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The summer has flown by, but we aren’t ready to pull our coats and scarves out of storage just yet. We’ve almost made it through the worst of the hot, sticky temperatures (we hope) and are ready to celebrate with some fun, classically Nashville events. From rich foods and spirit tastings at the Factory at Franklin to live music at the historic Cheekwood gardens to an appreciation of the arts and Old Hollywood style at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, you won’t be bored in August.

Our style suggestions today come from some of our favorite high-end consignment stores, making each piece featured an exclusive. If you see something you know you can’t live without (we don’t blame you if you do!), hurry and get it ASAP! If it’s gone, don’t worry — these shops have dozens of pieces that are perfect for these three events. Check out our selections from Flip, Designer Finds and The Private Label, each modeled at the Frist by Nashville artist Vadis Turner.

Our model, Nashville-born artist Vadis Turner, poses in and around The Frist, including beside her exhibition, Tempest, which is on display through September 10, 2017. Highlighting the various phases a woman faces in life through a mixed media lens, this feminist collection is unlike anything we’ve seen and is definitely worth checking out!

The Event: Southern Whiskey Society

  • Saturday, August 5, 2017
  • Made South hosts an evening of award-winning whiskeys and great Southern eats to go along with them.
  • Tickets start at $57.
  • For more information and tickets, click here.

Made South hosts their first Southern Whiskey Society event at The Factory at Franklin. In addition to tastings from 30 Southern whiskey makers and bites from nine award-winning Southern chefs, the event includes fun activities such as custom boot fittings by Peter Nappi, a live podcast recording with The PodCask, a pop-up cigar lounge with Battleground SouthTesla 0-60 LAUNCH experience and so much more.

What to wear: We love when summer events take place indoors, providing an opportunity to have fun with our ensembles and worry less about unsightly sweat stains showing up where we want them least. We’ve put together two comfortable and cute outfits that will allow you to experience all that the Southern Whiskey Society has to offer.

Look #1: 

From Flip: Yigal Azrouel floral dress, $98.98; Chan Luu necklace, $48.98

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: We love a good maxi dress for the summer, especially a floral one!

Look #2:

From Designer Finds: Striped Banana Republic button down, $18; polka-dot Akris trousers, $49.60; wooden beaded necklace, $24

Mixing and matching patterns and textures gives you so many more outfit options in your wardrobe.

The Event: An Art Deco Affair at the Frist

  • Saturday, August 12, 2017
  • The Frist celebrates art and Old Hollywood.
  • Tickets are $65.
  • For more information and tickets, click here.

The Frist celebrates the Golden Age of Glamour with a night of art, light bites provided by Morph Hospitality Group, cocktails, and music by DJ AyDamn. Exclusive talks on the current exhibitions (including our model’s own Tempest) are on the agenda for the evening — perfect for learning all about the art the Frist offers. All proceeds from the event support the ongoing care of the Frist Center’s historic Art Deco building, one of Nashville’s greatest architectural landmarks.

What to wear: If you’ve been waiting for the opportunity to splurge on that statement piece and get glitzy and glam for a night, now is your chance. The 1930s were the Golden Age of Hollywood and any fashion enthusiast’s dream. Think sequins, bias-cut silk dresses, pearls and an attention to detail. These glamorous looks we’ve selected are sure to turn heads and let you channel your inner Jean Harlow.

Look #1:

From Flip: Adrianna Papell sequin gown, $88.98; silver earrings, $9.98

The way these sequins capture the light is simply dreamy.

Look #2:

From Designer Finds: Green silk gown, $15.50; silver tassel necklace, $28

Vadis poses in her exhibit, Tempest, now at the Frist. Accessorize the look with a Marchesa snakeskin clutch, also from Designer Finds, for $200.

This metallic snakeskin Marchesa clutch is the perfect size evening bag. Phone, keys, wallet … check!

Look #3: 

From The Private Label: Carolina Herrera red top, $280; St. John floral skirt, $465; Chanel pearl strands, $1,470

Every woman needs a sweeping floor-length skirt to descend a grand staircase. This is your princess moment, ladies.

The Event: Cheekwood’s Songwriters Under the Stars

  • August 25 & 26, 2017 
  • Hit-makers perform their hits live on the Swan Lawn. 
  • Tickets are $50.
  • For more information and tickets, click here

For two nights, the Cheekwood Swan Lawn hosts the best and brightest songwriters from “Music City Hit-Makers.” Backed by the Music City Symphony, songwriters behind some of our favorite hits perform such numbers on one of Cheekwood’s breathtaking lawns.

What to wear: Just because the sun goes down doesn’t mean the humidity takes a break. While the views at Cheekwood are picturesque, we don’t want our time on the grounds to be spoiled by the heat. We’ve pulled together some breezy looks that will ensure you are comfortable on your blanket or in your lawn chair. Remember, a great way to jazz up a warm-weather outfit is with accessories.

Look #1:

From Flip: Tibi printed maxi dress, $88.98

Maxi dresses are a go-to for outdoor concerts. They are breezy and comfortable while providing some modesty should you choose to sit down on a lawn blanket.

Look #2:

From: Designer Finds: Rag & Bone denim shorts, $18; Theory white button down, $49.60; clear bangle, $6; red bangles, $12 each

Jewelry is our favorite way to add that extra umph to a seemingly simple outfit. We paired bold bangles with Omi beaded stacks to personalize a simple look.

Look #3: 

From The Private Label: White 3.1 Phillip Lim shirtdress, $88

The white shirtdress never goes out of style. This one from The Private Label offers an updated take on the classic look and is flattering on anyone.

Behind the Scenes

Special thanks to Vadis for being our model, Emily May from The Cosmetic Market for the makeup artistry, The Frist for the gorgeous location, our summer intern Alexandra Martin for styling, and always a big thanks to Leila Grossman of Grannis Photography for the beautiful photos!

Emily May from Cosmetic Market added a little color to Vadie!

Emily May from The Cosmetic Market added a little color to Vadis!

How pretty are these colors?!

How pretty are these colors?!

Making sure everything is styled just so!

Stylist Alexandra Martin ensures everything is styled just so!

Stunning smile + a soft glow

Stunning smile + a soft glow = sheer beauty!

About the Artist

Nashville-born artist Vadis Turner transforms commonplace materials associated with women, such as ribbons and bedding, into bold, textured assemblages that assert the value of female experiences, especially rites of passage. She is also interested in challenging conventional gender roles or, as the artist states, revealing “the underbelly of the female archetype.” Her current exhibition at the Frist, Tempest, presents objects surrounding three potential phases of a woman’s life — the young Wild Woman, the Mother and the Elder — along with a corresponding disturbance or agitation: a powerful storm, scorched emptiness and the gradual silencing of voice. Learn more about Vadis and her work here!


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