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OOTD: STLFW Blogger Lounge Night

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Happy Friday, everyone! Honestly this week flew by super fast for whatever reason, but I’m still ready for Margarita Saturday tomorrow. Aw yeah. \o/

We’re gearing up for Spring 2014 St. Louis Fashion Week around these parts and I’m excited to get to check out all the shows this time! Last fall, Fashion Week aligned with buying a new house, my cousin’s wedding, and Strange Folk Festival (aahhhhh!), so needless to say, I only had time for one event. It was a doozy, though! If you’re local and interested in joining me in the fun, you can use the code “CT20″ to get 20% off your tickets!

For all non-locals, I’ll try to keep my coverage as short, sweet, and relevant to your interests as possible. :)

To kick-off the festivities, last night was a VIP Bloggers Lounge event at Scape. It was really fun to catch up with all my lovely local ladies, sip some Moscato, and chat with exciting local brands and shops. Plus, who doesn’t love an excuse to get all dolled up on a weeknight?

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Karen Walker Shirt: Thrifted | Skirt, Necklace: H&M | Shoes: Target | Ice Cream Brooch: Sweet and Lovely

Haha, I usually draw the line at outfit photos that are obviously taken in a backyard–especially for a fancy outfit that doesn’t match the surroundings at all–but I was in a hurry between work and the event and wanted to make sure I got decent photos! I have an awful habit where I get super fly to go out, but I’m so excited to go out and have fun, I forget to get photos of the outfit when I actually look my best! I guess that’s not really much of a problem since I prioritize living my life, but you know. ;)

The weather was insanely gorgeous yesterday and I decided to ditch my tights! Here’s a fun fact: that bruise on my knee is from last weekend when I got so excited to dance to Beyonce’s “Grown Woman”, I slipped on a spilled drink on the dance floor and fell. Always a class act, that Michelle Volansky. No regrets!

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The team at Shirt Kong were so nice and talented! JoAnn–the woman with the perfect pastel pink hair in the photo above–painted that beautiful sign herself! I love small businesses that are passionate about helping out other little guys.

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These metallic oxfords stole the show at the Bronx-Diba table. Also the clasp on that bag totally looks like a cat head! Definitely a bonus.

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Just Liv bows at the Blue Bird Apparel table. Two of my faves!

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Glik’s surprised all of us with a really beautiful, on-trend collection of clothes and accessories!

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BelleStyle makes beautiful jewelry right here in STL. Their table looked gorgeous!

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How incredible is this swimsuit?! I kept wandering back over to the Triflare booth to admire it up close. They make the most colorful, fun athletic wear for women that I’ve ever seen!

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Always a good time with DJ TrashTalk spinning tunes!

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Jessie and I were hot pink/polka dot twins! Haha. :)

Thank you to ALIVE Magazine, Scape, and all the great local businesses involved in making an awesome evening! I had tons of fun and feel so happy to be getting to know so many other STL bloggers. We’re a small but mighty group of beautiful, diverse, spunky gals and I’m proud to be counted among them. :)


A Portrait for Andrea

I have a pretty portrait commission to share with you guys today! :)

Andrea is a talented, beautiful hairstylist from Seattle–you can check out her work and learn more about her here! She’s ordered a few things from my Etsy shop and recently asked if I’d make a portrait illustration for her to use on business cards and other self promo.

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Andrea is fabulous to work with and knew pretty specifically what she was looking for. “I would want my face with maybe like flowers around it and incorporate scissors, combs, blow dryer, etc into it because I’m a hairdresser… Silly thing, but I love cats so i wanted to incorporate that somehow. I was thinking like a cat ear headband?”

