OOTD: Hometown Pride

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

Inktober 2014: Part 1

Inktober_05_600wEvery October, artists all over the world participate in Inktober, a drawing challenge that suggests you do one ink drawing a day for the entire month!

Illustrator Jake Parker started Inktober in 2009 as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits–kind of like my Big Book of Cats Project!

Although I often struggle staying on task with things like this, I’ve decided to give it a whirl this year. I always think daily/weekly challenges are a good thing since consistency is a constant struggle for me. I’m not necessarily a creature of habit, but drawing in ink is my favorite so that makes this extra fun and simple. :)

Make sure to check #inktober on twitter, instagram, and tumblr to see tons of awesome work! It’s my new favorite downtime activity to flick through the hashtag on instagram on my phone.

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I used one of Rebecca‘s photos as a reference for this one!

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OOTD: Kick Off

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Hat: H&M | Shirt: Nordstrom Rack | Dress: Target | Boots: ShoeMint | Necklace: Unkown | Bangles: Kate Spade | Backpack: Forever21 | Beyonce Button: Butt’n Booty

Sometimes my favorite looks come together out of that total desperation, “I don’t know what to weeeaaarrrr” feeling. I had a plan in mind for the STL Fashion Blogger Awards and Fashion Week Kick-Off Party, but it ended up being too warm to rock the statement jacket I was hoping for, so I went digging through my closet 20 minutes before I was supposed to leave.

For an event like this, I enjoy taking risks, but I also think it’s important to stick to my ultimate favorite styles and just concentrate on looking as fab as possible. I wanted something short and sassy and have been seeing a lot of layered skirt-shirt-dress situations on street style sites lately so I gave it a try and threw on my favorite top and a cute lacey dress. I wasn’t sure how I felt about it until I put on the necklace, hat, and boots, but then it all just clicked! I’m into it.

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I had a great time at the party with some of my favorite people. The new Public Media Commons at Grand Center is such a gorgeous venue! Fiber artist Grace Kubilius had her amazing pieces on display in a fashion presentation, DJ Trash Talk was spinning tunes, and the giant screens and projections were playing incredible multimedia presentations. I loved being able to cheer for my favorite winning bloggers in person! Lisa, Myra, and I ended the night with poutine and cocktails at a downtown bar–it was fabulous! I can’t wait for all the other exciting fashion week events coming up this week and next!

*Event photos courtesy ALIVE Magazine

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.

Big Book of Cats: Linda

The Big Book of Cats is a weekly illustration project. In 1998, I was 11 years old and decided to make a 200 page encyclopedia of anthropomorphic cat girls. I’ve made a vow to honor this horrific piece of literature and redraw every cat girl and post a new drawing along with the original for the internet’s amusement. Want to know more? Read my official introduction here and check out all the drawings so far here!

You’re welcome and I’m so so sorry.

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Your eyes are not deceiving you, friend! This is indeed a new Big Book of Cats post! Can you believe it? Honestly, many of you haven’t even been following my blog long enough to remember BBOC. My last one was in November 2013–almost a whole year ago! That really blows my mind. As mentioned in my intro, you can learn more about this project here and see all the other drawings here!

It bums me out that I haven’t kept up on my weekly schedule. I was so consistent for so long! However, the original goal of this project was to make sure I was drawing for fun and sharing my work every week while I was stuck at a less-than-inspiring day job. Since then I’ve taken on so much extra illustration work and started all my handmade adventures, so it’s certainly not a failure. I have no intention of calling it quits, I just never want this project to be another stressful deadline in my life. Hopefully I’ll be able to squeeze them in more than annually, though! Jeez.

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Linda is a sassy bitch and she’s definitely judging you. My muse has apparently always been a girl with attitude who wears crop tops and boots. My favorite part of Linda’s original drawing is the earrings mysteriously dangling from the side of her face while her ears are on top of her head. Haha.

Strange Folk Festival 2014

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St. Louis Overalls Mafia

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Strange Folk Festival honestly gets better and better every year! I had so much fun and met so many amazing customers and vendors. All my Strange Folk merchandise sold out and my inventory is totally wiped out! Definitely a great problem to have.

Thank you so so much to everyone who stopped by to say hi or buy things. I really had the best time and feel so lucky to be able to sell my silly drawings and handmade stuff, not to mention getting the chance to hang out with the coolest kids in town which also happen to be the most generous, welcoming, and fun. Here’s to an even craftier 2015! xo

P.S. How amazing did those Jamberry nails turn out?! They printed so beautifully and the colors are so bright and saturated. You can still order some for yourself here!

FF36: What to Wear to STLFW

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ALIVE Magazine’s Style Notes blog asked me to style a look for St. Louis Fashion Week in honor of the kick-off party (tonight!!!) and this is what I put together!

I’m so into the silhouette of a cropped top with a pencil skirt lately–especially when the top plays with volume, like a sweatshirt or a fluffy or flowy fabric. You all know my affection for the backpack trend, plus a chunky boot, fun novelty earrings, and a moody shade of lipstick make this look the perfect ensemble for a kick-ass babe hanging out at fashion shows in October.

1. Cropped Sweatshirt by Dimepiece
2. Jalapeno Skirt by Lazy Oaf
3. Beyonce Fabric Button Earrings by O’Darling Designs
4. Platform Boot by Miista Yolanda
5. Vintage Re-Issue Sling by Fossil
6. “Sin” Lipstick by MAC

Check out all the other fabulous looks put together by STL bloggers here!

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.

You’re Invited! Strange Folk Festival / STLFW Kick-Off Party

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It’s that time of year, folks! My favorite event, Strange Folk Festival, is finally THIS WEEKEND! Haha, are you sick of me talking about it yet? ;)

If you live anywhere close to the STL area, I promise you it’s worth the trip! The weather should be really great, too. It’s the perfect weekend to walk around soaking in the autumn awesomeness with delicious food and drink, listen to fun live music, and shop 150 handmade, vintage, and art vendors in a lovely park. It’s a blast and I’m so excited!

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Before the craziness of Saturday and Sunday, the STL Fashion Week Kick-Off Party and Fashion Blogger Awards is Friday night at Grand Center! This event is also a part of STL Design Week and includes the awards, cocktail celebration, shopping, and DJ Trash Talk spinning tunes. It’s going to be a fabulous time! I can’t wait to dress up and see everyone.

Click here for more info and to buy your STLFW tickets!

Doin’ Work.

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This has been the landscape of my nights and weekends since we got back from vacation. For once in my life, I’m trying to build up a big stockpile of handmade stuff rather than have stressful rushes of work the week before a big show. I’m adding all kind of new goodies to my shop this month–coin purses, tote bags, pillows, and new jewelry! It’s so fun and exciting to try new things and freshen up my displays.

I’m hoping that getting all my sewing and really hands-on work out of the way will give me longer stretches of times to concentrate on adding more paper goods to the shop. More designs for prints, postcards, and greeting cards. Will this be the year I finally get my shit together and make some Christmas cards? I can only hope. 0:) Wish me luck! xo