Hi friends & happy Wednesday! IT’S ALREADY OCTOBER!! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?! We’ve been a little absent lately from this little corner of the internet but don’t worry, that just means lots of brainstorming has been going on about fun new ideas to share with our beloved Twirl brides & friends! One of those ideas was to start a little “get to know us” series where you get to know the Twirl Girls! We are all about making you feel right at home here at Twirl and what better way than getting to know the ladies that help you find your dream wedding dress or perfect bridesmaid dress for the big day?!
Kicking us off is our cute store manager, Miss Caraline Goodman! We love this girl so much and are so thankful for the way she loves not only our precious brides & bridesmaids but all of the consultants & interns as well. While Twirl’s owner, Ty, has been gone on her maternity leave (yay for baby Audrey!), Caraline has run the show and let us tell you, she is a rockstar! We are so grateful for this wonderful girl’s leadership, constant encouragement, and overflow of love to each of us every day.
I had the great fortune of growing up in sunny San Diego California with my parents and my little brother (who is my favorite person in the world!) I am convinced that you cannot go to San Diego and not want to spend the rest of your life there. My world consisted of beach days, even in the winter, perfect 75 degree weather all year round and a southern California girl attitude.
I studied art history and museum studies at the University of Kentucky and in the winter of 2013 got the degrees to prove it. My passion for art history runs deeply. I got the best college experience because I was able to study what I love.
My favorite color is black. I only wear gold jewelry. I don’t believe in wearing white after Labor Day. I have an obsession with expensive shoes. I’ve never met office supplies that I didn’t love. Nothing Kate Spade creates doesn’t amaze me. I speak Italian (e penso che suona bello). I am a strong believer in statement necklaces. Polka-Dots are my pattern of choice. I like to sing Broadway classics and worship songs really loud in my car. I have seen every episode of How I Met Your Mother…twice. I am, and forever will be, a proud member of Pi Beta Phi – and I adore my angel sisters. My planner goes everywhere that I go. I believe that you can never have enough throw pillows. I am the biggest Star Wars fan you will ever meet (thanks, dad)! You can always find fresh flowers in my house. Don’t even try to talk to me when Game of Thrones is on. I absolutely adore the snow. And if red wine didn’t exist…neither would I.
I have been a Twirl Girl since November of 2013 and I have loved every second of my job. I started out as a bridal consultant and in the spring of 2014, I became the manager. My job is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. Being the hopeless romantic that I am, the endless love I see at Twirl makes my heart so full and happy. I never intended to go in to fashion…especially not BRIDAL fashion but I wouldn’t trade my job for anything in the world. My buying trips to New York, personal relationships with designers and sales reps, watching girls say “yes”…it just never gets old. I truly do have the dream job and the best career I could have ever asked for.
Question #1: What is your favorite dress at Twirl & why do you love it so much?
My favorite dress at Twirl is the La Sposa big Pink Ballgown. This dress is truly incredible. I love all the crystal and rhinestone detail and the metallic thread-work in the bodice. In my opinion, you can never have enough bling! The fact that it is pink just makes it all the more perfect. I really don’t like wearing white because I feel like it just makes me look pale, so this color is perfect because it gives my skin tone more of a glow. The light pink color of this dress combines my love for high fashion trends and my constant need to be different from everyone. I am a ballgown girl through and through. The bigger the better. So my favorite part about this is how giantly poofy it is! Tulle and I have a never-ending love affair.
Question #2: When you’re not working at Twirl, what do you enjoy doing?
I am such a big nerd! So when I’m not at Twirl you can find me at the library or Joseph Beth Book Store. Those are my two favorite places in Lexington! I cannot get enough of books and could spend hours in either of these places.
I have an American Eskimo puppy named Aurora and she and I can usually be found walking and playing fetch in Shillito Park! She is so fluffy white, has the cutest little ears and she is an absolute diva. I wish I could bring her everywhere with me.
I am also extremely addicted to coffee and every worker at the Starbucks down the street from Twirl knows my name and drink order.! (If you were wondering…grande dark roast with hazelnut and half and half)
Question #3: Favorite bridal moment as a Twirl Girl?
In the early spring of 2014, I had a bride who will forever be one of my all-time favorite appointments as well as one of the sweetest people I have ever known. Kayla came in to the store about an hour before closing. She was by herself and very sweet. When I took her upstairs she told me what she liked and then she dropped a bomb on me, her wedding date was a mere 8 weeks away…a blink of an eye in wedding time. She told me they had to move the wedding up because her best friend, and maid-of-honor, had been diagnosed with severe brain cancer and would not make it past April. My heart immediately went out to her. So her fiancé and her were scrambling to get it planned and paying for the wedding themselves all while they both attended medical school at UK and had a stack of student loans to deal with! Then Kayla told me the budget she would like to stick to because her foster mother from many years before had graciously offered to pay for Kayla’s wedding dress. Again, my heart was just so full for Kayla.
I was so touched and became determined to find this girl the dress of her dreams. And that is exactly what happened. Kayla found the most gorgeous Justin Alexander dress that she absolutely loved, and even shed a few tears over. So I rushed downstairs for Ty to get the designer on the phone and see if they had ANY they could get to us in time….they had exactly ONE. ONE dress that they could get to us in four weeks. And it was a size 6. So we did Kayla’s measurements and she was a size 8. Normally, there is NO WAY I would let a bride buy a size down from what she measured. It is just too risky. But with Kayla, we had no other choice. So we placed the order and all said a little prayer.
Four weeks later, I called Kayla to let her know her dress was in. She made an appointment immediately for that weekend to pick it up. She brought her foster mother and we both waited anxiously outside Kayla’s dressing room. When she called me in to zip her up, I didn’t even realize I was holding my breath until it was completely zipped and I let out a sigh of relief. All the worrying had been for nothing and all our prayers had been answered. IT FIT HER PERFECTLY. Literally, like a glove. No alterations necessary ANYWHERE. (I mean seriously, that NEVER happens.) It was like God was saying, this was the perfect dress for Kayla and she was absolutely meant to marry this boy in this dress. When we came out of the dressing room to show her foster mother, they both burst in to tears.
It for sure was my happiest moment as a Twirl Girl and I will never forget how happy it made Kayla.
Question #4: If you could get married anywhere in the world where would it be & why?
I lived in Florence Italy when I was in college. I have never loved a singular place as much as I love Florence. Everything about it. The cobblestone streets, the art, the churches and of course, the gelato! My best memories and some of my favorite people all come from my time in Florence. That city is my safe-haven and my true home. So if I could get married anywhere, it would absolutely be Florence. I have always wanted a winter wedding and I cannot think of anything more romantic than Florence in the winter. Cold and beautiful.
I have a classic, simplistic style and I want my wedding to reflect that; with black and gold as my colors and all white flowers to complete the look. I want elegant and I want fancy. Black tie will absolutely be the attire. Florence is gorgeous and graceful and I think a wedding that is anything but that, wouldn’t do the city justice.
Question #5: What are words that most inspire you?
“She left pieces of her life behind her everywhere she went. It’s easier to feel the sunlight without them, she said.” –Brian Andreas
Isn’t she great?! We sure think so & hope you do too!
Have a great Wednesday everyone!!