Growing up in Southeast Missouri, I felt like the little outcast of my family. Everyone, including my sister, was born in Illinois/outskirts of Chicago. I think it gave me a complex about being “country” or not, because I was always refusing to listen to those radio stations and to identify myself with that lifestyle.
Regardless of how everyone else was rockin’ their country roots, I had my own way (which I probably wouldn’t have admitted was country at all, until now). Too many adorable/embarrassing photos of me wearing my favorite overalls when I was little live in storage in our basement, and I always wanted my parents to buy a farmhouse with some land so I could have a horse. I spent many family camping trips fishing in lakes and ponds and sitting around the fire in flannel. Nowadays, it’s me listening to Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline, still wanting a horse, and dreaming of raiding Ariel’s wardrobe in the latest Footloose (even if it has its fair share of midriff baring tops). Sometimes I wish I could have been more open to that lifestyle in high school (when I all-out shunned it), and maybe I could have said I’d gone four-wheeling or know how to line-dance by now.
Below are just a couple things inspiring my country side lately.
| gorgeous lifestyle shots for Emily Rosendahl leather goods |
| The Prairie B & B by Rachel Ashwell |
| top image via |