Kiskadee Staff Style Resolutions by Celeste Crutchfield | 01.05.18

A New Year’s resolution is a rite of passage to many individuals. The beginning of 2018 will bring fresh hope for change or the continuation of one’s good fortune. Whether you make resolutions or not, try and keep it simple so your goal can be attained. An easy and fun resolution is to adopt a fashion trend you have wanted to incorporate into your wardrobe but have been too afraid to try. Start with one or two pieces you have admired, then build and see how your style and individual confidence grows! Kiskadee staff will do it with you!

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You Got the Great Outfit. Now What? by Celeste Crutchfield | 12.14.17

You have a party, and you have the outfit…but accessories have you stumped!  You are in good company. Why can’t you just stop after finding the outfit?  Well, it’s simply not finished, that’s why. You need the snap, crackle, pop of sparkle, shimmer, and shine!

Accessories add personality to any outfit. They allow you to make a personal statement by adding your favorite jewelry, bags, and scarves. Accessories are the finishing touch that create the ultimate exclamation point to your look!


When you have a top that is a statement in and of itself, you can keep the accessories simple. A mixed media choker and a silver chain bag, used as a clutch or with the strap, is all you need for this savvy top!


This black top has fantastic statement sleeves! It only needs a pop of bling at the ears and a super fab bag that stands out on its own. This structured beauty is the yin to the top’s flow-y yang. A perfect marriage in contrasts and textures.


What is the focus? Your sexy shoulders, of course!  You definitely do not want to take away from the ethereal beauty of this décolleté top. You will be the picture of femininity with the addition of a gently bejeweled choker and soft tassel earrings.


A vibrant color pairs well with extravagant and trendy earrings.  These multi-colored tassel earrings are truly showstoppers. Plus, the various colors will allow you to elevate multiple outfits to the next level.  The gold chain mail bag creates a definite moment and can also be used as a clutch to change your look.

Don’t let the fear of accessorizing damper your outfit…mix it up with what you love!

Anatomie: How To Travel in Style by Celeste Crutchfield | 11.15.17

With winter and the holidays quickly approaching, many of us are planning to travel during winter break or fly the coop all together for warmer climes. The thought of packing can either bring joy (yay! I’m leaving!) or dread (what do I pack?), or both. If you are like most people, you have to pack for multiple activities…hiking during the day then dining and hitting the dance floor at night.

Many of us are consummate over-packers. But there is no need with the luxury travel brand Anatomie. It is high-quality, incredibly stylish, breathable, and goes easily from day to night. Bonus…it packs down to nothing so a carry-on bag is perfect!  There will be no need to waste your precious vacation time at the baggage claim.

Anatomie is aptly named…it is impeccably tailored to fit the female body. Many travel clothing lines are not…the clothing is shapeless, baggy, and completely unflattering.  Anatomie is sleek, travel-specific athleisure wear that can be worn both home and abroad!


Both of these tops are made with the comfort of jersey knit and sport the contrasting style of mesh sleeves and yoke. The elegant and sleek styles are curve-hugging and flattering to all silhouettes. These tops say urban chic and can be dressed up for the evening or become a part of your everyday wardrobe.


These curve hugging cargo pants have the perfect amount of stretch for comfort without the dreaded “baggy butt.” The tailoring is faultless and will stand up to any safari, hike, or day in your neighborhood. Slip on a pair of heels and an Anatomie mesh top for a sexy night on the town!

More signature curve-hugging stretch comes in this sporty legging. Its contrasting panels and side pockets say city chic even if you are traveling in the Outback. Its strength in style is perfect to update your day-to-day wardrobe.


This luxe, lightweight jacket is wrinkle-free, moisture-wicking, quick-drying, and extremely durable. The ribbon detailing adds a feminine flair while the cargo pockets lend a utilitarian urban vibe. It complements all Anatomie pants and tops for an instantly sleek and chic outfit.


Anatomie can help simplify your life!

Thanksgiving Anxiety? We’ve Got You Covered! by Celeste Crutchfield | 11.08.17

What is to not like about Thanksgiving? We get to spend a wonderful day with family and friends eating scrumptious food, watching football on multiple screens, enjoying fine wine and frothy suds, and making sure Rover keeps his paws off the dining room table. However, with any large gathering comes some angst…do you roast, smoke, fry the turkey? How do you cook a meal for your gluten-free, vegan sister and your meatatarian, Paleo-loving brother? Whether you are hosting dinner or headed on a road trip, we can set your closet dilemma at ease!

