What To Wear: Night of Lights

Fort Wayne's Night of Lights is one of our absolute fav-o-rite holiday events. We love to see the city packed with families and friends, enjoying the sights and sounds, sharing a meal and shopping for gifts. The city comes alive with excitement and wonder. 

While the kick off to the holiday season is a thrill, it's a must to plan for the evening's Winter chill. Warm and wooly accessories are essential for enjoying the evening and of course we like ours to be as stylish as possible...

We're totally crushing on this Michael Stars faux fur, patchwork scarf. It's the perfect complement to any overcoat and can even be paired with sweaters for indoor looks. A flirty pom pom beanie is this scarf's soul mate.

A bold coat is the best way to beat the Winter blahs. Balance a bright hued topper with a cozy and classic hat and scarf combo in the softest of yarns.

A stylish hooded coat makes for an elegant statement, especially when it's a beautiful shade of Winter White. The fur trim makes it extra special. 

Come to beautiful #DTFW to help us kick off the festive and fun holiday season. And don't forget to grab a hot beverage (and some chocolates, naturally) from DeBrand while you're here!

The Denim Detail We Love for Fall

What would we do without denim in our lives? Having a well-curated stable of these stylish staples is one of the keys to dressing well, and with ease. Every season, there are updates, little tweaks that make the most popular piece in virtually everyone's closet feel fresh.

This season, we're all about frayed hemlines. Some are subtle, some are "stepped" and all are right on trend. Even better: these frayed hems pair easily with luxe velvet mules, your go-to booties and a girl's most stylish pairs of street sneakers. 

Pop into The FIND to shop our fab selection of denim and of the moment footwear. 

WCW: Ambre Blends

Part of The FIND's mission is to support and promote local businesses and indie makers, and as a woman-owned business, we especially love female-led companies. We're kicking off a new series here on the blog that celebrates the women who inspire us with their talent, passion and dedication. We couldn't be happier for our first WCW post to be about Ambre Crockett and Stephanie Harris, the owners of the best-selling fragrance line based in Indianapolis, Ambre Blends.

Ambre Blends owners Stephanie Harris & Ambre Crockett. Photo by Erinn Bridgman

As a massage therapist, Ambre started blending her own aromatherapy oils to use with her clients. "From there, I started giving it as gifts, and making it for others by request. In 2003, a boutique called Haus Love asked to carry it in their space, and from there it just blossomed", she says. Stephanie joined the company in 2008, when the duo decided to really grow the brand, and became a partner in 2011.

Since 2001, the company has grown to encompass five scents (Ahnu is the newest, and it's selling like hotcakes), with multiple bath and body products in each scent story. The brand can now lay claim to fans across the United States and beyond - not too shabby for something that started out as a hobby! The company has moved locations as it has grown, while staying "true to our grass roots style. We love the 'slow and steady wins the race' vibe. We never took on more than we needed, and in doing so, never incurred debt", says Ambre. 

The Ambre Blends Team. Photo by Erinn Bridgman

Ambre Blends is 95% female, which we adore. The company likes to work with everyone, "but we definitely take the opportunity to partner with women-owned companies. Women supporting women is a beautiful thing to us", says the duo. Same, girlfriends. #fempire

Photo by Lisa Lemen

Why we crush on Ambre Blends: The all-natural essences are stellar (and unisex!), the ingredients are of the highest quality and the packaging is thoughtful and environmentally-friendly. Quite frankly, we can't seem to pick a favorite essence because they are all so lovely, and each scent transforms differently on the skin from one wearer to the next. Says Stephanie, "We're so grateful to the loyal customers that take the time to share the love of Ambre Blends with those who stop them to ask what fragrance they're wearing. Adds Ambre, "Word of mouth is an honest and great way to grow a business. It also validates that we have a good product, made with love and shared with love."

Photo by Lisa Lemen

The best sellers are the roll-on oils in every scent, followed by body cream and spritzers. The natural deodorant is "getting so much press right now, and was recently featured in New Beauty Magazine", says Stephanie. "Next on the horizon is our Baby line. We're still in formulation stages but hope to have it launched in 2018. And we do have a few other products coming out in 2018, but that info is under wraps for now!"

Photo by Lisa Lemen

Swing in to The FIND to get acquainted with our selection of Ambre Blends products. We love to layer the products in one essence for a more intense fragrance, which we've been doing essentially non-stop with the new Anhu essence. It's safe to say we're obsessed. Sometimes we feel like mixing and matching essences and products for a customized scent, and it's so fun to play around with different combos. Our current favorite mix/match recipe is the Solace body cream paired with the classic Ambre roll-on fragrance and the Invoke natural deodorant. Come whip up your very own custom combo!

Recap: DTFW Fashion Event

We threw a little party last week with a few of our fashion friends and had a blast! We joined forces with Idlehour, Lace & Arrow, Meli Mei, L.A. Label, Outer Grace, TheHanger Boutique and Fort Wayne Outfitters for the first ever (but not last, darling) #DTFW Fashion Event, where all the stores sent their latest and greatest Fall styles through the dining room at The Golden. Guests enjoyed a lovely lunch and a glass of prosecco, as well as fun door prizes and discounts to all the shops, good through the rest of the month.

If you weren't able to join in on the fun, take a scroll through our little photo diary. And be sure to join us next time!

We want to extend our most sincere gratitude to all those who made the day so wonderful. With such a supportive indie retail scene in DTFW, the uber stylish venue of The Golden, the most fantastic customers and the lovely models who let us play dress up with them from time to time, we indeed felt good vibes only! 

Jacket Weather

After some wily fits and starts to the season (Hello, random 80+ degree days!), it's finally safe (we think?) to say: IT'S JACKET WEATHER!

We could write a love letter to the jacket. Not simply a utilitarian piece, this transitional weather staple is a style star that has the power to make even the most simple of outfits into an ensemble.

We're firm followers of the third piece approach to dressing so we fill our racks with the best third pieces in the land. 

Swing in into The FIND and play with our latest and greatest jackets for your perfect Fall look.