Lake City appear like little stars between the peaks. As the sun set we snapped a few photos of each other, and I really love having these pictures as a reminder of the entire trip.

So here's a big life tip for you - always say yes to a sunset drive up the mountains. I promise you, it's absolutely worth it.

Field Day

Fine and Feathered - Summer Style
Fine and Feathered - Summer Style
Fine and Feathered - Summer Outfit Style

This top has been playing on repeat in my closet majorly this summer.

It's the perfect mix of cool (as in super lightweight so I'm not sweating too bad), and comfy. I also love being able to throw it on with shorts and not feel like a total bum.

The backpack though is still my favorite addition this summer. I honestly don't know how I got along without a cute, easy backpack, especially for traveling. It perfectly fits my little crossbody, a waterbottle, and a book, so it's perfect for flying, and I even took it on a short hike!

Target Top // Similar
UO Shorts // Similar
Madewell Backpack // Same
Target Hat // Similar
Nine West Boots // Similar

Heating Up

Summer High Rise Shorts Style
Summer High Rise Shorts Style
Summer High Rise Shorts Style

Urban Outfitters Top + Shorts // Nine West Boots

I'm all about that simple summer dressing. Even though I love skirts and dresses, I'm a basics girl at heart, so shorts are my every-day wear. It's easy to get stuck in a rut of just throwing on cut-off and tanks (especially since we've been working on the house a lot), so I love to mix things up with high rise shorts paired with lightweight button-downs or a fun off-the-shoulder top, swapping out sandals for booties, and as always, a bandana is my favorite way to add a little pop of color.

It's a nice and easy look when I actually clean myself up once or twice a week:)

Summer High Rise Shorts Style

72 Hours in Nashville

Nashville TN Guide

This past year I've traveled more than I have in my entire life. It's been mostly just little trips here and there, but I am loving it. For those of you who don't know, my husband travels for work. Some years he's traveled a lot, and other years not so much, but this year he's been gone almost non-stop, and I've been lucky enough to get to visit him on some of his trips!

We've been wanting to visit Nashville together for a while now, and had even planned to go for my birthday, but had to change plans when he had to go away for work again. So when he found out he would be spending time in Nashville for work, we figured it was the perfect oppotunity for me to pop down at the tail end of his trip and spend a little time seeing him and the city!

Imogene + Willie

I flew down on the 4th of July and we got a chance to see the downtown completely blocked off from cars, and the streets filled with people, food trucks, and live music. It was definitely a great first experience in the city! The second day, after he was done work, we drove a little south of the city and spent the afternoon in the town of Franklin, which is adorable - definitely worth checking out if you have the time. My husband had to work most of the last day, but I took advantage of a beautiful morning and met a friend at Barista Parlor, and then Uber'd down to the Twelve South neighborhood and did some shopping and eating on my own. I actually enjoy a little alone time in new cities to just wander shops and neighborhoods and really get a feel for everything, and Twelve South was really great for wandering!

Being from the north-east with our big, mostly walk-able cities, one thing to note if you go to Nashville is that it's not really a "walking city". Yes you can walk the downtown neighborhood, but if you plan to do any of the other neighborhoods, you'll definitely need to drive or grab an Uber to get there.

Five Daughters Bakery Nashville
Barista Parlor Nashville
Bradley's Curbside Creamery Nashville

EAT

FIVE DAUGHTER'S BAKERY - Officially my favorite Nashville stop. I've been following them on IG for a long time, just waiting for the day to come that I could try their 100 layer doughnuts, and they did not disappoint. They have a location in the 12 South neighborhood, as well as one in an adorable old factory in Franklin, TN!

BARISTA PARLOR - One of those super-hyped coffee spots that I wondered whether it was just a good Instagram spot, or whether they were really worth it. I'm glad to say they are totally worth the stop. They have a couple locations around the city and I spent the morning catching up with a friend at the Golden Sound one. Not only is it beautiful, but the coffee and food are fantastic.

FROTHY MONKEY - A great spot to stop and grab a salad and more coffee after a couple hours wandering Twelve South!

BRADLEY'S CURBSIDE CREAMERY - We were lucky enough to try out this awesome little ice cream truck while they were parked downtown for the 4th. I don't think they have any definite locations, but if you can hunt them down while you're in the city they are definitely worth it!

THE STILLERY - A great place if you're looking for a spot to eat downtown and aren't feeling the honky-tonk bars. We happened to wander in here when looking for somewhere to eat on the 4th and ended up absolutely loving it! Definitely get the baked cheese if you go!

Imogene + Willie Nashville

SHOP

IMOGENE + WILLIE - This is one of those places I've been dying to check out for years. Yes, they are way out of my price range to actually buy anything, but it's one of those places that's so unique and cute that it's worth stopping in just to see (major bonus - they had a puppy sleeping on the floor when I visited!). They also have the Amelia's Flower Truck that parks right out front if you fancy treating yourself to a cute little bouquet!

WHITE'S MERCANTILE - White's is another shop that has locations in both Twelve South and Franklin, and both are worth wandering through. They have a well curated collection of men's, women's, kid's, and home-wares, and both stores are incredibly well merchandised.

CRAFT SOUTH - If you like sewing, knitting, or anything else crafty, make sure to pop in here. It's not a huge store but they are so cute and have a great selection. I even took a yard of fabric home, 'cause I just couldn't resist!

White's Merchantile Nashville

Of course, with only a few short days in the city I didn't get to hit all of the spots I would have loved, like Pinewood Social, Crema, Bookman/Bookwoman, and Proper Bagel! Are there any other places I need to add to my list for the next time? I'm completely smitten and can't wait to go back!