all things derby {with the kentucky gentleman}

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Above: Diana’s Polyvore set, “Derby Day

Hello again, bluegrass THREADS readers! I know there are two more days before the weekend, but a Kentucky Gentleman does not tell a lie – I’m in total Derby mode. I know you are too, so let’s run through the crucial details.

The perfect Derby Day is a multi-faceted experience. I wrestle with the tough questions myself, so I know you do too. Don’t worry, I’ll hold you hand through this most noble of days: the one not full of Julep Cup, of course.

What To Wear to the Derby

Dressing like a Kentucky Gentleman looks effortless, but is quite the opposite. The perfect Derby outfit for Him takes time and thought – it also needs my guides to dressing for the Derby, found here (shirts, ties and cufflinks) & here (sport coats, pants and shoes). If your beloved needs advice as well, fear not – bluegrass THREADS has you covered with both florals and neutrals.

What To Drink at the Derby

Bourbon is the undisputed king of spirits in Kentucky. I’ve spent a good deal of time outlining my advice on Bourbon. Your Derby Day is guaranteed to include at least a half-dozen conversations about Kentucky’s native drink, so make sure you’re speaking the right language. For the Derby classic, look no further than our perfect mint julep recipe. It’s fantastic!

Throwing the Perfect Derby Party

If your tickets to Millionaire’s Row seem to have been lost in the mail, throwing a festive Derby party is a perfectly acceptable alternative. We’ve even uncovered a fun, new take on a classic: mint julep cookies (love these, Lindsay!).

Who Will Win the Kentucky Derby

Even I can’t predict the biggest detail of the day, but if you follow these pointers you’ll be a winner yourself. Enjoy!

 

Yours in the Commonwealth,

 

The Kentucky Gentleman

keeneland style

It’s that time of year again!  Keeneland, a true bluegrass institution, opens April 5th and runs through the 26th of the month.  I especially find the April meet to be a fun and fashionable, as everyone sports their new spring looks.  Since its not quite sundress weather for me, here’s my style inspiration:

 

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Polyvore by kgreeneowens

Will you be there?  What will you wear?

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valentine’s revistited

It’s February and that means one thing—one of the most fun holidays is right around the corner.  These are a few of our favorite Valentine’s Day things:

  • Adore these chocolate madeleines, perfect for sharing with your sweetie.
  • Pink and red are a striking color duo that can be worn with sophistication this season.  Try it with an elegant up-do, so your duds don’t look juvenile.
  • These slow-cooker sweet treat is perfect for an easy, make after dinner dessert.
  • If lace and pink are your thing, we love this look for a romantic night out.
  • This sweet flower arrangement can perk up any valentine’s day table.
  • Don’t know what to get your guy, try these suggestions for the perfect gift.
  • Try some red lipstick to plump up your pout and add some festive flair s.w.a.k.

 

What are your favorite things about Valentine’s Day?

 

colored denim

winter greys

Wintery greys are the perfect backdrop for a colored jeans.  This is a current favorite look that makes me feel seasonally appropriate in grey with a fun pop of color!  I’m currently loving wearing purple, royal blue and kelly green.  Try out other soft neutrals like cream and camel for a feminine contrast to dramatic colored denim.  I love camel with kelly green and cream with a bold pink.

Featured: Wood Wood boat neck top (lagarconne.com), Pea coat (romwe.com), Joe’s Jeans joes jeans ($275 – zalando.co.uk), A.p.c. boots (lagarconne.com), Hobo tote bag ($170 – theiconic.com.au), Virgins Saints and Angels silver jewelry (ylang23.com), Owl watch ($92 – the-dressingroom.com), Burberry cashmere shawl (stylebop.com)

local style standout: Christy Stucker & Wildcat Water Giveaway

Bluegrass THREADS is thrilled to be feautring Christy Stucker as a local style standout.  Nominated by Sarah Hall, she described Christy as a “fabulous and fashion forward lady.”  We agree!  Here’s what she had to stay about living stylishly in the bluegrass.

