A Day at the Races:: Kentucky Derby Party

Annette's tips for hosting a Kentucky Derby party cannot be beat, and a Kentucky Derby party wouldn't be complete without a classic cocktail, a Mint Julep. Annette's tips for hosting a Kentucky Derby party cannot be beat, and a Kentucky Derby party wouldn't be complete without a classic cocktail, a Mint Julep.

Hi Everyone! It’s Nicole, Annette’s web-manager here. I don’t know about you, but the Kentucky Derby is my unofficial start to summer. One of my very best college girlfriends is from Lexington, Kentucky, and she instilled a love for the race in us while we were in school.

Even though I’ve only gotten to have one trip to Churchill Downs for the run for the roses, there’s something about the Kentucky Derby that keeps me intrigued year after year. Maybe it’s the beautiful horses or the fabulous fashion…or maybe it’s the the Mint Juleps. Either way, it’s such a quintessential, classic event.

This year, I’m planning to watch the races with friends. Who knows? Maybe we’ll don fun hats and chic sundresses for the occasion, too. I’ve already started thinking about decor, food, and beverages for the day, and of course, I’ve turned to Annette for all of the details.

Annette's tips for hosting a Kentucky Derby party cannot be beat, and a Kentucky Derby party wouldn't be complete without a classic cocktail, a Mint Julep.

Annette’s tips for hosting a Kentucky Derby party cannot be beat. I love her ideas for decor like including vintage horse trophies and ribbons, sprinkling in plastic horses here and there, and making sure roses make an appearance. To plan a party of your own, you can find her full list of tips here.

And a Kentucky Derby party wouldn’t be complete without a classic cocktail, and what’s more appropriate than a Mint Julep? A splash of simple syrup and a whole lot of Bourbon makes for one sinfully sweet sip.

Classic Mint Julep by Becky Stayner
serves 1

You will need:
– Crushed ice
– 2 oz. good Bourbon
– 1 oz. simple syrup
– 6 leaves of fresh mint + fresh mint for garnish

To prepare:

Make the simple syrup by bringing one cup of water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and stir in one cup of sugar till it dissolves. Once it’s chilled, stir in mint leaves to steep overnight (a trick from Annette’s friend, Becky). Put crushed ice, bourbon, and mint leaf simple syrup in a julep cup. Garnish with fresh mint leaves. Don’t crush the leaves! Be gentle…after all, this is a Southern drink.

xo, Nicole

photos by Leslie Graham

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IKEA’s Jassa Collection: A Colorful Bazaar

Ikea's latest collection, the Jassa collection, is fantastic. It's colorful, earthy, and bohemian. With all of its punch, it reminds me of a bazaar. Ikea's latest collection, the Jassa collection, is fantastic. It's colorful, earthy, and bohemian. With all of its punch, it reminds me of a bazaar.

As you all know, Ikea is one of my stylist’s secrets. It’s a great place to find funky, affordable, and chic items for your home and beyond. I’ve even been known to use Ikea items for photoshoots from time to time.

Ikea’s latest collection, the Jassa collection, is fantastic. It’s colorful, earthy, and bohemian. With all of its punch, it reminds me of a bazaar. It just screams outdoor entertaining and summer style.

Ikea's latest collection, the Jassa collection, is fantastic. It's colorful, earthy, and bohemian. With all of its punch, it reminds me of a bazaar. Ikea's latest collection, the Jassa collection, is fantastic. It's colorful, earthy, and bohemian. With all of its punch, it reminds me of a bazaar. Ikea's latest collection, the Jassa collection, is fantastic. It's colorful, earthy, and bohemian. With all of its punch, it reminds me of a bazaar.

The textiles are bold, and the furniture is so fun. It’s just a little bit vintage, but full of modernity. I just love it all.

Toss the oversized pillows on the floor for additional cozy seating, grab a large basket or two to hold blankets or beach towels around the pool, or plan an dinner party around the royal blue splattered serving wear. Most of all, plan some springtime fun!

xx Annette

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Hot off the Press: AJS Workshops are Making Headlines

Over the past few weeks, it has been thrilling to see my workshops getting so much awesome press. I feel like I’ve been walking on cloud 9! AJS Workshops & Retreats have been featured in some of the world’s top publications. We’ve been in Stylist Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, and even VOGUE. Yes, Vogue. See a few of our features for yourself below.

Over the past few weeks, it has been thrilling to see my workshops get so much awesome press. I feel like I've been walking on cloud 9!

