Katie Marple’s Guide to Indy

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1.What part of Indy do you live in? South Broad Ripple a.k.a SoBro.

2. What is our cities “hidden gem”? The westside off of Lafayette Rd.
If you ever want legit ethnic cuisine, go to the west side. Ethiopian, Vietnamese, Mexican…..you’ll find it there.

3. What is your favorite restaurant? This one is hard since Indianapolis has turned into a mecca for foodies. I would say my current obsession is Open Society. I go for brunch, small plates, dinner, or just drinks with friends. 

4. Where is your favorite place to take an out-of-town guest? Fountain Square. Starting from Milktooth, down to Bluebeard, then hitting the square. There you can hit up live Music at Hi-Fi, check out art at The Murphy Building and GPC, go duck pin bowling, or just people watch! There is always something fun going on down in the square.

5. Where is the best place to grab a cocktail? Prefer to hit up Mass Ave and always stop at Tinis. They hooked me with their Moscow Mule6. Where is a great place to pick up a unique gift?

6. Where is a great place to pick up a unique gift?  I love Homespun! They have a lot of local, handmade, and items that aren’t mass produced so each gift seems special.7. Where can you get the best cup of coffee? 

7. Where can you get the best cup of coffee? Hubbard and Cravens has always been my go to. If you haven’t had the Healthy Elephant, please do. 

8. What is your favorite part about living in Indy? The people! I have met so many talented, creative and inspiring people here. You still kind of get that small town feel with more opportunities than one may think.

9. Who is your favorite Indy based artist, designer, writer, or blogger? Artist – Benny Sanders without a doubt. Musician with a hidden talent for drawing, painting and printmaking that has recently surfaced. He is definitely making waves. 

10. What would you like to see next for our city? I wish more people would invest into the arts and fashion world as they have in the culinary/restaurant world. There are too many boutiques that close down and local talent that are having to find success elsewhere.

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

xoxoxo, Preppy Girl

Spring Time

I am loving this beautiful weather! Perfect for all my spring hats, stripped shirts and colorful sandals. I love bringing out spring and summer clothes and all of my accessories. I am looking forward to sharing some more of my favorite items for the season. Like last year, hats are my number one must have for spring. It’s sure to be easy breezy!

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My Outfit:

Mar Y Sol hat and Joe’s Jeans from 14 Districts: 736 Hanover Place, Carmel.

J Crew shirt: http://www.jcrew.com

Tory Burch shoes: http://www.toryburch.com

Zoe Chicco necklace from Saks Fifth Avenue: Keystone Fashion Mall.

xoxoxo, Preppy Girl

Coach

I was invited by my old friend Zach, to visit the Coach Indianapolis store! It had been years since I visited the store and I was really excited to see some of the new pieces in the Spring 2017 collection.

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I treated myself to a few pairs of these adorable Coach shoes to add to the old closet! They were very comfy. Naturally, I grabbed a fresh pair of drivers and espadrilles… no surprise there! I can’t wait to share them in an upcoming post.

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The interior of the handbag above was just fabulous. I loved the gold hardware mixed with such a beautifully shaded suede. I really enjoyed all the ways some of the Coach bags could be worn. It was clear that I could take a number of the bags from day to night very easily, which is great for a new mom!

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Thank you to Zach Elliot and Coach Indianapolis for hosting me for the afternoon. I am looking forward to my next visit (Coach at the Keystone Fashion Mall).

My Outfit:

Banana Republic top: http://www.bananarepublic.com

Glint shoes: http://www.nordstrom.com

xoxoxo, Preppy Girl

House of 5th Memories

We are sharing one of our favorite photo’s in honor of our dear friend, Truen Jaimes, recent article in Indianapolis Monthly! The St. Elle handbag will always be one of my most cherished pieces. We have been a fan of House of 5th for years now and continued to be inspired by their elegant handbags with tech friendly elements. They are beautifully crafted pieces with timeless features.

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To read the full article: http://www.indianapolismonthly.com/the-thread/house-5th-handbags/

For more information about the House of 5th St. Elle or to purchase a special one for yourself, visit: www.houseof5th.com

xoxoxo, Preppy Girl

Sarah Moreland Byrne’s Guide to Indy

Sarah is a leader in supporting local events, Indy based designers, and locally owned boutiques. Her inspiring blog (IndyDressed) is one that captures all the fun our city has to offer and features Sarah’s awesome style. Take a page out of her book and see where you can find her hanging out in Indy.