For the two sketches, I interpreted her requests pretty literally. She also mentioned loving a pastel color palette, so I stuck to the same colors for each. The first features more realistically rendered flowers while the second has a more stylized oval frame of cartoony flowers. She liked the pink background on the second sketch and that the hair accessories were more subtle. We both loved the idea of the pearl cat ears and I thought a leopard print top would be another cute reference to being a cat lover. :)

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I had so much fun working on this one! Andrea was really fun to draw and our interests and tastes are so similar, it felt like something I would draw myself just for fun! I’m really pleased with the way this one turned out. xo


FF29: I Really Love My…

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Happy Friday! A lot of fashion bloggers post remixes of some of their favorite pieces worn different ways. I love checking out a fashionista’s past ensembles and seeing how they’ve worn their favorites over the years, but I feel like most of my faves aren’t necessarily styled very differently. I still want to send them some love with flashbacks of their greatest hits, so I think I’ll sometimes do a “I Really Love My…” as a Friday Favorites post!

The idea is lovingly ripped off Oh No They Didn’t!(Yes, I used to be an enthusiastic regular there. Not so much these days, but I still love some good old fashioned celebrity gossip and trash talk!) I love posts like this when you can see which pieces celebs really love and wear often. I’m no Nicole Richie, but I still think it’s fun to look back and see “wow, I really do get my money’s worth with that piece!”

I really love my braided leather belt!

I try to buy belts exclusively from thrift stores and this one is no exception. I think a good braided belt is a total wardrobe staple! You can dress it up or down and it goes with everything. I feel like belts are the perfect finishing touches to most any look–they cinch my waist at the perfect spot and add just enough detail.

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STL Etsy Craft Party @ The Upcycle Exchange // OOTD: Moco and Me

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Strange Folk Festival 2012 // Red Velvet

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OOTD: Fox Hunt // OOTD: Cheer Up!

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OOTD: Dreaming of Spring // OOTD: Nature Girl

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OOTD: Tried and True // OOTD: Transitions


OOTD: I Heart You

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Bow Hair Clip: Ruby Francis | Denim shirt, Skirt, Mouse Belt: Thrifted | Juju Babe Sandals: ASOS | Purse: Kate Spade New York | Tights: Target

A sleeveless outfit! Can it be true?! I seized the opportunity and enjoyed every second of yesterday’s sunny 70 degree afternoon.

This ensemble is mostly one big souvenir of my recent Florida trip. I found the denim shirt at a resale shop Kelsea and I were browsing together and she gave me the skirt from her to-mend pile because she knew she’d never actually get around to it. I loved sharing bits of our closets when we lived together in college. Our styles aren’t completely similar, but the overlap in our spheres of taste do intersect quite a bit.

So many of my thrifted pieces remind me of Kelsea because we did so much second-hand hunting together. I definitely miss having a good friend at hand who was always down to go dig for treasure at any shady flea market we could find. Sigh!

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


GIVEAWAY: Diana F+ Instant Kit

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Happy Tuesday, everyone! I’m really excited to share a fun little giveaway with you guys today! The lovely Amanda from Little Tranquility organized this great group giveaway for you. I’m choosy when it comes to giveaways and I thought this would be a great fit!

11 bloggers got together and all pitched in to be able to give this fabulous Diana F+ Instant Kit to one of our readers. The winner will receive a Diana F+ camera, an Instant Back which allows the images to be printed at home, and a double pack of film (20 photos). The perfect goodies to get you started!

Follow the Rafflecopter steps below to enter! Each Facebook page you “like,” Instagram, BlogLovin’, or Twitter account you follow, gives you one extra entry in the giveaway. There are tons of ways to enter and lots of great bloggers to check out. :) The giveaway is open to all international readers and the winner will be announced on April 3rd, 2014.

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Amanda from Little Tranquility // Sarah from The Laughing Medusa // Lena from Tiny Painter // Michelle from Creature Type // Lorelai from Lorelai Sebastian // Jessie from Creating Happy // Tara from Tara Victoria // Rosa from Hello Martian Girl // Georgia from Wherever We Find Ourselves // Jess from Copper Hollow // Maddie from Maddie Richardson

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FF28: 5 Things I Love Right Now

Happy Friday, everyone! Tomorrow is the day I finally face my taxes, but I’m stopping by The Foundrie afterwards to restock prints and accessories, so my Saturday isn’t completely ruined. ;) I have tons of illustration work to catch up on this weekend, too. Wish me luck!

