Trending at Twirl: Accessories Edition

Posted by Twirl Lexington
30 June, 2015
Good news ladies! The Twirl girls have come together to bring an interesting twist on your wedding dress! We have realized that there is one thing better than having one look on your wedding day and that is having two different looks. We know you’re probably thinking that there is no way you’re buying two wedding dresses but that’s where we come in. We have played around with our gowns and accessories to come up with a new series of entries to show you special brides to be, how to transform a wedding dress in a few easy steps. During appointments, we notice a lot of brides would like to be more modest during their ceremony but then have a little more fun with their gown at their reception.
This week we are putting a fun twist on one of our most classic dresses. On this gown we have added a cap sleeve lace bolero jacket and an ivory sash to really bring that classic bride feel to this amazing dress. We know that many of our brides out their like to be able to dance the night away with their new husband. To make this dress more dance friendly, we removed the lace bolero jacket and the ivory sash, but added a fun Kelly Faetanini belt to bring a little sparkle to the dress.
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This is the dress before we added any accessories.
We then added the Kelly Faetanini belt to give some sparkle to the gown for the reception.
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Finally we added the lace bolero jacket and a ivory sash to bring that classic wedding look to this wedding gown.
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Look how sweet!
We hope that you ladies are going to love these fun tips to really bring a fresh look to your wedding gown but at the same time keeping the classic bridal look that we all know and love. Stay tuned for next week’s post!
XOXO,
Erica
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Happy Five to Ty & Brandon! | Marriage Advice Five Years In

Posted by Twirl Lexington
28 May, 2015
Five and half years ago I began the journey of opening Twirl.  My little pink dream store.  I was 29 years old and embarking on what would be the most rewarding {and hard} five years of my life.  Little do some know that one month prior to opening the doors of Twirl, my husband proposed.  Our marriage has grown right along with the business we work so hard to make successful.  Both require lots of attention, nurturing and thought.  If you let either one run on auto-pilot for too long you risk losing it.  Some days are sometimes long, but the sweet years are oh too short.  It is a requirement to put your heart and soul into loving your husband and we have worked hard to keep life interesting.  So far we have survived the loss of a job while starting a new business, buying our first home together, moving four weeks before our first daughter was born, added a second daughter to our family and grown our little business to be pretty darn successful and rewarding!  I am by no means an expert…but here are a few words of wisdom from me.
Wedding Day Advice
Our wedding day was magical.  I broke down in tears of joy when it was all over because I was so overwhelmed with the outpouring of love we felt that day.  I wish for that feeling for each of our brides that come through the doors of Twirl.  It did not run perfectly smooth…and here is what I would do differently if I had to do it all over again {to the same man, of course}!
  • Do a first look.  I understand it is tradition to not see one another before the big moment, but I cannot stress enough how special that time was for us.  It was just the two of us {and our photographer}.  We had time to share our thoughts and take it all in together.  It made the ceremony much more relaxing.
  • DO. NOT. run late for photos!!!  Our hair/makeup schedule got a little thrown off and that pushed us later for photos.  We were all stressed and did not get the shots that I ideally wanted.  All in all we have gorgeous pictures from our day, but it would have been much better had we planned a little better.
  • Hire a professional to run your day for you!  If you cannot afford a full service planner at the very least find someone to do your day-of coordinating.  Ours was a lifesaver!
  • Before you leave the reception ask your coordinator to pull your parents into a separate room so you can spend some time thanking them for all of their love and support.  We had about ten minutes with our parents and it was priceless.  My dad also handed me a little video camera of short videos he’d captured throughout the day.  We took it with us on our honeymoon and laughed and cried at the special memories.
  • Have your coordinator/caterer pack food for your getaway car!  We were starving when we got home!!
  • Enjoy. Every. Second.  It truly flies by.
Advice for Married Life and Life with Children
We are still figuring it out day by day…but here is what we have learned:
  • Surround yourselves with great examples of love and learn from them.
  • Laugh with each other and relax.  My husband keeps me grounded and knows when to tell me I am taking myself too seriously.
  • Go on dates.  This gets harder with children, but those days or nights out with just the two of you remind you that it all began with just you all.  Keeping each other happy is all that matters.
  • Pray together.  I included one of my favorite verses in the picture collage.  Proverbs 31: The Wife of Noble Character. If you have not read it.  Take the time to do so.  I am in constant prayer that I can be all of the things it mentions.
Celebrating
Remember to celebrate your anniversary every year.  It doesn’t have to be elaborate.  Our tradition has been to order a new cake topper and enjoy LOTS of cake with champagne in our toasting flutes from the wedding.  This year is a little more special, being our Happy Five and all! So, we are heading out to Asheville, North Carolina for a weekend away with no responsibilities…and we couldn’t be more excited!  Did I mention that my super thoughtful husband gave me a package of anniversary cards to open on our wedding day?  I can’t wait to open our Five Year card and see where he thought we would be at this point…
Thank you to everyone who has loved and supported us the past five years.  We look forward to MANY more!!
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Twirl Gives Back

