Summer fabrics, how I love them! I have collected some good finds over the summer, both antique and not so much. I’ve been enjoying my linen Billy Reid shorts, vintage finds including shoes, blouses, paintings, and this perfect book, “Shopping Around the East and Near East.” If only I had found that book a few years ago, it would have brought me much knowledge as I wandered through the tunnels of markets in many-a-country!!
Anyways, today is my last day in Florence! I can’t even believe that my time at Billy Reid has come to a close. I can’t wait to share the behind the scenes photos from the Fall Campaign! Unfortunately, you will have to wait patiently until the campaign photos are released next week, though!
I am headed to Asheville, NC tomorrow for a holiday! I hope to do some extreme outdoor activities (hahahaha), eat some amazing food, and sit by the river at our cabin! Expect photos from that as well, of course.
There are longer days, columned entrances, front porches, watered plants, and wildflowers. Friends and family will be visiting for the next few weekends or so and I will enjoy every bit of it until the summer is whisked away from all of us! Let’s try not to think about that yet though!
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!!!!!
PLAY // Why Do You Let Me Stay Here? by She and Him
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!
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.
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!
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.
Isn’t Ming Tay just the loveliest? She is so beautiful and she has such a great style that is entirely Ming Tay. This particular night, a Nando Jones dress met Topshop shoes, and the two paired wonderfully. Although the focus was entirely on the Nando portion. Vintage is just so good (of course I am saying that because I just came back from Louisville with a renewed sense of vintage self, whatever that means) and I love seeing it on Ming.
Anyways, moving on from Ming and Nando… coming back to Tennessee is so bittersweet. The opportunity to be able to dive back into Hartland is such a blessing and planning photo shoots with Kristi McMurray is always a blast, but I can’t help but wish to be back in Birmingham or Louisville! Coming down from the high of break is not so nice, but such as life, you know? It is just that Spring Break was really delicious. I got to dine with dearest Aubrey at Chez Fon Fon, get afternoon coffee with the fabulous Emily Davis, spend days with my mother, watch snow fall on Rebekah and Ben’s wedding day (WHICH WAS A GORGEOUS EVENT), eat Moroccan food at my favorite Louisville restaurant, and run around town with Mr. TJ. I also got to visit Sojourn, where TJ will be working this summer! I am so very proud of him, because it is such an honor to intern there. God has been so good to us!
So… that was break in a nutshell. A very small and wonderful nutshell.
And now finally, I present to you Lykke Li live on the moon! Enjoy. (And look out for a review of her music on the C&C website!)