Taking Draper James to France on July 4th

Retro Inspired Independence Day Shoot

It’s truly incredible how much our young country has been through after 241 years in existence. Much has impacted our current trajectory, and while most of it is our own doing, we would not be who we are without the support and loyalty of our allies. Through all of our growing pains the people and country of France have been there for us, from acknowledging our sovereignty and becoming a military ally in our fight for British independence, to gifting us our beautiful Lady Liberty over 100 years later. We would not be who were are if it were not for France.  I wanted to do a little something different than most blogger’s annual July 4th inspired outfit post, so I hope you enjoy this little French-inspired look on America’s birthday!

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Jetset in a Jumpsuit

Jetset in a Jumpsuit

It is finally time to talk about my favorite of all wardrobe staples: The black jumpsuit. The black jumpsuit is the “Little Black Dress” (i.e. LBD) of the every-day woman’s world. You can wear a properly tailored black jumpsuit so many different ways, which places it firmly in the ‘must-own’ column, and can justify a higher price, along with a place of honor, in your closet. My first piece of advice for finding the perfect black jumpsuit is to take on the assumption that you will not find the perfect fit right off the rack. Assume you will need to have this piece of clothing tailored. This actually makes finding this essential piece of clothing a lot easier since you can focus on style and fabric now, and worry about how it fits later.

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76th Steeplechase at Percy Warner Park

Steeplechase at Percy Warner is always a fun, Spring event in Nashville. The weather Saturday was perfection and probably the most beautiful day I’ve seen this year! Even though we were at the Hunt Club most of the day, we found time to take a few turns in the infield and stop by the new Fox Den Tent. It felt like there weren’t as many attendees this year as previous years, but it made everything far more quiet and enjoyable! I love Steeplechase so much because I always meet so many awesome new people and see friends over great drinks to catch up! The view is spectacular, the food is incredible and the company is priceless.

76th Steeplechase at Percy Warner Park in Nashville

View of the track standing in front of the Hunt Club

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Banana Palm Leaf Print Fabric Skirt

I have my best friend to thank for my new found love of color. Three months ago you would never have seen me in any color brighter than a medium blue. (Don’t believe me? Stalk my Instagram from the beginning of time!). I love wearing stark colors and all-black outfits. Something about that sleek palette makes me feel calm and in charge. My best friend, on the other hand, wouldn’t be caught dead in all-black. Ever. She’s what my mother calls “Pink.” (yes, just ‘pink’ — she uses this to describe herself too!) She loves bright colors and daring patterns and she wears them every day. Being around her infections sense of style has worn off on me. She’s worked her color-witchery and it’s made me realize how little color I have allowed into my life. It’s not that I don’t love bright colors… I just don’t like them touching me. They always used to hurt my eyes and almost throw off my balance… like being in a loud bar when I would rather be in a library.

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