Lovelies Alice Hardin and Lisa Garner came to visit me here! We ate some scrumptious food (Alice made a tasty breakfast), relaxed as if we were on a mini-vacation, saw the sights (hahaha), and enjoyed our short time to the max. Alice even gave Lisa and me a couple of fashion shows!!!!!
In Florence, Alabama, the houses are beautiful in their age, vibrant green trees shade the roads, antiques are everywhere, music roots run deep, enjoying time by the water is a huge part of life, and the restaurants prove to be delicious. Despite working in the craziness of fashion, things are somehow slower here. Even still, no matter how wonderful the place may be, when one is away from his or her love, there will always be blues in the South!
PLAY // Blues in the South by Louis Armstrong
The man is from another era. I absolutely loved his performance on the Saturday night of Shindig, and without a doubt, I believe the rest of the attendees agreed with me. “Music and fashion, its peas and carrots anyway,” said Billy Reid in his conversation with J. Crew.
Last week at Billy Reid we had the privilege of shooting Quinta Witzel (pictured here in front of the historic Shoals Theatre) for the web! She is an incredibly talented model, and she made styling super easy. After the shoot we had some down time and got to explore a little bit of Florence. We drank Italian creme sodas from Rivertown (they were so amazing that I promise you we must have discussed them for a good ten minutes), tried on $5.00 jeans at the general store, and purchased blouses at salvation army! Southern hospitality, I’d say.
PLAY // Do the Astral Plane by Flying Lotus
I know I am about to have a good time if it involves a night out with this fine lady at Chez Fon Fon, and last week was no exception! Our hour long wait paled in comparison to the decadent meal of fresh ingredients and one of my favorite desserts in town: chocolate caramel-nut tart. Frank Stitt is a genius. Oh yeah, and the conversation wasn’t too bad either… We stayed at our table for hours and I’m sure that the waiter (and the people waiting) wanted to kick us out long before we said our final adieus.
I also love how they often play James Brown remixes at Chez…
I heart Birmingham. And summer. Which I think I’ve made pretty obvious by now. Well, I’m off to Nashville for the weekend to celebrate TJ’s birthday and attend a wedding!
We went jewelry shopping for the big day, and held hands as we did so.
She happily walked out with necessities instead of baubles.
Tickets were held as prized possessions, and used like money to give and take away.
Family made it to the ceremony by the grace of God.
“People said they never thought I would make it this far.”
No plans for afterwards, apartment before job is what comes to mind.
The cycle begins, but lets hope not. Let’s push for not.
She reads books about fashion, and knows every decade.
Perhaps shadowing the Wilbourn Sisters is the answer to our prayers.
Ms. Mary said it could be so… I saw her at graduation.
PLAY // Never Have I Found by Josh Garrels
+All images shot with a disposable camera.
Sigh of relief…I am going on vacation…to somewhere very old-fashioned, where there is no internet or phone service. It will indeed be a time for reading, (so many Vogues to catch up on and maybe a little C.S. Lewis, for the first time in my life!) sleeping, dressing up, hiking, and maybe some spa time too. Thank goodness for these times of rest. Soon I will move to work at Billy Reid for the summer. Look forward to photos from the mountains and of Mildred once I am back and settled into my new home! One sweet Southern summer coming up!
PLAY // Oh My Sweet Carolina by Ryan Adams