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Originally published on 12th & Broad... The Hutton Hotel was full of furry guests as Nashville Humane Association’s Unleashed took over the Grand Ballroom of the hotel for the sixth year. Unleashed is one of my favorite annual events and not only because I get to bring one of my pugs to dinner. It’s because this event raises much-needed funds for Nashville Humane. The event is a blast and it’s fantastic to watch the community come together, dogs in tow, to support animals in need.
Nashville Humane had a record year in 2015. They placed over 4,000 dogs and cats into their forever homes. As one of Nashville Humane’s largest fundraisers of the year, Unleashed helps NHA raise money not only through tickets to the event but also through an incredible array of silent and live auction items donated from Nashville businesses.
My pug Mingus took his official 12th & Broad pugarazzi Twitter and Instagram duties very seriously. At 10 years old, he’s a demanding pup so he had no problem telling me who he wanted photos of, and who he didn’t. He still hasn’t gotten over the “Derp” incident with Wells Adams from iHeartRadio who was one of the celebrity dog walkers. Mingus is now a big fan of country artist Kelleigh Bannen who told us in the green room that she has two pugs of her own.
The highlight of the evening (paws down) was the runway show that featured adoptable pups walking the catwalk with celebrity handlers while wearing custom couture apparel made by Nashville designers. This year, Nashville Fashion Forward Fund Award Recipient Eric Adler created an adorable red and white button down with a black and tan floral printed collar. Another favorite was the punk rock look created by Any Old Iron. Sisters of Nature, Ola Mai, Olia Zavozina, The Trunk, Van Hoang, Riley Reed, Truly Alvarenga and Baxter Bailey & Company all created one-of-a-kind looks that were later auctioned off. I can tell you from first-hand experience that bidding on these outfits is a big part of the evening. My pug Lula loves the cold weather, because she gets to wear her couture Elizabeth Suzann cashmere coat that I purchased at the Unleashed auction two years ago.
I had to pry Mingus away from the celebrity goody bags provided by Title Boxing. That bag was packed full of amazing goodies like Goo Goo Clusters, Southern Firefly candles, Kendra Scott jewelry, Kevin Mitchell hair product and Mingus’ favorites Yazoo and Tito’s Vodka. He was also a big fan of the Pedigree buffet in the main ballroom where he definitely ate his share of bacon and cheese treats.
Mingus may still be sleeping off his Unleashed party hangover, but he already can’t wait until next year. From the Wag the vote posters that lined the halls of the ballroom, to the voting boxes that were the table centerpieces, this year’s Unleashed was one of the best.
All of this year’s incredible pups are available for adoption now at Nashville Humane. Head to NHA today to visit them and consider giving them their forever home. Mingus and I will be watching for their adoption stories in the coming weeks!
It's going to be a gorgeous weekend in Nashville and while I don't have a ton of sales or events for this week's post, you should take this weekend to find a neighborhood you haven't explored in awhile and just walk around. You will most defintely This week I finally made it over to a new shop on the East side and I am completely smitten. Two Son on Main Street is like no other shop in Nashville. I'll have more about this boutique on 12th & Broad on March 1, so stay tuned. Whether you visit 12 South, Hillsboro Village, downtown Franklin, Germantown, East Nashville, the Gulch or Green Hills, visit your favorite local shop. Chances are good their fall/winter inventory is very much on sale.
Me in my new Two Son Bird Skinnies
Wilder - You will see a reminder every week from now until this April. Do not miss the Pamela Love Love or Nothing pop-up going on now. Jewelry designer Pamela Love, along with artist/creative Skye Parrott have curated an all-female designer pop up which will bring nearly 20 new women designers to Nashville.
The Cosmetic Market - I'm mainly a Bumble & Bumble girl, but lately more and more Kevin Murphy product has made its way into my routine. Head to the Cosmetic Market this weekend and find the Kevin Murphy product best for your hair type. I promise you will love it.
