Special Hours – Tuesday, April 15th

Posted by Twirl Lexington
12 April, 2014
It’s that time of year again! International Bridal Fashion Week is here!! The Twirl Girls are so excited to head off to New York City and take a peek at all the exciting new lines coming from our fabulous designers. Since we will be gone, the store will have special hours on Tuesday, April 15th. We will be open from 2:30-6:00 pm that day! We will see you when we get back with all our Big Apple knowledge! XOXO

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Top 10 Things To Keep in Mind When Shopping For Your Wedding Dress

Posted by Twirl Lexington
08 April, 2014

Wedding dress shopping is so important and so special. Finding the perfect dress isn’t always what it seems — and it certainly isn’t like an episode of Say Yes to the Dress. Don’t stress, though. With a few ground rules you will be able to set an action plan and find the dress of your dreams! The Twirl Girls are always here to help.

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1. SET YOUR BUDGET

Establish the maximum amount you’re willing to spend on your wedding dress — and stick to it. The total budget should include the dress, as well as the estimated costs of alterations, veil or headpiece, and belt. Those “hidden” costs add up. Also, make sure you are upfront and honest about your budget with your consultant. Tell her your budget at the beginning of your appointment. She wants to help you find the perfect dress, but she doesn’t want to put you in a gown you can’t afford. If you fall in love with something out of your price range, heartbreak is inevitable. Sticker shock is an absolute real thing, so make sure you are firm on price. So, be honest so your consultant can help you out the best she can. Call ahead to bridal shops and ask what their price range is. They will be happy to give you that information. Most shops aren’t going to price specific dresses over the phone, but they will be willing to give you a price range. Budget is important to everyone so make sure you know what yours is.

2. IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY TO START LOOKING

As soon as the ring is on your finger, it’s pretty much time to go look at dresses. From a logistics standpoint, starting the process at least eight to nine months out is a good idea. Some brides even start looking a year before their wedding. Allow yourself time to actually find it, then allow time for fittings, alterations, and having it delivered from the designer. Most wedding dresses are in production 5-6 months before they even think about shipping from the designer to the store. Some bridal shops will have dresses you can purchase off the rack, but most places are going to have to do a custom order, so be prepared for that. Having the dress taken care of and bought will also make the other details of the wedding come together more easily. Here at Twirl, we would rather you start looking and buying sooner rather than later. Give yourself all the options. Start early!

3. HAVE A PLAN

Like all good plans, research and appointment-making is essential to buying a wedding dress. Subscribe to some bridal magazines or pick up a few, put in some time on Pinterest, browse local vendors websites, read reviews and check out your favorite bridal designers for inspiration. Most bridal salons, specialty shops, and department stores don’t operate on a walk-in schedule. Make sure they’re expecting you upon arrival. It is always better to have an appointment. That way a salon can make sure you have a consultant to work with you the entire time, and open space in the store. It never hurts to call ahead. Especially on a Saturday, most stores cannot accommodate walk-ins. Making an appointment also prepares you for going to the store. Browse the designers listed on the store’s website and get an idea for the each designer’s style. Having a plan when you walk in to the store is also a good tip. Make sure you have researched enough to know what styles and silhouettes you like.

4. LIMIT YOUR ENTOURAGE

You’ll most likely want a second and third opinion. Outside perspective and honest feedback is welcome, but too many opinions can cloud your gut judgment. The say you can never have too many friends….except when you are shopping for your wedding dress! Bringing every single bridesmaid and every single family member is not always as fun as it sounds. And it sometimes is not very effective in the decision making process. We recommend no more than 3 or 4 people coming with you. It’s hard to hear a bunch of different opinions and brides sometimes stress out trying to make sure everyone likes it. The most important thing is that YOU love the dress, even if it means going against the popular vote. Also, we recommend bringing anyone with you to your appointment whose judgment you cannot make a decision without. Shopping with just your girlfriends can be fun, but if you need Mom’s ultimate say, make sure she is at the appointment with you.

5. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

Here’s a a pretty obvious shocker: You may actually look good in styles you didn’t think would flatter you. Perhaps you thought an A-line strapless gown with lots of beading was the only thing you would be willing to get married in, only to discover a lace cap-sleeve mermaid gown was the clear winner. Having an open mind is essential. You may discover that what looks good in a magazine, doesn’t necessarily look great on your body type. But don’t be disappointed by dashed expectations — go in with an open mind, and remember to try on a variety of silhouettes. At the very least, it will give you an idea at what to look for (and what not to look for) in the future.

6. DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE BIG PICTURE

Is this the wedding dress you can walk down the aisle in? Can you sit in at dinner? And dance your heart out on the dance floor? If you can’t envision lots of different  scenarios while narrowing down the options, put the dress on the back burner. You want to look beautiful, feel beautiful, and let’s be honest, you want to be comfortable, too. Your dress should reflect your personality. Your groom wants to see the person he fell in love with! So when you can see yourself actually getting married in a dress, put that one in your top choices.

7. NO TEARS, NO PROBLEM

Despite the fact that every reality TV show and romantic comedy have made you (and everyone around you) believe you will shed tears as soon as you come out  in “the one,” this isn’t always the case. And that’s okay. It’s totally okay if you do cry — it is an emotional and special moment — but don’t let the absence of tears make you think it’s a sign that you don’t absolutely love what you’re wearing. The waterworks just aren’t for everyone. You might be less emotional about it because it most likely wont fit properly. More realistically, girls cry when they are in their first fitting of the dress actually made for them. That is the first time it seems more real. So don’t worry if there are no tears! Also, don’t be worried if the people in your entourage don’t cry either. They obviously think you look beautiful!  It doesn’t have to be tearful to be magical and special.

8. SOMETIMES THE FIRST DRESS IS “THE ONE”

Shopping for a wedding dress doesn’t always require countless try-ons. Sometimes it really is love at first sight. There’s nothing wrong with finding “the one” right out of the gate — it certainly frees you up to focus your time and energy on things like venue, cakes, floral arrangements, and securing the best photographer. You would be surprised how many girls actually choose the first one they pick. You know your style and you know what looks good on you. Trust yourself! If it happens to be the first one, that’s okay!

9. LIMIT THE NUMBER

Once you start getting up there in numbers with how many dresses you have tried on, you are only going to start confusing yourself. Limit the number of dresses you try on. You do not need to try on 50 dresses to find “the one”. That is almost like giving yourself too many options. Limit your search. That is the best way to find the absolute perfect dress.

10. DRESS UP (JUST A LITTLE)

It might be difficult to imagine yourself walking down the aisle if you’re trying on dresses with post-yoga hair and no makeup. You don’t need to look your Sunday best, but a little mascara and your hair styled in the way you’re thinking of wearing it on the “big day” could make all the difference when you’re envisioning the entire look.

Hope you all now have some ideas about what to be thinking about when looking for the perfect dress for your big day! Happy Shopping and Congrats!

XOXO, Caraline

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Sara Gabriel Trunk Show

Posted by Twirl Lexington
03 April, 2014
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If you’re looking for the perfect bridal accessories to complete your wedding day look, you’re in luck! Twirl Boutique is hosting a Sara Gabriel Veiling & Headpieces Trunk Show the weekend of April 18th & 19th! You will absolutely love this gorgeous line of hand made couture bridal accessories. Every veil is individually cut by a professional milliner, finished by hand and beautifully packaged in a preservation-quality garment bag. The collection of headpieces and hair jewelry is meticulously crafted from freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, hand-sculpted flowers, and glittering rhinestones. Each piece is packaged in their signature Sara Gabriel box which will protect your piece for generations to come.
Appointments will fill up quickly for this event, make sure to call ahead and book your spot!
{859.309.2493} or ty@twirllexington.com

 

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Blush Trunk Show!

Posted by Twirl Lexington
01 April, 2014

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Designed by Hayley Paige, the Blush bridal collection is characterized by casual elegance and femininity. Soft tulle, cotton lace, and blush tones create a feel of whimsy and romance within each design.
Make an appointment today to see all of her fabulous styles! Special promotions will be offered to brides who purchase during this event! {859-309-2493}

 

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Donna Morgan Trunk Show

Posted by Twirl Lexington
11 March, 2014
This weekend – March 13, 14 & 15 – we will be hosting our first Donna Morgan Bridesmaids Trunk Show! These soft, feminine designs are stylish yet classic and won’t break the bank!  If you have a wedding quickly approaching and just can’t seem to find the perfect bridesmaid dress, this trunk show is for you! The Donna Morgan brand maintains the luxury of comfort, quality, and an excellent fit.
We will also have several styles from the Donna Morgan ‘Little White Dress Collection’ in the store for the trunk show! The fun fabrics and flirty styles are great for the rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, reception, or any celebration!
Special discounts will be offered to brides & bridal parties who purchase during the trunk show! For more information or to book your appointment call (859)309-2493!

