Julie Bishop’s Guide to Indy!

My jewelry guru and friend, Julie Bishop, knows all the fun Indianapolis downtown hotspots! She is always rocking the most fabulous gems and shares her jewelry journeys with us on her blog, Juler’s Row.

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1.What part of Indy do you live in? Downtown Indianapolis, I love it!

2. What is our cities “hidden gem”? I am obsessed with Midland Antiques, I could spend hours browsing around.

3. What is your favorite restaurant? Shoefly Public House, Plow & Anchor

4. Where is your favorite place to take an out-of-town guest? St. Elmos

5. Where is the best place to grab a cocktail? Ball & Biscuit, Ralston’s

6. Where is a great place to pick up a unique gift? Haus Love

7. Where can you get the best cup of coffee? Hubbard & Craven

8. What is your favorite part about living in Indy? I love that it has a big city feel, but also the warmth of a small town.

9. Who is your favorite Indy based artist, designer, writer, or blogger? Walter Knabe

10. What would you like to see next for our city? I would love to see the art and fashion community continue to grow. Also, I love the influx of new independent shops and restaurants.

We hope this inspires you to try new experiences in our little slice of the midwest!

Blog: http://www.julersrow.com / Instagram: @juliewilson559

xoxoxo – Preppy Girl

My Valentine’s Day Gift Guide!

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The Perfect Little Something: We all need the gold standard on Valentine’s Day. I love these perfect little gold earrings … perfection.  Jennifer Meyer “Heart Studs” ($300) from Ylang: http://www.ylang.com

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Treats for Friends: A fantastic candle is, hands down, my favorite gift to give to friends and family. You just can’t go wrong. diptyque ‘Roses’ scented candle ($30-$60) from Nordstrom: http://www.nordstrom.com

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For the Yoga Girl: You know me with my water bottles and tumblers. Obsessed! You have to have a pink one for Valentine’s Day. PGTL goal, drink more water this 2016. Kate Spade glass water bottle: http://www.katespade.com

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For the Fashion Lover: You can never go wrong with a great coffee table book. I love these big books, with large pages, covered in amazing images. Dior: The New Look Revolution ($45) from Barney’s New York: http://www.barneys.com

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For the Sweet Tooth: Who doesn’t love a little treat now an then? Plus, I am loving the pink wrapper… all about the presentation! Dylan’s Candy Bar milk chocolate ($3.25): http://www.dylanscandybar.com

xoxoxo, Preppy Girl

Universally Excited!

My husband and I decided to let our “geek flag fly” and visit at little town named Springfield! We are true goofballs at heart and love to have fun with family. We decided to grab a Flaming Moe and have some pink sprinkled donuts.

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My Outfit:

The Great floral skirt: 14 Districts Weekend, 736 Hanover place, Carmel.

Mavi denim jacket: 14 Districts Weekend, 736 Hanover Place, Carmel.

Kate Spade navy bag: http://www.katespade.com

Persol sunglasses: http://www.persol.com

xoxox – Preppy Girl

Mab Graves Guide to Indy!

Happy New Year! Let’s get back to my favorite PGTL series, Guide to Indy. This round, we are talking to one of my very favorite pop surrealist artist, Mab Graves. To say that I have a small obsession with her work is an understatement… I have a mega “fan girl” obsession. She is not only a world renowned artist, but she loves supporting local business and knows some of Indy’s best hotspots! Preppy Guide to Life Mab Graves

1.What part of Indy do you live in? I live in the awesomest part of Indy ^_^ Haha! In Fountain Square.

2. What is our cities “hidden gem”? We have a ton of them! I love the Indianapolis Art Center (http://indplsartcenter.org/). They offer really cool classes with materials you don’t often have access to, they have some great galleries and beautiful gardens.
Also, our Children’s Museum is something I’m really proud our city has. As an auntie I love having such a cool place in our city that is totally 100% for kids – but still interesting and engaging enough that you can go with them and not be bored or overwhelmed as an adult! https://www.childrensmuseum.org/

