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Lex What Wear: There is plenty of time to find that perfect gift; these guides can help

  By Alex McLean KyForward columnist   Last week, I shared my holiday shopping gift guide for monogrammed gifts, watches, my favorite plaid scarves, boots and vests. This week’s guides feature all things Amazon – Amazon.com, that is, the one-stop-shop for all of your holiday needs – and one for wine-lovers. Hope they give you a few ideas!       Shop the Amazon Gift...

LexWhatWear: This gift guide lets you shop till you drop – without ever leaving home

By Alex McLean KyForward columnist   Shopping for the holidays can be stressful, but it can also be fun and rewarding. For me, shopping is ALWAYS fun! So leave it to LexWha Wear to help start your holiday shopping off on the right foot with my Holiday Gift Guide.   Shop The Monogram Gift Guide here     Shop The Watch Gift Guide here     Shop The Plaid Scarf Gift Guide...

LexWhatWear: It’s fall, y’all, and sporting
the season’s looks has never been more fun

By Alex McLean KyForward columnist   Happy Halloween! I hope you have a fun – and fashionable – evening planned.   While I love to dress up for Halloween, I’m a little costume challenged. So, I’ll stick to more familiar territory this week and share a few fashion ideas for fall, my favorite time of year.   Since I’ve moved to New York City, fall takes on...

LexWhatWear: A hip new store, a great event for girls and an easy DIY scarf project to try

Urban Outfitters has opened in Victorian Square in downtown Lexington. (Photo from VictorianSquareShoppes.com)   By Alex McLean KyForward columnist   Now here is some exciting news: Urban Outfitters has opened its first store in Lexington. Located at 401 W. Main Street within the Victorian Square Shopping Plaza downtown, the 12,000-square-foot, two-story store is just a short distance from...

Lex What Wear: See what these designers have up their sleeves at Recycle the Runway

By Alex McLean KyForward columnist   Mauricio Crane, who won first place in the Recycle the Runway competition last year, checks out the bag of unsuitables he has to work with. I hope you are all gearing up for one the Lexington area’s most fun – and fashionable – events: Dress for Success Lexington’s Recycle the Runway Oct. 7 at The Grand Reserve. There are 13 area fashion...

Lex What Wear: NY Fashion Week was glitz,
glam and, for this Kentucky girl, unforgettable

By Alex McLean KyForward columnist   New York Fashion Week has come and gone, but my excitement will last a lifetime – truly. It was my favorite Fashion Week yet, mainly because of the people I got to meet and the things I got to do. And the fashions were pretty awesome, too!   I’ve recapped some of it for you, from a more personal aspect. Keep in mind, however, that I tried to...

Lex What Wear: A day at the races – Saratoga style – proved to be both fashionable and fun

By Alex McLean KyForward columnist   Thanks to #AmericasBestRacing, I had an amazing Labor Day weekend at Saratoga Race Course in New York- and was able to check another thing of my Living in NYC bucket list. Along with a handful of New York City fashion bloggers, I took to the track in true blogger style (i.e., dress, heels, cocktails and a camera).   We started our adventure bright and...

Lex What Wear: Blue, blue and more blue … with a little white thrown in for good measure

By Alex McLean KyForward columnist   This weekend kicks off another year of Kentucky football – and perhaps one of my favorite things to do: tailgate!   On Saturday, when the first official tailgate of the year begins (I cringe knowing I am not going to be there), I’ll be wishing the Cats good luck, and my friends and family a good time.   Today I’ve put together a hodgepodge...

Lex What Wear: There’s a new guy in town, and he’s already making a fashion statement

By Alex McLean KyForward columnist   Something exciting happened in my life recently: I became an aunt for the first time! My brother Brad and his wife Kate had an absolutely beautiful baby boy, who I just flew home to meet. Needless to say, he will be spoiled (aka loved) to the max.   Here’s the little man right after he and I met. Brad and Kate bucked the norm and decided not to find...

