It seems like we blinked and February happened. Indeed, a new month is here, spring is finally coming, and it’s time to figure out what to wear to some of Nashville’s most notable events. Though the weather is still unpredictable in March, the month’s exciting calendar is always reliable. Between The Bloody Mary Festival, Frist Fridays and MAD Bash, we’ll be dressing for events involving the whole family, the outdoors, the wonderful world of science and, of course, brunch.
There’s no way to prep for a new month of shopping in Nashville like gathering an expert crew to help. We enlisted our trusted friend and fashionista Cynthia Kelley to create some seasonal and stylish looks with pieces from Hemline, ABLE and Stacey Rhodes Boutique. We were so excited to have some more lovely friends — MacKinnon Morrissey, Tracy Smith and Margaret Thompson — serve as our models for the shoot, while the talented Leslie Moore of Private Edition created striking makeup looks to fit each occasion. In the midst of awards season, it felt extremely fitting to head to the opulent Sinema, housed in the historic Melrose Theatre, for the photoshoot. The Old Hollywood-inspired design and wall decor featuring some of the biggest stars had us feeling appropriately glam. We weren’t exactly dressing for the red carpet, but this scene, these ladies and these events are making March look exceptionally bright!
The Event: The Bloody Mary Festival
- March 9, 2019
- Casual attire
- Track One
- Noon to 3:30 p.m.
- Tickets start at $45. Get yours here.
If you’ve ever longed for your chance to truly identify the best of the best in Nashville Bloody Marys, this is your chance. Put your brunch libation expertise to the test as you enjoy all the glory of The Bloody Mary Festival on March 9. Your ticket purchase includes an entire afternoon of local Bloody Mary samples, tasty bites from your favorite local spots, fun games and more. The festival benefits Fannie Battle‘s efforts to provide high-quality childcare for at-risk children in Nashville. Prepare to walk away with a breadth of Bloody Mary knowledge!
What to Wear: We like to think of The Bloody Mary Festival as brunch … with a little extra lift. We love any chance to wear a comfortable graphic tee or cozy top. Pair either one with a light jacket or blazer to dress up the look. Don’t be afraid to whip out the white jeans, but we will advise you to deeply consider your tendency for spills before you do. Above all, opt for casual and comfortable because the afternoon will surely be a busy one!
The Event: Frist Friday: Across the Pond
- March 29, 2019
- Casual attire
- Frist Art Museum
- 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Admission is free for members and those under the age of 18. General admission is $20 for not-yet-members and $15 for college students. Tickets can be purchased in advance starting March 5. Get yours here.
You might think you know “when” and “where” details from the name, but the treat that is Frist Friday boasts even more than just an evening at the beloved art museum. For the March edition of the monthly event, themed “Across the Pond,” head to the Frist to experience incredible and interactive art from the exhibitions A Sporting Vision: The Paul Mellon Collection of British Sporting Art and Van Gogh, Monet, Degas and Their Times: The Mellon Collection of French Art. Catch a number of live performances, hear gallery talks, check out the mini-tours and enjoy bites and brews from a number of local vendors. Mark your calendar and don’t miss Frist Friday this March!
What to Wear: Whether you’re gathering your whole clan or heading out for date night, Frist Friday presents an opportunity for a variety of wardrobe choices. We love any event that gives us an excuse to wear a great pair of jeans, and this is the perfect opportunity to spice them up with a springy blouse or fun pair of shoes (maybe even peep those open toes for the first time this season). For casual yet stylish comfort, go for a jumpsuit that can be dressed up with heels or down with a great pair of kicks. We’re also loving the way these looks can transition well with Nashville’s fickle weather!
The Event: MAD Bash
- March 30, 2019
- Snappy casual attire
- Adventure Science Center
- 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
- Tickets start at $100. Get yours here.
Flash back to your favorite days of learning and experimenting in science class when you head to MAD Bash! The Adventure Science Center’s annual fundraiser returns on March 30 for an evening to engage and interact with the exhibits as you enjoy delicious bites and a wide selection of brews and crafts. Explore, learn, hit the dance floor and enjoy the Adventure Science Center like you never have before!
What to Wear: “Snappy casual” presents a number of routes for your MAD Bash wardrobe. With the hopes that March 20 will bring true spring weather, we love the idea of breaking out your first romper of the season with a fun leather jacket or some brighter colors and patterns that you haven’t seen in a while. If the temperature is lower than preferred, opt for a midi dress that can keep your legs covered while also satisfying some of the spring dress earnings!
Take a look behind the scenes …
A huge thank you to:
- Tracy Smith, MacKinnon Morrissey and Margaret Thompson for modeling
- Stylist Cynthia Kelley for all of the gorgeous looks
- Private Edition for expert makeup work
- Beautiful clothes from Stacey Rhodes Boutique, ABLE and Hemline
- The hospitable team at Sinema for hosting us and providing such a fun setting for the photoshoot
- Leila Grossman of Grannis Photography for her amazing images