Friday, October 17, 2014

The Secret Ingredient

Dress, Jacket, and Necklace (The Secret Ingredient); Ring (Marc Aronstam custom design, Aronstam Fine Jewelers); Watch (Tag Heuer, G. Thrapp Jewelers). I'd be remiss if I didn't note that both Aronstam and G. Thrapp are also local businesses that routinely give back to the Indianapolis community!

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
I love this quote by Margaret Mead, and I've seen the truth of it time and again while working side by side with other dedicated Dress for Success Indianapolis and Women's Fund volunteers to make a tangible difference in the lives of women and children in central Indiana. I witnessed it once more on October 3rd when I participated in the Day Nursery Auxiliary Style Show.  This annual event raises funds for the 115 year old Early Learning Indiana (formerly Day Nursery), which provides child care and early education support to Hoosier families struggling to achieve financial independence.  

I was familiar with Early Learning Indiana through my work with the Women's Fund, but until my friend Mimi asked me to be part of the fashion show, I was largely unaware of the work of the Day Nursery Auxiliary. This incredible volunteer group, founded in 1938, works tirelessly to raise funds that support the critical work of the childcare organization. When I learned about the history of the Auxiliary and the significant, sustaining contributions it has made in support of Early Learning Indiana's mission, I had no doubt that its members truly exemplify the philanthropic spirit behind Mead's words. I was honored to be part of their annual fundraising event.
All fashions are from The Secret Ingredient; Someone remarked that my beautiful friend Mimi (who did an amazing job co-chairing the event) and I looked like we were wearing parts of the Chrysler Building (top right). I love the architectural, geometric prints on these dresses - so flattering and fun!
The Auxiliary Style Show was produced and featured fashions from The Secret Ingredient. This independently owned boutique with a 35 year history in Indianapolis proves that local businesses can also play an important role in making our community a better place. In the past few months alone, I've had the pleasure of working with owner Jeanne Rush and her staff on style shows benefiting no less than three different local non-profit organizations: Early Learning Indiana; Dress for Success; and the Pink Ribbon Connection. The boutique regularly supports other organizations, such as St. Margaret's Hospital Guild, as well. 

Know what else? The Secret Ingredient also carries really great clothes and accessories! With such a unique selection, it's easy to shop local and support this business that supports our city. You can check out The Secret Ingredient at 56th Street and Illinois in Indianapolis. There are also three other locations: Richmond, IN; Dayton, OH; and Ave Marie, FL. 
When it comes to changing the world, or at least our own little corner of it, the key ingredients are no secret at all - YOU and I have the power to make a difference!

Fashion is what you buy; Style is what you do with it!

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