UW Fashion Week Finale Fashion Show 2015

Last week Moda Magazine put on yet, another fabulous UW Fashion Week, culminating with a finale fashion show on Friday night. Featured designs in the UW Fashion Week Finale Show included work from Madison and Milwaukee-based designers, UW-Madison students from the Textile and Apparel Design program, as well as two Madison clothing boutiques.

Congratulations to everyone involved for all their hard work! 🙂

Designed by Hailee von Haden

Designed by Hailee von Haden

Designed by Madelyn Manzeck

Designed by Madelyn Manzeck

Designed by Caitlin Wagner

Designed by Caitlin Wagner

Designed by Eleanor Fink

Designed by Eleanor Fink

Designed by Sarah Nasgowitz

Designed by Sarah Nasgowitz

Featured Designers Included:
Lauren Lynch
Caitlin Wagner
Hailee von Haden
Eleanor Fink
Moda Muneca (by Chelsea Stotts)
Sarah Nasgowitz
Madalyn Manzeck
La vie Luchian (by Sophia Luchianni)

Featured Boutiques Included:

Project Runway Casting Season 14

Project Runway is currently casting of season 14 of their hit show!

Project Runway is looking for top fashion designers to be featured on the show, and their casting directors have asked us to help spread the word.

Project Runway offers designers the chance to showcase their work during New York Fashion Week, and the opportunity to win $100,000 or more to launch or expand their own fashion line.

The application deadline is March 16th, 2015 and is now online, saving designers the time and expense of printing portfolios and mailing their applications.

Applicants can learn more and apply at http://www.bmpcasting.com/casting/pr/.

Their official flyer is below with all the information.

Project Runway Season 14 Casting

Good luck!! See you on the runway 🙂


Little more than 4 hours Northwest of Madison, WI is Brooklyn Park, MN; home to SR Harris, a 30,000 square foot fabric warehouse. Upon entering the fabric mecca you are barraged with colors and textures of all sorts. Row upon row of fabrics await discovery like a veritable treasure hunt. The selections range from silks to leather hides, designer sportswear fabrics to velvet burnouts.

One row of many brimming with fabrics.

One row of many brimming with fabrics.

Fabric sourcing can be a thorn in the side of any designer; fabric and shipping costs, minimum order quantities, sampling, etc., can wear you down quickly. While shopping online brings a wealth of possibilities to your fingertips nothing beats the tactile experience of fabric shopping in person.

SR Harris can be overwhelming at first and it’s best to leave yourself a solid amount of time to browse through the rows to get your bearings. The fabrics are grouped by type or application, but I’ve found it’s best not to limit yourself to a specific row, there are hidden gems throughout the store. Designers of all types will find something special within the aisles to enhance their designs.

Quilted Silk Fabrics

Quilted Silk Fabrics

Designer Denim at affordable prices

Designer Denim at affordable prices

Designer Sweater Knits

Designer Sweater Knits

A wall of Faux Furs

A wall of Faux Furs

SR Harris also carries a decent selection of trims and notions. Large boxes of zippers sit tucked beneath the cutting tables and 50 gallon drums are chock full of buttons sold by the pound. Bins of lace, ribbons and appliques sit 4 shelves high and cast off belts and leather trim fill large canvas gurneys lined up against the walls.

Bins of Fabric Covered Buttons

Bins of Fabric Covered Buttons (sold individually)

The fabrics at SR Harris are 50% off everyday (on regularly priced fabrics) and there are always additional sales and coupons listed on the website. As an added bonus, apparel fabrics are not taxed in Minnesota! There are no minimums at SR Harris so you can purchase as little as 1/8 yard and small sample cuts are free. Inventory is kept fresh with weekly shipments and the staff is friendly and very willing to help.

SR Harris is located at 8865 Zealand Ave N Brooklyn Park, MN and is about 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis, with so much to do in the Twin Cities it’s worth checking out and making a weekend of it. Check the website for the hours and plan a trip!

Bentley’s Night of Fashion Show – 1.24.15

Last Saturday night seven Wisconsin designers showcased collections to raise autism awareness at a local Madison fashion show: Bentley’s Night of Fashion. The show was held at the Monona Terrace and organized by professional make-up artist Katrina Christine and professional model/actress Kristen (aka Mrs. Foxy). The inspiration behind the event was Katrina’s son Bentley who was diagnosed with autism when he was 18 months old. Katrina and Kristen wished to bring awareness and acceptance for autism and raise money through a fun night of fashion.