You’re the Host…


You are hosting Thanksgiving Dinner this year! You plan the menu, do the shopping, and pick it all up at Whole Foods and Stomping Ground…why cook? Let someone else do it for you! Swap out the apron and put on this stunning, burgundy velvet top by BCBG. It goes equally well with blue jeans as it does with black or winter white pants. This top is perfect for the holidays and beyond!


Thanksgiving at the Farm


You won’t be milking the cows but you could very well play football! Be fashion forward and ready for the big game in this super cozy patchwork sweater. Comfy jeans are a must, and of course don’t forget stylish footwear!


A Dressier Affair


It’s Thanksgiving in the city! Watch the Macy’s parade then slip into festive attire by Julie Brown! The vibrant colors, bountiful flowers, and bell sleeves say happy, on-trend, and screams confidence. Plus, the style is sleek yet not fitted so plenty of room to eat!

Be inspired to put your fashion foot forward for all of your Thanksgiving activities!

Lightweight Jackets by Celeste Crutchfield | 10.31.17

Mother Nature has pulled a trick on us this fall. Barely any rain and warm temperatures all September and October…yay me! I love it! However, the nights and early mornings are cool and crisp, making us realize that yes, winter is coming…

As we all know, layering is essential in the fall. The most important layer is your jacket or coat. Having the right selection of lightweight jackets from which to choose will keep you prepared from moderate fall days, chilly fall nights, and everything in between. And at this time of year, jackets can truly showcase your style!

The Anorak


The Anorak is perfect for foggy, cool, damp days. This one in particular is water resistant and has a hood to protect your best hair day. The zipper and wrist closures will keep any cold precipitation at bay while locking in necessary warmth.


The Vest


OK, so a vest is technically not a jacket. However, we all know keeping our core warm is critical and vests are perfect layering pieces for really, fall, winter, and spring. This cozy vest comes in cream, gray, and black.


Athleisure Combo


I love two-fers…I feel I get more bang for my buck! Both of these jackets have hoodies that can be detached. You can go for the casual look on the weekend sporting the hoodie, and then zip it out for the work week!


Loving Leather


Always a favorite, a black leather jacket can add understated style to any outfit. It is perfectly at place topping an outfit you wear to a ball game or can add an edge to your work attire.

P.S., This leather jacket, YES, LEATHER, is washable!


Black leather can definitely be considered a staple of any closet but why not try a little color? The slate blue jacket has a terrific fringe detail and guess what…it, too, is washable! The metallic jacket is perfect when dressing for dinner or a cocktail party and the buff jacket? Well, it goes with everything!

Don’t hide your style; showcase it in your outerwear!

Designer Spotlight: Conrad C by Celeste Crutchfield | 10.20.17

I am constantly looking for a clothing line has a passion for quality and style and strives to make a woman look and feel her best. Conrad C is a favorite of Kiskadee’s as a lifestyle brand dedicated to woman who “wears what they love and love what they wear.”

Each season, Conrad C searches the globe for new trends and fine fabrics. They have a commitment to today’s women to design comfortable and stylish clothing. I can attest, they do!

You want it? Conrad C has it!


Conrad C stays on top of trends and incorporates details into every garment. Note the edgy grommets lining the hemline of this comfy sweater. Pair it with Conrad C’s textured leggings and a fun furry bootie.  This ain’t your everyday outfit, sweetheart…see you on the cover of Rolling Stone!

Plain Jane? Nope!


Don’t let the front of this cozy sweater fool you. Conrad C made sure there is a party in the back by slipping in a sexy zipper detail!


Dress me up!


Again, Conrad C focuses on the trends. Here we see velvet (click here is you missed yesterday’s post on this trend) paired with sheer sleeves and a ruched turtleneck. It is classic, sophisticated, and intelligent. This gorgeous top pairs well with a silk skirt, palazzo pants, or your best jeans.


Work Perfect


Dressing for work need not be a bore. Be fabulous and confident in this beautiful purple vegan suede dress. The zipper detail says “power” and that you mean business.  Yes, you can wear into the board room!

Trend To Try: Velvet by Celeste Crutchfield | 10.19.17

In 2016, velvet was a hit on the runway. In 2017, it surged to the forefront of the catwalk at New York Fashion Week. This luxurious fabric is seen in pants, jumpsuits, boyfriend blazers, you name it! And the colors range from sophisticated neutrals to vibrant reds, yellows, and royal blue.

