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Brittany Wright-Humphrey & Gary Humphrey • 6.17.17

Photography by Ashley Walts

We were introduced by Todd Sharp, who thought we would be the perfect fit. We were engaged three days before Christmas. Gary kept taunting me with the presents under the tree because I kept begging ashleywaltsphotography-5-5
him to just let me open one early. He finally gave in and I had to open a huge box followed by another and so on. I had an idea once the boxes kept getting smaller, and when I finally got down to the last box he was on his knee. Everything after that was kind of a blur! We celebrated by going to watch “The Christmas Carol” at Actors Theatre followed by The Exchange to have drinks with friends

I heard about Laurie Haag of Eventful 203 through a friend of mine and contacted her about helping me plan the wedding. Little did I know that she would be the backbone of the entire thing. I pretty much gave all control to her, which wasn’t hard for me to do since I was never really into the process of planning a wedding. She was so professional and literally helped me the entire step of the way. The wedding would absolutely not have been as magical without her.ashleywaltsphotography30

It was very important to us to keep everything local (and I mean literally everything) and include the city of New Albany. It was also important to us to have a photograph of Gary’s parents on a stand by his side since they are no longer with us.
Our ceremony was awesome. I don’t think it was longer than 15 minutes but it felt like 45. Once I laid eyes on Gary, it was hard for me to hold back my tears, but I was just so, so happy that all I could do was smile. One of the most memorable moments was walking down the aisle and seeing my husband-to-be put his face in his hands to try and stop from crying.


And then, it was time to get the party started. We literally danced the night away. My dad and I had a surprise dance. We started out with our song, “My Girl,” and the broke into songs by Usher, Michael Jackson and Bruno Mars. It was a hit even though Dad forgot half of the moves. Gary and I both did a dollar dance, followed by the garter toss and bouquet toss. I also had all of my dancers and the University of Louisville Ladybirds out on the dance floor. I seriously don’t think we ever stopped dancing. It was truly the most amazing night of my life. It was everything I had ever hoped for and more. I couldn’t have asked for a better day. I am so thankful for everyone who helped make that day amazing and to Waffle House for letting me eat cheesy eggs and bacon in my dress at 3:30 a.m.

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Show Us Your SoIN Style

Do you want to be featured in SoIN Style or nominate someone else? We’re looking for guys and gals of all ages who rock a style all their own, whether eclectic or elegant, funky or fierce, classic or crafty. Send an email to extol@extolmag.com with details, contact information and, if possible, a photograph.

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Model Brooklyn Schrink in a dress and accessories from Sapphire on Spring, which now has two locations: 326 Spring St. in Jeffersonville and 154 E. Main St. in New Albany.

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The New Blak

Story and Photos by Miranda McDonald

Two years ago, Sellersburg resident Amanda Dougherty founded The New Blak, a local, eco-friendly clothing brand, with the idea that fashion can not only be created locally with sustainable fabrics, but that it can also be used as a tool to support, encourage and empower women.

“I launched my business to help spark a fashion revolution,” she said.

Each piece of clothing is handmade in the company’s personal studio space at Oxmoor Mall in Louisville by a group of women that Dougherty affectionately calls her “girl gang. We provide a very different experience… . When a customer comes into the store, they have the opportunity to meet the fashion designer and company owner, and speak with the stylists. They are also introduced to the team of seamstresses,” she said. “We want to unveil the idea that fashion doesn’t have to be an automated manufacturing process. It is a personal experience between a seamstress and the cloth itself.”

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The Cost of ‘Fast Fashion’

Dougherty noticed that this personal experience and the connection customers have with the clothing they buy was completely lost when she worked in retail management for several years. She was so astounded by how quickly trendy clothing was being produced and the low price point that it was being sold at that she decided to research garment factories.

Daugherty soon realized workers in many of these establishments are exploited in order to produce poorly-made garments that are created with materials that are also harmful to the environment. In fact, she discovered that these materials are so harmful they contribute to making the fashion industry the second most damaging industry to the planet.

It was after this realization that Dougherty decided to make it her mission to help spread the word about the true cost of what’s known as “fast fashion,” and be one of the clothing brands that is striving to use eco-friendly materials.

