Winter Greens: Mahonia's Plants for the Season

Just because it's getting chilly and barren outside, doesn't mean it can be warm and green inside your home. Bridget from Mahonia is leading three holiday wreath making classes for us next week and she's shared her top plants for the season with the blog. You can find all the plants below in the shop as well as a lovely selection of holiday ornaments and other seasonal delights.

Rosemary Topiaries

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These little rosemary trees are adorable and edible. Brings the fresh scent of rosemary into your home and alleviate the frustration of trying to keep herbs fresh in the fridge. I love the idea of being able to add a fresh spring of rosemary to whatever I'm making.

Lemon Cypress

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Bridget recommends a lemon cypress for anyone who doesn't have space for a holiday tree in their home, "They're super festive!" Mahonia has these in mid-and-mini sizes. This plant will add a nice pop of bright green to your home to chase away the winter blues. Bridget says you can scrunch the leaves to release their fragrance.

Myrtle Topiary

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These myrtle topiaries are shorn to look like little pine trees. Bridget warns they can be finicky but are totally worth the effort, "Keep up the watering, don't let them go completely dry." This is another plant with leaves she enjoys running her fingers over. It has a fresh, clean scent.

Air Plants

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Air plants are year round splendor for your home. Bridget says their "Silvery tones" go well with sparkly glam or super natural holiday decor. In her wreath making class, you'll have the option of adding air plants to your indoor-wreaths.

Floral

Image courtesy of the University of Minnesota

Image courtesy of the University of Minnesota

Image courtesy of Pinterest

Image courtesy of Pinterest

Winter doesn't mean poinsettias are your only option. Bridget suggests red amaryllis and paper whites, which are really fragrant and smell similar to jasmine. The shop will be getting them in over the next few weeks.

What to Wear This Fall

What to Wear This Fall

Fall is one of my favorite seasons for fashion. It's a totally new palette of rich colors and gem tones to work into your wardrobe. It's cool enough to wear layers, but not so cold you have to be completely bundled up and hidden away beneath a coat.

But if fall leaves you feeling frantic about what to wear, join Shannon from Primp Style Salon Saturday, November 11th for our "Fall Wardrobe Styling" class. She'll have you feeling fall fresh in no time. In the mean time, take a look at our top tips for dressing on trend this fall.

The Holidays Are in the Air: 5 Holiday-Perfect Candle Scents

The Holidays Are in the Air: 5 Holiday-Perfect Candle Scents

Hello, Lexington! Wednesday, November 8th, April Gower of Harvested Goods is hosting our "Create a Candle in a Mug - Holiday Scent" class. We reached out to April and asked her to share her top five scents for making your home feel cozy and bright this winter. 

Time to Start Thinking Christmas Cards

Time to Start Thinking Christmas Cards

I know, I know! We just started really getting into Fall and now we're asking you to think about the holidays. But really, if you want to send out the perfect family photo this December, you've got to get started now. Which is why Natalia Bishop herself is doing a Christmas Card edition of her super popular Photography Basics class Tuesday, October 24th at Black Acre Conservancy. In this class, Natalia is going to teach you everything you need to know about rocking your DSLR camera like a pro. Plus, you're going to get all of this know-how on 300 acres of beautiful nature preserve. 

But if you really want the perfect family photo this holiday season, you're going to need to know about more than just your camera. We've rounded up a few tips on how to capture the holiday spirit with your dearest loved ones.

Need Ideas for Fall Fun?

Need Ideas for Fall Fun?

The nights are cooler and the days are shorter – But still sunny! How do you plan on making the most of one of Kentucky's best seasons? One way is our upcoming Fall Watercolors class with Lauren Dahl from the Dahl House on Thursday, October 19th. Her watercolor classes have always been very popular and a lot of fun too! But we've got a few more ideas for celebrating Autumn to the fullest.

Fall in Kentucky: How to Care for Your Hair

Fall in Kentucky: How to Care for Your Hair

Fall is in the air – FINALLY! The change of season means more than switching up your wardrobe, it's also time to switch up your hair. We've rounded up some hair care tips to keep your tresses shining all autumn. And, this month, Level Up is showing you how to make those cute buns and braids everyone's wearing on Instagram. 

Next Wednesday, October 11th, join us in Lexington for "Buns & Braids for Fall" with Maddie Wofford at Fitness Collective. Sign up this week to save $10. Our Louisville hair class is sold out for October, but we have several other great classes this month! Read on for Fall hair tips.

How to be a Budget-Lite Socialite

How to be a Budget-Lite Socialite

Is it just me or is the Fall when we all decide we need to get our finances together? Reeling from summer vacation spending with the holidays mere weeks away, we tend to have our minds on our money more than usual. And again, could just be me, but I struggle with budgeting because it cramps my social life. Does this sound like you too?

  • Yes, I'll get drinks with you!
  • Yes, I want to try out that new restaurant!
  • Yes, I want to go to that concert!

I say yes, yes, yes and my bank account says no, no, no. Where's the middle ground? As someone who's been fighting this budget battle a long time, I want to share a few tips on how you get live your best life while managing your worst spending habits.

Our Favorite Cocktails of the Summer

Our Favorite Cocktails of the Summer

Nothing says summer like a margarita and we enjoyed more than a few of Galaxie Bar's famous margaritas this summer. Want to learn from an expert how to make a praise-worthy cocktail? Join Galaxie Bar's own Doug Petry for our Master Mixologist class Wednesday, September 27th. 

While you wait for the 27th to arrive, join us in saying farewell to some of our favorite cocktails of the summer. 

