We Are So Excited To Welcome The Woods Fine Jewelry by Michele Novack | 03.18.19

The wait is over! Those of you that know me have heard me talking about and have seen me wearing The Woods Fine Jewelry for the past ten years. It has been my favorite jewelry because it’s unique, versatile, and gorgeous! After introducing it to Celeste, the owner of Kiskadee, she decided she loved it too and wanted to share it with our Kiskadee customers.

The Woods Fine Jewelry beautifully combines diamonds with organic and natural elements to create one-of-a-kind pieces. The sister design duo, Shawn Hecox and Sam Hitchcock, based out of Denver and Aspen, work to create a line that showcases varied personal influences from art, fashion, music, architecture, nature, and spirituality

The unique designs are conceived by their love of contrast: vintage/modern, rough/smooth, and precious/unfussy. The Woods Fine Jewelry simply has a luxurious and organic look that we love and we are so excited to introduce it to you, too!

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Showcased here are playful pink pendants, both classic and fun that can be mixed and matched with any chain made by The Woods Fine Jewelry. These beautiful chains are made of jasper beads, freshwater pearls, and hammered sterling silver. All pieces have luxurious pave diamond clasps. The chains are pretty enough to be worn alone or with a pendant.

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These stunning pink agate earrings with pave diamonds are just one example of the exquisite and charming earrings designed by The Woods. We are in love with the vibrant colors of the African beaded bracelets, which include pave diamonds and beautiful enameled charms.

Perfect for spring and summer, these beaded bracelets containing bright blues and greens are paired with gorgeous pave diamond charms. The contrast with the spiked pave diamond bracelet and oval pave diamond bracelets are sure to please!

How To Wear a Sheath Dress Now by Allison Taylor | 03.15.19

Imagine your perfect sheath dress. Fits perfectly, great for work and dates, but it is 50 degrees outside and you have bare arms and goose bumps. Brrrrrrr! So you rethink wearing your most flattering dress. Who wants to be cold, especially as winter seems to drag on this time of year? But like your favorite top, a sheath dress can be worn again and again, a chameleon, by simply styling it differently. Use these tips to maximize what is already in your closet and stretch your budget in many fashionable ways.

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Kiskadee has found the most flawless sheath. The dress is made by Lysee, famous for its perfect fit leggings. It hugs your curves properly, has a hint of stretch for extra comfort, and the length falls at your knee…not too short, not too long. And yes! It can be worn all four seasons!

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Elevate this sheath dress to business causal by combining it with a button-down blouse. This vibrant silk blouse by Repeat is a stunner for its simplicity and elegance. The coral hue looks gorgeous on everyone and confidently pops against the dark backdrop of the dress.


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If you need a bit more cover, grab your favorite sweater and wear it over the dress. So easy and a no-brainer on a busy morning.It gives the illusion you tossed on a skirt…a completely different separate.

 

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As the days grow warmer, try a spring-weight cashmere sweater. A classic crew-neck, short-sleeve sweater in lilac can be worn underneath the dress easily. Bring on spring with this fresh look!

 

Of course, when the temperature dips in the early spring a sweater is a perfect topper. Or when you are under the air conditioning at the movie theater, restaurant, grocery store…you get the drift! 

 For each season, this classic dress and its multiple looks will be your go-to, easy outfit. Enjoy creating your own looks with your closet favorites and spring new life into your wardrobe! Fashion is all about fun!

Two Tops Styled Four Ways by Allison Taylor | 03.06.19

Clothes spark joy! This is especially true when you make smart purchases of fashions you love. Truthfully, I feel better about a purchase that I wear again and again as opposed to one I only wear once, which, in reality, was probably a “meh” purchase to begin with and a waste of money.

You can build a beautiful wardrobe around a few quality purchases. A great place to start is with a fabulous top. Here, Alli and Michelle each take the same top and make it their own.

Both Alli and Michele adore this fun black-and-red polka dot top by Acrobat. 

 

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On Alli

Alli chose a more Boho style for such a classic top. She juxtaposed the silk top with wide linen pants by CP Shades, platform shoes by Dolce Vita, and a dream of a woven, floppy hat. The varying colors and textures are so fresh and trendy!