For today, here’s 5 Things I Love Right Now

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1. This blog post by Danielle on why it’s okay to make mistakes. This is always a good reminder for anybody, but it especially rings true for me because I remember failing so miserably in my own college jewelry making class! That shit is hard, you guys. I was always melting stuff, making things crooked or uneven, and never being patient enough to sand as long as I should have. I had to go to the lab and work such long hours, only to end up with a C in the class. I worked my ass off for that C and learned to accept it. I got a taste of a new skill and have no regrets! I did my best.

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2. These adorable, summery pieces from Wolf Mama Vintage! I want to throw on that pink top, striped shorts, and blue sandals and hop on my bike to go get ice cream right now. Sigh. Best of all, Alison-Claire is offering 30% off with the code “HELLOSPRING”. Go snag yourself some vintage cuteness!

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3. Using corn starch and unsweetened cocoa powder as dry shampoo. You guys. This combo has changed my life. Dramatic, but true. Katie recently shared her natural dry shampoo techniques on A Beautiful Mess and I decided to give it a try–mostly because it’s cheap and easy rather than ~natural, but omfg it works so so well! 100 times better than any dry shampoo I’ve ever bought. It’s messy–I sometimes have to change my shirt because the cocoa powder just smears when you try to wipe it off–but keeps my unwashed hair looking fresh and non-greasy for like 2-3 extra days. It’s crazy! My mind is blown and I’m pretty annoyed it took me so long to try it.

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4. Jessie’s Blog! She is such an awesome person and talented illustrator and I’m glad she’s finally started blogging! I’m excited to see what she has up her sleeves. Her drawings are wonderful and stylish and always make me smile!

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5. Ina Garten’s Perfect Roasted Chicken recipe. Ina doesn’t lie, you guys. This is truly the perfect roasted chicken. I made it last week and almost wept over how good it was. The meat was juicy and delicious, the skin was crispy and brown, and the roasted vegetables were INSANE. The only changes I made were replacing the fennel with fingerling potatoes and halfway through roasting, I poured a cup of half chicken stock, half white wine over the chicken and veggies. I’m already dying to make it again!


New In The Shop: Greeting Cards

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Hello, friends! I know things have been pretty quiet around here, but I’m excited for that to change now that I have more daylight to take photos and more energy to write! Breaking news: winter is soul-crushing.

Anyway, I debuted these new greeting cards last weekend at Green With Indie! They’re A4 size (approx. 5.5×4.25″), come packaged in a protective plastic sleeve with an envelope, and are blank inside–perfect for writing whatever message your heart desires. :) They’re all now available in my Etsy shop. My favorite is the Beyonce one because duh!


OOTD: March 1st

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Dress: H&M | Belt: Banana Republic | Necklace: August Abroad | Brooch: Sweet and Lovely | Tights: Target | Boots: Rampage via Nordstrom Rack

 How amazing does it feel to say that it’s finally March 1st?! Unfortunately, we’re supposed to get another fucking snow storm tonight/tomorrow so it’s not as thrilling as it should be, but whatever. The hope of spring is alive.

Everyone and their mother seems to have this cat print dress from H&M, but I can’t blame them. It’s one of the most comfortable and well-fitting dresses in my collection! It’s actually on sale right now for $15 and I’m tempted to buy another one just because! Haha. The link in my outfit details isn’t even an affiliate link–go click and get one for yourself if you’ve been thinking about it!

The fact that these boots haven’t been photographed yet is just a testament to how lazy I’ve been with outfit photos this winter. I snagged these babies from Nordstrom Rack in November and they’ve been my go-to shoe ever since. They’re just close enough to the look I was hoping for in my fall wishlists. The zipper and buckle details feel luxe for the sale price and they have the perfect amount of heel.

