Happy (Second Day of) Fall Y’all

Happy second day of fall! Even if it isn’t cold enough outside, I just want to put on a sweater scarf and boots… Being honest though, it usually don’t get chilly enough for that until October. That’s why I personally love getting dressed this time of year. The possibilities are endless with mixing and matching your favorite summer, winter and fall pieces. The fall season brings so much joy and color. The leaves in the mountains turn shades of orange and yellow that are just enchanting. I’ll make sure to get pictures this year. For all you Starbucks lovers, it’s pumpkin spice latte time! They even released a new fall flavor this week called toasted graham… I might just have to try it.

Mixing pieces has always been one of my favorite ways to style clothing. Now that you never know if it is going to be chilly or warm outside, it is usually best to be ready for whatever the weather person got wrong. I decided to try something new and style a t-shirt over a dress (one of my best friend’s dresses I  borrowed… for a while). I was a little concerned that it wouldn’t look right but the colors of this amazing Whiskey Jam shirt matched the skirt perfect, and don’t be surprised if you I wear this to Pilgrimage Festival this weekend.

kate_davis_godfrey_9_5_15_0117Knotting up the t-shirt keeps it from falling at a weird spot on the dress, and made the dress look a little more like a skirt.

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Seriously this shirt… My dad surprised me with it and I don’t think he could have done a better job picking out something for me.

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If you know anything about me, you know that I love the city of Nashville beyond words.

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Even if this dress isn’t mine, I am still so obsessed with the colors, style, pattern and the fact that it’s Forever 21. My chancing at keeping it are pretty good until Hayes reads this… Sorry little!

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When fall days get a little warm, all I need to do it take off the t-shirt and be on my way.

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I traded the hat for the shirt, because the hat just added that reminder of fall that I couldn’t resist.

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For fall, every girl needs a good pair of motorcycle bootsa funky patterned dress, and a felt hat.

…. and I made some pies yesterday! Happy fall!

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“It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon.”

Kate Davis Photography

For the drink of the day… Pumpkin beer!

I have never been a huge fan of pumpkin flavored things, but I’m open to suggestions! What are your favorite pumpkin beers that I should try? I never know which ones are going to be too pumpkin-y for me or which ones just don’t taste any different. I want to know what you think! Share you thoughts and I’ll try them out!

YAY! Pilgrimage Festival starts Saturday! I am seriously so excited. It will be one of the highlights of my year. Make sure to check out my Instagram (@responsiblyirresponsiblelife) for live updates this weekend! Saturday, I am so excited to be seeing Trampled By Turtles. My gal pal, Tori, and I were supposed to see them at Hangout this summer, but we got a little to lazy (read: drank an extra beer) to move out of our perfect spots in the sand. Lucky for us, we get a do over. Their Bluegrass style just has me waiting for someone to start shaggin’ with me. You can hear the talent oozing out of their fingertips while they are playing. It is easy to tell that they love what they are doing, and that is the best kind of music to enjoy. Here’s my favorite song by them; hope you love it as much as I do!

you do you, rach

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Except When It’s 90 Degrees…

I thought that summer was over, but I just can’t bring myself to sweater weather just yet. At least in Tennessee, we get the occasional 1,000 degree day in September. This year was/is no exception. Summer is by far my favorite season, and my clothing collection for the other seasons drastically lacks compared to summer.

Lucky for me, we had a weekend right out of summer in Nashville. I got to break out this Elsa Fine romper, because it was HOT. When I pack to go home, I always bring a wide collection of things because I never know if I will be having a heat stroke or freezing.

kate_davis_godfrey_9_5_15_0114This romper is noting short of fantastic. As a girl who loves color and pattern, I couldn’t ask for more. It’ll be a staple when spring rolls around.

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The unique neckline is one of my favorite parts about this number.

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I have had these Target wedges for a while, and they ended up being the perfect match. This is why I never get rid of anything… You never know when it will come in handy!

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This collection of 3 is my new arm party. It goes with me everyday. It’s simple and timeless.

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It breaks my heart that I’m having to pack up my summer dresses and tops, but bring on the layers and the sweaters.

“Cause a little bit of summer makes a lot of history…”

Kate Davis Photography

Find the romper here! Hurry, before they sell out!

A new drink for you to try… I had my first Bee’s Knees at Urban Grub in Nashville, and it was such a  tasty drink. Urban Grub’s was made with lavender infused gin. That made the drink for me. It smelled like heaven and tasted even better. This recipe from Food & Wine uses plain gin, but if you are feeling extra bold, why not try making some of your own infusions! I’m thinking about trying it soon!

  • Ice
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce honey syrup (1 tablespoon honey mixed with 1/2 tablespoon warm water)

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the gin, lemon juice and honey syrup; shake well. Strain into a chilled coupe.

Easy and delicious! The perfect way to end the summer season.

