Even though we all had traveled and just arrived to Nashville that morning, we wanted to make the most of our day and check out our new stomping grounds! We got an Airbnb in East Nashville and it was an adorable house near a huge park and conveniently 5-15 minutes from everything. A lot of the other houses in the area, like the one below, were super colorful and almost every one seemed to have an adorable porch swing! We personally love staying in Airbnbs because it’s cool to be in a more residential area and get a glimpse of how a Nashvillian lives! We picked one in East Nashville because we had heard the area was growing and had a lot of cool spots, but was outside of the toursity areas.
Well what we heard was true — because East Nashville quickly became one of our favorite pats of the city! After stopping into our house to get the Greyhound off of us, we headed to Five Points to walk around, see some street art, and shop! Five Points is the center of East Nashville in terms of food and businesses! Right away we stumbled upon a huge few walls that had a bunch of murals and grabbed some photos.
And the doughnut adventure continues! We have stopped at quite a few NYC doughnut shops to sample their version of the dessert (or breakfast)! One of the last places we need to try on the list was The Doughnut Project.
One of the really cool things we got to do in Austin was go to Graffiti Park on Baylor St. with our cousin. Since 2011 this site has been the home of The Hope Gallery, who uses the space to allow muralists and other artists the opportunity to make large scale outdoor projects.
As Tara mentioned in one of our previous Texas posts, South Congress, otherwise known as SoCo was one of our favorite areas of Austin! On our first full day in Texas, we started off by grabbing coffee and breakfast burritos at Jo’s, an Austin staple. They’re famous for their Iced Turbo which is a delicious combo of hazelnut, chocolate, coffee and cream. We had to try it and as the contents elude to, it definitely didn’t need any sugar added.
Cailin and I love street art! There is something so impressive about the techniques each artist uses to create their pieces on walls, pipes, water tanks and other urban canvases. Plus having a whole wall for a canvas usually makes for one massive painting, which is awe worthy in itself. Looking for some artistic inspiration we headed to the Bushwick Collective in Brooklyn. Here you’ll find a bunch of street art condensed into one central area spanning several blocks. The Bushwick Collective is always changing, so even if you’ve already been, check out their Facebook and see if there is any new art up. Cailin went this past winter and did a post on it then, so you can see how different the art is now. Here is a sneak peek of some of the street art you’ll find today!
Street art makes the perfect backdrop for some street style! For this look I wanted something edgy, that still had a summer vibe to it. I wore a graphic tee, faux leather and cotton skirt and a crochet vest. It can be hard making your black pieces work on beach weather days, but this crochet vest gives the whole look a music festival vibe which is perfect for summer. I finished the outfit with some wrap around belt booties. Booties and mules are my fave winter to summer shoes. They work so well with almost all outfits at any time of the year. Cailin also wore a graphic tee and a purple elastic cinched skirt with pocket details. Once again, I’ve had most of these pieces for a long time, but I’ve listed some look-alike items below. Happy shopping!
This week we are featuring urban artist, Hannah Adamaszek, who has taken the street art scene by storm. We love her work because it brings a softer touch to street art that’s filled with sharp graphic-like art. A lot of her pieces that were painted on outdoor spaces and walls look like they’ve been done with a paintbrush and canvas! Hannah’s pieces are strikingly beautiful and whether they are gracing the wall of a bustling city street or hanging in your home, they’re sure to make an impression.
: Introduce yourself!
: I’m a UK based urban artist painting bohemian inspired portraits both in the gallery and outside space.
For the past few days I’ve been in New York celebrating the New Year and my friend Emma and I wanted to do some non-touristy things we had yet to do in the city. I’ve always loved street art, and although seeing street art can be a tourist activity (mainly around Bowery in Lower Manhattan), Bushwick is where I had heard that some of the best street art is hiding. Although it’s all over Bushwick, one area coined the Bushwick Collective, is where the art seems to just continue block after block.
Luckily, Emma had a friend that has grown up in Bushwick, so it was even better that she was there to show us around. With her as our tour guide, we saw just about everything in the Bushwick Collective and loved it! To see this art for yourself, take the subway to the Jefferson St. stop (on the L train) and find where St. Nicholas Ave. and Troutman St. intersect to see the center of all of the art. It’s not just around there though, keep walking and more art will surprise you with every corner. What I love about the Collective is it’s always changing, so you can go back repeatedly and there will be new work to see! Here’s a glimpse of some of the street art we saw when we were there. (Most of the art pictured is from the Collective, but some is from other areas of Bushwick.)