All proceeds from the show went to benefit Camp Creatability, a video and entertainment program focused on increasing employment skills for individuals with autism or other disabilities. An amazing cause!

Here are a few shots we were able to capture from the show. Enjoy!

Daisy Lopez Designs

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Model: Helena Miller
Hair: Katie Michelle
MUA: Tam Woodrow

Deborah Olson Milliner Extraordinaire

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Model: Kay Slimjim
Hair: Xiomara Espada
MUA: Mandy Ashenfelter

Nicholas Schmidt USA

Nicholas Schmidt USA

Model: Stefanie Jo
Hair: Rebecca Arkin
MUA: Jasmine Vandeneng



Model: Gabrielle Rae
Hair: Stephanie Sabatke
MUA: Callie Hauser

Lauren Lynch Designs

Lauren Lynch Designs

Model: Brontë Mansfield
Hair: Jessica Shepherd
MUA: Danielle Ause Dounac

RFD by Rachel Frank

RFD by Rachel Frank

Model: Brittany Rose Lange
Hair: Justine Mecha
MUA: Katrina Christine

La Vie Luchian

La Vie Luchian

Model: Ariana Moon
Hair: Laura Tabat
MUA: Trisha Ann Lysaght

Meet the MFN: Meg Lahti

Meg Lahti is a local designer and member of the Madison Fashion Network.  She talks below about a day in the life of a clothing designer, what it took to make herself a priority in her own life, and how supporting local makers contributes to a community. 

(We previously featured MFN co-founders Maggie and Melissa. No, we promise, your name doesn’t have to start with M to be involved!)

Meg Lahti

How would you describe your career in the fashion industry?

I left my job in May to concentrate full-time on building my clothing business, dimes & wednesday. I’ve worked in different facets of the industry since graduating college, learning as much as I could and applying that to running my own company. Despite working in the apparel industry since 2007, I really feel like this is the actual beginning to my career. I just participated in my first market event, I’m building inventory for my website, and I’m designing new items. 

When did you know you wanted to go into fashion? Why?

I was 16 when I realized that fashion was a realistic career path. It was at that time that I decided I wanted to start my own clothing line. When I look back on my childhood I think it was a natural progression. I always loved making doll clothes and designing paper dolls, and I had a massive collection of paper dolls growing up. (Not going to lie, I still have all of them stowed away in a closet!)

I also remember being about 8 years old and playing “tailor” in the basement with dress up clothes and a mannequin. I got serious about learning to sew in high school and started by adding fabric to the side seams of my jeans and hand sewing clear vinyl kilts with faux fur trim and huge buckles. I loved the sense of freedom I had in creating my own look and knowing that no one else had that particular garment. 

Full Service

What does an ordinary work day look like? 

I hope I never have an ordinary work day! I do try to make to-do lists, but sometimes inspiration strikes and I go off in a different direction than intended. At this point in building dimes & wednesday I’m wearing all the hats from sourcing to design and development all the way through production and sales. Some days I have a clear direction and others I feel I’m being drawn and quartered between what needs to get done. Eventually I hope to have more structure to my days, but for now the least I can say is that every day is interesting and something new!

What have you learned through your work?

I’ve learned a lot about myself through the process. One of the most positive things I’ve learned is how different your outlook can be when you’re finally doing what you’re meant to do. In the jobs I held prior to being a full-time entrepreneur there was always a feeling of discord in my life. I knew that I wanted to just work on my business, but the risks and financial uncertainty were enough to hold me back.

I finally realized that I’ve spent the majority of my life making sure that everyone around me was happy and comfortable, many times at my own expense. I thought “Once I have everyone around me taken care of I can concentrate on myself and my business” … And then I realized that’s not a feasible task.

All I was doing was standing with both my feet planted firmly in my own way. It’s been a struggle for me to put myself as a priority. It felt very selfish at first, but I can’t even explain how freeing it was to shed the overdeveloped sense of responsibility to everyone around me. 

MR Photo

Why does fashion matter to you?

