Forecastal Festival. Design for Change


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If you read this post on Anchal Project, you are well-acquainted with how the company is bringing about social and economical change with repurposed, cotton saris. This week, The Chic Street is teaming up with Anchal, and Revelry Boutique Gallery for the event, Festival Fashion for Good.

With InStyle Magazine recently naming the bandana as this year’s hottest festival fashion trend, me and Josh Johnson of The Kentucky Gent will be giving tips and tricks on how to style Anchal Project bandanas at the event on Wednesday, July 13.

“We are excited to partner with one of our favorite local boutiques and retail partners, Revelry,” says Colleen Clines, Anchal’s Co-founder and CEO. Colleen adds, “Festival season is such a fun time to experiment with your style and we want to help guests express their individuality with our one-of-a-kind pieces that are changing lives.”

The event will raise awareness for sustainable fashion,  while also allowing the local community and festival-goers to support Louisville’s own Anchal Project. Representation from The Forecastle Foundation will be in attendance as well as a professional henna tattoo artist to complete the whole festival look.

For more details, or to RSVP to the event, click here!

Eats. Harvest on Market


harvest on market louisville

Harvest, a restaurant of many firsts, had me at one simple, yet genius idea: bourbon and coffee. (Ok, the official name of this lively concoction is actually the Kentucky Wake-Me-Up, but the premise is pretty straightforward.) No, the restaurant is not the first to mix alcohol with caffeine, and they surely will not be the last, but they were one of the firsts to truly champion the farm-to-table movement here in Louisville. They were also one of the first businesses to bring locals flocking to what was once a relatively unknown part of the city when they opened their doors in 2010 on East Market Street.

However, even with all their firsts, it is Harvest’s understated dishes and a menu that pays homage to the restaurant’s Southern roots that keep all of us coming back for more.

I have visited Harvest on many occasions, and tried several items on their menu with, but here is a rundown of some of my favorite, current dishes:

Brunch– The Grit-N-Goo (pictured above) combines a helping of three cheese grits with burgoo, chive biscuits and a sunny side egg, and tops it all off with hot sauce. Who doesn’t like all their favorite breakfast items in one bowl?

Lunch– If you want a light lunch, go for the cheese board. It boasts an impressive combination of Wabash cannonball & fuji apple mostarda, Pharoah’s reserve cheddar and country ham jam, and a serving of Tulip Tree trillium and apple butter. However, if you prefer a larger dish, try the Louismill cornmeal crusted catfish. The combination of breading and catfish leaves you feeling full, but in the best way possible. 

Dinner– If you are a cheese aficionado, the spinach ricotta tortellini with garlic chèvre soubise will be the most delectable dish you have ever devoured. Instead of overpowering its ingredients, the tortellini serves as a mere casing for the ricotta and garlic sauce, so you get a true burst of flavor with single every bite.

Now, get out there and enjoy one of Louisville’s culinary treasures, and say hello to the restaurant’s new leader, chef Patrick Roney, while you are at it.

My Musings. Making Changes


With the new season, I have experienced thoughts of change and some serious spurts of inspiration. When you have been running your own website for a number of years, you sometimes find yourself either getting bored with what you are doing, and in some cases quit the endeavor altogether, or you keep evolving and making changes. I have chosen to be one of those who evolve.

A few months ago I completely changed my mission statement for The Chic Street, and have been trying to decide how to create a space that is as inspirational as it is informative. This is why, after much thought, you will slowly see my blog and the few social media accounts I have decided to really focus on and curate, transitioning into this new vision.

Cheers to change, my style mavens!

Coffee Talk. Cecil Beaton Knows Best

iPhone Pic: My Morning View at Le Moo

This week has been quite intense with everything that is going on locally for Derby. However, even with all the social appointments, deadlines and festivities, I am learning to sit back, enjoy some coffee and be just be grateful.

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.”

-Cecil Beaton

Eats. Happy Hour Edition

When it comes to winding down after a long week, I often prefer to enjoy a few libations with friends. Recently, I became acquainted with The Corner, a cozy and trendy- both of these dueling aesthetics are represented seamlessly- lounge located on the ground floor of Aloft Hotel.

The bites, such as the Crispy Brussels, are truly palatable, and the mixologists are as knowledgable in the art of drink-making as any that you would see in the competing bigger cities. Plus, on certain nights of the week, the establishment has live music to accompany your cocktail of choice, and that alone was enticing enough for me.

See their full menu here.