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High Hampton Inn, How I Love Thee

I am convinced that High Hampton Inn is the perfect place to vacation. When my mom made our reservations early on in the year, I dreamt about it for months before we actually made our voyage! Basically, happy thoughts of High Hampton Inn got me through the semester that I never thought would end!
What is so phenomenal about it? It is simple. It is old-fashioned. It is peaceful. This particular trip to High Hampton was with my mother, grandmother, aunt, and uncle. The ladies in my family love to talk, and the multiple porches and long dinners provided ample opportunity for us to do so. As a girl who loves to devour magazine pages, the atmosphere begged for me to take the time to do that as well. We took walks around the property, ate delicious food in the dining room, dressed up for dinner (a mandatory rule the inn has made that I am obsessed with), mingled with other guests, participated in post dinner bingo and afternoon tea, tried out the new “Hampton Market,” and slept with the windows open at night. I even got the privilege of going to the High Hampton Inn Spa! It was an absolute pleasure. When that kind of treatment is involved, who cares whether or not there is internet, phone service, or air conditioning?
This vacation meant so much to me, because it was not only a breath of fresh air after an insane semester, but also such a sweet time with my family. I have a feeling that many guests leave with that same thought as well. That is just what the Inn does, it provides the perfect opportunity for you to relax and enjoy one another’s company.
I will let these images speak for themselves, and hopefully you will be able to understand a little bit more of what High Hampton Inn is like. I crave it every summer, and I hope to keep going there for years to come!

PLAY // Hear the Noise That Moves So Soft and Low by James Vincent McMorrow


































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Through the Countryside


For as long as I can remember, Oneonta has always seemed like a getaway to me. Going there makes me feel like I am in the middle of nowhere, which is partly true. This summer I went there for a long weekend, and couldn’t have loved it any more than I did. We ate homemade food (and ordered in Pizza Hut) and too many cookies, watched movies, read magazines and the paper, drove around to see the covered bridges and to buy home grown peaches, gawked at the flowers found in the yard, took naps, and sat out on the porch. What Aunt Anne said would probably be “the most boring weekend ever” was actually one of my favorites! My family is so very dear to me, and it is always especially hard leaving them when I depart down that long driveway.

PLAY // In My Lady’s House by Iron & Wine









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For the Love of Dovetail


Owner of Dovetail Antiques, Sally Johannessen, curates her merchandise beautifully. It is evident that every item was hand-picked by her, and that there is a story behind each as well. She tells me of her travels to France (where much of her goods come from) and flea markets abroad. Her passion for gorgeous things of old is infectious, and going in Dovetail is an absolute pleasure. Her doves will even greet you at the door as they coo to one another! So sweet. To decorate a home full of these antiques would be divine!
PLAY // La Javanaise by Madeleine Peyroux
















If you are ever in the mountains of Cashiers, North Carolina vacationing, do take a peek in Dovetail!

Also, totally unrelated…but look at this POST by Garance Dore. It is about a museum exhibition and it looks incredible! If only I could see it in real life! Anyone want to go to France with me? We could bring back Sally some antiques…

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Let’s Vacate for the Weekend


Mmmmm…. Louisville was wonderful! We antiqued like there was no tomorrow, strolled through Bardstown Road, lounged around, played with some kiddos, spent all of Sunday at Sojourn, and saw the movie we have all been waiting for, Tree of Life. It was a lovely weekend, and I was sad to see it go!

PLAY // Minnesota, WI by Bon Iver










Now I bring to you…a very condensed Louisville dining guide! We brunched every day and had amazing dinners. Eiderdown was a new restaurant for me, and I loved it! You must go and get the popcorn as your appetizer! Crazy, I know, but it is Louisville. Everything is quirky. Spinelli’s is one of my favorites; its the wildest place and the white pizza blows my mind every single time. Lynn’s Paradise Cafe is the tackiest restaurant I have ever seen (it is like that on purpose…a total tourist trap) and I can’t get enough of it. Their breakfast is to die for, and the servings are massive. The crepes from Java Brewing Co. get me every time as well. Delicious. In addition, Ramsi’s Cafe on the World is still my number one Louisville favorite… they specialize in dishes from numerous cultures. Once you take one bite of your Egyptian dish (or whatever you choose), you are transported across the seas. Okay, now I have to explain why there are so many photos of that one muffin. Well, that is because it is the best muffin in the world. The little guy is from Quills Coffee, the best shop in Louisville, and it is blackberry banana chocolate chip. Yes, all of those things combined with an orange on the side make it the best muffin ever. Therefore, it deserves a few photos, right? Also, they have amazing red lattes there. I look forward to getting one every time we visit! So much food talk! Grief. But vacation is about the food and the company, so I would say that it was definitely an amazing getaway to the Hester household!

