Back to life. Back to reality. Summer is over and we are back on track. But it’s a transitional time, when it’s still warm and continues to be a great time to enjoy outdoor activities. Quite frankly, September is always spectacular and to celebrate its fantastic-ness, we’ve tracked down some of the city’s best FINDS!
Fall weddings are all the rage. As more brides are sitting down to select their wedding invitations, it’s important to keep in mind that the invitation should drive the event, creating anticipation and excitement, and letting the guests know what to expect. Linda Humphrey, the owner of Etcetera, let us know the trends in invitations this fall are beautiful liners, perfect for any fall wedding. “Simple, but striking, fall invitations with beautiful, unique liners to pull it all together make a big WOW when guests open them,” Linda said. When we were browsing through some invitations on our last visit, we fell in love with these beautiful Williams Arthur invitations. For a bundle of 100, the invitations are $312, the wraps are $880, rehearsal dinner or save-the-date cards are $552 and thank-you notes are $494.
Southerners are crazy about monograms. Luckily for us Louisville gals, Hallmark USA Oxmoor has a monogramming station in their new location in Oxmoor Mall. The best part about it is that the price of the monogramming is built into almost everything available for the service. There are a variety of fonts and items from which to choose. And we are most excited about monogram options for the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky, just in time for college football season. These make cute back-to-school gifts for your favorite freshman, sentimental senior or die-hard football fan. The rain jackets are $30 each, and the hats are $22 each — both including the monogramming price.
JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES
Dueling pearl cuff
Refresh your jewelry box for fall by adding this beautiful dueling pearl cuff by Carden Avenue. At each end of the 14-karat gold-filled or sterling silver cuff you’ll see a small and a large mink, peacock or white freshwater pearl — and the juxtaposition of size makes quite the impact! Available exclusively at SB Shop, the sterling silver bracelet is $78, and the gold-filled is $88.
Whoever said mixing metals was a fashion faux pas would definitely retract that statement after seeing this stunning 18-karat white gold ring with 1.49 DTW of yellow and white diamonds from Clater Jewelers. This beauty retails for $1,920. Trust us when we say it’s worth every penny. We tried it on in the store and absolutely didn’t want to take it off.
Earrings & statement necklace
Tassels were big for summer, and it looks like they’re sticking around for fall. We are particularly fond of these Egyptian-inspired earrings. Pair them with some chunky statement jewelry, like this orange link necklace, and watch heads turn when you walk in the room. Find these styles at Work the Metal. The blue earrings are $19, the yellow ones are $12, and the necklace is $39.
Bourbon and Boweties one-of-a-kind jewelry pulls any outfit together. We adore the color in this selection of bangles. With the turn to cooler weather, our wardrobes, including our accessories, will be getting darker, so go ahead and stock up on some navy and grey bangles to complete your fall looks. Find these at Something Blue for $22-32.
Fashion that gives back
Show your fashion prowess while supporting a very important cause! Our Be Kind Do Good necklace is a dainty addition to your jewelry collection, sure. But even better is that all purchase proceeds from the exclusive BKDG necklaces are being donated to the Houston Flood Relief Fund. Be Kind Do Good? Absolutely! Find it for $54 at SB Shop.
Six Sisters Boutique is new to the NuLu area, but this boutique is quickly becoming one of our favorites, because it has something for everyone, including the little ones. The “totes adorbs” onesies — along with other fun and clever onesies — have been flying off the shelves. The Bella Tunno teething ring necklace is so genius for mothers. Not only is it fashionable, but it keeps your baby’s gums massaged during the painful teething phase. Of course, you can’t walk away from a baby section without picking up a new toy. The Bella Tunno giraffe was just too cute for us not to include in our FINDS. Other animals include a monkey and unicorn. Find the onesie for $24, the teething necklace for $18 and the Bella Tunno plush toy for $38.
Once you’ve got that fresh fall cut, boost your newfound confidence with Aveda’s new Pure-Fumer Hair Mist, $35, at Omagi Salon Spa. You’ll feel as beautiful as you look when you spritz this new mist on your hair. Depending on which scent you choose — mihana, marassona or alanara — you can breathe in the forests and gardens of Japan, the coastline of Brazil or the island woods of the Fertile Crescent Valley in the Middle East.
If your skin gets a little oily throughout the day, try Jane Iredale’s PureMatte. The translucent pressed powder doesn’t dry or dull complexion while the rice powder absorbs excess oil and eliminates shine. Not only can you find this product at J Michael’s Spa and Salon for $32, you can also stop into the salon for a free makeup consultation to find other products that work best with your skin type.
With the arrival of fall comes the arrival of sweaters and booties. Take a tour through Apricot Lane Boutique, and you’ll update your entire wardrobe with some great transitional styles. Some of the things that caught our eye were this Hem and Thread sweater for $59, Ku grey jean with back zipper for $105, clutch for $59 and Madeline bootie for $69.
True Grit fleece pullover
We need to get through fall first, but winter follows fast on its heels. Prepare for the colder temperatures with a True Grit fleece pullover from Water + Oak Outdoor Co. for $135. Just looking at a picture of the soft piece makes us feel warm and cozy. The contrast collar adds an extra element of style. Made with 100% polyester fleece, it comes in a variety of colors including aqua (pictured), charcoal, spice and tribal brown.
Dixie Soul “Map of Louisville” sweatshirts
For those freshmen who just left the nest and are navigating their way through their first year of college, give them a reminder of home with a Dixie Soul “Map of Louisville” sweatshirt. They come in a variety of colors, including red, white, blue and maroon, at Blooms by Essential Details for $32 each.
Allow us to introduce you to Stoneware & Co.‘s newest pattern, Elodie. Louisville’s iconic pottery company is returning to their hand-painted heritage with the new collection that evokes both beauty and grace. The fresh and romantic pattern features blooming flowers and trailing tendrils in their signature cobalt blue and white. The pitcher below comes in a 1.5-quart size for $55 and a 2.5-quart size for $65. Browse the rest of the Elodie Collection at stonewareandco.com.
We love Corkcicle products because they keep our favorite drinks hotter — or colder — for longer. Now, there’s more to love with Corkcicle’s new sizes. Savor your non-tepid beverage in a 12-ounce stemless wine glass and 12-ounce tumbler. Both are made from the same high-quality stainless steel and keep cold drinks ice-cold for nine hours and hot drinks piping-hot for three hours. Find them for $25 each at Celebrations.
Air plant terrariums
Anyone can garden with the gift of an air plant. These low-maintenance plants are the perfect pop of green for work, home or the classroom. They require very little upkeep, because they get the majority of their nutrients from the air. Mahonia has plenty of pre-made air plant terrariums, or if you prefer, you can stop in and create your own. Find one, ranging from $6 to $50 depending on what’s inside, at Mahonia.
The long sunny days are fading away, but that doesn’t mean your sunny outlook needs to turn cold. Brighten up your home or office with a fun handmade porcelain vase. There are 12 different expressions from which to choose, and the colorful blossoms, frizzy ferns or spiky air plants can make the vase appear to have a fun hairdo! Find your favorite vase face for $28 at KMAC Museum.
Fall is an exciting time of enjoying tailgates and bonfires along with cooler breezes and colorful leaves. Let these transitional FINDS help ease you into the autumn spirit.
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