Fashion matters to me because it’s such an individual concept and it’s such an obvious way to express yourself. It’s something that you don’t have to take too seriously, that you can have fun with, and it’s so easy to change it up.

I think it’s interesting how your dress can affect the way you conduct yourself, or alter your mood and body language. I know that I feel and act differently when I take more care to dress myself when I’m going out than when I get dressed to do errands and schlep around the house on a Sunday afternoon. I love the feeling of confidence when you put on a piece of clothing that you love and feel great in. It just makes the whole day better.

What value does fashion add to the local (or global) community?  

The global value of fashion is a two-sided coin. There’s the fabulous side with social media and international fashion bloggers uniting fashionistas across the globe. It’s awesome how we’re more in tune than we’ve ever been due to how fast trends can travel. I love looking at street style blogs from around the world. There’s limitless creativity, self expression, and inspiration! 

However, there’s also the darker side of global fashion: the economics involved in producing apparel for the cheapest prices at the expense of the people and countries who depend on those jobs to improve their national economy. You’re sort of damned if you do and damned if you don’t, but I won’t delve too far into that side right now. 

The global impact of fashion does segue into the increasing value of local fashion. There is such a renewed interest in buying US-made goods, sustainability and farm to table restaurants that it makes sense to extend that to local fashion. I grew up with close ties to the artist community in Duluth, MN, so I’ve always been immersed in local makers and never gave much thought to it until I was older. The goods you buy from local makers or businesses have so much more meaning to them and the transparency of who you’re supporting (as opposed to a multi-level corporation) is, I think, just so essential to building a better community. 

Local fashion also goes to show that you don’t have to move to NY or LA to be part of the fashion industry. We need to keep building up the fashion community and resources to keep the talent local and to show that the Midwest is more than plaid, camo, and blaze orange!


What are the next steps for you, and what do you need to get there?

For dimes & wednesday and my career I really need to focus on marketing and networking. Obviously, being involved in the Madison Fashion Network is a step in the right direction! It’s hard for me to say specifically what all the next steps are, however, because I have so many ideas for my business and right now I’m the only one so I can’t go in all directions at once. 

I have received a lot of positive feedback from guys about my jeans and button-down shirts so I may be looking into adding some men’s styles sooner than I originally planned!


What’s your favorite thing about Madison?

I love the laid back atmosphere and attitude in Madison. I also love the diversity of the neighborhoods — it adds a lot of character to the city.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Madison?

I love to people watch on State Street in the summer. I also like exploring different landmarks in and around the city, I think everyone should do tourist-y things around the city they live in.  

BandanaPhotos courtesy of Meg Lahti.

Staying Inspired: Fashion Illustration

Disclaimer- More Than Plaid Blog does not own any of the images in this post. The images are the property of the illustrators listed in citations.

Fashion Illustration as a medium allows for the opportunity to express looks in a way that focuses on exaggerating poses, experimenting with balance in texture, color and visualizing how garments will drape. The following two illustrators do a great job of creating content AND posting regularly to their social media for our inspiration and viewing pleasure.

I paired Briana Kranz and Tuna Bora because their style consists of mostly traditional media that compliments the loose relaxed feel of the looks they illustrate.

Briana Kranz

Watercolor, pen & inkInsta watercolor SS15 mara hoffman Insta Marker Doodle Insta Inktober Insta Inktober

Tuna Bora

ponchocoats. pen, brush pen Marker Girl inktober 60's inspired Giambattista Valli Design character Design 60's inspired inktober

I happen to spend way too much time ogling over fashion illustration online, and I’ve got a hefty Pinterest board to prove it. Feel free to stop by for more inspiration.
Stay inspired,


Briana Kranz Illustrations retrieved from brianakranz.combehance.net/brianakranz, instagram.com/brianakranz,
Tuna Bora Illustrations retrieved from tunabora.cominstagram.com/tunamunaluna

Fashion Salute – 10.12.14

Last Sunday the MFN ventured to Mineral Point WI to attend the Fashion Salute to Heroes Hunting Foundation Fashion Show. The military themed fashion show and fundraiser was the brainchild of Leah Crubel, of Leah Crubel Photography LLC, inspired by a look designed by Sophia Luchianni of Le Vie Luchian. As a member of the United States Army Reserves (2002-2011) this was a meaningful way for Leah to give back to those who have bravely served our country.

