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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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)
Night Market is a fun local event that we have here in downtown Lexington that features all sorts of vendors – food, craft beer, hand made items, coffee, etc. There’s live music and lots to look at! We went several weekends back and I’d love to go again. I spotted a few vintage dresses and some beautiful handmade jewelery that I wish I had picked up. And the food – ohhh the food! These are the kinds of things that make me sad to see our Kentucky summer evenings slipping away!
Nate ran in the Bluegrass 10,000 on the 4th of July. I struggled to get up and go with him but I was so glad that I did because the weather was just perfect. It was a beautiful day to be outside! I find it so difficult to get up and get going but I am always so thankful once I’ve made myself do it. I walked around while Nate ran, sipped some coffee, and made sure to be at the finish line when he crossed! I tell ya, being a spectator is the only place for me when it comes to running. There’s a small part of me that wants to try to enjoy it but I think I’ll stick to silks classes!
We are headed to Chicago in October so that Nate can run the Chicago Marathon. I will be more than happy to be on the sidelines for that! Chicago is such a fantastic city and I can’t wait to take tons of photos and enjoy a long weekend there while Nate gets to do something he loves!