The dreary months of winter are dragging on here in Kentucky. I’m still trying to find the beauty in it as much as possible – but if I’m being flat out honest, I’m really over it. Every now and then I’ll gaze out my window at the gleaming icicles hanging off of the trees or catch a perfect snowflake on my jacket and it will make me feel so at home in this weather. But then, I drive to work on a sheet of ice and get pelted in the face with freezing rain as I drudge through the parking lot trying to get into the building as fast as possible – BUT NOT TOO FAST – because I don’t know how many times I’ve come THISCLOSE to biting it. Unfortunately, there’s a whole panel of windows facing that parking lot and I know that when my day finally comes there will inevitably be a video of me on YouTube falling banana-peel-style – laptop, purse, and lunchbox flying through the air. Stay tuned for that, friends.
I’ve come to the conclusion that winter is just sucking the life out of me lately. It’s harder to get out of bed in the mornings and just harder in general to get motivated to do anything outside of my list of things that have
to be done. Nate and I have literally been sitting around dreaming of warmer days out loud to one another. OH man, PATIO BEER. Remember PATIO BEER?!
Barely. I barely remember patio beer. I barely remember sitting outside watching Kristie play volleyball games. I barely remember walking around the farmers market with Nate. I barely remember strolling around downtown on the weekend with friends, popping in and out of all of our favorite places, and wandering back to their house to hang out. You guys, IT’S SO WHITE HERE. Where is the SUN?! It’s getting dramatic.
I’m kidding. It’s not that dramatic, but our heating bills sort of are. That’s quite a big slice out of my metaphorical Winter Complaint pie chart – comparing second in size only to removing myself from under the heat blanket. Do you know how I know that I work too much? I’ve started making up fake pie charts in my head. It’s completely normal, I swear.
So what about you – is it cold where you are? How are you handling it? Are you tired of seeing everyone complaining about the weather? Well, so am I. So much so that I figured, why not jump on the bandwagon? ;]
What I Wore:
Coat: Maria D // Delia’s
Dress, Belt, Socks, + Hat: Forever 21
Sweater: New York & Co.
Scarf: Shi by Journey’s
Gloves + Tights: Target
Bag: Vintage Coach // Still Chic Boutique
While Nate and I were visiting my parents for Christmas my Mom and I went out and did some vintage shopping at a local second hand/consignment boutique. My Mom sells her clothes there often and she’s friends with the owner – so she helps out around the store now and then. She had a little bit of store credit to use and wanted to buy me an outfit for Christmas, so we went and picked one out! You never know what you’ll find in a consignment shop and sometimes it’s hit or miss, right? But I pretty much hit the jackpot. Every single piece of this outfit came from Still Chic Boutique
, minus the jewelry and headband.
Nate and I decided to go out and take photos at a few spots around town that tend to remind me of home. The orange groves were a bit of an adventure. I didn’t really think through the whole high heel shoes vs. Florida sand
thing. Nate carried me to the spot I stood in for the pictures and I literally didn’t move. HA. There are a lot of outtakes at the orange grove where I’m THISCLOSE to biting it. I have a pretty hilariously supportive husband, huh? This was really the only place I intended to take planned photos but we decided to go exploring a bit and ended up with a few more. We took a trip downtown and visited the street where we had our engagement photos taken. Not far from there is The Pier, which looks out over Lake Jackson. We stopped there as well to reminisce a little more about our engagement photos – we also took a few there! Funny enough, we took those *under* the pier because the lake was so low at that time. The spot we took our photos is completely under water now. Dress: Vintage / Still Chic Boutique // Bag: Vintage Coach / Still Chic Boutique // Heels: Charlotte Russe / Still Chic Boutique // Cameo Necklace: Forever21 // Headband: Gift
There isn’t a whole lot to my little town and I was relatively unimpressed with it growing up. I definitely had the itch to escape the small town life and I’d say I did that pretty successfully. But there’s nothing like going home, you know? Smelling the orange blossoms on the breeze, wandering around a quaint little downtown full of locally owned shops and restaurants, looking out over the entire town across the lake… it’s nice to be able to go back and appreciate those things as an adult.
Did you move away from your childhood hometown? How do you feel about going back now?
I told y’all to stay tuned for part 2 of Christmas Eve in Florida and here it is! I was so excited to take Nate out to Maxwell Groves in Avon Park, Florida. (You may remember the last time I blogged about it here
.) I talked his ear off about their homemade orange ice cream and fresh squeezed orange juice for months prior to our trip down. You’d have to ask him, but by the look on his face that day, I’d say both the ice cream and the orange juice lived up to the hype!
I absolutely love places like this – tucked away like a perfectly kept secret, full of southern charm and hospitality. Their store is stocked with tons of amazing local items, too. I most definitely brought home a bottle of Orange Blossom Honey Wine, some local orange blossom honey, and Everglades seasoning! (Fun fact: Everglades seasoning is made right in my hometown of Sebring, Florida! And you can totally buy it on Amazon.com
.. which is weird to me. Ha!)
If you’re ever in the Highlands County area, make sure to stop in to Maxwell Groves and buy yourself some Florida goodies!! This is no tourist trap, it’s the real deal!