Elsie and I get asked fairly often if we ever plan to move to a bigger city or a different state. We are both born and raised southern Missouri gals. I won't pretend that I have a crystal ball and know everything the future holds, but I doubt anywhere else will ever feel more like home than here.
Some of my very favorite memories are from this part of the country. I loved spending weeks at our grandparents' cattle farm during summers back when we were kids. Nearly all of my childhood I lived in the same house where my parents still live today. I learned to drive on two-lane highways in a town where it's almost laughable how easy it is to find parking in the middle of downtown, and a 20-minute drive means "a lot of traffic". We have a western apparel store that's as big as a Target. I feel just as comfortable in cowboy boots as I do Chuck Taylor tennis shoes.
Sure, some people don't like it here and can't wait to get out. I defnitely had that itch right after college. But there's a comfort and warmth here I just can't find anywhere else. We are from flyover country. And we couldn't be more proud.
Of course, we adore getting to visit big cities and both coasts of our great nation. We love to travel internationally, although we don't get to as often as we'd like. And I'd be lying if I didn't admit that during the dead of winter there is a part of me that wishes I lived in southern California. But nothing is ever perfect. And we are in love with the Midwest. Fun fact: About ten minutes after we started snapping these photos we were forced back to our car because it started to rain, and shortly after that a tornado warning went into effect. I don't think any tornadoes were spotted this time. But it's that time of year. And in case you're curious, this field is about 15 minutes away from our studio house, out near the airport.
Outfit details // Emma's wearing: shoes/flea market find, jeans/James Jeans, green shirt/F21, kimono/Frolic, necklace/BuenoBueno and sunglasses/UO. Elsie's wearing: Tops/F21, Skirt/Vintage, Necklace/Her Silver Lining, Headband/Ban.do, Tote c/o Sseko Designs, Boots c/o Swedish Hasbeens.
Credits // Author: Emma Chapman, Photography: Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited using Willis from the Folk Collection and Petal from the Fresh Collection.