Lexington Love | Adventuring With Ruthie

Lexington Love | Adventuring With Ruthie - offbeat + inspired

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!]

Lexington Love | Adventuring With Ruthie - offbeat + inspired

The Location

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!

The Outfit

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

Lexington Love | Adventuring With Ruthie - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | Adventuring With Ruthie - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | Adventuring With Ruthie - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | Adventuring With Ruthie - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | Adventuring With Ruthie - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | Adventuring With Ruthie - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | Adventuring With Ruthie - offbeat + inspired

The Location

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.

The Outfit

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

Lexington Love | Adventuring With Ruthie - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | Adventuring With Ruthie - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | Adventuring With Ruthie - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | Adventuring With Ruthie - offbeat + inspired

The Location

A gorgeous old barn and field off Muir Station Road. Just another reason this is one of my favorite drives!

The Outfit

Top – We The Free Angel Sleeve Tee in ‘Ivory/Black’ from Free People
Jeans – Elizabeth by Imogene + Willie
Necklace – vintage
Hat – from Imogene + Willie
Shoes – Peter Nappi

Lexington Love | Adventuring With Ruthie - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | Adventuring With Ruthie - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | Adventuring With Ruthie - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | Adventuring With Ruthie - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | Adventuring With Ruthie - offbeat + inspired

The Location

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!]

The Outfit

Overalls – Washed Denim Overalls in ‘Eclipse’ from Free People
Tank – JCrew
Hat – thrifted
Shoes – Washed Canvas Authentic Sneakers in ‘Navy’ by Vans for JCrew

Lexington Love | Adventuring With Ruthie - offbeat + inspired

Lexington Love | Adventuring With Ruthie - offbeat + inspired

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.

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Comments

  1. Love this post! These locations are perfect!

    Pretty Lovely

  2. Hi! I’m ray! Creator of @lacedarrow . I live here in grand rapids, mi. Some of my absolute favorite spots here are Lantern Coffee Bar & Lounge, Marie Catrib’s for breakfast, HopCat for great local beers & their crack fries, Century Antiques, & Rosy Mound a trail walk out to Lake Michigan.

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Hi Ray!! Thanks so much for sharing your city picks! Those sound so great. I know where I’m going on my first visit to MI!! :D

  3. Hello Tiffany :)! I’m Cecilia from Macau. There’s not much place to go in this tiny city, but I usually hang out with my friends in cafes, or take a 30 min bus to Coloane! Days are best when there’s an Arts and Crafts Fair ( kind of selling your unique art products market ) in front of the library. ♡ Take a brief look at Macau through my blog or @ceciliadeer *^o^*

    I really like Lexington, from your pics and video :D I hope that you are going to have a lovely time living downtown, sounds amazing!

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Hi Cecilia!! Ohh that sounds wonderful. Cafes and craft fairs are pretty much all I’d need! That and a few good restaurants! :) Thanks so much for sharing and I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed my posts about Lexington!! :) I’ll definitely check out your site and feed!!

  4. Your photos have come out beautiful! Just wanted to know, what apps have you used to achieve the effects on the photos? Especially loving the ones you took at the Country Club, just the right effect to match the surroundings! x

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Thank you so much! I edit all my DSLR photos with Lightroom! I create my own settings using mainly curves and highlight/shadow tinting to achieve a film-like aesthetic. For my iPhone photography, I use the apps “VSCO” “Snapseed” and “Mextures” most often! But I also adjust settings manually within those apps to get the look I want. :)

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