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Kentucky Derby Style

It’s the most exciting time of the year in Louisville––Derby Season! Our Blades Stylists came together to give you their best advice for looking fabulous on the First Saturday in May!

1. Wear Your Hat: If you’re a fan of big hats, make sure you’re not letting your hat wear you by balancing your millinery with gorgeous hair!derby-big-curls If you’re wearing a large hat, you want more of your hair to show, so big curls are great option.


curled-pony-tailAn added benefit of wearing large, dynamic curls is that they can be pulled back for evening. Just tease your hair at the crown and pull it into a high ponytail. Your curls will still look fantastic without compromising elegance.

Not ready to rock big hair on the big day? That’s OK too! Try a sleek side bun––just make sure your look is balanced!

2. Fascinate Them: Fascinators are one of millinery’s biggest trends right now. These small, intricately designed hats offer the sophisticated of the traditional Derby attire without the hassle of managing a large headpiece all day. derby-fascinator


Start with the fascinator itself, then develop a style that will complement the piece. For example, if you have swooping feathers on the left side of your fascinator, you’ll want your hair to go to the right.

Looking for style inspiration? Kate Middleton, Duchess of York, wears fascinators regularly and always looks fantastic!

3. Ditch the Hat: There’s no law that says you absolutely have to wear a hat for Derby Day, especially if you’re not attending the race in person.


formal-braidIf your plans are formal, go upscale with a trendy braid, which mimics the interest of a hat without requiring any additional accessories.


Headed to garden party or cookout to celebrate the big day? It’s hard to go wrong with beachy waves like Amber showed us in her video tutorial. Pin back the sides for a little added visual interest, or let them flow around your shoulders for the ideal springtime effect.


Need help perfecting your Derby Style? Call us at (502) 893-0431 to schedule an appointment with one of our expert stylists!

Blades Salon Employee of the Month: April 2015

Dietrich-CassandraJoin us in congratulating our April Employee of the Month, Casandra Clifford! We truly couldn’t help you look your gorgeous best without the tireless efforts of Casandra, and we hope you’ll enjoy getting to know her a little better now!

Q. What’s your favorite spring hair trend?
A. That would have to be the long bob! Whether it’s parted in the middle or on the side, styled straight, messy, or wavy, it always looks chic!

Q. What’s the best part of working at Blades?
A. Without a doubt, the best part of my job is the people I work with. Everyone is always ready to help and encourage one another!

Q. What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken with your personal style?
A. I’m not really much of a risk-taker when it comes to my personal look. The biggest risk I’ve ever taken was getting a long pixie cut back in 2005!

Q. Who is your style icon?
A. I love Kristen Stewart’s style. She knows how to mix in just a touch of glam with some edgy tomboy.

Q. What’s one past trend that you think is ready to make a comeback?
A. The small braided accents from the early 2000s! They’re such an easy way to add interest to your beachy waves.

Q. Finish this sentence: “The best part of Louisville in the spring is…”
A. All of the amazing community events! I love Abbey Road on the River, Thunder Over Louisville, and of course the Kentucky Derby Festival!

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Casandra for everything she does! Make sure you congratulate her when you call in for your next appointment!

Rethink Bridal Style

Blades Stylist Kristen Archer shares her top tips for modern brides on the go!

As a stylist at Blades Salon, I can tell you that modern brides are all looking for one thing for the big day: versatility. Every bride, whether she’s having a cathedral wedding or a garden gathering, wants a beautiful style that will transition from ceremony to reception, from reception to after party, and beyond.

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