3 Destinations for A Southern Summer Road Trip

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If you haven't already started it this summer, it's time to take a moment and get your summer bucket list underway. I've been inspired to finally do so after seeing so many of my girlfriends creating beautiful memories with their friends and families (and on solo adventures too!) already this summer!

Miami on Film by Ben Alleman

As my book release date draws closer and closer I'm personally traveling a little bit less - just a teeny bit less really, but still - considering last year around this time I was on the 7th of 9 road trips around the US, I'm considering weekend getaways to be easy ways to keep that wanderlust spirit alive.

Today I'm sharing 3 destinations for Southern Summer Road Trips - each of these are included in the pages of the book - plus I'm including a few more outtakes from Wanderful, and a couple of photos that will be featured too! I'm also including a few reminders of how to have a successful summer road trip, I mention the necessities often here - and truly making sure you're prepared before you hit the highway is so important!

What's on my preparation list?

Music, snacks and cute outfits of course, however - as important? Jumper cables, a tire patch kit, water, hand sanitizer and essential oil aromoas to keep the car smelling fresh. I also always take our SUV in for service before long haul road trips: have your tires checked, fluids topped and certainly get your oil changed if your nearing the mileage mark for that (more on that at the close of the post!). 

Oui We On the Beach

Once you've gotten the essentials checked off your list it's time to hit the road! So here we go, 3 destinations for a southern summer road trip:

Rosemary Beach

Vibe: Old World European village meets small town hospitality. The silhouettes in the town center are inspired by the West Indies, New Orleans and Charleston style architecture. Deep eaves, high ceilings, gardens, and fountain-filled courtyards pepper the community. Most 30A (that's the name of the stretch of highway running along these coastal beaches) first timers comment that they never knew America had such beaches -  they’d maybe traveled to Hawaii or to the Southern Caribbean thinking that’s the only place they’d find white sandscapes and emerald waters like these.

What to Wear: A monochromatic or floral romper, maybe pack one of each, a new bikini and a flowy caftan for the evening out.

Hang outs: Rent a bike, grab a beach ball and go play on the sprawling green lawn. Strolling around the town center, you’ll find there’s a little of everything, candy and coffee shops, restaurants and boutiques. At sunset the sky in Rosemary is a tapestry of colors making it an artist's delight.

Rosemary Beach Town Hall


Vibe: Nostalgic and energizing, with shiny chrome and faded pastels filling your eye. Miami is cleverly referred to as the “American Riviera.”

What to Wear: I like to imagine a 1940’s Rita Hayworth double dating with Orson Welles, their crew fully dressed to the nines. It's a place to summon your inner bombshell. Throw on a sheer printed mini shirt dress over your crocheted monokini, add shiny sandals and statement jewelry and you’re set! 

Hang outs: The beach of course, however there's the Art-Deco District, with properties ranging from some of the finest hotels in the world to luxury hostels, with summer camp vibes; there's the Wynwood Art District comprised of art complexes, eclectic restaurants and cafes and one of the largest open-air mural installations in the world and Little Havana, where fruit stands, coffee windows (or ventanitas), art galleries and cuban-afro beat music keep things lively.

Miami on Film By Ben Alleman

Seaside Beach

Vibe: Like Rosemary Beach, Seaside sits along Highway 30A; the vibe is Truman Show (it was filmed in and around the area) meets Airstream party and picket-fence perfectness.

What to Wear: Seaside caters to the girl that always has a towel stashed in her jeep, sunscreen in her glovebox and a bikini in her bag.

Hang outs: There’s really three places to hang out in Seaside: the beach, for all the same reasons we talked about above; the town center, which is the central hub of all of 30A, and then the Ruskin Place Artist colony, which originated as a workshop district with artisans living above their workspaces surrounding sculpture-filled Fairy Park. 

The Beauty of 30A

I can't wait to see where you guys are adventuring to this summer! Be sure to leave a comment below to share your #summerbucketlist dreams!

