24 August 2011

The one where I go to Kentucky (Part 1)

On the spur of the moment, I decided to tagalong with my family on their short visit to my grandparents' home in Kentucky.

I love that my family doesn't think of travel as a race to get somewhere. We make lots of stops, most usually at Cracker Barrel. ;)


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My grandparents' home is really lovely. A lot of natural light filters through the windows, and they maintain a gorgeous garden out back.







They live on a golf course, so Summer (who is getting ready to take her driver's test - What?!) spent most of the weekend zipping about in their golf cart.


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My grandmother gave me her mother's smoky quartz cocktail ring. I'm in love. Not only is it gorgeous, but it's fun having a statement piece with a story behind it. :)





Pretty sure my parents are the most adorable ever. We laughed so much, and they were good sports about all the pictures.



And then Summer found a pair of sunglasses on the side of the road that matched her sweatshirt and the weekend was deemed a success. ;)


Check back Friday for some more pictures + an outfit post that Summer and my mom helped me out with.

Aaaaaand...I'm happy to announce the Birchbox giveaway winner! 

So excited for you to try out Birchbox, Becky! I will be emailing you later today. :)

That is all.


  1. I feel like Cracker Barrel is a necessary stop for all road trips. You must have breakfast food and play that triangle game with the golf tees.

  2. Wow Ashlee that ring is amazing! So beautiful. I wearing jewellery that has a story behind it too. It always makes wearing it that little bit better :). All your pictures are really making me look forward to coming to work in the US!

  3. What stunning pictures! Do you use a macro lens? That is on my wish list, for sure!

  4. Beautiful photos! Love that ring too - what a great gift! I used to work in a jewelry store and smoky topaz was always one of my favorites.



  5. looks like a great trip! and that ring is gorgeous!! :)

  6. AHHH!!! I can't believe I won! I seriously wanted this giveaway more than anything - yes yes, thank you! :)

    As to your pictures - fabulous as always, and that ring is awesome! Also, is it weird that I think driving a golf cart is a lot more fun than driving a car?

  7. summer looks like a little mini version of you right down to the sassy nails! how cute!

    p.s. cracker barrel is heaven sent. we had one by our hotel in florida and had to stop ourselves from eating there every day

  8. really beutiful pictures - i love family heirloom jewlery. nothing better.

  9. Beautiful family and beautiful pictures! Also, that ring is lovely (and I love your earrings too). Is this comment gushy enough? I think so.

  10. Looks like a great trip. That cocktail ring is amazing. Indeed: nothing better than jewelry with a story.

  11. Ooh I absolutely love that shade of purple nail polish you're wearing in the photo with the ring! What brand/color is it?


  12. Your photos paint such a perfect picture of this trip! It looks like a great little family getaway. Sometimes unexpected trips are the best kind!

  13. Love you pics (as always) Luke's grandma lives on Kentucky Lake & we went for a quick visit this last May - I though Kentucky was beautiful (it was realllllly green!)

    & Cracker Barrel - YES! We don't have them where I live, so we always stop by one when we're on vacations!

  14. Love the ring! What a nice piece of jewelry to inherit.

    And love Cracker Barrel. There is no better place for a cheap and deliciously heavy breakfast.

  15. I love everything about this post.

  16. Oh my word! You're in my hometown!!! That's so weird. I just moved away from there to North Carolina 4 months ago.

    I'm pretty excited to see the rest of this post and see where you went & what you thought about it. Did your parents grow up there or just your grandparents? If your family has been around there awhile then chances are I know them. Crazy.


  17. Your weekend sounds fantastic! SO glad that you had a great time with the family. Love all the photos and the fact that your grandma gave you your great grandmothers ring. How special!

  18. Your family is so cute - and you & your sister look so much alike! That ring is such a treasure - not just beautiful but meaningful, too. Double bonus!

  19. Beautiful beautiful beautiful. You look so sassy in that photo. I love it.

  20. These are such beautiful pictures!

  21. In love with that cocktail ring. My great grandma gave me some of her cocktail rings that I absolutely adore...one I wore to my wedding!

  22. Your family looks like a bunch of adorable people! Love your make-up and hair, you look stunning! xxx

  23. You and your family are just the cutest things ever. Seriously. That ring is adorable and to have a piece of family history/heirloom like that is just awesome :) Thanks for taking us along with you!

  24. Those are great pictures. I love that picture of you. I'm fairly new to your blog, love it!

  25. I have a lot of family in KY and I love visiting. Its such a beautiful place. Cracker Barrel is always a must stop!! :)

  26. Super cute blog, and I love your little button with the shades. I will put that on my blog!
    Come visit me and enter my giveaway for earrings~

  27. There's just nothing better than time with family. Love the photos as always - just stunning! Oh and the ring? Fantastic! And so special too!

    Hope you're having a great week darling!


  28. Still SO in love with your ring. That is gorgeous. Also, what nail polish is that?

  29. I'm so glad you had a great time. There's definitely a family resemblance between you, your sister, and mom. All gorgeous!

  30. I love this! My family is from Kentucky and I feel like I just made a trip home.

  31. Such a fun trip!! You always get the best pictures!

  32. I'm a new reader and and I love this post. My husband and I are stationed in KY right now so I love seeing people blog about the area :)

  33. Oops...I just commented on your domo guest blog post, not realizing it wasn't your blog...I just wanted to make sure you saw it. Because it is very important. :) Love these pictures! The lighting and colors are lovely.

  34. What fun pictures!!! :) Your parents look so fun and SO YOUNG.

    Belly B :)

  35. I love the trip photos. Also, your baby sister's cheeks make me want to squeeee!

  36. i love your pictures!

  37. that ring is stunning, wow!


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