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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.

FF35: Street Style

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Style Chic 360 | Photo by Fashion Bomb Daily

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The Print Fiend

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Romeo’s Fashion Fix

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Style Story | Superficial Girls

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Keiko Lynn | Ivory Jinelle

As transitional seasons creep up, I love collecting inspiring outfits to keep me excited about getting dressed. I’ve been thinking about wide-brimmed, black hats a lot lately. I always rule out hats because I have the fortunate combination of big head + big hair, but I just keep thinking about how cool a big black hat would look with some of my flowy, witchy looks I’ve been rocking lately… we’ll see. ;)

FF34: All About the Backpacks

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1. Vintage Re-Issue Sling by Fossil
2. Nylon Flap Backpack by Dooney & Bourke
3. Karma Backpack by Deux Lux
4. Studio Legacy Backpack by Coach
5. Faux Leather Backpack from Forever21
6. Black Striped Canvas Backpack by BagyBags on Etsy

I feel like backpacks are having a moment right now. Think less camping and more Clueless. That always sounds like pretty solid advice in my opinion, but seriously–I feel like I’m seeing cute little leather bags slung across increasingly more shoulders on my favorite style blogs. I doubt that will change much as fall creeps up and we get more back-to-school nostalgic vibes.

I love that swapping a purse for a backpack can feel a little fun and atypical, but also super practical and inherently non-fussy. No matter how much you shelled out for that hip bag, you’ll always have a certain air of casualty and nonchalance, y’know? Plus it’s super easy to thrift a cute one and try out the trend on the cheap!

I wish I was posting more original content alongside my Friday Faves posts, but between working on longer term freelance projects that I can’t share yet and kind of hunkering down to bust out new inventory for my upcoming fall craft shows, it’s been a little tricky lately. Not to mention I’ve been nursing some ugly wounds from my bike accident and haven’t felt very photogenic. I can pretty much only wear the same beat up pair of open-toe Target flats everyday because the gross bruise on my right foot makes any other pair too uncomfortable. Haha, that definitely throws a wrench in my sartorial forms of expression! :(

Fun times are coming up fast, though! I’d love to share more about reconfiguring my craft show display, Strange Folk is right around the corner(eeeep!), and St. Louis Fashion Week will be here before we know it! Plus at the end of August, Andrew and I are taking a week-long trip to Portland, OR for a friend’s wedding and some general adventuring. Fall is always a busy time and I’m trying to ease into it more this year. Last year was a whirlwind! xo

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post that 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.

FF33: Etsy Love

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1. What Would Beyonce Do? Gold Foil Print by Charm & Gumption
2. Cat Face Earrings by The Pink Samurai
3. Wire-wrapped Amethyst Ring by Condensed Star Stuff
4. Blogger Badge of Honor by Stoic and Pariah Handmade
5. Daisy Rag Doll by Riley Construction
6. Retro Doughnut Wooden Sign by Slippin’ Southern
7. Wooden Meadow Flowers by Anna Wiscombe
8. Clueless Fashion Buttons by Butt’n Booty
9. Missy Elliot Votive Candle by Flaming Idols
10. Amethyst Point Pendant by Fable and Lore
11. Gentle Reminders Pencils by Amanda Catherine Designs
12. Personalized Initial Charm Necklace by Villa Designs

Happy Friday, everyone! I’ve really been feelin’ the handmade love lately, so I decided to share some recent Etsy faves today. :)

I’m looking forward to a low-key weekend at home. Next weekend some friends and I are road tripping down to Springfield for a girls’ party trip, so I’m conserving my energy. ;) I might try to wake up in time to hit a few estate sales or go for a bike ride on Saturday. This week I tried a new trail and rode 8 miles–that’s an impressive feat for lazy ol’ me! I’ve never really paid attention to my mileage while riding before, so putting a number on it like “wow, I can ride 8 whole miles!” feels great. I might even try the whole back-and-forth next time. 16 miles! That sounds crazy but I know I can make it! Wish me luck, y’all. I hope you have a lovely weekend yourself. xo

FF32: Full-Range Fashion at ModCloth

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One of my favorite online retailers and affiliate partners to spotlight here on the blog is ModCloth(duh!) and I’m really happy to share that this week marks the one-year anniversary of their official plus-size clothing launch!

I often ride that awkward line between straight sizes and plus sizes. I can usually fit into something at most straight size stores, but knowing that only one or two sizes up is considered a ~special interest~ is just ridiculous. I only really feel comfortable openly endorsing and collaborating with stores that offer clothing for a wider range of sizes than just S, M, or L. Our bodies are not that basic, y’all.

ModCloth has expanded their product catalog with more items fitting more body types. They actively use models of all different sizes, and of course have their lovely style gallery where you can see their products on everyday people.

This anniversary isn’t the only thing to be excited about–ModCloth’s sale section is up to 30% off on adorable dresses, shoes, accessories, & more until June 29! Trust me, the good stuff often sells out so go for it! Here’s a little collection of some of my current sales section faves:

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1. Coastal Break Skirt $54.99 $37.99
2. Like, Tote-ally Mini Backpack $54.99 $37.99
3. Tea and Tassels Flat $49.99 $34.99
4. You’re the Palm Overalls $89.99 $62.99
5. Test the Watermelon Skirt $54.99 $37.99
6. Doo-Wop Your Thing Dress $99.99 $69.99
7. Premium Picnic Spot Shorts $54.99 $37.99
8. Quirk It Sneaker $39.99 $27.99
9. Best Suds Shower Curtain $29.99 $20.99
10. Sculpture Park Picnic Dress $59.99 $41.99
11. Arbored Entrance Dress $52.99 $36.99
12. Coast with the Most One-Piece Swimsuit $128.99 $89.99
13. Spritz a Wonderful Life Bag $44.99 $30.99

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post that 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.

