See Ya Later September

A LOOK BACK AT SEPTEMBER FAVORITES

WITH A KICK OFF TO OCTOBER FASHION 

September was hands down, one of the best blogging months I have had in a while. The inspiration (every blogger needs) was flowing, and the feedback has been tremendous. Obviously with the anticipation and excitement of Fashion Week, LWW came “back to life” for me personally. The feeling is tremendous and it gives me the drive and focus to make this hobby even more successful than I had imagined before.

So today as we gear up for a new month, heading full speed into fall, I am taking a look back at some of my favorite September posts. You can revisit each outfit below. With each of these posts, there is a background story to why they are my favorite. As you can tell I happily became an aunt, I visited Saratoga for the first time, I had a HUGE day at the Prabal Gurung NYFW SS 15 Show, I visited home, I explored the city and I thoroughly enjoyed the company of friends.

As a second part of this “end to September” post, I am including a few key pieces that I will be wearing into October. I’ve been getting a lot of questions asking what fall essentials must one buy for the season. So check out what I recommend, and I hope each of you enjoy the 1st day of October. #CheersToThat

SEE THE FULL LOOKS: LOOK 1 | LOOK 2 | LOOK 3 | LOOK 4 | LOOK 5 | LOOK 6

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 KEY OCTOBER PIECES

PRINTED PIXIES | WHITE OXFORD BLOUSE FUN ANKLE BOOT 

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EASY CARY-ALL BAG | PLAID  | OPEN CARDIGAN 

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SWEATSHIRT DRESS | FLIPPY SKIRT | SLIP ON SNEAKERS

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High Line

High On NYC Life

A Historic View Of A City So Grand 

On gorgeous fall days (like we had this past weekend), an ideal afternoon is spent brunching with pals and strolling the High Line. The High Line is one of the most gorgeous, revitalized pieces of New York City’s past. In 1934, as part of the West Side Improvement Project, the High Line was opened to trains running from 34th Street to Spring Street.

The original tracks were designed to go through the center of blocks, rather than over the avenue in order to carry goods to and from Manhattan’s largest industrial district. Today, all thanks to Friends of the High Line, the historic tracks are preserved and open as a public space to New Yorkers and tourists.

Not to bore you, but you should absolutely 100 percent check out the High Line when visiting the city. Today’s {Fall Adventure} takes place near the end of the High Line around 31st Street. Thanks to my dear friend, and amazing designer Michael Mann, we were able to score some cool shots of our surroundings.

OUTFIT DETAILS: NECKLACE similar | SUNNIES | BLOUSE similar | SHORTS similar | BAG 

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Down The Block

You’ll Find A KY Girl In A NY World

City Fall Meets Country Fall

If you didn’t know it already, this season is my absolute favorite. I just get so excited for my fall wardrobe, I can hardly stand it. Although I am not a huge fan of nearly freezing temperatures (ugh, winter), there’s just something so special about the change in scenery when summer turns to fall.

In New York, this time of year doesn’t exactly mean pumpkin patches and orchard visits (as in Kentucky). It’s more about soaking up the last few moments of outdoor patios, rooftops, and trips to Central Park. Despite the differences, I still try to incorporate my favorite (Kentucky-inspired) fall pieces into my everyday wardrobe. Boots especially are my go-to. Whether I’m wearing jeans, leggings or a skirt, boots never do me wrong.

So today, I’m embracing the fall season. No matter where you’re located, let’s celebrate a gorgeous time of the year. Toast with your pumpkin spice latte to a new season and new fashion. Happy Monday & Happy Fall, Y’all!

OUTFIT DETAILS: TOP | NECKLACE | SKIRT | BRACELET | RING | BOOTS 

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PHOTOS | TRACY DAVIS 

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The Big Event

Recycle The Runway Is Back

Bigger – Better – Bold Fashion 

Don’t be tardy to this party! Snatch up a ticket NOW → HERE!

I’m beyond excited to announce that Dress For Success Lexington is back again with “Recycle the Runway.” This year’s 13 local designers are up for the unconventional fashion challenge, turning “unsuitable” garments into wearable styles. “Recycle the Runway” not only celebrates true local talent, but it promotes the mission of Dress for Success Lexington. I’m more than happy to share the official press release (below) with all LWW readers. And for goodness sakes, be sure you’re there at The Grand Reserve on October 7.

For additional information contact Amy Wickliffe, Fundraising Coordinator & Vice Chair for Dress for Success Lexington, at fundraising@dfslexington.org.

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13 designers will showcase their ‘wearable art’ at Dress for Success Lexington’s Recycle the Runway Oct. 7 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Thirteen of the Lexington area’s most creative fashion designers will vie for top honors this year when Recycle the Runway returns Oct. 7 at The Grand Reserve.

Included in the lineup are the three winners of last year’s Recycle the Runway, a unique fashion show, silent auction and luncheon that showcases runway-ready garments made out of clothing otherwise deemed “unsuitable.”

