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Work It: How to elevate your office attire

miranda-photo-for-biz-storyBy Miranda McDonald

Photo by Gretchen Bell

Style mavens in the know are throwing out the stuffy rules of dressing for work and embracing a whole new attitude when it comes to being fashionable yet still business appropriate. Here are a few simple tips for taking your office look from drab to modern and chic.

 

Chic Socks

Socks can be such a chic accessory during the fall months. Men – and suit-wearing women – can add some serious panache to a suit with a pair of statement socks. Roll up your denim and let a pair of bold socks stick out the top of your boots if you are going for a more business casual look.

 

Gals can get in on the footwear action by layering dress socks with a favorite set of heels. Don this combo with a pair of cropped trousers or a dress, and you will be quite surprised at how fashionable you feel.

 

A Statement Piece for Your Suit

When wearing a classic suit for work, adding a statement piece to your ensemble is important. Play – and slay – with colorful patterns and prints on ties, bowties and pocket squares. Hats are also a great accessory to add to the mix.

 

If you’re into baubles, add a large piece of jewelry or even a jeweled bag to your look. I’m currently enamored with bringing headpieces back into our fashion repertoire (ladies: take note). Elevate a simple suit to the next level by adding a textured headband or embellished barrette.  The addition creates the perfect combination of modern and classic styling.

 

The Perfect Bag is Key

Investing in a bag that is stylish yet functional is imperative. Luckily, there are many stylish options that ensure anyone can find the perfect carryall for business documents and daily must-have items. I suggest purchasing a piece that is neutral in color so that it matches most of your wardrobe. However, neutral doesn’t have to mean boring. Texture and accents are everything. Textured leather and bold accents on bags make a statement while keeping a piece completely functional at the same time.

 

Transition Your Look

Taking your look from work appropriate to evening chic can be simple. Have a dress you want to wear to the office but are also headed out on the town immediately after work? Simply layer a light sweater or blouse under your favorite frock for the office. Then, remove that extra layer and add a piece of statement jewelry before meeting friends for cocktails when the work day is over. Wearing a suit but want to go casual for an after-work fete or dinner with friends? Bring a pair of jeans and swap out the suit pants for a cool but casual look.

 

You can find more tips from Stylist Miranda McDonald on her blog, thechicstreet.com.

 

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Wedding Woes

For better or worse, the big day doesn’t always go as planned. 

My husband and I got married in February. We thought it would be fun for the officiant to pull two small breath sprays from his jacket pocket right before we kissed. My now-husband was supposed to spray the breath spray in my mouth but ended up spraying it all over half of my face. At least I was minty fresh the rest of the evening. 

–Caroline Crowell


We had a February wedding and it snowed a few inches. It was beautiful outside the church and it made for some cool pictures. We had a fabulous reception that was lots of fun and went late. When one of our guests – who has an Ultra-Brite smile – was leaving, she slipped on the ice and knocked out her teeth, her very perfect teeth. 

–Johnny Harralson 


The night before our wedding, the priest called and said he could not marry us. My brother-in-law spent all night and the early morning looking for a priest. Until this day, I’m not 100 percent sure the priest he found was legit. 

¬–Jennifer Yennes-Vizhnay 


My husband and I got married twice. The first was a bedside ceremony at my dad’s bedside in Audubon Hospital (ahead of schedule) because things were looking pretty grim. Ten days later, he passed, and then 12 days later we went ahead with our scheduled ceremony. At one point during the ceremony – after I had walked down the aisle – the minister announced, “We are gathered here to witness the ceremony between…” and our two-year-old daughter, who was in the front row, started clapping loudly, and yelled out “Yay!” which had absolutely everyone laughing, including the minister. We got pictures of the exact moment and it’s one of our favorites. 

