Miss Kentucky Derby by Monika Witkowski

Happy Derby week ya'll! Whether you're celebrating at Churchill Downs, Keeneland, or out watching it with friends at your favorite bar, your day won't be complete without a perfect hat. We're helping you plan your last minute head gear with these fabulous selections:


Bridal Fashion Week by Monika Witkowski

We had to take a few minutes out of this beautiful Saturday and rave about some of our favorite Spring 2016 designer collections from New York Bridal Fashion Week. Next year is looking like a controversial bridal year filled with fashion forward avant-garde pieces, unique necklines, and overall everything but traditional, but perhaps inspirational for brides worldwide! Hope we can give everyone a little bridespiration. Which dresses are your favorite? 

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2016 Bridal Collection 

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2016 Bridal Collection 

Carolina Herrera Spring 2016 Bridal Collection 

Carolina Herrera Spring 2016 Bridal Collection 

Carolina Herrera Spring 2016 Bridal Collection 

Carolina Herrera Spring 2016 Bridal Collection 

Mira Zwillinger Spring 2016 Stardust Bridal Collection

Mira Zwillinger Spring 2016 Stardust Bridal Collection

Vera Wang Spring 2016 Bridal Collection

Vera Wang Spring 2016 Bridal Collection

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2016 Bridal Collection

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2016 Bridal Collection

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2016 Bridal Collection

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2016 Bridal Collection

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2016 Bridal Collection

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2016 Bridal Collection

Ines Di Santo Spring 2016 Bridal Collection

Ines Di Santo Spring 2016 Bridal Collection

Ines Di Santo Spring 2016 Bridal Collection

Ines Di Santo Spring 2016 Bridal Collection

 

 

 

 

 

Lashtastic by Monika Witkowski

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Always Planned believes that special occasions call for special makeovers, especially the kind with dramatic yet natural false eye lashes. They seem to be the most intimidating beauty product out there, and I'm totally guilty of making fun of those who would ever give the time of day to put them on. It was one of those "ain't nobody got time for that" feelings.

Well then long behold came the makeup artist that stole my false eyelash virginity. My eyes looked gorgeous at that wedding - it was life changing (mind you my natural eyelashes are nonexistent.) Fake lashes have the capability of totally vamping up your makeup game. 

Working in the event industry, I finally built up enough courage to apply eyelashes on my own without the help of makeup artists and friends. After trying several brands, our team found that Eylure eyelashes were the very best, always recommending these to beginners who have crazy fears such as gluing their eyes shut.

Ladies, these are amazing! Reusable, lightweight, strong adhesive, and all baked to maintain a natural curve for precise application over the eyelid.  Eylure holds an amazing collection of lash styles to match anyones personality.  All come with a custom designer applicator. 

Price Range: $4.99 - $6.99 l Available at: Target, Kohl's, & Ulta

Here are our top 3 favorite Eylure lashes, all varying in style:

1. Lengthening 080: Offer longer, fuller lashes for an eye opening look. Suitable for all eye shapes & ideal for regular wear or special occasions.

2. Naturals 020: Features shorter lashes for the most natural look. A gossamer fine, evenly balanced lash for light length and fullness. Suitable for all eye shapes & ideal for regular wear or special occasions.

3. Definition 120: Eclectic spiky lashes with teased tips for a look filled with attitude. Suitable for all eye shapes & ideal for regular wear or special occasions.  

In Pursuit of...the Perfect Outfit by Monika Witkowski

The Final Four is only a few days away, and while our Kentucky Wildcats are in pursuit of perfection, we have been in pursuit of the perfect game day outfits. Searching our favorite boutiques, shops, and online sites, we have planned a perfect array of adorable UK and Kentucky blue pieces to vamp up your game day festivities. Just like the cats, make sure your fashion game stays undefeated this season!

Write This Down by Monika Witkowski

Not only event planners plan. We all get that sudden itch to organize our monthly, weekly, and daily thoughts. Unfortunately, life experiences, ideas, recipes, and the never ending bullet lists end up on a million tiny post it notes, dinner napkins, and random magazine tear outs. Now remember, there's a difference between appointments and thoughts. STAY ORGANIZED.

Heres the trick! Keep using your 2015 agendas but strictly for appointments and deadlines only. We find that when we separate our creativity from what is actually taking place, it establishes balance. Don't just type it into your iPhone, write it down! Being in the planning industry, we obviously love jotting our notes in style. Having a swanky notebook or two will persuade you to actually use them as opposed to having dust collectors at your bottom desk drawer. Color coordinate, label, or separate each by working topics. Leave one on your night stand to free up stress or utilize it as a creative outlet to end the day.

The best ideas flood our brain when we least expect them to, and hey... if you have notebooks as cute as these, you will want to bring them with you everywhere you go! 

l Click on notebook to purchase OR if you're a super crafty individual looking to take on the next project, follow this link for a DIY notebook project.

We've got the blues by Tiffani Sparks

In honor of our boys playing in the elite 8 today I thought we'd throw some blue your way! If you're planning a wedding, especially during basketball season in the bluegrass you might want to incorporate some royal blue into your scheme. You can very easily go overboard, but I assure you there is a tactful way to represent!

Subtly incorporate blue and white stripes in your table scheme. 

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This would make for a wonderful spring bridesmaids dress!

Customized labels for beer or wine. 

This awesome topper would be great for a grooms cake.

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And you can't go wrong with blue and seersucker! 

Spring in Kentucky by Tiffani Sparks

What's our favorite thing about spring in Kentucky? Well mostly everything, but we tried to narrow it down to just a few. 

Daffodils! One of the first signs of spring sprouts up, like little ray of sunshine after all of the snow has melted. 

Daffodils! One of the first signs of spring sprouts up, like little ray of sunshine after all of the snow has melted. 

Keeneland, of course. If you are a true Kentuckian you live for opening weekend! There's nothing quite like bright ensembles, bourbon, and betting.  

Keeneland, of course. If you are a true Kentuckian you live for opening weekend! There's nothing quite like bright ensembles, bourbon, and betting.  

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Outdoor patios. After a long winter nothing can quench our thirst quite like an outdoor patio and an adult beverage. 

Outdoor patios. After a long winter nothing can quench our thirst quite like an outdoor patio and an adult beverage. 

Country drives along the historical stone fences. Kentucky really is just beautiful. 

Country drives along the historical stone fences. Kentucky really is just beautiful. 

And with spring comes offspring. Everywhere you look there is new life. You can't miss seeing the foals clinging to their mothers while driving down the rolling countryside.

And with spring comes offspring. Everywhere you look there is new life. You can't miss seeing the foals clinging to their mothers while driving down the rolling countryside.

Spring Flowers by Tiffani Sparks

Spring seems to bring a pop of color and a bit more cheer to our days. From the first signs of daffodils to when tulips and Iris's are in full bloom, we should definitely take advantage of the all that spring has to offer! Flower arrangements do not always have to be a simple vase and a bunch of flowers. Bouquets can be placed in anything from tires and tins to fruits and baskets. Who doesn't feel more cheery when walking into a room of Tulips?