Afternoon in the Mountains

Yesterday I took the afternoon and went up to the mountains with one of my best friends that I have been close with for a long time. We don’t get to see each other often, so having a whole day together was really wonderful.

We drove up into the mountains in search of a river that was fairly accessible, and didn’t require too much work to find a good area to climb on river rocks and wade around a bit. After some initial exploration to find somewhere without any people around, we found a lovely little spot to spend the afternoon.


This was one of the highlights of the afternoon – we found a hellbender salamander! These are the biggest Salamanders that live down here – over a foot long! This guy just crawled up right next to us while we were hanging out on a rock. I picked him up and he was the squirmiest, gooshiest thing I have ever felt. That is the face of pure joy.



I swear mandolins sound better in the mountains.



Winter Market

I’m a big fan of the Farmer’s Market in Knoxville, and I usually try to go as often as possible when I’m home. The market goes from May – November, but during the winter season they host the Winter Market in a church near downtown. I wasn’t sure what to expect since I had never visited the winter market before, but I was pleasantly surprised!

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Really, I just wore this as an excuse to use the word “dungarees.” I’ve had two pairs of overalls/overall shorts forever, but this summer is the first time I’ve really been able to wrap my head around wearing them. They’re absurdly comfortable, and look a little farmer-chic to me? Maybe? That’s what I’ll tell myself, anyway.

The first picture was taken outside a gas station I became all too comfortable in today – when my best friend’s car broke down in the parking lot. With the help of some icees, a bit of shade, and AAA, I’m happy to say we are no longer sitting in front of the gas station. Plus, I got this picture out of the ordeal, so I guess we’ll call it even.




Teal and Purple

In an insane craze of hat-making, I made this guy over winter break. I normally go for neutral colors when choosing yarns, but this magenta-ish yarn really caught my eye. And then a few days later I saw this dress, and what better excuse to buy something? I already had a hat that matched!

I really like the long-sleeved spring/summer dresses that are already starting to appear (like this one). The flared sleeves help to keep you cool, but they don’t show quite as much skin as the typical spaghetti strap dress. It’s a super comfy, breezy look that makes me feel festival-ready.