Velvet has typically been considered a more fussy fabric…one you put on to step out to a cocktail party or formal event. Well like so many arbitrary fashion rules (think no white after Labor Day), it was meant to be broken. There is no need to put on velvet and feel overdressed! Pair it with trendy silhouettes like skinny jeans and mid-calf boots or mix it with different textures so it blends without making too much of a statement.



This velvet top is a fusion of texture. There is an underlying silk top enveloped by an attached plush velvet vest. Softly flowing from the vest are sheer panels that swirl gracefully as you move. Dress it up with vegan leather pants and sexy heels, or down with jeans and booties. Whatever suits your mood!


Go for the Edge


This velvet blazer is simply stunning. Not only is it made of this luxe fabric but the texture is phenomenal. Layer it over a crisp white shirt or go monochromatic and layer it over a black cami or slim turtleneck.  Use it as you would a bomber jacket to top your favorite skirts, dresses, and jeans.


If you need a boyfriend blazer, this is it! It is roomy and slouchy in all the right places. And the rich taupe color imparts a gorgeous sheen that will add an edge to any outfit you choose.


Still not sure…


If you want to try the velvet trend without enveloping yourself in the entire fabric there are plenty of opportunities to start small. This top is perfect with its vertical strip of black velvet. And I love how you have such a luxe fabric immersed in a waffle weave. The juxtaposition of the fabrics is a match made in heaven!


This floral top harkens back to a more romantic period. It is feminine and flirty with teeniest black velvet stripe interspersed throughout the blouse. The sheer sleeves and covered buttons simply add to the dreaminess of this beautiful top.


Last, but not least…


Skip the glass slipper and go for the velvet shoes!

It’s College Game Day! by Celeste Crutchfield | 10.13.17

We are a football nation. Every weekend we flip on the tube, pick our favorite teams to watch, eat guacamole and chips then yell, cry, or cheer as our various alma maters grind their way to victory. Unless, of course, you are Alabama. Then you simply slaughter your opponents. [Author’s note: The author is not recommending one team over the other…simply the fashions!]

If you are able to travel to your alma mater’s games even better! And of course with homecoming, you want to pull out all the stops by stepping out in your school’s colors. You can cheer on your team and remain stylish at the same time.



You can’t snack on Carolina BBQ without looking snazzy in your light blue top and white jeans. YES! White jeans after Labor Day!  Certain rules were made to be broken, y’all, and flaunted at homecoming!


Big 10


It can be a little chilly heading into homecoming at the University of Michigan. Dress the part by combining warm corduroy pants with a long-sleeve, gorgeous navy top. Add the beautiful scarf in bright, sunny yellow and you will have the extra layer needed to stay warm as you chant “D-Fence” until the bitter end.




No jeans and tees for the southern gals! The SEC ladies dress for their games. Cheer on the LSU Tigers in this stylish purple frock. Bring out the tall boots, throw on a scarf, feast on pre-game crawfish étouffée and prepare to root the Tigers to victory!


Big 12


Everything is big in Texas. Why not kick it up a notch with embroidered pants and a burnt orange top. Hook ‘em horns and stay cool in the stands with this cheerful ensemble!


Happy Anniversary, Kiskadee! by Celeste Crutchfield | 10.11.17

Pop the champagne and happy birthday to us…Kiskadee is 10 years old!  What started as the baby of Darby Rush and Neil Hall has grown up and fulfilled a dream of mine…to become the owner of a specialty boutique. Kiskadee has thrived despite the rise of the big box stores, the fall of the big box stores, and so far, the rise of online shopping and Amazon. The store has amazingly supportive customers not only in Del Ray but beyond both near and far. It goes without saying that at Kiskadee we love to give back to our community by supporting Del Ray and local charities.

It’s a party!


Come help us celebrate our 10th year tomorrow, Thursday, October 12 from 6-8pm. That evening all full-priced shoes and apparel will be 30 percent off then 20 percent off the remainder of the weekend! Plus, we will have fabulous door prizes every half hour and the first 15 people to arrive will receive a beautiful free gift with purchase.


Let the champagne flow!


Drinks will be chilled and special treats served from our scrumptious, local Del Ray restaurants! Quench your thirst and nibble on treats as we toast to another 10 years!


And there will be glam!


What is a boutique’s anniversary party without glamour? Maria and her staff from Salon DeZen will be in the house creating masterpieces on our guests at her braid bar. Come get your style on with new fashions and a new coif!

