My husband and I moved to Kentucky about 2 years ago. We came from a town out on Long Island, NY called Copiague, and before that I lived my whole life in northeastern New Jersey. To say we experienced culture shock when we moved out here would be a massive understatement. I wasn’t used to the pace. Things are slower here. Ultimately in a really good way, but it definitely took some adjusting. People stop and talk to you. When there’s a short line at Walmart, it still may take a while because the friendly cashier has to have a chat with just about every customer. When you’re out and about, it’s not uncommon to get a nod and a wave from perfect strangers.
I have a tendency towards a ‘hustle and bustle’ mindset. (I wonder where I got that from? Ha!) Even now as the weather is cooling, I find myself scribbling out long to-do lists. I have this need to keep busy at all times. Knowing this about myself, I’ve been making an effort to stop and look around. Creation is beautiful, people are beautiful, and I want to experience moments every day where I truly realize how blessed I am. Getting out for a walk in the middle of a work day is one of those things that takes some effort at first, but eventually I don’t want to return home.
One of my favorite Kentucky charms is that I can step out my front door and be strolling through a pretty horse farm in about 3 minutes flat. The wide open spaces and the crisp scent of fall on the breeze made this the perfect break from a bustling day. Hubby took pictures while I wandered and “played” with the horses. I’m totally smitten with those guys.
Little outings like this are also the perfect opportunity to play dress-up! I love bringing should-be summer dresses straight into fall by simply adding some boots, tights, and a cozy cardigan. Neutral tones and bright prints make a happy combo that I’ll never get tired of.
I’m also in love with this little life raft necklace from JewelMint, one of my favorite online jewelry shops.
Moving to Kentucky has helped me see the beauty in slowing down.
What do you do to slow down and escape the daily routine?
Dress: Tucker by Gaby Basora (via HauteLook) – Sleeveless Dress (Lost Collar Madness)
Cardigan: J.Crew – Classic Merino Long Cardigan (Marled Camel)
Tights: HUE – Opaque Tights (Ochre)
Boots: Anthropologie – Foxglove Boots
Necklace: JewelMint – Smooth Sailing Necklace
Bag: Longchamp – Le Pliage Large (Beige)