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1.What part of Indy do you live in?
Currently live on the far northwest side, close to Zionsville, but I grew up on the far northeast side near Fishers.

2. What is our city’s “hidden gem”?
Our hidden gem is our wealth of festivals and conventions, in my opinion. There really is something for everyone here: events for people who love sports or folk music or world cultures or board games or Kurt Vonnegut’s works or even mac ‘n cheese.

3. What is your favorite restaurant?
With Indy’s amazing culinary industry, it’s a toss up, really. My husband and I both have studied Japanese for years and studied abroad in Sapporo, so our favorite meals tend to involve authentic Japanese food. Sakura (71st and Keystone) and One World Market (near Castleton Square Mall) are regulars on our list—so much that employees at the latter know my taste in Japanese pop music and once even switched the cafe’s music to a playlist of songs from my favorite band. Ramen Ray (71st and Binford), a newer addition, is also scrumptious, and it’s especially nostalgic for us because the chef’s specialty is the style of ramen Sapporo is best known for. If you haven’t tried real ramen—not the brittle stuff that comes in a cheap plastic wrapper and heats up in the microwave, but REAL ramen—do yourself a favor and try it.

We also love Biscuits in Broad Ripple, an unassuming and affordable Mexican restaurant that serves some ah-mazing chilaquiles; Napolese’s smoked salmon pizza with creme fraiche and capers, and the pricier (but worth it!) Oceanaire in downtown Indy, which served my husband the best crab cakes he’s ever tasted.

4. Where is your favorite place to take an out-of-town guest?
When someone comes from out-of-town, I want to show them that Indy’s cooler than our reputation as a flyover city suggests—and to immerse them in an experience they won’t forget. Swing dancing in vintage clothes at the Fountain Square Theatre, carriage rides downtown in December, seasonal pastries almost too beautiful to eat at the Cake Bake Shop …

5. Where is the best place to grab a cocktail?
I love the ambiance of a cozy bar, and right now, my favorite place is Hotel Tango (Virginia Avenue). It’s a small space, but it’s full of rustic charm and within walking distance of a number of restaurants near Fountain Square/Fletcher Place. Plus, it has an amazing limoncello!

6. Where is a great place to pick up a unique gift?
Boomerang BTQ (Mass Avenue) is my spot for all things cute and funky, and I visit West Elm (Fashion Mall at Keystone) whenever they host their “Meet the Maker” events to highlight Indy artisans.If you’re looking for hard-to-find magazines or publications, head over to PrintText (Broad Ripple). The shop’s fashion magazine collection is fabulous!

7. Where can you get the best cup of coffee?
I don’t drink coffee, but I love grabbing hot chocolate from South Bend Chocolate Company on Monument Circle during the winter!

8. What is your favorite part about living in Indy?
What I love most about Indy is the atmosphere—that Hoosier hospitality, as we call it. But it’s more than simply being nice. You often see people encourage others within their own industry to succeed, even if that means more competition for them. We’re all working toward the greater good—a better Indianapolis.

9. Who is your favorite Indy based artist, designer, writer, or blogger ?
This is the hardest question I’ve been asked so far! We have so much talent here, which is one of the reasons I originally began blogging about Indy’s fashion and lifestyle scene.

A few of my favorites (outside of Preppy Guide to Life, of course!):
Nikki Blaine, fashion designer (@nikkiblainecouture)
Stephanie Cope Wilson, graphic designer (@whimandproper)
Emily Deisler, illustrator (@west5thcreative)
Kate Oberreich, artist (@seedandstar)
Laura Walters, stylist (@the_styleriot)

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

Two hopes of mine: That Indy continues building a foundation for reliable and eco-friendly public transportation to rival that of similar-sized cities, and that our city’s pockets of niche “hobby culture” grow and thrive.

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

Keep up with Sarah on her blog, IndyDressed http://www.indydressed.com/blog

Instagram: @indydressed

xoxoxo, Preppy Girl