Maria Baer’s Guide to Indy!

Through my India Hicks journey, I met Maria Baer! She loves a color-coded closet as much as I do, and launched her own residential organizing and party styling business last year, The Baer Minimalist. She will be sharing some her closet tips and tricks on an upcoming post, featuring my closet.


1.What part of Indy do you live in?

I live on the Northwest side of Indy, right by Trader’s Point Creamery (who has the most delicious cheese board around by the way).

  1. What is our cities “hidden gem”?

I think the “hidden gem” is what a gem of a city we are! This city is filled with amazing culture, endless opportunities for entrepreneurs, the tastiest food and cocktail scene and the ability to find yourself just hours from so many other great cities in just a few hours. I am such a HUGE fan of Indianapolis.

  1. What is your favorite restaurant?

Hands down, Oakley’s Bistro! This has been our special occasion spot for the last 10 years – in fact, for my husbands 25th birthday, I gifted him a “Chef for a Day” experience where he got to work alongside their amazing team all day, and I got to join him that night for a 3-course dinner. Best gift I’ve ever given. 😉

  1. Where is your favorite place to take an out-of-town guest?

My husband and I absolutely love supporting local restaurants, so there is always a restaurant tour on deck when friends come in town. Exploring the International Marketplace near Lafayette and 38th Street always turns up a really amazing authentic spot that we’ve not experienced before. But staples of our tour also include Bluebeard, Spoke & Steele and the Livery.

  1. Where is the best place to grab a cocktail?

I am crazy about the “Fire and Ice” cocktail at Delicia – as that ice cube melts, the drink gets spicier and spicier! Seriously, so delicious!

  1. Where is a great place to pick up a unique gift?

I love consumable gifts – as a professional organizer, I try not to add a ton of clutter to people’s lives. So on that note, I am all about gifting macarons from Gallery Pastry Shop or a unique experience, like a calligraphy class, a chef dinner or a massage.

  1. Where can you get the best cup of coffee?

I’ve recently invested a little too much of my paycheck into the Spice Latte at Coat Check Coffee. Have you tried this? If not, my treat!!

  1. What is your favorite part about living in Indy?

I moved to Indy 12 years ago when I graduated from the University of North Dakota! I only knew a handful of people in the city (including my future husband, who was the reason I landed here) and was very apprehensive about what the future would hold. I’ve been overwhelmed by the kindness of everyone I’ve crossed paths with, the ability to start a thriving business with the help of several mentors and the deep-rooted friendships that I’ve developed. Indianapolis is definitely HOME to me!

  1. Who is your favorite Indy based artist, designer, writer, or blogger?

Besides you?! I love Beth Chappo, another transplant to this great city, who writes over at “Seersucker and Saddles.”

  1. What would you like to see next for our city?

I would love to see Indy get more recognition for being as amazing as it is (although, it wouldn’t be our little hidden gem anymore, would it?). I feel like we do not get the credit we deserve and there are some incredible innovators in this city that are making waves in their respective industries. I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for us!

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

Keep up with Maria at

Instagram: @thebaerminimalist

xoxoxo, Preppy Girl

Big News!!!

This February, PGTL is partnering with three fantastic businesses to create a one-month pop-up shop, called the bar, at the Indianapolis Fashion Mall! You will find end-of-Winter and Spring tops, essential dresses and more from Preppy Guide to Life. Additionally, 14 Districts is featuring the perfect denim jackets, jeans and t-shirts. J. Nicole Jewelry will be featuring gems and jewels along with pieces from her new Fine Jewelry line. With long-lasting lipsticks, cool eyeshadows and more, all of your beauty needs will be taken care of by Style Sense by Gianna. Join us Saturday, February 3rd for our opening day!

We will be located on the Saks Fifth Avenue side of the mall on the second floor (across from Free People). Visit us the entire month of February 2018!

xoxoxo, Preppy Girl

My 1st Thanksgiving Table


Vintage blue crown napkins and placemats purchased at an estate sale.

Fine china, glass wear, and napkins rings are all from Charles Mayer & Company: 5629 N. Illinois Street, Indianapolis.

Gold vases from the tables setting at our wedding.

Pumpkins from Lowes:

Williams-Sonoma navy apron:

Navy Ralph Lauren baby dress from Saks: (currently available at the local Keystone Fashion Mall Saks Fifth Avenue).

xoxoxo, Preppy Girl


Vienna’s 1st Birthday


Happy birthday to our darling Vienna! Your are and always will be our sunshine.

“Vienna” crown: – I am so excited to have this beautiful  crown that can be worn for future birthdays!

Classic Cakes: 317.844.6901 – All of our family cakes are from Classic Cakes in Carmel. Our favorite is almond with chocolate truffle filling. Literally, the best!

Gold canvas tent from Target: – I loved having a little tent at the party so the kids had a place to play and have fun.

Decorations from Paper Source: Keystone Fashion Mall – I loved having little gold crowns and gold signs to help decorate the space. I saved all the little crowns so we could use them for future birthdays!

xoxoxo, Preppy Girl

LV Pop-up Shop

During my trip to NYC with the Fashion Arts Society, a few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of visiting the Louis Vuitton Pop-up shop! We had the most wonderful curated experience learning about the super cool Jeff Koons collaboration. The Van Gogh was my favorite piece, I couldn’t resist the swirling blue sky!


Photography by my friend, Faith Blackwell!

My Outfit

Zara pearl studded blouse (purchased this season in Chicago):

Citizen of Humanity Jeans from 14 Districts Weekend: 736 Hanover Place, Carmel.

Steve Madden pearl studded shoes:

xoxoxo, Preppy Girl