A DIFFERENT KIND OF DATE NIGHT

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If only you could smell through a photo.  Local business, Penn & Beech Candle Co., is brand new on the block, located on Massachusetts Avenue to be specific.  The family owned company opened up shop in March, although they’ve had an online store for two years.  The storefront was the perfect place to have a Dottie Girl day date!

There are 92 scents to choose from and for those creating their own candle, the combinations are endless.  Pick up an 18 oz. 60 hour burning candle for only $18.  Or, if you have 90 minutes to burn (pun intended) create your own and combine whatever scents you like.

Penn & Beech is the perfect place for a different kind of date night.  We paired lacy tanks and colorful kimonos for a casual, sexy look.

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BLACK LACE TRIM WRAP TANK

BEIGE/BLACK MULTI PRINT KIMONO

FRAYED HEM DENIM SHORTS

BEIGE SUEDE WEDGES

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MULTI PRINT BOHO KIMONO

FRAYED HEM DENIM SHORTS

BEIGE SUEDE WEDGES

Girls night out!  With easy access to close by fun restaurants and bars, have a candle making party with your ladies and then hit the town!  The swanky location calls for trendy jumpsuits and dresses.  Check out what the Dottie Girls wore.

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BLACK MULTI STRAP ROMPER

MAUVE PRINTED WRAP MAXI DRESS

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LIGHT BLUE FLORAL RUFFLE DRESS

BEIGE SUEDE WEDGES

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ORANGE/GREEN FLORAL JUMPER

STONE CUT-OUT HEEL

Out of state? Shop their online store,  Penn & Beech Candle Co.  Or, follow them on Instagram @pennandbeech for all the latest!

MARCH CELEBRITY OUTFIT DUPES

Can you believe it?! March is already here!  Time to restock your closet with key spring essentials.  Celebrities are out and about in their warm weather looks and we are loving their style!  Steal their looks for a fraction of the price.

Cream Sweater

With spring style comes spring weather. The ever fluctuating temps mean having a lightweight, neutral sweater is absolute must!  Wear it with shorts, pants, or over another top for those cooler days/nights.  Snag this look for nearly a third of the price.

Get the look: SOFT CABLE KNIT SWEATER 

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Floral Dress

Calling all boho babes!  This dreamy dress is an absolute staff favorite.  Wear this floral number to a wedding or out to brunch with your girls.  Its versatility makes it a closet VIP and a needed piece to your spring wardrobe.

Get the look: FLORAL CROSS BACK MAXI

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Gingham Dress

Give us all the bold prints!  Gingham is a trend that we are completely getting on board with this spring.  It’s the perfect way to try print a classic print in a modern fit.

Get the look: NAVY CHECKERED RUFFLE HEM DRESS

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Striped Tee

Every girl needs a classic striped tee in her closet.  It’s the perfect outfit solution for those days that you’re in a hurry and want a quick, yet polished look.  However, no one needs to pay boo-coo bucks for one, grab yours for a fraction of the price at DCB.

Get the look: IVORY GREY STRIPED TEE

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Overalls

Make outfit planning easy with this old, favorite trend in an brand new way! Overall, we give this revamped trend two thumbs up.

Get the look: BLUE DENIM OVERALL SHORTS

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MAKE YOUR CLOSET NEAT

A new season is blooming, meaning only one thing – the dreaded chore of spring cleaning is looming over all of us.  First things first, the closet!  The task seems daunting.  Over-packed shelves, crowded hangers, items in wrong places.  Someone, anyone, HELP!  Never fear, the ladies from NEAT Method are here!

Recently, the organizational queens from NEAT showed us how to clean up our act.  Devon from @tidyindy, the Indianapolis branch of NEAT Method, supplied six small organizational tips that made a big difference.  By following her advice, you can take your closet from an inefficient mess to a beautiful, functioning space.

Here’s what Devon advised:

TIP 1: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

As you look at your closet, think about what you do daily. Do you make the journey into an office? Are you a fitness junkie that works out every morning? Are you a student heading to classes? Thinking about how you spend your time will help you understand what you wear on daily basis. And where should those items be? Front and center.

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TIP 2: CREATE SPACE

Not all of us have the super spacious closet you see in movies. And even if you do, consider packing away your seasonal pieces.  Spring is the perfect time to store your sweaters, coats, boots, and outerwear (don’t forget to label!). Storing items seasonally will provide you with the space to see the items you will be wearing this spring.