I am currently so excited about Pilgrimage Festival, so all my songs this week are going to be off of their lineup and who I am most excited to see! I found Saint Motel this summer and once I heard one song, I made everyone ever listen to it. My Type ended up being an anthem to my summer. It is just so fun and makes you wanna move. The words also make me chuckle. “You’re just my type. You got a pulse and you are breathing.” Oh okay, Saint Motel. I don’t hate it, kinda like your style there. My favorite song by them is Cold Cold Man. The piano in the start just gets me every time. Also, these are great songs to play in the morning as you’re getting ready for class. They have a tendency to put me in a good mood, and I’m sure they would do the same for you.

Let’s talk about how beautiful that album art is… Ah, if you couldn’t tell I’m in love and can’t wait to see them live.

you do you, rach

Summer, Come Back Anytime

Summer is has ended, and as the temperature starts to fall, I am constantly reminded of what a good summer I had. Being at home in Nashville, working an amazing internship, and making some fantastic new friends while getting even closer with the old defines the perfect summer. Hey, even starting this blog was a highlight of the past few months. Now, school has reached test week one, and most nights are consumed by reading and more reading. Before I realize it though, summer will be here yet again with even more (and better) adventures.

The end of summer, to me, means the end of Lilly Pulitzer season. It breaks my heart just a little because my go-to summer attire was a Lilly skirt and white tank. It looked great and made me feel like I was the essence of summertime fun. But let’s be honest, it just makes me more excited for the collections in the spring and filling my skirt drawer with more bold patterns and exciting colors.

kate_davis_rachel_blog_8_13_15_0089Lilly had some shorter hemlines this summer which some people were not happy about, but I was overjoyed to say the least. One less trip to Alterations.

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I love the print on this skirt. Lilly knocked it out of the park.

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Wore this exact outfit (with a necklace) on a first date this summer. It must of worked because there were more after that. Thanks Lilly 😉

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“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”

Albert Camus

This drink recipe is one that I had this past weekend at South, while tailgating (read: drinking with friends) for the UT game. It is so summer and so southern it almost hurts.

Huckleberry Sweet Tea

One part huckleberry Moonshine (Ole Smoky brand)

Two parts Sweet Tea

A lemon wedge

This drink is as sweet as it is cute. You need to give it a try, especially on days when you are missing summer the most.

Because this weekend going to be my last taste of summer for the season, it is only fitting that I share a song of someone I am seeing tonight at Live On The Green. Anderson East is quickly becoming one of my new favorites. He is on that playlist I mentioned, The New Retro. I am beyond to see him tonight. This song sums up what I feel about summer. I just need summer to stay forever.

you do you, rach

World’s Best

I have been fortunate enough to see this beautiful globe. If you are not amazed at what is surrounding you, I pity you because this world is breathtaking. From the view of Music City that holds my heart (Love Circle, for you natives or my guests) to the streets of Santorini, Greece, the world is full of wonders. There isn’t even a world to describe how enchanting this planet is. When times get hard, you have to see the world for its exquisiteness. Always take a minute to look at something like it is the first time. That is when you see the world for what it is worth (I must give a shout out to Tolle).

I stumbled upon a brand last year right before our first date party (lol to all of you who were at my house), Show Me Your MuMu. As a short gal, I appreciate a brand that I do not have to take to my alterations lady. The ease and simplicity of their designs make it my go-to for almost any occasion. When I saw this map dress, I think my heart might have skipped a beat. It is flawless.

kate_davis_rachel_blog_8_13_15_0158I have worn it to date parties, to dinner with my family, and to my home away from home… Tin Roof. When in doubt, I put this little number on. Speaking of which… I am heading back to Nashville this week, packing while writing, and am going to grab this… Just in case!

kate_davis_rachel_blog_8_13_15_0181I wear a different necklace every time I wear this dress, so I went with my Bauble Bar amethyst necklace!

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I am obsessed with the movement of this dress. It just inspires fun. That is what MuMu’s brand is all about. The dresses encourage you to go out, express yourself, and be who you are.

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“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”- Roald Dahl

Thanks Kate Davis Photography for pictures!

Shameless Plug… Follow the blogs Instagram for what I wear day-to-day and sneak peaks! @responsiblyirresponsiblelife

This dress is simple and timeless and EASY! It doesn’t even wrinkle… This drink is easy and timeless as well! If you have ever been out with me, you know that my drink order RARELY changes.

“Vodka soda with lemon, not lime.”

1 Part vodka

2 Parts soda water

Lemon slices

Most places make them with limes now a days because so many other drinks use limes, but traditional vodka sodas are supposed to be made with lemon. Maybe I am just too classic for my own good 😉

Having traveled as much as I have, Nashville will forever and always be my heart and soul and my favorite city on the face of the earth. It is bands like Steelism that makes me love Nashville so much. Where else in the world does a pair from two different continents come together to make some funky, new music. While I love to sing a long every chance I get, this duo’s music is out of this world. I consider myself very blessed to live in a city that allows music like this to thrive. Take time to try a new genre or something that you have never head, you might just surprise yourself.

^Also, they look very my style.

you do you, rach