Friday, May 18, 2018

MONTANA PHOTO DIARY



This past weekend, I took a bit of a different trip - for me at least. Usually, Eric and I travel solo. We've gotten good at it, and typically spend days on end in just each other's company. But sometimes you want to share those experiences, especially with your loved ones. So last Friday, Eric and I headed out to the Paws Up Resort in Montana with my parents, my sister, and my niece. A full-on family vacation, and our first one together since I was a teenager.






When we first started talking about taking a family trip, we knew it would need to be somewhere with things to do. My niece is 9 years old, so going to a busy city with a bar scene and such wasn't gonna cut it. Plus, moving around in a group of 6 on crowded city streets is my idea of a nightmare, and I think it would have been my whole family's to be honest. So we started looking at more rural locations, and fortunately stumbled upon Paws Up. To be honest, I've known about them for a while, through a few friends who ride horses. I'd been told the place is nothing short of dreamy, so I started researching, and passed along the site to my parents. I got an immediate YES back from them.

My mom has always loved horses (she was the 'horse girl' in grade school) so I knew we would have to do some riding. Paws Up is situated on 37,000 acres (!!!) so there's plenty of space to roam. No crowded trail ride, jammed up with a group of 25+ tourists. We were able to hop on horses and ride the morning after we arrived, and it was amazing. It was the first thing I wanted to do when I was there, and I'm so glad we all got to ride together.

Some other activities that didn't make the photos? They have a go-kart track (I swear) and archery lessons as well that my niece tried out. I tried to keep these photos of myself since I don't want to really share our personal family photos, but let me tell you, we had an amazing time together.








Another thing that drew me to Paws Up, is the accommodations. Rather than ending up with 3 separate hotel rooms (probably on different floors) somewhere else, we were able to all stay together in a 3-bedroom Wilderness Estate on their property. Which meant we could all get together in the morning and leave at the same time, or else have a fire in the fireplace at night. It was nice being under one roof while still each having our own space.



Normally in my trip photo diaries, I'll rattle off a list of restaurants that we hopped around to in whatever city we're staying in. Paws Up is a bit different, because once you're on the large property, there is no need to leave. They have their daytime restaurant, Trough, which is where we had our breakfast and lunch every day. It was fantastic, and actually appealed to everyone's different diets. At night we dined at Pomp, with this gorgeous view of the property. Being able to have a family meal together nightly is such a luxury, and getting to do that with the sun setting just beyond the porch was even more of a luxury. And again, the food? AMAZING. My sister found vegan options, and Eric and I ended up falling madly in love with this carrot and ginger soup that we tried to order at every meal. Yum.


Another thing about Paws Up that made the trip for me was the amount of animals on the property. Bison, cattle, horses, deer, elk, eagles, squirrels, and more - we saw all of it. I got to meet a mustang that is new to the property and currently being trained. He was lovely and I couldn't get enough of spending time with him. My mom got to have some time with the horses too, so it was a bit of an animal-lover's dream come true. And, did I mention that there were seven (that we counted) baby bison roaming the landscape? They're so fuzzy and cute, I was desperate to pet one, but I have a feeling their mothers would have NOT allowed it, so I didn't hop the fence.




For this trip, I kept my outfits fairly simple, mostly because I wanted pieces I could mix and match easily. I also love dressing just a little on-theme, so I wanted pieces that felt a little 'cowgirl-esque'. I went to The Frilly's website and customized a full outfit for the trip. If you're not familiar with The Frilly (I wore several of their jackets in the UK last year), let me tell you a little about them. When you visit their site, you'll see that every single piece is customizable. So click on each item, because you can change just about everything about it. The length, the fabric, the finish - everything can be made to match what you want.

I 'designed' this suede jacket and had originally planned on styling it maybe once or twice. When it arrived, I was IN LOVE. I wore it every single day of the trip and on the plane on the way there and the way home. I just love the length of it, and how it works with my high-rise pants just as well as it did with my The Frilly Dress (which I also customized). It's probably one of my favorite jackets I've ever owned, and I love that it looks so vintage.



76 comments:

  1. Amazing! Thanks for the idea for future family vacations!! And beautiful photos as well. Thanks, Courtney!

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  2. So cozy and I'm glad that you enjoyed your time with family. Love love it every details ❤ nailed it as always.