Posted by Twirl Lexington
07 May, 2015
Lately we have felt overwhelmed with gratitude for the work we get to do and the lives we get to be a part of here at Twirl. They say that giving comes from a grateful heart and we couldn’t agree more. Starting this month, we want to make it a point to have a weekend at least once a month where a percentage of our profit goes to those in need or to a charity that we believe in. Kicking off our new “Twirl Gives Back” tradition, a portion of  our profit this weekend is going to help send one of our very own, Miss Emily Rhoads, to Costa Rica for a mission trip this summer. We are so excited to support Emily and help make this trip happen for her! We thought it’d be sweet to have her share her heart with you all about why she’s going to Costa Rica and what you’ll be a part of this weekend if you’re one of our special brides or bridesmaids!
“I’ll go.”
Who knew two words could open up a desire that rested deep in my heart, those two words have shaped my year, those two words are the start of a journey that will begin its first chapter with a trip to Costa Rica. In the last year I’ve had this thirst to go wherever the Lord wants, to leave the comfort zone that is Lexington is to me. Nothing can quench this thirst other than going and doing.
It all began while sitting in a church service and the pastor said that a person in the congregation would get to serve on a mission trip and their funds were already taken care of. As soon as I heard this I started to pray, ‘PLEASE BE ME.’ I just couldn’t stop thinking about how I wanted to be that person. Until that day the desire to serve in a developing country had never shown itself in full force, but it was buried in my heart and brought to life that day in church. Unfortunately I did not get to go on that trip, but every day since I though about going somewhere but I just didn’t want to go completely alone.
Fast forward about six months, I’m talking to a friend and she mentions that she wants to go a mission trip to Costa Rica but doesn’t want to go by herself. And then those two words slipped out of my mouth without even thinking; “I’ll go.” That’s all it took to get the wheels in motion to begin planning our trip. We did a lot of research and decided to travel with a group called Experience Mission for one week in July to a remote village called Shiroles, Costa Rica. We will be serving the community by helping to build homes and an education center for the village and the surrounding communities. We will also be working with local churches and leaders and helping with a children’s day camp. But what I am most excited about it getting to love on everyone I meet. There is nothing more that I want to do than share the love of Christ and be a light for him in a place that hasn’t gotten to see much of that light.
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We are so excited about this weekend and supporting our sweet Em! Thank you in advance for being a part of this with us! If you feel compelled to support Emily but aren’t in need of a bridal gown or bridesmaid dress you’re more than welcome to come by and donate to help Emily raise money for her mission trip, we certainly wouldn’t turn anyone away that wants to give!
XOXO,
The Twirl Girls
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FLASH SAMPLE SALE!