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One of my favorite shows of the year, Green With Indie, is exactly one week away! Yikes! I feel like I still have so much to do to prepare, but I’m excited for all the new goodies at my booth. I feel like I’ve made some amazing progress from my set-up there last year. GWI 2013 was my second show ever and I had such a great time. If you’re local, make sure to stop by and say hi! :)

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


Drawn: Into The Woods

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98% of the time when I start drawing, my go-to subject is a cute girl–duh–but lately I’ve been itching to create some spaces and environments and have been doodling places. I’ve been collecting some photos of inspirational places and just interpreting them pretty literally for practice.

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I came across this photo on tumblr (original source) ages ago. I’m always drawn to images with strong, contrasting warm/cool color palettes. I liked the idea of challenging myself to simplify a space with such complicated details.

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This is the sketch I started with on paper. I knew if I didn’t try to block out some of the shadowy shapes, I’d get a little lost when coloring, so I tried to map it out beforehand. I’m really happy with the final result. I often don’t finish pieces I start just to try and learn a technique or build confidence  rendering something specific, but I think my little forest turned out nicely. Definitely a fun exercise. :)


OOTD: Snow & Sparkle

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Headband: F21 | Cardigan: H&M | Necklace: Hello Cheeseburger | Bracelets: Kate Spade | Beaded Top, Belt: Vintage | Tulle Skirt: Kellie Falconer Design | Tights: Target | Heels: BCBG | Vintage Clutch: Parsimonia

If this winter managed to get away from me before I got a chance to take outfit photos in the snow, I was going to be very disappointed in myself! It’s not like it would’ve been hard. It seems like we’ve had snow on the ground more often than not this year. It’s very pretty and all, but I am so sick of this winter bullshit. Spring weather now, please and thank you!

This outfit you guys. Perhaps my favorite ever! This is what I wore to the belated Show Me Etsy holiday party and I felt like a pretty, frosted cupcake all night. The gorgeous tutu is one of my favorite things in my wardrobe and (appropriately) I bought it on Etsy! A few months ago, Kate posted an adorable OOTD wearing this fabulously fluffy skirt from Kellie Falconer Design and shared a discount code for the shop. That’s all I needed to hear. I bought one immediately and I really can’t rave about it enough. I’ve worn it multiple times and it’s always a show-stopper. It’s well-constructed, super full and maintains its shape, and I feel so proud to tell people that it’s handmade and not from the mall!

They’ve sneaked past in a few instagrams and in my HHH recap post, but this is the first OOTD featuring my new glasses! I’ve been wanting this pair for years, but I’m always very hesitant to buy glasses without trying them on first. I have a huge head and tend to not look so good in certain frame shapes–they need to be the perfect width for my face. Thankfully I finally took a chance and I LOVE THEM! They’re my perfect dream cat-eyes. :’) I got them using Coastal’s “first pair free” promotion! Haha, my prescription is so strong that they weren’t quite free, but the discount was definitely awesome!

I have a little bloggy business I wanted to talk about with you guys. This week, I signed up for ShopSense, an affiliate linking program. You can read all about it here. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been using Share-a-sale affiliate links for ModCloth for over a year and have enjoyed the experience. I haven’t made much money from it, but as my desire to quit my day job and work for myself full-time increases each day, I’ve been thinking of ways to diversity my income. I love blogging and always try to share where I get my clothes anyway, because as a blog reader, I enjoy checking out what a blogger is wearing and sometimes buying items for myself. I don’t have any moral obligations with bloggers getting a little reimbursement for promoting items they love, especially if they already own them. What’s annoying is when you can tell someone is only wearing or sharing something because she/he’s being paid to or when someone’s blog is nothing but affiliate links–sometimes multiple links for each item!

Anyway, long story short–Nothing is really changing, you’ll just notice more specific links on my OOTD posts and I’m putting a disclaimer at the bottom of each post that includes any affiliate linking. If you don’t feel comfortable with your clicking resulting in possible commissions, avoid the links in those posts! I understand that each reader has their own opinions on this sort of thing and I always want to be as transparent and honest in my blogging as I can. It’s not like I can afford to shill designer duds anyway! Most of what I wear is vintage, thrifted, or from sales racks. :)

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





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