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Bourbon Beauty: Happy 1 Year Anniversary Awakenings Boutique (Cancer Treatment Essentials)





Being completely honest, when I was first told about visiting Awakenings Boutique, I wasn't quite sure how I was going to feel stepping into the store. My grandmother passed away just 8 months ago from cancer, and it is still very much a healing process. I often catch myself wanting to call her, and I quickly remember that she's no longer here. I've attempted to write this post out a couple of times, but shut my laptop down, because I figure I'll write more clearly tomorrow.... Any reference to cancer seems to trigger an emotional response, and I generally prefer to keep my blog light hearted. Sticking with honesty, life isn't always light hearted. Life is beautiful, but its hard. Life is loving, but its cold too. I don't care how positive you try to be, things get messy. When it does, sometimes all you can do is laugh and roll with it... and this is exactly what Heidi Fuller has done. And let me tell you, she's done it very well.


   


 Upon first glance into the boutique, I saw beautiful decor (I've been on a redecorating spree, so I notice furniture more now than ever lol). Its a beautiful space, but the more I speak with Heidi, the more I see her personal touches everywhere! Not only is this a place of beautifully handpicked items, what sets her shop apart is why she handpicked each item. Heidi herself is a Cancer Survivor. She knows what it feels like to go through the process. She told me she knew how hard and personal it feels to a woman to lose her hair, to feel vulnerable and not know where to start. Every. Single. Item. in this shop was chosen with a purpose. To either fulfill a need, give some inspiration, or bring some much needed laughter.


   

 Her shop is filled with pretty tops, and accessories with inspirational quotes (and those are useful for anyone! Lord knows I have days that I need a boost). Along with uplifting sayings, she also has some pretty downright naughty and funny as hell stationary for those that need a laugh too! It was funny, she told me a couple of stories about how supportive her husband and mother were during her own treatments, and how they used humor amongst themselves to help ease through the process. I could completely see how important those opportunities to laugh are. My (amazing) Aunt Bea would call and tell me jokes her and my own grandmother had with their own nurses. =)

Everyone's healing story is different, and very much full of so many emotions and needs. Since not one story is the same, it was important to Heidi to offer her customers a little bit of everything, and her shop really does carry it all!


   

Aside from clothing and accessories, she also carries planners to help document the process (write in Dr. appointments and such), as well as these bags she helps you assemble to create a kit to bring to appointments. (How AMAZING is that?! and how helpful!). I wish I had taken pictures, but she also had these neat shirts that had an already built slit in it to ease implantable ports (for Chemo, or to help give medicine.). I remember vividly my grandmother fumbling with her shirt, if only I had known something like that had existed. These are things you don't think of, or realize they even exist. It really is an eye opener to see products available through someone who has already had that experience.


   

Its very common for a woman to experience hair loss with cancer, and I've heard of some unfortunate stories of awful experiences when purchasing wigs. Its a sad truth, but some sales people (especially those who don't understand/ can't relate) aren't very kind, or don't know how to empathize with the delicateness of it. Its an emotional process (rightfully so), and working with someone who has been through it makes all of the difference. Not only has she created these beautiful warm (private) dressing rooms, she also has personally placed together paperwork to help customers find their insurance coverage for them!(!!), kits to wash (along with care instructions) the wigs. When I say she's thought of everything, she really has gone above and beyond.

Aside from the previously mentioned, she also carries some natural skin care products/ointments that help with the side affects of certain medications and procedures. (Along with books, mugs, housewares... it really is a store for everyone!) I'm going to swing back in and pick up a shirt I really loved when I visited.




Congratulations Heidi Fuller on your one year anniversary store opening! I loved seeing such a smart, talented, beautiful, driven woman such as yourself succeeding with your beautiful boutique! I wish you lots of success.


Check out Awakenings Boutique!

9708 Brownsboro Road
Louisville, Kentucky.

www.AwakenShop.com


Bourbon Beauty: Red Carpet Ready for the Derby Eve Gala









Derby is 18 days away. 18 DAYS AWAY... I'm both excited, and just a tiny bit nervous... Excited for the fun, but nervous because I want to make sure everything looks perfect! I'm especially excited for the Derby Eve Gala coming up.

With only 3 weeks left, I thought it would be fun to share my count down of things to do leading up to a Red Carpet event!

