Thursday, August 26, 2010

Fashionable Indiana Archives

Each month I can't wait to rush to the mailbox to see if my new VOGUE has arrived.  Oh, VOGUE, in all it's fashion glory with its beautiful people and fanciful items adorning each and every page.  It's like a gift to myself every month.  No one in my house is allowed to touch it before I do!  My oldest daughter knows that she is not to leap through it or read any article until I've done so first.  It's my own little pleasure in life.

One of my very favorite sections in VOGUE is NOSTALGIA.  I have learned about many incredible, intelligent, gorgeous, strong, independent women in so many of their articles.  I get to live each month in the past for just a few moments while I read about stylish women who wouldn't take no for an answer and persevered on to do extraordinary things with their lives and careers.  In the same breath I've also learned of many others who had it all but at the end of their lives died alone with no one knowing who they were.  The latter group are the women I enjoy reading so much about - they took chances and lived life to the fullest and even though they may have left us unknown, VOGUE somehow resurrects them each month so they really are never forgotten. 

I do believe that I lived in the 30's in Old Hollywood and did something to be rich because I'm just enamored with that era.  The clothes the clothes the clothes let's not forget about the clothes in this era - simply stunning and classy.  That was when people dressed to impress and it DID matter how you presented yourself to the world.  Once I get wealthy in this life I will only be in vintage Chanel, Balenciaga, and a few rare Elsa Schiaparelli pieces added in.  It sounds funny to think that one must have money to wear "old" clothes but it's true and when that day arrives that's what you'll find me in!

Along with my love of fashion I'm an absolute history nerd.  I love love love history and everything about it.  Art history, Russian History, US History, World History, you name it I love it - the only classes I received A's in when I was in school in fact :)  My major in college was Anthropology and I wanted to be Margaret Mead since I was 4 when my mom read me a story about her.  I say all of this leading up to the reason I browse the Indiana Historical Society web site all the time. 

During one of my recent investigative sessions I came across some wonderful images from the Root Store Fashion Show to the 4-H Dress Revue winners from the Indiana State Fair to the Herz Store League of Terre Haute Fashion Models.  I was surprised and elated all at the same time.  You don't think of the Midwest as being fashion forward but I was pretty impressed with the images I collected from their site - proud as a matter of fact.  Proud that back in 1933 these women not only made most of these creations themselves but they looked AMAZING and always put together at all times.  Now I can't personally go back to 1933 and hear what New York or LA were saying about our style here in Indiana but from what I dug up I don't really care. 

I hope you enjoy this trip back as much as I did!

Until Then:  "In the adjustment of the new order of things, we women demand an equal voice; we shall accept nothing less."  - Carrie Chapman Catt

P.S. - Thank you Indiana Historical Society for the wonderful images!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Re-Creations by Christopher & Julia

Aesthetic Design Style is happy to announce our newest venture - Re-Creations by Christopher & Julia!  We will continue our endeavor of making independent fashion and accessory designers come to the forefront of fashion - that's our main focus.  But now we've become multi-faceted by creating makeup artistry for photo shoots, runway shows, editorial spots, etc. 

I began as a Makeup Artist nearly 14 years ago.  I always kept my "foot in the door" but didn't welcome the idea of going back to it more seriously until recently.  Christopher Thompson, CEO of Re-Creations by Christopher, and I worked together on several fashion events/shoots and we just got to talking about the possibility of coming together to help more people.  So, we did.  We are now able to be in two places at once when it comes to makeup while still being able to balance our other full time careers.  We look at this partnership as icing on the cake. 


We are very excited about this partnership and we look forward to the many new people we get to work with!!

Until Then:  "The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team."  - John Wooden

ShaSAM3 Giveaway Winner!

Aesthetic Design Style and ShaSAM3 congratulate Kelly Oswalt of Indianapolis, Indiana for winning our very first giveaway!  Stay tuned for more amazing giveaways in the near future!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Our FIRST Giveaway!!!!

We're proud to bring you our very first GIVEAWAY!  Everyone likes pretty things so we thought we'd try and see how this whole giveaway thing works.  We hope you like it - if you do we'll continue to do more from a variety of designers. 

ShaSAM3 is our first designer to participate in the giveaway.  There are a few "rules" to follow in order to be entered to win.  If they aren't followed then we can't guarantee your entry so make sure to double check your work (just like in school - remember?).

THE RULES - You get one entry PER rule you follow:
1.  Follow our blog
2.  "Like" Aesthetic Design Style on facebook - leave a comment so we know who you are!
3.  "Like" ShaSAM3 on facebook - leave a comment so we know who you are!
4.  Follow us on Twitter (@aestheticdesign)
5.  Sign up for the Aesthetic Design Style Newsletter via our web site
6.  Go to the Aesthetic Design Style web site - find your favorite designer - comment about which one it is under this post on our blog
If you feel so inclined to do all of the above then we'll give you one EXTRA entry!
So that's a total of up to 7 entries per person!!!!

Now for the good stuff - The PRIZE
Enter to win FLOWER ROAD Necklace SRP $50

We'll be taking entries beginning today, Friday, August 13th (lucky 13) and will close at 11:59pm on Sunday, August 22nd.  The winner will be announced Monday, August 23rd. 

Enjoy and if you have any questions or concerns regarding this giveaway please feel free to contact us at or call 800.380.0840.

Until Then:  "Nothing will work unless you do." - John Wooden

Monday, August 2, 2010


We have re-worked our blog yet again.  What do you think?  Is there more of anything you'd like to see?  Less of anything?  I know we have to get better at blogging more often - we're working on that - PROMISE!  We welcome your feedback. 

As we've re-vamped our blog we also realized that it's now time to put away the flip-flops (praise God) and even though it is still scorching hot outside you need to be thinking of re-vamping your fall/winter wardrobe.  Is it going to be cardigans and loafers again this year for you?  We think (and hope) NOT!  Just because it's fall doesn't mean boring and covered up.  Use this year to think differently about yourself and how you present yourself to the world.  Spice it up!

If I see one more brown sweater, brown shoes, and khaki's in the fall and winter I'm going to jump out the window  - seriously I just might.  C-O-L-O-R!  Color works in any season and can help not only heighten your sense of style but also heighten your mood.  Put on those 6 inch blood red platforms with that black jumpsuit or throw on that cranberry scarf with that drab grey trench.   Even though color is great - less is more.  A SPLASH here and there works wonders.  A head to toe lime green ensemble wouldn't be as subtle if you get where I'm going :) 

So throw caution to the wind this season and go for the dark navy blue nails or try those Aubergine thigh-high platform boots with your skinny jeans.  Stay true to yourself but bust out with an element of surprise (and color) - you may be the one surprised you hadn't tried it sooner!

Until Then:  "Everything you now do is something you have chosen to do.  Some people don't want to believe that.  But if you're over the age twenty-one, you're life is what you're making of it.   To change your life you need to change your priorities."  John C. Maxwell