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Le Sel, The New Nashville Restaurant

12/13/2015

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We celebrated Taylor’s 23rd birthday at Le Sel back in November. The food, atmosphere and experience was wonderful, and I’ve gone back several times for lunch and dinner. Le Sel serves modern French cuisine with menu items like steak and frites, french onion soup and ratatouille. The interior aesthetic is incredibly hip and beautifully put together. Our friend, Ben Vandiver, was hired to design the space, and it’s so cool to see his work while eating an incredible meal.

Also, it should be noted that I’m secretly hoping to run into Taylor Swift while eating there. The restaurant is located on the first floor of The Adelicia in Nashville, the same building where Swift’s penthouse condo is.

-C

Taylor’s Tunes

07/26/2015

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It’s official: I have no more fun birthdays left. While this one gives unlimited opportunities to listen to Taylor Swift’s 22 (as if I needed a reason), it’s all boring from here on out. Luckily for me, I have plenty of exciting things happening: Valerie Cherish is finally back where she belongs, the new Taylor Swift video is perfect, and Chris brought home a slew of new cookbooks that have me searching for time in out kitchen. These all seem to be telling me that 22 will be a great year.

Here’s what I’ve been listening to this week! Enjoy!

-T

Interview | Justin Livingston

07/26/2015

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I’ve been following Justin Livingston’s blog, Scout Sixteen, for a year or so. Justin’s ability to piece together stylish outfits, without subscribing to trend, is one of my favorite things about his blog. The way he writes, however, is what drives me to his site. Justin eloquently and vulnerably shares his outlook on life, giving his blog substance beyond fashion advice. I was so inspired by Justin that I reached out to him and was able to schedule a coffee date on my last visit to New York City. I sent an email while at the airport waiting to board my flight, not expecting a response considering we didn’t know each other. To my surprise, Justin graciously set aside some time to sit down with me and talk about blogging, Scout Sixteen, and how his blog came to be.

I know that you grew up in Mississippi, can you tell me a little about growing up in the south and some of the lessons you learned that formed you into the person you are today?

Growing up in the south falls somewhere between a hardship and a blessing in my life. I have the most wonderful family and amazing friends but my environment didn’t foster the wild type of creativity that was growing inside of me. It wasn’t until after I left that I realized how impactful the south was on me. I learned the importance of chasing dreams, paving your own path, and the necessity of being a good person – all of which aid me on a daily basis running Scout Sixteen.

You have a very original sense of style, did anyone influence you growing up?

My style is one of the few constants in my life. There wasn’t one particular person who influenced my style but I found inspiration in the people who passed through my life over the years.

At what age did you move to NY and what inspired you to start Scout Sixteen?

At nineteen, I moved to New York City on a whim. There weren’t many ties binding me to Mississippi; I desperately needed a change of scenery. It wasn’t until much later (close to 6 years) that I started Scout Sixteen. It was a project I undertook because my full-time job was lacking the creativity it once provided. My blog ended up becoming something I never knew I wanted to do – it was the perfect way to interact with and engage a community of like-minded readers!

Since starting Scout Sixteen, how has your style and creativity changed? What have you learned along the way?

Surprisingly, my style hasn’t changed all that much since I’ve started Scout Sixteen. It’s like my style went through puberty; it’s still the same base layers but they’ve just been graduated a bit. I will say – I have infused some urban influences (via New York City) over the years that weren’t directly part of my rural upbringing.

You’ve been able to collaborate with a ton of respected brands. What has been your favorite collaboration thus far?

There have been so many fun projects over the last two years that I couldn’t pick just one, but I do love working with brands that understand my aesthetic and proactively look for ways to work with me.

What has been your most humbling moment since starting Scout Sixteen?

The most humbling part of building Scout Sixteen from the ground up has been giving myself (and many others) a platform to express themselves, communicate their interests, and connect with like-minded creators. I love being able to meet my readers in person and hear their stories.

What is your must-have items for fall?

My ultimate fall must-have is without a doubt a fur-collared trench coat. I saw one recently from Sandro Paris and fell in lust with it.

Photos courtesy of: Scout Sixteen

-C

Internet Musings

07/26/2015

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Happy Halloween! I started my day with a flat tire and a few near death moments on the side of the Interstate this morning on my way to work. I’ve never had a flat tire nor have I ever learned to change one. I was a man with no where to turn. Thank God for AAA.

I’m so ready for a night in with my Dude, some old movies, chili, and catching up on American Horror Story. I hope you had a fantastic day and a great Halloween night! Here are some of my favorite links from the week…

Bette Midler covers TLC’s Waterfalls. I’m in.

Ever wonder how to care for your leather shoes? This will guide you.

Highly successful people do these things on the weekend.

Obviously Taylor Swift’s 1989 came out on Monday and I’ve been listening nonstop. Here’s my favorite review.

Christmas Day I’m dragging my family to see this movie.

Loved this article about the importance of a mentor and how you can learn from every boss you have.

Adobe is doing some rad app things!

The guys at GQ talk about the denim they wear most.

I have an obsession with secret menu items. Here’s one from Chipotle.

Really loved this article about what every stylish person should have in their home.

-C