New Hair

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Ta-da! I’ve had basically the same hair style for like 6 years now. I have no idea how that happened. I used to switch it up more often in college, but you know how it goes. I feel like every girl goes through a “I want long princess mermaid hair!” phase. My last one just lasted a bit longer than I expected.

I asked the crazy talented Kristen Linares to give me a shorter, light, fluffy cut with a light pink, ombre kind of thing. I tried to go in with a vague idea so Kirsten could just do her magic. I looove the end result! I can stop playing with it! :)

Drawn: Lauren & Jeremy

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Lauren was one of the first bloggers I really fell in love with and I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with her a few times. We bond over our mutual love of good food, good drinks, cats, and handmade stuff. She’s fantastic.

I was so excited when she asked me to draw a portrait of her and her lovely boyfriend, Jeremy (plus her perfect kitties) for Valentine’s Day!

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I wanted to have fun with lots of bright colors and incorporate little details personal to them. Lauren makes amazing pom-pom headbands, so I had to include one of those! The banner has a latin phrase that’s meaningful to the two of them and her yarn brooch was another requested personal touch. I’m really happy with the final product and think I managed to capture them well–the best test for a portrait!

Drizly: Booze Delivered to Your Front Door!

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Today I’m super excited to share my experience with a new alcohol delivery service, Drizly! I’ll be honest, every time I say their name, I kind of laugh and think about Gryzzl–Parks and Rec, anyone? 

Drizly is an app and website that delivers beer, wine, and liquor straight to your door! Now the most important things in life are available for home delivery: pizza, movies, and booze. When it’s this cold and miserable outside, why ever leave?

Drizly delivers from one of my favorite local businesses: Randall’s Wines and Spirits, so I know I’ll always have access to the best selection at a great price.

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My favorite part of Drizly is how well-designed the app and website are! It’s SO easy to use and find exactly what you’re looking for. You choose what kind of alcohol you’re looking for and each category is alphabetically ordered with prices and images. It’s so perfect for that situation when you’re like “Man, I really want that bottle of whiskey we tried the other night but I don’t remember the name, just what the bottle looks like.”

My only criticism of Drizly is that they aren’t super clear on what their delivery hours are. I was told their hours would match Randall’s store hours, but they don’t clearly confirm or deny that on the site or app–at least not that I could find. Our original plan was to order my mom’s favorite liqueur while they were over for dinner on a Sunday evening, but I wasn’t informed until after I tried to add the item to my cart that delivery ended at 1pm. I had been planning according to Randall’s closing time, which is 6pm on Sundays. It was a bummer!

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Andrew and I ended up treating ourselves during a Valentine’s evening in. I ordered a bottle of Disaronno for me and Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon for Andrew. Perfect to keep our cozy vibe going at home without leaving to brave the cold!

Delivery clocked in right at 40 minutes, just as they said and we got a text notification 15 minutes before they arrived. Perfect!

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Andrew’s our resident aspiring bartender. He loves experimenting with mixing drinks at home and collecting new toys and treats for our bar. I gave him full creative control here and let him throw together a little cocktail to enjoy and share!

The Double Sunday
3 ounces Disaronno (or other Amaretto liqueur)
1 1/2 ounces Bourbon
1/2 ounce grenadine
1/2 ounce apple pucker
simple syrup to taste

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We had a great experience with Drizly and can’t wait to try them out again. I think alcohol delivery would be perfect for hosting any kind of party or dinner–you have so much work to do around the house already with cleaning, cooking, etc. For the booze to just show up for you is so great! Plus, I’m sure it would be a big crowd pleaser if you already had folks over. :)

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Drizly has offered a FREE delivery for my St. Louis readers! Use the code “FreeSTL” at checkout to cancel your $5 delivery charge.

Not an STL native? Drizly may also be available in your city! They’re currently delivering in 11 cities in the US including Austin, Baltimore, Chicago, Indianapolis, Seattle, NYC, LA, and more! Check out a complete listing of cities here!

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Happy drinking! xo

*This post was sponsored by Drizly, but the opinions shared are entirely my own and based on my personal experience.

OOTD: Are We Out of the Woods Yet?

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We enjoyed a reprieve from the super cold winter temperatures over the weekend, so I shed those extra layers and channeled my inner teen witch.

