Just after completing a 30-day self-love journey where I made a deliberate effort to love and prioritize myself a bit each day, I received the most perfectly timed invitation to attend a “Love Yourself Portrait and Beauty Celebration” from photographer, artist, and owner of Lusicovi Creative, Elise Rorick. Mr. O&O and I have a stunning collage in our dining room from a Charles Dickens themed Christmas photo shoot she did for us a few years ago, so already knowing how talented she is, I was thrilled to have the chance to pose for this #loveyourself themed shoot.
The event included several local vendors offering a variety of self-care themed items, my favorites being the complimentary hand massages from Hillside Avenue Spa & Salon, a fun just-because flower arrangement I took home from Southern Sky Design, and some heavenly-smelling tea I picked up for a friend from Lesley Saligone Wellness.
But the highlight of the day was a festive photo booth where you could color a heart and write one thing you love about yourself to hold in your photos in exchange for amazing, complimentary, edited pictures from the lovely Lusicovi Creative. What a perfect way to show yourself some love! I even got to fulfill a secret goal of mine to wear a flower crown. Elise was tons of fun to work with and she is incredibly talented. If you are looking for a photographer, give Elise a call and mention this post for 15% off your booking fee.
This event was such a blessing! I loved spending an hour just enjoying some me-time surrounded by gorgeous flowers while quietly coloring. As an extrovert, I of course also enjoyed chatting with the local small businesses about their passions and mission to promote self-care, but it was a great reminder to take time for myself. Even Jesus withdrew from the crowded world to pray and recharge in solitude, so I’m thinking that this self-care stuff is totally legit! Thanks Elise for putting on this awesome event at the most perfect time. Can’t wait for next year!
Back in August, at the first Junior League meeting of the new league the year, Kid President asked me, “What do you want to teach the world?” In response, I started this blog to create a platform with which I could teach the world something. I am still experimenting with exactly what to teach, but I’m especially thankful to the JLI for inspiring me to start writing again, and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to them! If you aren’t familiar with this fantastic organization of women, the Junior League is a national non-profit committed to 3 simple things:
Holiday Mart is gigantic group of vendors set up in the Marsh Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fair Grounds. They sell a wide variety of gifts and goodies perfect for kicking off your holiday shopping. My absolute favorite vendor is SaraBoo Creek, a darling shop offering thousands of different wooden letters and shapes you can combine to form your own personalized signs or ornaments. I have one hanging in my bedroom now!
Another one of my favorites is Indianapolis local shop Delaney’s, specializing in fashion, gifts, and home goods. I found a fabulous cape there last year.
A new vendor this year is VOM FASS, a gourmet olive oil and vinegar shop. My favorite flavor is the fig balsamic. Hint: If you’ve shopped here before and still have the original bottle your oil or vinegar came in, bring it back and receive several dollars off your purchase!
Holiday Mart opens Wednesday, Nov 12 for a special preview event called Shopper’s Eve, which includes valet parking, wine, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. This is loads of fun, but don’t worry if you miss it; Girls Night Out is on Friday, Nov 14 at 6 pm, which is a similar deal with complimentary desserts, cocktails, swag bags, and special discounts. But you don’t need a special event to get your shop on! General admission shopping hours are listed below:
This week at the Junior League of Indianapolis 2014-2015 kickoff meeting, “Kid President” asked a room full of women chowing down on delicious MCL catering, “What do you want to teach the world?”
Swallowing my bacon-topped mac ‘n’ cheese, I really pondered this. What do I want to teach the world? First, I supposed, I had to determine what I was even qualified to teach. Of course, editing came to mind, but that is my day job, and the world already has Grammar Girl. I mean, who can compete with her anyway? Then there are the altruistic things, like faith, leadership, morality, literacy, teamwork, and world peace, but I feel like those things are hard to teach and are more ingrained in a person’s character (although ideally some of those virtues would still shine through).
“So,” I ask myself, “let’s get real. What am I actually good at that people want to learn about?”
Begin brainstorm: Writing. Planning parties. Decorating. Being classy. Crafting. Reading. Matching. Hosting. Picking out the perfect outfit. Carrying out a theme. Making things look pretty. Traditions. Learning. Loving others. Analyzing literature. Gift-giving. Eating! Cooking (sometimes). Pinning. Organizing. Shopping. Okay, wow, this is a pretty long list! I pat myself on the back – oh jeez, being humble isn’t on there, is it? (Sheepish grin.) Now the question is, “How do I combine all of these fabulous qualities into one cohesive teaching and sharing medium?”
Enter blog idea: Overdressed & Overeducated. For the stylishly smart. A literary lifestyle blog, complete with a hodgepodge of event-appropriate ensembles, perfectly planned parties, and a book review here and there. So, it’s not world peace, but can’t people benefit from a little social-appropriateness-turned-social-amazingness?! Plus, I already have a backlog of parties and events to post about, so here’s to fabulous ideas and brilliant outfits!
I'm a Virginia-native uprooted to Indianapolis to marry my husband and start our sweet family of 3. As an overdressed editor, I love planning parties and good reads.