Smellicious! 08.16.17 Darby Rush

Not too long ago I hosted a dinner party and received a wonderful hostess gift…a lavender-scented pillow insert.  Now I’ve heard of such inserts, but never had I thought to treat myself.  Well, I should have, I LOVE IT!  Every time I turn a lovely fragrance fills the air, I fall back into a deep sleep…and I’m in heaven!

I dug deeper and discovered the delicious, fragrant world of elizabethW.  This company is so committed to their products and their customers that we received multiple samples. The entire Kiskadee staff sniffed, tested, and voted for their favorites.  Meanwhile, Celeste made a beeline for her bathtub and sank into the luxurious lavender elizabethW bath fizzes.

These elizabethW products make terrific hostess gifts or, better yet, a wonderful gift for yourself.  If you don’t pamper yourself, who will?

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Afraid of Statement Jewelry? 4 Ways To Wear It Every Day 08.09.17 Celeste Crutchfield

Big, bold, and beautiful jewelry…yikes!  It is the fear of the unknown.  You love it, you covet it, but how do you wear it?  Do you think it needs to be saved for a special occasion?  Not at all!  Statement jewelry is a perfect addition to your everyday wardrobe.

1. Add the Unexpected


One of my favorite ways to adorn a white tee is with sparkles!  It adds the element of surprise to see a closet basic pop with gems.

2. Pair Bold Jewelry with Patterns


Pair your statement jewelry with bold patterns but keep the rest of your outfit simple with clean lines.

3. Instant Dress-up


Immediately “fancify” your fall go-to wardrobe of jeans, tee, and boots by adding a bold earring or necklace.

4. Work?  Absolutely!


I always say your work wardrobe need not be boring!  Pair your silk with any statement earrings, such as these gorgeous disks, or statement necklace and show you mean business!

There is a plethora of statement styles to add to your wardrobe. Don’t feel limited by your closet…as you can see, bold jewelry can become your new staple!

Jeans and Tees, A Love Affair 08.08.17 Allison Taylor

If I could live in anything, other than my workout gear, it would be in terrific-fitting jeans and a fantastic t-shirt. That is MY comfort level of dressing for both day and night. I have always admired woman who wear sundresses and maxi dresses to the grocery store or to run errands. I’ve tried but I feel, well, too dressed up and super awkward. Just. Not. Me. Maybe that is my suburban, Santa Ana, California roots coming through. I went barefoot every warm weekend and all summer long until I was a teenager. In college I lived in shorts and sweats, much to my mother’s chagrin.

Fast forward to moving to Washington, D.C., and my first invitation to a casual barbeque.  I put on my Levi Original 501 button down jeans (ok, it was the mid-80s and they cost me only $15) and a cute tee, arrived at the party, and wow…was I sorely under-dressed!  Casual to my (mostly southern and east coast) friends consisted of sundresses on the ladies and khakis and button down shirts for the men.  I distinctly remember feeling supremely out of place and thinking to myself“oh my goodness, they are so dressed up…that’s casual?!”

After many attempts over my 50+ years to “upgrade” my wardrobe, I have finally come to the conclusion I will always remain a jeans-and-tee type of gal. Luckily Kiskadee has a plethora of choices to feed my obsession. If you share my fascination, different styles come in every week…below is only a small sample!


Early Fall Fashion Faves! 08.03.17 Celeste Crutchfield

Yes, it is August. Yes, it is sweltering. And yes, fall fashion has been in boutiques and department stores since mid-July. Summer clothing sales are in full air-conditioned mode, and our very loyal customers tell us they are “too hot, sweaty, and gross” to even hear us mention trying on clothing with long sleeves…BUT THEY DO.  No one can resist the lure of fall fashion…the season in which designers showcase their best!

Transitional clothing need not be heavy. It should be able to take the heat in stride…especially those still-really-warm Septembers. Keep your heavy sweaters stored until the bitter end…these pieces are perfect for fall’s light layering!

Anything in suede…


…is spot-on impeccable for fall. This dress sports it all…on-trend block print in gorgeous shades of gray, short sleeves for warmer weather, and a body skimming A-line silhouette.


