Sunday, June 5, 2011

Bringing Back the 90's!

Crop tops!!! We have seen them before and they are back! but are they here to stay? I hope so!

We all remember the famous Kelly Kopowski from "Saved by the Bell" who rocked the crop top at all times. This 90's heart throb would dress up the look with high waisted floral pants and dress it down when she was working at the show's local restaurant hangout, 'The Max'. Kelly wasn't the only celeb of the 90's that was in to the crop top either. Cher and her girls in the movie "Clueless" also made this look thrive. From gym class to nights out with their friends the girls made the crop top popular. "Clueless" also introduced high waisted plaid skirts as well, and I can't lie, I'm not too mad that those haven't made a come back yet.

Now in the year 2011 crop tops are making a come back! All the celebs, such as Lindsay Lohan, along with Audrina and Whitney from MTV's "The Hills" are wearing them. We have also seen them appear on the runway as well. Not unlike the 90's the crop top of today can also be dressy or casual! I personally love the fringe crop top that we got in the store just this week. The customers have been asking for crop tops non stop and they are going quickly! This look is easy to pull off with the right accessories and bottoms! I like to wear them with with high-waisted shorts or jeans.

Love it or hate it the crop top is back! Although this may be something we look back and say "what were we thinking?" I plan on following Kelly Kopowski and rocking the look just about everywhere I go while I can!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Looking for the Perfect Summer Dress?

We think we've found it. This summer, Niche introduces Judith March to Indiana.

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Judith March is a vintage inspired clothing line that specializes in casual dresses and tailored shorts. Designed for the modern woman, Judith March dresses are built around a classic pattern, but always contrasted with a bold accent. Whether that accent be blue bird patterned fabric, inverted ruffles, or over-sized bows, a Judith March dress is sure to unveil your free spirit.

Niche is the only boutique in Indiana to carry Judith March. Four dresses from the line will be featured in Niche this season.

1. Turquoise Tease T-Collared Dress

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A basic brown dress is jazzed up with a detailed, textured turquoise collar.

2. He Loves Me Not Navy Dress

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A large coral flower is sure to catch eyes this summer.

3. Birds Suddenly Appear Navy Dress

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This blue bird covered dress is given an edge with a cut out back and over-sized tie.

4. Lakohta Embroidered Dress

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An embroidered black dress captures a mysterious look.

Influenced by generations ranging from 1950s- 1970s, the line holds a classic innocence. The vintage ambiance is twisted into upcoming trends. All of these dresses can be carried into fall, paired with boots and a cardigan.

Judith march's collection will be trickling into Niche beginning in late June. Prices start at $70.

Monday, May 16, 2011

3-in-1 Satchel


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Over-the-Shoulder Satchel

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This multi-functional bag is perfect for every adventure, day or night. Switching from the practicality of a backpack, to the simplicity of a handbag, and finally to a classic shoulder satchel, makes this bag a jack of all trades. Our saddle bag is featured in both black and brown, and is accented with a tassel and a gold zipper. With three functional pockets this bag can hold every odd and in. Made of vegan leather. $50.00

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Purdue Fashion Show

I am a lucky girl!
I got the opportunity to be an intern for the summer at niche, my name is Chelsea and I am a proud Purdue Apparel Design Student!!Every year Purdue University holds a fashion show where the Apparel Design and Technology students are able to show off garments that they have designed and produced. A lot of work goes into this show and some of the looks turn out to be absolutely fabulous.
Everything that goes into the show from the clothes to the staging and ticketing is all done by the students. Throughout the spring semester we have a class that divides us up into teams where we are able to handle models management, models presentation, finance, venue, music, art gallery, design and dressers, publications, etc. We hold model call outs, hire people to do hair and make up, set up the stage and get real experience on working a fashion show, and if i must say so myself it always turns out well.The way it works is that freshman produce one look, sophmores produce two and juniors produce 3. Seniors are able to produce an entire collection! These collection rage from 6 tp as many garments they want. This year the highest number was 12!!