 

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Twirl Girl Spring/Summer Internship

Posted by Twirl Lexington
05 March, 2014

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Twirl Lexington is seeking a self-motivated, quick learning, highly personable & outgoing individual for a 4 month internship beginning in May with the possibility of extension after completion of the 4 month period.
Retail sales experience is a plus, along with computer skills and interest/experience in writing, blogging and social media is required.  Interns will be working directly with the Manager of Twirl and will work as a team along with other bridal consultants.
Job responsibilities included but are not limited to: answering phones, making appointments, greeting and helping take care of customer needs, running fittings, consulting customers about sizing, completing customer order forms, taking customer payment, shipping and receiving.
Must have availability to work during the week,
Saturdays (10-5) and some Sundays (12-4).
Interns will receive a monetary stipend at the completion of the internship.
Please email cover letter, resume and writing sample to Olivia@twirllexington.com
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Valentine’s Day Proposal Contest Winners!

Posted by Twirl Lexington
04 March, 2014
We are so excited to announce the winners of the Valentine’s Day Proposal Story Contest! Both stories were so heart warming and sweet, we couldn’t wait to share them with you.
First, we would like to congratulate Laura Ison on her 1st place proposal story!
From the bride-to-be:

“My loving boyfriend, now fiancé returned home from Afghanistan December 22,2013
after a long eleven and half month deployment. Clyde Charles Porter, surprised
us at the Kyova Mall in Ashland KY, the day he returned home. We couldn’t be
happier to have him back. And I couldn’t of been happier to hold him again.

On February 9th, the day he proposed, I was told he we was doing an
early Valentines Day, because he was taking another job and would be traveling;
gone ten days and home three. The night before the ninth, I stayed at the
apartment with him. When we woke up, I was told to get ready for a day out and
that he would meet up with me later. With confusion on my face, I prepared myself for an outing.

While I was still getting dressed, I realized that
some of my clothes were missing, and he had already left, without me. Suddenly,
I hear a knock on the door and it’s his mom with a bag of clothes and a letter.
Clyde had gathered the clothes I wore on our first date and packed them in a bag
for me. Confusion and excited overwhelmed me as I opened the letter. As I
started to read, I realized he had planned a scavenger hunt for me. The first
letter directed me to where we first met, where I find my mom and dad there
waiting for me with the next letter, and they are to escort me the rest of the day.

   The second letter, directed me to where he first said “I love you’”
At the end of each note, there was a love quote and bible verse. As I went to the
second place, his mom and dad were there with the second note. This note directed
me to our first date, which was at the bowling alley. My confusion and anxiety
levels were through the roof at this moment, not to mention my excitement level!

When I arrived to the third stop, his best friend Tony and my sister, are
waiting with the fourth and final note. This note told me to go to Central Park
in Ashland to take a stroll, they he would be meet me under the gazebo. As we
arrive at Central Park, I see him standing in the middle of this huge white
gazebo, waiting for my arrival.
As I started walking across the park,
praying that I didn’t fall in all the snow, my thoughts were everywhere. As I was
walking, it felt like it was taking ages, for me to get to him. When I finally
made it to the gazebo, he grabbed my hands, pulled me in close and started talking,
these were the exact words he said… ”Laura, you know I love you, and it’s only the type of love that God can give man, for a woman” He got down on his knee, “Will you marry me?” My heart sank, and I was totally speechless. I was finally able to form the words, yes and I love you. It was the proposal of my dreams, with the man and ring of my dreams, down to the exact detail, of having people hiding, recording and taking pictures of the whole day.

I couldn’t be more blessed and thankful for such an amazing day, with my now
future husband, and both of our families. I can’t wait to marry my fiancé, on
June 14th, 2014, in front of God, family and friends. It’s going to be the best
of our lives. And winning this contest would just make it even better.”

Sincerely,
The future, Mrs. Laura Porter.

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Congratulations to Danielle Goulding on her 2nd place proposal story!
From the bride-to-be:

“My now-fiancé was very sweet and thoughtful in his proposal, and not over the
top. He kept it intimate and meaningful…and was a surprise!