–Shawna Lynn Shepherd 


I must have had the wedding jitters. I almost passed out during picture taking and actually have a picture me sitting on my husband’s lap after they cold wash-clothed me looking quite pale during pictures. Then on to our reception in our local high school cafeteria (that was the reception place). I made it through all the motions of that. We finally left and stopped at his aunt’s home as planned to change clothing, and I got nauseated. Let’s just say my dress had to be bagged and left behind for his aunt to get to the cleaners. Then on to The Hyatt to clean up and allow me to sleep my wedding night off. Trust me, no alcohol was involved, just good old-fashioned jitters. Thank goodness God didn’t tap my husband on the shoulder during the ceremony and say, “Hey, I don’t think this is going to go as you thought!” A few years later, I was diagnosed with NF2 brain tumor and it has been an ongoing journey since. He’s still my rock after 37 years. 

–Cathy Guthrie 


My brother had a July wedding with an outdoor reception. Atlanta in July. His bride is an only child with no extended family. Ours was extensive and it seems all of them drove hundreds of miles to be there. The bride’s father had the belief that since we were all Baptists the open bar would not be a big expense. Accordingly, he selected the premium champagne but forgot to request water. When the caterers came asking for permission to crack multiple, additional cases of expensive champagne, he distractedly said, “OK.” Seniors, boomers, and tweens spent hours slaking their thirst with very good bubbly. The father-in- law dined out on the story of the Baptist Wedding until the day he passed. And that’s not even the biggest disaster of the day of my brother’s wedding. I’m sure you’ll do this again someday, so I’ll save the better stories. 

–Randy Smith

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Let’s Get Planning

screen-shot-2017-08-05-at-10-25-33-amBut do you really need a wedding planner? 

BY MANDY WOLF DETWILER 

So, you’ve just said “yes!” Now what? Brides and grooms can become inundated with choices, from the dress and tux colors to venue seating, flower decisions and thank-you notes. Hiring a wedding planner can certainly ease the load, but is it an affordable option for the average future married couple? We talked to Jamie Lott, owner of Louisville Events4U and a wedding planner for 11 years.

EXTOL MAGAZINE: Who should hire a wedding planner?

Jamie Lott: The value lies in having a professional who won’t forget even the smallest detail of the big day. Wedding planners are all about the details – things you might miss. If you’re a detail-oriented person and you’ve got a career of your own, maybe a busy life with your fiancé, it’s much, much easier in my opinion to turn (wedding planning) over to a professional so that nothing is missed as part of your wedding planning process.

EXTOL: What are some of the most overlooked details by couples who plan their own weddings?

Lott: Transportation to and from the venue and/or the church. Things like right down to the catering. Did you plan on just feeding (guests) the cake or did you plan on feeding them another dessert? I’ve been to so many weddings where I’ve just done day-of coordinating and they ran short of cake. Little things like that, I’m there to remind you about.

EXTOL: Is there anyone who shouldn’t hire a wedding planner?

Lott: By the day of the wedding, even the control freaks, even the very OCD brides, have been very grateful that (a wedding planner) is there because she can relax and not have to worry about the details. My standard line is, “I’ve got this. Please don’t worry.” I do this almost every weekend, and if you haven’t thought of it, I will. I don’t think there’s anyone who doesn’t need a wedding planner. I think there are some girls who think they can do it on their own, but I actually feel bad for them on their wedding day because they are so stressed trying to do it, even with their girlfriends. They should be getting ready that day. They should be with their family. They should be relaxing and sipping mimosas or whatever makes them happy versus worrying about setting up their tables and their centerpieces, and going to pick up this or going to pick up that.

EXTOL: What should you look for in a good wedding planner?

Lott: It’s all about the details. Look for the person who asks all the right questions, the person that is the best fit for you. Your personalities need to mesh. You need to make sure that you like this planner and this planner is almost a member of your family because of the length of time you’re going to be spending with this person and what this planner is going to ask of you. As you go along in this process, you need to be willing to work with this planner and trust this person.

EXTOL: How do you help set a budget with the bride and groom?

Lott: I’m very brutally honest and I ask them what they think they can spend on this wedding. If it’s a certain amount and that amount is very low, I ask them if they’re willing to do some of the work themselves, like we make part of the centerpieces ourselves and then we add florals from a florist –– anything we can do to cut costs. I’m very good about keeping them on budget. They take themselves off budget!

EXTOL: As a wedding planner, how do you handle so-called bridezillas?

