Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Cinderella Story

The grandeur of this year's Decorator Show House inspired me to pull out some of my favorite Spring skirts for my shifts as a volunteer docent. I'd share pictures of the fairy tale Meridian Street home, too, but I'd rather you see it in person!
I'm no princess. Not in any way, shape, or form. But last Sunday, for the briefest moment, I felt like one. I spent the day serving as a volunteer docent at the St. Margaret's Hospital Guild Decorator Show House. My post at the top of the stairway just off the entrance required me to periodically descend a few steps to maintain a smooth traffic flow for guests. At one point, as I came down the stairs wearing a full floral skirt and whimsical ice cream shoes (above middle), the five year old girl at the foot of the stairs exclaimed, "Mommy, a princess!"  Considering the fact that I'd been vacuuming those same stairs just an hour earlier, maybe she mistook me for Cinderella.... In any event, it gave me a chuckle. 
Skirt (Chicwish); Cardigan (Modcloth); Necklace (vintage); Shoes (ShoeDazzle)
And speaking of Cinderella stories, this year's show house is a classic one. The 1920 French provincial Meridian Street home has been restored and transformed by the designers into a beautiful, detail-filled space full of unique rooms worth lingering over. The home also has loads of historical character, with a grand central staircase and a Juliet balcony off the master bedroom that are most surely fit for a princess. If you haven't yet taken a tour, you haven't missed your chance. The home is open every day through Mother's Day, and all proceeds benefit Eskenazi Health Systems and its many programs for those in need of critical healthcare services. Find out more at
Skirt (Chicwish); Shoes (Irregular Choice); Purse (Bodhi); Cardigan (Modcloth); Necklace (vintage). Photos by Faith Blackwell Photography.
This is my second year working at the Decorator Show House as a member of St. Margaret's Guild. The Guild has been in continuous operation since 1907 and has donated more than 12 million dollars to Eskenazi over that time. It has been my honor to be part of this team of dedicated, design-loving women, and it's a delight to witness and play a part in the transformation of each year's chosen house. If you live in the Indianapolis area and would like to learn more about the Guild, feel free to send me an email. I'd love to tell you more, and we're always looking for new members!
Skirt (Chicwish); Cardigan (Nordstrom); Shoes (Poetic License); Necklace (vintage); Ring (David Yurman); Bracelet (Erwin Pearl); Purse (Bodhi)
Fashion is what you buy; Style is what you do with it! 
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