We had the most magical evening at our Creative Collective mentor + mix event sharing all about "Business Basics." The Barn at Springhouse was the perfect venue for this event and I love how we were able to set up the small group sessions around palette tables throughout the barn and beautiful surrounding grounds. We had a lot of returning attendees from our first event and some new faces as well! Huge thanks to the venue and vendors, The Barn at Springhouse, Amendment 21 Event Bartending, Zachary Brady Designs, Kara Shepherd, Joe Dean Hinkle, and Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream! Be sure to scroll through all our photos from the event below (all photos by On a Whim Photography).Read More
I'm always so excited to try out new local businesses in the Lexington area, but especially when one of my dear friends is one of the owners! Lexington's newest must-visit spot is Varnish Nail Shoppe, an chic and high end all-natural nail salon. They truly nailed every detail in this shop from the minimal, midcentury decor to the well-curated array of products and services. The service is top-notch and you really feel pampered every step of the way! One of my favorite parts of my manicure is when they mixed up a custom sugar hand scrub with my favorite scents right in front of me. I also really loved the selection of stylish polish colors that they had available AND they specialize in doing some super chic nail art too!Read More
With Small Business Saturday just around the corner, I'm loving all the support and excitement building around the small business community in Lexington. One of our Gathered Mercantile Vendors, Lexington Design Co., pulled together the most perfect shop local gift guide here. BONUS- it features a lot of Gathered Mercantile vendors so you can go ahead and use it as a shopping list on your trip to the Amsden! See all of her favorites + the shoppable links below:
Vintage Turquoise Horse Print | $12 | Dog Bandana | $24 | Kentucky Sign | $30 | Area Code Necklace | $40 | Christmas Spirits Tee | $25 | Bandana | $15 | Personalized Mystery Box | $50 | Old Fashioned Candle | $24 | Kentucky Bourbon Glass | $12 | Gingham Infinity Scarf | $20 | Born & Raised Sign | $30 | Lessons We Paid For Book | $10 | Kentucky Hat | $20
And don't forget to purchase your #LexSpreadLove tee here! Not only is this a great local gift item but 20% of the proceeds go to the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center- so grab one for yourself AND a friend!
Also my friend Angie from Thirsty Hearts Design really outdid herself with this amazing video that so perfectly sums up how I feel about our customers, supporters, and local community. She is so talented and I'm blessed to know her. Find her full post here with a round-up of her favorite local businesses.
We're so excited to welcome Shop Twenty Something to the Amsden family! They will be opening their first brick and mortar boutique on the 2nd floor of the Amsden in late November. Shop Twenty Something will be in the beautiful corner suite right above the coffee shop! I'm so thrilled to have another shopping destination join the building and I know they will be a perfect fit! The owner, Logan, has the best style and chooses pieces that are both affordable and on trend! I first met Logan through doing Market 301 together and I've bought quite a few cute pieces from her shop (this romper being one of my faves)! Be sure to follow all their social media (linked below) for updates as they get their space ready for opening day. I've also gathered up some of my favorite picks from their shop below, so you can get a little sneak peek of what to expect!
I'm super excited to share about one of my favorite new finds in Lexington, The Lovely Beauty Lab! I got a full set of eyelash extensions here before my vacation last month and have had a few fill-ins since, and I just love my new lashes! Not having to wear mascara anymore saves me a lot of time getting ready, and it's so nice to pop out of bed with zero makeup but still have gorgeous lashes ready to go everyday!
Stefanie is the owner of the Lovely Beauty Lab and has the most cozy and relaxing private studio space in Hamburg in Lexington. Not only is Stefanie super professional and makes you feel SO comfortable, but she is an incredibly skilled and experienced aesthetician and offers so many other services besides just lashes! She has been so generous to offer an amazing discount on lash extensions to all of you! Scroll down for all the details!
