Sunday, November 29, 2015

Hidden Treasures and Local Gems

Cardigan (Pretty Woman, Bedford, IN); Suede Boots (Tommy Hilfiger, Zappos); Bag (Brahmin); Necklace (Debbie Mikulla Studio, Carmel, IN)

My favorite colors skew orange. "Jody orange." Or at least that's how I refer to it. It wasn't me who coined the term. Rather, the moniker was bestowed by a friend who several years ago noted my predilection for a range of deep red-orange hues that in more commercial realms may be called sienna, rust, paprika, burnt orange, copper, spice, or carnelian (apparently "Jody orange" doesn't adequately convey the color of an Anthropologie sweater or a new Jeep Grand Cherokee if you don't already know me...)
In any event, Jody Orange is a staple of my wardrobe in every Season, but it feels especially appropriate in the Fall. This oversized cardigan paired with spicy suede boots is the quintessentially cozy Autumn outfit. I found the sweater a few years ago in the most unexpected, chic little shop in Bedford. Pretty Woman is a Southern Indiana hidden gem that carries a range of unique styles and high end boutique brands like Frank Lyman, Samuel Dong, and Tribal. My mother-in-law introduced me to it, and despite my initial skepticism, it's now on my "must visit" list whenever I find myself in the vicinity. I've found several treasures there, like this dress, and this Colts Blue Monday staplePretty Woman is located at 3124 5th Street, Bedford, Indiana. Call 812-279-5710 for store hours.
...And then, there is THIS necklace. This exquisite statement piece was entirely hand strung by my friend (and woman of many talents) Debbie Mikulla. It consists of hundreds of individual carnelian beads accented with gold and suspended between two large disks of crackled fire agate. Debbie didn't create it with me in mind, but the moment I spied it in her Carmel studio last month I knew it was made for me. Like Pretty Woman, my discovery of Debbie's jewelry was most unexpected. We've been friends for a while, and I visited her studio this Fall to see the latest looks from Etcetera (more about that in a future post). What I didn't know before my visit was that she has also been designing and making jewelry for years, with an emphasis on semi-precious and natural stones. Hidden gems, indeed! You can check out all Debbie has to offer in her Carmel, Indiana studio by appointment: 317-201-9509
Fashion is what you buy; Style is what you do with it!
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