10.10.2011

the kind of thing you only see in scented, glossy magazines.

Sometimes, the stars align just right, and I find that our 
town has transformed into a magically idyllic Southern hideaway, resulting in a night rife with the perfect mixture of quaintness and charm. 

{{Nights when Mickey Mouse Clouds float over the main street through downtown; the atmosphere is lively and filled with laughter and happiness. Nights when the trees are adorned with draping yarn in my college's team colors and purple painted lion paws decorate the pavement. Nights when characters of all kinds can be met on the sidewalk; superheroes and pirates, dogs and cows…even your closest of friends.}} 

Friday was one of those nights.

We wandered into the Billy Reid flagship store to enjoy a very intimate evening of awesome music by a duo of very talented musicians, Matt Kinman and Jonathan Ferrell. They played banjos and fiddles and guitars. They sang and clapped and stomped and danced. The atmosphere was absolutely dreamy, as we sat in antique wooden chairs surrounded by quirky vintage finds and beautiful designer clothing. Our little man was feeling the music….he strutted right out into the middle of the crowd, and shuffled his little feet to the sounds of the fiddle, enticing smiles all around. He's certainly a star in my book….and possibly the coolest 2 year old I know. 

Hooray for magical October nights. 

32 comments:

Gentri said...

That is so cute! I can just picture Hudson dancing in the middle of the dance floor. :) he suddenly looks all grown up! You always have such magical photos.

Sean Marie said...

So cute! Always such great photography. I have another question to add to your post for questions: What kind of camera do you use?

Jeannie said...

Ashley what beautiful pictures. That picture of Hudson sitting in the wooden chair is so cute. That look on his face says, I want to dance. I also like the picture of Hudson looking at the adorable little girl. She looks like she could be Hudson's sister. You look so cute in your bangs. I love them!!! Looks like another fun outing.

Taylor said...

you have some gorgeous pictures! definitely a great eye! I am jealous!

yours truly, melissa said...

You take such beautiful photos and you're so beautiful yourself!

Also, your new blog look, looks great! :)

Pink Sun Drops said...

Magical nights are the stuff dreams are made of. And your photos remind me of glossy magazines every time I see them. Your little man is so precious with his curls, and you with your stunning features.

Eva Marie said...

Love love love nights like this..

Sarah Frills4Thrills said...

this looks like such a lovely evening!

Petchie said...

What beautiful pictures! it looks like you guys had an amazing time!

xoxo
Petchie
http://itsallofthelittlethings.blogspot.com/

Victoria / Justice Pirate said...

Awww how fun! Hudson is getting so big! It is crazy to think about! I mean I have been going to your blog now for over a year, I believe, and little boys really do grow so quickly. Mickey Clouds are cute too by the way. hehe.

Mississippi Hotdog said...

Well I sure am glad I could talk you into getting out of the house. You were wright in one thing. The Carnival I was asking about did look like a lame duck. First Fridays though was a blast and there is always some good music. Billy Reid really does pick out some great music that Hudson can jam/dance to.

LOVE YOU!!!

Courtney B said...

That first picture of you?? Wowzas! Ashley, you are a BABE! And I'm loving the bangs!

Meri said...

Oh cute- he dances already? I could tell in a few pics that he was feelin' it! Great pics, as usual :)

misc.alaina said...

Sounds like the perfect evening! I am sure Hudson was the star of the show - too cute! Love your new bangs!!

Haley K said...

Ashley, you are beyond amazing at taking your family out for such fantastic evenings to make the sweetest memories :) That festival and night of music looked awesome!

The yarn wrapped around the tree totally reminded me of an ultra-natural may pole :) And I have to ask, is that really a cloud shaped by mickey mouse??? how cool is that? :)

And you are looking lovely as ever. I spy new bangs!! love 'em :) And that last picture of Hudson...what a sweet boy you have <3

{andthisiswhatshesaid} said...

You have the most amazing photos. so colorful and fun!

Cara-Mia said...

Magical. What an amazing town.

I also must say your bangs look great! I need to get mine trimmed badly.

I just read your comment to me on Courtney's blog. I can identify with the whole "reading all day thing", especially when I was a child. (I would get a bit obsessive and read an entire book in a day sometimes. Intense haha.) Books have always been there for me, and I am glad they have been there for you. Totally want to reread A Wrinkle in Time too. :)

Laura Elizabeth said...

Kudos for the John Mayer lyric quote!! This looks like such a fun night, you all look like you had a blast. I bet Hudson was adorable, dancing away!!!

Cindy P said...

Ashley, I love your new hair style! It's so cute!!

This seems like a wonderful evening. I just love going to local places are listening to music like that. It really does make for a fun evening!

Anna of IHOD said...

Sounds like such a magical night!
Beautiful moments to capture of your family!!

my soul is the sky said...

i love all your pictures. they are so beautiful. do you use photoshop?

Meredith said...

oh, hudson is definitely the coolest 2 year old i know ;)
& i adore your hair!!! so pretty.

Michelle (michabella) said...

LOVE that LSU beat the Gators :) Such a good game!!

And are those baby TOMS?!?! SO SO CUTE!!!

Felicia said...

what a magical night. :) i think it's the air in october that makes everything a little more special.

Amber Blue Bird said...

how fun and your little boy has got to be the cutest 2 year old I've ever seen.

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Sarah said...

I've always loved and adored your family outings! They almost always look superbly fun and lovely, filled with life's pleasures. You have such a beautiful family, Ashley! And I think that your little boy is too handsome for his own good! Haha. He's gonna be a heartbreaker, in a good way. ;) Looking through your photos always makes me wish I could spend some time with your family - seems really magical and perfect! :) x

Shutterbug said...

...or your blog!

Looks like you had a ton of fun! :D

Sabrina said...

you always look nice :) and your son too! :)

Raven said...

You live in THEE coolest place ever. Seriously, just go out your door and it seems your town always has awesome family things to do and awesome musicians and oh yeah, when you said "things you only see in glossy magazines" I instantly thought, what, your model family ;)

FINALLY sitting down for a second at my computer to catch up on some of my fave blogs. Oh how I have missed you and the fam!

Sweet Harvest Moon said...

Cute pictures! :)

Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels said...

Lovely photos!! Hudson is sooooo cute.

And I love your maxi cardigan! especially with the sparkly top underneath :-)

Faith said...

you are so beautiful! hope you never tire of me saying that because i will probably say it everytime i visit.

and Hudson is adorable. that smile of his melts my heart!