August 25, 2016

Local Love: The Appalachian Fair // Gray, TN

The Appalachian Fair // Gray, TN

Let's start with a lesson in dialect - one that I believe everyone (no matter where you're from) should master. Ready? Repeat after me: App-uh-latch-uhn. One more time: App-uh-latch-uhn. Appalachian. Very good. Now we're all on the same page.

On Monday night, I put on my boots (ok, booties) and went to the Appalachian Fair in Gray, Tennessee. The fairground is about forty-five minutes from where I live and always worth the trip. Dan + Shay were the musical entertainment for the opening night of the fair, and I reserved the tickets the day they went on sale. I had to actually pick up the phone and call a box office (hello, 1985). If you follow me on snapchat then you saw some snippets of the show. They are ah-mazing live. At one point the power went out on the stage and they had to perform a few songs acoustically. I always say, artists show their true talent when they're put on the spot like that. It was everything. 

The show didn't start until 8 and since we had reserved seats, we got there a little early and just wandered around - taking in the sights and smells (funnel cake!) of the fair. The baby animals may have been my favorite part - are you surprised?! If you live close, you should definitely plan to go! The entertainment line-up this year is incredible! And the fried food. Fried oreos, anyone?!


The Appalachian Fair // Gray TN


The Appalachian Fair // Gray TN


Julie Leah // What To Wear To The Fair


The Appalachian Fair // Gray TN


The Appalachian Fair // Gray TN


The Appalachian Fair // Gray TN


Julie Leah // What To Wear To The Fair


The Appalachian Fair // Gray TN


The Appalachian Fair // Gray TN


Julie Leah // What To Wear To The Fair


The Appalachian Fair // Gray TN


The Appalachian Fair // Gray TN


Julie Leah // What To Wear To The Fair


The Appalachian Fair // Gray TN


The Appalachian Fair // Gray TN


The Appalachian Fair // Gray TN


And the sunset that night, y'all. I can't even put it into words and these photos don't do it justice. . .

The Appalachian Fair // Gray TN


The Appalachian Fair // Gray TN

August 23, 2016

My Style: Navy & Pink Paisley Swing Dress

Julie Leah: Navy Swing Dress

I mentioned in this post that it was so important to me, this time around with the blog, to really focus on what makes this part of Virginia that I call home so great. Well, these pictures are a perfect place for me to start telling that story. This farm is right down the road from my house - I pass it every day going to and coming from work. It's beautiful. There's a big farm house (the owners') that sits on the opposite side of the road. When my dad and I were out taking these pictures last week the owner actually came to the edge of the property and asked if we wanted her to take a picture for us - that's the place that I call home. I explained what we were doing and thanked her for letting us set up shop for a few minutes on her land.

As you scroll through these pictures, there are a couple that I'm clearly laughing. This horse, y'all, was the sweetest creature ever. I didn't grow up around horses, and I asked my dad if all horses are that friendly - he assured me, no. This one came over while we were taking pictures, put it's head over the fence and nuzzled my back at one point. I was able to pet it and love on it almost the whole time we took these. My crazy cat lady tendency actually extends to all animals....

Julie Leah: Navy Swing Dress


Julie Leah: Boho Style Inspiration

Julie Leah: Navy Swing Dress with Boots

Julie Leah: Navy Swing Dress with Boots

Julie Leah: Lisi Lerch Gold Disk Earrings

Julie Leah: Navy Swing Dress with Boots

Julie Leah: Navy Swing Dress with Boots

Dress, BOUTIQUE FIND -- Cardigan, TARGET (the best wear-with-everything cardigan ever!)
Hat, OLD NAVY -- Boots, OLD NAVY -- Gold disk earrings, LISI LERCH
Gold bangle set, KENDRA SCOTT -- Stone bangle, BOURBON and BOWETIES
Sunglasses, URBAN OUTFITTERS

August 22, 2016

Currently Crushing


Currently Crushing


1. State necklace, DOGEARED -- 2. Horseshoe ring, DOGEARED -- 3. Unicorn ring, DOGEARED
4. Light pink tassels, LISI LERCH -- 5. Bull & floral tunic, MUMU 
6. #Appalachia tee, HASHTAG APPALACHIA
7. Lace up flats, HALOGEN -- 8. Lauren sandals, JACK ROGERS
9. Tote, BARRINGTON -- 10. Squash blossom necklace, ETSY

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Happy Monday, friends! When I sat down to brainstorm ideas for today's post, I immediately thought about all the neat pieces that I've been bookmarking and saving that I need want to add to my collection of pretty things. Like a squash blossom necklace - that one is topping my list right now. Do y'all know how much authentic squash blossoms cost, though?! For now, I'm just gonna have to settle for a really good replica. And can we also discuss for just a minute why Mumu has to be so dang expensive?! I literally want every. single. thing. But especially some of the pieces from the latest collection (all the heart eyes).

If y'all follow on snapchat (julie-leah) then you saw some clips of the awesome Saturday night I had. I can't wait to share more with you this week! Here's a snap from instagram to hold you over! I'm heading to the fair tonight to see Dan & Shay (also, all the heart eyes!) so expect that to be included in a recap this week, too. 

And thank you a million for the sweetest ever response to my blogging return last week. My heart is full and happy. You guys are just the best.

xo, Julie