Podcast Season 2 + Upcoming Events!

Two fashion designers, a magazine publisher, a communications diva, a multi-purpose music studio founder, a furniture design outfit, a Copy Director, a design studio, an online sales mogul, and a Social Innovation Specialist later, and season two of the Creative City podcast is a wrap!

Season 3 starts September 21st, so sign up for the mailing list to stay ahead of the game. I really love talking to all these amazing folks about what makes them tick, and I think you will, too. Listen here or download on iTunes:


If you’re interested in talking about cool stuff live and in person, you should definitely check out these events next week:

Photo by Tim Bayer

Photo by Tim Bayer

Wedding Workshop, Wednesday Aug 17th 

When I was in 5th grade, I sold hand-lettered nametags to my classmates for extra lunch money, so clearly I’m a pro. Next week you’ll have the opportunity to learn hand lettering from actual professional illustrator Erin Barker (who designed The Frock‘s beautiful logo) at the Wedding Workshop! Plus I’ll be presenting a styled bridal show featuring gorgeous wedding and bridesmaids gowns for pretty princesses and boho babes alike. And it’s free!
RSVP here 

Downton Fashion a la Carte, Friday Aug 19th

If you haven’t been to the Taft Museum’s Dressing Downton exhibit yet, get thee to the manse next Friday! I’ll be there as part of a fashion panel discussing the show and the exhibit, and will likely be tipsy after a single Pimm’s cup (I’m a lightweight), but who cares? Velvet knickers and feathered headdresses await!
Tickets at dressingdowntoncincy.com

Black Family Reunion, Friday Aug 19th – Sunday Aug 21st

I’ve been going to the BFR since it started, back when Black Bart and Bebe’s Kids were all the rage. This year it’s back with a parade, live games of Family Feud, and a performance from Cameo (just try to get “Candy” out of your head now). I’m taking over the #BFRCincy Instagram and Twitter, so be sure to follow along and join the fun!
Visit www.myblackfamilyreunion.org for details

Shop Around // Ossie Boutique

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Ossie Boutique co-owner Meredith Borchers

The weather was on the verge of a downpour the first time I stepped into months-old Hyde Park shop Ossie Boutique. I’d been suspiciously eyeing the navy blue clouds overhead when an aMAHzing gold metallic vest called out to me as I passed by the window. I knew I had to find out more.

The shop, co-owned by Meredith Borchers and her mother, gets its name from fashion designer Ossie Clark, whose presence and aesthetic they admire. “He went bankrupt because he loved his craft,” notes Meredith, who cites his passion for style and influence on other designers as inspiration for the boutique.


The boutique has a great selection of Illesteva (as in "illest ever") sunglasses

The boutique has a great selection of Illesteva (as in “illest ever”) sunglasses

While the shop carries lines like Anna Sui, Pam & Gela (the team behind soon-to-make-a-comeback Juicy sweatsuits), Jenni Kayne, Illesteva, and Christine Alcalay, the Ossie team’s buying strategy is about design and quality as opposed hype. “We’re not focusing on a big name,” says Meredith. “People come to us to find something really special.”

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Oscar the shop dog may or may not greet you. I mean, the dog bed is just so comfy…

As for what Ossie shoppers will find in store for Fall?

“Expect lots of leather,” laughs Meredith, “and good ‘elevated essentials’,” including everything from classic tees and bomber jackets to the cropped flares and prairie-inspired dresses currently beloved by street style stars. “There are lots of things you can wear in different ways,” she explains, which is good news for those of us who need multi-functional wardrobes that go from the office to the after party.

Meredith is looking forward to Ossie’s first holiday season to see how things go before making any big changes, but the shop is more than a cool day gig.

“This isn’t just a business for us,” says Meredith, noting that the boutique has brought her and her mom closer. “It’s a passion project.”

Here’s to a mutual passion for fashion.

Ossie Boutique, 3433 Edwards Road in Hyde Park, ossieboutique.com

Current Obsession // Sunglass Fiend

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For some reason (I dunno, SUMMER?) my passing interest in lunettes de soleil has taken a turn and blossomed into a full-blown problem. I started the season with two pairs, and have somehow, against my will and better judgment, accumulated all of the above, including a fancy schmancy prescription transitions pair.

I figure while I’m at it and the sun is still shining, why not go whole hog and create a full-on sunglass wardrobe?


Now, the question remains: what’s the best way to store these babies? Any suggestions?

Style // On the Fringes

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My favorite vintage Afghan necklace was calling out for something embroidered and/or fringe-y to go with it, so I picked up this perfect Pepin tee at Sloane’s garage sale. I promise I shop other places, but your girl is all about a good deal, mmkay?

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Vintage choker from The Little Mahatma, woven mini-bag from Kilimanjaro African Heritage

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I wore it with high-waisted Madewell jeans I chopped off and heavy drop earrings that I can only wear for a few hours at a time but refuse to get rid of, because that’s what you do for fashion, loves. Sometimes you gotta slay in shifts.


Style // Black & White & Sweat All Over

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It’s hot out hurr, but leave it to me to sweat my way through the heat wave in my favorite color combo and bracelet-as-choker contraption.

I picked up this breezy little top on sale at Sloane, and guys, the sales right now are INSANE. Now is the time to shop for the trendy little pieces you couldn’t convince yourself to invest in at full price, or that high end item you couldn’t really afford otherwise. Most stores are in the process of making room for their first shipments of Fall merchandise, which usually start arriving between late July and early August. It’s only polite to help them clear out some space, no?

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I’ve picked a few of my favorite sale items* below. Now go forth and shop it like it’s hot before everything is gone!

*These are affiliate links, which
means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, I’ll receive a small commission.

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