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TIP 3: CATEGORIZE

Categorizing your clothing and accessories will create a clear home for all items in your closet. From the most obvious like hats, scarves, swimwear, to your shirt sleeve length.

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TIP 4: TOPS ON TOP, BOTTOMS ON BOTTOM

Just as simple as it sounds! If you have a closet setup that includes top and bottom rods, tops should live on the top and bottoms should live on the bottom.

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TIP 5: ROY G BIV

Just like you learned in elementary school.  ROY G BIV (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) will not only create an aesthetically pleasing closet, but will make your outfit selections a breeze.

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TIP 6: LABELING FOR THE WIN

Labeling is the absolute most important detail in not only creating an organized space, but sustaining an organized space! Labeling provides clarity to where each piece belongs and will also make the lovely chore of laundry super simple.

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And the finished product…drum roll please….

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Wal-lah!  A beautiful, organized, functioning closet!  A side-effect of an organized closet is having extra space for new items.  Time to check out DCB’s new arrivals!

Indy locals, if you want an in-depth organizational consultation of your personal space, contact devonbloxom@neatmethod.com.  If you live anywhere else, contact info@neatmethod.com.  Follow @tidyindy and @neatmethod on Instagram for more great organizational tips!  Be sure to tag us in your NEAT closet @dottiecouturebtq, happy organizing!

 

 

 

RESORT FASHION

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Freezing temps have pushed many to plan a winter tropical vacation.  Want to getaway fast?  Condense the items you put in your suitcase by planning ahead!  Check out the versatility of the items we packed in our carry-on!

  1. TROPICAL OFF THE SHOULDER BIKINI 

First things first, grab a trendy, tropical suit!   Try the fun fit of the off the shoulder bikini.  The combination of the high waist bottoms and flowy top are sure to flatter any figure.

2. ROSE CROCHET KIMONO

Throw the Rose Crochet Kimono over your bikini to transition from the beach to the cabana.  Or, wear it over a basic tank or top to dinner.  The kimono is a versatile piece necessary for any beach vacation.

3. CROCHET FRONT DENIM SHORTS

Take any outfit from drab to fab with the cute detail of the Crochet Front Denim Shorts.  Plan on packing lighter than usual as the shorts can be worn with multiple outfits.  Dress them up for a night out with cute wedges, or wear them to the beach with your favorite sandals!

4. IVORY/PINK EMBROIDERED TUNIC

Ah, another adaptable piece! Style the Ivory/Pink Embroidered Tunic as a top or a dress.  This tunic is a great way to have a polished look without pulling out all the stops.

5. CHARCOAL STRIPED TANK MAXI

Think easy, breezy. You’re on vacation!  The Charcoal Striped Maxi is great for any type of warm getaway as its classic pattern can be worn to a hot dog stand or fancy beach dinner.  It’s perfect for the traveler whose plans are always changing.

6. CHARTREUSE V SWEATER

Warm up cool beach nights with the bold and bright Chartreuse V Sweater.  Sadly, the weather is never completely predictable so a warm option is always necessary.

7. OUTLINED FRAMED SUNNIES PINK

The silhouette of the Outlined Framed Sunnies is great for any face shape.  Shield yourself from the sun in style.  Plus, their affordable price (no worries if you lose them) makes purchasing a no brainer.

8. DO NOT DISTURB SUNHAT

The hat that says it all.  Get some R & R in the shade and protect your face from harmful rays.

9. MINT CHIFFON OPEN SHOULDER BLOUSE

Bright, bold colors will accentuate the color you get at the beach!  Pair the Mint Chiffon Blouse with denim shorts for a casual look or dress it up with white denim.

10. STRAW POM TRAVEL BAG

Headed to the beach?  Throw all your necessities in the Straw Pom Travel Bag.  It can easily fit a towel, an outfit and a few other goodies.  PLUS, its made of straw so the sand will easily fall out of the bottom.

11. LILAC/BLUE PRINTED DRESS

Wear this flattering fit for a breezy beach night date.  Once temperatures warm up locally, wear it all spring!

12. FLAMINGO CIRCULAR BEACH TOWEL

Want to try a print but are afraid to actually wear it?  Try it with a beach towel!  The sassy flamingo print is sure to get you in a tropical mood.