Kiskadee is incredibly lucky and blessed to have dedicated and caring employees, supportive customers, and an encouraging community. Sometimes there are no words to express sincere gratitude except the simplest: from deep within our hearts, thank you.

How To Look Cute Camping (OK, Glamping) by Celeste Crutchfield | 09.29.17


I truly love Madelyn Orfitelli, the editor of Alexandria Stylebook, but when she suggested I write a post on “how I look cute” when I camp I laughed myself silly! [Editor’s note: in my defense, in the pics I saw on Facebook of Celeste camping with her daughter’s Girl Scout troop, and as a veteran of *many* such encampments, trust me, she looked way cuter than a normal camper!] When my family camps we rough it. I pack my worst clothes because we get downright dirty. However, I prefer to glamp it up at the Homestead; it’s one of my favorite places to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings…when I’m not at the spa that is.

I like to pack light, so I try my best to stick to neutrals but I will always throw in a colorful top and a shoe with a fun detail. Little extras go a long way! Try these suggestion packing tips for your next weekend trip.


Save or Splurge…It’s (Almost!) Sweater Weather by Celeste Crutchfield | 09.25.17

Fall is truly my favorite fashion season. The gorgeous colors of fall clothing mirror the changing colors of the leaves. The cool, crisp, clear mornings and the chilly nighttime sky makes me reach for my favorite sweaters. As we all know, sweaters are a closet staple, no matter your shape or size and they can make you feel cozy and comfortable as much as your best friend.

Sweaters come in a variety of styles, hues, and fabric.  They can be lightweight and feminine, or chunky and boxy.  They pair well with jeans or leggings, and of course, tried-and-true, now back-in-style corduroys.  I’ve highlighted a few of our favorites, letting you decide where you want to save or splurge!


Why are these splurge worthy? The fabric, design, and details.


Acrobat sweater, $196

This sweater is as ladylike as they come. The combination of cotton and cashmere delivers a wonderfully light knit while the soft pink hue and the sweet, ruffled, pure silk peplum are the picture of femininity.


Lisa Todd sweater, $198

Cotton and cashmere are again combined to form a lightweight knit but in basic black. Did I say basic!? This sweater is anything but basic with hot pink detailing, zippers at the hips, and the cutest pompoms to help you zip or unzip the sweater as you please.


Lisa Todd sweater, $277

Can we say 100 percent pure cashmere?? So incredible soft and yummy, and the multi-media details of the sweater is reminiscent a kaleidoscope of colors.


You don’t have to suffer inferior workmanship on less expensive sweaters.  The fabric content is simply different — no silk or cashmere — but they are just as lovely!


Michael Stars sweater, $100

All cotton knit, all lovely.  A simple, blush pink sweater to throw on and go anywhere, everywhere and won’t break the bank.


Mystree Sweater, $81

Super details adorn this gray, nylon/acrylic sweater with extra focus at the high/low hemline. It sports a black ribbed hem in front with black ribbed cuffs at the wrist, and a white ribbed hem in back.  Also note the cording that highlights the different style of knit at the sides.


M Rena, $95

Everyone loves a chunky knit. It is timeless, classic, and can be worn again and again with any style of pant or legging.  This marled, blue V-neck sweater is acrylic, polyester, and cotton.  It is soft and toasty and can be worn alone or over a crew style tee or button down shirt.

So splurge or save…be true to your own personal style!

How To Mix Patterns by Celeste Crutchfield | 09.21.17


I’m always amazed at the mix of patterns modeled by certain designers. Some are stunning in a “why didn’t I think of that?” way, while others have me scratching my head wondering if the model got dressed in the dark. Personally, mixing patterns is not my forté. In fact, it scares me. However, we can go on this journey together with the K.I.S.S. rule…Keep It Simple, Stupi…nope, nope, nope…Keep It Simple, Smarty!


Dip your toe in…


If you are uncertain how to mix the prints already in your closet, go the boutique avenue.  There is absolutely no thinking on your part.  This gorgeous dress by Laundry is a perfect example.  Pairing the mixed floral print with simple accessories, such as these booties and gold earrings, is key to letting you and the dress shine.


Pair similar colors


The main color in this top is aubergine and includes varying shades of this gorgeous staple fall color. It blends perfectly together. Plus, note how the pattern on the jacket and the inner shirt is similar…the designs simply vary in size while the shapes are basically the same. Even better? This top by Toulani is ONE PIECE!  Again, no how-to-mix pattern thinking involved! Add the sparkle of a druzy necklace and earrings to complete a beautiful fall look.