“We are so excited to have these thirteen designers lending their creativity to a great cause.  Not only will we be celebrating the successes we’ve had in our first year, but also the incredible talent we have right here in Lexington” said Analisa Wagoner, Dress for Success Lexington Executive Director.

All 13 designers have picked up their bags of unsuitable garments and are already “working their magic” to create winning designs, said Amy Wickliffe, Dress for Success Lexington Vice-Chair.

“We are also grateful to our corporate sponsors who make this event possible.  Because of the generosity of individuals and businesses in Lexington, Dress for Success Lexington will continue to grow and serve more women over the next year” said Wickliffe.

Sponsors this year include:  Bella Rose, Britton Osborne Johnson PLLC, Renee Craddock, Humana CareSource, KEMI, KyForward.com, McCarthy Strategic Solutions, MOUR Magazine, Paperdolls Boutique, Real Life Radio, and Sizemore and Sizemore CPA.

Tickets for Recycle the Runway are $100 and can be purchased online at www.dressforsuccess.org/lexington. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the organization to supports its mission to empower women to be financially independent.

Sponsorships are also still available. For more information contact Amy Wickliffe at fundraising@dfslexington.org.  Additional photos available upon request.

Recycle the Runway kicks off at 11:30 a.m. at The Grand Reserve with a luncheon, a silent auction and “grab bag” opportunities. Then the local designers and their models will command center stage. Winning designers will be awarded cash prizes, and the first-place winner will be featured in MOUR Magazine.

Dress for Success, a nonprofit organization founded in 1997, has long been recognized as a source of professional attire for low-income women preparing for job interviews. The Lexington affiliate opened its doors in October last year. Just weeks after opening its doors, the first Recycle the Runway was held, setting the stage to become the organization’s signature event.

In addition to providing clothing, the Dress for Success addresses every phase of a woman’s career — providing support and resources through the job search, at the time of employment, and continuing with services and support to ensure that women keep their jobs and have the tools and encouragement to pursue self-defined success. Career development and employment retention programs and services are the cornerstone of Dress for Success, and of every woman’s experience within its doors.

The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

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Fall In Love

With Sweet Baby Ford

My First Photo Shoot With My Adorable Nephew 

This is my first go around at being an aunt, so I’m not one bit ashamed of  having the baby-crazies, obsessing over every little thing he does, and posting way too many photos to social media. As I have said before, this new title I have taken on as”Aunt Al” gives me the most joy I’ve ever had. As cliche as it may sound, I fell in love with Ford before he even joined me on this Earth.

This little boy is full of light, little smiles, and eyes that will just make your heart melt. Being many miles away, I embrace any moment I can squeeze in with my little man. And I figured if I’ll be talking about him so much, I HAVE TO properly introduce him to the blogging world. There’s truly not a better way to show him off than by featuring him in an outfit post.

He’s my best accessory yet, and clearly he hogs the camera. I can’t blame him or his grandmother T (the photographer). Ford’s baby style is cute and casual, and always fun. He’s got a plethora of University of Kentucky outfits, Reds gear, and boyish ensembles. His Mom agrees that he looks good in nearly anything, especially this Baby Gap onesie.

Please don’t worry, this isn’t the last you’ve seen of “Ford Fashion.”  

OUR OUTFIT DETAILS: ONESIE | BLOUSE | SUNNIES | SKIRT | BRACELETS | BOOTIES

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Wedding Story

Cheers to Mr. & Mrs. Derek Story

A Celebration Of My Best Friend’s Perfect Wedding “Story” 

This past weekend I had the honor of standing beside the bride, Amber Blair, as she married her best friend and love, Derek Story. It was out of this world magical. The entire weekend was truly beautiful and I was humbled to be apart of such a special moment in their lives.

Not only was there a super-fun rehearsal dinner and a stunning ceremony, but there was also a HUGE PARTY to celebrate these two. To say we danced our tails off would be an understatement. The music, the friends and the genuine fun had by all, made this weekend so rememberable. In fact I may have a tad-bit of post-wedding-depression, if there is such a thing. I wasn’t quite ready to say “see ya later” to my Kentucky home after this weekend.

So in honor of two of my best friends (aka the bride & groom) this post is dedicated to you. Also, a huge thank you to the Blair & Story families for treating us to the best weekend. And before I end this post, I must give a very big shoutout to my dear friend Lance Coulter. He’s been a “die-hard-fan” of LWW since the very start, and he’s finally making his blog debut (see Lance below with his fancy pocket square). Here’s to you Lance for continuing to make me laugh every time I see you, and for keeping my girl Kelli happy for so many years, and more to come. Thank you for your support, and your on-point fashion.

PS – Bridesmaid Necklaces Are From ETSY, For All Who Inquired on @LexWhatWear Instagram!

