Required Reading: Kentucky {Bluegrass} Bloggers Edition

Yikes a million, it’s been a while since I popped in with my weekly favorites. But then again, it’s been a while since I’ve had time to enjoy a slow Saturday morning – so there’s that.

Image: via Pinterest

Here in Louisville, today is Thunder Over Louisville – the biggest fireworks show in the country and the kick-off to the Kentucky Derby Festival. The Derby Festival is basically two weeks of events – concerts, races, contests and fun – leading up to the Kentucky Derby. So basically, today marks the start to two of the best weeks to be in Kentucky.

In honor of the bluegrass, today’s round-up features some local favorites – bloggers living here in KY as well as some that have wandered a little from home (makes me think of the quote below).

Image: Kentucky For Kentucky
(check out their shop for some really cool KY prints and gear)

* When I FINALLY got to meet Grace {A Southern Drawl} she was wearing this gorgeous simple outfit (and it had stripes, so I was sold). Grace is a Louisville-based style blogger who needs to be on your bloglovin if you’re in to classic, preppy style with a twist. And… she’s a Kentucky Derby Festival Princess (yeah, that’s a thing).

* You may be a little confused about what the whole Princess thing is about (yes, it includes a crown). Read all about it over on Heather’s site of all things KY {Her Kentucky}. She’s always got some interesting tidbit about the state and its fabulous women up on the site.

* My gal Beth {seersucker + saddles} is my blogging soul sister (we’re both florida girls living in Kentucky} and I’m guessing most of you are already following her amazing style but if not, check out this amazing vacation look (if there’s anything a preppy Florida/Kentucky girl loves, it’s Lily Pulitzer) and add her to your favorites.

* Alex {Lex What Wear} is off chasing her dreams (and by chasing, I mean grabbing them by the reins) in New York but there’s no denying she’s a Kentucky gal through and through. This big blue round-up proves it.

* It’s not all pink, pastels, paisley and pastels here and Miranda {The Chic Street} is a a model of minimal, modern cool. She may not be rocking the Southern preppy style but she certainly is as sweet and lovely as a southern belle in real life. Definitely a favorite face to see at any local events.

* I think if you took a little of Beth’s preppy cool, mixed it with some of Miranda’s modern style and added a dash of sequins, you’d have Shelby {Glitter + Gingham}. That’s not to say that she doesn’t have her own unique, adorable and always on point style. This Lexington-based blogger is a fellow Cats fan (want to get jealous? check out all her instagram pics from the tournament) and all-around sweetheart.

* Another lovely Lexington gal is Steph {White Coat Wardrobe}. When she’s not rocking simple, chic and fun looks, she’s a physicians assistant student. You know I’m a fan of a pinspired-post and this one is perfect for spring.

* I met Krista {Covering the Bases} at LuckyFABB last year and have been following her MLB adventures in NY ever since. She’s no longer based in the bluegrass but her days at UK have definitely made her a Kentucky girl at heart. She’s in the middle of a really fun “what to wear” series with every MLB team and this Cubs post is a personal favorite.

* Last but not least, I discovered Tiffany’s blog {Offbeat + Inspired} through Beth at s+s and have definitely been inspired ever since. The images are amazing, the food looks delicious and it seems like everything she does is beautifully cultivated and perfectly pinterest ready. Consider me jealous. Jealous and inspired.

That’s only a small slice of the amazing bloggers here, the Southern Blog Society has a list of some other great sites here to check out.

Inspiration: Rainy Day

It’s raining, it’s pouring around these parts and I love it. I know a lot of people hate the rain but I dig it. Obviously it’s way better when I get to enjoy it from my couch, where I’m enjoying an afternoon being lazy but even from my desk, I can’t help but find the silver lining in a big ole rain cloud.

Unfortunately for me, the view from my office park window doesn’t come close to resembling any of the far more romantic rainy day scenes below. If your view is similarly bleak, one look at the pics below and you’ll want to imagine yourself looking chic in a trench coat with a bright red umbrella (or is that just me? okay that’s cool too).

Images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10  | 11 | 12


Required Reading: Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler

Happy March friends! March is, by far, my favorite month of year. Mostly because it’s usually just a big party combination of my birthday/St. Patty’s day and the NCAA Tournament. In my mind, that equates to all things that are good ( to me at least – i’m guessing if it’s not your birthday and you hate basketball, your opinion may be a little different).

This year Mardi Gras also falls into the month and I’m making a promise to myself to go next year. I went a few years back and get the itch to go again every year around this time. Instead I’ll probably just end up eating my weight in King Cake.

This weekend, I’m hoping to tackle some of those small projects that we haven’t gotten around to in the madness – silly things like framing and hanging pictures, getting D3 settled into his new room and finding a few essentials to spruce up the place. Otherwise I am going to be soaking up the relaxation after the madness that was Disney World.

Here’s a little of what I’ve been loving on the interwebs in the last week.

* I’m a little behind on this but a big congrats to Lindsey {Caviar Taste, Tuna Wish Wallet} on the exciting news that she’s expecting. What a chic little mama she will be

* Pretty jealous that Ashley’s {SideSmile Style} able to rock this spring romper already.

* Looking for another fabulous Pinterest pinner to follow? Look no further than my gal Jes {Ryzenberg On}. Always on point with pretty, fashionable and colorful pins.

* My birthday wish list may only consist of one item this year – hello spring.

* Fellow Louisville lady Miranda {The Chic Street} kills it in this look. The coat alone has me swooning.

* Definitely trying this hair trick ASAP. Thanks Grace {Stripes + Sequins} for the tip.

* Nikki {My Style Diaries} looking ever so chic in this Sanctuary ensemble.

* Coveting this water bottle that Becky {The Fluff Report} rounded up with some other fitness goodies. Now if only I could find my lost FitBit (they need to add a tracking device to those things).

* Hallie {Corals and Cognacs} writes one of my favorite blogs to read and became an even bigger favorite after getting the chance to finally meet last year. Girl is just real and her big city adventures are endlessly entertaining. Love this Q&A she did, want the shirt she’s wearing in it and saving this quote from it: “Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”

Local gals (and ladies looking to visit for Derby), I’m already working on posts and projects to help get you Derby ready. I’ll be starting the “Derby Dress of the Day” feature again towards the end of the month too. But if you’re already on the hunt for a great dress – I’ve started collecting some of my favorites (so far) over here on Pinterest.

Let me know if there’s something you’d love to see over here to help you get Derby ready! Until then, laissez les bons temps rouler.

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