Discover Nashville

Issue 14 is here, and we want to give you all the EXTRA. This issue is all about discovery, and one of our favorite pieces is an interview with Evansville natives that have moved out of their comfort zone and away from home. This is an exclusive addition to the interview in the magazine. Meet Hillory! 

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Why Nashville?  

Simply put, I fell in love. In 2011, I made two trips to Nashville; the first was for my 21st birthday, and the second was to see my favorite band, Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, play at Exit/In. These two trips showed me a life that I wanted to live. I also discovered that there was music everywhere.  After both of my experiences, I came home to Evansville knowing that the moment I graduated from USI, I was moving to Nashville. When I moved in 2015, I decided go down the path less followed and chase my dreams. I’m currently pursuing a career in music. Nashville is great because this city is providing me with many more opportunities and possibilities then I could have ever imagined. While I learn about music, I’m also learning the skills I need to further my career in the food, beverage, and hospitality industry. If I ever decide to get a “grown up job”, there are many companies where I can put my public relations education, or even my theatre education, to use. Nashville is a magical place, and it has soul like no other city. Every day I wake up, I’m still amazed that I get to call this city home. 

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Take us on a tour...

There are so many places in Nashville that are quite delightful. Obviously, whenever you have a chance to see a show, go to the mother church, aka the Ryman. If you appreciate  music at all, a show at the Ryman will shake you to your bones. Centennial Park and Exit/In are my two favorite places in Nashville hands down! Exit/In is a live music venue that has been in Nashville since 1971; it has hosted everyone from Etta James, Johnny Cash, The Ramones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gwar, Cage the Elephant, and even Steve Martin. This music venue is what helped this city capture my heart. Every time I got to see Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s play, it was always at Exit/In, and many of my interactions with locals has always been around the neighborhood of Exit/In. This venue has continued to be a big part of my life in Nashville, and I have been able to watch a lot of talented musicians give their heart on Exit/In’s stage. There are many other venues to check out:  The End, Spring Water, Marathon Music Works, The High Watt, Mercury Lounge, 5 Spot, The Cannery Ballroom, and Station Inn.

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Centennial Park is 132 acres of beauty and serenity in a fast paced city. I love to take a recharging stroll around the lake to watch the ducks, and on occasion, ducklings, swim around. The sunken garden is always lovely, and it's fun to walk around the replica of the Parthenon and daydream about hanging out with Athena. There are so many awesome city and state parks in and around Nashville to relax or go on an epic adventure. Less than four hours East of Nashville is probably the one of the coolest parks, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I have not only fallen in love with Nashville, but I have wholeheartedly fallen in love with Tennessee! 

Where I eat: Rolf and Daughters, Vui’s Kitchen, Korea House, The Smiling Elephant, Burger Republic, Gabby’s Burgers, Sunflower Cafe, Edley’s, Martin’s, or Peg Leg Porker BBQ, Tenn Sixteen Food and Co, Samuri Sushi, Nama Sushi, Saint Anejo, Marche Artisan Foods, The Flipside, 1808 Grille, Mas Taco, and so many more! Sometimes I’m overwhelmed with the amount of quality restaurants that I’m lucky enough to choose from.

Where I drink: Santa’s Pub, Printer’s Alley, Bar Sovereign, Hurry Back, 1808 Grille, Three Crow, Red Door East/Midtown, 5 Spot, Spring Water, Tin Dog, Broadway Brewhouse in Midtown, Old Glory, Melrose, Crying Wolf, Mickey’s, and Gold Rush. I like my dive bars, and occasionally, I enjoy a well made drink.

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What did you discover about yourself since you've moved away?  

That I’m a lot stronger than I thought I was; to always have encouraging, loving, and positive people surrounding yourself;  and to be easy, give time, and take care of oneself (body, mind, and soul). I think the biggest lesson that I’m learning through this move is patience, which is something that I’ve never been good at. I don’t like waiting. Every aspect of my life right now is about learning patience. We’ll see in 10 years if I’ve learned the lesson, or I’m still learning.

