A Beautiful Kentucky Fall + Eshakti Review

A Beautiful Kentucky Fall
We have been experiencing a phenomenally beautiful fall here in Kentucky this season. Gorgeous colors, perfect weather! This is by far my favorite time of year and one of the main reasons that I don’t miss living in Florida. I just so wish it lasted a little longer because before I know it those pretty leaves will be gone and I’ll be freezing! (That’s when I miss 90 degrees with 100% humidity!) But – let’s live in the moment, shall we?
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Nate and I seem to take a trip out to Ashland Estate every year around this time. It’s a lovely place to take photos and wander around for a bit. We were definitely not the only people with the idea to take photos there on Saturday! I can’t tell you how many times someone walked into our shot, looked at us like we were a little odd, or tried to converse with us about photography. Haha. I have never seen so many people there at the same time.
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I had so much fun taking pictures in this dress. My gosh, I am in love with it. Eshakti.com sent it to me to review on my blog and though I’ve heard great things about them, I’m never really sure what to expect when I order clothing online. I was so pleased when I opened the package and held up the dress. Right away I could tell how well it was made – sturdy material, beautiful stitching detail – perfect! What really sets Eshakti apart from other online retailers is that you can customize their clothing to fit you perfectly – down to your exact measurements. I decided to go with a regular size 6 in this case though (one size up from normal) to have some room to grow into it. I did alter it a bit by having the sleeves removed and extending the length to knee length. I really love sleeveless dresses because it makes them so versatile. I can wear a long sleeve shirt under it with tights all winter and leave all of the layers behind in the spring/summer! I chose to lengthen it a little bit so that my growing tummy wont take the length up too short in the front. I could have removed the detail and the pockets if I had been interested in that – but how gorgeous is the detail!? And would anyone ever remove pockets from a dress? I hope not! There’s definitely room to grow and I think I’ll be able to wear this well into my pregnancy. It should be really fun to take pictures in it again down the road to see how that works out! My overall experience with Eshakti has been A+. This is a dress that will most definitely live in my closet for a long time and through many different seasons!
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I had to throw in a few shots of me holding my sonogram photo from my doctor appointment at a little over 7 weeks. =)

Outfit Details:
Dress: Kenya Dress // courtesy of Eshakti.com
Hat: Forever21
Boots: Target
Tights: Target
Cape: New York & Co.

**Photos taken by Nate

Boyd Orchards 2014

Boyd Orchards 2014
Nate and I went with his Mom, Grandparents, Sisters, and their families to Boyd Orchards last weekend. We went for the first time last year and it was so much fun. I had never been to an orchard or a pumpkin patch before (that I can remember) and I loved it! Last year we picked an insane amount of apples and had some trouble using them all. So we played it safe and helped the others pick theirs. We decided we’d be plenty happy with some apple cider and apple cider donuts! Of course in the end other family members pawned apples off on us because they had picked too many! ;] (I guess that was my plan all along!) I had my first apple cider slushy this year and man oh man.. I am hooked. We didn’t pick out a pumpkin so I’m thinking we might need to go back one more time! I really just need a reason to go back for another slushy.
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This is where I start waxing poetic about the weather, because it really has been fantastic. I get really emotional about being able to open all of the windows and let the breeze blow all throughout the house. Ha. Every single year. It was actually a little warm on Saturday at the orchard. I put on what I deemed the perfect apple picking outfit, got out there, and after a while of walking in the sun I was burning up. That’s what I get for trying to rush the fall weather! I am happy to report that the last few days have been nice and cool. Speaking of getting emotional – how wonderful is this photo below of my niece and her great grandma? SO sweet.
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Outfit Details:
Plaid Top: Thrifted
Cardigan: Target
Leggings: A gift from a friend
Hat: Forever21 (Thrifted)
Boots: Express
Bag: Vintage Coach (Thrifted/Gift from Mom)

Slow Weekends

My Favorite Light
Nate and I have been go, go, go the past couple of weeks. Last Sunday was kind of a slow day and it felt just right after a long day of tailgating with friends. Nate got up and did his normal ridiculously early things and I slept in. He came back to “take a nap” though, and we stayed in our dimly lit room well into the afternoon. Is there anything better than taking some time to just roll around in and out of consciousness with your favorite person in the middle of the day? No. No there isn’t. This past week went by fairly quickly and I found myself waking up to another weekend today. Saturday started early for me. I was up at 9AM for aerial classes and home by noon. When I pulled into the driveway today I marveled at my pretty little front porch. I bought gorgeous golden colored mums last night and put them in my hanging baskets. I hung up my tiny little fall wreath this evening and sat outside for a while in the crisp air. Fall has officially moved in and I feel like these photos are the last bits of summer.
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I’ve been trying to step back and make time for everything important. Truly important. I see so many people sleepwalking through their daily routines, not making time for anything but their worries. Y’all stop it, okay? Make a conscious choice to call up someone who’d be surprised to hear from you, to go run around outside with your camera, to take a class, to twirl around in a pretty dress, to figure out how to make better iced coffee at home than you can get at a coffee shop, to cook and eat delicious meals every night a couple of times a week, to make at least ONE of those DIY’s you’ve pinned on Pinterest… I’m talking to myself, too. Fill every minute that you are awake with something good, something that makes you feel alive. But then give yourself a little break if you never get to those Pinterest pins, because we’re never going to have time to make all of that shit, are we?
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Tonight we are at home – hanging out, watching football, doing yoga, having a few beers, relaxing. I’m enjoying the simplicity of it because I know the next few weekends will be filled with weddings and trips out of town. Lots of things to look forward to but lots of time spent on the move! Have a great weekend friends!

PS: I’m thinking of using my Tumblr a bit more again. Do you have a Tumblr? Leave your link in the comments!

Outfit Details:
Dress: Caught Ya Lookin’
Sun Glasses: Aria – St. Armands Circle
Necklace: c/o oNecklace
Purse: Vintage Coach – Thrifted
Flats: JCPenney

Live On Coffee and Flowers.

Live On Coffee and Flowers
This has been a full summer. A summer full of just being a twenty-six year old, which I’ve decided, is kind of a weird age. On the one hand it feels a little bit like I should be spending my free time budgeting and meal planning but on the other I know that these next few years may be the last before we have real responsibilities. So, I fall somewhere in the middle of being a truly responsible adult and someone who stays out a little later than they should on a week night. And I’m mostly okay with it, because I’m having the time of my life with my husband this summer. Plus, our idea of staying out late is typically like.. 10:30pm. ;]
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Just last week my cousin, Ellen, came up from Florida to stay with us for a few days while Nate and I had some time off of work. Nate and I went to Warped Tour right before she got here and then we all went to Forecastle. It was a blast! It was so great to spend some time with her and show her around Lexington! We stayed up until 5am sitting on my kitchen counters talking all night, just like we used to do when were kids (minus the Strawberitas). Every now and then I can recognize a period of time in my life that I know I’ll never forget. I think these past few months are on my list of treasured memories and I think the next few will probably make the cut, too. I’m not trying to wish away our wonderful summer weather but I see a pretty fantastic fall ahead of us!
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I hope you’ve all had a wonderful summer so far! I have a few posts from earlier in July that I’ve been meaning to share. Stay tuned. =)

**Photos By: Nate Hargis

Outfit Details:
Lace Top: Forever 21
Skirt (dress folded down): Vintage – handmade by my Mom!
Purse: Vintage Coach – Thrifted
Shoes: Thrifted
Sun Glasses: Aria – St. Armands Circle
Necklace: Vintage – family heirloom (Nate’s family)

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