The older I get the more excited I get about simple things, like exploring nature and taking walks in the crisp fall air with Nate. This evening we discovered a beautiful biking/running trail near our house that we didn’t even know existed while exploring tiny little roads near our house. I was ecstatic – kicking up piles of leaves and having a good ol’ time. I don’t think I will never get used to having seasons. I’ve come to realize that the changing leaves and the snow on the ground will always feel foreign and special after growing up in Florida. And I love that I still feel that way after living here for seven years! After strolling down the trail for a while we ventured off the beaten path and found ourselves in a cornfield. It was such a scenic view at dusk.
I feel like I always say things like this, but this weekend was one to remember. A perfect fall weekend comprised of things we both love – entertaining family at our house and baking treats for them, visiting our favorite local coffee shop, an afternoon at a football game, naps, running, photo shoots, delicious breakfasts, talks of the future and all of our big ideas… so many good things crammed into one little weekend! I always feel nostalgic every Sunday night but you know, I’m just not sure I’d appreciate these times as much without the work week!
I’m so thankful to have a husband who believes in me and my blog. He’s always willing to to go on little photo shoot adventures with me and help me in any way that he can. Like I said.. I’m appreciating the simple things lately. They make the world go ’round.
Let’s preface this whole thing by saying that horse racing is still kind of.. confusing to me. I like to bet on the pretty horses or the horses with cute names and I’m really just not ashamed of that strategy regardless of how well it works- it’s fun. I tried really hard to look at all of the stats this time: how old the horses were, how many races they’d placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in, their jockey’s stats, etc. and guess what? Yep, I still sucked. I have a love/hate relationship with the whole idea of gambling. I’m really not sure how many times I told the entire table that I could have bought a new this or that with that $15 I just lost. The few times I did win something though? Pretty worth the thrill! I only took $25 and I managed to not loose it all. I can’t wrap my head around the idea of betting hundreds and hundreds of dollars. Of course, I get upset when we have to throw away food that goes bad before we can use it.. legit upset over like, $2 worth of squash. So yeah, I don’t see myself ever developing a gambling problem.
However! I do see myself dressing as if I’m going to Keeneland every day! I kind of love the simple things, so getting all dressed up with friends to go hang out, eat good food, and wear a big hat? I get pretty giddy about stuff like that. This outfit was thrown together pretty last minute. I came across this hat and top at a yard sale the weekend prior for a total of $3! The hat still had the Forever21 tag attached. Score! I’m really not sure what I would have worn if not for those new key pieces. Nate said I looked like a pilgrim in this outfit and my only comeback was, “A really STYLISH pilgrim.” so… who wants me on their debate team? (I don’t think I’m really stylish, by the way.. but maybe if I was a pilgrim?)
Over the weekend Nate drove me out into an area of our neighborhood that I’d never ventured through before to show me how perfect it would be for outfit photos. Thanks to his long distance running I now have quite a list of perfect (close to home) photo shoot locations that are sort of tucked away and hidden. I love that he’s always thinking of me and how he can help me with my hobbies, even while he’s working on his own! This little tree covered road made for a great place to shoot during Golden Hour. There was just the right amount of light streaming in through the canopy to add a bit of glow to the yellow and orange leaves that are just starting to appear in our trees. I keep waiting to walk outside one morning to beautiful red, gold, and orange leaves.. but the green of summer is hanging on tight! I handed over my camera and told Nate to “be artsy” as I laughed and ran out into the road. We hopped in and out of the road to avoid being run over and came up with quite a blooper reel. But out of all of the photos of funny faces and shoes flying off (that happened!) came these. This turned out to be such a beautiful location and Nate did such a great job on the photos. I always feel like we have to make plans to GO somewhere to take good outfit photos and with our busy schedules that is usually almost impossible. I think I’m just rambling now but what I really mean to say is that I’m starting to realize how much beauty is right in our own backyard. It kind of goes hand in hand with my focus on being thankful for what I already have, right at my finger tips. I’m always dreaming of bigger and better things!
This peach and white lace dress was so fun to pair up with more casual pieces, like a denim jacket and my favorite mustard scarf. There was just something about the different textures that made this outfit work! I bought this dress from Marshalls for The Maiedae Mixer and I haven’t worn it since. It was a little on the chilly side to be out and about with bare legs but I decided to enjoy the option while it lasts! I feel like fleece lined leggings and real pants are going to be mandatory here soon – so I better take advantage of just being “slightly chilly” while I can! I snagged these adorable studded leopard flats on Saturday night and they went perfectly with the outfit – especially with my leopard print heart earrings! I don’t think I’ll ever grow out of my love for leopard print and I expect that these flats will stay with me until they are worn to the point of having holes in them, just like my last 3 pairs! I’m a little crazy about all of the things embellished with studs/spikes right now so these were too good to pass up!
What’s up guys? Just kicking ass over here, Kentucky for Kentucky style. Ok – not really. But this shirt kicks ass, right? Nate and I both kind of love Kentucky for Kentucky and their mission (stated best on their website), Our goals are simple: increase tourism, attract new business, foster pride, diminish stereotypes, unify the Commonwealth, and distinguish Kentucky from any other place on the planet. We both won shirts via a contest on their Instagram and we were pretty stoked to receive and wear them. Nate’s is the same heather gray color but has a different logo on it. I don’t really wear the t-shirt and jeans combo often but I thought these booties and some red lipstick made the whole look a little more fun. All I’m missing is a leather jacket! I have a feeling you’ll be seeing this t-shirt remixed again soon. I like the challenge of dressing up simple pieces and this is a fun one!