Fringe is in…


…still!  I love fringe detail.  It is simple yet creates a big impact on this sleeveless, tweed dress.  The denim-colored tote adds a monochromatic flare while the classic pearl earrings juxtapose perfectly with the trendy fringe.  When a chill fills the air, add tights, boots, and a sweater and you will be protected yet stylish for the cooler months ahead.


Is it wine, or burgundy, or…


…or aubergine, or eggplant?  Whatever you call this color (purple?) it is a fall staple and for good reason…it looks stunning on everyone!  This dress is ingenious, a blank slate waiting for your personal touches. We paired it with one of our lariat necklaces as a belt!  Include your own sense of style and be sure to tag Kiskadee!

For more views of transitional clothing please check out our last post Vacay Dressing for Cooler Climes.

Vacay Dressing for Cooler Climes 08.01.17 Celeste Crutchfield

We constantly write about heading to the beach this summer. However, I think we have had a record number of customers heading to Ireland, Scotland, or Alaska for vacation.  It is cold up north!  They are not looking for a backless stunner or sleeveless top, nor are they looking for a shapeless parka.  They want fashionable pieces that are easy to pack and will take the edge off the cool winds that buffet the cliffs of Ireland.

If you pack it, they will come…


Stay true to summer and pack your white skinny jeans!  And, as my mother always said, everything goes with white (and black, too!).  This checked swing top is to die for.  It is the perfect length for your jeans, knitted with stretch for uber comfort and packability, and is on trend with its mock turtleneck and leather arm patches.

Classic button down…with a twist


Before you kiss the Blarney Stone, pull out the plaid!  This stunning button down in a classic black and white plaid has a surprise addition — pink! — which adds a distinct feminine flare.  The long sleeves and additional hem length will provide warmth when needed.  Be sure to pack a black pair of pants and heels as this top will surely take you from day to night!

Don’t leave home without it!


Denim.  In fact, who doesn’t pack blue jeans…even if you are headed to Florida!  However, denim, comfort, and colder climates go hand in hand, especially if you are traveling all day.  Instead of pairing your jeans with a tried-and-true tee, reach for this striking silk blue top.  Its simple, abstract print in slate gray, longer rear hemline, and tiny wrist flutter sleeves are so delicate…pairing it with denim will give your outfit complete leather-and-lace vibe.

The true benefit of this travel wardrobe?  It all equals an easy transition to fall!

Elizabeth and James Jewelry: Funk It Up! 07.24.17 Celeste Crutchfield

At Kiskadee we proudly offer what our customers want and expect, especially when it comes to our distinctive jewelry! We also love to mix it up, introduce new styles, and think outside of the box…welcome Elizabeth and James!

Funky and uber fashionable, these pieces are statements in their own right. They can be worn with a casual vibe or turn your look into one of ultra lux. Come in and try these chic modern classics!

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Tourist? Don’t Lose your Style! 07.21.17 Celeste Crutchfield

With August quickly approaching many of us are thinking about our getaways…whether it is to Europe, Vancouver, or Ocean City!  Your travels may be set but your mind begins to veer toward how and what to pack for your trip.  You want to pack light, be comfortable, AND stylish!  No ball caps, oversized shirts, and baggy shorts (yes, those all scream tourist!) will sneak into your luggage!


Comfy Knits


Knits pack well, are forgiving, and, of course, very comfortable…an absolute necessity as you view the ruins of Pompeii.  This knit by Michael Stars is perfect as you hit the road on vacation or at home.  The short sleeves add a bit of protection and the pom-pom fringe at the hem is a whimsical detail that makes this dress have stand out appeal.


Stick to Solid Colors


Solid colors are an invitation to dressing up or down a blank slate. Museums during the day and a tasty bistro at night require different accessories but only one outfit!  This lightweight jumpsuit by Alex and Trixie is perfect for multiple occasions. All you need is a simple pair of sandals and you will look chic as you take in the Uffizi Museum in Florence.  Strap on heels later that evening for a more sophisticated look as you sip glorious Italian wine with your sweetie!


Break the Rules!


Or hey…don’t pack knits and don’t pack solid colors. This stunner by Toulani is gorgeous on its own!  Toulani is known for their intricate patterns and delicious mix of colors. AND, Toulani packs well because it rarely wrinkles. Pair this dress with your favorite sandals or low wedges and breeze down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées as only the French would do!

