2015 Gallopalooza

It is that time of year again here in the Bluegrass state….Derby time!!! This means horse racing, bourbon and everything in between. In Louisville, the celebration starts 2 weeks before the actual Derby race which happens to be the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs (this year it is May 2, 2015). Check out all of the Kentucky Derby festivities here. One event that I went to last week was the 2015 Gallopalooza Collection Preview. If you drive through Louisville you will see brightly painted full sized fiberglass statues of horses in front of a local businesses or home. Since this is only the third time that kentuckians have been able to experience Gallopalooza, and we are not sure when it will happen again, I thought I should check it out.  Gallopalooza started as a way to beautify the streets, encourage local exploration, increase tourism, showcase local artists and generate civic pride. (www.gallopalooza.com). The project raises money to support Brightside, which is a volunteer driven and funded effort to beautify the city, and many other local charities. The past two time that this happen (2004 and 2009), the focus was mainly on horses. The artists added bourbon barrels and mint julep cups this year, as well as the horses. All the artist are very talented. Each has to apply and submit a design and see if sponsors would like to commission them for their work. There are also rewards and cash prizes that artist could win for their work. Check out my experience at Gallopalooza as well as my outfit details. Hope you enjoy!

XoXo

Alli

Shirt and pants: The Limited
This horse is my favorite because it is painted roses on one side and lilies (see other side in next pictures). These are both symbols of Derby and Oaks.
A Pegasus 
Shoes: Gianni Bini

Half Classic

Happy Sunday all! Hope you are having a great weekend. How many of you are into running? 5k? 10k? Half-marathon? Marathon? I don’t know if I would 100% say I was into running. I just like the fact that it is an excise that can net you many calories (I like to eat) and is usually a full body workout. This year I decided to do the Kentucky Half Classic. This is where you run 2 half marathons on 2 different days and it is added up to equal a full marathon. So a total of 26.2 miles when you finish. The best thing about it is that you get 3 medals. One for each half and one to signify that you completed both. Awesome! The theme of the Half Classic this year was “Make Mine a Double”, I am sure to play off the fact of Kentucky being known for it’s Bourbon (and who would not want double of that!). The first of the 2 was Run the Bluegrass on March 28, 2015. This race was held in Lexington, starting and ending in Keeneland Horse Park . During this race you run through many picturesque horse farms. A couple includes Donamire Farm and Stonestreet Farm. I have to say it was a beautiful run. The second race with the Kentucky Derby miniMarathon on April 25, 2015. This is held in Louisville and takes place in conjunction with all the Kentucky Derby Festivities leading up to the Kentucky Derby. Check out all the great Derby festivities here . This half marathon is held in an urban setting running through Churchill Downs, the University of Louisville campus, and running passed the Louisville Slugger Museum. Both of these races were a great experience. I have finished the mini twice before but have never attempted the Half Classic. Although  Run the Bluegrass is a challenging course (very hilly), it was well worth it to say I finished the Half Classic at least once. Profits from both of these races go to help support 2 dozen charities, that in its self is enough to make me want to participate. Check out my experience below. Hope you enjoy!
XoXo,
Alli
This is the Papa John’s 10-Miler another race I did before the miniMarathon 
This is a dress that a high schooler made out of the left over medals from pervious years. Isn’t fabulous? I say she has a future in fashion design. 

Tory Burch 30% Spring Event

Tory Burch 30% Spring Event

Get Spring and Summer ready with the Tory Burch Spring Event. It is an event that happens once a year where the Tory Burch brand offers up to 30% off of the whole website as well as free shipping if you pay with paypal. Tory is one of my favorite designers, but can be pretty pricey, so when the Spring Event hits I like to stock up. You should too! It is a great time to get mother’s day, Christmas, or birthday gifts. Make sure you get yourself something too. I have listed some of my favorites that are sure to please. Take a look and if you see something you like make sure you use code: SPRING to get your discount. Enjoy!

