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So Much More Than Clothes

Christian Academy of Indiana senior Julia Lostutter shares why she’s seeking the community’s assistance and how you can help.


screen-shot-2019-03-13-at-4-39-58-pmLast year, I had the opportunity of going to the Dominican Republic on a school mission trip with Score International. Going into the villages and orphanages and seeing the devastation of poverty truly broke my heart.

One thing I noticed most of all was the hardships that a significant number of women and young girls face there. Many young girls are seen only as being good for having children and were growing up with no other life skills, forcing them into prostitution as a means to make money.

This terrible reality has stuck with me and filled my thoughts since June of last year. I am currently planning my return trip to the Dominican this summer, and I really wanted to think of a way to bless these young girls and women who had tugged at my heart so many months ago.


Recently, my boss, Olivia Rice, the owner of Styleheir, a new women’s clothing boutique located in Floyds Knobs, was looking for a place to donate some of her own children’s clothes. She wanted to give them to other little ones who were in real need. As we talked, my thoughts went immediately to the girls in the Dominican Republic and, specifically, girls in an orphanage that I had visited. Many orphanages for girls go underfunded because the government turns its resources elsewhere, thus creating a need for things as simple as clothing.

The girl’s orphanage that we had visited, Pasitos de Jesus, is located in Boca Chica and was started by a woman named Dalma Florian. It houses girls with disabilities and girls taken from homes of abuse. It started with just one girl but quickly included dozens, ages one to 18. Remembering the impact that Pasitos de Jesus orphanage had on the girls’ lives made me want to bless them even more and ensure that a basic need of theirs was met.

How To Help

Drop off clothing for girls of all sizes at Styleheir, 3620 Paoli Pike, Suite 6, in Floyds Knobs, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 11-16. You can find more about the boutique by searching @styleheir on Facebook.

screen-shot-2019-03-13-at-4-40-28-pmAfter speaking with Olivia about my desire to help, my boss at Styleheir eagerly agreed to involving her boutique’s involvement. So, I began creating something that will hopefully be a blessing to these girls and women for years to come.

“Chicas de Boca Chica” is Styleheir’s first-ever clothing drive, which will help to clothe the girls of a nation stricken by poverty and misfortune. Girls’ clothing of all sizes is needed and those who bring in at least one bag of clothing will receive a scratch-off worth up to 30 percent off a store purchase at Styleheir. Clothing can be dropped off at Styleheir from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 11-16.

The clothing will be taken by the Christian Academy of Indiana mission’s team to the Dominican Republic on June 9 and given to the girls of Pasitos de Jesus.screen-shot-2019-03-13-at-4-40-43-pm

By doing this clothing drive, I hope we – and that means I need your help! – can provide the orphanage clothing for years to come, spread the message of women’s empowerment, garner attention towards the orphanage and bring about change in the lives of these girls.

Writer Julia Lostutter is a senior at Christian Academy of Indiana.

Superb Style


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


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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