3. What is your favorite restaurant? Bluebeard on Virginia Ave. Soooooo amazing. I really love interesting, creative and beautiful food. I’m one of those people who if I see is something on a menu I don’t know – THAT”S what I want to eat! A lot of Indy restaurants have the standard same-ol’ same-ol’, but Bluebeards changes their menu weekly and it’s always fabulous. I can confidently walk into Bluebeard, close my eyes and point blindly at the menu and know that whatever comes out to me from the kitchen will be inspired. I have never had anything less than a spectacular meal with them!
http://bluebeardindy.com/

4. Where is your favorite place to take an out-of-town guest? I love taking people to Best Chocolate in Town and Midland Arts and Antiques. Best Chocolate is seriously the best chocolate and has the cutest atmosphere. Midland has some of the BEST vintage and really crazy awesome prices too! People from out of town usually pop their tops in Midland because no one does affordable cute vintage like they do!
http://www.bestchocolateintown.com/
http://www.midlandathome.com/

5. Where is the best place to grab a cocktail? I would have to give it up to the Brass Ring Lounge. I love their 1920’s feel with soft lighting, black and white movies playing silently on screens and some of the nicest bartenders in the city. The servers and staff really make or break any bar and give it its personality – the Brass Rings really shines in that regard for me!
http://www.thebrassringlounge.com/

6. Where is a great place to pick up a unique gift? Homespun on Mass Ave. That place is seriously dangerous for me – so much cute and unique! It’s like all the best parts of Etsy – but in a local shop and you don’t have to wait on shipping! I have never walked out empty handed ^_^
http://www.homespunindy.com/

7. Where can you get the best cup of coffee? Waaaah V__V I can’t drink coffee anymore! I wish I could.

8. What is your favorite part about living in Indy? Honestly? The people. Growing up I always heard the old “People from the Midwest are so Nice blah blah” and I was like, “whatever!”. That was until I became and adult and travelled a bunch and I realized – people here ARE really nice. And they are really real. I love that. The social climbers, name droppers and phonies don’t fly in our city. We have some really genuine and really cool people here and I love it. I get homesick for it.

9. Who is your favorite Indy based artist, designer, writer, or blogger? You of course! We also have some really awesome artists here. Some of my top Indy Art Throbs are:
Brett Manning http://brettisagirl.com/
Casey Roberts http://wildernessoverload.com/home.html
Amy Earles http://www.pushedunder.com/

10. What would you like to see next for our city? I would love to see a stronger New Contemporary Art scene here in Indy. Don’t get me wrong, we have several great galleries, but we don’t have a lot of New Contemporary, Pop Surrealist and Lowbrow artists and as such we don’t have much in the way of a unified movement or scene. I know in ages past, if you wanted to make it as an artist you had to migrate to one of the Coasts, but now with the age of the Internet, artists can live ANYWHERE! I’m hoping that Indy will start being able to keep its talent and we will be able to cultivate a community of strong creative minds!

We hope this inspires you to try new experiences in our little slice of the midwest!

Instagram & Twitter: @mabgraves

xoxoxo – Preppy Girl

Heather + Truen

We wanted to end 2015 on a fabulous note! We are so excited to share Heather + Truen [a collaborative story IN modern making] between Creative Director, Heather Batchelor, of Paul & Lydia & Creative Director, Truen Jaimes, of House of 5th. We were so honored to be a part of this project. Take a peak at the photo’s for the collaboration and the amazing set up they had on Small Business Saturday! Preppy Guide to Life Heather+TruenPreppy Guide to Life Heather+TruenPreppy Guide to Life Heather + TruenPreppy Guide to Life Heather + TruenPreppy Guide to Life Heather + Truen

A big thank you to Heather + Truen for including me on this amazing collaboration of two fabulous designers. We hope everyone has a fabulous New Year’s Eve and we will see you in 2016!

http://www.houseof5th.com

http://www.paulandlydia.com

xoxoxo – Preppy Girl

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from my family to yours! We hope everyone has a fabulous holiday filled with cheer, laughter, family and friends. Thank you to all our readers and for your continued support of Preppy Guide to Life. We can’t wait to see what the new year brings. Cheers!Preppy Guide to Life Reis Nichols

Photo taken at the Reis Nichols Holiday Party 2015! Please ask for our dear family friend, Vladimir, when you visit the store!

xoxoxo, Preppy Girl

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