Events + Style Spotting: Gumer & Co. ‘Diamonds, Drinks & Discounts’

Last week, Gumer & Co. Jewelry hosted a shopping event that was a combination of things I can definitely get behind. Diamonds, Drinks & Discounts. Yes please. 

Nothing like getting together over the holidays and picking out some new sparkly jewelry over a cocktail. I couldn’t make it to the party but some pals snapped some pictures of the set-up that included drinks from Copper & Kings and apps from Brownies The Shed. How pretty are those cocktail rings Emilee is sporting below?

In between the wining and dining, there was lots of trying on pieces from their gorgeous selection of jewelry.  How pretty are those cocktail rings Emilee is sporting below?

But it wasn’t all break the bank jewels. Gumer & Co. (225 S. Hurstbourne Parkway | 502.327.3330) has a ton of great gift options – like these Alex and Ani bracelets – that will put a smile on any gals face. You can even go in and pick out some favorites and then send your guy in to pick from the options. And if you know a guy looking to pop the question and make it a December to remember,  Gumer & Co. has a special right now where they will buy the groom’s wedding band when he seals the deal on an engagement ring for the bride-to-be. If you stop in, be sure to tell ‘em you saw it here!

Ann Speltz – I’ll take that blazer, mmkay? 
Cocktails from Copper & Kings 
Martha Stephens, Meghan Hagedorn and Ian Crawford 
I’ll take one of each please. 

Events: Christmas Wreath Making at the Greenhouse

When my friend and photog Whitney Neal let me know about this Wreath Making Class she was hosting with the amazingly talented Jaclyn Journey, I knew I had to get signed up pronto. Although I try VERY hard, I am not very crafty but when someone gives you all the tools, supplies and a good dose of guidance – putting together a decent DIY is definitely manageable. So my friend Caitlin and I, along with my mother-in-law Susan, headed over to the Greenhouse (what Whitney, Jaclyn and Abby affectionately call their studio at The Pointe) for some Christmas craftiness.

It was way fun.

Jaclyn had amassed a huge selection of wreath making materials – all kinds of pine, magnolia leaves, berries, ribbons, you name it – and all the tools. Add to that some wine, cheese and treats for fuel and we were set. After a quick teaching session, every one set to work creating their very own front door masterpiece. It was really fun seeing how different (and pretty) every one’s wreaths turned out. For mine, I went with a full coverage pine covered look with some berries, a little bit of olive leaves and a burlap bow. Caitlin and Susan’s both were full of lots of textures, pretty bows and intricate layers of branches and leaves. I wanted to make about five more after seeing every one’s handiwork but I guess I’ll just have to save it for next year’s class.

If you’re wanting to make a wreath yourself, here’s a few tips I took from Jaclyn.

* Start with a wrath form that’s made up of twigs/sticks. It makes it really easy to just stick the branches/leaves/berries into the form. Here’s a good option if you want to order one.

* Pick up a handful of a few different types of pine and leaves so you can add some extra texture and layers to your piece. You could probably just ask for the leftover branches when you get your Christmas tree (if you get a real one). A couple branches is definitely plenty.

* Grab some extras like berries, dried figs, pine cones, ribbons to add a little pizzazz.

* Have some wire and sharp scissors on hand. When you can’t get something to lay just right, a little bit of wire will help hold it in place.

Obviously these are some craft tips from a dummy but if you want to try some better (i.e. more specific) tips, you know Martha Stewart has you covered. 

p.s. – The are having a Holiday Gift Wrapping Class on the 4th. Head over here to grab a spot.

Our lovely hosts – Whitney & Jaclyn (stole this photo from Jaclyn!)

 First photo courtesy of Whitney Neal.  Sorry the collage photos are crazy dark and from my phone (I blame my hand tremor for my horrible phone pics). 

Louisville + Events: Holiday Walking Around Town

In my personal opinion, people hop on the Christmas train WAY too quick after Halloween. Your candy’s not even half gone before it’s all Christmas trees and jingle bells every where you go. But there is one early holiday fun that I have no trouble getting behind (it’s the hypocrite in me) and that’s the local Holiday walks. They’re always a good excuse to get together with friends and do a little sipping, strolling and shopping.

This Friday, November 7th,  two Louisville neighborhoods are bringing out the holly for their annual Holiday Walks/Open House – St. Matthews and Nulu. Both promise stores decorated and open late with the possibility of sales, wine and apps aka all things that are good. Get all the details below and consider your Friday night plans made.

St. Matthews Holiday Walk - All of your favorite shops will be open late and some will be offering deals. One of my personal favorites, Dandelion, will be offering an extra 15% off to their Dandelist members (sign up, it’s free and awesome). You’ll definitely want to stop into Colonial Designs to get some major holiday decorating inspiration (here’s a look at year’s past) and you can stop into Blink, Clodhoppers or Blink to snag the perfect dress for any upcoming holiday parties.

I’ll be out there on Friday and hope to see some of you all there too.


Nulu Open House + First Friday Trolley Hop: This is a great combo. Holiday fun + the best way to spend the first Friday of the month. Hop on a trolley and jump off at any of the 50+ boutiques that will be open late for the monthly event. Riding the trolley is free, fun and will have drop off points all along the Main/Market Street corridor and South 4th Street (a great chance to check out the shops there).

As an extra bonus to this month’s First Friday Hop, the South Fourth Street retailers are hosting their 2nd annual “Day of the Dead” event, celebrating Mexico’s most famous holiday, between the Seelbach and Brown Hotels during normal hop hours on Friday, November 7th, from 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM. So see we’re not jumping head first into Christmas JUST yet.

Pop into the Why Louisville store for unique (and super comfy) Louisville-themed tees – a great gift for that friend or family member living away from home; head into Scout for amazing jewelry and crazy, cool home goods; and you better get a cookie at Please & Thank You. And while you’re at it, get one for me. No, but really, it’s a must.


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