Tell us a little bit about yourself…

Just call me Mother Stucker!  I’m Cady and Cece’s Mom and Cory’s Mrs..  Hopeless optimist, volunteer extraordinaire and active pageant coach through experience as Mrs. Kentucky America (2009) and Mrs. U.S. of A. Globe (2005).  The Big Brother (CBS) 2012 finalist is thrilled to write “Chatting with Christy” for the Hamburg Journal, as well as The Mother Stucker blog.  Look no further for travel and product reviews, family friendly food ideas and Mother Stucker savvy style.

Describe your personal style…

Confident, classic and feminine in a constant state of reinvention and refinement.  I am a work in progress.

Who are your style icons?

Princess Diana+Marilyn Monroe+Lauren Bacall+Audrey Hepburn+Sarah Jessica Parker+Duchess Kate Middleton

What does “bluegrass style” mean to you?

As a lifelong Kentuckian with a Bachelor of Science in Merchandising, Apparel & Textiles from the University of Kentucky, I truly believe that anything goes!  I find that my understand of “bluegrass style” grows when I travel.  Outside of our Commonwealth, I long for royal blue everything, perfectly scuffed boots, monogrammed oxford shirts, fashion forward fascinators and equestrian motifs from home.

Any favorite local spots to shop?

The J. Peterman Company is based right here in the bluegrass.  Currently coveting: Plaid Shift, Rhinestone Black, Florence and Johnnie Dresses…

Any other bluegrass hotspots we should check out?

My favorite fashion scouting spots are Keeneland & Churchill Downs.  What’s not to love?

What are some style challenges that you face and how do you deal with them?

My “inverted triangle” body shape (broad shoulders, narrower hips) is always a forethought when shopping and getting dressed.  I look to styles worn well by Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow (both inverted triangles) for inspiration.

How important is hair and make-up to your personal style?

Janie Olmstead of Images Model and Talent Agency (Lexington) tells me that my hair is my signature.  Jo Ann Peterson & J.R.’s Salon (Louisville) rock the ‘dp and make me feel like a million bucks!  I live the “less is more” make-up approach for the day to day look.

Which are the accessories that you never go without?

The Mother Stucker needs a Birkin Bag (writing notebooks, magazines, snack assortment for baby girls, emergency flat shoes, etc.), but for  now I manage with a fashion forward carryall.  I always have a small clutch inside the tote with absolute necessities so that I can grab and go when out and about.

What is your must have for the season?

I <3 peplum.  Thank heavens peplum is in for 2012!  Any day now I’m expecting people to start calling me “Jackee” from the show “Sister, Sister” in the 80’s.  I do not care.  I <3 peplum.

Animal print (especially reptile) is big this season—do or don’t?

I find myself wondering, what would the reptile do…?

 

 

Thanks, Christy!  To read more from Christy, be sure to check out her blog.  Plus, in honor of Christy’s bluegrass roots and for all of our Wildcat fans, we have partnered with another Kentucky standout, Wildcat Water, to bring our readers the chance to win a case of their water!

“Our water has been called ‘the best tasting water in the world’…taking home the gold medal award at the Berkley Springs International Water Tasting. BSIW is considered the standard of excellence by water connoisseurs (yes, there are water connoisseurs out there) in the bottled water industry and is the longest and largest water tasting competition in the world.”

If you are not familiar with Wildcat Water, they have an amazing mission, which you should checkout here.  We at Bluegrass THREADS love to see a wonderful local company that gives back to their community!

This giveaway is open to all our readers worldwide and ends at 11:59 p.m. on December 20. Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.  Best of luck!

 

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Also, if  you would like to nominate someone to be featured as a local style standout or if you’d like to do a product giveaway, please send us an email to katherine@bluegrassthreadsky.com or diana@bluegrassthreadsky.com.


Christmas revisited

These are a few of our favorite holiday things…

The countdown to Christmas is on!  Are you ready?