For the next week, you can take 50% OFF a FULL SET of lash extensions (regularly $200-250) when you mention Miss Molly Vintage while booking. Click the button below to book your appointment and be sure to mention Miss Molly Vintage in the "message" portion of your form! Hurry and take advantage of this amazing deal- you will rarely find a full set of lash extensions at this price! *Valid for first time customers of Lovely Beauty Lab only | Expires August 3rd, 2017*
*Valid for first time customers of Lovely Beauty Lab only | Expires August 3rd, 2017*
Red, white, + blue crochet top: c/o Serendipity Boutique | Red skirt: Forever 21 (old- similar here) | Wedges: Seychelles | Bangles: Vintage
Since we go on vacation during the 4th of July every year, my outfits for the week always include a lot of red, white, and blue. I knew that this adorable crochet top from Serendipity Boutique would be perfect for the trip! I'm always a sucker for any crochet detail but I also love how vintage it looks too! Serendipity boutique is another great local shop in Lexington located in the Woodland Triangle near downtown. They have the best on-trend pieces and I also picked up an amazing bodysuit and t-shirt dress that I'm sure I'll be sharing on here soon too! Stop by their adorable boutique if you are local to Lexington, or you can shop online (here), and you can always call the shop to place orders too! I've linked the rest of my outfit details for you to shop above!
Thank you Lexington for another great Market 301! Your continued support for all of our local businesses makes this event the highlight of my month time after time. I love getting to meet all my customers, as I usually don't get to interact with them much otherwise. As always, I try to bring as many new items as I can to each market and switch up my displays a little bit. I may be taking the next month off as far as markets go, as we will be completing our renovation and moving in May, but I will be back! Below are some pictures I took of our set-up last night.
Is there anything better than a big plate of pasta for dinner? I think not, especially when it is the tastiest, homemade pasta from our local Lexington Pasta Company. I first discovered their pasta at our local farmer's market; now they have their own restaurant and store front, The Pasta Garage where you can grab some delicious Italian pasta dishes whenever your heart desires. They also sell their pastas there, and you can even get them at several local grocery stores around town. I couldn't pass up grabbing some of their new Kentucky shaped pasta last time I was there!
Tonight I made some meatballs to pair with the pasta, using a super easy and relatively healthy recipe that is equally delicious. Most traditional Italian meatball recipes are full of breadcrumbs, cheese, and milk or heavy cream. This is a much lighter version that really only contains meat, egg, and some spices- super simple and low-carb (plus I sneak a bunch of spinach in there!). Trust me, you will not be able to taste the difference and these will become one of your go-to dinner recipes!
(makes about 18-20 meatballs)
1 lb. Italian sausage
1 lb. ground beef
1 1/2 cups finely chopped spinach
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 tablespoon salt
1/2 tablespoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 tablespoon Italian seasoning
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Grease a large cookie sheet or pan. I throw all my ingredients into a stand mixer and let it do all the work. You can also mix by hand in a large mixing bowl.
After your ingredients are well combined, use your hands to create your meatballs. I like to keep mine fairly small (2-3 inches) so that they get crispy around the edges while baking.
Place all your meatballs on your greased cookie sheet. Bake for 15-25 minutes until cooked through. I usually flip my meatballs about halfway through cooking so that they get brown on both sides.
These meatballs are so good that you can completely skip the pasta if you are wanting to go completely low-carb. If not, you can cook any pasta of your choice while your meatballs are baking so everything is hot and ready to go!
Finish your meatballs (with or without pasta) by topping them with some fresh Marinara or sauce of your choice and some freshly grated Parmesan.
These make such a quick and easy dinner and there are always plenty of leftovers to snack on. I honestly do not even notice that they are missing all the carbs of traditional, heavy Italian meatballs. Thanks to the mixture of sausage, beef, and plenty of spices, they still have amazing flavor and a touch of spice. I love the difference in texture between the crispy outside and the juicy and flavorful inside. As an added bonus you are also sneaking in a bunch of spinach (perfect for even the pickiest of eaters)!