Monday, January 27, 2014

Tips for Engagement Photos

Make Your Engagement Photos the Best They Can Be!

If your Facebook feed hasn’t been full of engagement announcements over the past few months, then you are part of a very select few. And if you are one of those people who has been lovingly clogging everyone’s feed with your happy announcement- then congratulations! We couldn’t be happier for you. It is very apparent that love is in the air, and with rings and announcements and excitement comes the inevitable- engagement photos.

Whether they are dreaded or welcomed, engagement photos have become the expected norm for most couples. Here are some tips on what to do and wear to ensure that your photos are timeless, expressive of you and your fiancé, and won’t embarrass you in years to come.

  • More than anything, the most important thing to remember is to be yourselves! It may sound cliché, but you want to make sure that your photos really capture the true essence of you and your fiancé. Be sure to wear something that you feel both comfortable and glamorous in. Wear clothes that make you happy and that you can easily move around in. This probably isn’t the best time to try out new styles.
    • Something that will definitely make your photos stand out as your own is paying attention to the little details. Are you known for wearing a certain color? a certain type of shoes? a piece of jewelry? Try to make whatever it is fit with what you’re wearing for your photos! The people who know you best will have to see whatever it is and smile.

  • The next thing to think about is how to coordinate outfits with your fiancé without being “matchy-matchy.” You and your fiancé do not have to wear the same outfit or even the same colors. It is much better to work with complementary colors or neutrals. 
    • That is not to say that there is no good way to use the same colors together, however! For example, if you are wearing a blue dress with small red flowers, your fiancé could easily wear a red checkered shirt/red tie/red SOMETHING and it would look great! Also, varying shades and hues of the same color can also be nice. 
    • And be prepared to bring two or three outfits, as many photographers will give you the option to change.

  • So while you’re looking through your closets to find outfits to complement each other, remember that you don’t want to dress too trendy for your photos. Sure, a certain look may be hot right now, but will the trend last forever? You don’t want to look back on your photos and have any regrets about what you were wearing. Your safest bet is to stick to classic styles that will always make you look good.

  • Something else to consider while you’re searching through your closet is the tone of your photos. Are you inside? outside? Are you going for super formal or more laid back? Whatever the case may be, make sure you and your fiancé look like you’re dressing for the same occasion. 

  • Then a few housekeeping items: 
    • Don’t get your hair cut the day of the photo session. You have no way to guarantee how it will come out! If you are in need of a cut, do it a few weeks before. Then, you’ll be more used to it and it will look and feel more natural (Same goes for spray tans). 
    • Also, make sure your nails are well-kept! Do what you need to, if it’s a manicure, a fresh coat of polish, or a little buffing! This is especially important if you’re the one wearing the ring. You don’t want chipped nails stealing the attention from your rock! 
    • And, then, of course, make sure your clothes are all laundered. Iron them if they need ironed, check for spots and stains, and do whatever else it takes to have your clothes in tip-top shape.

Of course, the most important detail of your engagement photos is your happiness. Always make sure that you love what you're wearing and what you're doing, and there's no way you can go wrong!

Photos courtesy of Michael Anthony Photography
Tel: 317-690-9887

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Winter to Spring Transition

Transitioning Your Closet 
from Winter to Spring

It may not seem like it now, but spring will be here before we know it! Soon enough, it will be time to break out shorts, tanks, and sandals! But… what do you do with your winter clothes in the meantime? What about those few winter days that seem to linger at the beginning of spring? Read on to see our tips on how to transition your closet from winter to spring and everything in-between!