Lott: In the industry, we all laugh at the shows because they pick the worst of the worst. I have been very blessed … that I have had very few “bridezillas.” Most of these girls are very grateful for the help, which is why they hired me in the first place. If they get a little tense right before their wedding, which is very common, we talk it out. … I try very hard to let them know I’m on top of this.

EXTOL: What should the wedding planner do and what should the couple take care of?

Lott: Everything, down to scheduling everything. I create timelines and itineraries, an overall day-of timeline for the ceremony and the reception so everybody’s on the same page. I make sure the DJ’s doing what he’s supposed to be doing, the venue’s doing what they’re supposed to do, and if that includes catering, we’ve gone over that menu 15 times. I don’t want that bride to think about anything but enjoying her day. … I keep a bride box with me on the day of the wedding of all the “what ifs.” If this breaks, if this needs to be taped, a first-aid kit, things like that that they would never have thought to bring.

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Designing A Dream

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BY ANGIE FENTON 

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIK BRANCH

Shopping for the perfect wedding dress is often an exhilarating adventure, but sitting with a local designer as you describe exactly what you want and letting his or her creativity flow onto the page and, eventually, your body is an option brides are considering more and more.

“Because I’m not a large company overseas somewhere, you can call me when you need me,” said Frances Lewis, who started Ann DeEvelyn Clothing Co. in Jeffersonville in 2012. “I am available to you … and I am the one who is responding to you. Because we’re small and independent, I am the one dealing directly with my client.”
screen-shot-2017-08-07-at-6-01-54-pmSure, you can purchase a beautiful gown manufactured by a well-known company, but, Lewis warned, “With a lot of the larger chains, what they want is what they get. I can give them what they want and what they need.”

Recently, Lewis worked with a client who was adamant about wearing a navy dress down the aisle but couldn’t find one she loved. “She was able to get the dress of her dreams because she could work hand in hand with me,” Lewis said.

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The local fashion scene is “surprisingly larger than we think it is,” she added. “There are times when I might not be able to meet a client’s needs, and I can think of people I can send her to. We have some extremely talented people here. Our design scene is growing exponentially, and I couldn’t be happier about it.”

So, what’s the first step? “Research the designer,” advised Lewis. “Everyone has a specialty and a forte, and you need to fall in love with their work. If you don’t like their work, the chances are you won’t like what they do for you.”

As evidenced by the photos in this pictorial – which was shot by Erik Branch – it’s hard to imagine a bride who wouldn’t love the looks Lewis has been creating. “I wanted to have a touch of tradition and still have something unique, something more expected. It’s a blend of tradition and drama.”

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Learn more about Frances Lewis and her designs at www.ann-deevelyn.com. Contact photographer Erik Branch at ebranch9@gmail.com, 502.387.0158 or ebranchphotography.photoshelter.com.

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Brittany Wright-Humphrey & Gary Humphrey • 6.17.17

Photography by Ashley Walts

We were introduced by Todd Sharp, who thought we would be the perfect fit. We were engaged three days before Christmas. Gary kept taunting me with the presents under the tree because I kept begging ashleywaltsphotography-5-5
him to just let me open one early. He finally gave in and I had to open a huge box followed by another and so on. I had an idea once the boxes kept getting smaller, and when I finally got down to the last box he was on his knee. Everything after that was kind of a blur! We celebrated by going to watch “The Christmas Carol” at Actors Theatre followed by The Exchange to have drinks with friends

I heard about Laurie Haag of Eventful 203 through a friend of mine and contacted her about helping me plan the wedding. Little did I know that she would be the backbone of the entire thing. I pretty much gave all control to her, which wasn’t hard for me to do since I was never really into the process of planning a wedding. She was so professional and literally helped me the entire step of the way. The wedding would absolutely not have been as magical without her.ashleywaltsphotography30

It was very important to us to keep everything local (and I mean literally everything) and include the city of New Albany. It was also important to us to have a photograph of Gary’s parents on a stand by his side since they are no longer with us.
Our ceremony was awesome. I don’t think it was longer than 15 minutes but it felt like 45. Once I laid eyes on Gary, it was hard for me to hold back my tears, but I was just so, so happy that all I could do was smile. One of the most memorable moments was walking down the aisle and seeing my husband-to-be put his face in his hands to try and stop from crying.


