American Craft Distilling Tasting Series Part 2 with The Whisky Chicks

                                        
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Part 2 of the American Craft Distilling Tasting Series organized and executed by the Whisky Chicks was another sold out event (read about part 1 here). The Whiskey Chicks organize functions centered around educating women and men about the delicacies of whiskey and provide a social atmosphere to do so.
Westport Whiskey & Wine was the venue for part 1 & 2 of the tasting series. Their tasting room is spectacular, great for events and date nights. 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. 

In part 2 of the American Craft Distilling Tasting Series participants experienced six different whiskeys, which are listed below. 
Kentucky Artisan Distillery is the home of Jefferson’s Bourbon, Whiskey Row Bourbon, and Highspire Rye. This distillery provides a place for entrepreneurs to learn the craft of spirit production. 
The Whiskey’s of the night:

100% rye whiskey that is aged for 6 months in California oak wine barrels. With a taste of vanilla and oak, Highspire is 80 proof and 40% ABV.
A small batch bourbon made from four different bourbon recipes all of different ages. This bourbon is anywhere from 90-98 proof (45-49% ABV).
A blended bourbon of 3-4 different brands of region’s best bourbons. House brand of Kentucky Artisan Distillery. An 88 proof bourbon with a bit of spice (44% ABV).
Calumet Farm Bourbon
Bourbon made up of a mash of corn, rye and malted barley. Calumet Farm Bourbon is 86 proof with tastes of butterscotch, oak and little hints of brown sugar and white pepper  (43% AVB).

Rivulet Pecan Liqueur 
A small batch distilled pecan American brandy that is 60 proof.  With it sweet and nutty finish, this liqueur is a great after dinner drink (30% ABV).

Ballotin Original Chocolate
If you are a chocolate lover? You will love the mix of chocolate and whiskey in the Ballotin Original Chocolate. This 60 proof rich chocolatey fudge whiskey with hints of vanilla and oak is great to drink straight or mixed in a cocktail. (30% ABV)
Want to come to the next Whisky Chicks event? Sign up for a membership here and check out their upcoming event below. Make sure you get your ticket before they sell out.
*I attended the American Craft Distilling Tasting Event as the Whisky Chicks’ guest
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Alli

Jack Daniel’s Savor & Share with Maureen Petrosky hosted by Whisky Chicks

What is your Whisky story? Mine is simple. I am from Kentucky and grew up hearing the words bourbon and whisky often, if you are from these parts you definitely understand. When I became of age and was able to drink, like most other college kids I reached for the beer and the vodka (this could be the fact that most undergrads know these are cheap and usually alway available). As I grew older my pallet changed and I began to appreciate the taste of bourbon, so it soon began to be one of my go to drinks. Insert the Whisky Chicks 😉 If you haven’t heard of them you should. 
Whisky Chicks 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 appreciate and love cocktails that are outside of their standard girly norm. They are whisky educators, and friend facilitators. Whisky Chicks started over cocktails and conversation about how hard it is to meet other women with similar interest. During that conversation with founder Linda Ruffenach the idea of Whisky Chicks emerged.
Why do women love attending Whisky Chicks events?? From talking to other ladies at their events women love a place where they feel welcome to come by themselves, where they have an opportunity to meet like-minded individuals, a great place for professionals to network, and be educated on the different brands of whiskey the world has to offer. You always leave with knowledge on how to make a new cocktail, a new friend, or even a great idea. As many of us know most great ideas and business ventures start over cocktails. Whisky Chicks’ events are not only attended by females, males are welcomed too. Lots of husbands, boyfriends, and men that are interested in learning about bourbon have always been a fixture at many of their events. 
Jack Daniel’s Savor & Share with Maureen Petrosky was an exclusive event hosted by the Whisky Chicks. Savor & Share is a collaboration between Jack Daniel’s and Maureen Petrosky. Maureen is a lifestyle Expert who has written books such as, The Cocktail Club and The Wine Club (find books here), a columnist for Today.com and thekitchn.com, a chef, an event host and brand ambassador. Check out her website here. Savor and Share consist of a series of videos featuring cocktails, sample recipes for simple appetizers and easy tips for throwing a party. (Savor & Share Autumn Brunch video, Fall Fire Pit video)
 This Whisky Chicks’ event did not disappoint. As soon as you walked in the door the attention to detail that the hostesses laid out was a whiskey lover’s dream. I mean who doesn’t want an elevator cocktail to start! Yes please! Sparkling Apple Sangria with Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel for the win. The night was filled with appetizers, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel tastings, great cocktails (especially the awesome spiked s’mores hot chocolate you will see below) and a little bit about how Savor & Share with Maureen Petrosky and Jack Daniel’s came about. 
Ana Kornegay, Brand Director for Jack Daniel’s Craft and Luxury, educated the attendees on Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Whiskey. She says it is one to pull out for your favorite guest that you are trying to impress. This collection is made from Jack Daniel’s finest stock of whiskey, bottled in the smallest batches one barrel at a time. 
Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Whiskey consist of: 
*Single Barrel Select- Your pallet will taste rich toffee, caramel, cinnamon, orange, clove, and oak. 
*Single Barrel Rye- 94 proof with a bold taste of rye mixed with ripe fruit and toasted oak, which gives a peppery spice finish.
*Single Barrel Barrel Proof- A smooth taste of brown sugar, toasted oak and a hint of dark spice.  
Single Barrel 100 Proof- Traveler’s exclusive with toasted oak, sweet vanilla, and a light spices. 
If you love whiskey Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel is one to try.
Want to come to the next Whisky Chicks event? Sign up for a membership here and check out their upcoming events below. Make sure you get your ticket before they sell out.
*I attended the Jack Daniel’s Savor & Share Event as the Whisky Chicks’ guest

