Day six of our writer’s retreat here in Gallatin, Tennessee and we were blessed with a photo shoot. Several days prior, a professional photographer chanced upon the premises, curious like so many others about this massive 16,000+ square foot home on 30 acres of sprawling greenery. She was given permission by the owner to glance around the property and wasn’t expecting to run into anyone on her little exploration.

Approaching a couple of us at poolside, we struck up a conversation that led to her scheduling us for a complimentary photo shoot. You can only imagine how ideal this turned out for both sides–we get beautiful photos for free; she gets great publicity via this highly sought-after location!

On photo day, this photographer further exemplified the epitome of southern charm–in conversation and style. She wore some fly boots, even nicer than the ones she wore

the first time we met her. Much bling! Boots are her signature.

She had scarves with her. A suitcase full of bright colorful scarves! She brought other props as well, but the scarves impressed me most.

There’s something about a scarf that I never noticed before. A freedom of sorts accompanies this mere square piece of fabric. Is it the vibrant colors that demand attention? Or how about its soft, silky texture that makes it a welcomed addition to almost any wardrobe? Whether for practicality or sophistication, a scarf fits the bill.

During the photo shoot, we wrapped the fabric around our necks and shoulders. We ran across the meadow, letting it pose as wings behind us (or, as in my clumsy moment, letting it wrap itself across my face while twirling and prancing).

After the photo shoot, the photographer blessed us each with a scarf to keep. What a generous gesture! Who knew that such a gesture would cause me to think so “deeply” about scarves? I mean, they’ve been hanging around me (haha, pun intended) for decades without fanfare–just serving their purpose.

The scarf’s versatility is amazing when you really stop to think about it. In fact, because I am stopping and thinking about it, let me share with you several of the many uses it has…







Running with a scarf in the wind. Don’t know that I’ve ever done that before in my life. How fun!








Put a scarf on today. Let it energize and free you! Let the magic of the scarf take you to a new place of appreciation that no other little square piece of fabric could possibly do.

Love & RAWspect


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