spring style

navy dress kateimage via

In the bluegrass, spring style means being ready for Keeneland.  The April meet (which runs April 8-29) is the perfect opportunity to break out your sundresses, if the weather allows.  I’m not a huge fan of strapless dresses, especially this early in the season.  I am crazy over cute, sweet shirt dresses like the one above, as a more modest alternative.  The navy stripes on this Kate Spade design are simply adorable.

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BEING GRACIOUS AND GRATEFUL {guest post by Alice Greene}


The importance of a thank-you note

nivothankyouimage by dthoskins

Okay – so the presents have all been opened, the toys have been assembled and Santa has eaten the cookies left on his special plate – now it’s time for the THANK YOU NOTES!

That’s right, the thank you note is not dead.  Why is a little note so important?  Well, for those folks who were not present when you opened your gift, it acknowledges that you received the gift no matter if it came by mail, another delivery service or via Aunt Susan.  In addition, it recognizes someone who has done something nice for you.  Did you ever stop to realize the time, effort and expense that goes into giving a thoughtful gift?  Surely you can spend several minutes writing a note of thanks to the giver.

Thank you notes and general note cards are so beautiful these days and relatively inexpensive if you shop at places like TJMaxx, Homegoods and Marshalls.  Add a beautiful stamp and you have a piece of mail that will make someone smile upon receipt.  Whether right or wrong, many people expect a thank you note when they give a gift and many others read their note numerous times as it reminds them that they and their gift were appreciated.

So – you don’t know how to begin to write a note of thanks?  Check out a book from the library or purchase one from your local bookstore on the topic.  I have owned On A Personal Note – A Guide to Writing Notes with Style by Angela Ensminger and Keely Chace for several years and have even given copies as gifts for high school and college graduates and brides and grooms.  It will help you find just the right words for whatever you need to express.  Don’t use this as an excuse for not writing a note of appreciation.  If all else fails, just thank the giver for the gift and tell them how it will be used or that when using it you will be reminded of them.  Isn’t that all anyone really wants to hear?

So in this quintessential season of giving, don’t forget to actually thank those who gave.  You’ll thank me later!


Lexington, Kentucky


Alice is a native Lexingtonian and quintessential southern lady, who enjoys cooking, baking and entertaining. 


Thanks, Alice!  If you have something you’d like to share with our readers about bluegrass living and style, send us an email at katherine@bluegrassthreadsky.com or diana@bluegrassthreadsky.com.


beachy keen


beachy keen


J Crew metallic cardigan
$98 – jcrew.com

Oasis orange t shirt
£22 – johnlewis.com

Isabella Oliver denim skinny jeans
$145 – isabellaoliver.com

Kate Spade ankle strap sandals
$275 – couture.zappos.com

Blue tote bag
£18 – debenhams.com

new year night out

new year night out


Sparkly dress
$100 – modcloth.com

Karl donoghue
$500 – net-a-porter.com

Steve Madden rhinestone pumps
$130 – zappos.com

Black clutch
$50 – dsw.com

Zarb Champagne
€70 – colette.fr

Glittered Happy New Year Tiara
$1.99 – partycheap.com

what are you wearing christmas eve?

Nude is a great alternative to the little black dress.  I love this look for a christmas eve party!

what are you wearing christmas eve?

Dorothy Perkins cocktail party dress
32 – dorothyperkins.com
Elie Tahari faux fur coat
$148 – nordstrom.com
Black pantyhose
$15 – modcloth.com
Nine West mary jane high heels
$89 – ninewest.com
Daria clutch bag
$245 – reissonline.com
Kate Spade pearl dangle earrings
$68 – katespade.com
Slip ring
$18 – bloomingdales.com