5 Kentucky Boutiques for Christmas Shopping

1) AJ's Casuals - Lexington 

  • 867 E. High Street Suite 120
  • Lexington, KY 40502

  • AJ's Casuals is a charming boutique located in the heart of Lexington.  They offer several contemporary brands of women's clothing, as well as other accessories.

Photo via AJ's Casuals Facebook

2) Peggy's- Lexington

  • 112 Clay Avenue
  • Lexington, Kentucky 40502
In 1990, inspired by the small town gift shops she visited as a child, Peggy, with the help of her mother, opened Peggy’s Gifts.  From the beginning, the goal of the shop was to combine the warm and personal atmosphere of  a small town boutique with a wide selection of handpicked quality gifts.  What began as a quarter of the building, has grown over twenty years, to encompass all 3000 square feet of the home on Clay Avenue. 
Peggy’s is packed with wonderful gifts to celebrate any occasion!  We feature a fabulous selection of jewelry, totes and purses, and chic accessories for your home and entertaining needs.  As an added free service, we wrap all your gifts in our signature dot paper! 

Photo and description via Peggy's Gifts

3) Peppermint Palm- Lexington and Louisville 

Lansdowne Shoppes
Lexington, KY 

The Vogue
Louisville, KY

The Peppermint Palm is Kentucky's go-to destination for Lilly Pulitzer, Stephen Bonanno sandals, CMC monogrammed gifts, and other preppy staples!

Photo via Heather Watson

4) Clodhoppers- Louisville 

  • 3725 Lexington Road
  • Louisville, KY 40207
Clodhoppers first opened its doors in 1993 as an unassuming storefront on an eclectic Bardstown Road strand of shops. At that time, the store windows were full of the used Levi’s and the clunky Doc Martens indicative of the minimalist, street chic era of early 90s fashion. But as the styles of their clients evolved with the years, so did the store. Co-owners Kathy Reiss-Miller and Kelly McDonald combined a strength in building business relationships with a penchant for style to swiftly move their boutique into shopping mainstream. They have since moved their business into the newly-remodeled, 4500 square foot Vogue Theatre building on Lexington Road, where they today sell several designer lines of men’s and women’s clothing and accessories. Over the years, Clodhoppers has matured into Louisville’s premier purveyor of luxury fashion and the shopping experience.

Photos via Clodhoppers

5) Blink- Louisville

  • 3706 Lexington Road
  • Louisville, KY 40207
Blink Boutique is known for the beautiful selection of dresses, ensembles, shoes, handbags, denim and jewelry. We want to have something to offer every woman that comes into our door which is why we offer a variety of lines including: Bell by Alicia Bell, Halston Heritage, Hudson Jeans, Jay Godfrey, Joie, Karina Grimaldi, Linea Pelle, Paige, Shoshanna, 12th Street, Tom Ford, Vince, and Velvet Located in the heart of St. Matthews on Lexington Road, the boutique has a laid back yet sophisticated style where customer service has always been the focus. If you haven't been by, we encourage you to come see what Blink is all about. As much as we love fashion, what we love even more is our clients.
Photo and Description via Blink's Facebook page

A Vineyard Vines Wish List

Vineyard Vines is one of those brands that I just love for fun, classic pieces with a bit of a preppy twist. I adore the company's motto of "living the good life," and their iconic whale logo never fails to make me smile. 

This year,  I was thrilled when our friends at Vineyard Vines sent over some suggestions for HerKentucky readers.  I want all of them!

The Fisherman Scarf: Oh my word, I love this! The color is amazing (they call it "Pink Tulip"!) and would match pretty much everything I own. When I took up knitting a few years ago, I had visions of whipping up fancy cable-knit scarves like this to give as presents. It hasn't quite happened yet.

I'm always looking for the perfect winter coat. I spend a lot of time outside with the dogs (that's what black labs do!), so I need something sporty and warm. This Harvest Down coat does the trick.

How much does my beau need this?

What's on your holiday wish list?

Emily's Wish List

My wish list this Christmas is pretty simple. Glitter, world peace, and coffee.
So perhaps that middle one isn't simple. Instead, I guess I could ask for some of the following things:

A bottle of Leila Lou perfume from The Crushed Violet in Lexington
This truly irresistible perfume oil is made with 100% essential oils. With notes of Pear Blossom, fresh cut grass and tangerine, Leila Lou captures the alluring scent of innocence and freshness.

A Moon & Lola monogram necklace from Olive You Boutique in Richmond

Some Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray from Sephora

A gift certificate to The Morris Book Shop in Lexington

Any assortment of Keurig Vue cups (NOT K-cups) for my new coffee lovah!

Race Registration to Color Me Rad in Lexington on March 2, 2013

What's on your list?

Kentucky Find: Maya Brenner Designs

Last year I started seeing these "state" necklaces everywhere.  I travel a lot in Mississippi and noticed some girls wearing Mississippi shaped necklaces and thought, "wow, what a cute idea".  I soon found out that these necklaces are by a designer by the name of Maya Brenner.  

You can choose any state, but the Kentucky shape is available in plain gold or silver, or you can choose to get a diamond anywhere along the border! 
How fun are these necklaces?  I think they'd make a perfect gift for the Kentucky lady in your life.  I know that this Kentucky necklace will definitely be on my next gift list!