Dress for Success: Summertime Office Dressing

It’s hot outside. It’s humid outside. You stand among others on a crowded Metro platform, longing for fresh air and a break from the heat.  You arrive at the office, push through the revolving door, and WHAM! You are hit with a blast of cold, arctic air. It can be very confusing how to dress appropriately for such bipolar conditions.

Layering is essential! Air conditioning can put a chill on anybody. It may be 100 degrees outside but I bet you have a space heater under your desk to combat Mr. Cold Miser’s frosty air! Each of these special outfits can command an unstructured blazer or wrap to take you from the office to the outdoors in a flash!


Summer dressing means shorter hemlines.  A general rule of thumb…if you would wear it to the beach it is not appropriate for the office!  The consensus is no more than a couple of inches above the knee. Mini-skirts, booty shorts, clingy fabrics are giant no-no’s.  This dress by Julie Brown is perfect!  The hemline falls just above the knee and the design is simple yet chic.


If your office is a bit more formal, a solid color is the way to go. This lasting trend can be a major benefit to your wallet as well. All you need to do is change your accessories and you will instantly have several new outfits in your wardrobe. This safari-inspired dress by Finely will be an immediate classic, sure to be pulled from your wardrobe again and again.


Have you noticed a theme yet?  Ditch the stuffy suits! If your office is a bit more informal, artsy, and edgy, go for the leopard print and ruffles. It screams confidence and authority but very is approachable, too. It’s OK to bring out your inner fashionista at work…in fact…it is encouraged!  It doesn’t hurt to bring a bit of sunshine to any office setting!

White Hot! 07.12.17 Celeste Crutchfield

Summer temps are soaring so ditch the dark fabrics and lighten up!  White is the neutral of summer dressing.  How many times have you heard “white goes with everything”?  Well…it’s true!  Can you pair white with your favorite, darling denim?  Of course! But why not try head-to-toe white?!


Boho Beach


Imagine the ocean. Imagine the sun setting. Imagine you and your significant other sipping cocktails at the best restaurant in Rehoboth Beach! There is no need to imagine your outfit…we have it right here!  Pair a breezy white tunic over flowing linen pants and accessorize with minimalist jewelry and stellar sandals…perfect for a night out with your love!


Weekend Chic


It’s the weekend and you are hanging with your besties…lunch, shopping, maybe a movie to avoid the afternoon heat.  You will look so chic in white jeans paired with a feminine white top.  Add a pop of color and dimension with flirty gold earrings and textured sandals.


Go-To Dress


We ALL have it…our favorite go-to summer dress! Completely effortless, we throw it on as we head to the farmers’ market. Pair it with a gold bag, toss on some Jack Rogers jellies, and you are dressed for the day!

Under $20: Shopping By and for Tweens 07.11.17 Celeste Crutchfield

Tweens are simply stuck in the middle. They are not quite children nor teens, and definitely not adults! But my do they looooove to shop! However, they do not have a lot of discretionary income so they scrimp and save their allowance to improve their purchase power. They shyly come into Kiskadee with their sweet smiles and have $20 to spend on their mom or a birthday gift for their best friend. We can help!


To Infinity and Beyond!


Tweens have a definite sense of style.  They aren’t afraid to explore new trends — in fact, they are embraced!  Bold colors are a favorite and these infinity scarves deliver. Perfect for a budding fashionista!


Bracelet Love


The expressions on these bracelets are priceless!  They are inspirational, funny, and even a little edgy.  These ID bracelets are the perfect size for small yet growing wrists and come in both gold and silver.


Write It!


When tweens are told to write in school, they grumble and procrastinate…much like us adults!  Yet those bundles of emotions have a lot to say. Journals are a safe spot for tweens to let loose to write poetry, songs, or simply about day-to-day life.


I remember being 12 going on 20 and wanting that elusive independence. I’m happy Kiskadee can empower tweens as the spot to go for all of their friends!

Independents” Week Q+A: Kiskadee’s Celeste Crutchfield on Being a New Entrepreneur 07.06.17 Alexandria Stylebook

One of the newest entrepreneurs in town, Celeste Crutchfield recently bought Kiskadee. She shares what it’s like to just be getting started in this edition of our Independents Week series.


When did you open?