“It can take polyester up to 200 years to break down in the environment. With the rate that we buy, throwaway and repeat, we will eventually be completely over-crowded by fast-fashion waste,” Dougherty said.

So, the designer decided to use bamboo when constructing each of the garments for The New Blak. The material is anti-microbial, helps regulate body heat and has a four-way stretch that makes each piece extremely comfortable to wear.

Start Small, Think Big

Although Dougherty is part of a global initiative that is working to eradicate fast fashion, she understands the impact starting on a local level can truly have. She plans to collaborate with local manufacturers and expand her business concept over the next several years.

“We know this cannot happen overnight. Opening the shop in Oxmoor Mall was just the first step in the fashion revolution. We hope to eventually collaborate with other companies, and build up Louisville and Southern Indiana as a self-sustaining fashion hub.”

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Models:
Hali Meeks

Kaelin Shay

Heather Rous Weeks

Amanda Haas

Krista Prak

Shelby Thomas

Tees and dresses created by The New Blak
Jewelry provided by Bloomed Roots, Oak
and Olive Jewelry, Darling Handmades and
Wood If I Could, all of which is available at
The New Blak

The New Blak
7900 Shelbyville Road inside Oxmoor Mall

Louisville

502.309.9363

www.thenewblak.com

shopthenewblak@gmail.com

@shopthenewblak on
Facebook & Instagram

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Doing Derby

Model Kristen Kirsch (left) is wearing an Elan romper, $49; two chokers, $18 each; bead bracelet,
$29; stone bracelet $22; gold stick with pink stone, $18; cork clutch,
$59; and carrying a Betsey Johnson Cat’s Meow Purse, $78, all available at Sapphire Boutique, 326 Spring St. in Jeffersonville. Model Catherine Kung is in a Sugar + Lips romper, $56; trio flower choker, $16; gold bracelet with turquoise stone $18; and carrying a clutch, $50, which are all available at Sapphire Boutique, 326 Spring St.
in Jeffersonville.

Photography by David Harrison

Fashions modeled by Catherine Kung, Kristen Kirsch and Micah Cargin

Makeup and Hair by J Nicolle

Salon & Spa Apparel from Sapphire on Spring Boutique, Dress and Dwell, Colokial Boutique, Glo Spa, Strandz Salon & Threadz Boutique, Mariposa Consignments
and Him Gentleman’s Boutique

Vehicles courtesy of Coyle Chevrolet Buick GMC in Clarksville

SPONSORED PHOTO LOCATIONS

Sapphire Boutique, 326 Spring St. in Jeffersonville

Kroger, 305 E. Lewis & Clark Parkway in Clarksville

Sunset Spirits, 2708 Paoli Pike in New Albany

The Office Cigar Shop & Lounge, 3700 Paoli Pike in Floyds Knobs

German American, 3660 Paoli Pike in Floyds Knobs

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Left: Model Micah Cargin is in a Tallia Sport Coat, $198; James Tattersall shirt, $108; Goff Club Collections bow tie, $40 or 2/$75; Clayton and Crume belt, $100; Levi khaki pants, $69; Goff Club Collections pocket square, $40; Goorin Bros. Fedora, $55; and Ray Ban sunglasses, which vary from $120 to $215, all of which are available at Him Gentleman’s Boutique, 314 Pearl St. in New Albany.

Right: Kristen is wearing a two-piece Sherri Hill gown that originally retails for $750 but is $390, and Catherine is in a black Sherri Hill two-piece gown that retails for $585 but is $279.99, both of which are available from Mariposa Consignments, 222 Pearl St. Suite 102 in New Albany.

df2After a morning of shopping, Kristen and Catherine posed in front of a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible in Hyper Blue Metallic, MSRP $54,075, which is available for purchase from Coyle Chevrolet Buick GMC, 1801 Broadway St. in Clarksville.

 

Micah is wearing a Tallia Sport Coat, $198; James Tattersall shirt, $108; The Tie Bar tie, $20; Thedf3 Tie Bar Lapel Pin, $10; Levi line 8 jeans,
$69; The Tie Bar pocket square, $10; and a Goorin Bros. Hat, $35, all of which are available at Him Gentleman’s Boutique, 314 Pearl St. in New Albany. Our model is posed next to a 2017 GMC Yukon Denali 4WD in Onyx Black, MSRP $76, 340, which is available for purchase from Coyle Chevrolet Buick GMC, 1801 Broadway St. in Clarksville.