Posted by Twirl Lexington
05 May, 2015
The Spring cleaning bug bit us here at Twirl and we are saying “out with the old & in with the new!” We’ve got lots of new dresses coming our way in the next couple months and we want to make sure there’s plenty of room for them when they come. This is GOOD NEWS for all of you who are still on the hunt for you perfect wedding dress or perhaps in need of a more formal dress for your rehearsal dinner or a fun event!
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This Thursday (starting at 3PM) & Friday (all day) we are having a FLASH SAMPLE SALE and we are SO excited about it!! There are lots of gorgeous wedding dresses ready to be taken that day! They’ll range from $200-$850 and ALL bridesmaid dresses are just $50 a piece!! We’ve got designers like Blush by Hayley Paige, Tara Keely, Justin Alexander, Kelly Faetanini, La Sposa, Jenny Yoo, Lula Kate, Lela Rose, and Amsale for you to chose from!
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It’s the sale of lifetime!! Don’t miss out!
If you want to know more or have questions feel free to give us a call! 859-309-2493
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Meet the Twirl Girls: Emily Rhoads

Posted by Twirl Lexington
13 March, 2015
Today you all are getting such a treat! It’s been a couple months since we’ve done a “Meet the Twirl Girls” post but we are excited to start the series up again and introduce you to one of precious bridal consultants, Emily! Em is truly one of the kindest people we know and every bride that experiences an appointment with her is never disappointed. She is patient, knowledgeable and oh so loving! We love our sweet Em & we know you will too!
What’s there to know about this Twirl Girl?
Hello loves! I’m Emily or Em as most of my friends call me. I’m the youngest of three and my sister and brother are the coolest people I know. I was born in Hotlanta then about a year later we packed up and headed north to Huntington, West Virginia where the Rhoads’ kids grew up and once the older two where off to college we moved to Lexington. I graduated from Lexington Christian Academy in 2013 and then joined the Big Blue Nation majoring in dietetics. Lexington has ahold of my heart and I couldn’t bear the thought of leaving for college.
Before working at Twirl, I was an assistant horseback riding instructor and spent every afternoon grooming horses and herding children around the farm. My daily uniform was an old pair of jeans and some dirty riding boots. It was the perfect job while I was showing and competing American Saddlebreds and as a bonus I got to see my show horse every day. But the farm work wasn’t over when lessons were finished for the day, I’d come home to our little farm in between Lexington and Versailles where my sweet girl lived in the pasture right outside my window. I still ride for UK Saddleseat Equestrian Team because you can take the girl away from the farm but you can’t take the farm out of the girl.
I’ve been a Twirl Girl since November 2013 and I’ve loved every second of it! When I first started as an intern, I had so much to learn and had no idea how much goes into finding the perfect dress. But after a year or so I can honestly say I know more about wedding and bridesmaid dresses than I even thought was possible and I’m still learning new things every day as a consultant!
What is your favorite dress at Twirl & why do you love it so much?
I love bits and pieces of every dress in the store. It seems like every week I have a new favorite and gorgeous dresses are constantly coming in that put up a good  fight to be my favorite but my one true love came last summer and I feel head over heels for it instantly! The Justin Alexander lace ball gown is everything I want in a dress, simple and elegant, not too much fuss and just a little bit of sweetness. I’ve always been a lace girl and the lace on this dress is so pretty and soft. And that comberbun waist (oh goodness!) is so flattering and highlights all the right places.
emily1When you’re not working at Twirl, what do you enjoy doing?
When I’m not at Twirl or in class, you can probably find me at one of the local coffee shops with a hot cup of coffee and either a good friend or a good book. I’m a lucky girl who has three families: my real family, my Twirl family and my Christian Student Fellowship family. Most of my friends jokingly call me mom and that’s probably because I make “family” dinners for them all the time and homemade cupcakes for their birthdays. I find so much joy in cooking and love to use my friends as guinne pigs for new recipes. One of my most prized possessions is my Kitchen Aid stand mixer, its one of the most beautiful things I’ve laid my eyes on (I might be a little obsessed).
There are few things I love more than being in the great outdoors. When I get the chance I try to get my nature fix any way I can, whether it be spending a day deep in the woods hiking, out on the lake, hanging out in my hammock reading or just a night under the stars with a bonfire and friends. In the next few years my goal is to hike the ENTIRE Appalachian Trail (all 2,500 miles of it).
My heart also longs to travel to some of the forgotten places of the world and share Christ’s love with everybody who lives there. This coming summer, I’m heading to Costa Rica for a week or so and I couldn’t be more excited to get out of my comfort zone a little bit and love on some people. I hope to go on more trips like this and invest even more time in those places and relationships that will be built there.
Favorite bridal moment as a Twirl Girl?
Being a Twirl Girl for over a year now has left me with so many wonderful and exciting bridal moments to be able to pick just one. But there is something truly magical about a bride finding her dream dress. With some brides there are happy tears, others giddy laugher or just exuberant smiles and then there those where all of those three are rolled into one. It never gets old or any less exciting to be a part of such a special occasion.
If you could get married anywhere in the world where would it be & why?
I’ve been dreaming of my dream wedding since I was a little girl (but what girl hasn’t?) and yes my tastes have changed quite a bit since I was ten and glow in the dark stars were somehow going to make an appearance. Thankfully as I’ve gotten older glow in the dark stars have lost their appeal and with a little help from Pinterest it seems like my dream wedding could actually take shape. I would love to have an outdoor wedding and reception. I’d love to have it in a place that is a little untamed and natural. To light up the night, I’d use lots of string lights and candles. And some rustic, natural touches in my decorations and cake. I love the beauty of nature and wouldn’t want to leave that out on one of the most special days of my life.
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Isn’t she the sweetest?! We hope you love her just as much as we do & feel extra comfortable around here now if you ever come to Twirl & see her sweet face!
XOXO
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HIRING! Summer Intern

