FF38: EyeglassDiscounter.com

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1. Kate Spade Amara/S Jaz Sunglasses $199.00
2. Geek V.O. 2 Red Glasses $80.00
3. Kate Spade Demi/F FB1 Havana/Teal Glasses $199.00
4. U.S. Eyewear Scholar Series Boston Green Glasses $30.00 $15.00!
5. Geek 201 Black/Silver Glasses $80.00
6. Heart-Shaped Sunglasses with Mirror Coated Lenses $15.00
7. Leopard Cateye Glasses $19.99
8. Suzanne Midnight Tortoise Sunglasses $30.00
9. Modern Optical Harper Blue/Purple Glasses $40.00
10. Academic P2031 Leopard Glasses $28.99

I was recently contacted by EyeglassDiscounter.com to see if I’d be interested in sharing their products with you. We all know I have a serious thing for discount glasses and I’m obsessed with hunting for the perfect pairs online. After checking them out, I said yes pretty immediately!

Eyeglass Discounter has been operating as a family owned and operated business since 1982. They have a fantastic inventory of designer eyeglasses and sunglasses including frames from Kate Spade, Ray-Ban, and Tiffany & Co. I love how easy it is to use their drop-down menus to select your prescription, anti-reflective options, lens materials, and more–it makes it easy to track how expensive your glasses will end up being. That’s sometimes a nasty surprise for me after entering my strong prescription!

It was easy for me to pick 10 of my favorite designs! I looove all the colors that are available. They have a great sampling of basically any shade you might want.

They’ve been a great brand to interact and work with! If that’s any indication of their level of customer service, I expect nothing but friendly helpfulness when ordering your frames or sunglasses.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post paid for by EyeglassDiscounter.com

Drawn: Amanda & Will

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I was so happy when my friend Amanda (who blogs at Little Lady Little City), contacted me about making a family portrait for her home. Amanda and Will are a damn fine looking couple with adorable cats, so they were super fun to draw! :)

Amanda was pretty straight forward with what she wanted. Her only design request was that I try to incorporate the stone wall feature from their new home. It ended up making a really fun background texture that was a blast to work on.

Nashville Weekend

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I FINALLY drove down to Nashville, Tennessee for a visit last weekend! Nashville is only about 4.5 hours from St. Louis, so it’s a fairly easy drive and I’ve wanted to check out this fun town with a reputation for good music, good people, and a flourishing local food scene.

I was hoping my first visit would be to sell at Porter Flea, but our schedules just don’t seem to be cooperating. I’ve already had plans on the dates for the last three! This summer, though. I feel it. Summer 2015 is my time!

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I headed down on Friday just in time to meet Lauren and Jenna at Pinewood Social for dinner. This was a total dream come true–Lauren and Jenna aren’t just two of my all-time favorite bloggers, but adorable, lovely humans who I want to be BFF with. They were so sweet and hospitable, willing to meet me wherever and even offered me a place to stay. It felt like chatting with old friends over awesome food and drinks. We had a blast and I can’t wait to hang out again!

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For the rest of the weekend, I stayed with Kelsea, my dear friend and former college room mate. She and her boyfriend recently moved to Nashville from Florida and while I was a bit bummed to lose an excuse to fly down to warmer temperatures, Nashville is MUCH closer and a way cooler town, so I’m pretty excited. :) Saturday was her birthday and we went to Localfest, sampled some beer and food trucks, ate hot chicken(duh) and too much birthday cake, and best of all, got to see Jenny Lewis at Marathon Music Works! I’ve loved her and Rilo Kiley for years, but never saw either of them live, so I was completely thrilled. She was amazing and played a fantastic set list.

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It was a perfect weekend. I love taking little road trips across the midwest–is Nashville officially considered the South? Probably. It’s fun to laugh at silly roadside attractions, marvel at the sheer amount of Christian and Country radio stations this country is able to sustain, eat bad road food, learn about local cultural quirks, and visit new friends. xo

Drawn: Girl Gang

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I’m sure the whole girl gang thing is quickly approaching “played out” status, but I still can’t seem to get enough. I love the idea of rowdy broads proudly banding together to have fun, cause mischief, and not give 2 fucks what any dude thinks. That’s what it means most to me.