I always wake up before he does, and always give him a big hug and kiss before I hop out of bed to start my day. That morning, he asked me to stop by before I went to work, that he had been working on something he wanted to show me. (We are next door
neighbors, so swinging by is easy to do…) I didn’t think anything odd was up—I
just thought he had painted something, or finished a project. So I go my merry
way that morning, getting ready as normal (and taking probably a little longer,
to his dismay!) I popped over before I left to go to work, w/ coat and mittens
on. He sat me down at his computer, and put some headphones over my ears, and
told me he had a video he had made for me, “A day in the life of Danielle.” He
pressed play, and George Harrison’s “What is Life” started playing. This song is
special for me, as he first played it for me on our first vacation together, in
the beautiful Virgin Islands on the beach. The video was shot from his point of
view—you can only see his hands as he is walking and driving. In the video, he
is taking a snowy journey from where we live, over to his parents’ house (here
in Lexington)….to pick up a box from them. Then he brings this tiny box home,
and hides it in a drawer. The video and George’s crooning ended, and I turn
around and ask him, “What did you do!”, grinning ear to ear.

He walked over, to the drawer where he had hidden the box, to retrieve the small package.
He brought it over, and got down on one knee, taking my hand. With tears in his
eyes, and a catch in his voice, he told me how much he loved me. And that we
both knew this day would come, but, would I marry him? He had opened the box
during his small speech, but I never took my eyes from his. I exclaimed “Of
course!” and then looked at the ring, which was stunning beyond belief.

He then told me that, even though my Dad was no longer here for him to
ask permission, that he had talked with my Dad’s best friends, my mother, my
step mother, my sister, and my uncle—all to ask if he could have his permission
to marry me. Only a few months ago, we lost my father to a very sudden and short
battle w/ lymphoma. So it meant the world to me that he had tried to seek out
those who might have known my Dad’s mind. I know without a shadow of a doubt,
that my Dad would be just as over the moon as I am, for me to be spending the
rest of my life with this wonderful, sweet, and thoughtful man.

I’d like to close with “The End”….but alas, its just the beginning!”

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Thank you to everyone who submitted their beautiful proposal stories! We enjoyed reading all of your love stories and wish you so many years of happiness! Congratulations to Laura and Danielle for both finding your dream wedding dress here at our boutique – we absolutely loved working with you girls!
XO, The Twirl Girls
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LulaKate Bridal & Bridesmaid Trunk Show!

Posted by Twirl Lexington
19 February, 2014

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Grab your gals and make an appointment for our LulaKate Trunk Show at the end of this month, February 28th – March 1st! We will be showcasing LulaKate’s newest bridesmaid AND bridal styles for the 2014 season. The Charleston, South Carolina designer has created very unique dresses that are perfect for the classic, preppy, and unique bride. Her designs scream southern elegance – you will feel like one classy lady in these flirty frocks! The collection is full of so many stunning silhouettes, you’re sure to find the perfect style for your body type and your maids.
We had the chance to preview the fabulous new bridal fabrics and styles at Market a few months ago, and we cannot wait to have them in our boutique! You will definitely want to make an appointment to see this gorgeous white collection! If you love ruffles, sequins, bows, and long flowy skirts as much as we do, then you are going to ADORE the LulaKate collection. They’ll only be here for one weekend; call or email or book online now!
Special promotions will be offered to brides & bridal parties that purchase during the event.
To see more designs by Lula Kate check out her website: LulaKate
XOXO

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Twirl’s Favorite Big Screen Brides!

Posted by Twirl Lexington
18 February, 2014
Hello ladies!
Several brides come in to Twirl having seen all the great wedding classics. From the time we were little girls, we see our favorite leading ladies in amazing ensembles and automatically associate that with the ideal wedding and the perfect dress. We have put together a little list recognizing our favorite movie brides of all time. We’ve matched their iconic gowns with the dresses we have here in our boutique. If these women in white have always inspired you, you’ll be able to put your own stamp on some of their classic styles by coming to Twirl to choose your wedding dress! You will not be disappointed with out fabulous look-a-like gowns!