Anyway pictures are worth a thousand here are some of the looks!!--

The two looks that i produced as a sophmore

Model (left) and SENIOR Emily Stuckwisch who was a former intern at niche! (right)

Steve Sweat SENIOR Collection
Photo by Brian Powell

Junior Emily Knott's Design

Sophmore Ally Zimmerman's design

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Smoking Gun

Bad day? Need a pick me up? Try You will feel much better. Trust me!

With 24 categories including tramp stamp and grills, has proven to be my newest guilty little pleasure. Click through hundreds of mug shots from the average joe to celebrities and wannabes. Check below for a few of my faves!

The Sham-Wow guy!


Vanilla Ice! Haha.
Vanilla Ice again!

Awww snookie!!


Celebrity mug shots as well as a constant feed of civilian photos should keep you on your toes....So stay out of trouble or we will be seeing you on the smoking gun!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Since my recently engaged younger sister has begun to plan her wedding, I am all of the sudden completely and insanely obsessed with everything old, new, borrowed and blue. I have been googling, stalking and crashing weddings, purely for inspiration of course, but could not have even dreamed up something as adorable as the story below. From, I present to you, the story of Abby and Dan......

From the bride, Abbey: Dan decided early on in the planning process that top hats were high on his list of “must haves.” A nod to his British heritage, this started the ball rolling. Having both grown up in theater (with mothers who are both costumers) we knew that drama (and DIY) would play a big part. More than aesthetics, however, we knew we wanted a wedding that was a uniquely “us” and so we set out to incorporate meaning into every detail so nothing was included unless it spoke to our lives, our families and our love.

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We rented a 1936 white touring coach from The Ambassador’s Rolls. The coach, which seated 14, was originally designed and used for touring national parks like Zion and Yosemite. My dad’s side of the family was heavily involved in the founding of national parks in the southwest, so we felt that this was an appropriate choice.

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Your wedding style? Whimsical, theatrical, traditional (with a twist).

I could not commit to a tight color palette, so I opted instead to keep most of our details black and white allowing our flowers to be a total explosion of color.

Almost everything about our wedding was DIY, from the 10 page booklet style invitations to the website designed with help from my new brother-in-law ( to the clay mustaches in our photobooth that we set up with crepe paper streamers, lighting kit, tripod and remote shutter release. We used the same remote shutter release to take our own engagement pictures in DC and had so much fun with it, we knew our guests would too.

We folded cootie catchers, designed and printed signs, made programs that doubled as fans and attractive mustaches and spent a year collecting the vintage globes, books, scrabble tiles, bells (to ring for a kiss), snow globes (from places we’d visited), sugars and creamers and random treasures that decorated the tables. We made arrangements out of wholesale flowers, created a dozen different guest books and assembled photos of every member of our extended family on their wedding day. Even my shoes were a DIY achievement, but more on that to come.

1920s inspired hollywood glam wedding shoes

Dan and I both grew up in Colorado, so deciding to host the wedding extravaganza in Denver was a no-brainer.

We were married in Our Lady of Loretto Chapel on the campus of Colorado Heights University (which most Denver-ites remeber as Loretto Heights). The church celebrates its 100th birthday this year. The art history geek in me loved the catholic church trappings, carved canopy over the altar, statues of Mary and Jesus and plenty of stained glass. The non-traditionalist in me loved that there was no resident congregation, and so we were free to choose the readings, music and officiant we wanted.

1920s inspired hanging light lanterns

1920s inspired bride and groom outfits

Our dear friend and Boulder Fire Chief, Andrew Moschetti was ordained for the occasion and did us the honor of officiating. Friends gave readings that ranged from Madeline L’Engle to dinosaur stories.

We chose Mile High Station for our reception because we loved the industrial feel that was so reminiscent of our old warehouse loft that we lived in in Denver before moving to DC. From the polished concrete floors to the incredible chandeliers, the space is fantastic and requires no additional decoration.