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Left: Kristen is wearing a black dress (with pockets), $112.99; horse fascinator, $120; and earrings, $9.99, from Colokial, 219 Pearl St. in New Albany. She was photographed at Kroger, 305 E. Lewis and Clark Pkwy. in Clarksville.

Right: Catherine is wearing a polka dot dress, $97.99; money fascinator, $90; and earrings, $9.99, from Colokial, 219 Pearl St. in New Albany. She was photographed at Kroger, 305 E. Lewis and Clark Pkwy.
in Clarksville.

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Left: Catherine is wearing two Dignity bracelets in gold large, $86; small stone B&B bracelet, $36; Classic bracelet in gold large, $42; medium stone bangle, $40; horse pendant by Summer Eliason, $85; blue Just Me Dress, $64; rattan clutch. By Mud Pie, $48; and fascinator Head Candi, $292, all of which are available from Dress and Dwell, 138 E. Spring St. in New Albany. She was photographed at Kroger, 305 E. Lewis and Clark Pkwy. in Clarksville.

Right: Kristen is wearing a long-sleeve pink flower Everly dress, $42; Rachel Rattan Clutch by Mud Pie, $54; Cindy Borders freshwater pearl circle earrings, $98; the Vivian beaded tassel earrings, $24; small stone B&B Bangle, $36; the smallest B&B Bangle, $32; and a fascinator by Head Candi, $334, all of which are available from Dress and Dwell, 138 E. Spring St. in New Albany. She was photographed at Kroger, 305 E. Lewis and Clark Pkwy. in Clarksville.

df8Kristen is wearing a green hat with pink flower by Tammy Sharp, $87; flower dress, $65; colorful pink, blue and turquoise necklace, $19.99; Charlie Paige Pink earrings, $9.9; and pink bracelet, $9.95, all of which are from Strandz Salon & Threadz Boutique, 322 Vincennes St. in New Albany. She was photographed at Sunset Spirits, 2708 Paoli Pike in New Albany.

 

 

 

Right: Catherine is wearing a yellow fascinator by Tammy Sharp, df9
$66; Crystal Avenue Pearl necklace and earrings, $24; two pearl bracelets, $13 each; and yellow dress, $65, all of which are from Strandz Salon & Threadz Boutique, 322 Vincennes St. in New Albany. She was photographed at Sunset Spirits, 2708 Paoli Pike in New Albany.

 

 

 

 

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Left: Catherine (left) is wearing a Sugar + Lips Green dress, $47; Sincerely Quinley bracelet, $32; green stone ring,
$28; gold bracelet, $14; necklace, $22; and fascinator by Rebecca Vance, $50, which are all available at Sapphire Boutique, 326 Spring St. in Jeffersonville. Kristen (right) is wearing a wire cuff bracelet, $16; bracelet, $22; necklace, $36; hat by Rebecca Vance, $250; and Sangria Dress, $72, which are all available at Sapphire Boutique, 326 Spring St. in Jeffersonville. Catherine and Kristen were photographed at Lavender Hill, 359 Spring St. In Jeffersonville.

Right: Kristen (far left) is wearing an Emma & Michele orange sheath, $82; pearl choker, $14.50; pearl earrings, $10; and champagne fascinator from the Sophia Collection, $30, all of which are available at Glo Spa, 344 Spring St. in Jeffersonville. Micah (middle) is wearing a Tallia Sport Coat, $198; James Tattersall Shirt, $108; The Tie Bar Tie, $20; Goff Club Collections Pocket Square, $40; Goorin Bros Hat,
$35, all of which are available at Him Gentleman’s Boutique, 314 Pearl St. in New Albany. (Model is wearing his own pants.) Catherine (right) is wearing a Sunny Taylor short tunic dress, $29.80; tassel necklace, $24; and Passion 4 Fashion Fascinator, $35, all of which are available at Glo Spa, 344 Spring St. in Jeffersonville.

