Celebrate April Fools' Day with Kentucky-themed Tervis Tumblers!

So, April Fools' Day isn't my favorite.

My humor has never run toward pranks, puns, and cheap jokes. Plus, it's April 1st -- that means my total attention is turned toward sports. The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament is wrapping up. Keeneland's Opening Day is mere moments away. And, a whole lot of my friends are starting to focus on baseball. I can barely let real life intrude on my thoughts, let alone silly jokes. (Unless it's DeMarcus's CD, natch...)

I do want to let y'all know about an April Fools' event that is no joke. Today only, you can use the code APRILFOOLS on all Tervis Tumbler online orders to receive 20% off your purchase. Since I never, ever have enough Tervises, this is an offer I take pretty seriously.

Here are a few fun Tervis Tumbler Kentucky designs y'all will love!

It's a UK wine glass, y'all. Kind of perfect for when the Wildcats take on Bucky Badger this weekend.

This Derby mug would be perfect for any Kentuckian's office!

The Cardinals fans in my neighborhood have been proudly wearing their red all weekend. I LOVE team loyalty after a close defeat! This U of L Tervis lets you go L's up in style.

 This year's Derby design reminds you that we're only about a month away from the most exciting two minutes in sports!

This UK water bottle is on my short list of upcoming splurge purchases!

And what Kentucky girl doesn't need a pink UK Tervis?

Head over to Tervis today and take advantage of these serious savings!

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Monkee's of Louisville Grand Opening

If you're in Louisville today, you should definitely stop by the Grand Opening of Monkee's of Louisville at 3624 Brownsboro Road!

Monkee's is such a unique shopping. They have locations across several states, but it never feels like you're shopping an impersonal, "mall-ish" chain. You can find fun brands like Jack Rogers and Tory Burch. There's vintage Chanel, and usually some gorgeous pieces by Louisville's very own W&M Jewelry!

My very, very favorite shopping experience of all time was at the Monkee's in Nashville. I got a pair of $500 Lilly Pulitzer boots for $40. While I doubt we'll find any sales like that today, I'm pretty excited to check out this cute new store!

Hope to see y'all there!

Gilt.com Preview Party

This weekend, I went to Louisville to scout out neighborhoods for our upcoming move.

I also had the opportunity to check out the Gilt.com Designer Outlet at their preview party.  They had some delicious small-bite appetizers. And an open bar. And great prices on name brand merchandise. I still don't know how I feel about drinking and shopping. It's either the best idea in the world, or the worst. Either way, I had a lot of fun. 

 Kentucky's own Woodford Reserve was there in full-force. Y'all know I couldn't pass up this photo op.

There were some really amazing bargains. I spotted half-price Nanette Lepore, Red Valentino, Jack Rogers, and a Free People dress that was straight out of Anthropologie. You couldn't turn around for all the people who were scooping up Cuisinart kitchen gadgets. 
If you find yourself in Louisville over the next month, you should stop by the Gilt.com outlet. It's in the old Borders (the even older Hawley Cooke Booksellers) space near the St. Matthews Mall. (4600 Shelbyville Road if you prefer specifics.)

Thanks so much to Gilt.com for the invitation!

{All photos courtesy my beau, Robert Fleu.}

The HerKentucky Louisville List: Gilt.com Pop-Up Shop

So, we have some rather big news at my house. We're moving back to Louisville this summer!

There is so much to love about the Commonwealth's biggest city. Over the next couple of months, I'll be packing up our stuff and the dogs and making plans to join my beau, who's already there. Here on HerKentucky, I'll be compiling The Louisville List, a series of posts that highlight my very favorite things about the Derby City: things like the food, the parks, the volunteer opportunities, and the awesome neighborhoods. Oh, and did I mention the shopping?

Well, the shopping is pretty great. Louisville is home to some amazing boutiques. The malls are, hands down, the best in Kentucky. (Don't get me started on how, in high school, I seized every opportunity to travel the four hours from my hometown to Oxmoor Center, then boasted of my haul to my Benetton-deprived friends.) There's even the promise of a fancy new outlet mall. And, starting next week, Gilt.com will bring a unique pop-up shop to the East End. 

Y'all know Gilt.com, right? It's a flash-sale site for high-end clothing and home furnishings. You can find unique, luxurious items at a steal. Brands like Missoni, Vera Wang, Zac Posen, and  my imaginary BFFs Badgley Mischka. And now, for one month, they'll have their very first brick and mortar store. The fun starts next Friday, June 28, at The Shelbyville Road Plaza (4600 Shelbyville Road). I hope y'all can make it out to the Gilt Designer Outlet. In the meantime, here's your invitation to shop around on Gilt.com

I can't wait to re-discover one of my favorite cities, and I'm excited to do some shopping!

{No member of the HerKentucky writing staff was compensated for this post.}

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

Small Business Saturday: Shop Prestonsburg

Here at HerKentucky, we're all about shopping local. We love to support the small businesses that make our Kentucky towns unique and awesome. This holiday weekend, we're doing all we canto support Small Business Saturday by patronizing our favorite local stores. We hope you will too! -- HCW

If you find yourself in Eastern Kentucky this weekend, I highly recommend a trip to Prestonsburg's Court Street. Downtown Prestonsburg is really flourishing lately; cute new stores are nestled alongside longtime favorites. Shopping in Prestonsburg is so different than it was when I was a kid, even though Billy Ray's hamburgers are as great as ever. If you're shopping in Prestonsburg today, you should definitely stop by Daffodils and Lad n' Lassie.

Daffodils is an adorable little boutique that always has the perfect gift. You can find a pair of TOMS, a precious little throw pillow, or even a new outfit. As my six year-old cousin would say, "I need to go to Daffodils to get a new charm for my Pandora bracelet!" Everything there is cute and oh-so-girly!

Lad n' Lassie has been the place for kids' clothes in Floyd County since the 1960s. When I was a kid, we always made a special trip there to pick up my tights and leotards for cheerleading and gymnastics. I was always mesmerized by their collection of Madame Alexander dolls. These days, I love picking up presents for local baby showers at Lad n' Lassie. It makes me feel so connected to home!

Where are y'all shopping for Small Business Saturday?

Small Business Saturday Shopping

Here's a true confession for you: I'm not much of a shopper. I dislike crowds, I dislike trying on clothes, and I dislike pushy salespeople.

With all of that in mind, plus the fact that I really like sleep, there's a very slim chance that you'd ever find me joining in the madness and mayhem of Black Friday. (I also really hate the new trend of of pulling employees away from their families on Thanksgiving Day so mega corporations can have a few more hours of sales.)

Last year, though, I got on board with the idea of Small Business Saturday. I got turned onto the idea of a day dedicated to shopping in locally owned stores when I got an email from American Express touting a $25 statement credit for purchases from small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Saving money and supporting my community? That's a deal I can get down with!

I've preregistered my AmEx card and will be visiting some new small businesses and going back to some old favorites. On Saturday, I plan to buy some gifts for myself and my family and friends from:

  • Larkspur Press - a specialty letterpress print shop in Monterey, Kentucky. I love their broadsheets and special editions of Kentucky authors' works (Wendell Berry, Ed McClanahan, and more).
  • Poor Richard's Books - my local bookstore will see some purchases for me and family members. I'll likely stop in for my favorite Chai Latte at the Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe next door.
  • Finally, to counteract the roughly 4000 calories I ate on Thanksgiving Day, I'll be heading to the local running shop, Cool Comfort Shoes, to buy my favorite running socks and check out their deals on Uggs and Sperrys (I may give in to the Uggs fad. Uggh.).
 Where will you be shopping this Small Business Saturday?