No need to commit…


Want a great way to mix patterns without making a commitment?  Throw on a scarf!  Don’t’ like it?  Put on a different one…it is as simple as that.  This top has a muted soft gray and white checkered print. We combined it with a boldly patterned scarf that includes the color gray. Making sure the scarf and the top have at least one similar color will make the look classic and seamless…like a mixed pattern pro!

Dip your toe in…Keep It Simple, Smarty…and have the confidence to mix and match. We are in this together!

6 Unexpected Reasons To Visit Kiskadee by Celeste Crutchfield | 09.13.17

As all Stylebook readers know, at Kiskadee we love our customers. I have now owned the store for four months and the rumor mill still churns that this beloved store is closing. NO! Kiskadee is open, selling customer favorites, responding to customer requests, and selling new merchandise. I’ve enjoyed slowly putting my stamp on the store and I am so thankful all is being positively received.  There is no better time than now to revisit Kiskadee, freshen up your wardrobe, and experience firsthand the terrific personal shopping experience only small boutiques can offer.

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New Clothing Lines: I love color!  The past few seasons have been very neutral-focused, so seeing pops of color is so refreshing. Of course, we will always carry neutrals…we can’t live without the basics.  But to pair a heavenly shade of green with your jeans or a bright pop of fuchsia with black will add depth and cheer to your fall wardrobe.


Jammies: I couldn’t resist…I love pajamas!  Especially those with a whimsical element. Go to sleep happy!

Customer Requests: Yep…this is how we got the fun Tulip line in our store. If there is a clothing designer you have difficulty finding, please ask if we will carry it.  Same with gift items! I enjoy researching new lines and viewing innovative ideas perfect for Kiskadee


That Girl Loves To Shop—Tweens! Yes, they do…and we love to help them purchase items that won’t break their bank. They are learning to budget their allowance and babysitting money.  We have many young ladies come in with $20 wanting to buy a gift for their besties and at Kiskadee they can come in under budget with our fun, whimsical, and thoughtful gifts…for anyone, actually!


Babies: I know, right?  Too cute for words.


Dress by Tyler Boe

Tried & True: Never fear!  We have our customer faves such as Wilt, Tyler Boe, and Johnny Was.  New arrivals of these Kiskadee classics are in the store now.  We will keep the beloved clothing lines favored by YOU…our terrific and incredible stylish customers!

Celeste’s Del Ray by Celeste Crutchfield | 09.08.17


I’m proud to call Del Ray my home. It’s a vibrant neighborhood where so many of us are lucky to live and work. This hometown appeal merges with an eclectic ambiance…where else in Alexandria can you feast your eyes upon bright murals, purple-painted homes, and a goose whose outfits change with sporting events and seasons? I walk everywhere…Del Ray is home to a plethora of restaurants, bars, farmers markets, specialty grocery stores, and, of course, Kiskadee!

Del Ray exudes excitement with each day. We walk our kids to school and greet our neighbors with smiles. Kindness really does build community…come enjoy my slice of heaven!


I was desperate. I couldn’t get to the pharmacy; my husband was out of town, and my daughter very ill.  I called the Neighborhood Pharmacy to explain my dilemma and much to my surprise they said they would deliver my daughter’s antibiotics to our home!  I was shocked at the level of personalized service and so incredibly thankful…I’m a fan forever!



Celeste is wearing Johnny Was

I have so many favorite restaurants in Del Ray but the family go-to is Taqueria Poblano.  The crispy chicken tacos are my favorite (oh, my mouth is watering now!) and the margaritas to die for.  You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, their catering is outstanding, and takeout is a terrific option for families on the go!

Dog Lovers’ Paradise


Celeste is wearing Ost

If you come to Del Ray on Saturday morning be prepared for foot traffic…four-legged, that is. Rover is so welcome in Del Ray that Kiskadee and many other businesses keep dog bowls out front filled with fresh water.  I frequent Your Dog’s Best Friend for my pup’s food, snacks, and toys.  They also have a terrific section of fun collars and leashes to match your pup’s personality…they come bedazzled too!

I’m sure you have seen the signs above the freeways that say, “If you lived here, you’d be home now.”  Don’t spend your life on the freeway.  Live where you work.  At the very least…come visit my Del Ray!

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!