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On Michele

Michele sports a more timeless style by pairing the top with white jeans. In many ways, this look is bolder simply because of the contrasting colors. The Kut for the Kloth white jeans, however, are a bit atypical with the lacy side detail and fringe hem, adding fun and flirty femininity to the outfit. Add the comfy, gold Jack Rogers espadrilles and that outfit will walk me on over to The Front Porch for a frozé soon enough!

Alli and Michele both fell for the ruffled Joie top.


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On Alli

Definitely a classic — bring on ruffles and denim! — truly an outfit Alli can wear anytime and anywhere. Note the reappearance of the Dolce Vita platform shoes. They pair well with any style, including dresses!

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On Michele

Not only do I love the romance of Michele’s outfit, but also the tone on tone. The scallop hem of the Draper James denim skirt and ruffles of the Joie top is very feminine and so simple to put together!

 

Your style is just that, your style. Embrace it with your go to pieces that spark your joy!


Age Matters Not by Allison Taylor | 03.04.19

Fashion is meant for all ages. We truly are our own worst enemies when it comes to our shape, size, and look. Now add to that our age. As I’ve hit my 50s, I now question whether a long beloved dress is too short (at 5’10” most dresses are a bit on the short side…guess I should be happy I’m shrinking?) or if my favorite skinny jean is just that, too skinny for this…dare I say it…“middle-aged woman.” Ick. I hate that description. That makes me sound so much older than I feel!

Thank goodness for Kiskadee’s customers! They are an absolute blessing! That is the beauty of working in a small boutique…we can all discuss, solve, and laugh at our multiple foibles. I encourage those who feel “too old” to try a piece of clothing they adore…it can be good as is or in need of a simple styling trick. In turn I have been blessed with customers older than me who have thumbed their noses at falsely perceived age-isms and simply wear what they love. That is inspiration!

Kiskadee carries clothing for women of all ages and clothing lines that can be worn by women in their 20s beyond! Here are only a few examples, showcasing some of our new spring arrivals.

Shoes can be another stumper as we get older. Comfort shoes have come a long way, baby! Mid-size wedges are a boon to us all, flats, ditto, and the chic sneaker is, thankfully, here to stay!


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Top Row: Charleston Shoe Company, Jack Rogers
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Bottom Row:  Jack Rogers, Johnston & Murphy


Playful Polka Dots by Celeste Crutchfield | 03.12.19

Upbeat and playful, designers are mad for polka dots! The timeless motif made its way down multiple runways as fashion designers showcased their spring and summer collections during fashion weeks in New York City and Milan. Polka dots bring sweet nostalgia to mind in a whimsical and updated way.

Polka dots can be worn anywhere — garden parties, cocktail soirees, or simply on your errands. Polka dots are seen on gorgeous silk dresses and tops both fanciful and casual…you will never get enough of this old-school and spirited pattern!

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Polka dots are made modern in both these tops by turning the focus from the front to the back. The blue top has sweet cutouts framed with bows while the beige sweater shows a classic button up. The party in the back makes polka dots fresh and new!


Here polka dots adorn a gorgeous silk top. This top incorporates polka dots and bell sleeves, two trends in one!

Oh-so-feminine in soft pink chiffon, this dress is romantic Swiss dot or, really, tone-on-tone polka dots. The pale pastel shade is so dreamy and simply soft in its loveliness.

If it makes you happy, wear it! Polka dots are so lively and lighthearted, everyone will smile!

French Kiss…I Mean, French Kyss! by Celeste Crutchfield | 02.26.19

Now that I have your attention, Kiskadee is introducing a new clothing line and French Kyss will not disappoint! It is fun, funky, functional, comfortable, casual, chic…it checks all of the boxes for clothing that can swing a cocktail with the girls or errands on the fly. It is throw-on-and-go clothing at its best!

The Fabric!

First off, the fabric of French Kyss is fabulous! It has all the bells and whistles of material that is soft, but with a bit of stretch to protect and keep its silhouette throughout the day and into the night. The comfort level is out of this world!