What values did you cultivate while living in Evansville that have helped you in your new city?

Always be true to yourself and be proud of who you are. What you see is what you get with me. I’ve always considered myself to be a rare breed; a misfit if you will. I’ve been like this all my life. I’m going to be, do, say, and wear whatever I want. We live in a world where a lot of people are trying to be someone else. Sometimes because they think they have to, other times because they don’t truly know themselves. Why would I want to be someone else when I can be the badass woman that I am? I also gained an awesome work ethic. From my studies at USI to slinging booze at Lamasco, I learned that by working hard I can achieve anything!

What are your favorite memories from Evansville? 

There are so many: Roster McCabe nights at Lamasco, being in college and hanging out on Franklin Street, the ice storm that shut the entire city down my freshman year at USI, walking the river front and midnight bike rides, hanging out with friends driving around the countryside blaring music and singing at the top of our lungs, and walking around downtown Evansville talking about life to name a few. I also really enjoy all the memories I have from The Old Town Market.

What do you hope to see when your visit your hometown again? 

I hope to see a lot of friends! I’m ready to explore the growth that Evansville has experienced in the almost two years that I have been gone. I know that there are new bars, boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants, and many other business, and I can’t wait to check them out!

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Seek. Wander. Find. // A note from the Editor // Discovery Issue

“I tried to run it away


Thought then my head be feeling clearer

I traveled 70 states

Thought movin’ round make me feel better…”

-Solange, Cranes in the Sky

We all SEEK something. Whether it be peace of mind, love, more money, the list is endless. Most of us believe we have to search outside of ourselves to find what we're looking for.

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So we WANDER...sometimes to different states, countries, or in the arms of a different lover. I've wandered all over the place in hopes that I'll find whatever it is my soul needs to find. I'm currently writing this from Tampa, FL, where the scenery is a feast for the eyes, and all the different cultures are feeding my curiosity for fresh and exciting knowledge.

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I also found something else I was supposed to discover. It is the most cliche thing ever...everything you've ever needed, you can FIND inside of you.

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You can see that throughout this issue of Love IT! EVV. Every page is filled with people who have taken off their “training wheels”. They've broken free from the crutch of someone else's approval, or the idea of thinking they couldn't do the very thing they love in their home town, or even the fear that they could rock shit out on their own elsewhere. I am so proud of every single person who has contributed to this issue and has ultimately contributed to discovering more of who they are.

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Don't Worry Be-yoncé // Beyoncé Style Quiz // Launch Party Looks

Every launch party we get the same question. What are we supposed to wear? It never gets old, because it is the one thing we rack our brains over too. This launch party, because of the extreme hotness that is about to be in the backyard of StaC Art Gallery, we are referring to the only person that knows how to bring all the heat...BEYONCÉ. 

Take our Beyoncé Style Quiz to see which Beyoncé you are channeling. Apricot Lane Evansville helped us style outfits for each Beyonce profile. So once you have your results, check out our style translation below. 

 

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Hold up...You keep a smile on your face and go with the flow. Not much ruffles your feathers, but when it does, watch out. You can kill them with kindness but also be a little scary when you've reached your limit. You are faithful and loyal, but don't let anyone take you for granted. Style Translation: You prefer flowy, boho styles that make a statement. You aren't afraid to hike up that dress and walk in the street or jump in a puddle. You like earthy palettes and the occasional ruffle and lace.

Hold up...You keep a smile on your face and go with the flow. Not much ruffles your feathers, but when it does, watch out. You can kill them with kindness but also be a little scary when you've reached your limit. You are faithful and loyal, but don't let anyone take you for granted.

Style Translation: You prefer flowy, boho styles that make a statement. You aren't afraid to hike up that dress and walk in the street or jump in a puddle. You like earthy palettes and the occasional ruffle and lace.