XoXo
Alli

Katydid Collection

Happy Monday peeps! How was your weekend? Do anything fun? My weekend was packed with a wedding shower, baby shower and a bachelorette party. So I am beyond tired. Anyway, have you heard of a clothing company named Katydid Collection? If not you should! Katydid was started in 2002 by Katy Messersmith when Katy had to find options for clothing while on a volunteer trip to Africa, when her luggage did not show up. This mishap sparked an interest in fashion that later became the Katydid Collection. This clothing line includes styles for men, women, and children. Check out their website here. Katydid Collection has something for everyone. From the causal tank and baseball hat to a maxi dress or romper that will be sure to get compliments from anyone. Katydid is stylish but affordable. Their new #OOTD Collection is sure to be a big hit with fashionistas and bloggers. This collection includes the shirt “Eat, Sleep, Blog, Repeat”. Us bloggers can definitely relate to that. Check out their website and if you find something you love use code: Katydidlove to get 20% off. Below I did a photo shoot featuring one of their rompers (that I love!!). Take a look. Hope you enjoy!!
XoXo
Alli
Necklace: Rocksbox (get a free month of Rocksbox by using code: Absolutelyallixoxo)
Tank: Katydid

Anchors Away

Good Afternoon All! Are you a lover of water and all thing that have to do with water, like I am? To me when I think about water or bodies of water it makes me think of summer, warm weather, and vacation. When I saw this anchor shirt I knew it was for me. I just knew I had to do a shoot on the Big 4 Bridge. This bridge is a pedestrian bridge that connects Kentucky and Indiana. It is over the Ohio River. Below are pics from that shoot and outfit details. Also, if you need a great photographer in Louisville, KY check out JCSS Photography . Hope you enjoy!
XoXo
Alli

Shirt: Express
Jeans: The Limited
Shoes: Target
Sunglasses: YSL
Necklace: Loren Hope
The necklace is from my Rocksbox subscription. Rocksbox is a jewelry subscription where you can borrow, buy or swap jewelry each month. Get a free month trial by using code Absolutelyallixoxo. Visit Rocksbox here.

West Egg

Have you ever heard of the company West Egg? If not you are missing out. West Egg is a company that sells designer products that you love at prices that you love. It is a members only community which provides its users up to 80 % off. The best thing about this company is that they want you to be the model. What do I mean by that? After you purchase a product they want you to show it off on you social media outlets. No professional models just real people talking about products they love at prices they can afford #becomethemodel. West Egg offers many products from top brands like Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Kendra Scott, Daniel Wellington and many more. Check out West Egg here and see all the awesome products they have to offer. Find something you love and get an extra 10% off by using code: wearwestegg. I definitely found something I could not live without. My Fitbit Tory Burch Bracelet is on the West Egg website for cheaper than it is in stores. Score! West Egg is a great place to find new products. What are you waiting? Join the West Egg community, start shopping and #becomethe model.
XoXo
Alli

Old Church Bracelet (Purple Druzy Stone)- Made in Mechanicsville
Tory Burch Fitbit Bracelet- West Egg
Nails- Jamberry
Shoes: Target

Doorway to Nowhere

Happy Monday Loves! Hope you had a great Easter weekend. I sure did. I finished a 10 mile race on Saturday (look out for my race post in the near future) and spent much needed time with my family on Easter Sunday. What did you do this weekend?  I hope something fun! 
Well a couple days ago I got to do something I consider fun. I have aways wanted to do a photo shoot at The Heigold House Facade or “The Doorway to Nowhere”, so I finally got my wish. I wanted to shoot here because it is just a cool setting, which you will see below. I feel like it is where the past, present, and future kind of meet. To read about this amazing historical structure click here. If you need a great photographer in Louisville, KY try JCSS Photography, she does great work. Anyway,  check out my pics and outfit details below. Hope you enjoy!
XoXo,
Alli

Blazer, Jeans, & Necklace: The Limited 
Heels: Nine West
Sunglasses: YSL
Tank: Target