Kiskadee has been open for 10 years but I took over in April 2017.


What made you start your own business?

A desire to be independent and do something I love.


What had you done previously?

I worked in the Intelligence community then was a stay-at-home mom.


How did you prepare to make the switch?

Depending on friends and family for support, and training from Darby and Neil.


What is your favorite part about owning your business?

Making my own decisions.


What was the most surprising/difficult thing you’ve learned?

It’s hard to find the right mix of things when buying.


Tell us about a local independent business you love and why?

Salon DeZen. Not only is Maria an amazing stylist but her entrepreneurial spirit always inspires me.


What changes have you seen since you’ve been in business?

So far, not a lot. Hopefully the customers will keep coming back!


What are you most excited about right now?

I’m starting to feel like I understand it all.


Tried-and-True Trina 06.26.17 Celeste Crutchfield

I can’t help myself…I am obsessed with Trina Turk!  Maybe we shouldn’t do another post regarding her designs…but hey, we posted it in the spring and the summer season has begun with new, fresh styles!

The fabric, brilliant colors, and trendy designs make Trina Turk a customer and Kiskadee favorite. Because of its longevity, it is considered a classic yet its wearability allows for all shapes and sizes.  Perfect for every occasion, Trina Turk designs never disappoint!

Floral Fun!


Showcasing flora and fauna adds a bit of whimsy and lends a tropical vibe to this off-the-shoulder stunner!  The fabric is a forgiving jersey, wrinkle-free knit that is perfect to pack for your summer vacation.


Cool Jazz



Dreaming of an open-air concert?  Look chic and sophisticated in this navy and white jumpsuit.  The gauze-like fabric will help keep you cool as you sip frozé and listen to the best tunes in town.


Oh la la!



You wear it well!  Be noticed in this multi-colored butterfly dress.  So lightweight it borders on ethereal!  Pair it with strappy sandals for a truly chic look!


What is the meaning of “tried and true?” We keep coming back to Trina for more!

Sandals + Totes: Perfect Pairings for All Your Summer Plans 06.21.17 Celeste Crutchfield

Kiskadee’s summer finds can help you look your very best, no matter what your plans. These terrific totes will allow you to haul all of your goodies (and your kids’ goodies!) to the beach, pool, BBQ, you name it, and we’ve paired each bag with the perfect sandal so you can be stylish and prepared for all your leisure activities!


Summer Southern Hospitality 06.20.17 Celeste Crutchfield

This time of year friends are hosting each other at their respective summer homes. You can’t arrive empty handed! Kiskadee has many gifts you can give to your besties and each is at a terrific price point. Whether you are going to a BBQ at your neighbors or enjoying your friend’s lake house, it is easy to show your appreciation with a thoughtful gift from Kiskadee.


Designer Spotlight: Sail to Sable 06.13.17 Celeste Crutchfield

Casual chic describes Sail to Sable perfectly! Inspired by the sun and the sand, the name Sail to Sable refers to the easternmost and southernmost spots on the Eastern Seaboard: Sail Rock, Maine and Cape Sable, Florida. Nautical stripes, bold colors, and soothing neutrals capture the essence of this classic designer line. If vacation is calling your name, Sail to Sable is a wardrobe must-have!

Ahoy Matey!


Classy and classic, this navy-and-white-striped knit dress is reminiscent of relaxing on a sailboat and feeling the soothing warm ocean breeze against your skin.  Park your boat (or car!) at the dive-y crab shack and enjoy a cool, craft beer or stellar glass of wine as you watch the sunset in the horizon.  Oh, and by the way, this sounds so wonderful I’m coming with you!


Fun, fun, fun!


The texture and tassels on this cream-colored shell will add whimsical structure to any outfit. Pair it with denim, linen, or white jeans for the iconic cream and white combination so perfect for the summer months ahead.


It’s in the details…


A solid knit top may be considered a true basic. But elevate it to the next level in a stunning bright navy with three-quarter sleeves that end in a feminine flounce.  That one simple detail removes the word “basic” and replaces it with elegant.  It can be dressed up or down, and it comes in white, too!

Comfortable, stylish, and flattering, Sail to Sable is a customer favorite and it is so easy to see why!

