Nett’s Country Store

Photos by Drew

Dress: Lucy dip dyed dress, gift from Frances Baker
Necklace: Madewell
Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens c/o Modcloth (from last year)
Bag: ’90s, bought off Ebay
Sunglasses: Karen Walker Number One.

We just got back from a pretty amazing weekend trip to Tennessee, where we visited my parents, saw Lauren and Neil, toured a plantation, and ate lots of food for St. Patrick’s Day.  Tennessee is always one of my favorite places to visit, especially when it starts to get warm and the flowers come out and everything is green again.  It was 80 degrees when we were there, and sometimes it was sunny and sometimes it was rainy, but even the storms were really beautiful . . . weirdly dark, gloomy skies with bits of sunlight peeking through.  It made driving through the countryside that much prettier.

On Saturday we went to tour Rippavilla, which is not really that far from where my parents live.  We pass it every time we visit and every time we leave, but only stopped there years ago for some quick blog photos.  It was fun to be able to tour it and hear about its past, and I didn’t know which was more interesting, its place in Civil War history (the battle of Spring Hill was fought nearby) or its brief transformation into a brothel in the good old 1930s.  We even saw a bloodstained corner of a room where a 1930s love triangle murder (probably) took place (I love going on tours with Lauren, because she’s not afraid to ask questions that make the tour guides squirm).

We had lots of great food on the trip . . . my mom made cupcakes, my dad made fish and chips and cinnamon rolls for the morning.  I got to run on my parents’ treadmill, but probably should have more for all the Cadbury mini eggs I ate . . . On Sunday we dyed easter eggs way early, just because we hadn’t dyed eggs in years and years.  Everyone made beautiful eggs, and I just wrote weird things on them with the “magic” crayon because I’m not patient enough for pretty designs.

That same afternoon Drew and I went for a drive through the country to take blog photos, and normally I hate taking blog photos, but this time it was so much fun, stopping on the way to take pictures of an abandoned train station and old, falling-apart buildings.  We drove to the tiny tiny town of Santa Fe so we could see Nett’s Country Store, which is one of those sorts of places I’ve only seen in Tennessee: part grocery store, part gas station, part restaurant, part stage for local talent. And then we took little winding roads back to Columbia, stopping so we could take photos of my new dress that Josie of Frances Baker was kind enough to send me.  I’m in love with it–the dip dye is so cheerful, and the fabric is so light and airy, and wearing it on an 80 degree day on Tennessee backroads was a dream.

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  1. Anne
    Posted March 19, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    What a pretty outfit! That sounds like such a delightful trip! Do you think you’re going to stay in the south for a long time? Also, why do you hate taking blog photos! I love your outfit posts :)

  2. Marie
    Posted March 19, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Love the lovely peachy color in your dress, and little country stores.
    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

  3. Posted March 19, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    wonderful pictures! sounds like a lovely trip and your dress is the prettiest! x

  4. Posted March 19, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    What a lovely dress, it goes perfectly with the place!
    Weekend trips sound so great, I wish I could do it someday!

    Girls that glitter love the dark

  5. Anthe
    Posted March 19, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful pictures and what a great dress! You look wonderful! Hope you had a good time.

  6. Posted March 19, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    goodness, you are cute! What a delightful trip! I love Tennessee too and wish that I could visit more often. When I do visit next, I’ll be sure to check out Nett’s Country Store.

  7. Posted March 19, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    i forgot how homesick your posts could make me!

  8. Posted March 20, 2012 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    Great colour combo. one of my faves. I want a pair of shoes like that for spring this season.

  9. Posted March 20, 2012 at 1:45 am | Permalink

    This dress is perfection. Wow, what a perfect color!

    Looking beautiful as always



  10. Posted March 20, 2012 at 3:42 am | Permalink

    you look so beautiful in this dress, in photos and in person! neil and I were talking about how much we want to live closer to you guys – it was a great easy weekend. love you!

  11. Posted March 20, 2012 at 5:42 am | Permalink

    This post feels like summer! Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. I especially love that last photo! It looks like a dream. And I must say, you are one of the only people I’ve seen who uses ‘its’ properly when in the possessive form, so thank you for that! Haha.

  12. Posted March 20, 2012 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    sounds like a great weekend. pretty dress

  13. Posted March 20, 2012 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    This is such a lovely post, glad you had such a great weekend! The dress is amazing and the pictures are beautiful as always!

    Anna xxx

  14. Clare
    Posted March 20, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    I must confess that being Australian (and from Melbourne too), i always find it pleasantly surprising to come across ‘us’ mentioned in the greater blogosphere. It seems silly, i know, but it can often feel like Australia is a world away and quite overlooked (ha wow, i sound almost patriotic, which i wouldn’t particularly describe myself as). ANYWAY, your blog is lovely and ever a source of inspiration and delight. I’ve even begun compiling a bookmarks folder of lovely looking places you have featured, which will definitely be a starting point for me when i eventually get myself over to the US

  15. Posted March 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    Ripavilla is literally a few minutes from our house! I’ve never toured it before, though. It sounds like you visited some places Amanda and I have never gone to. We need to start exploring nearby places. I didn’t even know of anything.

    (There’s an abandoned train station?!)

    Ha! Anyway, the pictures are lovely and I’m glad the trip was, as well.
    Happy first day of spring! :)


  16. roberta
    Posted March 20, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Permalink


  17. Posted March 25, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Seems so nice there!
    Great pictures!

  18. Posted April 3, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    So jealous of that dress!Looks great! I wanted it but it alas I am simply too poor :(

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