Fashion Salute Program

 Knowing how hard it is to come back from a deployment and jump back into college and civilian life, I think it is important for soldiers to have an outlet, especially with their fellow Veterans. Heroes Hunting Foundation sets a great example of that.” – Leah Crubel

The show was held in the historic Mineral Point Opera House and guests were treated to big band style music by The Larry Busch Band with special vocalist Cleo Ware. The live music set the tone and the pace for the models, who walked out sporting ’40’s and ’50’s inspired hair and makeup.

The Larry Busch Band

The designs were a mix of original pieces, vintage clothing and re-purposed military uniforms. Many of the models also wore combat boots to finish the look. The featured designers were Le Vie Luchian by Sophia Luchianni, Daisy Lopez Designs by Daisy Lopez and Nicholas Schmidt USA by Nicholas Schmidt. Daisy and Nicholas collaborated to create the collection of garments that were shown.

The first half of the show was more casual in nature, inspired by the Physical Training and Basic Uniforms. Camo, khaki and olive drab was a common color theme throughout.

Camo Dress

Le Vie Luchian


Daisy Lopez Designs and Nicholas Schmidt USA


Daisy Lopez Designs and Nicholas Schmidt USA

There was an upbeat musical interlude between collections with a performance of ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B’; along with a speech and heartfelt Thank You from special guest SFC Adam Dunn from the Heroes Hunting Foundation (for more information on the foundation go to www.heroeshunting.com).

The fashion show was closed with a Dress Uniform/Couture line from Le Vie Luchian. 

Tie Dye Gown

Ghillie Gown

Local Look: iona

This isn’t a grammatical error: local boutique iona’s name is intentionally spelled with a lowercase “i.”

The gesture is perhaps a nod to the shop’s mission to provide a simple, unpretentious environment where women can find quality, curated fashion while building a local community. If Context Clothing is Madison’s answer to top quality menswear, iona is a forerunner for the top local shop selling high end women’s clothing.

Fall store layout

What’s in store this fall at the shop’s airy East Johnson space? Sharp Helmut Lang leather leggings and blazers and L’Agence dresses with dramatic zippers and pleats. Warm zip-up sweaters and cozy boyfriend sweaters by Velvet. More gorgeous Helmut Lang in the form of warm sweaters  and long sleeve jersey tops as well as Mother jeans.

This turtleneck pullover by Helmut Lang suggests everything I love about fall: jeans, boots, an errant red leaf, long sleeves pulled down over cold hands cupping a steaming mug of hot cider.

Helmut Lang turtleneck pullover sweater

I don’t watch sports, but I can hear the Badger games from my backyard. Perhaps dressing up would make it more fun? My neighborhood becomes a sea of red on game days, but this hoodie is more my collegiate sports style.

Dana hoodie at iona

iona’s jewelry selection leans heavy on the metals, including a pair of striking engraved sterling silver horn earrings from the k/ller collection.

Petite engraved horn earrings

The shop also sells totes, shoulder bags, and cross body bags as well as this slouchy, black leather backpack from Jérôme Dreyfuss. If you’re looking for a way to free up your hands and arms while still carrying all of your things (as a biker, this is the story of my life), this backpack is a fantastic way to go.

Jerome backpack

One of the best things about fall is the return of hat season. If hats make you think about winter, stop. There’s time enough before we wax poetic about ski lodges and hot chocolate.

Alpaca twisted hand knit hat by Tsuyumi

iona isn’t especially suited toward shoppers looking to spend less than a $100 on a single item — $95 was the lowest price I saw in the apparel selection and many items fall into the $200-$500 price range. Their jeans are made in the US, however, and materials range from cashmere to leather.

iona dressing room

If iona’s selection doesn’t fit into your ordinary budget, perhaps it can be a part of your holiday wish list?

iona zipper

Photos courtesy of Maggie Welsh. 

Meet the MFN: Melissa Behrens

Maggie Welsh and Melissa Behrens launched the Madison Fashion Network last October to grow and centralize the fashion scene here in town.

Melissa talks below about how she got started in fashion, the impact of fashion on our daily lives, and how fashion defines cultural changes. (We featured Maggie previously here.)

Melissa Behrens

How would you describe your current career in the fashion industry?