Getting into Juicing? Try These 3 Tips!

Getting into Juicing? Try These 3 Tips!

We are so in love with the new Weekly Juicery location in NuLu, but we can't always get over there. So we asked Dr. Troy to give us some tips for getting the most out of juicing when we're juicing at home. And we're totally sharing them with all of you. But if you really want to be an expert in juicing and blending, you should take Dr. Troy's class next Wednesday. There's still a few spots left. Read on.

A Merlot Mini-Lesson by Louvino's Sommelier

A Merlot Mini-Lesson by Louvino's Sommelier

Hi Louisville! 👋 Next Tuesday we're bringing you "Mortgages & Merlot" taught by mortgage gurus Andrew and John from Park Community Credit Union. If you find mortgages mystifying – #ItsMe – then go ahead and grab your seat now.

Also, we're super excited that Louvino Douglass Hills will be playing host. So, we reached out to Daniel Serpi, their sommelier (That's French for "wine expert"), for a mini-lesson on merlot.

Lexington-We're Hiring!

Lexington! We're looking for a Community Manager to join the Level Up Team. 

This is a flexible partl-time role; you’ll have the freedom to make your own schedule, but should plan for the majority of your workday to be in normal business hours and for several hours each week to be spent helping with classes on weekday evenings (T,W,Thu and an occasional Saturday morning if need). However, your exact schedule is flexible and we want your work to feel more like play! The community manager is also a results-oriented role; you’ll be driving growth for your market, working closely with our core team to develop and execute a strategy for your city.  As a start up, we want you to grow with us so for the first 6 months we are offering this as an independent contractor position, our hope is that you help us shape the role and community and we can provide a place for you to thrive, learn, collaborate and connect with our team and with the makers, entrepreneurs and people of your community.

Other things to expect:

·       Opportunity to be a part of a quickly growing start-up and the ability to have a voice and role in that growth.

·       Incredible networking opportunities with a wide range of business leaders, entrepreneurs, and creatives in your community.

·       A positive, supportive and collaborative team culture.

·       More free classes than you knew you wanted!

Our team is growing but spread out across multiple locations; although you’ll likely be our only full-time employee in your city, you’ll be in contact with the full team on a consistent basis. You can also expect weekly virtual meetings, calls and regular opportunities to stay connected with the greater team.

 

Lastly, if you are interested in the job and want to apply, please reply to this email attach your resume, and answer these four questions:

1.      Why are you interested in working with us?

2.     What qualities would you bring to the Level Up team?

3.     What experience do you have that makes you a great fit for this specific role?

4.     What do you love most about your city?

If you're interested, please email hi@leveluplou.com with your resume and answers to the questions above! 

Macrame is BACK!

Macrame is BACK!

What's old is new again and that's why, next Wednesday, we're putting on a macrame class in Lexington, Kentucky at the very cool shared space seventh + lime. The class will be led by Maddison Wilkerson of West Domestic. Let's talk about what macrame is and why you're going to be down to give it a try.

Level Up Lexington - Try Something New Near You

Level Up Lexington - Try Something New Near You

Over the summer we held a few pop up classes in Lexington, KY. They were super popular, so we've decided to make it official with "Level Up Lexington." Lexington friends, y'all can follow us on Instagram at @LevelUpLex. Read on to learn more about the local experts who'll be leading a class near you!

4 of Our Favorite Ways to Find Inspiration

4 of Our Favorite Ways to Find Inspiration

The kids are back in school and now it's time to recenter and refocus on you. Our August #LevelUpYear post is here to help you find inspiration that can help you renew your dedication to your goals. 

Best House Flip Before and After Pics

Best House Flip Before and After Pics

Louisville, next Thursday father-daughter duo Barlow and Brenna Books are leading another "Flipping A House 101" class at Monnik. To get you ready for all of their amazing tips and tricks for flipping a house, we want to share the best of Brenlow Properties before and after pics. You're not going to believe what they can do to make an old house feel brand new again!

5 Tips For Baking The Best Cookies

5 Tips For Baking The Best Cookies

Hey Louisville! We're so excited to offer a Cookie Decorating class with Maddie Marcum of Maddie's Cookie  Co. next Thursday, August 10th (And in Lexington in September!). So, what better time than this weekend to perfect your cookie baking technique? We rounded up the Internet's five best cookie baking tips. And if you find yourself with some extra cookies on your hand, we're sure we can find some folks at Story Louisville who can help you out with those ;). 

Louisville in Lexington: Your Guide to Lexington

Louisville in Lexington: Your Guide to Lexington

Level Up had a great time in Lexington in June and we can’t wait to get back! You can stay up-to-date on upcoming Lexington classes on our website. Lexington is a little more than an hour away, but it feels like an entirely different world! Check out some of our favorite Lexington spots and our recommendations for feeling like a Lexington Insider.

Cute Planner Ideas for 2017-2018

Cute Planner Ideas for 2017-2018

Hey Louisville & Lexington! This month’s #LevelUpYear post is all about planners – The cuter the better! You planner pros probably already bought yours in January, but for everyone else, July is the perfect month to buy a new planner. This month is when planner makers release their 2017 - 2018 planners  for the the academic year. You can even get a 2017 - 2019 planner, if you want your next one to start with January.

(M)Eat Local: Humane, Ethical, Responsibly Sourced Meat in Louisville

One of Foxhollow Farm's major passions in life is sourcing Louisville with 100% grass-fed beef. And she’s not alone in her mission to put mindful meat on your plate. Here are a few other places around Louisville to experience high-quality, responsibly-raised meat.