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Left: Micah is wearing a Tallia Sport Coat, $198; James Tattersall Shirt, $108; The Tie Bar Pocket Square, $10; Goff Club Collection bow tie, $40 or 2/$75; Levi khaki pants, $69; and Goorin Bros. Fedora, $55. He was photographed at Kroger, 305 E. Lewis and Clark Pkwy. in Clarksville.

Right: Catherine Jung, Kristen Kirsch and Micah Cargin were photographed at German American, 3660 Paoli Pike in Floyds Knobs.

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All Tied Up

Story and Photos by Miranda McDonald

Starting and maintaining a small business is always a challenge. However, what if you needed to factor in homework, extracurricular activities and the usual social angst that comes along with being a teenager? Meet Ethan Thomas: a 15-year-old entrepreneur who recently launched his first company, All Tied Up, and is proving that success doesn’t have to come after a certain age.

tie3Even as a young child, Ethan had a deep appreciation for fashion. His eye for mixing fabrics and knack for building interesting outfits is something the young business owner has always prided himself on.

Wanting to add some panache to his wardrobe, Ethan bought his first pre-tied bowtie and instantly fell in love with the accessory. “I got to a point where I wore a different bow tie to school every day for a full year,” he explained.

However, as a young fashion enthusiast with limited income, his affection for the accessory became costly. So out of necessity, he decided to start making his own. “Eventually, people started telling me how much they really loved my bow ties and that I should sell them,” said Ethan. That is when he decided to setup his first booth at a local craft show last year. “I did a lot better than I was expecting, so things just kind of evolved into something much bigger from there.”

Now, Ethan regularly sets up booths at craft fairs and art-related shows – like the Flea Off Market – and fields orders for custom creations from those who hear about his company through social media or by word of mouth. This year, he is even expanding his line of products to include skinny ties, pocket squares and cufflinks that will all be made by hand.

However, even with this expansion of products, Ethan is still determined to stay tie2true to his mission of creating accessories that are handcrafted from interesting materials. Many of his fabrics are sourced from local shops, but some are so unique that they date back as far as 70 years in age. He attributes the acquisition of these one-of-a-kind fabrics to a family friend named Mary Norris.

Ethan met Norris when his first sewing machine broke down. Her husband, Bill Norris, not only gifted Ethan with a high quality sewing machine from the1940s, but he also became a mentor to the young business owner. Because of this relationship, Ethan regularly pulls from Mary’s carefully-curated collection of fabrics. He was even able to acquire a fabric which features a colorful Van Gogh print he used to construct his favorite bow tie.

Choosing the right fabric is just a first step in the process of making a bow tie though. “After I choose the fabric, I cut out the pattern. Then I sew it, flip it and iron it out,” explained Thomas.

However, the process doesn’t stop there either. Thomas also handles the marketing of each of his custom pieces. His passion for selling at such an early age is extremely rare, but it is what has allowed Thomas to successfully grow his business in such a short amount of time. His motto? Everyone should “give a bow tie a try once.”

All Tied Up by Ethan Thomas

Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/ATUbowties

Instagram: @alltiedup_bowties

Facebook: www.facebook.com/alltiedupbowties

ethanthomas2001@gmail.com

*Please message Ethan Thomas directly for orders and details.

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Superb Style

FASHION TRENDS COME AND GO,  BUT FOR THOSE UNAFRAID TO DRESS TO IMPRESS THEMSELVES, ONE CONSTANT REMAINS: STYLE IS WHAT YOU DETERMINE IT  TO BE, ALWAYS.

Photos By Andrea Hutchinson, 502.299.6588, love. andi@gmail.com

Ann Dunagan Crabtree

ss2Retired civil servant whose last position was with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers I see my style as eclectic, playful and expressive of my personality. It is fun for me to create and imagine the freedom of taking simple pieces and wearing them in unexpected ways to pull together several looks with one changeable article. For example: an unadorned knee-length dress – straight or A-line – becomes a tunic over straight-leg pants or leggings. Or, add a long vest or maxi coat. Use clothes as a canvas, feature a unique scarf or necklace. Maybe try multi-layers, knit tops over or under a dress. Just because clothing is shown being worn one way, break away! Have fun! Try wearing ss3an item backwards or maybe inside out. Never be afraid to play, interchange or re-arrange. Give your wardrobe a voice – your voice! I think of my style as layer upon layer of paint, an accumulation gathered over the years experimenting and capturing the lines that best express my personality. Consider yourself a hanger and play. Simply, have fun. I am a mature woman who allows herself the freedom of expression in dressing, unafraid to explore. I live by a saying from my Mother: “It’ll never be seen on a galloping horse.” That’s my philosophy on aging, dressing and having a style unique to me. Ann Dunagan Crabtree is a yoga enthusiast with a love of creating the unexpected when it comes to her style.