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Stay Polished

A Well-Kept Inspired Post + Giveaway

You Heard Right… Read All To W-I-N 

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” – Coco Chanel 

I am so excited to announce my collaboration with 19 classy bloggers and the fabulous team at Well-Kept. At stake are a few amazing prizes you will not want to miss out on. Be sure to read all the way through to find out how to enter.

ABOUT: I discovered Well-Kept last year when I received a few of their products. For those of you who don’t know, this company makes the best screen cleansing towelettes for all of our tech-goodies. The Well-Kept towelettes are made to clean smudges on phones, gadgets & optical lenses. Just as the Well-Kept team says, “A phone can be dirtier than a toilet handle…NO, thank you!” So our team of bloggers (pictured below) are out to share this wonderful product, and have a little fun while doing so.

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OUTFIT ESSENTIALS: Well-Kept | Sweater | Necklace similar | Jeans similar | Heels similar | Dog “Scooter” (Not for Sale)

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Clarks + Vogue

Put Your Best Foot Forward This Fall

With A Little Help From Clarks & Vogue 

Shoes + high fashion = the perfect style combination, of course! Near the completion of Fashion Week, I had the opportunity to attend the Clarks + Vogue Fall Party with my fabulous pals Jen (@SkirtTheRules) and Krista (@CoveringTheBases). It was the perfect collaboration party after a very long, yet exciting fashion week.

Clarks do the foot wonders. Personally, I’ve been buying Clarks for years (HELLO comfort). This famous shoe brand knows the perfect formula for combining comfort with style. No wonder they’ve been in business since the early 1940’s. They just have a way of pairing the most superb footwear materials to of-the-moment trends. In fact, I’ll never forget my first pair: Freshman year of college, brown clog booties, soles to-die-for, I could walk the campus for hours and have feet that never hurt.

And need I say anything about Vogue? I’ve been collecting this magazine since middle school. I’ve held on to covers and stories that are worn and torn, yet irreplaceable. They put on a super event to celebrate the launch of the Clarks Fall Campaign, inviting influential bloggers and editors to try their hand at styling Vogue closet items with the new Clarks collection. You can see my “classic” fall look below that I put together.

Needless to say, I can’t wait to get my hands on the new Kacia Garnet booties by Clarks. Don’t worry, I’ll soon be showing you how to style them in an outfit post and style board. For now, be sure to check out the NEW Clarks Arrivals, and the pictures of the event below! xx

Photos via Vogue & Hightail.Com 

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First of Fall

It’s Starting To Feel A Lot Like Fall, Y’all

Bring on the PSLs, Burgundy Manis, Oversized Sweaters, Booties & EXPLORATION!

I often read this quote to remind myself of how precious time (past, present, future) is.

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

Sometimes, more often than not, I get carried away with life away from home. The big city can be scary, overwhelming and challenging, but it is ALWAYS hopeful. I have found that the more I explore, seek opportunity, and challenge myself to the unknown, the happier and more vibrant I become.

Thanks be to the people around me, I have decided to make FALL 14 my time to “get out there” and steer away from habit (I’m a creature of habit, always). I shall try new restaurants, see new places, walk EVERYWHERE, and learn. So with the start of a new season, and a change in wardrobe (goodbye summer) the challenge has begun.

First stop of Fall: Gotham Market, a unique spot on the west side of Manhattan for small bites (aka tapas), brews, and great company. Shoutout to Food Network for advertising how cool this place is. #FoodNetworkJunkie

WHAT I’M WEARING: HAT similar | SWEATER similar | NECKLACE similar | SHORTS similar | BOOTS similar

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NYFW: Kendra Scott Showroom

Look & Become Obsessed

It’s Not Hard To Fall In Love With Kendra Scott

I’ve been singing her praises for a while now; but Kendra Scott has got it going on! Luckily, during Fashion Week, I scored some one-on-one time in the KS New York Showroom. This leads me to a BIG, blogger shoutout to the lovely Krista Robertson of Covering the Bases. Thanks pal for letting me be your plus 1 for the afternoon.

Not to my surprise, was I blown away by all of the jewelry, but I was also at awe with the super-cool girls of Kendra Scott. The girls walked us through staple KS pieces, the most recent collections, and we even snuck a peek at Spring (launching in January). The designs are suitable for nearly any lifestyle (i.e. college, young adult, mom/mom to be, corporate, etc) and the inspiration behind each piece is phenomenal.

Below I’ve shared a few of my favorite displays and pieces (you’ll notice my Naomi ring which I haven’t taken off). I am also going to link to my favorite product pages on the KS site. Although I love anything this brand puts out there, I cherish a few key pieces more than others.

My TOP 5 Pieces: Naomi | Ellie | Phara | Jana | Louis 

For more information on Kendra Scott, definitely check out her story HERE. It’s pretty crazy how this Texas girl started in 2002, launching a mini-jewelry collection with $500. Now she’s created a global, multimillion-dollar brand with a celebrity following and products sold at the most renowned retailers. You GO GIRL!

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