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  3. Beautiful photos, love the idea of mixing and matching outfits!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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  4. In love with those brown pants, do you think they're hemmable or would that ruin the look?

    @finalfires

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  5. What a unique idea for a family trip! Everything looks like a gorgeous dream- especially where you stayed.

    @lysshouse

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  7. Your brown pants are AMAZING!! I would never think to go to Montana but those bison alone has Montana calling me name! Also loving all the horses! You make Montana look so dreamy! Thank you for sharing!

    IG: @ohheyang_

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  8. This has given me a whole new idea of Montana!! It looks so dreamy, I HAVE to go now and it wasn’t even on my list!! Thanks for the new travel goal @kalybee

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  9. That lodge is adorable and the views are breathtaking. This looks like a great place to just get away and unplug for a while.

    @plaidnightmare

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  10. Great place for a trip or even a weekend with friends and family!! I would love to go there!! @anna_nkk

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  11. This place is sooo dreamy! Thanks! <3
    @ana_algui

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  12. It seems like such a fun and beautiful trip! And as always, your color palette is perfect!
    @kirstdaddy_lilmama

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  13. I love everything about the earth tones in your photos. Glad you had a fun trip and you styled every clothing piece in the most perfect way possible! Your amazing girl. IG: thesongbirdjoey

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  14. What a beautiful place, Paws Up sounds like a dream with all of the animals!

    @andimarti

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  15. You’re probably my favorite blogger of all time. Your look is so timeless, yet current. So obsessed. And your home is a dream. IG: sadieeidas

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  16. Omg would love to see some baby bisons. Looks amazing!

    @kelseyfobert

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  17. I love this palette! Montana looks so good on you :) @honey.andthebee

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  18. This colour palette is so lovely. Beautiful tones and gorgeous views .

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  19. Wow wow wow! My dream vacation! So beautiful! (@carrotcairns)

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  20. Lovely blog post and really really nice frilly jacket! ♥️

    @gabriella_robs

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  21. Oh shoot I left a comment and am not sure if it published. Anyway I love this shoot so much, you do “Ranch Chic” so perfectly 😍 you’ve inspired me to go outside! @missionandmade

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  22. Love your style! @lifeinariel

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  23. Adding this to my list of places to visit! Looks like a dream! @sharoncelery

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  25. As always, thanks for sharing your getaway experience. I really enjoyed reading this. I’m happy to hear you were able to go on overdue trip and create new memories with your family. . Your outfits/hair and overall style are so in tune with of the colors of the scenery in these photos. The scenery is breathtaking, and being surrounded by animals is always a plus in my book. I am definitely adding this to my list of future destinations!! Thanks Courtney :) @sadie.alexandra

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  26. ultimate fashion inspo of all time. i’ve been following you for a couple of years now and i cant believe how much you’ve grown as a person— mentally & physically. your blog, your insta, everything about you is so wonderful. keep up the good work girly. insta: ranche.l

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  27. Your photos are so beautiful Courtney! Definitely going to have to put this place on my travel list! It’s so stunning, and reminds me of Bear Mountain NY! I do look so forward to all your adventures! I don’t have an account on here but I’m @motherwildling on IG ✨

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  28. Love this! Your color palette is so fun. IG: @johnslaur

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  29. This makes me want to visit more places in America! I’m always so wrapped up around visiting Europe and old cities but I forget how beautiful the U.S. is sometimes! @k8lvr

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  30. In love with the look of the Paws Up resort! It never would have occurred to me that Montana could be such a beautiful getaway destination!
    Also, it’s so cool that you customize your own clothes— that jacket looks so great on you 😍😍😍 @notbripalmer ❤️

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  31. I’ve never wanted to go to Montana but now you’ve made me want to!

    IG: @lumpofsadness

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  32. Montana is one of the most beautiful states! I’ve always loved traveling there, and I love how you incorporated the gorgeous neutrals of the landscape into your wardrobe for the trip. My IG is @thepinkchai ✨

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  33. That place is beautiful! I never really thought of Montana for a getaway but now it’s on my list!
    @zazuale

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  34. My family has been looking for a place like this for a family reunion. It looks amazing!!