Crazy in Love...You are a down to earth girl. Some may even call you a tomboy. But that doesn't stop you from being a little flashy here and there. You do everything with your whole heart. You love hard and expect a lot out of people. You are honest about your feelings, and you don't care what people think about you. Style Translation: You love denim! It is your go to. Throw a comfy tee with it, and you are in heaven. You make it your by adding just the right accessories. You love pairing some bling with a casual look to spice it up. And even though you sport that tomboy look, you love to wear a great pair of stilettos.

Crazy in Love...You are a down to earth girl. Some may even call you a tomboy. But that doesn't stop you from being a little flashy here and there. You do everything with your whole heart. You love hard and expect a lot out of people. You are honest about your feelings, and you don't care what people think about you.

Style Translation: You love denim! It is your go to. Throw a comfy tee with it, and you are in heaven. You make it your by adding just the right accessories. You love pairing some bling with a casual look to spice it up. And even though you sport that tomboy look, you love to wear a great pair of stilettos.

Deja Vu...You never let your surroundings stop you from expressing yourself. You know what you want out of life, and not much will stop you from getting it. You have a flair for making a scene, and life really is your runway. Style Translation: You wear your mood. If you feel like wearing a sequin dress to brunch, you are going to do it. The more attention the better. You are more fashion forward and set trends.

Deja Vu...You never let your surroundings stop you from expressing yourself. You know what you want out of life, and not much will stop you from getting it. You have a flair for making a scene, and life really is your runway.

Style Translation: You wear your mood. If you feel like wearing a sequin dress to brunch, you are going to do it. The more attention the better. You are more fashion forward and set trends.

Check on it...You are a girly girl. You love romance, and you wear your heart on your sleeve. You have a subtle confidence to which people are naturally attracted. You mind your manners, but certainly know how to have a good time when you want. Style Translation: You often take the preppy path to fashion. You like structure to your wardrobe, and many see your style as sweet. You aren't necessarily modest, and you know how to flatter your figure.

Check on it...You are a girly girl. You love romance, and you wear your heart on your sleeve. You have a subtle confidence to which people are naturally attracted. You mind your manners, but certainly know how to have a good time when you want.

Style Translation: You often take the preppy path to fashion. You like structure to your wardrobe, and many see your style as sweet. You aren't necessarily modest, and you know how to flatter your figure.

Crunch Time // Issue 14 Launch

It’s crunch time. We are between level "pull your hair out" and "stress eat waffles". Late nights, fast fingers, and strained eyes is how we roll these days. And after its all over, we always ask…why? We could talk about time management, but let’s face it. The magazine world isn’t about time management. So we need the next best thing…stress management.

Here is our down and dirty list of how we plan to de-stress in the midst of this shiz storm.

Buy that shiz. Retail Therapy. No joke. We all have that coffee mug that says, "Shopping is cheaper than therapy". It is time to put it into practice. Of course, we will tell you not to go crazy. But think about what goes down during a hardcore shopping trip. Fun music to uplift your mood, walking to get those brain chemicals pumping, and pretty things to occupy our mind. We get that euphoric high when we really love a piece. Of course, we will recommend our fav local boutique, Apricot Lane. They have an amazing pink couch to relax on too!

Photo by Analee Sanchez Photography

Photo by Analee Sanchez Photography

 

Work that shiz. Real Exercise. So we know that our shopping cardio is not the best way to get our burn in, so we should legit offer up great options. You may be like us and don’t have the mindset or energy to go beat our brains out in a high intensity workout. We need to be comforted and supported a bit. That is why we say yoga…all day…long. Kay Corpus is our go to yogi. Literally just standing in her presence relaxes you.

Photo by Megan Vinson Photography

Photo by Megan Vinson Photography

Supplement that shiz. Adele’s is our go to supplier of the goods. They have written about stress management before, but it is always worth mentioning again. We particularly like alllll the salt lamps and droppin’ that lavender essential oil. They have so many options. They should always be your first stop on stress elimination train.