This drawing I made a couple years ago continues to be popular and I wanted to make a kind of valentine card version of it. :)

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You can buy one on Etsy here! xo

FF37: Sporty Style

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I feel like varsity jackets and sports wear inspired pieces show up every few years and I’m always kind of “meh” about the whole thing. I’m not athletic in the least and usually feel like a big phony wearing anything that remotely suggests otherwise. And normcore? Barf.

I see sporty happening in a larger way this year. Lately I’m feeling drawn to simple varsity stripe details on sweatshirts and pants and fun urban-meets-athlete crop tops and pencil skirts. I’ve been feeling less like a phony and more like I’m enjoying a tongue-in-cheek, ironic reference to how un-sporty I am. I was trying to channel those vibes at Fashion Week.

Who knows, but for whatever reason I’ve found myself typing “varsity” into the search bar of my favorite online shops. Ain’t mad about it.

1. Varsity Cropped Sweatshirt // Love Culture
2. Over the Knee Knit Socks // ASOS
3. Scuba Knit Varsity Jacket // Forever 21
4. Sporty Pencil Skirt // Anthology via Shoptiques
5. Buttoned-Back Varsity Sweater // Forever 21
6. Milly Sporty Trim Jogger // BooHoo
7. Mia Zip Front Stripe Trim Bralet // BooHoo
8. Metallic Varsity Striped Leggings // Forever 21
9. Tennis Skirt // American Apparel

Disclaimer: This post uses affiliate links to some specifically pictured items that I love. Clicking on or purchasing via an affiliate link may result in commissions for this site.

Review: Bandelettes

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I was contacted a few months ago by Bandelettes to see if I’d like to review a pair of their thigh bands. I was really excited for the opportunity–Bandelettes have been on my radar for years! I really took my time putting this post together because I know they’ve gotten a lot of blog coverage and I wanted to make sure I really used them and developed an opinion that was worth sharing.

If you’ve never heard of them, Bandelettes are thigh bands designed to stay put and give you comfort and protection against inner-thigh chafing. I’m always hunting for good ways to thwart the dreaded chub rub and I love their simple, sexy design. They look like the tops of thigh-high stockings (you could even layer them over said stockings to hold them up better!) or the bottoms of lacy shorts, so they can be used to make a fashion statement. I love that Bandelettes take a practical clothing item that might make some people embarrassed to wear and turn them into a daring accessory.

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I’ve read a few blog reviews of Bandelettes that recommended sizing down because they tend to stretch while wearing. Their sizes break down based on thigh measurement. I decided to go with the smallest size, but unfortunately that was a little too cautious. They did stretch a bit, but this size was too tight on me and the edges rolled up too much. My poor thigh looked like a chunk of meat tied up in butcher’s twine! Haha.

The customer service at Bandelettes has been nothing but super helpful, kind, and attentive through the whole process. They assured me from the get-go that I could exchange for a better size, so I only felt a little guilty sizing up. The next larger size ended up being just what I needed!

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Here’s my only issue with Bandelettes. I think the practicality of these thigh bands really depend on the shape of your legs and where your thighs touch. I decided to try and illustrate this rather than take super awkward photos haha.

Because I have a large butt, the Bandelettes sit lower on my legs than where my thighs actually rub together. My thighs touch right below my crouch, so in order to cover that area with the thigh bands, I have to hitch them up in a weird way that makes them roll easier than if my thighs touched lower down my legs or if I had a smaller butt. Does this make sense?

Even with this weird positioning, I still enjoyed the Bandelettes and was able to make them work. I just think they weren’t being used totally properly. When I tried to wear them lower–the way I think they’re intended–they stayed put really well, but when I pulled them up to cater to my specific body, I had to do some adjusting.

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If worn daily, I’m sure there would be substantial pilling on the fabric. The wear and tear on mine has been minimal and I’m very satisfied with the quality, though. I often wear a pair of tight black shorts (think short leggings) under skirts and dresses during the summer to help with chafing and those poor things are BEAT so it’s only natural to expect that kind of wear on thigh bands. Plus, the grip bands around the top and bottom of the Bandelettes that prevent slipping are very comfortable and easy to ignore while wearing.

Bottom line: I wear my Bandelettes during more formal events or with thigh-high stockings. I like the way they look and make me feel, but they’re not the most practical for my personal day-to-day wear. If you’re interested in way to overcome chub rub, I definitely recommend giving these a try! See how they work for your body, but if you’re shaped like me, be warned of the potential issues.

