Okay, here’s the deal: summer is OVER. The calendar may still have three weeks of summer left, but once school is back in and Labor Day weekend descends, it’s time to put the flip flops up and realize that tomorrow is Christmas. Not really, but kinda. The fast and furious race to the end of the year is about to begin.
September kicks off the season of plenty for non-profit events, parties, luncheons, school meetings, art shows, concerts and more. We’ve picked 5 events for September and paired them with a boutique in town so that you don’t have the excuse to say “no” simply based on paralysis by outfit. We all know that feeling, “I have no idea what to wear, so I’m not going.” That excuse is no longer valid!
First Saturday Art Crawl, September 7th
The first Saturday of every month, downtown art galleries along Fifth Avenue of the Arts and in The Arcade stay open late for this popular event which attracts over 1000 people. Admission is free and most galleries offer free wine and/or other refreshments. “Presenting local and world-renowned artists and artwork, the galleries offer rare opportunities to view diverse exhibitions featuring every genre of art.” — Nashville Downtown Partnership. This is really such a fun way to embrace our local arts community and walk around downtown! Invite some friends and then make reservations for dinner and really take advantage of our wonderful city! www.nashvilledowntown.com
What to Wear: Let your fun, flirty and fabulous side out as we are talking art! But, wear shoes that you can walk in, as you want to be able to walk from your car to the event and walk around to each gallery. And, you might be walking a few blocks to dinner! We picked these outfits from Stacey Rhodes Boutique.
Suzy Morrison styled these looks for us:
Girl Scout 2013 Luncheon: September 10th, 11:30 a.m.
We are all about loving on the Girl Scouts, as they have been promoting strong, independent girls who are leaders for 101 years! This year, the Girls Scouts of Middle Tennessee is welcoming the amazing Laurie Ann Goldman as their speaker, and she is truly not to be missed. As CEO of Spanx, and one of our favorite FACES of the South EVER, she is inspiring, making this the perfect marriage of event and speaker. Plus, the luncheon is taking place at the new Music City Center ensuring yet another reason to go. Tickets are still available! Click here.
What to Wear:
Once upon a time a luncheon required, hands down, a suit. No longer. Wear a polished dress and you will be perfectly appropriate. Now that The Cotton Mill has closed (a moment please … ) we were struggling to find a Green Hills boutique to buy a DVF dress (lucky Historic Franklin gals have had Emmaline to rely on this whole time!). Gus Mayer came to the rescue, as they now carry a large selection of DVF, and these dresses have staying power and prove to be worth the investment. Have you been into Gus Mayer lately to see all the new contemporary brands they are carrying?! www.gusmayer.com
Each DVF dress featured has some ruching or pleats that make it extra flattering.
Stylist for these looks: Liza Graves, me, writer of today’s post!
Chic Awearness: September 18th, 6 p.m.
This is an inaugural event to raise
awareness, er, aWEARness, for ovarian cancer. All proceeds will benefit Gilda’s Club and this promises to be fun and informative — plus yours truly will be emceeing the event! Join us all as we mingle and celebrate life, learn the quiet signs of ovarian cancer (yes, there are some) and are entertained by the Fall 2013 trends showcased in a fashion show, compliments of Levy’s. All this is happening at Elan Hair & Skin in Green Hills. For ticket information, click here.
What to Wear:
Think of this event as a fancy Girls’ Night Out. Step it up a notch and have fun. But, don’t be stuffy. If you wear jeans, just throw on a fun top and come on! This is a first year event, so really, anything goes, right?! All looks here were found at Levy’s. www.levysclothes.com
Stylist for these looks from Levy’s: Suzy Morrison
Full Moon Pickin’ Party, September 20, 2013 7-11 p.m.
From May-October, under the full moon, people gather at Percy Warner Park Equestrian Center for this laid back, family friendly event where you experience some serious Blue Grass magic. All proceeds directly benefit Warner Parks. Come listen to the jam circles and main acts. Tickets include beverages (and up to 4 beers!) and youth tickets are available as well. Food may be purchased on site or brought. For event details, please see: www.friendsofwarnerparks.com
And, speaking of Warner Parks, did you see that Fromer’s recently chose the Mossy Ridge Trail at the Percy Warner as one of the Top 7 hikes in the USA? Yep, Nashville rocks. www.fodors.com
What to Wear:
This is a super casual event. We’re talking shorts, boots, jeans, etc. You are sitting on a blanket after all! The Kayce Hughes Fall 2013 Collection brings a plethora of options for Nashville’s fall events, including the Full Moon Pickin’ Party. With jeans, casual dresses and lots of plaid, a stop by this Nashville boutique will have you perfectly set for fall. kaycehughes.com
Stylist for these looks from Kayce Hughes: Suzy Morrison
Music City Eats, September 21-22nd
With all that is going on in Nashville, perhaps you missed this AMAZING event. This is the total experience weekend. We’re talking amazing food, demo’s, music and more. And, by amazing food we mean from the likes of Giada de Laurentiis (I didn’t know she had a last name either), Johnathan Waxman, Aaron Sanchez, Trisha Yearwood, and many more including some of SB’s very favorite local chefs who really do have national buzz. For a full list of chefs, and a listing of events, click here.
What to Wear
My only suggestion is polished comfort and perhaps something that won’t show a spill when you are standing and eating. Remember, you will be surrounded by other, far less careful people, who are standing, eating and bumping into you. While I want to advocate jeans and a tee, the problem is that unless they are pajama jeans (please don’t) you may want more room to expand. Truly, you want to eat with reckless abandon and it’s not like you are on vacation, walking for miles between each meal. You will be taking precious few steps but enjoying Nashville in a way you never have before. Don’t take my words as the green light for yoga pants either. The two day pass is $275 and the all-in pass is $500 — that’s per person. So, bring some game in your clothes and show that you there to eat, drink, and have your photo taken!
Stylist for this event: Me, Liza Graves. And, as there are so many people coming in town for this event, I have chosen to do a Polyvore collage as we are already getting emails about this and now I can send everyone today’s link!
Additional September Events:
For additional September events, including Sunset Safari, Chukkers for Charity and Music and Masterpieces for Thisbe and Noah Scott Foundation, please see our post from last year. While the dates have changed, the overview of the events and suggestions of what to wear are still on point! For what to wear, click here.
- Chukkers for Charity: September 7, 2013. For information, click here.
- Sunset Safari: September 5, 2013. For information, click here.
- Music and Masterpieces for Thisbe and Noah Scott Foundation: September 28, 2013. For more info: click here.
Special thanks to Suzy Morrison for styling so many of today’s looks!
As a wardrobe consultant and personal shopper, I work one-on-one with my clients to help them build and maintain a personal style that fits their body type, budget, and lifestyle. I work with women, men, and teen clients, from new moms looking to find a post-baby look, to professionals hoping to advance their corporate image, to women struggling to find appropriate yet fashion-forward clothing in … the ever-changing world of style.
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