 With my dark lipstick and hat, I must admit I was also feeling a Taylor Swift vibe–remember the Red cover? Haha, I am so into TSwift lately. I was a hater back when she was a slut-shaming, sappy teenager with a country twang, but I’ve totally fallen for her lady-loving pop rebirth. She’s always been a talented songwriter and I feel like she’s growing up really well. I can’t deny how cute and fun she seems. Plus, 1989 is SUCH a good album. I just want to hang out with her girl gang, bake cookies and compare cat photos while dancing in her kitchen.

FF40: Wish I Was Wearing

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1. Jeffrey Campbell Cut-Out Booties // 2. Ashlyn Fluffy Knit Skirt + Shirt
3. Rebecca Minkoff Amorous Satchel // 4. Denim Pencil Skirt // 5. Madewell Bucket Bag
6. Lazy Oaf Oversized Shirt // 7. Miu Miu Patent Leather Slippers
8. Wildfox Oversized Sweatshirt // 9. Lazy Oaf Oversized Cropped Sweatshirt
10. Hue Fleece Lined Leggings // 11. Nishe Skater Dress // 12. Plastic Cat Eye Sunglasses

I’ve been trying to utilize my Pinterest more lately. It’s a fun tool, but I often just forget about it. There’s a lot of content to wade through! Since I’ve been so into interior design inspiration, Pinterest has become more practical. I started a “Wish I Was Wearing” board last week and enjoy pinning new favorites every few days. Seeing them all laid out together looks so pretty and gives me a clearer image of where my tastes are, too!

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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.

Food Photography [pt. 1]

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My day job is at a local culinary magazine and one of the reasons I enjoy designing for magazines is that I get to wear a lot of different hats. We’re a small team in-house, so I handle all the ads, design contracts, event branding and signage, help manage events, and dabble in photography.

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I started taking photos when I got my DSLR just out of practicality. We’re a small, indie business and we can’t afford to hire freelance photographers to join our editorial staff whenever they go check out new restaurants. Our editors used to just snap a few tragically blurry iPhone photos and we’d call it a “sneak peek”. Not cute! I’ve managed to carve a little niche for myself where I get to tag along and take higher quality photos, mostly for online content, but I’ve snuck a few into the print publication.

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I’ve never considered myself a photographer–I have enough professional creative goals! But it has become a fun hobby and I enjoy seeing my progress as I look through the photos I’ve taken. I got a 50 mm lens for Christmas and I’m really excited to learn more about working in manual and just become a better photographer in general. :)

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I’ve thought about sharing some of my work-related food photos on the blog before, but was always a little wary about mixing my day job with my private life. I don’t want to step on any toes or share too many opinions that might come back to haunt me! Haha, but everyone likes looking at pretty, delicious food, right? Eating great food and visiting fabulous restaurants is such a passion of mine, I’ve decided to just start sharing!

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This also serves as a great little list of awesome places to eat and drink if you’re visiting St. Louis! Or if you’re a local! I feel like it’s easy to get stuck in ruts of visiting the same places often and it’s certainly tricky to stay up-to-date with all the cool new places. We’re lucky to have an awesome food scene here so there’s always somewhere new and exciting to try!

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OOTD: Vogue

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The fine folks of Vogue Footwear generously offered me a pair of beautiful Lady Is A Vamp flats so I could share them in action with you guys. I shared those and some of my other Vogue favorites a last week.

My interaction with Vogue as a company has been spectacular. It was great to first meet them in person at a local blogging event and see how lovely their shoes are up close. The materials, styles, and slick packaging all left a great impression on me. These flats aren’t as basic as some cheaper brands–there’s some supportive cushion underneath your feet rather than a flat, uncomfortable sole. The bottoms also have some texture so you’re not slipping around on slick surfaces. I love the luxurious, velvety fabric on this pair! I love a fancy flat as an alternative to a heel and details like these definitely make them feel special.

The first pair I was sent didn’t fit–I unfortunately tend to ride the line between US size 10 and 11. So head’s up that you may want to size up on this style if you’re like me! The Vogue representative was very sweet and understanding and suggested I just stop by their local offices to pick up my replacement pair! It was cool to see their headquarters in person and get my new pair(which fit perfectly, by the way) straight from Danielle herself–the face behind our emails! Haha, that never happens. :)

Disclaimer: This is the second of two blog posts in collaboration with Vogue Footwear. All opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. 

GIVEAWAY: VIP Tickets to Cash + Carry | CLOSED

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I’m really excited to offer this fabulous giveaway to my St. Louis readers today!