1920s top hat inspired wedding theme

1920s inspired typewriter guestbook

We designed, printed and assembled our 10-page booklet-style wedding invitations ourselves. The labels on the front were from Envelopper, Inc. The paper including linen cover stock, velvet interior stock and vellum were all from The Paper Mill Store. The kraft paper outer and RSVP envelopes were from Paper Presentation, and the booklets were bound with black and white twine from Divine Twine.

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My dress was custom-made for me by my college costume design professor, and incredibly talented friend, Ted Stark. It was exactly the ruffled-cream confection of my dreams and was all the more special in that it was made just for me.

My mom made my birdcage veil decorated with an antique rhinestone necklace from her mom.

My shoes were a near disaster – and one of my favorite DIY moments. After deliberating for weeks over which pair of shoes to buy (but knowing I wanted blue) I selected a white dye-able pair and brought them to the cobbler so I could choose the perfect hue. Just days before the wedding I received a nervous call; the shoes were somewhat tie-dyed, blotchy and runny, not at all what I had hoped for. My two teenage cousins and junior bridesmaids swung into action with a trip to the craft store, a handful of blue fabric markers and hundreds of clear crystals. Everyone took a shift at the kitchen counter affixing sparkles and the final product was made with so much love, they surpassed anything I could have purchased. They may have dyed my feet blue, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Another very talented friend, Jessica, coiffed my hair along with most of the bridal party’s. I did my makeup myself.

1920s inspired candlelabra decor

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1920s inspired birdcage veil

1920s inspired wedding ceremony

Our moms entered to Simple Gifts; The bridal party to Trumpet Voluntary, and I walked down the aisle to the classic Bridal Chorus all played on the 100-year-old pipe organ.

As soon as we were pronounced husband and wife, a 20 person choir made up of musical friends from across the country erupted in Can’t Help Falling in Love of Elvis fame from the church’s balcony.

Dan and I danced to Ben Fold’s The Luckiest performed by on of our multi-talented groomsmen, Jordan Kenning and we twirled around the floor with my dad and his mom to La Vie en Rose – which it certainly was.

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1920s inspired wedding decor ideas

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1920s inspired ruffled flapper wedding dress

twenties ruffled flapper inspired wedding dress

The bridesmaids’ bouquets, boutonnière for groom, groomsmen, ring bearer and dads, and corsages for our moms and grandmas were made by Megan at Happy Canyon Flowers. She did a fabulous job of incorporating all of my different ideas. My bouquet included favorite flowers for the women on my mom’s side of the family. The groomsmen wore craspedia, the dad’s; bachelor buttons and Dan; an incredible fuchsia dahlia. Our mom & grandma’s wrist corsages included vintage 50′s pins that said “Mom” and “Grandma” and our ring-bearer’s boutonnière, a lego man; his favorite.

1920s inspired wedding polka dot dresses

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The groom and groomsmen all wore full morning suits (in keeping with our British styling). Dan’s was purchased and tailored just for him while the rest of the guys rented from Men’s Warehouse. We bought the vests online separately to avoid the shiny backless options at Men’s Warehouse and get something a little more authentic. Each groomsmen wore a different black and white cravat and a set of Chicago U token cuff-links – a gift from Dan to commemorate his bachelor weekend there. Dan finished his look with a purple cravat and grey and purple argyle socks. Our littlest bridal party member, ring-bearer Brandon opted for black Converse instead of dress shoes. The hats that set the whole party in motion were also ordered online.

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Catering by Design worked with me to create the family style feast we envisioned. A traditional British meat and potatoes meal featured roast beef and mashed potatoes with spicy mustard and basil mayo with plenty of roasted veggies on the side. Appetizers during cocktail hour focused on our different backgrounds with mini rellenos representing my southwestern roots.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings? Have fun, enjoy the ride, take time to incorporate meaning and let your personalities shine through and find meaningful ways to incorporate your family and friends into building your big day.

My favorite memories of the wedding were of the week before with all of my family huddled around the table, sculpting mustaches, bedazzling shoes and arranging flowers. By the time we got to the reception, they had as much ownership of the event as I did! It was their party too, and I loved that.