Winston Dog - Shop Winston Dog's end of season sale this weekend. Hmmm...I think Lula needs a new sweater.
UAL - I found out this week that UAL is opening a location in Hillsboro Village which is my neighborhood. I'm going to be within walking distance of a UAL! I have been trying to contain my excitement about this, but really I want to scream...HOLY SH*T! UAL IS OPENING IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD!! I also feel like I should notify my bank as this is probably going to get dangerous quickly.
Hello February! Let's start this shopping weekend off with all of the bargains at the Nashville Scene's Fashion for a Fraction! Events
Nashville Scene + NFocus Fashion for a Fraction – One of my favorite shopping events of the year is coming up on February 6. Nashville Scene & NFocus Magazine’s Fashion for a Fraction is THE place to be to get incredible deals on fall and winter apparel from some of Nashville’s best boutiques. It’s a fantastic mix of boutiques, and I just cleaned my closet, so this seems like a great way to fill it right back up. Don’t miss the beauty bar featuring services from Karee Hays Esthetics and City Winery will have plenty to eat and drink. Shopping and mimosas? Yes, please. Tickets are $10 and I recommend purchasing in advance here.
Wilder – SAVE THE DATE! Wilder is having an incredible pop up starting next Saturday Feb. 13 through April 1. LOVE OR NOTHING features one of my favorite jewelry designers, Pamela Love, and artist/creative Skye Parrott. They are curating an all-female designer pop up which will bring nearly 20 new women designers to Nashville. I’ll have more information for you in upcoming posts, but you need to put this on your radar now!
The Cosmetic Market – Gifts with purchase on Kiehl's purchases this weekend. Get Valentine's Day ready!
Gus Mayer – Last chance sale!
Levy’s – Shop Levy's this Valentine's Day.
Winston Dog - Celebrate Wear Red Day this Friday and get 15% off at Winston Dog! Take advantage of the deals at these other Hill Center stores too.
Lucy Pop Salon - It's all about the brows right now. Schedule your appointment now and let Lucy Pop's makeup artist Hannah show you custom tips and tricks to enhance your arches using Poni Cosmetics brow products. Your complimentary 30 minute brow lesson also includes 20% off all purchases that day and a free gift with any purchase. Call 615-327-3474 to book your appointment now!
Posh - Hillsboro Village is my neighborhood and I walked by Posh the other morning to see they have additional markdowns in their giant sale room!
Last weekend we were playing in the snow and this weekend it's going to feel like spring. Welcome to winter in Nashville. Thankfully the weather is cooperating for us because there are some fantastic events and boutique sales coming up. Set your shopping strategy now. Events
Nashville Humane Unleashed - One of my favorite events of the year is Saturday night! There are only a handful of tickets left for Nashville Humane's 6th Annual Unleashed. Join me in the Grand Ballroom at the Hutton Hotel where Marcia from 12th & Broad and 107.5 The River's Woody and Jim will host the evening's festivities. Unleashed features a full course dinner, dessert and cocktails along with their signature couture-inspired dog walk down the catwalk. It's such a fun night for a fantastic cause. And you can bring your pooch! I'll be there with my pug Mingus and we're taking over the 12th & Broad Twitter & Instagram to bring you behind the scenes and red carpet moments. Go to NashvilleHumane.org to purchase your tickets now.
Nashville Scene + NFocus Fashion for a Fraction - One of my favorite shopping events of the year is coming up on February 6. Nashville Scene & NFocus Magazine's Fashion for a Fraction is THE place to be to get incredible deals on fall and winter apparel from some of Nashville's best boutiques. It's a fantastic mix of boutiques, and I just cleaned my closet, so this seems like a great way to fill it right back up. Don't miss the beauty bar featuring services from Karee Hays Esthetics and City Winery will have plenty to eat and drink. Shopping and mimosas? Yes, please. Tickets are $10 and I recommend purchasing in advance here.