 

Chic Simplicity

Chic doesn’t have to mean flashy…minimalism is chic because it uses simplicity to showcase a clothing’s fabric and easy details. Whether it showcases strategically placed stars as in the first picture, or a simple innovation such as these three-quarter length sleeves with a silver snap, both tops use the gorgeous, heather blue color and allow it to shine.

 

Elevated “Casualtude”

Elevated casualtude means exuding a relaxed vibe with style. This jacket by French Kyss raises the fashion quotient with its anorak design that sports pockets and a hoodie, and its washed charcoal hue. Use this jacket to instantly increase the style vibe of your favorite athlesiure wear and jeans, or use it to top your elegant silk pants or skirt for instant casualtude.

And you will never forget the name….

Kiskadee Staff’s February Faves by Celeste Crutchfield | 02.20.19

February is packed full of activities! And who would have thunk…it is winter for heaven’s sake! However with Valentine’s Day and Fashion Week, February packs in big events for such a short month. As we all dream of warmer months ahead, take a look at these early spring clothing pics from Kiskadee staff.

How To Elevate Your Outfit by Celeste Crutchfield | 02.12.19

Elevating your outfit can be done multiple ways. The most simple way, of course, is to add accessories. However, it is February and it is cold. You can’t necessarily flaunt that delicate necklace and utilitarian, all-weather duck boots are a non-starter. It is essential to add that third piece, whether it is funky, chunky, or completely elegant. Lucky number three is the additional layer that, when you remove your serviceable winter coat, your styl

Motorcycle jackets are an excellent way to elevate your look, but there is no need to splurge on one made of leather. This knit jacket by LillaP has a classic moto cut but the fabric, easy fit, and soft color bring a touch of femininity to the edginess. Use it to top a Wilt t-shirt and the outfit becomes funky classic.

CP Shades is a customer and Kiskadee favorite. It is known for its comfortable, easy, Boho style. Mix it with this elegant, timeless, oversized cardi by Repeat for extra interest.

An all black outfit is always chic but it can be boring. An additional sweater, such as this classic black and white number by Tyler Boe, turns all black from boring to smart and classy.

Most importantly, select the third piece in which you feel the most comfortable. You will instantly look more put together and confidence will always complete your look!

The Best Valentine’s Gift? One for Yourself, Of Course! by Celeste Crutchfield | 02.11.19

Love it or hate it, Valentine’s is here! Who needs a Valentine, anyway? We have ourselves! I haven’t had a memorable Valentine’s Day since second grade. I received an anonymous card from someone who told me I was a hot potato…I was so embarrassed but secretly thrilled.

This time of year is when Kiskadee starts to fill with spring color — coral, aqua, sky blue, pink — and the thoughts of warmer days saturate my mind. Time to take stock of your closet so you are ready when the temps are solidly in the 60s and 70s. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to treat yourself with the anticipation of warmth.

Some like it hot and coral is right on trend! Coral looks good on everyone…it immediately brightens all skin tones and really it pairs well with anything! This sweater by LillaP is made of cool cotton with a bit of modal. The looser fit tops both slim pants and those with wider legs.


A lighter weight cashmere is terrific for early spring and cool summer nights. This luxurious sweater by Repeat boasts a beautiful, graduated aqua hue. It would pair fabulously with white, silk pants or linen shorts and strap-y sandals.

I love this look and you don’t even need two different tops to pull it off. Repeat has done it again. It has taken one of its beautifully crafted cotton sweaters and added the tailored details of a white button down shirt. The design element of a faux button down adds unparalleled sophistication to an otherwise casual top.

If Valentine’s Day has you with your besties, treat yourself to a fabulous day!

Work from Home in Comfort *and* Style by Celeste Crutchfield | 01.28.19

Work from home? Don’t wear a bathrobe. I know, it’s tempting right? You work from home, you roll out of bed, put on your robe, and soon it is five o’clock in the afternoon…and you are still wearing your robe (only now it is covered in dog hair and coffee stains).

