outfit of the day, photoshoot

pale shadows

hey y’all! i’m back!

sorry for the extra long hiatus.  i won’t make excuses, because i finally got my act together and found an amazing photographer who is able to shoot regularly.  check out my new friend delaney royer, a very gifted young photographer i found via instagram (her instagram handle is @royerart — go follow her!).  i had been following her a while before i got up the courage to contact her.  she is a nashville native and one of the best photographers around, with a distinct style and a really unique perspective.  i thought it would be so much fun to do a shoot with her to see where it went.  we ended up having a ton of fun and great vibes, and it turned out to be a great adventure.  i already have another shoot booked and plan to continue as long as she’ll have me!  part of what has really made me enjoy the beginning of this blogging journey has been the creative people it’s led me to.  i’ve met several creative individuals (bloggers, stylists, photographers) in the nashville area via the community on instagram, and hope to collaborate with more in the future, so stay tuned!  {if you are interested, contact me!}

i told delaney the night before the shoot some ideas for the vibes i was going for and she knew the perfect spot.  i love train cars and old train tracks, and i love the grafitti on the car we shot in front of.  she’s got a lot of tricks up her sleeves.  even though this is more of a photoshoot type of blog post, this is a look i would 100% wear in real life.

this was the first fall shoot i’ve done, and i’d been dying to do so for months.  however, we had not really had a break from the summer heat until the week before this, so i thought the timing was great.  turns out, it was an 80 degree day, so i was cooking in my sweater and boots.  i’m stubborn, though, so i persisted; i’d been dying to shoot this spell kimono i had, and wanted to layer it as a fall piece even though they typically tend to be something you wear more in summer.  incidentally, the slip i am wearing under my sweater is one of free people’s single most popular items (i expect, anyway) and one of my favorite pieces in my closet.  it is actually very versatile, so look for it in future posts.  i want to show you all the importance of versatility in the items you buy, and encourage you to try new proportions and silhouettes with the pieces you love to make them feel fresh.  great rule of thumb: if you can’t think of three ways to wear something, don’t buy it!


hat – minnetonka via free people; sweater – free people (old) {similar here}; slip – free people; moon necklace (old) {similar here}; socks – free people {similar here}; boots – jeffrey campbell x free people; lipstick – nars audacious in charlotte




kimono – spell & the gypsy collective (on sale!)

let me just tell you, that there is something about long lengths — maxi dresses and this kimono, for example — that really make you feel special.  it’s just like i always say; there’s nothing like a maxi kimono to make a girl feel like a boho fairy princess.



also, there’s nothing like a pair of lace-up over the knee boots to make you feel a little sexy in a boho victorian girl kind of way.  these are another one of those iconic jeffrey campbell/free people pieces that most of the bohemian-inclined set lusts after.  they’ve been around several years now and i finally splurged on them when i had saved the extra cash.  i partially blame my blog for this purchase because i just kept dreaming of outfits to photograph that simply would not be complete without these boots.  they are suprisingly comfortable and easy to wear, so for me, they are still a great buy.


i got so hot i had to ditch my sweater.  the weather in nashville has been unseasonably warm, but it’s finally cooling off.  fall is my favorite time to get dressed!  i love sweaters, jackets, socks, boots, and cozy scarves.

styling tip: this kimono is slightly too long for me to wear with flats, but rather than hem it because the piece is printed, i just tie it in a knot in the back when wearing it with a lower heel.  looks cute in that effortless way, and saves the kimono from a pair of scissors!





turquoise stone necklace – miriam designs {similar here}










thank you to every single one of you for reading!


stay tuned! ➵

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