My Old Kentucky Home

First of all, let's get in the mood for this post with some (mildly politically incorrect...) musical accompaniment.


When I was working in Germany, I made friends with a girl called Katie. Katie is from Kentucky, and she was in Germany to do student teaching for a few months, so we met through fellow teacher friends. I've been meaning to visit her in Kentucky for the past three years and this October I finally did it!

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The first weekend, we headed up to visit Katie's friends in Louisville, where we wandered around downtown, admiring the art fair that was going on, and then headed for a delicious dinner of beef brisket at the Silver Dollar washed down with the most delicious cocktail I've ever had - a Forever June. Tequila and violet liqueur over ice - yum. I wish I had taken more pictures of the interior of this place, it was really well done, and the food and drinks were delicious. 

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Back in Lexington throughout the week, we did lots of fun, wholesome super American things (to me) like visit an orchard and a pumpkin patch.

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Some of us may have got a little too excited about the entertainment on offer, clearly designed for kids...

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After lunch at the cutest little place ever, Wallace Station, which served the most gigantic, and delicious, sandwiches I have ever come across, we headed to Buffalo Trace Bourbon distillery, for a tour and some bourbon tasting.

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I learnt a lot about the history and the production of Bourbon, and it was a really great day out, but despite the generous amount of tasty samples, I'm still a Scottish whisky girl at heart. What can I say, we just do it better ;)

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Throughout the trip we had meal after meal of straight up deliciousness. Above is the best damn Mexican I've ever had from Mi Pequeña Hacienda, washed down with the best margaritas I've ever had. And they taste all the sweeter when they're 2 for 1, believe me. But I couldn't leave Kentucky without getting some fried chicken in me... YUM!  

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The next day, we explored downtown Lexington, which was infinitely more beautiful than I had ever imagined! 

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Then we had a little mooch around campus, and checked out Katie's old UK haunts and were amazing that fraternity and sorority houses were real.

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Whilst we were there, Keeneland, Lexington's race track, was open. So we went for a day of gambling and day time drinking in the sunshine.

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Despite working at a racecourse for two years of my teenage life, I've never actually been to a racing event. It was so much fun, and super exciting - especially when you win even a little bit of money! Woohoo, $5! 

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Sunday, is football day in America. We went tailgating with Katie's friends, which was an experience. I've never even heard of tailgating so I was a little unsure of what to expect, but oh my god it was so much fun. An afternoon sat in the sunshine, drinking beer and eating barbecued food. Please, Scotland can we adopt this custom? Who knew an afternoon in a car park could be so much fun?!

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A football game was another whole new experience for me. There were cheerleaders, dance teams, marching bands and even fireworks! It was more of a spectacle than a sports match, but the atmosphere was incredible. It was a really good day, possibly one of my favourite's of the week, even though we lost.

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After a night out on the town, with far too much tequila, it was sadly time to go home, tired, hungover and more than a few pounds heavier...

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I had so much fun in Kentucky! It's absolutely beautiful, even more so in autumn I imagine, as all the leaves were turning and there was the slightest hint of a chill in the air. I can't wait to go back, if Katie will have me, that is. 

I made a little video of my trip. I've not got the greatest camera skills, nor editing skills, but I made it more just for me and my friends. And things like these are always fun to look back on when you're a bit older. 
Let me know what you think. 
Jen x



Super long term readers of this blog (are there any of you out there?) will remember I used to do outfit posts. Don't go rifling through the archives though; I have deleted the vast majority of those blog entries. I felt a weird mixture of self-consciousness and cringe-worthy narcissism posting pictures solely dedicated to my outfit of that day. Let's face it, I am no Runi Neely/Karla Deras/Sandra Hagelstam et al ad nauseum. But lately I've found myself popping the odd outfit on Instagram to an occasional (and mild) flurry of likes, so I thought I would do a little compilation of recent outfits and pop them on here for your potential enjoyment.

have to say, I much prefer this more casual way of outfit blogging. It strips away the need to have beautifully and artfully shot photographs and 0% body fat. But let me know what you think :)

It's been really mild here recently, but the temperature finally dropped enough to justify cracking out the fur. This Mongolian faux fur gilet is from Asos and I really love it, although I find myself not wearing it nearly enough. I wore it over a black jumper from Dorothy Perkins with nice little leather shoulder details which of course you can't see here, jeans and my trusty - and ancient - suede over the knee boots from Office. 

On the right I'm wearing an uncharacteristic amount of colour. The little orange bag is a Zara number and was my go-to in summer aaaand do we even need to talk about the bright pink crepe biker of dreams? It's from Topshop. It's my baby. I recommend you buy it. Although I would say sizing runs a little large and I kind of wish i had sized down, but you know, at least I can pack on the fuzzy jumpers underneath once winter starts to bite.

Clearly I'm taking ill-advised outfit shots on my way out the door here; headphones out, ready to run. I've got on my favourite neon Cos knit, over a graph print tee from Primark and with a super comfy sort of soft jersey material blazer from Stradivarius that I picked up in Málaga. 

In both these pictures I'm wearing super comfy black knit pants from Forever 21 that I recommend whole-heartedly: they are just about as comfy as leggings but they're trousers! And we all know that leggings are not trousers, so you can safely avoid that fashion faux pas without sacrificing on comfort. Yay. Oh and they were super cheap too. On top is my favourite burgundy leather jacket from H&M and a pale blue sleeveless top with floral detail and illusion mesh at the neck from good old Toppers.

More pink jacket love. This time over a white top (H&M) and some excellent high waisted trousers from Missguided. They work well on those of us who have large rumps and small waists - snug fit on the derrière usually means baggy waist but the fit on these works pretty well for me. But I did have to chop about 3 inches off the bottom because I am short. Or the legs run long. You decide.