As I edited these photos, the first set that I shot on my recent trip to Maine, I realized how closely they reflected what I was feeling at the time. A little lost, a little confused, and with an overwhelming sense of being half in/half out of life.
The woods feel like home to me. When I was younger & would threaten to “run away”, I’d disappear into a makeshift camp in the woods behind our barn. I’d sit there for hours with botany and bird identification books, and a notebook for my thoughts. Sometimes I’d be accompanied by my dog or my horse, but mostly it was the silence of the woods, the expanse of nature, and the noise of my mind. These days, sitting still for hours feels nearly impossible and yet, there’s something about being surrounded by trees and the soft rustle of the breeze that makes time pass in a much gentler way.
But onto the clothes! You might remember this dress from my piece on the CUT For Evans festival-inspired collection. From the moment I first saw the images, this dress called out to me. The mixed textures, combining the tougher chambray with the softer floral sleeves, plays with a duality that always delights my senses. I added a turquoise necklace for a more earthly feel and of course, the classic Chelsea boots that go with absolutely everything.
If I have one wish for you, it’s that you get out into the woods at some point during this fall. Make friends with a squirrel. Touch some moss. Listen to the rustle of the leaves. Be completely still. Let nature fill your soul up from the inside out.
Get the look: CUT For Evans Denim Dress (on sale for $45!) | turquoise necklace (maybe Bauble Bar?) (similar) | Barefoot Tess Chelsea Boots |