Want to know how to make this delicious fall and winter Spiked S’mores cocktail? Check out the YouTube video on it below or here

Linda Ruffenach, Whisky Chicks Founder & Libation Liberator

Maureen Petrosky Entertainment & Lifestyle Expert 

Ana Kornegay Brand Director for Jack Daniel’s Craft & Luxury 

I Want a Brownstone in Chelsea

Who doesn’t want a brownstone in NYC? If I ever really do live in the city I totally think a brownstone is the way to go. Now all I have to do is figure out how to pay for it. This is definitely a future goal. For now I will just take pictures in front of cute ones. When I was in NYC last week, that is exactly what I did.

While navigating through Chelsea and other great areas such as the High Line (A 1.45 mile linear park in Manhattan that is elevated on one of NYC’s old railroad), I was a total tourist and used the city as my back drop. If you are ever in NYC you must visit the High Line.

For my outfit while taking it all in, I went for the comfortable but put together look. It was great for the continuous walking we did while there. I paired skinny jeans with a gingham button down, and a puff vest, which is idea for the colder weather. I accessorized the look with riding boots (great for walking long distances, considering I was doing an average of 25k each day), a tote to hold all my gear and sunnies since it was a bright sunny day.

This was a great outfit to play tourist in. What is your favorite outfit to explore a city? Shop my outfit below.

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Alli

Santa Monica

Shop: Sunnies | Handbag | Cardigan (similar) | TeeLeggings | Boots | Lipstick

Still dreaming of the warmer days of last week in Santa Monica. I am back in Kentucky where the temperature has been 18 degrees all the way to almost 60. Mother natural cannot make up her mind. Anyway, my travel style is casual. This is one of my favorite sweaters and I get compliments on it every time I wear it. I paired it with simple black leggings and a v-neck short sleeved tee. I accessorized with aviators sunglasses from Diff Eyewear, which is a company that provides reading glasses to people in need, meaning that every pair of sunglasses that is  purchased by you or someone else allows a child or adult to see clearly, the Maddison May crossbody; found here, and a cute wood necklace that I received as a gift all the way from Australia. Shop similar items of this super easy look below. 
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Alli

Travel: Yellowstone National Park

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If you are outdoorsy and looking for a beautiful place to vacation let me suggest Yellowstone National Park.  It is beyond breathe taking and surreal. A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit this scenic view. Although I only got to see 1/3 of the park (coming in through the west entrance) because it is so massive it was well worth it to see Buffalos, Elk, Old Faithful and many other natural wonders. If you are any where close to this beautiful place you should plan a day trip or weekend trip because it is well worth it.

When you visit Yellowstone you will definitely need some cold weather activewear. If it snows you need good insulted/water proof boots. I like these here. As well as a puffy vest and a long sleeve jacket or hoodie. Lastly, long athletic pants are a must too, try these here. What is your favorite type of activewear? Shop mine below.

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Alli

Standing on Top of a Mountain

I do not know about you but I think that every fall I need to get a new coat. So during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale in August I scooped up this collarless crepe topper. I paired it with white skinny jeans (yes you can wear white after Labor Day), a simple gray tee and gray booties, which are great for transitioning to cooler temperatures. I additionally accessorized this outfit  with a cute scarf that has skulls on it, bright earrings and necklace, and a cross body. A cross body is great for travel because it is easy to carry and more secure.