I don’t necessarily see it as a career in fashion. I didn’t go to school for this and don’t necessarily have formal training in anything fashion-related. I see myself more as an entrepreneur who happens to be taking on fashion-related ventures right now. Current projects I’m working on are coordinating the Madison Fashion Network and making my own handmade jewelry.

When did you know you wanted to go into fashion? Why? 

There was really not a defining moment when I decided that, yes, this is what I want to do. There have been a lot of bumps, a masters degree, and careers changes along the way.

I was primarily interested in art growing up. I’d work on craft projects at home all the time and I took tons of art classes in school, mostly focused on drawing, painting, ceramics, and photography. But my interest in “art” also extended into wearable fashion. I’ve always found it to be a great form of expression and creativity.

Being a really shy, introverted child I used clothes, accessories, makeup, and hair as a way to show a little more of my personality that wasn’t otherwise heard. I learned how to sew in a home ec class in middle school and begged my mom for a sewing machine. I ended up getting one for Christmas/my birthday one year (I’m a Christmas baby) and I taught myself everything else I didn’t learn in school.

I would mostly do re-fashioning sewing projects—picking up things from resale stores and making them more my own or tailoring them to fit a little better. I’ve also taught myself a lot of the basic jewelry making techniques that I now do from books, YouTube and blog tutorials, and a lot of trial and error. I’ve recently started taking some metal working classes so that I can learn so more advanced techniques like soldering. I still have a lot to learn.

Geometric Brass Art Deco Necklace with Hanging Blue Sodalite Beads

What has been the hardest thing about being in the fashion industry?

I’m not sure I’m necessarily “in” the fashion industry, but I think the hardest thing is not being taken seriously. Fashion is sometimes seen as something that’s fluff, unnecessary, or vain. When you’re interested in fashion there’s sometimes this presumption that there aren’t “brains” behind what you do. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.

What has been the most rewarding thing about being in the fashion industry?

I’ve met some of the greatest people in this industry. The connections you make are amazing. Everyone is truly inspiring, everyone has their own unique style and point of view. Fashion is constantly changing and I think it’s exciting to see what’s what’s coming next, what’s new, what’s different. It’s never boring.

What’s an unexpected turn your career has taken?

I have a masters degree in counseling. I always thought I would open my own practice or go on and get a PhD and be a researcher. That didn’t happen….

Melissa Behrens

What impact do you think fashion has on the individual? 

Everyone participates in fashion in some way, even if they don’t think they are. They’re buying clothes somewhere and putting them on in some sort of manner that makes the most sense to them.

I think what you wear on some level defines who you are and showcases your personality, character, and mood. I honestly think clothes have a huge impact on your mood. I know when I slump around all day in sweatpants and ripped t-shirts I can feel kind of crappy and lazy. But getting dressed, putting on makeup, fixing my hair—there’s something about the process of getting ready in the morning that makes me feel more ready to take on the day. I feel more put together, organized, prepared, confident, professional, all those good things.

What impact do you think fashion has on society?

When fashion is talked about on a societal level I think it’s usually pretty negative. We see a lot of coverage in the media about super thin models; unrealistic photoshopping; how it influences very young girls to judge themselves harshly and compare themselves to the magazine ideals; and the depression, anxiety, and eating disorders that “result” because of fashion.

But what I’m more interested in is how fashion defines cultural, political and societal changes. When we look back on specific time periods I think people immediately go to the fashion and style trends of those times. You know, women are now wearing pants. 🙂

Brass Fringe Statement Necklace

Why is supporting local fashion important to you? 

I think supporting local fashion makes fashion more accessible to the average person. When people think of fashion they think of the very high-end designer houses and over-the-top runway shows in New York, Paris, Milan.

Locally, people aren’t connected to that scene at all. The average person can’t necessarily afford couture and most people never have the opportunity to see a live runway show. I think by supporting local design we give up-and-coming designers the opportunity to show their work and it also provides a more approachable access point for the consumers to see what fashion is all about. A win-win for everyone.

What’s your favorite thing about Madison?

It’s a very smart city. People here are very educated and intellectual. You can have really meaningful conversations with complete strangers.


What’s your favorite thing to do in Madison?

I love taking my dog, Henry, to the dog parks.

Photos courtesy of Melissa Behrens. See more of Melissa’s jewelry on here.