  • Scarves are great for keeping yourself warm or for adding color to an outfit! If it’s cold out and you’re wearing darker winter colors, add a pop of color with a complementing bright or print scarf. On the other hand, if it’s warm and you’re wearing bright colors already, try wearing a more neutral “winter” scarf to balance it out.
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  • Boots come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors, and can be worn with a variety of outfits. You can wear a pair of riding boots with an oversized sweater and leggings for winter just as easily as you can with a lightweight top and skinny jeans in spring! Boots can also complete outfits with shorts and tights, skirts, or dresses. A great pair of boots is a versatile must-have for every season.
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  • Layering is arguably the best way to transition from winter to spring. Cardigans, sweaters, and light jackets can all be worn together or layered with camis or other tops. You can always throw on a scarf as well! This approach works well because you can take off or put on layers as it gets warmer or cooler, which is vital if you live in Indiana!
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  • Jeans are another versatile piece that you can use to transition from winter to spring with ease. They can be worn with practically anything and can be found in virtually every color! They can be cuffed up, tucked into boots, or however else you can think to wear them! Colored denim is especially great for spring as it acts like scarves in that it can brighten up or balance out your outfit.
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We hope you will find a way to make whatever is in your closet this winter work for spring! You can read more about these ideas and others by following any of these links:

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Trends for Spring 2014

Spring Trends
We may still be sporting winter coats, scarves, and boots, but the runway is geared up and ready for spring! A few trends popped up repeatedly in designers’ collections, and we’ve picked our favorites of those looks. Florals, metallics, and more: read through to see what is predicted to be big this spring, and then tell us what trends you’ll try!
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  • Bare Midriffs

Loewe                                                         Mark Fast

Peter Som                                                         Versace

  • Florals

Alberta Ferretti                                          Dries Van Noten

Etro                                                         Stella McCartney

  • Fringe
Altuzarra                                                      Emilio Pucci 

Rodarte                                                         The Row 

  • Metallics
Rachel Zoe                                                     Rochas

Saint Laurent                                                    Versace

  • Pink!
Burberry Prorsum                                           Helmut Lung

Marissa Webb                                              Giorgio Armani

FASHION 101 : Fabric Care



Polyester, rayon, nylon… You hear these words all the time and see them on the labels of your clothes, but what do they mean? Read here for a basic run-down on what these fabrics are and how you should wash and dry them to keep them in top condition!

**Always make sure to refer to the sewn-in label on garments for specific instructions.

Nylon is a man-made fiber that is resilient and versatile. It is light but strong, and is used for a variety of materials, including hosiery, bridal veils, carpets, and tents. Clothing made from this fabric dry quickly and easily return to their original shape after being stretched out.
  • TO WASH: Most nylon pieces can be machine washed in warm water. It is recommended that you put hosiery in a mesh bag when washing to reduce chances of stretching or tearing.
  • TO DRY: Tumble dry on low and use fabric softener or a dryer sheet to reduce static electricity. If your piece needs to be ironed, use a low temperature setting.

Rayon is a cellulose fiber made from the purified cellulose of wood pulp. It is considered a semi-synthetic fiber because it is manufactured from naturally occurring materials. The qualities of rayon are similar to that of cotton, but is not quite as sturdy. It loses strength when wet and burns as high temperatures. Rayon is absorbent, soft, silky, and wrinkles easily. Rayon is also prone to stretching when wet and shrinking when washed.
  • TO WASH: Unless labeled that it is machine washable, rayon should be hand-washed in lukewarm water with a light detergent. Never twist or bunch up the garment, as it could be damaged. If you do machine wash it, use warm water and wash it alone or in a mesh bag.
  • TO DRY: Smooth out any wrinkles or shake the garment out before laying it on a flat surface to dry. If hung, use a non-metal hanger to avoid rust spots. When ironing rayon, do so while it is inside-out and damp, using a pressing cloth and a low heat setting.

Polyester is a strong synthetic material that is used in a variety of items, from clothing to pillow stuffing to seatbelts and finish on some wood products. It is resistant to creasing and is nonabsorbent, though it does hold oil stains. Polyester is often used in blends with other fabrics.
  • TO WASH: Polyester fabrics should be turned inside-out before machine washing on warm with a standard detergent. **Bleach may be too harsh for polyester materials. Instead, soak white pieces in a mixture of one gallon of water and ½ cup of automatic dishwasher detergent overnight to brighten them.
  • TO DRY: Polyester can be machine dried on a low temperature setting. Be careful of over-drying, as this may cause the garment to shrink. A dryer sheet or fabric softener (during wash) will reduce static cling. If ironing, use a moderately warm setting.