Photo by Megan Vinson Photography 

Photo by Megan Vinson Photography 

Eat that shiz. Stress eating may be bad. But we are very bad girls. So to reduce our badness, we want Gene’s…the healthy drunk food aka the healthy stress food. Tacos, grilled cheese, all the bubbly stuff. (Can't wait to show their bubbly in Issue 14!) Sounds like a the perfect recipe to equip us for a shiz storm. Well, it is. And it is the healthier version that will help keep that skin and body in shape for our launch. 

Photo by Megan Vinson Photography

Photo by Megan Vinson Photography

Photo from Fusion Spa 

Photo from Fusion Spa 

Rub that shiz. Our last stop is the most obvious. What is the only thing that we want during these high stress times? Someone to rub on us…our shoulders, our neck, our feet…have you seen the shoes we run around in?! We need pampering. Fusion Spa offers great massage packages. We are even considering a subscription package! (which they offer). Grab your bestie and jump on that table. Snoring is allowed.

 

 

 

 

Operation Keep Your Hair and Your Nails is in full effect. Be sure to watch for the launch of our next issue to see if we are still standing. And pay no attention if you see us chugging tacos in Apricot Lane.

 

Be a Poser // Wonder Woman + Yoga Loft KY

Be a poser. Yes, be a poser. We're not saying be a fake, but really strike a pose. It's a little vogue, but we are loving this daily activity. The body is a beautiful thing, and it is a source of strength when we use it for good and not evil. We're going to teach you to be Wonder Woman in your mind and body. She's balanced, confident, and feminine, and you can physically see it in her pose.

Get your cape on lovers because we are going to kick those evil destructive postures to the curb. There's no doubt that the balance of your physical self pours into the balance of your mind and heart. Allowing your mind to think negatively about your body results in slumped figures, shrugged shoulders, and dropped heads. Changing our mindset is a lifetime battle. So let's reverse this, let's be a poser. Even if our mind is saying one thing, our bodies are going to say another. Strong centered bodies feed empowerment. Kay Corpus MD explains balance like this…

“Balancing postures involve working the energy lines called vayus. To have balance, there needs to be equal rooting down into the earth (feet), lifting up to the sky (arms/crown of the head), expanding out from the core, drawing into the core and finally expressing upward and outward. If all of these planes are equally exerted, one can balance as well as feel buoyant, radiant, and blissful.”

Our bodies hold so much energy and connection. If we practice the following poses, we can sway the mind. After all, if you are about to fight for your life, you certainly aren't going to shuffle your feet all humped over. You're going to be Wonder Woman.

Be a dancer. Who is more balanced than a dancer? This yoga pose will have you feeling not only like a bad mama jama, but pretty darn flexible too. Dr. Kay Corpus recommends this pose to work on your balance. Watch out Misty Copeland, we got some posing to do.

 

Be a tree. Trees are so indicative of balance. Limbs to the sky, roots in the ground, equally connecting to air and dirt. There is so much strength in a tree. Be a tree, and try this yoga pose recommended by Dr. Kay Corpus.

 

Be a hero. The most noticeably powerful pose you probably can do is the iconic Wonder Woman pose. Legs spread, hands on hips, and straight forward. This pose is strong, confident, and shows no mercy. This pose became even more iconic when Harvard sociologist, Amy Cuddy used it in her discussion of body poses and confidence. This is your “I'm ready to slay” pose. Do this every morning before you leave the house.

 

Photo by Simply Savvy Photographer

Photo by Simply Savvy Photographer

You must try these three poses now, and tell us if you notice a difference in your body and mind. Also, practice makes perfect. Balance isn't gained overnight, but confidence can be felt instantly. Head to Yoga Loft KY to really learn and practice the strength of your body. Now, go use your power for good.