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Lucinda’s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for the perfect gift for friends, family, and business associates? We’ve got some fabulous ideas for you!

Check out our 2019 Gift Guide!

Here’s how it works:

  • Choose the items you’d like to order. Fill out the order form and get it to us, or give us a call at 316-264-1080 to place your order.
  • All gifts will be wrapped in festive gift bags.
  • Gift guide orders earn Lucinda’s Loot. (Get one Lucinda’s Loot with each $50 purchase and receive $10 off each $30 purchase in January 2020.)
  • Ask about our bulk item discounts.
  • We have lots of additional gift items in store such as socks, books, jewelry, candles, fun office supplies, ICT items, and of course gift certificates.
  • Orders may be shipped or picked up at the store. Shipping (USPS, Fedex, UPS) will be an additional cost. We’ll let you know the shipping cost before sending.

Celebrating Our Besties

Thanks to everyone who came out for our third annual Besties: Fashion for a Purpose fundraising fashion show extravaganza!  

On Saturday, October 5, Lucinda’s, along with the Finishing School for Modern Women and Charisma – Inner Beauty, arranged a fun evening to celebrate the influence of our “besties,” raising $1,000 for the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center through admission and raffle ticket sales for prizes from local businesses. We hosted the wine and dessert after party, and donated 20 percent of sales that evening to our cause.   

The event, held at Harvester Arts, featured our fabulous fall frocks and jewelry, crowned by gorgeous hairstyles and makeup by Charisma – Inner Beauty. We recruited pairs of real life best friends to walk down the runway together, showing off their new looks, while Jill D. Miller, the Headmistress of the Finishing School for Modern Women shared stories with the audience of our besties adventures together.  

We’re passionate about supporting our community, especially nonprofits whose purpose it is to help women. WASAC’s mission is to educate and provide resources to individuals and the community to “create a culture of intolerance for sexual violence and an atmosphere of healing for those impacted by it.” They support a 24/7 crisis call line, give legal and medical help, support counseling, individual therapy and much more, all on a shoe-string budget. 

“What a great, fun way to raise money for women in need,” says Kathy Williams, Executive Director of WASAC. “These funds will help us fill in the areas that the grants we’ve received don’t. This will allow us to pay for supplies for support and unexpected needs of survivors in Wichita.”    

A big thank you to our other sponsors, the Finishing School for Modern Women, Charisma – Inner Beauty and Hotel at Old Town. Three cheers for our modeling besties, who worked the catwalk with attitude and style. We appreciate the local businesses that donated raffle prized for the event: Charisma – Inner Beauty, Skin Essentials, MUV Fitness & Massage, Maggie Gilmore, Imagine That Toys, Aspen Boutique, Bungalow 26, Simple Clean Residential Cleaning Services, Spice Merchant, Beau Monde East, Churn & Burn, Limitless Yoga, The Burrow, Love of Character, Pinot’s Palette, and Pee Wee & Sweets. Of course, we couldn’t have done it without the hard work of our staff. Special kudos to Shannon, the director of our show, whose organization and leadership skills kept everything running perfectly.  

Finally, thanks to everyone who came out and supported our event. We can’t wait to do it again next year! 

Need Wardrobe Advice?

Are you in need of a wardrobe lift? Too busy to put together outfits? Not sure which styles look best on you? Or maybe you’re just looking for some fashiony fun?

No matter what your motivation to spice up your wardrobe, we’ve got you covered with our exciting service-fashion consultations.

The inspiration to offer this service came from watching our Sales Manager, Shannon, fit models for the Besties fundraising fashion show. She has such a knack for pinpointing everyone’s style, and making them look and feel their best!  We had so much fun with the fashion shows, we want to extend this service to others.

Shannon has a great eye for style. Her love of fashion and theater background, working in the costume shop and making costumes for shows, has given her a unique perspective into style consultations.

“It’s fun to be female,” says Shannon. “I love fashion as a form of art, as a form of self-expression, setting ourselves apart from everyone else.” 

Shannon is having a blast working with women and hearing their stories. Her favorite one so far, came from a woman who has just lost a lot of weight, but wasn’t able to accept the difference in the mirror yet.

She loves spending quality time with our customers, being able to give her undivided attention from some fun, stress-free, dress up time. She encourages women to experiment, and try something on they wouldn’t have tried on their own.