13. WHITE STRETCH SKINNY

The easiest way to dress up a casual top is to pair it with white denim! Take any outfit from casual to chic for a fun night out.

JANUARY CELEBRITY OUTFIT DUPES

Your January celebrity outfit dupes are here!  Check out how your favorite celebrities are styling their favorite winter pieces.  It’s all about incorporating neutrals, neutrals, neutrals (with the occasional pop of super bright color)!

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Steal Kendall Jenner’s style!  A chic pea coat can easily take you from office to out on the town!  Grab yours for a fraction of the price and wear it all winter long!

Find it here: Tan Peacoat

PHOTO CREDIT: http://sosueme.ie/celeb-land/steal-style-kendall-jenner-topshop-unique-show/

Joggers Square

Kate Hudson is the queen of sporty-chic, steal her style!  The athleisure trend is perfect for maintaining those New Year’s resolutions.  Go from the gym to running errands in these adorable form-fitting joggers.

Find them here: Camo Joggers

PHOTO CREDIT: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2597611/Kate-Hudson-shows-slim-physique-camouflage-leggings-picking-snacks.html

Jumpsuit Square

Add a pop of color to your winter neutrals with a daring bright red jumpsuit!  Kourtney Kardashian pulls off this bold look effortlessly, and you can too!  Try the flattering fit of the Dottie jumpsuit, you can’t go wrong!

Find it here: Red Off the Shoulder Jumpsuit

PHOTO CREDIT: http://www.stylebistro.com/lookbook/Kourtney+Kardashian/r7jJtJqENnK/Clothes

Overall Square

MAJOR TREND ALERT – overalls (and they don’t have to be blue)! We’re feeling these major 90’s vibes.  Wear your pair straight into spring and style them multiple ways.

Find them here: Black Denim Overall

PHOTO CREDIT: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/369084131935222465/

Stripe Square

Steal your boyfriend’s style just like Gigi did.  A relaxed button down and a pair of denim is screaming chic street style.  Grab yours for nearly half the price.

Find it here: Charcoal Striped Button Down

PHOTO CREDIT: http://i-love-fashion-and-boys.blogspot.it/2016/04/striped-shirts.html

BUY A CUP OF JOE, HELP SOMEONE IN NEED

Turns out, giving back is as easy as buying a cup of coffee.  Local coffee house, The Well, has made its mission to help those in need by serving up delicious brews. The Well gives its profits to worthy causes like building wells in African communities that do not have access to clean water.  Anytime you buy a cup of coffee for yourself from The Well, you’re also giving to someone else in a big way.

Dottie loves collaborating with companies that have big hearts.  You can feel good about shopping at DCB, too!  At the end of every month, Dottie donates a portion of proceeds to a different organization or cause close to our heart.  Shopping is even more fun when it’s for a good cause!

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Local Indy blogger, Kathleen Post stopped by The Well and cozied up with a cappuccino.  In her first look, she gave a gloomy day a pop of color in the Green Knit Layered Sleeve Sweater.  The sweater paired with the Black Patent Leather Clutch is giving us total Central Perk vibes.

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In Kathleen’s second look she switched out the bold sweater for the neutral Oatmeal Textured Knit Sweater and added the Black Velvet Fiddler Hat and Velvet Quilted Black Purse for some flare.  This sweater is longer than the first and is great for long days at the coffee shop spent reading or studying – perfect for college!

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Bold prints give dreary coffee shop days life!  Steal Kathleen’s look for your own.  Pair the Heart Printed Long Sleeve with your favorite denim and nail the perfect street style.

For more style inspo follow Kathleen on Instagram, @kathleen.post.

 

GET DOUBLE OUT OF YOUR DENIM

Forget diamonds, denim is a girl’s best friend.  In a world of fast fashion, it’s important to have key pieces that mix well with trending styles.  Think of denim as the staple that holds all your outfits together.  Keep the base of your outfit on point and the rest of your outfit planning is made easy.

Three pieces of denim are essential to your wardrobe.  Check out how we styled a pair of solid denim, a pair of destructed denim and a denim jacket!

SOLID DENIM | Dark Blue Denim Skinny

Solid Denim

A pair of dark, solid denim is an absolute must.  Think of this pair as your bestie.  The pair of denim you can rely on for almost any occasion.  They fit well and can be worn with just about any top in your closet.

