5 Things I’m Loving This Week

Our executive editor, Abby Gardner, shares her current favorite things in Indianapolis.
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Work (out) from home

Over the past few months, we’ve all had to readjust our schedules and our lives because of the pandemic. One of the ways I’ve tried to stay sane-adjacent is with regular workouts. My beloved Pilates teacher, Bailey Croke, launched her own virtual studio—R|FRM Movement—this spring and her classes are a lifesaver. Mostly, you just need yourself and a mat—thought occasionally we use weights, sliders, and resistance bands. Bailey is able to creatively simulate some of the moves we used to do on the reformer, all from the comfort of your living room or basement. She’s a fantastic motivator and is able to make you smile…even while kicking your a**. Yes, you’ll feel those glutes in the morning. Book a class today  (they’re quite affordable!) and I’ll see you on Zoom soon. Oh, and she offers private training sessions too if that’s more your style. 

www.rfrmovement.com, @rfrmovement


Frosé al fresco

Summertime for me is all about that rosé life. Whether I’m sipping on a glass while catching up with a friend on FaceTime or socially-distancing in someone’s backyard—pink is my drink. I don’t know about you, but I’m not at the point right now where I’m comfortable dining inside restaurants, but I miss going out for cocktails and laughs with my girls. That’s why the patio at The Garden Table on Mass Ave. is a thing of beauty and the perfect place for a hang. Plus, they’ve got the most delish frosé (or frozé, take your pick) in town. (For the uninitiated, that’s a frozen rosé and it’s magical!)

342 Massachusetts Ave., #100,  (317) 638-0321


I’ve always been a book nerd, like the kind of kid whose mom had to pack 10-12 books for a weeklong Spring Break trip to Florida back in the day. While we all know Amazon is hella convenient, it’s always a great idea to support local booksellers whenever you can—and Indy Reads is one of the best in the business. Over the quarantine, I’ve been reading a mix of new material and revisiting old favorites. A small sampling, in case anyone’s curious: The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, The Thornbirds by Colleen McCollough, The Perfect Find by Tia Williams, The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir by Andre Leon Talley, and Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison.

911 Massachusetts Ave., (317) 384-1496

Accessorizing in the AGE of zoom

I’ve long loved Nora Ephron’s book of essays entitled, I Feel Bad About My Neck—but over the past few months, I feel like I understand it on a deeper level. When you’re 44 years old and staring at your face in a Zoom meeting for hours at a time, you really start to see what she was talking about. Along with investing in very creams, a great way to change your perspective on that matter is to adorn said neck with pretty pieces of jewelry. One of my favorite spots in town is Mary Leppert and Samantha Larkins’ Metalmark Fine Jewelry store on Main Street in Carmel. I’m not really a traditional jewelry type of girl, and so many offerings at Metalmark are well-suited to my funkier, chunkier tastes. (Though not to worry: If you prefer dainty, they’ve got you covered there too.)

211 W. Main St., Ste. 100, Carmel , (720) 441-4635 ext. 2

Very Long Hair, Don’t care

Can you be obsessed with something that technically hasn’t happened yet? Because I am. My wonderful hair stylist/colorist, Sarah Moscato-Goodpaster of Witch Hazel Salon, has become one of the go-to experts in town for beaded row hair extensions. I’ve been eyeing her extension work for over a year now and finally decided to take the plunge after months of wearing my hair in a top not and complaining about my wispy ends. My appointment isn’t for a couple weeks, but I’m already dreaming of my mermaid hair. (Oh, and they’re all about those safety precautions at Witch Hazel too—just another reason to love them.)

874 Virginia Ave, (317) 525-5221

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