It’s a Wrap!

All in all, 2015 was a pretty great year. Busy, hectic and filled with a lot of running late but also a lot of fun. Sometimes things got away from me or let’s be honest, I let them slip but from start to finish it’s been a year filled with more highs than lows and for that, I’m very thankful.

It was the year of learning to balance life with two kids (so. much. driving. and why does it never fail that one of them has always dropped something, lost something, left something behind). Still adjusting to that one and trying to figure out what we’re going to do with the addition of a third next year (#prayforme). We’re also packing up shop and moving in the next month – so that adventure on the horizon has me filled with the excited anxiety that can only accompany a move. Anyone want to come and help me pack up the overwhelming mess of crap that is my basement? My goal for 2016 is to eliminate clutter and the move is step one.

2015 was definitely the year of the Charleston trip for me with three long-weekends in the brightest spot in the South. This trip with Drew was my favorite but the trip to Charleston Fashion Week with Belk was certainly a memorable one filled with champagne, good eats and lots of laughter with new (and old) friends.

Derby 2015 was one for the records (and not just because of American Pharoah’s monster Triple Crown run). Partnering up with Jaclyn Journey and Whitney Neal on the annual Derby Dress of the Day series made it the best yet. Jaclyn’s floral backdrops were ah.maz.ing (make it yourself with her DIY instructions here). And as always, it would not be possible without a bomb group of gals that came out to model the looks. On the work front, getting to be a part of the Hermitage Grand Gala was an experience I’ll never forget. Sometimes work projects are just that, a lot of work but this one was something special. Don’t get me wrong, it was a lot of late nights, getting yelled at from time to time and figuring out crisis after crisis but getting to walk Chris Rock and Darius Rucker (along with some other random Derby celebs) down the red carpet was pretty cool. Followed that night up with a day at the track with some of my favorite people – it was a good one. I’m going to have to sit out Kentucky Derby 142 but I don’t want to talk about that or I’ll start getting FOMO and we’re still five months away.

One of my favorite parts of the year has been the opportunity to meet so of Louisville’s most creative people and share their stories in the Creative Louisville series. I’ve taken a bit of a break on it recently because of work commitments but I’m already lining up new posts for 2016 and hope to keep sharing the stories of these crazy, successful and extremely talented Kentuckians. Also, if you know someone that just NEEDS to be featured – let me know about them!

I’ve got a lot of ideas on how to improve things around these parts for 2016 along wth some new projects in the works but I’d love to hear from you on things you liked, things you hated (be honest) and what you’d like to see more of in the new year. Lou What Wear started and remains a creative outlet for sharing things that I think are pretty, funny, interesting, tasty, beautiful, cool or just plain silly but I definitely want to continue growing the content and sharing more of the stuff you like to see whether that be decor, fitness, beauty, party ideas or gift giving. So share your likes/loves/dislikes (cause hate is a little strong, ya know?) in the comments. Here’s to 2016 but before we close the book on 2015, here’s a few of my favorites from the last year (clearly 2015 was the year of the hat too – i may or may not look back at that cringe, we’ll see).

Happy New Year!

p.s. – click the photo to see the full post. 
J.Crew Regent Blazer * Blazer and T-Shirt_0465Hugo Guinness for J.Crew Bulldog T-Shirt_0499green-house-creative-studio-holiday-gathering-003J.Crew Downtown Field Jacket * Fall Outfit Ideas * NuluBlush Laser Cut Skirt * Work Outfit Inspiration_0365 TWJlex copyCreative Louisville - Clayton & Crume_0416NYFW S/S 2016 Street Style via The Cut (14)Pom Pom Beach Coverup * J.Crew Crewcuts Tunic (2)A. St. Clair Essential Tee * Black T-Shirt_0274Print Mix * Crop Top_0168 Creative Louisville * Whitney Neal * Wedding Photographer_0164 Creative Louisville * Whitney Neal * Wedding Photographer_0153Lucky in Love * Women's Tennis Style * Lou What Wear_0133West Coast (30x40) by Katherine JuryWhat to Wear to Forecastle Festival * Festival StyleJaclyn JourneyKentucky Brewed Tees Love More Hate Less * Lou What Wear (2)

Original Makers Club Dinner Series * Holly Hill Inn (3)

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Bloggers Who Budget * Pastels for Less * Gap * Lou What Wear (4)

