Summer Weekends

Slow living, summer getaways

So often on abp and in life I say I love to travel.  I love finding new places to visit + discover and my travel bucket list is starting to look more like a novel than a simple list.  And as I’ve traveled more and started to realize that traveling is not all jaw dropping snapshots, I’ve started to appreciate the simple summer weekends spent at home.

My parents little ranchette (a fancy word for a ranch that doesn’t run cattle and is a smaller than an actual ranch) is nestled up to one of the most gorgeous views on the front range of the Colorado Rocky mountains.  They are also backed up to to endless amounts of corn or wheat fields, which makes it absolutely snap worthy.

It’s the kind of place that you can spend an entire weekend at and never once feel the need to leave.  Not just because chores can seem unending, but mainly because it’s so quiet and relaxing.  It’s a place that constantly reminds me of the slow living trend that has taken off.

A trend dedicated to a life well lived, rather than the absent minded day to day routine living, I tend towards. 

While I do have to go through the motions of my morning chores, by the time the end of the day has swung around, we all are ready for some down time near a bonfire complete with the perfect glass of wine.  And it’s days like those that make my Summer seem much more complete and less crazed.

Summer Weekends

Slow living, summer getaways

Slow living, summer getaways

Slow living, summer getaways

One of my summer goals was of course to travel, but my other one was to basically live in dresses and Vintage Willows has been my go to store for them.  I actually snagged this deep plunge midi dress and am constantly looking for excuses to wear it.  It nails the balance of defining my waist + being comfortable.  Plus, the midi length is a trend I have been  l o v i n g, as Wyoming often has too much wind for shorter dresses.

It definitely is a  d e e p  plunge in the front of this dress, though I simply wear a lace bralette or a straight across bandeau to help it seem less plunge-y.  With some extra coverage, this has become a dress I always reach for, whether I’m simply bumming around my parents house before dinner or even traveling. (I swear midi dresses are the best travel accessory.) 

Vintage Willows is down to only a couple of the dresses, but I actually found a similar one that I linked at the end of the post. 

Slow living, summer getaways

Slow living, summer getaways

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I won’t lie Summer weekends spent on my latest “getaway” are still my favorite, but I will say that sleepy, slow weekends are a close second that I love to hold on to.

What are you summer weekends like? Are you always jetting off or are you more of a slow weekend kind of person?

xo Kelsey


P.S. While I have been gifted items from Vintage Willows in the past, this is a dress that I actually bought and do sincerely enjoy wearing on my weekends.




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  • These photographs are absolutely beautiful Kelsey! May I ask if you edit them at all or if these are purely just taken with your camera? I am obsessed with this outfit and it looks great on you – I definitely love the idea of putting a cute lace bralet underneath making the plunge less plunge-y, as you say! Where your parents live looks beautiful and I hope to be able to travel America one day πŸ™‚ xo

    Char |

    • Omygoodness these were absolutely edited! Though I’m glad that they look natural enough for you too wonder πŸ™‚ I actually got these Lightroom presets due to a photographer, Megan Lee, that I just adore. They are Mastin Labs Porta presets and quite expensive… though I snagged them for 50% on their memorial day sale. I hope that helps! πŸ™‚

      And thank you so much! It’s such a simple, non extravagant place… but I love it. xo

  • reneejessome

    Gorgeous photos!

    Renee | Life After Lux

    • Thank you so much Renee! xo

  • Jen

    Love this dress and the bralette! And the photos are gorgeous, Kelsey. Days that I can just stay put are some of the best days. x

    Jen | affecionada

    • Thank you so much Jen! I swear sometimes slow weekends are just what I need. πŸ™‚

  • Wow! What beautiful landscape! While I’d love to be traveling all over the place, my weekends are mostly spent locally. I try to get out and explore as much as I can, especially during the summer. There is so much right outside my door that I have yet to experience.

    Brittany |

    • I think that is absolutely perfect Brittany πŸ™‚ I’m kind of like you! I travel locally or more just within the states, and while I would love to travel out of the country, right now traveling more locally will have to do. But there is still s o m u c h I haven’t done. I hope you have a wonderful summer sweet girl! xo

  • This looks beautiful, absolutely loved the lace bralette! My summer has been a little boring, although I have a trip soon so I’m looking forward to it πŸ™‚ x

    | |

    • Omygoodnes I come up with every excuse to wear that bra. Oh where are you going sweet girl??

      • I would wear it all the time as well haha! I’m off to Miami, I’m so excited :D!

  • Wow your family’s ranchette is so beautiful! All of these photos are amazing and I’m in love with your outfit!

    • Thank you so much sweet girl! I feel like I’m always counting down the days till I get to wear that dress again. xo

  • I am a slow weekend type of person, but I don’t mind a cute trip!

    Laila from Townhouse Palette

    • Couldn’t agree more Laila! There is something a bit beautiful about both of them πŸ™‚

  • I am staying at my parents place atm, and I have to admit, I under appreciated how much I missed just wondering among the fields!

    • It’s one of those things I feel like we don’t appreciate til we leave it huh? πŸ™‚

  • These are stunning pictures! Just so pretty!

    • Thank you so much Christine! xo

  • Gorgeous photographs – this place looks so peaceful and tranquil!

    Lucy | Forever September

    • Thank you so much Lucy! It’s such a nice break from the hustle and bustle πŸ™‚

  • Your family’s ranchette sounds wonderful! Love all of these pictures so much! That picture of your hat on the fence should be on a magazine cover πŸ™‚ And the last one of you! Maybe you could submit these to the Bella Grace of Artful Blogging magazines by Somerset? I’m sure they would love to use them in one of their issues!

    xo, mikΓ©la /

    • Thank you thank you MikΓ©la! I had never even heard of the magazine but I followed them on instagram and am amazed that you think my photo is good enough for them. You are always so kind and supportive!

      PS I’m headed to Yellowstone and I’m SO BUMMED our trips didn’t align. xo

  • YOU, these photos, the editing (!!), the scene….I love everything. we aggressively enjoy both types of weekends…if that makes sense πŸ˜‰ we LOVE to travel, but we indulge in between and spend lots of quiet time at home.

    • Thank you so much Annie! I am having a bit too much fun with my lightroom + photoshop lately LOL Oh the wild nights of bloggers πŸ™‚

      It makes perfect sense! As it’s the best of both worlds. xo

  • The Gossip Darling

    Absolutely stunning!! Wish I were there!!

    Mel |

    • Thank you so much sweet girl xo

  • Hayley Rubery

    These pictures are so stunning! Sounds like you had an amazing time and I’m in LOVE with that dress, it’s so pretty!

    Hayley xo

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