Or maybe this sounds familiar. You exercised early in the morning and you are still in your workout clothes (not to mention the dried sweat). Of course the other scenario is you put on your workout clothes immediately hoping to exercise later in the day and soon it is five o’clock in the afternoon…and, yeah, and you are still hoping.

But working from home and looking stylish is easy with the right pieces. I believe that when you “get dressed” and look a bit more polished and put together, your work improves. Plus, it keeps you ready for any unforeseen work or life issues where you must leave the comfort of your own home. Of course that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice feeling cozy.

One benefit of working from home is you can dress supremely comfortably by picking out your favorite jeans (try Kiskadee’s DL1961’s or Kut for the Kloth) and throw on an on-trend boxy top with a shorter hemline.


Celeste is wearing Wilt, $140

 

Plus, you can grab a free cup of coffee anytime you want…

Celeste is wearing Project Social T, $68

 

The most wonderful benefit of working from home? Sneaking snuggles…

Celeste is wearing Michael Stars, $142

Celeste is wearing Michael Stars, $142


Avoid the WTW to Work Frenzy by Celeste Crutchfield | 01.23.19

According to United State Marine Corps recruits, the definition of the word “hurricane” is when drill sergeants dump all recruits’ belongings in the middle of the barracks. “Hurricane” is also the definition of my closet when I cannot figure out what to wear to work. For many of us, what to wear to work is a persistent and recurring question Monday through Friday. You want to feel and look good in your office wear and your creative mind dismisses dressing dully. The best and easiest route to decide what to wear is knowing that simple and classy does not equal boring. A slight statement detail is all you need!

Camille is wearing Gretchen Scott, $165

Dresses are the perfect one-and-done outfit. It is a double bonus when you can keep the ironing or steaming to a minimum (or even skip entirely). Choosing a lovely pattern in gorgeous coordinating colors is a fantastic way to ease into your Monday morning work routine

Camille is wearing Tyler Boe, $170

Repetitive patterns are always elegant and in style. Plus, this dress showcases a wonderful sleeve detail: a small, split bell sleeve with a petite ruffle element at the seam. The dress allows you and your intelligence to shine.


Camille is wearing Tyler Boe, $170

The statement detail on this dress is noticed immediately as you walk into the boardroom. Framing your face is a stand-up ruffle collar that says, “Look at me. I’m a boss.” Enough said.

Camille is wearing Tyler Boe, $208

It’s Friday morning and you have a date after work…this dress is perfect with its glamorous bold pattern. Wear it with booties during day and slip on a pair of sexy heels for your evening out!

Stick to easy and stylish and your week will begin with MonYAY!

Introducing New Resort Wear by Amita Naithani by Celeste Crutchfield | 01.16.19

Two things I enjoy: listening to my customers and bringing new designs to Kiskadee. So it was perfect this past fall when I took the road less traveled and discovered some smaller markets, markets that have vendors who are utterly artistic and thrive in an environment not restricted by industry norms. There I was able to source resort swimsuit cover-ups, a popular customer request, that are designed by new-to-Kiskadee resort line Amita Naithani. Win-win!

Amita Naithani gets inspiration from her native India. Traditional detailing, including delicate hand-embroidery, intricate crochet, and hand-dipped tie-dye, adds depth and texture to each lightweight and breathable fabric.

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Each exquisitely handcrafted piece is made with the idea of “comfortable yet elegant,” offering maximum mobility and versatility. The details of each piece are distinct and slyly exotic featuring peek-a-boo eyelet, fringe tassels, and sexy lace overlays.

The bonus of owning an Amita Naithani piece is its ability to take you from beach to bar to date night. Pieces can be mixed and matched with your favorite resort wear, negating the necessity to pack extra clothing. It can extend your closet at home and abroad!


Cozy Layering Pieces To Wear Now and Later by Celeste Crutchfield | 01.09.19

Can’t get enough of cozy? Me, neither. I enjoy dressing up and eating yummy holiday food (love me any and all creamy dips!) but in January give me comfortable or give me death. Seriously. My waistband is strangling me. 