How To Be a Boho Babe! 06.09.17 Darby Rush

Bohemian style is all about having fun. It embodies a free spirit and is inspired by global art, the 1970s, and travel. Here are a few simple concepts to follow to embrace your inner Bohemian Queen!


Bold, Bohemian Patterns

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Look for whimsical patterns, retro prints, and tribal designs. Paisley, tie-dye, are must have prints for any Bohemian closet!


If It’s Fun and Bright, It’s Bohemian

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Neutral colors have their place but vibrant color combinations are a big part of any Bohemian style. Upbeat and lively colors such as vivid reds, blues, turquoise, and orange make up the prism of Boho design.


It’s a Breezy and Natural Fit

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You won’t find bandage dresses in a Boho closet! Purposely picking looser-fitting duds is close to the Bohemian dresser’s heart. It allows for freedom of movement and easy layering, such as styling a tunic over jeans.


Embrace Your Inner Flower Child

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Boho clothing embraces nature.  Flowers, fronds, and foliage are prominently displayed with pride!


Layer Accessories

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Chunky rings, layered necklaces and bracelets plus scarfs are beloved by all Boho dressers…sometimes the more, the better! Layer as many as you feel comfortable with, or simply let your clothing do the talking.  As said in paragraph one, the Boho is free spirited…anything goes!

Kiskadee’s Summer Staples 06.06.17 Celeste Crutchfield

Favorite go-to’s are a must for every season. Luckily, summer requires fewer pieces of clothing…we don’t have to worry about layering with heavy jackets, hats, or gloves. Summer fashion requires freedom for movement because of multiple outdoor activities, plus, well…it can be darn hot!  Here is my take on required summer staples to keep you fashionable and cool for the months ahead!


Sleeveless Top


Keep cool and bare your arms! Sleeveless tops are a must have as the mercury soars. Make sure the top is not fitted to your body…there will be no air circulation so sweat will appear on your top as opposed to evaporate and you will get the dreaded sweat stains! Keep it simple with a solid color or go bold such as this beautiful top by Toulani.


White Jeans


YES! White jeans are the epitome of the summer staple. We all know this to be true…see above photo!  White jeans make all your colorful clothing and accessories pop, plus can be dressed up or down. And with all of the various styles…cropped, skinny, boyfriend, cuffed, high-rise, mid-rise, low-rise…there is a style for everyone!


Best Dress…Throw on and Go!


When you have no desire to think about what to wear have your best dress available…the proverbial throw on and go!  This dress needs to be uber comfortable and very low maintenance.  Finley makes superb dresses and this light blue and white striped dress does not disappoint.


Sandals, Sandals, and More Sandals!


My feet get HOT in the summertime! As much as possible I slip my toes into sandals. Go for the on-trend block sandals, the classic Jack Rogers, or a little of both. Either way, let your feet be free!


We all have our summertime faves.  The key is to purchase the proper staple that makes you feel the absolute best!

What To Wear to Graduation, Mother-Daughter Edition 06.01.17 Celeste Crutchfield

Boy, does time fly!  My good friend Beth Shepherdson was in the store the other day searching for graduation clothes. We were talking about how her daughter, Campbell, is graduating from St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes this spring.  Beth commented on how she feels like it was just last month she was dropping Campbell off at preschool and in a few months she will have another college freshman.

With all of the events that surround graduation, we thought it would be fun to share some of Beth and Campbell’s favorite outfits for both graduation ceremonies and parties that follow!


Memorial Day Staff Picks: BBQ Edition 05.23.17 Celeste Crutchfield

As I write this post my mouth is watering just thinking about my Memorial Day barbecue!  So many family and friends gather together on this day of remembrance to honor their loved ones and to celebrate life together that a barbecue is inevitable!  Burgers, steaks, shrimp, sausages, potato salad…I’m seriously hungry now!  Enjoy Kiskadee’s staff fashion picks for your Memorial Day barbecue…I’m going to eat!

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Memorial Day Staff Picks: Beach Edition 05.22.17 Celeste Crutchfield

Memorial Day weekend is THE unofficial official opening of beach season!  We dream of the warm sun on our skin and the heat of the sand on our toes.  Whether you sit on the beach or simply enjoy lunch at the pier, Kiskadee’s staff has many recommendations to help with your summer beach style!

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