My Kentucky Christmas

In October and the beginning of November, I swore up and down that I wasn't going to really decorate much for Christmas. You see, I don't have a big family at all, and I don't have any holiday events planned at my house, so the decorations wouldn't be seen by many other than my husband and the occasional guest.

As soon as Thanksgiving neared, I decided I would stop at House for their annual sale to see if anything struck my fancy. I entered a gorgeous land of colors, burlap (it's the Kentucky silk, y'all), and glitter. I'm a sucker for glitter.

Doesn't this tree at House just scream Lilly Pulitzer?
Needless to say, the inspiration for a pretty tree struck and I walked out of the store completely loaded down with goodies, and covered in their glitter remnants. I decided that even though it might just be me and my pup Lilly who would really enjoy it, that was enough for me. 

You see, my mom would always create a gorgeous tree. I would wrap crazy amounts of Christmas lights in the bushes outside of our house, hoping to one day get close to winning the neighborhood contest (it was never, ever close!). My mom passed away a few years ago, so the tree decoration turned into a happy time of remembrance. I also got ambitious and decided to do some garland around my front door.

Trying to lay out embellishments on a wreath
Front door decorations and my finished wreath
finished tree
My Kentucky Christmas might not be filled with lots of family or chaos, but it's filled with exactly everything I need. My glitter tree, husband, pup, in-laws, and coffee.

Tis the season for... shopping events!

There are two awesome holiday shopping events going on in Lexington this week. Get ready to shop!

One of the brightest gems in Lexington is house by jsd. This design trio and associated store is full of Kentucky charm and whimsy all year long, but as the weather gets colder, it turns into a Christmas wonderland. Each November, house has their Christmas Open House, where everything is 20% off. Not only can you find the most amazing trimmings for your tree, you can also find beautiful, unique gifts. Check out this video - I dare you not to get into a Christmas spirit afterwards:

Christmas Open House, November 5-10
250 Walton Ave
Lexington, KY 40502
Monday-Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 10-4pm

Next up is the Junior League of Lexington Holly Day Market. Not only is this a beautiful shopping event with lots of variety, it is also the second biggest fundraiser for the Junior League of Lexington, which funds grants for non-profits in Central Kentucky. In 2012, they awarded $40,000 in grants.

Here is a full list of Holly Day Market merchants. There are also several events per day that are great for adults (wine tastings) and children (Santa) alike!

This years Holly Day Market will be November 9-11 at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. Tickets are $8.

Hours: 7-10pm Thursday; 9am -7pm Friday; 9am-5pm Saturday; 11am-5pm Sunday

Do you plan on visiting either event?