While Nate and I were visiting my parents for Christmas my Mom and I went out and did some vintage shopping at a local second hand/consignment boutique. My Mom sells her clothes there often and she’s friends with the owner – so she helps out around the store now and then. She had a little bit of store credit to use and wanted to buy me an outfit for Christmas, so we went and picked one out! You never know what you’ll find in a consignment shop and sometimes it’s hit or miss, right? But I pretty much hit the jackpot. Every single piece of this outfit came from Still Chic Boutique, minus the jewelry and headband.
Nate and I decided to go out and take photos at a few spots around town that tend to remind me of home. The orange groves were a bit of an adventure. I didn’t really think through the whole high heel shoes vs. Florida sand thing. Nate carried me to the spot I stood in for the pictures and I literally didn’t move. HA. There are a lot of outtakes at the orange grove where I’m THISCLOSE to biting it. I have a pretty hilariously supportive husband, huh? This was really the only place I intended to take planned photos but we decided to go exploring a bit and ended up with a few more. We took a trip downtown and visited the street where we had our engagement photos taken. Not far from there is The Pier, which looks out over Lake Jackson. We stopped there as well to reminisce a little more about our engagement photos – we also took a few there! Funny enough, we took those *under* the pier because the lake was so low at that time. The spot we took our photos is completely under water now.
There isn’t a whole lot to my little town and I was relatively unimpressed with it growing up. I definitely had the itch to escape the small town life and I’d say I did that pretty successfully. But there’s nothing like going home, you know? Smelling the orange blossoms on the breeze, wandering around a quaint little downtown full of locally owned shops and restaurants, looking out over the entire town across the lake… it’s nice to be able to go back and appreciate those things as an adult.
Did you move away from your childhood hometown? How do you feel about going back now?