Last week I told you about my 5 Rules to a Roadtrip. After weeks and weeks of being on the road and trying to say yes to every opportunity that came my way, I needed to give myself some time off to reenergize and recuperate. But then one of my favorite people – Leonie from @ohhcouture – has an idea for us to meet up in Vermont and spend a weekend experiencing Autumn at it’s peak moment. How can I say no to this adventure?!
I met Leonie almost two years ago at Paris Fashion Week and it was like meeting someone I had known my whole life. Her face is always painted with a smile and we honestly can’t stop talking when we’re together. Any time we’re in the same country, we make it a point to reach out and meet up if we can. After my speaking engagement for Simon Malls in Texas, I had a choice to make. I could do the responsible thing: go home, arrange meetings, organize, and plan for the busy weeks ahead. Or I could chase after the most beautiful autumn photos in Vermont with one of my favorite humans.
Before we arrived, Leonie had done a ton of research. People travel from hundreds and thousand of miles away to see the famous foliage. We were there during the two days the leaves were expected to be at their fullest. If we’d arrived any later, we’d have seen naked branches. Any earlier, and they’d be normal green trees.
We played in leaves, pulled out our coziest sweaters and found the most picturesque places to enjoy our purchases from the local farmers market. One of my favorite moments was getting to catch up with one another by the fireplace. Like the leaves, it’s because of how rare and short our time together is that I value it when it does come.
dreaming in color
I’ve been in South Africa the last few days, shooting a campaign for Pandora Jewelry. I can’t wait to share that experience with you as well. What ended up being so perfect is that Leonie was also selected for this same opportunity in Cape Town!
I got to see her for just 30 minutes, but in those thirty minutes we were back in Vermont playing in the leaves and then back in Paris, two years ago, ordering espresso after espresso and sharing stories with a best friend.
I hope you love these pictures as much as I do. They remind me that sometimes, we can choose our family. When we meet them, something says – this person is my kindred spirit, this person is my kin. Family doesn’t have to be your parents, siblings, children… family is bigger than bloodlines. Leonie has become like a sister to me!
I would love to hear about your chosen family. Tell me about your sisters from another mister in the comments below!