 “It is so much fun seeing how a new outfit, can change attitudes and how we feel about ourselves,” says Shannon. “Unlike changing your look with a new haircut or color, trying on new styles is a risk-free, temporary change.

How it works

Shannon will schedule a 15-minute phone conversation with you to get more information about what you’re looking for, whether it’s a special event or just for fun. She also asks for other information, such as the sizes you wear, to help her prepare for your consultation. She has helped people put together new outfits, accessorize or complete a look they already have in their closet.

When you come in for your one-hour consultation, Shannon will have a few outfits ready for you to look at, to make sure you both like the direction Shannon suggests. Then it’s playtime, trying on new outfits to see what looks the best on you and fits your style, complete with jewelry and shoes. 

Our style consultations are $50, and you get $40 of that back in a gift certificate that you can spend the same day as your consultation. 

To get started, make an appointment for an exclusive style consultation by emailing Shannon at lucindasict@gmail or give her a call at 316-264-1080. She’s in Tuesday through Saturday.

Shop Early, Less Worry

What’s the most stressful part of the holiday season? If you’re like most people, the number one answer is finding the right gifts for the people on your list!

To take the stress out of Christmas, we have a rewarding challenge for you! Take the pledge to get your Christmas shopping done by December 1st. Let us know when you’ve honored your pledge, we’ll enter you in a grand prize drawing to win at $150 Lucinda’s gift certificate and a bottle of champagne to celebrate your awesomeness.

Stuck for what to give? Check out our Gift Concierge Shopping Service. It’s no charge to let us help you find the perfect gift and if you don’t like the gift we suggest, there’s no obligation to buy. Ask for our Gift Concierge Questionnaire and get started making your life easier!

Wouldn’t you rather have time to do all the cozy, fun things that make your heart happy this December, rather than feeling frantic and frazzled? Take the pledge and win!

Cooking up Memories

Can’t you feel the fall in the air? I don’t know about you, but as soon as the weather starts to cool down, we’ve got cooking on our minds! Guess we’re not the only ones. We’ve gotten in some simply fabulous new kitchen items in to help inspire, and some of our all-time favorites back to tempt you.

Speaking of temptation, we have a special treat for you at the end of this blog. We’re sharing the recipe for one of our most requested party recipes: Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies. Yum!

These new aprons from BlueQ are EVERYTHING! One of our favorite companies, BlueQ started 30 years ago, going viral before it was a thing, by selling a cardboard cutout of a cat. We love to buy from BlueQ because every purchase with this company has a philanthropic component to it. Every oven mitt supports hunger relief programs around the world. Every sock sold supports Doctors Without Borders. You get the gist. Check out these new unisex aprons with extra long ties:

Have you seen the new Snoop Dogg cookbook, “From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen?” It’s filled with funky delicious homestyle soul food recipes you’re going to love.

Feeling Eco Friendly? Check out two of our favorite kitchen favorites that economical and ecological!

No need for heavy jars with these brilliant reusable zip-closed storage bags. The clever design allows bags to stand when filled and are dishwasher safe, durable and leak proof.

An eco-friendly, reusable alternative to plastic straws, these stainless-steel straws are built to hold up to even the thickest milkshakes. This set of 10 straws includes a cleaning brush.

This Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip cookie recipe has been passed down from Valerie’s Great Grandmother. This recipe only makes an appearance once or twice a year, but these taller cake-like cookies disappear as fast as we can put them out!

Enjoy the cookies!

Sparkling Savings Sale!

Alright fellow lovers of bling! It’s nearly time for one of our favorite events of the year – Sparking Savings Sale! During these magical days, ALL OUR JEWELRY IS 40% OFF. Yes, you did read that right.

We’re shaking it up a bit this year. Usually this sale starts on Wednesday. We’ve heard from lots of you that starting the sale during the week, has made it challenging for those who work to get here early. This year we’re starting the sale on Saturday, August 10 at 10 AM and ends on Sunday, August 11 at 6 PM. Remember that we’re open until 11 PM on Saturday, so that’s a whole lot of shopping time.

There are some of the amazing jewelry lines to choose from. We carry:

And so much more!

