Fourth of July Treats by Sara Almes

It’s hard to believe, but Fourth of July is just around the corner! Whether you’ve been planning your firecracker party since last Fourth of July or you’re still looking for inspiration – we’ve found easy, festive, and fun snacks that will blast your party to next year’s Fourth!

American Flag Cookie Cake

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justataste.com

Festive Mini Pies

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franklyentertaining.com

Patriotic Punch

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Champagne Soaked Red, White, and Blue White Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

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ministryofalcohol.com

Brownie and Fruit Kabobs

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melskitchencafe.com

American Flag Fruit Kabobs

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partycity.com

Ice Cream Sandwiches

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athriftymom.com

Fourth of July Toast

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tasteandtellblog.com

Rice Krispy Treats

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Firecracker Popcorn

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lifeloveandsugar.com

Berry Lemon Cheesecake Cookie Cups

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lifeloveandsugar.com

Triple Berry Trifle

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lifeloveandsugar.com

American Flag Cake

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lovelifeandsugar.com

Wedding Cake Ideas by Sara Almes

Whether you’re in the market for a wedding cake, or just hungry (like me), here are some fun and unique cakes that would be perfect for celebrating your special day! With a little inspiration pulled from nature, homemade cooking, and the wedding itself, these cakes will definitely steal the show! 

It's Nice to Meet You! by Sara Almes

Hey y’all! I’m Sara, and I’m the new intern for Always Planned. I thought now would be the perfect time to introduce myself to you.

As a senior at UK in the Arts Administration Program, I have been an intern for the Lexington Philharmonic and, most recently, an intern for the Disney College Program. I returned from Orlando on Saturday, where I enjoyed a wonderful five months basking in the sunshine.

During my internship with Disney, I discovered my love for weddings and all things planning. So, here I am! I am so excited to learn and experience more as this internship takes flight…get it? If not, you should definitely check out our She Takes Flight women’s leadership and empowerment retreat. Explore our website for more information! 

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.