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 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)

Pieces of The Days: August of Adventures

August 2014

August has been such a good month! I am a little bit partial to August because of my birthday and all – but this one was jam packed full of fantastic adventures and memories! Nate and I had the chance to go to the PGA Championship (that’s where the photo above where I am wearing sunglasses was taken – right after getting completely drenched in a torrential downpour!), we saw Manchester Orchestra play a show right here in Lexington, Nate spoiled me for my birthday (new dress in that mirror shot!), I had another great month building my Pure Romance business (did a little product testing of our new bath line and a new scent), and I made progress in my silks classes! Yeah – I’d say August was a pretty great month!

I had a fantastic birthday weekend. Nate always knows how to surprise me and treat me on my birthday (and everyday). I got my usual special treatment – I woke up to roses from the farmers market, my favorite iced almond latte, and my favorite donuts! He told me that on the way to pick up all of those things he saw a dress in the window of a little boutique downtown that I *had* to have and he wanted to take me back to look at it. Isn’t that sweet?! We went back and I fell in love with that dress and SEVERAL other items! To my surprise they were all super reasonably priced so I picked out a few things! I could probably count on one hand the number of items of clothing I’ve bought in the last year that aren’t considered yoga pants/workout gear, so it felt really nice to add a few new pieces to my closet! AND it felt pretty great to support a cute local boutique downtown! If you’re in Lexington you should definitely stop in and check out Caught Ya Lookin (or check out their website)! I can’t wait to share some outfit posts!

I’m looking forward to heading into September and the fall season! I may or may not have already put out a lot of my fall decorations. Our house just looks better in fall – our couch cushions are all burnt orange, mustard yellow, and brown! I’m getting way too excited about going into Bath and Body Works to grab some Fireside Marshmallow candles and wallflowers. I have one of the teeny tiny candles left from last year that I’ve been burning for like 10 minutes at a time all year just to get my fix, haha. I honestly can’t wait to tailgate for football, crunch around in some leaves, go apple and pumpkin picking (we did that last year for the first time! I loved it!), sit outside in the crisp fall air, and make warm cocktail drinks with my partner in cocktail making crime- Kristie. Actually, she usually makes them and I just get to drink them.

What are you looking forward to this fall? Are you ready or do you want summer to hang on a little longer? I realized earlier this week that I literally did not go swimming or even put on a bathing suit ONCE this summer and that’s a little depressing for this Florida girl turned Kentuckian. I think maybe a beach trip needs to be in the cards for next year!

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Pieces of The Days is monthly/sometimes weekly series where I share photos from my iPhone and talk a little bit about daily life happenings! Some of the photos have been shared on my Instagram and some have not!

What I Wore: Exploring Autumn

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.

Striped Dress: c/o Aerie
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.

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