Join us for delicious deserts and a drawing for a $100 gift certificate at this fabulous event. Stock up for yourself, and maybe pick up a gift from someone else, but don’t miss this festive event!

Fashion for a Purpose

We love fashion, especially when it’s for a purpose! We’re passionate about supporting our community, especially nonprofits whose purpose it is to help women and children.

On Saturday, April 13, Lucinda’s, along with the Finishing School for Modern Women and Charisma – Inner Beauty, arranged a fun evening to celebrate mothers and daughters, raising $1,505 for Laughing Feet Performers through admission and raffle ticket sales for prizes from local businesses. After the show, we hosted a festive after party at Lucinda’s, donating 20 percent of sales that evening to our cause. 

Laughing Feet Performers connects performers with special needs, aged 10 to 25, with typical peers to study musical and artistic expression, giving performance opportunities to people who normally wouldn’t have them. One of the highlights of the event was a performance by Ashely of Happy Feet, who sang “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten to an enthusiastic audience. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

Laughing Feet Performer, Ashely

The event, held at Harvester Arts, featured fabulous spring fashions and jewelry, crowned by gorgeous hairstyles and makeup by Charisma – Inner Beauty. We recruited mother and daughter teams to walk down the runway together, showing off their new looks, while Jill D. Miller, the Headmistress of the Finishing School for Modern Women shared stories with the audience of our family’s adventures together.

A big thank you to our other sponsors, the Finishing School for Modern Women, Charisma – Inner Beauty and Harvester Arts. Three cheers for our models, who worked the catwalk with attitude and style. We appreciate the local businesses that donated raffle prized for the event: Hatman Jack’s, Charisma Inner Beauty, Spice Merchant, Planet Hair, and Skin Essentials. 

Of course, we couldn’t have done it without the hard work of our staff. Special kudos to our Shannon, the director of our show, whose organization and leadership skills kept everything running perfectly.

Finally, thanks to everyone who came out and supported our event. We can’t wait to do it again next year!

WE LOVE WICHITA!

Whether you’ve lived in Wichita, or have come for a visit, our city has a way of nestling into the hearts of those who come here. Maybe it’s all the local, rockstar businesses, or all the cultural and fun events we have going on, or maybe it’s just how friendly our people are.

Whatever you love about Wichita, we’re here to help you celebrate it with our exclusive design Wichita products. We’ve created T-shirts, glass ware, postcards, patches, pins, mugs and other fun items. We also carry work by other local artisans, who create Wichita jewelry, Wichita flag artwork, neighborhood candles, stickers, buttons and more! If you’re looking for a way to show your Wichita pride, or are looking for a gift for Wichitans here, there and everywhere, you’ve got to come in and check out items you can’t get anywhere else!

Wichita Flag 
One of the symbols of Wichita we love is the official flag of the City of Wichita! It’s red, white and blue and has been the symbol of Wichita for over 80 years.

Three red and three white rays alternate from an off-center blue sun. The rays are the path of freedom to come and go as one pleases. The blue disc represents happiness, contentment. The white circle, stitched into the blue sun, with four sets of three parallel rays emanating from the circle’s principal axis represents the Indian symbol for “hogan,” meaning permanent home.

Looking for a symbol to represent pride in our community, the American Legion ran a city flag design contest in 1937, with cash prizes provided by the Wichita Rotary Club. Over 100 entries were submitted, and judged by a panel of three artists. Mural artist Cecil McAlister, with a design based on Indian symbolism, was named the winner, and received a cash prize of $40. It was accepted by proclamation on June 14, 1937, Flag Day.

The winning design was a complex sewing challenge for west-side seamstress Mary J. Harper. Wichita’s Betsy Ross, as she was then styled, spent an entire day piecing together the design of Indian emblems from red, white and blue silk. She made a total of six flags originally.

The first one flew from the City Hall flagstaff at 204 S. Main on July 23, 1937. None of the originals are known to survive, but their descendants fly outside Century II and City Hall everyday.

Besides being flown at municipal buildings, the popular banner has recently become a symbol of the community’s resurgence of pride, and can be seen in many murals around town. It’s a tangible reminder of our connection to each other and to our home.

Stop by and check out all our fabulous, exclusive ICT items, or go to our online store at www.shoplucindasoldtown.com to show your Wichita pride!

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