*I was given free product in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own and based on my personal experience.
*Photos courtesy Bandelettes. Illustration by me. :)

10 Questions

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Happy Monday everyone! I don’t often participate in these sorts of things, but Fox & Gypsy recently tagged me for the Liebster award and I thought their questions sounded fun so here I go! :)

1. What are the five things that you always carry in your bag?
My phone, sketchbook, pens, wallet, and keys. I’m boring and try to keep my purse contents minimal because I switch bags so often.

2. Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
I like the idea of lots of little inspirations for different aspects of your life rather than one or two giant inspirations–that just sets yourself up for disappointment and puts other people on too-high pedestals. Inspiration is overrated anyway. It’s best to just do your best with little comparison!

I will say that illustration-wise, Kali Ciesemeier always motivates me to work harder and look at the world with different eyes. Fashion-wise, after looking at Keiko Lynn, Blaire Eadie, Nicolette Mason, and Gabi Gregg, I always want to try new things and better represent myself!

3. What’s your hidden talent?
Hmm… most of my talents involve making things so I do the opposite of hiding them! I think I’m good at reading people and being empathetic. I can usually understand both sides to any argument and find it difficult to completely demonize or romanticize any one person.

4. What are you wearing as you type this?
Freckled off-white H&M t-shirt, mint pleated skirt from American Apparel, Moonbeam necklace by Miriam Designs, and two of my most worn items: braided leather belt and Minnetonka moccasins

5. What was the last item you bought?
My answer to this question will always be food related. Haha. Yesterday’s lunch at Fozzie’s! Turkey club with a diet coke and parmesan chips. :)

6. How long have you been blogging?
I’ve been blogging on some platform since I was about 14 years old, but Creature Type is my most consistent attempt. It’s been three years here already! Yikes.

7. As a child, what did you want to be “when you grew up”?
Always some kind of artist. Most notably an animator or art teacher. There was a brief period when I wanted to be an opera singer. Tragically I’m completely tone deaf.

8. What’s going to be your big fall purchase?
Maaayyybe a Kate Spade bag that I’ve had open in a browser window for several days… but it should be a new coat! I’m obsessed with this pleated Tory Burch coat.

9. What’s your biggest fear?
This is a total downer, but because I’m an only child, I constantly worry about the burden of caring for my parents as they get older.

10. What are your hobbies besides blogging?
It’s pretty hard for me to differentiate between work and hobbies these days. I often hear that awful voice in my head that’s notorious for killing creativity: “Why are you doing this if you can’t turn it into a money-making opportunity?” I know, I know… it’s the worst. Do any of you guys who sell artwork, crafts, vintage, or handmade things feel this way when you try to do something just for yourself?

Anyway, as far as hobbies go, I’d like to be better gardener and interior decorator! :)

OOTD: Hometown Pride

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Lace Dress, Tights: Target | Sweater: Thrifted | Boots: ShoeMint | Necklace: Hello Cheeseburger
STLFW Tote: ShirtKong

Saturday was the grand finale of St. Louis Fashion Week–the first Midwest Fashion Conference at Washington University. The all-day event hosted two tracks of concurrent sessions. One focused on career development for emerging and mid-career professionals: designers, stylists, art directors, writers, and marketers. The second track featured artist talks and lectures by university faculty that examined the impact fashion has on contemporary culture.

I love going to panel discussions like this and had never really attended any centered around the fashion industry. I go to art and design related discussions whenever I get the chance. I love listening to smart people say smart things so I can just try to soak up whatever I can. Hearing Fern Mallis (founder of New York Fashion Week among other incredible things), Gary Wassner, Derek Blasberg (Editor-at-Large, Harper’s Bazaar), and fashion designers Stan Herman and Timo Weiland talk about St. Louis’ exciting potential as a future fashion hub and what we can all do to help new designers succeed locally was electric. The crowd in attendance was so passionate you could feel the excited, nervous energy as everyone’s hands shot up to ask questions, share insights, and further discuss ways to make STL better. I loved it.

I hope my constant blog posts and social media nonsense haven’t totally alienated all my non-STL readers. Haha. I try to keep it brief and relevant, but still give all these amazing local goings-on the attention they deserve.