ALIVE Magazine is hosting an amazing two-day clearance sale shopping event on Friday, January 30 and Saturday January 31.

You’ll be able to shop discounted items from STL’s top boutiques and indie vendors all in one place. You’ll find exclusive deals for 40-70% off! This is the perfect chance to hunt for discounted designer pieces from brands like Free People, Rebecca Minkoff, Rachel Zoe, Lorna Jane, Mara Hoffman, and more! Not to mention unique, special pieces from indie designers.

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This is so much better than shopping at places like Nordstrom Rack because you’ll be spending your money with local businesses! This is a great opportunity to check out some new shops and find great new boutiques to visit.

Today I’m giving away two sets of 2 VIP tickets to the Friday evening early access event! That means there will be two winners! You and a friend get to shop before anyone else, enjoy sweet bites, complimentary Skinnygirl prosecco, and music by DJ TrashTalk from 6-9pm. So fun! For more information, click here.

This is a quick giveaway–winners will be notified Friday morning on January 30! Use the rafflecopter widget below for easy entry. No hoop jumping! You do get 2 bonus entries for tweeting about the giveaway though. :)

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EDIT: Congrats to Winners Cristin Rae and Madi S.!

*Disclaimer: I was given 4 VIP tickets to give away courtesy ALIVE Magazine. These tickets are good for the Friday, January 30 event from 6-9pm only. Photo courtesy ALIVE Magazine.

Interiors: Closet Workspace

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Lately I find myself seeking out interior design blogs more often than fashion blogs. We bought our house last fall and while I’m constantly hunting Craigslist and discount decor spots, moving stuff around from room to room, I’m still always feeling impatient and frustrated that our home isn’t as cute and stylish as I want it to be. It’s a constant work in progress, especially when you’re trying to take your time and collect things meaningfully and inexpensively.

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The biggest thorn in my side is our computer room. Andrew and I share the space and I try to store my craft show supplies there, too. It’s a tricky room to deal with because there’s either a door, closet, or window on each wall and we each have quirky working requests–not wanting to face a wall, being able to enjoy the window, enjoying working next to each other rather than back-to-back… Our furniture is clunky and impractical, there are boxes everywhere, cords dangerously underfoot… it’s a mess and honestly effects my productivity. Things need to change!

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My first big goal for the computer room is to change one of the closets into a little workspace. I’d love to have a desktop with storage underneath (possibly on wheels), pegboard against the back wall and maybe little shelves. This would be perfect for all my craft stuff! During peak times before craft shows I could open it up and work in there with all my jewelry making bits, papers, tapes, paints, etc. When I need to just concentrate at my desk with illustration or design work, I could close it up and keep things minimal in the room.

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I wanted to collect some of my inspirational images in one place and just kind of talk it out. Our biggest decorating issue in this house is that every single room has plaster walls, making it difficult and scary (Mostly scary. Gouging holes into my precious, 85 year old home’s walls?! Aahhhh). I figure tackling a closet is the best way to practice hanging things on plaster. If I fail miserably, at least it’s kind of hidden, right?

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I’ve always hoped to include interior design on this blog, but the fact that my house just never seems cute enough always stops me! I’d like to shoot some photos and just kind of update our progress room by room. It’s fun to see spaces evolve over time–I always enjoy seeing others’! I’m no DIY wiz, so I don’t want to do tutorials or anything, but just documenting it and sharing any helpful links along the way would be fun! Wish me luck. Haha. :)

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Also, if you guys have tried and true methods, tips, etc for hanging things on plaster walls, please share! :) xo

FF39: Vogue Footwear

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1. Geared Up Boot
2. Lady Is A Vamp Flats in Light Pink
3. Looking Sharp Flats
4. Black Magic Lady Boots
5. Gone Fishin’ Sandals
6. Clever Edge Heels
7. Lady Is A Vamp Flats in Black

I was introduced to the fine folks of Vogue Footwear at one of ALIVE’s blogger events. They really made an impression on me with their interesting silhouettes and edgy materials. I’m proud that such a cool brand is headquartered locally! You can really tell that they’re interested in making fresh and interesting styles. Those Geared Up Boots and pink sparkly flats are incredible!

Disclaimer: This is the first of two blog posts in collaboration with Vogue Footwear. All opinions are my own and based on my personal experience.