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You Can’t Spell Louisville Without LOVE!


I am headed to Louisville with my sweet man today! I’ll finally get to be there while he plays at Sojourn, eat at new places, go to see Tree of Life, and have breakfast with my aunt and uncle from Florida. Au revoir!

PLAY // Baby, I Love You by Aretha Franklin

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Happy Sunday as Momma Always Says


Easter “bag-skets” (mom attached that old family photo of three to mine, and made up the term “bag-sket”), dark chocolate Cadbury eggs, Sunday church, family love, a new vintage dress, linen pants, yard photos, iced coffee, a full late lunch, pound cake with strawberries and whip, a drive in the country, a venture to Oneonta, and a long road back to Tennessee… just a glimpse of my Easter!
Thank goodness we can place our faith in a risen Lord, and not something that has passed.

PLAY // “Be Set Free,” by one of my most favorite musicians, Josh Garrels.








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The Color of Sherbet and a Tan Jumper


Weekends are never long enough, are they?
Once again, I encountered a beautiful vase of flowers waiting for me on my counter when I arrived home. This time they were orange sherbet colored roses that my mom bought for fifty cents. At home, we ate well (Primavera, Continental Bakery, Surin, Chez Lu Lu, Flip Burger, and as my mom says: “Chez Ott”), celebrated much (Easter!), walked (on scenic Red Mountain, winding around English Village, passing the glass house), read often (a novel, “Four Spirits” for class… about Birmingham), shopped a bit, and traveled to Oneonta. My dad gave my car a makeover and we went to the “Library in the Forest.”



Prepare thyself for the cutest child in the world playing jazz… my my my.

Until the end of this semester, I will fantasize about my upcoming trip to High Hamptons, one of my favorite places ever. And to make this Monday a decent one, I’m sipping a Chai latte and listening to Ray Charles! Thank you, TJ Hester for treatin’ me so nice and buying me drinks.

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Billy Bob Nights


Oh nights in Texas and memories of SWPJC! Billy Bob’s is a place of neon lights, pool tables, country music stars, photo booths, and stylin’ old ladies that have been line dancing forever (hence the red Justin boots…that belong to a grandmother). IT IS THE WORLD’S LARGEST HONKEY TONK. They took all of us little photographers at the Student Workshop there, and it totally cracked me up (in the best way possible). Those people had never seen so many cameras in one honkey tonk.
Whilst being true to Texas, I will give you some Wanda Jackson…
PLAY “I Gotta Know” :





Maybe we should all do a little jig because it is Wednesday; half way there to the weekend! Happy line dancing to you all.

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Dreaming of Alys…


Anybody want to whisk me away to Alys Beach? I have been dreaming of it day and night. I want a vacation.
PLAY: “Summertime” by Jesca Hoop:







More of Alys can be seen HERE. How about Charleston? That is nice and warm..HERE. For more vacations in general, see HERE.

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Shopping Texas Style | Part II


Welcome to Ponder Boot Company!!

This place is incredible, and a gem amongst the touristy-ness of the Fort Worth Stockyards. Just when I was about to give up hope, I rounded the corner and found this outlandish store. I was amazed by all of the…stuff! The materials: anything from elephant to alligator and everything in between (PITA PEOPLE, I HOPE YOU DON’T SEE THIS), were so captivating and hefty. Only the swankiest of the swank can afford leather high top converses…and at Ponder that dream can become a reality!! Feast your eyes upon the world of custom-made boots in Texas….
Today’s song… “The One That I Love Best” by Jessica Lea Mayfield…










I hope every single one of you had a very relaxing weekend! I made sure to get bunches of sleep, go to a Texas Independence Day party, paint Hartland Place Apartment’s laundry room, community center, and office (with lots of awesome volunteers), and eat at one of my favorite Jackson restaurants with good friends. I couldn’t live if weekends didn’t exist. True story.

Happy Monday to you all!

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