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My Eccentric Self

Gretchen Rose

with General Eccentric Boutique

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If you have ever visited Louisville Kentucky, you may remember hearing about Bardstown Road. It’s a long stretch of road, packed full on either side with boutiques (General Eccentric, Pitaya), record shops, micro-breweries (my personal favorite is Great Flood, I meet there Monday nights for running group) restaurants (we love Sapporo sushi) coffee shops (my personal favorite is Quills) and other small businesses. If you are planning a trip here, you absolutely must walk down Bardstown Rd. You could easily spend a day (and a couple hundred dollars!) here! There is something for everyone!

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The Kaye rug

Okay so back to the General Eccentric boutique. My friend turned me onto them when she was shopping for a wedding guest and bachelorette party dress when I first moved back to Louisville. So I have her to thank and blame with my new found obsession...

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Why yes, that is a massive horse fly on my leg... if you have horses, you understand.

You can’t go in there without coming out with something. They have the cutest dresses, rompers, jumpsuits, separates, and accessories (for super affordable prices). They also sell delicious smelling, locally made candles! I have been hunting for a red dress for months, but wasn’t having the best luck until I visited GE boutique recently. They get new shipments on Wednesday, so I recommend visiting soon after that! That’s when I found this adorable red floral sleeveless number with a slight frill hem (here). I paired it with a double buckle black and gold studded belt to give the look a little edge (similar here and here). I feel like this dress + belt combo, paired with black western style booties would make the perfect festival outfit. You could switch out the black accessories for brown tones too, and it would be equally beautiful!

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The Azelea rug

I chose rugs with wear (the Azelea rug, shop here) or with pinks/red tones (the Kaye, shop here). But I’m pretty sure this dress would look adorable with any rug!
What’s your favorite summer dress style? Do you prefer sleeveless? Girly? Edgy? How do you like to accessorize?! I want to know! Leave a comment below!

As always, thank you for reading!

XO, Gretchen Rose
 

 

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Dress Up on the Farm

Gretchen Rose

with Dress and Dwell 

I have always been a fan of supporting local and/or small businesses, so when I discovered Dress and Dwell I couldn’t wait to check out their shop in person! They carry fashion (hence the Dress part of the name) as well as home decor accents (for all of your Dwelling needs). Every one of their posts on Instagram feature such cute pieces, ranging from classic to more trendy, plus they sell some of the most beautiful accessories (shop here). I was able to select two looks from their boutique, so keep reading to see what I picked!

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First, I chose a blue and white vertical stripe button front dress with pockets (sold out, similar hereherehere and here), and paired it with rattan statement earrings (similar here and here). Everyone knows by now that buttons are literally everywhere in the stores! Button down dresses, skirts, tops, even pants come with buttons down the side! I love the extra oomph it gives a look, and I’m so happy I finally found the perfect button-down piece for summer! To coordinate the dress with the rugs, I chose rugs with blues in them (shop rugs here).

I borrowed one of my mother's belts for the linen Julia dress, and I loved how it turned out! Mixing old and new is my favorite way to style myself and our home! 

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The second dress I found was this gorgeous, bohemian style off-white long sleeve dress with embroidery details (shop here for the Hansel faded rose dress). I paired some golden-brass toned drop earrings with cream-colored tassels to add texture to the look without overpowering the star of the show (shop tassel earrings here). The rose-colored rug was the final touch, and I think the final look turned out beautiful!

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It was so much fun working with the girls at Dress and Dwell, I hope to have the opportunity again in the future! I’ll definitely be stopping back by their shop to see what’s new!
Where do you live, and what’s your favorite local go-to boutique? Let me know below!

Thanks for reading,
XO Gretchen Rose

 

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"I'm going to start a blog."

Gretchen Rose

What am I doing?

 

“I’m going to start a blog”.  

 

How many times have you told yourself that, or some version of it? It seems easy enough, just write a few paragraphs about something relevant and then all the sudden you will have more followers, companies reaching out, etc., right?  Maybe.  Who knows? I sure don’t have the answers. However, I have been thinking about attempting this whole blogging thing for a while now.  I told myself I would start it when things ‘settled down’ in life (mainly, when I finished nursing school, because that took up a huge amount of time and energy).  Turns out, I am just as busy now that I am finished with school.  Working as an RN is exhausting (rewarding, yes, most days, but always exhausting).  Sure, we have 4 days off a week if we work the standard 3 12 hour shifts.  You can pretty much write off that first day off after 3 in a row, since all I seem to do that fourth day is sleep and try to recuperate.  Add running a business on the side of that and you pretty much stay tired!  However, this little voice in my head has been repeating the words ‘other people do it, and some of said other people have full time jobs, are full time moms, run their own business, and find time to blog often’ like a broken record.  So, what are we waiting for, really?  I don’t have the answer to that, so here I am, giving it a whole-hearted attempt! 

 

I plan to use this blogging outlet to discuss just about anything and everything I feel is interesting enough to write about.  Most posts will be rug-related (shocker, right?), but I want to really start incorporating interior design and fashion.  At first I worried that maybe that would confuse my followers on what my ‘brand’ is.  Recently I have decided that worrying about what others expect of me really isn’t the most honest way to go about life.  Do I love all things rugs? Absolutely.  However, I also love interior styling and fashion, and I have some ideas on how to combine all of these things that I am passionate about!  

 

So what am I saying?  Who really knows.  I am basically putting thoughts down on paper, and sharing them with you in the hopes to inspire your home, wardrobe, and life.  If you have been contemplating starting your own business or blog, DO IT! Then comment below with your blog and/or business name so that I can follow your journey along!  Thanks for reading this mess of thoughts, and I hope you hang around! 

 

XO, Gretchen Rose

 

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