Posted by Twirl Lexington
11 March, 2015

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Twirl Bridal Boutique is seeking a fashion-forward and highly motivated Bridal Sales Intern to work hand in hand with brides-to-be and their entourage to ensure their wedding day is everything they dreamed it would be. As a Bridal Sales Intern you will build relationships with brides and guide them in their style selections while keeping a focus on personal and company sales goals.  The position requires availability May-August.

Additional tasks of the Bridal Sales Intern include:

Exhibiting a warm and professional attitude while providing exceptional customer service to all customers.

Maintaining a professional and fashion-forward appearance at all times

As a Bridal Sales Intern, you will work hand in hand with our team towards goals set by the Store Manager. You will also maintain the overall appearance of the sales floor, dressing rooms and other areas that customers can see as well as processing orders as they arrive at the store to be picked up by the bride and her bridal party.

Weekend availability is a MUST.

Please email resume, cover letter and availability times to ty@twirllexington.com by March 30.

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Sara Gabriel Trunk Show March 13-14

Posted by Twirl Lexington
10 March, 2015
Hi Ladies!
Have you found the perfect dress but are still waiting to pair it with the perfect accessories?? Look no further! We are having our Sara Gabriel trunk show this weekend and Twirl is going to be full of beautiful pieces from Sara’s collection! Everything from veils to headpieces to jewelry! We absolutely love all of Sara’s pieces and we think you will too!
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So go ahead & go online or give us a call {859-309-2493} to set up your accessories appointment this weekend! We can’t wait to see what you pick out!
XOXO
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Valentine’s Day Giveaway

Posted by Twirl Lexington
12 February, 2015

Love is in the air & we want to spread some of that to you!
We’ve got a fun giveaway and Valentine’s day special that we want you to be apart of!

If you come in on February 14th and find the dress of your dreams, you’ll get $200 off that day!

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If you buy on February 14th you’ll also be put in the running for our giveaway of a Southern Weddings Wedding Planner! This planner is full of inspiration, helpful tips, and encouragement to make your wedding planning process as stress free and fun as possible!
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Call us at 859-309-2493 to book your appointment or request one through our online form!

XOXO
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