    @elliotte_t

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  35. Dreamy is an understatement! Looks like a place I want to go ❤️

    @seestackrun

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  36. Your trip looks amazing! I never really thought of traveling to Montana but that resort is perfection! Definitely adding it to my list.
    @linsy.a

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  37. This looks beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

    @dearhaleynicole

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  38. That is a magical place! Family, food and animals. What more can you ask for ❤️

    @adrianalanier

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  39. I absolutely adore your style in all aspects of fashion, decor, etc! Every time I get on your page I am so inspired

    @c.e.burton

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  40. Beautiful photos, Courtney! I never even thought about visiting Montana, but it looks lovely. The star of these photos, however, is that teeny tiny little cast iron skillet. ;)
    @nickigenevieve

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  41. These pictures are stunning.
    @k8linrinehart

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  42. I loveeee the colouring of the photos! What do you use to edit them? X

    @_stefaniemadison

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  43. Montana is one of my favorite places!! Something about it just invites relaxation and soaking in the present. Love your outfits as well! Jesse Kamm pants are amazing!

    @adriennebirkes

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  44. Montana is one of my favorite places to visit...especially glacier national park! Love the earth tone outfits. The frilly suede jacket and Jesse kamm pants are a dream! @itskareene

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  45. Love your aesthetic! @morgan_bee_

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  46. Sounds like a lovely vacation. + I definitely need to check out the frill—how cool!

    @kaylie.lizabeth

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  47. Everything looks beautiful! Makes me want to go :))
    @cameron_jenkins

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  48. This looks so dreamyyyyyy. �� I’m going on my Hawaii trip with my fam next week so this makes me excited for that. @portiatuesday

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  49. Aww this looks like the PERFECT vacation. Soooo envious 😍🐎✌

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  50. woow everything looks so beautiful�� btw I'm so ready for new home decor pieces��fingers crossed�� @makatevdorashvili

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  51. Love the colours in these. Looks fab.
    Want to try and make carrot and ginger soup now too!

    @KirstyLamin

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  52. love love love the colors. beautiful.

    @hiimgabbyy

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  53. This looks like such a lovely trip! �� I’m so glad you and your family had such a wonderful time in such a beautiful place - the resort is stunning and everything looks sweet and serene. My parents and I have been thinking of a Wyoming/Montana getaway, so I’m def going to bookmark paws up as an potential place to go! Def going to check out the Frilly, too - that jacket looks amazing, and it’s insane that you customized it!

    @laurenrgardner

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  54. your accommodation looks like heaven on earth! ����

    @_katie.james

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  55. Adding Paws Up to my vacation list ASAP. This looks incredibly serene!

    @asustainablesort

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  56. Beautiful photos. Montana is on my list now!

    IG: misskellyclare

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  57. Growing up I was definitely a horse girl myself and loved when my family would surprise me with little trips to a local ranch where they would let me ride and pet and even groom their horses. Now I’m more of a fashion girl so this post is perfect! Your outfits are to die for. Wonderful pics and a wonderful memory.

    @caitlynremmers

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  58. Can’t wait to put Paws Up. In my bucket list. 😍 @stefany.lunaa

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  59. That suede jacket! It was the first thing that caught my eye, but then when I read you’d custom ordered it 😍 @melissa_mckenna

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  60. loveeeee horses. youve really made me want to go to this place! these pictures are lovely. @reggaekimono

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  61. These photos are so beautiful! The tones and colors really set the mood for Paws Up, which sounds like the perfect place for some relaxation with the fam. I love the East Coast, but there really is something about the big sky and wide open spaces in the West haha. Love that you also dress on theme; the colors you chose to wear (and that suede jacket!) are on point. Can't wait to see what other adventures you get up to!

    @marhaugh

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  62. That jacket is perfection!
    @atxstreetstyle

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  63. The jacket is adorable, you are so right about being the perfect length for high waisted bottoms. Love the cow girl theme! @ohbellbee

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  64. Such a good idea for a family trip! Also for a couple that doesn’t like busy urban trips, too πŸ˜‚ @dagannne

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  65. Your outfits make me want to experiment more with my style !

    ig : @daintyanemone

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  66. Beautiful photos/editing!! And that suede jacket is to die for 😍

    @lil.papaya

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  68. Beautiful pictures. I love the suede jacket!
    @katagories

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  69. Montana is so beautiful! Definitely will keep this in mind for a future trip idea ❤ and those shots of you by the horses are amazing!!!

    IG : @amandacsanford

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