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Last month we went camping on Roan Mountain in Tennessee. I used to go camping there 2-3 times a year when I was little and I just loved every minute of it! It was great to go back with some sweet friends and Delilah, who was crazy territorial the whole time and just precious. We drove over the border of North Carolina and went to a waterfall and swam in the freezing water, hiked a bit, spent some quality time with my hammock, cooked and ate a lot, and sat around the fire probably more than anything else!

The day after we got back I started moving in to my new house and decorating my room. I’m absolutely in love with my new space and I can’t wait to show you how it turned out. Have you guys had any camping adventures lately?



Summer Life – according to instagram

Here are a few instagrams from the past little bit.  I can’t believe that it is already August and school is about to start! I still feel like I have so much to do before I’ll be ready for this Summer to end, I guess I’ll be trying extra hard to  make the most of this last month and stay super busy. I still have a few great events to come before the Summer really ends – including Mumford & Son’s gentlemen of the road stopover in Bristol (ahhhh!) I’m probably most excited about that one if I’m being honest.

Regardless of anything else that happens though, I truly feel that I’ve accomplished a lot and had a fantastic Summer with adventure, music, and tons of fun and I am ready to start making plans for an adventurous Fall as well!

Do you have any plans for the last month of Summer?


(my instagram user name is: trishgibson)


Goals, Lists, and Things to Come

This week has been rainy, which I’m totally thankful for because previously it was like 105 degrees everyday and all of our beautiful Tennessee green was becoming brown. I’ve also been sick which is kind of a bummer but there’s been time to make lists, do a lot of thinking, and a bit of reading which has been nice. I’m setting some goals for the fall and trying to enjoy my last weeks of Summer as school is right around the corner and while I’m excited to be going back I’m a little nervous, silly I know, I’ve been in college for 3 years previous to this and I’ve always made decent grades and been well-liked by my professors but as I’m going rounding out my last two or three semesters I feel a greater need to excel since taking time off, it’s probably a good thing and hopefully I can keep up these high standards for myself over the next year. But, getting back to Summer, I’ve made up a small list of things I’d like to do over the next 6 weeks before my life is filled with a more strict routine and less chill time.

  • organize…everything. Get rid of clutter, downsize a little.
  • take a trip to IKEA.
  • donate clothes. I have some that I could part with and probably should part with.
  • take one (maybe two) more roadtrips. It just seems like a good thing to do.
  • develop film from the duaflex. I took photos in England with a duaflex II that belonged to my great grandmother and I can’t wait to see them!
  • finish two sewing projects. I’ve already finished one!
  • throw a couple of parties. A bonfire is certainly in order.
  • read two books
  • spend a day at lake James. It’s close to Asheville and it’s a lake that’s set up more like a beach and much cleaner than others too.
  • see Moonrise Kingdom. Done.
  • see to Rome with Love.
  • make a budget for the Fall. I started using the envelope system for money in the spring and I need to make some adjustments.
  • make a schedule for the Fall.
  • try 4 new recipes. Let me know if you have suggestions!
  • take Emma swimming. this isn’t on the list in the picture but I’ve added to that list since those photos were taken.
  • go to the drive in one more time!
  • Be Optimistic! This is a big one. I want to try my best to make the most of everything and really have a positive attitude despite some not so awesome things that have been going on.

Happy Thursday!

What I Wore: Polka dots and Sweater clips

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Outfit Details:

skirt – thrifted, tank tops – forever 21, cardigan – forever 21, sweater clip – ruche, shoes – steve madden

I have had this sweater clip sitting on my counter for a few months now and I thought about it often but hadn’t worn it, don’t ask me why I just didn’t, but I recently picked up this skirt and while I was trying on different tops and shoes deciding what I was in the mood to wear I remembered the clips and decided I really needed to wear it with that skirt. Needless to say, I loved it. I mean, how can you not love a sweater clip? It was the topic of much conversation from people while I was running errands and it made my whole outfit feel a bit more special, I’ll definitely be looking out and possibly making some more sweater clips in the months to come.


Moonrise Kingdom

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If you haven’t heard (which I certainly hope you have) Wes Anderson recently released his latest movie “Moonrise Kingdom”. The movie is set on an Island off the coast of new England in the 1960s and follows two twelve year old children who fall in love and run away together while  members of  their town all join together (sort of) to search for them.

I don’t know about you but I have loved (and still love) everything that Wes Anderson has done and this is no exception, in fact it might be my favorite movie so far. Everything he does is so well thought out, visually stunning, and armed with the most incredible cast. I’m kind of gushing but honestly, I’m in love! If you have not seen this movie yet I would highly encourage you and almost demand that you go see it. It’s finally been released nationwide so you should be able to find it close to you. Also, if you haven’t seen the rest of his movies they are all fantastic.

You can check out the trailer for Moonrise Kingdom here:

Happy Thursday!

a wee bit of Scotland – in snapshots

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I thought I would share a few photos from my recent trip to Scotland with you. The city of Edinburgh where we stayed was incredibly beautiful and despite the deary “Scottish” weather that hung about after our first day almost the whole time we were there it was kind of picturesque and I would love to go back!

Can you even stand how precious this place is? We had coffee here one afternoon and went back pretty much every day because no where even compared to the coffee and tea at this place, no where. The UK as a whole has a handle on hot drinks that the US hasn’t quite gotten yet, just more reason to go back I guess!

Lots of art, architecture, food, vintage stores, and many many hot beverages await you in Edinburgh if you are fortunate enough to find yourself there. Lovely.

Welcome Home

Well, it certainly has been awhile, hasn’t it?  I’m working on getting back in the swing of my normal day-to-day life after being on a type of  hiatus from my usual. I went to Bonnaroo for 5 days and then turned around and spent a couple of weeks in the UK, which was lovely. I saw so much art and was incredibly inspired to go back to school with renewed passion and excitement for what I hope to create, during my time away I also gained extra vision for my life and what I should be striving for. It was a good, hard, emotional kind of month.

As I mentioned, I’ll be going back to school to finish up my last year as a student this fall after my year off and I’m making goals and plans (that may or may not actually happen) for myself over the next 2-14 months. I’m currently planning a few parties and striving to be a little more social this year as I’ve seen myself being pretty reserved since last fall. Overall, I’m enthusiastic and hopeful for the things to come and I’ll be making steps to amp up the blog and be super consistent with my posts along with everything else I’m thinking up!

Thanks for reading!

– Trish