Meet the MFN: Maggie Welsh

Madison Fashion Network cofounders Melissa Behrens and Maggie Welsh

Maggie Welsh and Melissa Behrens launched the Madison Fashion Network last October to grow and centralize the fashion scene here in town.

Maggie talks below about why she’s in the fashion industry, what fashion means to her, and why local matters. 

Maggie Welsh

How would you describe your current career in the fashion industry?

After working in the industry in NYC as a handbag designer, I moved back to pursue my own line here. In addition, I work at iona (a women’s designer boutique) as the Marketing Director.

When did you know you wanted to go into fashion? Why? 

I wouldn’t say that I knew I wanted to be in “fashion” necessarily as I never allowed myself to think ‘unrealistically’ until I was quite a bit older. When I was very young—about third grade or so—I hand sewed Barbie clothes for my younger sister. I was always voted “most creative” and loved anything to do with art. For many years I thought I wanted to be an art teacher (I admired my grandpa who was an art teacher), but after a heartbreaking year where I tutored seventh graders that couldn’t read or do simple math, I knew I couldn’t be a teacher.

I then studied Cultural Anthropology. After a year in, I decided it was not for me and dropped down to part-time. I was sewing handbags on the side for fun, and my boyfriend (now husband) asked why not do that as I really loved it. For some reason I had ruled it out because it was ‘unrealistic’ (not sure why I studied anthropology then!).

I made the switch into the Textile and Apparel Design major at the UW and was really excited about the opportunity to go to FIT my last year. It took me a while to allow myself to realize I wanted to be in fashion, but once I made the switch, everything clicked.

Maggie with a backpack of her own design

What has been the hardest thing about being in the fashion industry?

It’s highly competitive and you tend to work long, underpaid hours. At least in NYC you do. But, if you love it, you love it.

What has been the most rewarding thing about being in the fashion industry?

Seeing your designs made into real pieces every season is amazing.

What’s an unexpected turn your career has taken?

Setting up the Madison Sewing Studio was definitely not ‘the dream’ I came back to pursue, but I felt it was a necessary piece missing in Madison. I’m glad to say that we have successfully set up a space at Sector67 that will hopefully stay for a long time to come.

What impact do you think fashion has on the individual? 

This could go in so many directions. Fashion impacts a person every day no matter what they’re doing because every morning you get up and put something on. Whether you buy at Walmart or Alexander McQueen, you’re still a consumer of fashion. It’s the easiest form of self-expression and that’s why I love it so much.

What impact do you think fashion has on society?

Again, a hard question to answer. It has so many impacts. One impact I like to think a lot about is the effect fast fashion has on society. Fast fashion is the really ‘trendy’ fashion that goes out of style fast and is usually made very cheap. For example, H&M and Forever 21.

Consumers typically throw or give away their “fast fashion” pieces every season which eventually end up in a landfill. These items aren’t made to last and are also made with materials that are unfriendly to the environment and made in bad conditions (obviously, there are also exceptions). Fast fashion was not always in style and I do believe that we’re slowly realizing that it’s better to buy one item for more that will last longer, made locally and fairly over buying ten cheap items. The history of this is rather fascinating considering ‘Ready to Wear’ garments are only a century old and before that everything was handmade to fit the individual.

Maggie Welsh

Why is supporting local fashion important to you? 

For a number of reasons:

  •  Fashion is a business that could add to our community and create jobs for students that I know leave every year because there isn’t a job for them here. Aside from Lands’ End in Dodgeville, Kohl’s in Milwaukee, and Target in the Twin Cities, there aren’t a ton of opportunities, especially on a smaller, non-corporate scale.
  • With manufacturing costs rising overseas and more desire for local manufacturing, local fashion is becoming more important. I think we’re at a bit of a turning point and Madison is really affordable for its size. There’s a lot of opportunity.
  • It’s fun. Seeing peoples’ talent is pretty amazing. There should be a bigger platform for them. Connecting people is the first step.

What’s your favorite thing about Madison?

It’s an easy place to think clearly and get things done.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Madison?

Oh man, that’s a hard one! Ahh, I really love walking to James Madison Park and looking out on the lake—that’s perfect place for that clarity I was talking about. I also love the local food scene, and the development of the local DJ scene since the last time I lived here has been huge!

Photos provided by Maggie Welsh.