In Option 1, the denim is dressed casually.  Pair it with a slouchy top and your favorite bootie and wallah! You have an amazing everyday look.

In Option 2, the denim gets a classy update.  Take your denim out on the town.   Add an off the shoulder top and a strappy heel.

DESTRUCTED DENIM | Distressed Cuffed Ankle Skinny

Destructed Denim

When you think destructed denim, do you think casual?  Think again!  There are so many ways to pair this essential piece of denim.

In Option 1, the denim looks polished as its combined with a trendy textured coat and sleek booties.  This atypical pairing is a perfect way to give a boring outfit life.

In Option 2, the denim looks completely different!  Over-the-knee boots don’t always have to be paired with solid denim.  Combine destructed denim and OTK boots to tone down your look to cool and casual.

DENIM JACKET | Pearl Studded Denim Jacket

Another way to wear denim: jackets!  Update your drab denim for this fab fit just in time for 2018.  Our new pearl denim jacket adds extra interest to this closet staple.  It’s more versatile than you may think!

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In Option 1, it’s styled down with a pair of leggings, sneaks and a beanie.  This street style look is updated and fresh and perfect for running errands and grabbing coffee.

In Option 2, the jacket is giving total cool girl vibes.  Pair it with dark denim and a high bootie heel for a chic, trendy outfit that will take you from day to night.

Check out our denim tab to find a piece you love!  Use code DENIM15 for 15% off any denim item you purchase!

BOUTIQUE STYLING SESSIONS

GET STYLED

Let us shop for you!  Local Dottie Girls can enjoy a free shopping service offered at each of the boutique locations.  Allow an in-house stylist to pick out pieces specific to your style and wardrobe needs.

To get started, email Kristen at kristen@dottiecouture.com to schedule an appointment.  She will send you a brief survey.  The survey allows the stylist to get to know your style and the type of wardrobe pieces you are looking for.

Prior to your appointment, your stylist will select complete, styled outfits specific to your requests and have them ready for you in a reserved fitting room.  When you arrive, you will be greeted with your drink of choice that you selected on the survey beforehand.  Champagne, wine, coffee, soda or water will be waiting for you just outside your dressing room.

On average six to ten looks are hand-picked according to the wardrobe updates you need.  The stylist will go over each of the looks with you and let you know how pieces can be mixed and matched.  As you try items on, the stylist will be waiting just outside ready to swap sizes and help you with anything you may need.  The goal is to walk away with pieces you can style numerous ways that you completely love!

Looking for a reason to schedule an appointment? A new season, a new job, special event, or just because are great reasons to schedule a styling session.  As an added perk, enjoy 15% off your entire purchase every time we style you! 😊

CATE’S CURATED WINTER LOOKS

Dottie Girl, Cate, was styled by Lindsey at our Fisher’s boutique location.  She requested interchangeable winter pieces as well as an option for a NYE look.  Lindsey pulled winter neutrals and showed Cate her favorite ways to style them!

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Stylists will always try to use certain pieces (a.k.a. “staples”) multiple times within different outfit combinations.  The Black Faux Suede Moto Leggings were shown with three of the six looks pulled for Cate.  However, Lindsey mentioned that the leggings could be worn with five of the six outfits! The leggings look different with each outfit combo shown.

Other staples can just as easily be interchanged as well.  For example, the Black Leather Zipper Jacket can be worn over Look 1, Look 2 or Look 6.  It’s your stylist’s job to maximize your wardrobe’s potential.  She will show you the best combinations you’re sure to love!

Listed below are the looks Lindsey pulled for Cate.  If you’re not a local, you can still shop the looks!  If you have any questions about fit or sizing chat with a Customer Service Dottie Girl on our website from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST Monday – Friday.  Or email sales@dottiecouture.

