This is the most exciting time of year for me. Especially this year. I’m settled in to the downtown apartment — a gorgeous, old 3-story building on North Limestone. Our little nook is on the third floor above Le Deauville French Bistro, across the street from a blooming school courtyard. The city is popping with color now, which means it’s time to break out the list of springtime shenanigans and start hacking away. One of them was to have my dear friend Ruthie Lindsey come up from Nashville for a visit! If you follow me on Instagram, you know how much I love this girl. Goofing, laughing, heart-to-hearts, dance parties, music listening and exploring — all part of the typical, wonderful craziness.
When she pulled into town, we only had a vague idea of what the next 3 days were going to look like, but knew we were going to spend one of them shooting everything we possibly could. Ruthie’s personal style is just one of the hugely inspiring things about her, so we decided to show a few of her favorite looks in a few of my favorite Lexington locales. The rest of this post will serve as a photo journal of that day with outfit and location credits. I just love showing off this little city, especially alongside one of my favorite gals!
[Watch the video of our day here, then check out the pics below for all the details!]
Market Street, right across from Gratz Park. I love this spot because the buildings are beautifully unique and the sidewalk is a gorgeous red brick. I LOVE stone/brick sidewalks. Gratz Park is such a pretty place to stroll or picnic, especially this time of year when everything is blossoming and green!
Skirt – Mad Cool Maxi Skirt in ‘Taupe’ from Free People
Top – We The Free Keep Me Crop Tee in ‘Ivory’ from Free People
Sandals – from Mohawk General Store
Long Necklace – from Grandmother’s Buttons
Short Necklaces – vintage
Hat – Brixton
Train tracks that pass over Muir Station Road between Windy Corner Market and Winchester Road. This entire stretch is amazing. One of my favorite places to drive. We’ll generally head out to Windy for some lunch and then explore Bryan Station Road and Muir Station road, stopping for pics along the way. NOTE: Play on train tracks at your own risk.
Top – Chambray Workbench Top in ‘Sunflare’ from Madewell
Jeans – Lucy in ‘Slate’ by Imogene + Willie (on sale!)
Shoes – Washed Canvas Authentic Sneakers in ‘Navy’ by Vans for JCrew
Fanny Pack – designed by Ruthie
Bracelet – from Beam & Anchor
A gorgeous old barn and field off Muir Station Road. Just another reason this is one of my favorite drives!
County Club. This is one of my favorite restaurants in Lexington. It’s some of the best barbecue I’ve ever had. They smoke all their own meats and the menu is crafted with perfect pairings, whether you prefer salads and slaw or classic pulled pork and mac ‘n cheese. You’ll get the best versions of whatever you order here. The atmosphere is industrial, cool and relaxed, the music is always good and you’ll want to stay for hours. [Try the Miso Slaw and pulled pork with their orange sauce. My current go-to. And for dessert, order some Crank & Boom ice cream, made right here in Lex!]
What city are you from? What are some of your favorite local spots to adventure during the spring and summer? Can’t wait to hear!!
Find out more about this lovely lady on her design site, RuthieLindsey.com! You can also visit her on Instagram (@ruthielindsey) here! And if you want to hear her story, she gave an amazing talk for the first Creative Mornings gathering in Nashville a few weeks ago. If you watch this, you’ll know why she is such an incredible inspiration.