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A dandelion rose:
Under the spell of a 5 a.m. full moon and
a blur that comes an hour and 57 minutes of clock ticking time later she woke, again.
She lived each night begging for a coaxing by the sun,
swaying from luring with syrup yellow and lucidly driving thorns into story covered fingers all the same.
I'm not so sure that I should call this post a travel post. Perhaps traveling back in time a little bit. I used to spend my nights, sometimes days anxiously scribbling, typing, brain dumping the ideas that came slamming through my mind.
I never considered myself a writer, and when I became one a good warm up was to let these mind wanderings take shape as little stories. The words I create need the imagery, the imagery needs the words, I'm never quite sure which inspires the other.
In the present, on this particular day Ben and I wandered for an afternoon at the Botanical Gardens. I sipped rosé, and lingered below the sun flair. Snapping photos in a harsh light, creating happy little accidents.
He by the way, is the happiest accident I can ever imagine.
Last night over drinks with a cousin I haven't seen since in a while, I talked about how Ben and I met. I told the story, but the part I left out was when I glanced across a room, his eyes catching mine. I left out how I knew that moment was never an accident at all.
I haven't looked away from Ben since, the prickly rose thorn of a girl I could be before him took flight like the seed puff on a dandelion.
p.s. I think sometimes I'll come back to sharing these little mind wandering stories like I used to. It feels good to me, so maybe you too?
p.p.s. I love you guys forever for reading. And those that were reading those stories summers ago, when all I could do was drink wine and wander off to the next little adventure, I'm so glad you're still here.
By the way, Nashville darlings: if you want to experience your own Springtime spell go visit Cheekwood Estate & Gardens.
By the numbers there's 103,100 tulips, 20,000 + daffodils, and the same number of violets and pansies. There's a beer garden and space to picnic and I'm grateful for the ushering in of Spring feels those bloom create.
In this post I'm wearing Nars Velvet Matte Pencil in Famous Red.
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Hiyaaa wanderful girls (and boys),
I've been home in our new Nashville home for a full week, Ben's home too and it feels so incredibly good to be here together. We're exploring our neighborhood (baby deer sightings confirmed over on my instastories!) and it's been a nice change from our usual out in the world travels. Making time for early morning adventures and sunset drives seems like the perfect way to settle in.
I leave again Monday for a quick trip to New Orleans, then New York and then I'm off to Paris with Michelle. (!) We're going to visit my little Parisian bf Hailee (oui oui!) and I can't wait to settle into girlfriend time. Send me all the recommendations you guys. What's your favorite hidden Paris gems?
I wore this adorable dress from Personify, a shop in Lakemont, GA catering to the modern bohemian (hand raise emoji right here), to catch a Tennessee sunset the other night. My sweet friend Sam sent me the hat and it feels perfect for these Nashville nights. I just love it out here by the way, and Nashville girls - I can't wait to meet more of you, it's so nice making new friends!
I'm feeling the happiest lately and love and appreciate all of you guys for reading so much!
This weekend was our first Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Franklin, TN. The festival takes place at The Park at Harlinsdale. It's a beautiful horse farm about 20 minutes south of Nashville, an absolutely stunning location for a festival.
From the festival website:
Established in 1933 by W.W. Harlin, Harlinsdale Farm has been called the most significant historic farm associated with the modern Tennessee Walking Horse industry. As famous as the farm itself is its prize stallion ‘Midnight Sun’. The famous horse became the first repeat World Grand Champion. The success of Midnight Sun has yet to be rivaled by any other Tennessee Walking Horse.
When my friend Clif & I arrived we were like giddy little girls, so excited to finally be back with my Ben, and also to catch some seriously amazing bands: Violent Femmes (hellllo middle school Andi), Shakey Graves, Beck and of course Grace and the band. We saw a few bands I hadn't seen before, Kaleo was a favorite of the day.
Day 1 was truly killer. Grace and the guys brought down the house per usual. I just love getting to see Ben, Grace and the band perform to such excited crowds day over day.
We closed out the night with a full on dance party. Beck's set was unbelievable. Everyone was talking about it Sunday morning. We watched from the soundboard, maybe one of the best spots on the farm! Afterwards there was an Electic Western Dance Party back in the Shangrilounge Artist tent. Vinyl records and about 100 people totally getting down.
On day 2 we headed back out, Ben played with New Orleans' stars Better Than Ezra and the line up continued to be one for the books (City & Colour and Hall & Oates topping my list)! I was totally fan girl'ing and snapped a shot of the City & Colour set list right before the show. They're so incredibly good.
The whole weekend was so perfect. I sent Ben back off on the bus late last night. Sad to have him go, and feeling happy that he's down to his last week of this tour, so thankfully he'll be home again soon.
I've been to a million festivals over the years and somehow this one felt different.... like a big family reunion.
Big thanks to Octer for dressing me for the weekend. If you haven't checked Octer do it asap. Their goal is to make online shopping easier than it's ever been. They feature the biggest US stores and something like 8,000 brands ranging from Topshop (which is where my outfits for the weekend came from) to ASOS to Farfetch to Net-A-Porter. Nobody's got time to search every store to find the perfect pieces and Octer definitely simplifies the game!
In all honesty it was so insanely hot (felt like Louisiana) that I was glad to have a few outfit options. I chose a couple of varieties of cotton dresses and stashed them on the bus so I could go change it up when I started sweating through my clothes, ahhhh! Always come prepared for fest weather you guys.
Hope you all had a beautiful weekend!