You haven’t been to Kentucky if you haven’t hung out on a chicken and horse farm, which is exactly what I did when I met with creative Christine Robey of Barenaked Leather, a boho chic leather handbag and accessory company that specializes in rustic unique pieces that speak to your inner hippie soul. Many pieces complete with fringe and equestrian accents, constructed by Christine who likes to be hands on with the whole project from start to finish. How hands on?? Well, Christine utilizes wild deer and elk skin from local hunters. Using all parts of the animal she taught herself how to tan animal hide, which eventually sparked Barenaked Leather. She takes these pieces and turns them into leather handbags, guitar straps, jewelry, and other beautiful items. She has also expanded into metal work, making copper jewelry and accents for her leather pieces.
You can see Barenaked Leather’s designs on Facebook or Instagram. Also check out the photo shoot below that I styled with many of her beautiful pieces that included a cross body handbag, copper statement necklace, and a copper and leather bracelet. Enjoy!
Necklace c/o of Barenaked Leather
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Another great Whisky Chicks event in the books. The American Crafting Distilling Tasting Series Part 1 hosted by the Whisky Chicks at Westport Whiskey & Wine was one to brag about. The Whisky Chicks provide settings for the whiskey lover to experience high quality bourbon whiskey with atmosphere and education.
If you haven’t heard of the Whisky Chicks by now then let me give you a little background. They are a group of ladies of all ages (21+), who embrace the unique tastes of a good bottle of bourbon. They pride themselves on being libation liberators; meaning they help women and even men appreciate and love a good whiskey cocktail. They do all this as well as provide a venue with each event that draws people in, in its self.
Westport Whiskey & Wine was the venue for this event. Their tasting room, which you can see in the pictures below, is spectacular. I am sure that any whiskey drinker would agree. The shop prides itself on having hard to fine whiskey, wine, beer and spirits. If you are in the Louisville area I would suggest you check it out.
This distillery tasting was my third event I attended with the Whisky Chicks and it just keeps getting better. Distilleries that were part of this craft tasting were:
Jeptha Creed with their Original Moonshine and Bloody Butcher’s Creed. Jeptha Creed is a new family owned distillery in Shelbyville, KY that offers bourbon, moonshine and vodka. Their moonshine is a four-grain barley mash with a hint of sweetness, cayenne pepper and almond. If you like that spicy sweet taste this one is for you. The Bloody Butcher’s Creed is 75% Bloody Butcher Corn / 10% Rye / 10% Wheat / 5% Malted Barley with a taste of rich tobacco pallets and baked spices that finish with warm maple syrup and peppermint.
Rabbit Hole showcased their Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Rye Whiskey. The Rabbit Hole Distillery will be located on the 700 block of Jefferson and Market Street. Rabbit Hole’s four-grain Bourbon Whiskey consist of 70% Corn / 10% Malted Wheat /10% Honey Malted Barley/
10% Malted Barley, which makes it great for sipping. It has a taste of fruits and grains as well as vanilla, honey and almond. Their Rye Whiskey is 95% Rye and 5% Malted Barley with apricot and figs and finishes of spicy fennel.
Starlight bought tastings of their Bourbon Whiskey and their Carl T. Bourbon Whiskey. Starlight Distillery is located in Starlight Indiana with the Huber’s Family Farm and Winery. Their Carl T’s Bourbon Whiskey is comprised of 58% corn, 27% rye, and 15% malted barley and is 95 proof , compared to their Bourbon Whiskey which is cask strength, unfiltered and 115 proof.
As you know I am a India Hicks’ Style Ambassador, so I am partial to many of her accessories, such as this Siren Scarf (here) and the Carmen Clutch (found here), which are two of my favorites from the collection. I paired these two with multicolored tassel earrings (similar), a black and white dress, with black booties and tights to finish the look. This outfit is easy to recreate and can be worn almost anywhere, such as to work, out with friends or even date night. It is also a great transition outfit from cold weather to Spring like weather. How do you stand out in the concrete jungle? Shop some of my ideas to help you below.
Valentine’s Day is around the corner have you purchased a gift for your sweetie yet? Flowers are always acceptable, but if you are looking for something more let me help. Depending on your budget there are arrange of items you can choose from. For the home body try this short pajama set, which is comfy and cozy to lounge around the house. If the woman in your life is more of a fashionista she will love this handbag or these designer heels, they will go great with an outfit already in her closet. For the tech girl, blogger or even fitness buff and Apple watch is sure to please. If you have a girl that loves jewelry, try one of these two necklaces (here and here) that she will love. For the makeup guru try this Beauty Counter duo here the lip gloss is pigmented to last and the nail polish stays on without chipping for days. Whatever you decide please make it special for her.