Winter Outfits

LOOK 1

Charcoal Ribbed Open Shoulder Tunic Size Small

Black Suede Ankle Strap Heels

LOOK 2

Ruby Sequin Dress Size Small

Black Patent Leather Clutch

Black Suede Ankle Strap Heels

LOOK 3

Black Fitted Ribbed Turtle Neck Size Small

Ivory/Black Checkered Long Vest Size Small

Black Faux Suede Moto Leggings Size Small

Black Buckle Hat

Black Suede Ankle Strap Heels

LOOK 4

White/Grey Striped Button Down Size Small

Black Leather Zipper Jacket Size Small

Black Faux Suede Moto Leggings Size Small

Black Suede Ankle Strap Heels

LOOK 5

Rust Textured Soft Sweater Size Small/Medium

Dark Blue Denim Skinny Size 3

Oatmeal Side Buckle Booties

LOOK 6

Black Fitted Ribbed Turtle Neck Size Small

Black Faux Suede Moto Leggings Size Small

Oatmeal Sweater Cardi Size Small

Cable Knit Pom Beanie Ivory

Fringe Suede Booties – Black 

For more style inspo & tips, follow Lindsey (@lshiplove) and Cate (@catealexis) on Instagram!

4 LOW-CAL HOLIDAY DRINKS

It’s that time of year!  Friends and family are gathering to celebrate the holidays.  Serve them these festive, guilt-free spirits.  High in holiday cheer, low in calories.

Skinny Cranberry Punch

Skinny Cranberry Punch

Try the skinny, holiday version of your usual vodka cranberry!  This low-cal option is great for serving at holiday gatherings.  It’s a sweet drink but it can be made extra tart by squeezing in lemon.  It’s a true a crowd-pleaser!  Throw on your Metallic Pleated Skirt and serve this fun drink at your holiday party!

Ingredients:

64 ounces light cranberry juice (1 jug)

2 cups low sugar orange juice

1 cup pineapple juice

1 lemon

28 ounces diet ginger ale

½ cup lemon juice

½ cup Splenda

5 ounces vodka

Cranberries for garnish

Directions:

Chill all items for 1-2 hours before making.  Combine cranberry juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, ginger ale, lemon juice, Splenda and vodka in a large bowl.  Stir until Splenda is completely dissolved.  Add ice.  Cut lemon into slices.  Add to bowl.  Add cranberries to please.

Calories/serving: 120

Serves: 15

Gin Rosemary Fizzy

Gin Rosemary Fizzy

For the another super skinny concoction, try the Gin Rosemary Fizzy!  The fresh taste of rosemary and lemon diffuse within the gin.  Compared to many holiday drinks, the fizzy is incredibly light.  Pair this drink with the adorable Ruby Sequin Dress for a fun and flirty night out.

Ingredients:

2 one-inch sprigs fresh rosemary

1 freshly squeezed lemon

½ teaspoon honey

1 ½ ounces gin

3 ounces club soda

Directions:

Combine rosemary lemon juice and honey.  Mix the ingredients together.  Add gin, stir.  Add ice, stir. Add club soda.

Calories/serving: 130

Serves: 1

Red Wine Hot Chocolate

Red Wine Hot Chocolate

Enjoy all the wonderful sweet and savory flavors of the holidays with this cup of joy.  This drink is for those who enjoy a pallet of rich, sweet tastes.  Could there be a more perfect drink? Probably not.  Red wine, hot chocolate AND it is low calorie.  Sign us up!  Cozy up in the Kelly Green Turtle Neck Sweater and sip this cuddly concoction.

Ingredients:

1 cup dark chocolate chips

3 cups red wine (about 1 bottle)

4 ½ cups skim milk

Directions:

Combine chocolate chips and milk in pot over medium heat.  Stir together until chocolate chips are melted.  Add red wine to pot and whisk all ingredients together.  Add marshmallows if desired. Serve warm.

*marshmallows not included in calorie count

Calories/serving: 144

Serves: 6

Skinny Egg Nog

Skinny Eggnog

Enjoy this classic holiday drink without the guilt!  This low-calorie version will be sure to put you into the holiday spirit!  Be the hostest with the mostest this season.  Serve this festive drink to your friends and wear the Blush Beaded Trim Tunic.

Ingredients:

2 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

1 egg white

1 teaspoon cornstach

1/3 cup sugar

6 ounces rum

Optional (cinnamon & nutmeg to taste)

Directions:

Turn on stove to medium heat.  Combine almond milk and vanilla.  Bring to simmer.  Add cornstarch, sugar, egg whites and eggs into a bowl.  Mix together.  Add small amounts of egg to the almond milk mixture until two mixtures combined.  Stir together for about 6 minutes.  Let cool.  Add gin.  Stir together. Add whipped topping if desired.  Sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon.

*whipped topping not included in calorie count

Calories/serving: 158

Serves: 6

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