Strange Folk Festival 2014

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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

100 Etsy Sales!

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This week I finally reached the exciting milestone of 100 sales on Etsy! To celebrate and say thanks to everyone who has ever bought anything from my little ol’ shop, you can use the code “YAY100″ through September for 25% off any order! :) Click here to shop!

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In 2008 I opened my Etsy shop with a single postcard on sale for $2. Haha, my shop stayed pretty vacant until 2012, but traffic and sales have been growing steadily over the past year. I’m really proud of my progress and it’s a goal of mine to really ramp up my activity on Etsy in 2015. I’ve never had more than 20 listings at one time and I have a few new prints that I just haven’t gotten around to photographing. Also, it can be difficult for me to stay organized enough to realize which pieces of jewelry I have listed and which I’ve already accidentally sold at a craft show. Oops!

OOTD: Late Summer

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Shirt: Target | Shorts: Thrifted | Kimono Shawl: Victrola Designs | Boots: Shoe Mint | Bag: Vintage Coach| Necklace: H&M

I really dislike that these sheer, drapey shawl-like jackets that everyone is so into lately have been dubbed “kimonos”. Sure, you can’t deny the shape is a bit kimono-inspired, but they are not kimonos. I’m sure this is just the curmudgeonly complain of a nerd who’s a little too passionate about Japanese things, but still. Grumble grumble.

Although I cringe every time I refer to it as such, I’m obsessed with this “kimono”. I picked it up from Blue Bird Apparel a few months ago and it’s made by the local Victrola Designs. It’s the perfect fabric, print, length, weight, and even has some fun fringe! It’s a great light jacket to throw on now that we’re experiencing some chilly late-summer nights. How bittersweet!

And how fucking fantastic are these boots?! I won a Shoe Mint giveaway last month and knew immediately that these babies would be mine. I have a feeling they’ll be my new go-to this autumn. :)

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Voting is officially underway for the St. Louis Fashion Blogger Awards! Thanks to you guys, I scored four nominations this year! Thank you so much to everyone who takes the time to read my blog at all, not to mention go out of their way to be so supportive! If you’d like to vote for me or any other fabulous STL ladies and gents, you can vote here! xo

What I ate(and drank) in Portland that I loved

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For me, food is such an important part of vacation. I basically wander around the place I’m staying until I don’t feel full anymore and then think “Ok, what should we try next?!” I’m constantly scouring Yelp, local publications, and blogs for stand-out dishes. A mix of high and low brow is ideal!

Burgerville | burgerville.com
40+ locations
Burgerville is a fast food chain local to the Oregon and Washington area. It was one of Andrew’s favorite places when he lived in Oregon, so it was immediately on the itinerary. They’re all about using fresh, seasonal ingredients from local, ethical sources as much as possible. We were lucky enough to have both the Walla Walla onion rings(pictured) and blackberry milkshake in season during our trip. Delicious!

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838 NW 23rd Ave.
3345 SE Division St.
This trendy, boutique ice cream shop immediately caught my attention–ice cream is my favorite! We braved the long lines twice and tried coconut & salted caramel bar(pictured), sweet corn(!!!), coffee & bourbon, honey lavender, balsamic strawberry, and olive oil. The energy inside was so much fun and the playlist that was blasting aimed straight to my heart–a mix of 90s/00s hip hop and current dance and pop bangers. It was like a party each visit, plus ice cream, so it was the best.

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Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade | groundkontrol.com
511 NW Couch St.
Another one of Andrew’s old haunts, therefore a must. We actually spent three nights hanging out at Ground Kontrol–it’s that good. They have the perfect selection of classic cabinets(Pac Man, Tetris, Centipede), new favorites(DDR, Mario Kart), plenty of pinball, and Andrew’s ultimate necessity–Street Fighter. Add their full bar, fun DJ, trivia nights, and monthly special of $5 cover for free play all night and you’ve got the best barcade EVER. Why can’t we have one in our neighborhood? We might never leave.

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Pok Pok | pokpokpdx.com
3226 SE Division St.
If you ask for Portland restaurant suggestions, I guarantee Pok Pok will be in the top 3 most suggested. A chef with a James Beard Award will do that to a place. I’ll keep my comments short since others have said it many times before and much better than I–It’s worth the trip, worth the wait, and god damn, y’all, those fish sauce chicken wings(pictured)… I’ll forever dream of them!

L&L Hawaiian Barbeque | hawaiianbarbecue.com
200+ locations
L&L is a national chain, but we don’t have anything like it around my neck of the woods. Hawaiian cuisine is such a fun, eclectic mix of Asian and American flavors and this fast food style joint has it all! Musubi(spam sushi), Loco Moco, and of course macaroni salad are all present on the menu, but my favorite was the tonkatsu curry rice. The perfect comfort food!