And then, it was time to get the party started. We literally danced the night away. My dad and I had a surprise dance. We started out with our song, “My Girl,” and the broke into songs by Usher, Michael Jackson and Bruno Mars. It was a hit even though Dad forgot half of the moves. Gary and I both did a dollar dance, followed by the garter toss and bouquet toss. I also had all of my dancers and the University of Louisville Ladybirds out on the dance floor. I seriously don’t think we ever stopped dancing. It was truly the most amazing night of my life. It was everything I had ever hoped for and more. I couldn’t have asked for a better day. I am so thankful for everyone who helped make that day amazing and to Waffle House for letting me eat cheesy eggs and bacon in my dress at 3:30 a.m.

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Superb Style

FASHION TRENDS COME AND GO,  BUT FOR THOSE UNAFRAID TO DRESS TO IMPRESS THEMSELVES, ONE CONSTANT REMAINS: STYLE IS WHAT YOU DETERMINE IT  TO BE, ALWAYS.

Photos By Andrea Hutchinson, 502.299.6588, love. andi@gmail.com

Ann Dunagan Crabtree

ss2Retired civil servant whose last position was with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers I see my style as eclectic, playful and expressive of my personality. It is fun for me to create and imagine the freedom of taking simple pieces and wearing them in unexpected ways to pull together several looks with one changeable article. For example: an unadorned knee-length dress – straight or A-line – becomes a tunic over straight-leg pants or leggings. Or, add a long vest or maxi coat. Use clothes as a canvas, feature a unique scarf or necklace. Maybe try multi-layers, knit tops over or under a dress. Just because clothing is shown being worn one way, break away! Have fun! Try wearing ss3an item backwards or maybe inside out. Never be afraid to play, interchange or re-arrange. Give your wardrobe a voice – your voice! I think of my style as layer upon layer of paint, an accumulation gathered over the years experimenting and capturing the lines that best express my personality. Consider yourself a hanger and play. Simply, have fun. I am a mature woman who allows herself the freedom of expression in dressing, unafraid to explore. I live by a saying from my Mother: “It’ll never be seen on a galloping horse.” That’s my philosophy on aging, dressing and having a style unique to me. Ann Dunagan Crabtree is a yoga enthusiast with a love of creating the unexpected when it comes to her style.

Maureen Elizabeth Bacon

ss5 Office manager for Justin Graphics, a graphic arts company in Louisville My style is definitely eclectic! I can honestly say that I do not have a person that has influenced me or whom I want to emulate in dressing. I am amazed by the women my age and older who are getting so much attention in the fashion world. We’re nothing new – We’ve always been here!!! Wear what ss4makes you happy. It makes me sad when I hear women say they love an outfit or a piece of jewelry but won’t wear it because they would feel foolish. If you look in the mirror and smile, wear it! As the old saying goes “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder” that includes what you see when you look in the mirror. Wear what makes you feel beautiful and wear it boldly!

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Never be afraid to play, interchange or re-arrange. Give your wardrobe
a voice – your voice!” – Ann Dunagan Crabtree

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It makes me sad when I hear women say they love an outfit or
a piece of jewelry but won’t wear it because they would feel foolish. If you look in the mirror and smile, wear it!” – Maureen Elizabeth Bacon

Most clothing and accessories are from Colokial Boutique, 219 Pearl St. in New Albany

 

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Eventfully Yours | Episode 7: Him and Her

Kristy and Laurie dish Him and Her. From drinks by the Exchange to fashion by Him Gentleman Boutique, Weddings and what to wear and how to wear it. Ross Wallace (Parnter, Him Gentleman Boutique) and Matt Simpson (Marketing and Sales Manager, The Exchange) sit in with the dishing duo adding the ‘him’ to their ‘her’.
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Also Please Join Laurie and Kristy at the Loft on Spring for Laurel Dreams | Bridal Fashion Show.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Doors @ 10: 30 a.m.
Fashion Show @ 11 a.m.
Vendor Mingle @ 11: 30 a.m.
(Saturday dress appointments from 1-6 p.m.)
Sunday, January 29 – Dress Appointments each hour from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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