As Kiskadee’s customers know, the shop is constantly adding new merchandise even while our winter sale continues. Recently we received fab tops that will make you feel like you are wearing a Snuggie but of course on trend and best yet, wearable through the spring.


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Lilla P is loved by Kiskadee customers and this top will not disappoint. It is cotton, modal, over-sized, and stretchy…it moves when you do! The cowl neck will keep your décolleté warm and the kangaroo pocket is a superb place to put chilly hands or a bit of lip gloss. It is perfect now under your vest, sweater, or coat, and by itself come a cool spring morning. Wear with any skinny or straight legged jean.


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Although well known for their comfortable dresses, Tyler Boe is a fashion industry leader in designing clothes for a women’s bodies. This white top is a blouse in disguise…it has perfect stretch yet is form fitting. It can be tucked in for a more polished look or left as seen here for a casual and sporty feel. The weight of the top makes it a great base layer now and it will work beautifully on its own when the blossoms begin to bloom.

Again Lilla P takes center stage in this stripped tunic. It looks fab with black pants but hey! You are heading to Florida, it will look just as awesome with white pants!

Yes, Kiskadee does have beloved sweaters and winter dresses now but it is always smart to add clothing that can be worn several seasons…your closet and wallet will thank you!

2019 Color of the Year: Living Coral by Celeste Crutchfield | 01.08.19

Pantone announced recently that their Color of the Year for 2019 is Living Coral. If you are like most people, you are probably wondering who or what Pantone is, and how do they decide the color of the year? Pantone, LLC is company that has a proprietary color matching system used in a variety of industries to include paint, fabric, printing, etc. Since 2000, it has met in secret with industry experts from other countries, and, after several days of meetings annually, decides what the color will be for the following year based on what they perceive is the current state or mood of the world.

For example, in 2017, the color was Greenery: “Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

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The More You Buy, the More You Save by Celeste Crutchfield | 01.02.19

The after-Christmas sales for retailers are off and running! These are pretty predictable. The typical discount off sale clothing starts at 25 to 30 percent. That discount hangs around for two weeks or so then dips to 40 percent, then 50 percent, until the clothes and shoes end up on the deep discount racks hidden in an undetected corner of the store.

Well, Kiskadee is mixing it up this year! Yes, 30 percent off was the starting point. That discount continues but here’s the twist: the more you buy, the more you save! So, if you purchase two items the discount is 40 percent off each piece of clothing and/or shoes. If you purchase three or more items, the discount is 50 percent off each piece of clothing and/or shoes. It is very satisfying when my staff and I see big smiles on customers’ faces after mentioning the original cost of their three items then declaring the discounted cost…the savings are huge and so are the grins!

You may want to purchase three or more of your favorite tees or purchase entire outfits. To inspire you, here are three outfits, each comprised of three sale items, so that means every piece is 50 percent off. You can see how those savings add up!

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Lilla P pants, 50% off $198 = $99 | Lauren Moshi Sweater, 50% off $398 = $199 | All Black Shoes, 50% off $148 = $74

Total savings $372!

(must purchase three items to receive 50 percent off)


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illa P Wide Legged Corduroy Pants, 50% off $188 = $94 | CP Shades Velvet Shirt, 50% off $ 270 = $135
Dolce Vita Slides, 50% off$138 =  $69

Total Savings $367

(must purchase three items to receive 50 percent off)


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Elie Tahari Dress, 50% off $398 = $199 | Bailey 44 Leather Jacket, 50% off $299 = $149.50
Valid Waterproof Boots, 50% 0ff $179 = $89

Total Savings $437.50

(must purchase three items to receive 50 percent off)

Fall Preview: 525 America by Celeste Crutchfield | 07.23.18

Fall clothing hit the department stores full throttle this month. Bright colors are disappearing, replaced with muted neutrals and shades of autumn. Kiskadee currently has fabulous clothes that will take you through the hottest month of the year and into the dog days of August. Transitional clothing is adorning our racks. And, dare I say, some of us are dreaming of cooler climes…and sweater weather!