Spandex is a man-made fiber known most for its sturdy elasticity. It is always blended with other fabrics and has many different uses in apparel. Spandex is very resistant to sun damage, washing, oils and perspiration, and heat.
  • TO WASH: Spandex can be hand-washed or machine-washed in lukewarm water with a standard detergent.
  • TO DRY: Machine dry using low heat or line-dry. If ironing is necessary, do so rapidly on a low heat setting and do not leave the iron sitting in one place for too long. 

Cotton is a natural fiber that comes from the seed pod of a cotton plant. It is a very common, sturdy fabric that can withstand high temperatures and is very absorbent. It may wrinkle easily.
  • TO WASH: Cotton can easily be machine washed on warm with a standard detergent.
  • TO DRY: A higher heat setting should be used when machine drying cotton. It can also be ironed on a high heat setting.
For more about fabric care, check out these sites:
Fabric Care Symbols. You see them on the tags of all of your clothing, but what do those little symbols mean? Here's a handy chart to help you sort out the proper care of your garments!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Fashion 101 : Dresses

Confused by different terms that people use when they talk about dresses? Here's a breakdown on what some of those terms mean so that you can be in the know! 
Also, find out what cuts and styles can best complement your body type!

An empire waist dress is distinguished by a raised waistline. It usually sits below the bust and then the rest of the dress flows out from it.  This cut accentuates the body by pulling attention upwards and allowing a looser fit around the natural waistline.

  • Works well for women with a "rectangle" or "apple" body type.

Wrap dresses do what the name suggests- wrap around your body. These dresses accentuate the waist and draw attention upwards. They help create an hourglass figure by lifting and separating the bust.

  • Works great for women with "pear" or "rectangle" body types.

The sweetheart neckline is distinguished by two curves over the bust come down and meet in the center, creating what looks like the top of heart.

  • A sweetheart neckline works nicely with every body type, but may be more difficult for women with fuller busts to wear.

A shift dress is a usually short dress that lacks definitive shaping. A shift is often sleeveless and may have darts, though, typically, does not feature any other detail.

  • This style works well for women who have an "hourglass" or "rectangle" body type.

A cap sleeve is a short-sleeve that covers the shoulder. It does not extend down or under the arm. It usually has a tighter fit at the top of the garment. 

  • A cap sleeve works well if you have a "pear" or "rectangle body type, or if your waist is wider than your hips and bust.


A babydoll dress has a high waistline which allows the bottom of the dress to flow away from the body. It sometimes features lace or ruffles because of their youthful nature. 

  • This style looks especially great if you have an "apple," "hourglass," "rectangle," or "inverted triangle" body type.

A shirt dress borrows from the style of a men’s shirt. They often have a collar or buttons down the front to mimic that style. They are usually cut without a seam at the waist and rely on the use of a belt to define the waist because of their loose fit.
  • A shirt dress complements women with a "rectangle, "inverted triangle," "apple," or "hourglass" body type best.

What looks good on me?
Each woman has a unique body that will be outfitted with thousands of pieces of clothing throughout her lifetime. Sometimes, you wear something just because you want to (why not!), but, sometimes, you want to find something that will flatter the figure you have. Here are some tips on what styles will flatter your shape if you are looking to do just that!
  • If your hips are wider than your bust, try wearing halter or wrap dresses which will accentuate your waist to balance the two out.
  • If your bust is wider than your hips, you can try to avoid focusing attention on your upper body by passing on dresses with high necklines and thin straps.
  • If your bust and waist are the same width and your waist is not as defined, empire waist and wrap dresses may give the appearance of curves. 
  • If you have a defined waist and your hips and bust are “balanced,” then try shift dresses or bodycon dresses that will emphasize your curves.
  • If you have a full midsection that is wider than your hips and bust, try an empire waist or babydoll dress to emphasize your top section and create a waistline or a knee-length dress that will highlight your legs.
  • If you have a large bust, narrow hips, and a full midsection, try wearing v-neck dresses that create a longer torso. You can also try babydoll dresses, empire waists, or belting the smallest part of your waist to create a waistline.
Remember, these are all just suggestions! Play with different styles and looks to see what you think you look best in!