Earlier this month, I flew to Nashville, Tennessee for a conference where I was presenting a talk on why tech conferences can suck for women. It was a fun experience and a very welcome break from the Montreal temperatures that were quickly dropping. Goodbye snow, goodbye winter coat, hello Honky Tonk!
Packing for this trip was a bit of a challenge, not because I was uninspired but because I was in the middle of a move and all my clothes were in boxes! I decided to lean into the American affinity for denim and add to the southern look with a floppy sun hat and suede booties. It felt a bit basic, but what are you going to do. I spiced it up with a limited edition Maison Kitsuné x Peter Jensen sweater for a little more international style.
Because I was presenting at a conference, I picked one business-casual outfit which was a pair of wool plaid pants and a white shirt.
Nashville was mostly what I expected. They are all about the country music. Every bar or restaurant on the main strip, Broadway, had a live musician (or a whole band!). You couldn’t walk 10 feet without hearing a country classic. The neon lights are also quite blinding. It’s kind of cool in a kitschy-country way.
Right downtown, you have some great music venues as well as the Country Music Hall of Fame. What I noticed is people love to party downtown, so you are never far from a good time. You don’t have to dress up, but I was glad I had some “going out” tops and booties to elevate my denim.
If you’re looking for an authentic meal, Jack’s Barbeque on Broadway was everything you could ask for. I was able to keep it vegetarian with pretty satisfying side dishes, but if you eat meat, you can expect something like this…
It’s quite the American tour this December as I’m headed to Kansas City, Denver, and Austin next!