In an entirely unscientific poll, I learned that all women in Nashville struggle with how to dress in these scorching temperatures. I think we can all agree that pants are a no-go in triple-digit temps, but even dresses seem like far too much clothing when you can bake cookies on the dashboard of your car. Strapless bras morph into tourniquets and underwear is absolutely optional when it's just going to turn into a sweaty diaper anyway.
But since most of us can't go to work in a bikini, we're all looking for summer clothing that is comfortable, cute and affordable. Our friends at the Hill Center are here to help.
A band of boutiques at the Hill Center — conveniently located in the traffic suck known as Green Hills — figured out that people like to buy things when they're buzzed. Tonight marks the second in a series of adventures in shopping, Cocktail Hour at the Hill Center. The participating retailers — Posh, Hemline, H. Audrey, Plucky, Billy Reid, Cosmetic Market, Calypso, Snap and Barton Perreira — are providing shoppers with a signature cocktail while they browse special discounts and sales. We plan to start with "Poshtinis" and shoes at Posh, followed by Prosecco at H. Audrey while we lust over fabulous dresses, and then Champagne and lip gloss at Cosmetic Market. I'm fairly certain that there will be many fine-lookin' boys drinking Sweet Carolines at Billy Reid. (We'll also be hitting Billy Reid, for the boy-watching and also to find out what a Sweet Caroline is.)
As if that's not good enough, the retailers will also offer a Hill Center Summer Passport. Here's how it works: Shop at any of the participating stores throughout the summer, and you'll get a stamp on your passport — yes, you need to bring it back each time, kind of like a regular passport. Collect eight stamps by the end of the summer (defined as "7 p.m. on August 22," in case you were wondering), and you get to choose from the following passport perks:
Posh: $25 gift card
Hemline: $25 gift card
H. Audrey: Love Quotes Scarf
Pluck: Fashion fix-it bag
Billy Reid: $25 gift card
Cosmetic Market: $25 gift card
Calypso: 20% off
Snap: $25 gift card
Barton Perreira: $50 gift card
The Cocktail Hour runs from 5-7 p.m. tonight, July 11, and on July 25, August 8 and August 22.
Stay fashionable by following #CocktailHourHC.