When it comes to summer road trips, I've got quite a few checklists so be sure to take a look at those if you need a packing list, if you're going glamping, need a beauty must have list or might be spending time in the deserts out west.  

I'm sharing this post in partnership with Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle®. There's a rollback happening now, high mileage is $4 off (39.88 to 35.88) - the link above includes those details and a store finder to find an Automotive Care Center near you. Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® motor oil helps clean out the sludge lesser oils leave behind, while reducing leaks and oil consumption. It’s specifically designed for new or late model vehicles with over 75,000 miles, with the mission of keeping engines running clean and going strong.
Auto Care Center

The SUV we take on road trips has over 150k miles - and we've driven it all over the country. We drop our car off for the DIFM (Do-It-For-Me) oil change service with Pennzoil specifically from the Walmart ACC while we grab everything else on our travel essentials checklist. There's nothing worse than getting stuck somewhere from a car breakdown, it's so important to keep your car running well while out on the road!

Thanks for following along my wanderful friends!

Wanderfully yours,


photos 1 & 4 Ben via 35mm, photos 2, 3, 5 Hunter Holder for Wanderful. 

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Weekend Things: A Music & Vintage Tour of Nashville

In my coming book there's a whole chapter on what I've nicknamed the rock n’ roll highway; it features quite a few backstage beauties that live and hang along the route from Nashville to Florence, AL to Athens, GA.

The backstage beauty is the type of girl that knows the words to every Rolling Stones song, and lives on a weekend diet of cheap beer and diner food (we can all have a cheat weekend now and then right?!). She throws the best house parties and she and all her friends are right on the brink of discovery. She’s always the most laid-back, glamorous girl in the room in her vintage band T-shirt.

Since I moved to Nashville I've been asked A LOT to share a list of where that type of girl shops and hangs here ... last summer I shared this where to hang for 24-48 hours list (and I stand by it still) so this is the expanded list of venues and shops that made it into my book.

This little tour today is where to get your music fix and find the most fabulous vintage gems all around town. So here we go: a music & vintage tour of Nashville.

East Nashville Shopping Tour

What I'm wearing for our tour: Angel Striped Plunging RomperXinh Basket in Yellow GoldJohnston & Murphy Emerson Lace-UpWildfox Lolita Sunglasses (similar, mine are sold out)

Can’t Miss Nashville

For the Music Lover:

Most visitors to Nashville come for the music because there’s truly so much to see and hear. Here are a few favorite spots, and trust me... there's SO many more:

Grimey’s New & Pre-Loved Music: Catch touring bands hosting intimate in-store shows and then go downstairs to the Basement, a small rock club known for it’s free “New Faces” night. 

The 5 Spot: What I love about this place is that you can catch a killer early show on a weekend night (I saw my friend Andrew Duhon play to a packed house on a Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.) or go on a Monday night for the Motown Monday dance party. SO. MUCH. F'N. FUN.

Robert's Western World: If you’re ready to spend the night two-stepping the real deal, Honky Tonk is Robert’s Western World. Fried bologna sandwiches, dancing cowboys, and cheap beer make for a wild night down on the Broadway strip.

Roberts Western World
Elvis on Broadway

Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge: A world famous historic watering hole, legend has it that Tootsie kept IOUs behind the counter for the hungry musicians. At the end of the year, the Grand Ol’ Opry guys would pay off the IOUs for the up-and-comers to make sure Tootsie stayed in business.

The Ryman Auditorium: The Ryman Auditorium is the birthplace of the Grand Ol’ Opry. Not only have the famous feet of Elvis and Johnny Cash graced the stage of this stunning gothic auditorium, but the acoustics make it one of the best places in the country to see live music. Recently Phoenix was there (my fave) and I'm planning to see Father John Misty in September. 

The Grand Ol’ Opry: “The show that made country music famous” continues to feature a broad spectrum of country styles nightly. Take the backstage tour and gaze into the mirrors where gals like Dolly Parton and Carrie Underwood get dressed before their shows.