These pictures were taken while I was in Big Sky, Montana. If you have never been to Montana I recommend it. Big Sky, Montana is a ski resort village nestled on top of the Lone Peak Mountain and Mountain Village. If you are an avid skier, then I am sure you have been there, considering that Big Sky is known to be the biggest ski place in America. They have lots of activities for the non skier too. Check out their website to plan trip.

What is you favorite type of coat for the fall and winter? Shop mine below.

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Alli

                                              Lone Mount at Big Sky Montana

The Perfect Fall Outfit In Big Sky

Even though it doesn’t feel like it here in Kentucky, Thursday is the first day of Fall. It is still warm and humid! Ugh! But no fear it is coming and last week I got my first taste of it, while I was in Montana. Can you believe it even snowed?

If you have never been to Montana I recommend it. I visited Big Sky, Montana. It is a ski resort village nestled on top of the Lone Peak Mountain and Mountain Village. If you are an avid skier, then I am sure you have been there, considering that Big Sky is known to be the biggest ski place in America. They have lots of activities for the non skier too, more of that to come in future post. Check out their website to plan trip.
One thing I do suggest if you are planning on visiting Big Sky, bring warm clothes! This is not a joke! It snows in September, but it is beautiful. I combatted the 30-40 degree temps in this stylish fur vest, paired with a 3/4 length sleeve high/low tunic and white denim jeans. Yes you can wear white after labor. I finished the outfit with tan booties and a tan purse, followed by accessorizing it with a pop of turquoise in these earrings and necklace
What is your favorite Fall outfit? Shop mine below and stay tuned for more of my adventures in Montana. 
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Alli

Courier Journal Stylemaker

                        
                                          
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Yesterday I was in our local paper, The Courier Journal. It may not be a big deal to some but I am honored about the exposure. Every Sunday the paper runs the Scene section, which basically covers beauty and style trends. In this section they feature a Stylemaker, a man or women with unique personal style. You have to be nominated by someone. One of my best friends was gracious enough to nominate me, Thanks Audrey! Check out the article online here and shop my outfit below.

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Alli

                                   

                                                              
                                     
                                      
                                       
                                         
                                       

Alli Travels: LA

                             
Dress: similar | Shoes: Sperry’s  (here and here) | Sunglasses: similar | Handbag: Louis Vuitton  (here) | Earrings: Kendra Scott (here)
I love to travel. What about you? This March I had the opportunity to travel to many spots in California with my boyfriend.  

One place you have to visit while in Cali is LA. Am I right? There is everything from shopping on Rodeo Dr. or at The Grove, eating at great restaurants, seeing the ocean, and many historical sites that you see in the movies and on tv.  While we were in LA we took one of those sight seeing, hop on, hop off, city bus tours. Yes it maybe very touristy, but it is the best way to see the city in such a short time. We used Starline, they have these buses in almost all major cities and countries. I definitely think they are well worth the money. You get a little education as you ride along and see the sites. If you see something you like, hop off,  explore on your own and catch the next bus to continue your tour. Genius idea!

When I am traveling and trying to pack in as much stuff as possible in a short period of time, I like to be super comfortable. What about you? To roam the streets of LA I chose  a cotton dress (similar), Sperry’s  (here and here) (which are great walking shoes), and always a big handbag (here) to carrying anything else I need. What is your go to comfortable travel outfit?
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Alli


Alli Travels: San Diego

Happy Tuesday All! A couple weeks ago I was in San Diego with my boyfriend. It was the first time I had visited that city, and I loved it. I could totally live there. The weather is typically nice and the views are beautiful, as you will see in my photos.

When I travel I like to dress comfortable. I love to wear maxi dresses because they are so easy. The one I have on is from last season, but I found some that I plan to add to my closet (here, here, and this one here). I also like jeans when I travel (the ones I have on below can be found here),  a cute pair of sandals (here and here), a good pair of sunnies (I like these here),  and a large tote to carry everything (my favorite is here). You can shop the rest of my looks below.

While in San Diego we visited the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier and Museum (website here). If you visit San Diego I definitely suggest you take a half a day and go on a tour, it is worth. Very historic and will make you appreciate the Navy even more. Check out some pictures from that tour below. Hope you enjoy!
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Alli