3 weeks before derby:



#1: Outfit.
I feel it's super important to have my dress and accessories put together, ready to go. I like to have this prepared, so that I know what kind of makeup and what nail look I'll be going for. Waiting until the last minute for a dress is such a pain! I'd suggest having it ready at LEAST 3 weeks in advance.

  • Dress (dry cleaned) and ready to go. (If you don't have one picked out, check out my post using a Macy's My stylist!)
  • Heels (cleaned)/ foot protectors/extra pair of foldable flats (LIFE savers after a long night of dancing)
  • Undergarments (Spanx, strapless bra?, Lingerie)
  • Jewelry (chosen, steam cleaned and buffed)
  • Coordinating Accessories.

#2 Body.



3 weeks in advance, I really like to go to town getting my skin prepped. I amp up my water intake/ green tea to help with bloat, and I start exfoliating. Sloughing off dead skin now, will allow for beautiful glowing skin during a big event. There are several ways to do this, but my favorite way is to just purchase a simple sugar scrub (I really enjoy Trader Joes Ginger Grapefruit), and scrub in the shower at least 3x a week. I remove all nail polish, trim my nails, pumice my heels, and MOISTURIZE (My go to at the moment, is Lush Charity Pot)!! (Especially if you plan on sunless tanning. No one wants streaking tans before a big event.) 

#3 Face.



During this time, I also exfoliate my face 3x a week, (I love Lush fresh face products for this!) I also do Korean sheets masks after exfoliating (Tony Moly has a great snail mask I adore), and sleep in my favorite sleep pack as well as my lip mask. (Currently I'm LOVING Laniege Lip Mask, and Tony Moly banana balm).

#4 Makeup. 



This is the time I purchase any makeup I plan on using for the event, so it gives me ample time to play with it to perfect my look! If I plan on tanning, I get my foundation a bit darker than what I normally use. 

My Personal Glam list:
  • Sheet Mask (LOVE using one prior to putting on my makeup. Your face glows!)
  • Moisturizer (Makeup application looks so much better on hydrated skin. (Lush Celestial & Tatcha Water lotion is amazing for dry skin.)
  • Primer (I love NYX Honey Dew Primer)
  • Face Mist (I learned this trick from on of my favorite K Beauty Authors. Mist your face before foundation application, application looks better with hydrated skin).
  • Foundation ( I use Too Faced Born This Way)
  • Concealer (Tarte Shape Tape)
  • Eyebrow Pencil/powder (Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz)
  • Mascara (NYX)
  • Eye Liner 
  • Eye Shadows (Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam)
  • Lip Liner
  • Lip Stick/Gloss
  • Blush
  • Contour Powder (Hoola By Benefit)
  • Highlighter Powder (Carli Bybel)
  • Setting Spray (Tatcha)
Once I have my makeup look and products picked out, I like to play with the application before hand so I know exactly what look I'm going for.

#4. Hair.

While I wouldn't suggest changing my look this close to a major event (Kudos to the brave souls that do haha!), Its a good time to get a trim if need be (my hair won't feel so blunt 3 weeks away). I also like to start deep conditioning treatments! I do this about 1x a week. I slather a deep conditioner on my ends of my hair, pull it up, and rinse out after 30 minutes. Rinsing with cold water helps to add shine!

#4. Confirm Appointments!

If I chose to go with a hair stylist, I'd book my hair stylist appointment, as well as manicure appointment, waxing appointment, tanning appointment, etc. Personally, this time around, I'll be doing my own hair and makeup, as well as tanning. I did, however, make my appointment to cut my split ends, and get my nails done. This would also be a great time to purchase any teeth whitening products (I think I'll start next week) or making your appointment to get that done if need be!


What do you do to prepare for an event?


There's still time to purchase tickets for the Derby Eve Gala! Let's have fun, and party with a purpose!



La Casita 
223 E. Magnolia Ave.
Louisville, Ky. 40208

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at cclou.org/stop 

Let's Help Stop Trafficking! 

Derby Eve Gala
5.4.18 @ 6pm



Bourbon Beauty: Derby Eve Gala Event May 4 @ 6pm








I am both humbled, and honored, to be invited to an event supporting a *very* important cause. May 4th @ 6pm, there will be a Gala to benefit survivors of Human Trafficking @ 

La Casita 
223 E. Magnolia Ave.
Louisville, Ky. 40208

Per their Website:


Let's party to end human trafficking! Human trafficking is modern day slavery that exploits people for labor and sex.
Stop Traffic is a Gala to benefit survivors of Human Trafficking hosted by B96.5’s Juan Hustle Featuring DJ Joe Dubb. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at cclou.org/stop  *This is a volunteer lead event, the proceeds of which will benefit Catholic Charities of Louisville


Come party for a cause! There will be Dancing, Food, Music, & a Photography exhibit.