525 America is a line of knits that has become a customer fave. The sweaters are high quality at a fabulous price point. This Brooklyn-based company makes classic and cutting edge sweaters in cotton, chenille, and cashmere.

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The transitional, lightweight sweaters have an enormous amount of detail. That includes sequined star patches…

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…and floral sequins on a light-weight, French terry cotton blend.

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If floral vibes are not your thing, 525 America delivers a modern edge in cotton shaker knit detailed with ties and metal grommets.

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Fall will come…be prepared!

My Disney Cruise Style by Celeste Crutchfield | 07.20.18

Don’t laugh. All of the people (adults!) who have taken a Disney Cruise LOVE IT! Why? The kids are occupied and entertained 24/7 and the adults head to the spa! Plus, there is adult-only dining and excursions such as touring and tasting Bacardi Rum in Puerto Rico. And really I can’t help but smile every time I see a Disney character strolling the deck.

I keep packing minimal, and to necessities and my favorites. Here are my picks for the floating Happiest Place on the Earth!

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Cool dress for our Jamaican excursion

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Perfect pool attire

 

Private dinner with my hubby!

Private dinner with my hubby!

Kiskadee’s European Vacation: Packing for Portugal by Allison Taylor | 07.16.18

Chuck the image of the Griswold’s vacation…you are in for a treat! So many of our customers are heading overseas this summer…to France, Italy, Ireland, and, recently, Croatia! There is no glamping involved but wonderful trips that include fine wine, gourmet food, sophisticated sightseeing, and, of course, relaxation. Since I’m having a staycation this summer, it is wonderful to hear about the beauty and the terrific tales and each country visited.

Recently one of our beloved employees headed to Portugal for a bit of a respite. It is a colorful, vibrant, and incredibly beautiful country and she kept all that in mind as she carefully picked her outfits.

 

Wine Country

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While they may not be as well known as French and Italian wines, Portuguese wines have a dedicated following of connoisseurs. Delicious wines abound from luxurious wineries throughout the country. Go chic yet tribal in this casual dress as you sip throughout Portugal’s wine country. Click here to learn more about Portugal’s wine region.

 

Beach Babe

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A trip to Portugal is not complete without a visit to one of its gorgeous, sandy beaches! This cold-shoulder beauty can double as a day dress or beach cover up. The luscious colors evoke the ocean and lovely sunsets while the tassels add an extra pop. Be on trend as you travel Portugal’s coastline. Plan your trip to Portugal’s beaches here.

 

Date Night

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Glam it ups for your significant other by slipping on this sexy romper. It can be used in the evening as well as the day, simply change your shoes and jewelry to match the occasion. There is plenty of romance in Portugal; check it out!

Why We Love Elie Tahari: Unique & Chic by Celeste Crutchfield | 07.11.18

Kiskadee is well loved not only for its fun, festive, and on-trend clothing and shoes, but also for accommodating the pocketbook of many. We are well known, and appreciated, for having varying price points in the shop. We have simple, gorgeous, quality clothing for less than $100, and fabulous frocks made of the finest fabric, sporting intricate details, costing hundreds of dollars.

Our pricier clothing we deem very special, as do our customers. Kiskadee recently started to provide unique and chic dresses by Elie Tahari. Our customers attending weddings, engagements, award ceremonies (this is Washington, D.C., after all!) and other special events have gravitated toward these elegant offerings. Many of these stunning creations can be worn multiple seasons to multiple occasions!

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The “WOW” factor is shown throughout this stunner. Intricate details prevail into a symphony of beauty. The vibrant blue silk dress is veiled by a sheer black overlay with embroidered silk flowers. If that is not enough, delicate feathers swirl about the hem in a flirtatious and romantic addition.

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Elie Tahari knows a woman can feel sexy and confident simply by the cut of a dress. This breezy style is flow-y in all the right places. Its flutter sleeves are dreamy and the flutter handkerchief hem has several layers that twirl lightly around a woman’s legs…perfect for dancing!

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Sleek. Powerful. Boss. Need I say more? Elie Tahari knows women have many roles, including leading businesses.

Make the investment in pieces you love and Elie Tahari will become your go-to designer.