Vogue: 5 Retreats for Harnessing Your Creative Spirit

Over the past few weeks, it has been thrilling to see my workshops get so much awesome press. I feel like I've been walking on cloud 9!

Better Homes & Gardens: Creative Class

Over the past few weeks, it has been thrilling to see my workshops get so much awesome press. I feel like I've been walking on cloud 9!

Hey Mama: How I Got My (Creative) Groove Back

Over the past few weeks, it has been thrilling to see my workshops get so much awesome press. I feel like I've been walking on cloud 9!

Stylist Magazine: How Making a Cup of Tea Became a Photo Opportunity

Over the past few weeks, it has been thrilling to see my workshops get so much awesome press. I feel like I've been walking on cloud 9!

Darling Magazine: 4 Things That Zap Your Creativity on Instagram

With AJS Workshops on the radar of so many people, I’m anticipating the remaining spots to sell-out quickly, and I’d love it if you were there with me. Join me and my team in our first summer at The Fortress. We’ll learn together, grow together, and eat and drink together. What are you waiting for?

There are only SIX spaces available for each workshop, and some are already sold out. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to travel, explore, and learn.

If you have any questions, be sure to email me at annette@annettejosephstyle.com, and in the meantime, wait for posts and updates on stylephotoworkshops Instagram account.

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L.A. Style+Photo Workshop

L.A. Style+Photo Workshop

This past weekend I had the pleasure of teaching a L.A. Style+Photo Workshop with Anne Sage at her beautiful location in Los Angeles, Light Lab. Los Angeles is always an inspiration, and I had not been for about three years since my book signing there. What a perfect opportunity to get inspired and do what I love.

We met for a meet and greet on Friday night at Anne’s new house. Like her, it’s stylish and well edited. Meeting everyone the night before is always so useful, as we can talk about goals and expectations. As always, the group was diverse and delightful.

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Saturday morning we all met at Light Lab full of energy and a little tentative, and we dove into a day of styling.

Sunday we cooked our lunch together, and shot the process, all the while chatting about branding and social media with our guru Anne. The menu consisted of cream of tomato basil soup and grilled cheese sandwiches, with fig and prosciutto on freshly baked brioche. We finished with apple tartine with whipped cream.

The last hands-on styling lesson was a lesson on composition and building your set. I used building a charcuterie plate an the vehicle for this lesson.

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We had an amazing day with amazing attendees, and of course, we finished the workshop with a wine and cheese party and devoured the charcuterie plate. Did I mention I love my job??

My Italian workshops are filling-up quickly, and a few are already sold-out. Don’t miss the opportunity to join me and my fabulous team of photographers and guest stylists. Find all the information you need on the workshop website. I’d love to have you come along!

Thanks again to Anne, my partner in crime. xx

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Announcing our Los Angeles Workshop

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Many of you have been requesting a stateside workshop, and I am happy to deliver that to you today! If you follow along on social media or get my newsletter, you may have already heard that I’m partnering with fellow stylist and social media expert, Anne Sage, for a strictly styling and social media branding workshop in Los Angeles, California, January 28-29, 2017.

Anne is a veteran workshop instructor; she has taught with me in Italy the past 2 summers. You’ll love learning from her and creating with us. We’ve created a weekend workshop filled with collaboration, information, and of course, fun.

If you’re ready to take your brand or blog to the next level, this workshop is for you! Students will hone their skills in styling for the camera, gaining an understanding of the foundational tenets of composition and how to apply them when crafting professional quality images. The workshop will also provide strategies and best practices for making your brand shine on social media. Not to mention you will meet like-minded individuals, make new friends and find your best creative self, all while having a great time.

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And did I mention our fabulous setting?! The Los Angeles workshop will take place at Light Lab.

This workshop will gather at Light Lab, a groundbreaking photo studio and events space in L.A. Founded in 2016 by photographers Caroline and Jayden Lee and author/stylist Anne Sage, Light Lab is a supportive and inclusive space for creatives of all kinds. It’s a dream! Full of light, funky furnishings, and loads of texture. 

The best part is this workshop is taking place just before the renowned blog conference, Alt Summit in Palm Springs. Why not make a week of it? Take our workshop then head down to Alt (I’ll see you there!).

Space is filling-up quickly, so don’t wait to sign-up; we have very limited spaces available.

This would make a great gift, too! Treat yo self! Email me with any questions…

xx Annette

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