FF31: Little White Dress

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They say that one of the most basic fashion staples is the ubiquitous Little Black Dress, but I much prefer the Little White Dress. Nothing stops me in my tracks quite like a flash of cream lace and tulle from a clothing rack. I revert to little girl glee–it’s just so prettyyyy!

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Some blogger favorites: Keiko Lynn, Mini Penny, Style Cassentials, Miss Pandora

My favorite white dresses are short and floaty, super feminine, and a little bohemian. When I first came home with the Free People dress(in white, though, obviously) that I wore to fashion week, Andrew turned his nose up a bit and was surprised I even liked it. He thought it was a little more hippy-dippy than my usual style, but clearly he underestimates the LWD love.

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1. Victor Victorian Dress | Free People
2. High Neck Trapeze Dress | Forever 21
3. Lace Swing Dress | John Zack via ASOS
4. Textured Sheer Smock Dress | ASOS
5. Showered with Love Dress | ModCloth
6. Bermeja Tunic Dress |Anthropologie
7. Tiered Crinkle Chiffon Smock Dress | Topshop
8. ONE Angel Lace Dress | Free People

Andrew and I are heading to Arizona next week for a wedding and I’ve been aggressively shopping for a nice new dress to wear to one of the various wedding related events. Y’all, it has been FRUSTRATING. I haven’t been finding much I’m interested in and when I have, nothing has been fitting quite right. It’s one of those situations where I don’t really need something new, but it’s a great excuse to splurge a bit, so I don’t want to waste the money on something that I don’t LOVE because it defeats the whole purpose. Honestly, the hardest part has been avoiding my beloved LWDs! I don’t want to be the chick who walks into a wedding wearing white unless I’m certain the bride and her family don’t judge that kind of thing. Not here for that potential drama.

Wish me luck on my dress hunt! Apparently I need it, although I’d rather just buy one of these little pretties and call it a day! xo

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.

FF31: D’Orsay Flats

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1. In Love Jelly d’Orsay Flats | Jeffrey Campbell
2. Dolley Mint d’Orsay Pointed Flats | LuLu’s
3. Kayla d’Orsay Flats | Halogen
4. Hilary Heart d’Orsay Flats | alice + olivia
5. Gavana d’Orsay Flats | Kate Spade
6. Arty Party Flats | Poetic License via ModCloth
7. Devon d’Orsay Flats | Phillip Lim
8. Hilary d’Orsay Flats | alice + olivia

I’m no special snowflake–like a large chunk of the fashion world, I’m really into the d’Orsay shoe wear trend right now. The heels are pretty, but I’m especially charmed by the flats. I feel like that’s really representative of my style in general. Heels are fantastic and sexy, but I usually opt for looking “cute” rather than “sexy” and flats often make that style separation for me.

I read someone describe d’Orsays as bikinis for your feet and think that’s an adorable comparison! Haha, also really interesting to think about how it could be related to the crop top trend? Whatever it is, I dig it. Crop everything forever.

One of my old standby pairs of flats died of old age this year so I let myself go to Nordstrom Rack to pick out a replacement pair. I ended up agonizing over a pile of d’Orsay flats, trying to pick the perfect ones! I bought a neutral black/tan pair with an ankle strap (very similar to these) and have been pretty surprised at how polarizing they seem to be. They seem like such a safe choice to me (not that I totally understand what average people think is “safe” fashion haha), but people have not been shy about telling me that they do not like my shoes. I overheard a lady say “I hate her shoes” as I walked past her table after brunch one day. Haha, so weird! I didn’t think these guys looked weird enough to inspire such passionate dislike.

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.

FF30: Wish I Was Wearing

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Piper Cat Eye Sunglasses | Warby Parker

Midi Skirt with Sheer Panels | ASOS

Paradis London Sequin Collar Trapeze Dress | ASOS

Pastel Pink Heart Necklace | Ladybird Likes

Home Sweet Home Glitter Flats | Seychelles Footwear

Jersey Knit Fringe Infinity Scarf | JustLiv

Awful Loose Tee | Stay Home Club

Beau Satchel | Rebecca Minkoff

My weeks seem to be slipping away so quickly lately. I feel like I blink and I’m back to a weekend–not a bad problem to have but it makes my time management issues seem 100x worse. I need to establish a better schedule to make sure all my freelance clients are better taken care of.

This upcoming week is STL Fashion Week. If you’re not a local you may be less interested, but I will be posting some event recap posts on Thursday and Saturday and probably start off the week with an event run-down on Monday. I’m just happy to get the opportunity to check out these kind of events locally! My “Wish I Was Wearing” post today reflects what my shopping wish lists have looked like as I’ve been browsing for new goodies to wear. Trapeze dresses, sunglasses, sparkly shoes, and pretty pastels! xo

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.

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

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!