What parties are you most looking forward to for derby? This is top on my list!



Bourbon Beauty: Kentucky Derby Festival Ready! My Stylist @ Macy's








The Kentucky Derby is right around the corner (seems like time just flies, doesn't it?!?). The Kentucky Derby Festival has tons of events preceding it, and the Macy's Spring Fashion show is just one of many! (for more information on upcoming events, click here) Macy's reached out and kindly invited me not only to their Kentucky Derby Festival Spring Fashion Show, but to try out their My Stylist @ Macy's. I was excited!


 (Macy's Oxmoor Mall | Louisville, Ky.)


My Stylist @ Macy's is a free personal shopping service. They help you find the perfect outfit (Men & Women), home furnishings, and gift items you're looking for. It was so fun and easy to do! I didn't know this existed, but I will definitely use them again in the future (The ease and time saving!). I think this would be perfect for Derby, or maybe even a future wedding or special event?


   
(If you're going to Oxmoor Mall (Louisville, Ky), its located on the first floor, towards the back.).


It's so easy to book a session with My Stylist, you can do it online @ macy's.com/mystylist, by phone 800-343-0121, or in person by walking into the store office. (Since they reached out to me, I just gave them my dress size, and they pulled clothing out for all of the bloggers that were participating in the event.) You just mention what you're in need of, and voila! Help is just a quick click/call/chat away.

Terri, Brittany, and the whole team were so friendly! (Some of them traveled from Chicago, it was funny to talk to other people from my hometown. Small world.) I loved their clothing suggestions, it was super easy and quick to decide on the dress I wanted. (Thank you so much for the help and suggestions.)




   
 (Their Spring 2018 line is GORGEOUS!) I loved everything, especially the pink.



   
(Amazing selection on accessories, from fascinators to earrings.)





I love love LOVE the beautiful color of this dress I selected (thank you Macy's!), I think I'm going to pair it with the nude guess heels pictured above on my wardrobe rack. ( I prefer nude colored shoes since it elongates the legs.)


As a personal preference, I prefer jewelry pieces that are dainty (and classic) with a structured dress. I feel dainty pieces compliment it, without being overwhelming. I loved this pretty Rose Gold Cuff I chose (they gifted me) by INC.


These earrings also caught my eye! Since the dress isn't low cut, I probably wouldn't wear a necklace... *but* (for the sake of my mom judging me for not using one haha, she always insists on necklaces) if I had to choose one, I'd probably pair it with a beautiful pearl necklace, or a thin short chained silver one.




If you're looking for help getting styled for an event, purchase a gift, or ideas for your home, I highly recommend getting in touch with your local My Stylist @ Macy's. It takes the guess work out of what to buy, there's no pressure to purchase, and its completely free. Derby season means lots of outfits for parties, hostess gifts, and finding the perfect housewares for entertaining. This is a service I would definitely take advantage of.


Thank you Macy's for the opportunity to see your new spring line, and my new outfit. I can't wait to use it for an upcoming event. Your whole team was so friendly! I'm excited to use the dress for opening night at Churchill Downs.

For more information on My Stylist @ Macy's, their button will remain on my side bar until Derby :-) I've also created a Macy's Derby "Story" on my Instagram account, that shows clips of their spring line if you're interested!


                        




What are you most excited for this Derby Season?

My Stylist Online @ Macys: Macys.com/mystylist
My Stylist Phone @ Macys:  800-343-0121



Bourbon Beauty: Mom's Closet - Resource Center Open House









   


I am *so* happy to announce, that Mom's Closet is at a new location! On Tuesday, March 27th (4:00 PM- 7:00 PM), they will offer appetizers, desserts, wine and Door Prizes (lots of fun). Mom's Closet is a wonderful organization, that focuses on offering resources to single moms in need.

Their Ribbon Cutting Ceremony it at 4:30 PM. Everyone is welcome! Bring a friend you'd like to introduce to Mom's Closet.

For more information: Check out their website :-)