Grand Ol Opry

For the Vintage Devotee:

An entire week could be spent diving into the vintage shops of East Nashville. On my personal best-of list: 

Opium Vintage: stocked with a vibrantly obscure collection, including Japanese vintage sourced by owner Laura Citron. It's my favorite of the entire list.

The Vintage Western Sancho Boots available at High Class Hillbilly

The Vintage Western Sancho Boots available at High Class Hillbilly

Hip Zipper: great for well-priced denim and accessories. 

Starstruck Vintage: gorgeous winter coats for under $100. 

Local Honey: hand-dyed vintage by Magness Collection, and this is where I get my hair done... super hip salon and good vintage shopping, win win.

High Class Hillbilly: the place for authentic cowboy goodies and western wear.

Custom needlepoint from Old Made Good

Custom needlepoint from Old Made Good

Goodbuy Girls: located in the Idea Hatchery (a test kitchen shopping center for new brands) this shop is great for graphic T’s and loads of fringe. 

Old Made Good (OMG): Just north of the East Nashville neighborhood is this kitschy vintage shop with a glitter covered floor and adorably charming handmade goods.  

Savant Vintage: Over in 12 South, find this favorite of Vogue magazine, photographers, rock stars, and stylists—Savant has an extensive collection of highly curated pieces. Be prepared to spend a little more for the tremendous quality of the jackets, dresses, ponchos, and hats filling its racks. 

East Nashville Shopping

btw, this romper from Tobi is a total favorite, perfect for an afternoon of strolling from shop to shop and then all night dancing too. 

Hope you guys put this list to good use, and if you haven't pre-ordered my book I would LOVE for you to do so now! Let me know how you love Nashville!


Wanderfully yours,


A Technicolor Adventure: Salvation Mountain

As I spent last year trekking across America documenting travel, style & culture stories for my second book Wanderful, The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style, I often returned to the beaches of the Pacific Coast Highway, artistic hideaways in the Mojave & Sonoran deserts, and the California canyons.

Salvation Mountain Style

Traveling the cerulean blue surf breaks, experience the flora of the canyons & the wildly energetic art havens tucked way out in the desert gives me a soul connection I've only experienced in one other place (a few summers ago on a 4 month summer adventure in the Southern Coast of Spain - and that feeling reignites for me in SoCal).

Today I'm taking over the instagram page of Passport by Forbes - the journey begins on the Santa Barbara boardwalk and ends here, in Salvation Mountain. I trekked solo for 3 days, and ended this adventure with friends - celebrating the birthday party of a dear old friend from New Orleans.

Read more about traveling solo here - and come back over the next few weeks for photo tours of each destination I stopped in along the way. 

Airstream Dreams
Salvation Mountain Yay!
Salvation Mountain Dreaming

The rainbow-hued Salvation Mountain, built with adobe clay and painted with a half a million gallons of donated paint, is a favorite destination for aspiring artists and wandering off-grid types too.

I arrived into Joshua Tree for a night of birthday fun (i.e. a bit too much pink wine and lots of story telling as the sun fell over the monumental rock formations all around). The next morning I took the wheel of my friend's jeep, 4 friends (new and old) piled in, and we hit the road to Salvation Mountain. A few hours later.... south of Palm Spring, east of the resort ghost towns of the Salton Sea and through Slab City (a desolate RV filled village home to snowbirds and serious off-gridders) the five story high man-made structure was in view.

Take time to travel up the hand-painted yellow brick road to reach the summit and then explore the ingenious labyrinth of Technicolor caves below.

Salvation Mountain Summit
Salvation Mountain Road Trip

Wanderfully yours,


The photos of me were taken by my new artist friend Danielle Hein

My swimwuit, the Claudia by Solid and Striped was provided by The Suit Truck a swimwear boutique run out of a 1958 Chevy Apache. Follow along on their IG to find out where they'll be next.