Plant Crazy

Well, I think I’ve picked a bad time to become plant-obsessed, considering the fact that it’s winter and that two out of the three houseplants I’ve been dumb enough to order on Amazon this month have died. I keep researching vegetable gardens, even though I probably have months to go before I can even start anything. And no matter how many times I read that the best time to propagate plants is in the spring, I still have a little plastic bag-covered tupperware makeshift garden going strong (kind of) in front of our least cold window.

I go through phases, and right now I just really like plants. I like getting ’70s plant books from the thrift stores (especially ones with puns in the title—my favorite is The Facts of Light), following gardening boards on Pinterest, and I especially like going to plant stores. The photo above is an outtake from that upcoming Nashville article Drew and I worked on—I wrote about my favorite places in town, and had to include Gardens of Babylon in there. All Seasons, a store that sells plants and gardening and beer-making supplies, is really good too.

Some of my favorite plants (and planters) below: an echeveria in a pot made for me by Lauren (she also made me an amazing hanging planter I have to photograph sometime), an airplant in a thrifted candle holder, a cactus, an aloe, and an Amazon-ed ZZ plant that I accidently broke after taking this photo. And not exactly a plant, but plant-related: soaps sent to me from Ingrid Starnes to help get the word out about their new frangrance. It’s Vetyver Bergamot, and I don’t even know what bergamot smells like (haven’t gotten into flowers yet), but it makes me think of spring so I like it.

Not pictured: a giant snake plant, my favorite cactus in a wooden pot Drew made for my birthday, my sickly staghorn fern, my Lowes ZZ plant replacement, some boring plants, and the poor, dead fiddle leaf fig I ordered online during a historic cold spell.

I also have a ton of airplants (well, 11?) I need to photograph. They were my gateway drug. I probably have too many as it is, but I’m going to Florida soon for a little weekend trip and I have a feeling that I might be bringing some more plants home with me.

Photos by Drew

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Elizabeth Suzann AW13

Elizabeth Suzann released this lookbook back in November, back before it got too cold for exploring waterfalls or doing much of anything here in Tennessee. And it’s not really a fall/winter lookbook, exactly—Elizabeth doesn’t release collections according to a traditional seasonal calendar—which is fine by me. I like clothes that can be worn all year long, like that silk dress below that can be worn with a sweater and boots for fall and with sandals for summer. Or like the cocoon coat  (that I’ve talked about before), and how it works perfectly with jeans and boots for winter or with a silk dress for early spring. I like Elizabeth’s clothes because they’re simple and easy, and because they’d  look good on just about anyone. Seriously—I saw so many people try on that coat at the Porter Flea, and every single person looked great.

Photos: Anna Tucker . . . Model: Madison Bosworth . . . . Hair/Makeup: Chelsea Coker and Patrick Graves

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Belle Meade

It’s been so cold here in Nashville that I haven’t been going outside unless I really have to. But last weekend wasn’t so bad—the sun was out and the temperatures reached the 50s—so Drew got out his camera for an article we’re working on and we ventured out. We went all over the city, to places I’d never been to but had been wanting to go to—Hey Rooster General Store, Mitchell Delicatessen—and to a few that I’d been to long ago, like Belle Meade. 

Belle Meade was probably one of the very first places I went to in Nashville.  I can’t even remember how long ago it was, and how many blog photos I’d taken there. This time around we walked around quickly, and Drew took photos of the grounds, trying to get the most springlike photos he could. And I got him to take a few of my outfit, which is pretty much the sort of thing I’ve been wearing all winter: long-ish skirts, silk blouses (like this one that Lauren marble-dyed) that ’80s thrift store cape coat I can’t shake, ankle boots and the hat that always got me weird looks in Atlanta but that fits in just fine in Nashville

I can’t remember the last time I bought new clothes or shoes. Right now I’m really just into thrift stores again. I’ve been getting long silk skirts and oversized ’80s sweaters (sometimes they come with shiny embellishments that you have to take a seam-ripper to, but that’s ok) and I’ve on the lookout for the thrift store equivalent of these. Part of it’s because whenever I see something new online that I love I realize that I can probably find something similar and maybe even cooler in a thrift store. And part of it’s because I want to save money and spend it on plants instead. Right now I’m obsessed.

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Pretend Outfits for a Cold Nashville Winter

1. La Garconne Moderne Sylvia Pullover . . . . 2. Topshop Moto Midi Kilt . . . . . 3. Clare Vivier Stars Foldover Clutch . . . . . 4. Rachel Comey Agenda Boot.

1. Lauren Manoogian Capote Coat . . . . 2. A Detacher Doe Drapey Dress . . . . . 3. Hendrik.lou Mittens . . . . 4. Ariana Bohling Felix Oxford.

1. Tiro Tiro Lado Necklace . . . . . 2. Sessun Sourou Sweatshirt Dress . . . . . 3. Duray Merino Wool Socks . . . . . 4. No. 6 Buckle Boot.

1. Frame Lisse Jean . . . . . 2. Elizabeth Suzann Artist Smock . . . . . 3. Sam Edelman Petty Boots . . . . . 4. Llano Fez Hat. . . . Collages by Drew.

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