Edwin Warner Park, Nashville, TN

My favorite loops in Edwin Warner Park, yesterday, on a sunny Sunday afternoon; lots of people taking fall-themed photos: keychains dangling to make their baby smile; engagement photos, couples throwing leaves up in the air and kissing for the camera; teenage siblings in flannel blocking a pathway, hugging in a line to get a family picture. Then me, also toting a camera, walking solo, taking pictures at random whenever I could catch a glimpse of good lighting or something beautiful. I did a lot of adjusting with the camera settings for the changing of light as well as experimentation with filters in post editing--hence, the variation in colors: 

Rooftop Photoshoot Duel

Almost a month ago, I dropped by Tiffany's apartment for a spontaneous visit, as we hadn't seen each other in nearly 2 months-- It's crazy that two friends can live in the same "small" town, share similar routes and coordinates of interest, yet not see each other without making concerted effort. Anyway, I stopped by adorable abode and ended up waking her from a cat nap (sorry Tiffany!). We talked for a while, sharing adventures while we sat opposite of each other on her mirroring couches.

It just so happened that the same day, I was finishing up the Urban Outfitters guide to Lexington (see my post here or their post here), and I was needing some all-encompassing photos that represented the city. Tiffany has the perfect rooftop view with easy access that looks out over the charming downtown and "skyline". At the end of conversing, I hopped out to snap a few pics, while she stayed cozy, wrapped up on the couch. However, after snapping a few of the city from the invigorating viewpoint, I heard her sneak out onto the roof, and she started photographing me, photographing the city (it should be noted that I love anything META, or any subject teetering on a mise en abyme...

(all pictures above were taken by Tiffany Mitchell)

...I continued photographing Lexington, but for a moment, I turned the camera on Tiffany for a Rooftop Duel to capture her in her comfy jammies: something that's a rarity for the stunning fashion forward lady of Lexington [check out her Instagram (@tifforelie) and you'll know what I mean]. So, I relished seeing her in her most comfortable and found her to be just as striking and adorable. To refer back to the title of this blog, if this were, in fact, a Rooftop Photoshoot Duel, Tiffany would have definitely won the battle for all sorts of reasons. As you can see from above, she's such a talented photographer. Nevertheless, here are the few shots I managed to get of Tiffany. Also, I'm including some of the pictures of the city (the photos that I took while Tiffany was photographing me taking those photos --mise en abyme of sorts). 

(All photos below taken by me)

Poppy Barley Brunch, Reed Valley Orchard, Paris, KY


Tiffany Mitchell (of Offbeat and Inspired) and her sister Rebecca invited me to the Poppy Barley Brunch held at Reed Valley Orchard this past Saturday (October 18). Poppy Barley sponsored the event, and all the hosts were booted in their beautifully, custom-made footwear (see below pics of Tiffany, Rebecca, Rachel and Elizabeth). Elizabeth Cauvel (runner up of this past season of Master Chef) prepared the scrumptious brunch menu, with ingredients sourced from Whole Foods Lex. Live music was provided by the delightful Molly Parden, hailing from my hometown of Nashville, TN. Other sponsors include Morris Book Shop of Lexington, Ruby & Mr. Getzy (they provided the tree-bark wood coaster party favors), Le Deauville French Bistro (the dishes and glassware), and Longwood Antique Woods (from whence hailed the beautiful wooden table).


Saturday morning, I wake up with little sleep after closing down the W6 brewery Friday night. In a fog, I scramble to drive to Paris, KY to find Reed Valley Orchard in order to brunch. After almost plowing over about 19 cyclists in the bike club who in return offered me free cider, I arrive, 20 minutes late to the Orchard and try to follow the directions given by Rebecca: "...walk straight down the gravel road until the last section of apple trees...there are little wooden signs in front of each lane of apples. You'll see a sign that says Fuji #29...".

I start walking down the little gravel road to see little municipalities of Apple trees, each populated by different cultivars of apples. "Where are the f***** FUJIs ??!?!?" I cuss to myself.  I frantically call everyone, because I feel terrible already being 20 minutes late, but, no one answered their phone, because they were knee deep in the most delicious hot cocoa that had ever touched their lips.

After visiting various incorrect apple municipalities, saying hello to their mayors, and wandering around in my now-muddied silver-heeled booties, I decide to go into the Reed Valley Orchard store to ask help in finding this Poppy Barley Brunch. Trudy (of course Trudy knew) at the front desk finally showed me a map and told me to go over the hill through the woods...

After a bit of a hike, I found the girls brunching between the Fuji Trees. I jumped right in, onto the vacant tree stump seat, my American Apparel thigh high socks getting stuck on the bark, and I started chowing down...MIAM! YUM! MIAM!

All this to say, I have no pictures of the beautiful brunch pre-feasting. As a result, you get more pictures of the crumbs. Nevertheless, even with my tardiness, this was one of the most magical, idyllic events I've ever experienced. I hope you enjoy the pictures...thank you so much to Tiffany and Rebecca for the invite.