Lex What Wear: There’s nothing ‘unsuitable’ about this year’s Recycle the Runway event

  By Alex McLean KyForward columnist   Get excited, Lexington! The Recycle the Runway fashion show returns Oct. 7 at the Grand Reserve.   You should be excited not only because it raises funds to support Dress for Success Lexington, a nonprofit group whose mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women in the area, but also because it puts the spotlight on some...

Lex What Wear: Little black dress, pencil skirts, other style trends that are here to stay

By Alex McLean KyForward columnist   I recently came across a style story on Fayette Mall’s website titled “5 Style Trends that are Here to Stay” The top five were:   1. Jumpsuits 2. High waists 3. Crop tops 4. Pencil skirts 5. Wide-leg pants   Hmmm … there are some on that list I’m not so sure about. That got me thinking about style trends that I think...

Lex What Wear: Comfort reigns this summer, whether you’re at the ballpark or office park

  By Alex McLean KyForward columnist   Since I’ve been in New York City, it’s been a dream of mine to watch the Cincinnati Reds play at Yankee Stadium. When I found out that my beloved Reds were playing the Yankees there this past Sunday – and that a friend of mine had an extra ticket – I was on the next train to the Bronx.   Now, I don’t profess to be Ms....

Lex What Wear: ‘Fitting partnership’ provides a different kind of lift and support for women

Lex What Wear: See the power of pink – and the women who wear it – at Legends Pink Out

Breast cancer survivors and volunteers from The Gap, Kentucky Cancer Link and Dress for Success Lexington were all smiles after a shopping spree for Pink Out at the Park.   By Alex McLean KyForward columnist   If you look up the word “survivor” in the dictionary, you’ll read that a survivor is one who copes well with difficulties in life. If you want to learn the true meaning...

Lex What Wear: For the perfect summer evening, grill out and chill out – in style

By Alex McLean KyForward columnist   Picture a charcoal grill with chicken and veggies and a glass of chilled wine … the ideal summer evening, if you ask me. My roommate and I enjoyed such an evening recently, in a tiny courtyard in the middle of Manhattan, no less. So I thought it would be fun to dedicate a Lex What Wear post to cook-out attire.   Let me go ahead and say this: I am...

Lex What Wear: Be the first to shop at the new outlet mall – and support a good cause

  By Alex McLean KyForward columnist   Last week, I told you about the July 31 grand opening of the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. Now, I want to tell you how to be among the very first to shop there – and for a good cause.   The outlet mall, located at exit 28 on I-64 between Lexington and Louisville, is teaming up with the University of Louisville’s James Graham Brown...

Lex What Wear: Coming to an interstate
near you … Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass

If you’ve traveled Interstate 64 between Lexington and Louisville lately, you’ve no doubt noticed the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass’ iconic cupolas. (Photo from OSB/Facebook)   By Alex McLean KyForward columnist   OK all you shopaholics and fashion junkies … it won’t be long now till the new Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass opens its doors in Simpsonville,...

Lex What Wear: When planning for this weekend, think food, drink … and fashion!

By Alex McLean KyForward columnist   With Memorial Day weekend upon us, a picnic in the park (or out on the farm) might be just what the doctor ordered. Such an outing requires some planning, of course: What will you eat, what will you drink and, most importantly, what will you wear?   Take time to carefully plan your picnic essentials, remembering that comfort is key. Whether you plan to...

Lex What Wear: Key to fashion is choosing smart, stylish layers, beginning with basics

By Alex McLean KyForward columnist   In my current experience working for Haute Hippie, I’ve learned that the key to dressing well is all about smart and stylish layers. Outfits that are layered correctly are not only flattering for your body, but they are visually appealing and perfect for everyday style.   Any basic in your closet is the right place to start when layering an outfit. Pair...

Lex What Wear: Baseball, fashion, sidewalk sales and lace … how much fun is that?

By Alex McLean KyForward columnist   I’ll be be making a visit home to Lexington soon but, unfortunately, not in time to make the Woodland Triangle “Spring into Summer Sidewalk Sale” that starts today. Consider yourself lucky if you can make it over there from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. today through the 11th.   The Woodland Triangle merges at Maxwell, High and Woodland and includes...