* J.Crew Floral Linen Zip Front Dress * Tassel Earrings_0147CreativeLouisvilleEmilyMaynardDo It Yourself Floral Wall * Floral Backdrop * Whole Sale Flowers (6) White Paige Denim * Madewell Mint Summer Sweater *  Lou What Wear_0117Trina Turk Fashion Show * Charleston Fashion Week IMG_20150326_233100Kentucky Derby Outfit Inspiration * What to Wear to Kentucky Derby * Dress & Dwell * Headcandi Fascinator_0702Kentucky Derby Outfit Inspiration * What to Wear to Kentucky Derby * Circe Louisville * Kenzie Kapp Fascinator_0713Wholesale Flowers (3)Dress & Dwell Printed Dress * Maureen's Creations Hat * Kentucky Derby Style * Lou What Wear * Wholesale Flowers (1)Kentucky Derby Outfit Inspiration * What to Wear to Kentucky Derby * Circe Louisville * Kenzie Kapp Fascinator_0712Pink Romper * Kentucky Derby Style * Derby Hats * Derby Style_0053Lou What Wear * Cable Knit Sweater * Wool Hat * Winter Outfits_0612Lou What Wear * Gap Fit Work Out Gear * Training for a Mini-Marathon_0594 Lou What Wear * pink and plaid * Winter Work Outfit Ideas_0600Lou What Wear * Navy Blue Duck Boots * Winter Layers * Plaid_0585 Leather Jacket + Stripes * Winter Outfit Inspiration (6) J.Crew Regent Blazer * Stripes and Flares (1)Lou What Wear * Gray Beanie * Black Madewell Boots_0547davisfam070
Don’t forget to drop me a line in the comments on what you’d like to see more of in 2016! xo

 

Style Spotting: Kentucky Derby 141

Kentucky Derby 141 has come and gone. Now I am in that post-Derby fog that’s a mix of pure exhaustion and a little bit of sadness that it’s all over. This year was one of my most memorable Derby seasons for a lot of reasons. If you’d asked me a year ago (when I was a giant pregnant swamp monster) if I thought I’d be able to run 13.1 miles, I would have laughed and said it wasn’t even a possibility. Somehow, with the help of my always supportive pal Caitlin, I made it across the finish line. Not only that but we ran for almost the entire race (save bathroom break and a couple of stretch breaks). Who knows if I’ll ever be able to do it again but I can cross that one off my bucket list.

On the more fun side, working on a Derby kick-off party with Moet & Chandon was the perfect way to kick-off Derby week and being part of the team working on the Hermitage Grand Gala was an epic end. It was all capped off with a seriously fun day at the track surrounded by a bunch of my favorite people.

I feel like the BIGGEST dummy for not taking a picture of my outfit from head to toe but honestly there was just no time for that. There was time for lots of snapchatting, betting on all the horses, wandering around and of course, drinking lilies and my Derby drink of choice, Budweisers. It was a good day, so good that it might be hard to top next year but I’m sure I’ll give it my best effort.

A bunch of gals out there gave Derby their best efforts too and the pictures of outfits was enough to have any style savvy girl swooning. I’ve rounded up a bunch but would love to add more. Every year I see a bunch of people finding their way to the blog on the hunt for the answer to the question, “what to wear to the Kentucky Derby?” so the more options there are here to share, the better. Want to add your ‘fit? Send it to danielle@louwhatwear.com or just tag me on Instagram (@louwhatwear).

Thanks for sticking with me through all the Derby posts. It’s back to the regular routine starting tomorrow!

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Caitlin Brey, Hayley Grant and Me (Both Caitlin and I are wearing fascinators by Headcandi)

Ne-Yo and Joey Wagner 

Shelby Skaggs {Glitter & Gingham} and Tyler Back

image1Alex Davis and Mallory Trogdlen 

11150993_10152725325266433_4089852872686168979_nMolly Zurlage and Friends

10353564_10153353358435362_2427552606863006140_nLindsey White (far left), Molly Zurlage (second from right) and friends

 

Melanie Abrams (far right) and friends

Dustin Amrine, Maria Gunnell and Joey Zembrodt

Lexy Sheen, Elizabeth Dowell, Leah Stark, Erin Burch, Caroline Klein and Katherine Peterson.

image2Mallory Trogdlen, Natalie Johnson and Hayley McCauley

Alex and Caitlin Brey with the Hat Girls 

How freaking cute is Elizabeth’s top and skirt set? 

Just me and Hayley hanging with Willie Cauley-Stein

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 6.31.57 PMJaime Smialek – Our Ampersand Photo

10981911_10153324529486318_5045103319878703418_nDan and Shannon Kessler with Lainey and Mark Jurich
11164591_10104398958613520_7453461293129599902_nAnnie and Bill Dawson

 

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