Written By Maggie Brenizer, Managing Editor | Photos By Rachel Taylor
The holiday season is upon us! It’s time to fill your calendars with parties, family gatherings, even your own wedding! Trying to find an outfit won’t be as daunting if you enlist the help of one of L•O PROFILE’s apparel retailers! The owners and their staff know what is in season, what looks good on each body type and what is event appropriate. In this issue we have featured looks that will be perfect for that special event and will prompt others to ask, “Where did you get that outfit?”
The Lodge of Four Seasons, Seven Springs Winery and Blair’s Landing serve as perfect backdrops for our models to show off the looks of the season. Jennifer Dowdney, owner of Blair & Co. Lake Living, sports her look from Blair’s Landing. Taylor Haslag, owner of Essentials Salon, dreams of her own wedding dress while modeling for A Passion for Fashion. Brittany Leavens, owner of HeadCase Hair Salon, shows off her amazing figure with the help of Shabby Chic Boutique. Angela Tuley, owner of Angela’s Lake Catering, steps out of her comfort zone with the guidance of FlipBack. And finally, Wendy Sylvia, owner of Laurie Tent Rental, dresses to impress with the help of KT’s Boutique! All of the models looked fabulous sporting looks that will be envied around the entire Lake area!
NAME: Brittany Leavens
OCCUPATION: Owner/Hairstylist at HeadCase Hair Lounge
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AT THE LAKE: 17 years
WOULD YOU RATHER HOST OR ATTEND A PARTY? Attend! I love seeing different themes and getting cool ideas from attending friends’ events.
WOULD YOU RATHER WEAR HEELS OR FLATS? Hands down, flats win!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO ON THE WEEKENDS? I like being with my friends and family, and doing anything outdoors.
RYU Ballerina gray dress, $76
Pearl necklace, $18
Silver and Pearl bracelet, $10
Shabby Chic Boutique
NAME: Taylor Haslag
OCCUPATION: Owner/Master Stylist at Essentials Salon
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AT THE LAKE: 4 years
WOULD YOU RATHER HOST OR ATTEND A PARTY? I love to host! I look for any excuse to throw a party!
WOULD YOU RATHER WEAR HEELS OR FLATS? Flats all the way, I stand on my feet all day.
WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO PARTY DRINK? I always enjoy a Pineapple Upside Down Drink
David’s Bridal wedding dress, $750.50
White wedding flats, $55.50
Bridal bracelet, $12.99
Passion for Fashion
Hair: Essentials Salon
Photographed at the Lodge of Four Seasons
NAME: Angela Tuley
OCCUPATION: Owner/Operator of Angela’s Lake Catering
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
Depends on what I’m doing. When I’m not in an apron or chef’s coat, “casual dressy” (modern with a little bling).
WOULD YOU RATHER HOST OR ATTEND A PARTY? Hosting a party fits my personality one hundred percent! I love putting together meals and surprising friends and family with a delivery.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO ON THE WEEKENDS? Bargain shopping at local stores with my daughter, gardening and relaxing by the pool.
Forever 21 black dress,$16.99
Chinese Laundry metallic heels,$19.99
Rhinestone starfish cuff, $14.99
Big Buddha sequin camo clutch, $24.99
NAME: Jennifer Blair Dowdney
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN MARRIED: 15 years
OCCUPATION: Self-employed (Blair & Co. Confectionary and Lake Living)
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AT THE LAKE:
I was born and raised here, and moved back after finishing at Mizzou and living in California for 5 years.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LAKE AREA EVENT AND WHY?
The March of Dimes Signature Chef Auction. I love getting to sample delicious food from our great area restaurants, getting to visit with so many people I don’t get to see every day, and I especially love what a sizable donation it raises for the March of Dimes.
WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PART OF YOUR JOB?
I’ve built with our second-home community. Many come by just
to say hello and introduce their friends or family, and several of them visited our store with their parents when they were kids 40-50 years ago.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR TO WEAR AND WHY? I love to wear black. It can be dressed up or down, is always in style, and is what I’m most comfortable in.
Joseph Ribkoff black coat, $292
Joseph Ribkoff black pants, $68
Brighton bracelet, $98
Stacked bracelets, $32
Photographed at Blair’s Landing
NAME: Wendi Sylva
Owner of Laurie Tent Rental
WOULD YOU RATHER HOST OR ATTEND A PARTY? I love to plan and host parties. I really enjoy being creative with food, decorations and music for all kinds of parties and events. Being a great hostess is a very essential part of any party so I of course live to be a great hostess. Any party I help plan is always full of fun, good food, drinks and music.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
My style is very laid-back and casual most of the time. I love to dress up jeans with heels or boots and a great top. I believe that having nice shoes, a great handbag and a nice pair of earrings can pull together just about any outfit. I do enjoy dressing up for special occasions.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO ON THE WEEKENDS? My favorite weekend activity would be to do anything outdoors with my 4-year-old little boy and my husband. If we’re around the water, whether in a boat or just relaxing on the dock, then that is the best day I could ever ask for. If I’m not on the water, hiking at any of our beautiful state parks is definitely on my list of favorite things to do.
Mary’s Bridal pink gown, rental starting at $100
Hair: Essentials Salon
Photographed at Willmore Lodge
Photo by Brad Glidewell
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