STL is going through some shit lately. I go back and forth with how I feel about talking about the police and racial tensions on my blog. I know that readers could feel like “Wow, this bitch lives in STL and hasn’t mentioned the Mike Brown situation at all.” I don’t want to seem petty or part of the problem, but as a white person, I often feel like it’s not my place to make my voice heard. I need to be supportive and help share the voices of the people who actually need to be heard.

I support the peaceful protests, understand and respect the anger of the rioters, and support anyone questioning a corrupt police system, but I really do love my hometown. I believe our future is bright and love participating in local events that make us better. xo

STLFW: Emerging Designer Competition

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Phew! It has been one crazy whirlwind of a week, y’all. Wednesday night was the St. Louis Fashion Fund’s Emerging Designer Competition presented by Brown Shoe Company at Union Station. It was a spectacular event and great local and emerging designers walked away with cash awards to help facilitate their work–the best end to fashion show, in my opinion. Artists getting paid is always a happy ending! ;)

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I wore a black sequined dress from Parsimonia with a sweatshirt, pineapple socks, and heels. I had fun trying out a sporty chic look! Myra was my fabulous date. :)

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Fashion presentation by Michael Drummond. Always a show-stopper. I love that white drop-crouch romper (?!) underneath the skirt with the pleat and harness details!

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Loved these crisp, alien looks by Nasheli Ortiz. The pops of color in the sparse accessories and bright oxfords are so great.

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Daniella Kallmeyer had the first collection to hit the runway–she was also the eventual winner of the competition! For me, what stood out as most special were the details. I loved the bags and pleats.

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Wai Ming’s collection was so light-hearted and summery! I love the coral, white, and sandy color scheme, floaty fabrics, and flirty silhouettes. I feel like every piece is super wearable for just about every kind of body.

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Jessie Liu’s gorgeous rainbow of dresses and separates wowed everyone in my general vicinity. It’s so refreshing to see such a gratuitous, joyful color palette!

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I really liked the proportions in Collina Strada’s collection. These sorts of looks are often a bit plain for my taste, but she kept it interesting with harmonious textures and tied waists. You know I love those backpacks! And the adorable dog of course. :)

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I adored Remi Canarie’s feminine pieces with sea breezy colors and prints. That dress in the first photo was maybe my favorite of the whole night! We all know how obsessed I’ve been with floaty swing dresses. Add that collar, all-over print, and pleated flowing back and I’m positively smitten.

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Oh, Harbison. I always look forward to seeing what he’s up to. Such gorgeous, luxurious colors and rich textures. Harbison makes clothes for some fierce, future, cosmopolitan business lady–at least, that’s my interpretation. Those flowers and jaunty hats! Loooove.

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I always feel so lucky to get the chance to attend all these fabulous Fashion Week events and share my favorite bits with you! Thanks to ALIVE Magazine for hooking us bloggers up and giving us the star treatment! xo

OOTD/STLFW: Fashion Chat at Neiman Marcus

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Dress, Clutch, Brooch: Vintage | Shoes: Thrifted | Belt: Old Navy

Last night was the first show of St. Louis Fashion Week and I decided to appropriately channel my inner 1960s fierce old bitch who can afford to shop at Neiman Marcus. ;) Haha, the dress and shoes are amazingly lucky recent thrift finds and I couldn’t wait to wear them out on the town! I felt very glam, which was wonderful for a change. I’ve been so into dark, flowy, witchy outfits lately.

Neiman Marcus at the Plaza Frontenac hosted a panel discussion and fashion presentation featuring accessories designer Lisa Freede, Frank & Eileen creative director Audrey McLoghlin, and fashion designer Jonathan Simkhai. The whole she-bang benefitted COCA, a fabulous local arts institution.

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Jonathan Simkhai was definitely my favorite of the night. He featured all the on-trend details I’m crazy about lately–backpacks, crop tops, cut-outs, dark color palettes. Although so many of those trends have been with us all summer, his collection was undeniably fall. The texture combinations looked so luxe and perfect for chilly temperatures. Check out his gorgeous lookbooks here!

Tonight is the Well Dressed Midwest VIP Blogger Lounge at Scape American Bistro and I couldn’t be more excited! It’s so fun to hang out with my favorite blog babes and meet some great local business owners firsthand. TGIF! xo