Maureen Elizabeth Bacon

ss5 Office manager for Justin Graphics, a graphic arts company in Louisville My style is definitely eclectic! I can honestly say that I do not have a person that has influenced me or whom I want to emulate in dressing. I am amazed by the women my age and older who are getting so much attention in the fashion world. We’re nothing new – We’ve always been here!!! Wear what ss4makes you happy. It makes me sad when I hear women say they love an outfit or a piece of jewelry but won’t wear it because they would feel foolish. If you look in the mirror and smile, wear it! As the old saying goes “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder” that includes what you see when you look in the mirror. Wear what makes you feel beautiful and wear it boldly!

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Never be afraid to play, interchange or re-arrange. Give your wardrobe
a voice – your voice!” – Ann Dunagan Crabtree

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It makes me sad when I hear women say they love an outfit or
a piece of jewelry but won’t wear it because they would feel foolish. If you look in the mirror and smile, wear it!” – Maureen Elizabeth Bacon

Most clothing and accessories are from Colokial Boutique, 219 Pearl St. in New Albany

 

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Eventfully Yours | Episode 7: Him and Her

Kristy and Laurie dish Him and Her. From drinks by the Exchange to fashion by Him Gentleman Boutique, Weddings and what to wear and how to wear it. Ross Wallace (Parnter, Him Gentleman Boutique) and Matt Simpson (Marketing and Sales Manager, The Exchange) sit in with the dishing duo adding the ‘him’ to their ‘her’.
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Also Please Join Laurie and Kristy at the Loft on Spring for Laurel Dreams | Bridal Fashion Show.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Doors @ 10: 30 a.m.
Fashion Show @ 11 a.m.
Vendor Mingle @ 11: 30 a.m.
(Saturday dress appointments from 1-6 p.m.)
Sunday, January 29 – Dress Appointments each hour from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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Podcast sponsored by:
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Bass Group Business Spotlight | Colokial Boutique

Located in downtown New Albany, Colokial Boutique is a fashion forward boutique that offers a unique experience, combining style with a commitment to trend setting fashion.

 

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http://www.colokial.com

www.bassgroupre.com

 

 

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Reel Biz | Sapphire on Spring Boutique

Sapphire on Spring Boutique is a trendy, unique spot to shop for all the latest fashion in downtown Jeffersonville. Their goal is not only to provide a source for top of the line fashion, but also to incorporate the community by providing an outlet for artists and other businesses in the area.

They’re located on 326 Spring St. in Jeffersonville and can be reached at 812.920.0017

Check out Extol TV’s Reel Biz coverage below.

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AMERICAN FLEUR

PHOTOGRAPHY BY GARY BARRAGAN

What happens when Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev makes a visit to the region? If you’re photographer Gary Barragan, you ask if the stunner would be willing to take the time for a photo shoot. When Kazantsev enthusiastically agreed, a team of top talent from around the Kentuckiana community rallied to execute an exclusive photo shoot that features custom fashions by Indiana designer Tyler Grube, hair styling by Matthew Tyldesley and makeup by Isidro Valencia of Southern Indiana.

Currently residing in Los Angeles, Kazantsev is an advocate, speaker and host who made the perfect muse for this fall fashion feature.

Photography | Gary Barragan www.garybarragan.com @photobygaryb
Model | Kira Kazantsev | Miss America 2015 www.kirakazantsev.com @realkirakazantsev                                                                   Hair | Matthew Tyldesley www.matthewtyldesley.com @hairbymatt
Make up | Isidro Valencia www.isidrovalencia.com @valencia0612
Fashion | Designs| Tyler Grube @sewfetch_1992
Accessories | Dress & Dwell www.dressanddwell.com @dressanddwell
American Fleur was shot on location at The Hub Louisville and Yew Dell Botanical Gardens.

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