Margaret Ellis Jewelry - Another Save the Date for you! Margaret Ellis Jewelry is hosting a spring studio show and sale Wednesday, February 3 through Friday, February 5 to celebrate the launch of their gorgeous new "Metamorphosis" Spring 2016 collection. Shop early for Valentine's Day, or get your wish list ready. Classic and custom pieces will be 20% off (in studio only) and there will be plenty of chocolate and bubbly around too.
Poppy & Monroe - Join Poppy & Monroe on Tuesday, February 2 for their first event of the year where they'll be celebrating Valentine's Day! Connie Smith, who wrote the book, “Never Lose Heart,”will be doing a book signing that night and some great brands like One Love Organics will be featured too. If you haven’t made your way to Poppy & Monroe for a manicure or pedicure yet, you are missing out. This salon is the pretty incredible! Read my 5 Questions with Poppy & Monroe here.
Photo by Blu Sanders
Wilder - Mark your calendar! Wilder is having an incredible pop up from Feb. 13-April 1. LOVE OR NOTHING features one of my favorite jewelry designers, Pamela Love, and artist/creative Skye Parrott. They are curating an all-female designer pop up which will bring nearly 20 new women designers to Nashville. I’ll have more information for you in upcoming posts, but you need to put this on your radar now!
Billy Reid - A few more items have been added to the Billy Reid Final Sale.
The Cosmetic Market - Gifts with purchase and a Therapy Systems Friends & Family event this weekend.
Gus Mayer - It's the final days of Gus Mayer's winter sale.
Levy's - It's final clearance at Levy's this weekend too. Take an additional 20% off sale prices.
SOCA Clothing - All white denim is 20% off this weekend at SOCA, plus get a free gift with purchase.
Winston Dog - Even the pooches have a sale! Get your pup a brand new sweater they can wear to Unleashed Saturday night! Winston Dog has some super adorable dog apparel and this weekend select sweaters are 25%-30% off.
Fabu - Fabu has extended their jewelry sale through January 31st. Plus all clothing, jackets and coats are 40%-60% off and all hats, gloves and scarves are 40% off.
Given the snowpocalypse has taken over Nashville, let's hope we can dig ourselves out today and Sunday so we can shop some of the super winter boutique sales that are going on now. Check online to make sure shops are open before you head out and be safe out there! Germantown
Peter Nappi - If all this snow means Peter Nappi will continue to put select styles on sale for 60% off, then let it snow!
Poppy & Monroe - Save the date! On February 2 from 5-7pm, Poppy & Monroe is hosting their first event to celebrate Valentine's Day. Connie Smith, who wrote the book, "Never Lose Heart," will be doing a book signing that night and some great brands like One Love Organics will be featured too. If you haven't made your way to Poppy & Monroe for a manicure or pedicure yet, you are missing out. This salon is the pretty incredible! Read my 12 Questions over on 12th & Broad.
Wilder - Mark your calendar! Wilder is having an incredible pop up from Feb. 13-April 1. LOVE OR NOTHING features one of my favorite jewelry designers, Pamela Love, and artist/creative Skye Parrott. They are curating an all-female designer pop up which will bring nearly 20 new women designers to Nashville. I'll have more information for you in upcoming posts, but you need to put this on your radar now!
Billy Reid - This is your last chance to save on sale items in store and online.
Cosmetic Market - One of the best things that has come in my Birchbox recently is Klorane dry shampoo. Sometimes aerosol dry shampoo can be ashy on dark hair, but this one works great. Pick it up this weekend at The Cosmetic Market and get a free gift.
Gus Mayer - Here's hoping we can get out so we can take advantage of Gus Mayer's Winter Sale! Some items are marked down to 70% off. Save the date for the Carolina Herrera trunk show.
SOCA Clothing - Take an extra 50% off sale items on Saturday!
Fabu - This is the last weekend for Fabu's 20% off jewelry sale.
Stay safe and happy shopping!