 

Cinderella

Let’s start with every little girls dream. Cinderella. She survived the wrath of her evil stepmother, and got to live happily ever after with a gorgeous prince. When I was little, I thought every bride and every princess needed to get married in a long sleeve white ball gown. Cinderella’s big full skirt and long veil truly make her look like royalty on her big day.
cinderellaThe dress we have at Twirl that would be a perfect Cinderella replica is a gorgeous La Sposa ballgown. It is the perfect princess wedding dress with lace sleeves and a big satin skirt and train. It even has a little sparkle in the lace to add to the magical feeling you get when you put it on!

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Kate Hudson in Bride Wars

When Hudson’s character, Liv, tried on that stunning dress in the bridal salon, I am pretty sure every girl’s heart stopped. It is breathtaking. A huge tulle skirt and a gorgeous sweet heart bodice, how romantic! Her purple velvet bow adds a little pop of color without taking away from this show-stopping dress.

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Twirl’s version is very similar to beautiful Kate’s dress. Ours is a Tara Keely ballgown. It is an ivory tulle gown with a delicate beaded bodice and a natural waistline. Just like Kate’s, it has a chapel train and a very full skirt. Any bride in this dress would give Kate a run for her money as one of the most beautiful brides!

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Kimberley Williams in Father of the Bride

When Annie Banks walks down the stairs at her parents’ house with her dad, it is one of the best moments of the whole movie. After watching George Banks struggle to give his daughter the perfect wedding, it makes it all worth it when he sees her in her childhood bedroom in her puffy white dress. Her gown is very 80’s with the high neck lace and big puffy veil. Annie looked absolutely stunning and SO bridal.

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This dress, while a little less 1980’s, still reminds us a lot of Annie’s! It is a Tara Keely ivory silk ball gown. It has a sweet heart neckline with illusion lace covering the bodice just like Annie’s. It has a sweeping train in the back and a ribbon bow around the waist. This dress will make you feel every inch a bride and you can relive your Father of the Bride fantasy! (PLUS! This is our owner, Ty’s, favorite dress in the whole store!)

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Katherine Heigl in 27 Dresses

We all rooted for poor Jane in 27 Dresses as she watched her dream man fall in love with her sister. But we anxiously and happily watched her fall for her perfect guy before the end and hang up her bridesmaids dresses in exchange for a stunning A-line gown for her beach wedding. Her simple dress with a delicate V neck perfectly suits her personality. Her flower hair piece made the simplicity of her dress all the more beautiful and elegant.
27dressesWhen we saw Katherine, we immediately thought of our A-Line Blush gown. Our gown is ivory taffeta with a V-neck and natural gathered waist with floral detail. It has an open back and a big sweep train. This dress is perfect for a simple beach wedding like Jane’s!

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Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama

On a gorgeous southern plantation, Reese Witherspoon plays the part of the sassy southern bride. Melanie. Her dress and bird-cage veil are absolutely gorgeous. Melanie’s dress is so simple and sweet. The delicate lace and cap sleeves perfectly embody her southern charm.  Her straight across neckline keeps with the modest southern bride theme as well.
sweethomealabamaOur dress to match Reese’s is a feminine Kelly Faetanini dress. It has the same cap sleeves made from Chantilly lace and a ruched bodice with a few sequins throughout the A-Line skirt. Along the bottom of the dress is a gorgeous lace trim. If you are looking for southern charm to add to your wedding look no further! This dress is perfect for you.

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Kristen Stewart in Breaking Dawn

When Bella finally marries the most perfect man (okay…vampire), she does so in absolute style. Her dress was a  gorgeous 1940′s inspired gown and honestly, who would have thought Kristen Stewart could look so beautiful? The dress is absolutely breathtaking and screams elegance. It is a fit and flare satin gown with  152 buttons going all the way down through the sweeping train and lace accents. The illusion back is dramatic but romantic as well. Not only were people drooling over her to-be husband, but her dress as well.
breaking dawnThe dress we have paired with Kristen’s is by Kelly Faetanini.  It is a gorgeous fit and flare with a v-neck and slim straps. It has a deep illusion back with floral detailing. Though it is not satin like Kristen’s dress (it is full lace) it still has the same feel with the long train and exposed back. It is sophisticated and elegant all at the same time. It would be perfect for your formal, romantic wedding.

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Whoever inspires you for your vision of how you are going to look on the Big Day, Twirl has the perfect dress for you. From ballgowns, to mermaids, you are sure to put your own flare on your favorite dress!
XOXO
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