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Fifty Licks | fifty-licks.com
2021 SE Clinton St. #101
I caught Fifty Licks’ truck by chance–who could resist that cutie? But their handmade, small batch ice cream is definitely worth a trip to the storefront! The carmelized honey ice cream I had was so dense and creamy with such a refreshing, unique flavor.

Little Bird Bistro | littlebirdbistro.com
219 SW 6th Ave.
Little Bird is the cozy sister restaurant to the popular Le Pigeon. We had a lovely, dimly-lit dinner at the bar and shared a killer charcuterie board and the daily fish special. The bartender recommended a perfect wine and wowed us with great cocktails.

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Marinepolis Sushiland | sushilandusa.com
138 NW 10th Ave.
You guys. This place. This is another small chain and might not wow all visitors, but as a habitually disappointed midwest sushi enthusiast, I was in love. Their sushi and appetizer selection is served conveyer belt style and each plate is only $1, $1.50, $2, or $3. I ate until I was super full each of the three(!!!) times we visited and never spent more than $12. Insane! And the fish wasn’t garbage! Haha, if the cheap stuff in the Pacific Northwest is this good, I can’t image what the more upscale places are like! We were so happy with Sushiland though, we never felt the need to try another place.

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Little Big Burger | littlebigburger.com
Multiple Locations
Little Big Burger is the perfect little burger spot. Super simple and straight forward. The burgers are just the right size–a bit bigger than a slider, but not quite full size. Their truffle fries and fry sauce are so amazing, we stopped in one evening just to grab sodas and snack on some. That’s what vacation is for, right?

Portland, Oregon

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Here’s a little collection of snapshots from our Portland trip. We had such a great time! I really loved Portland and having a whole week to wander around eating, shopping, and getting to know the city.

1-3 We were lucky enough to get to stay in Andrew’s uncle’s stunning condo in the Pearl district. Look at that view!
4-6 I loved visiting the local Zoo! My favorite was the bat exhibit. Such cute and strange little creatures.
7-14 Amy and Tyler’s wedding was simple, lovely, tucked away in the middle of the woods, and completely perfect for them. They’re both biologists and ignited a “unity volcano” during the ceremony rather than a cheesy candle. So perfect. <3
16-20 On Sunday, we checked out the Flea at Rejuvenation. It was pretty magical in there.
21-22 I had to stop into Crafty Wonderland! It’s an adorable store. I bought a cute brooch from The Paper Mama. :)

Strangefolk Jamberry Nails Available Now!

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My friend Melissa and I have teamed up to make the coolest accessory ever in honor of Strange Folk Festival–custom nail wraps from Jamberry Nails!

Have you guys heard of Jamberry Nails before? They’re vinyl wraps that adhere to your nails with a combination of heat and pressure–no glue, stickyness, or top coats needed! They don’t chip, are non-toxic, won’t damage your natural nails and best of all, have no dry time. I’ve been trying them out for the past few months and really love them! I just use a blow dryer, cuticle pusher, and pair of small, curved scissors to apply and finish them and they always last at least a full week. Some people even get 2-3 weeks on fingers and 4-6 weeks on toes!

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Melissa is a certified Jamberry consultant and first fell in love with Jamberry Nails because she finally found a way to have cute nails that stood up to all her jewelry making and crafting wear-and-tear.

When I heard that you could design custom Jamberry wraps, I totally fell in love with the idea of putting my cute little Strangefolk characters on nails! Melissa helped me figure it all out and now you can order your own set here!

Here’s all the important info, straight from Melissa:

All orders AND payment for the Strange Folk nail design are due by Wednesday, Sept 3, 2014. Cost for each Strange Folk wrap will be $20 each via PayPal, no matter the quantity.

The order will be placed with Jamberry, Thursday, Sept 4, 2014, no exceptions. We need plenty of time to print & ship! Once we receive the wraps, they will then be shipped to YOU so you can wear them proudly at the Strange Folk Festival, happening Sept 27-28, 2014, in O’Fallon Community Park!

To find out more about Jamberry: http://melissavilladiego.jamberrynails.net

To order other custom Jamberry Nails by Melissa: http://www.pinterest.com/TwentyThree/jamberry-nails/

I had SO much fun designing (and obsessing) over each unique nail design. I think the colors look so bright and fun and can’t wait to see all the cute, matching fingers at Strange Folk! :)

Up and Away

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Andrew and I leave for Portland, Oregon, bright and early tomorrow morning–a little too early for my liking but whatever! We’ll be hanging out in a beautiful condo in the Pearl District, exploring the city and eating our way through for a whole week! Not to mention getting to see one of my old college roomates get hitched. I am psyched. :)

I did a little blog refresh over the weekend. I love using WordPress, but am never happy working on layouts/themes. The WP coding is too complicated for my poor little brain and I can never seem to find the right theme for me. Whenever I go to mess with the CCS, I always seem to break something else. :/ I like the way this one looks for now, but it’s awful on mobile. Sigh.

If anyone has some Portland favorites–food, shopping, whatever–please share! xo