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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!


FF27: Florida Bound

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Hello friends! I hope you’ve had a lovely week. Mine has inched by super slowly because I finished it with a bang! I flew to Florida last last night to visit one of my best friends from college. She moved down here two years ago for an art teaching job and to escape small-town Missouri for a while. I haven’t seen her in ages so I’m really excited to enjoy the weekend getaway and catch up.

It’s only supposed to be in the 60s-70s this weekend–don’t get me wrong, that’s way better than Missouri’s 20-30 degrees!–but I couldn’t help but dream of summer clothes while putting together my faves this week. These are all goodies I want to rock either right now or as soon as the weather gets warm enough!

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1. Bright Delight Wrap Swimsuit by Nakimuli | Madison Plus Select
I don’t think I’ll be lucky enough to don a swimsuit on this trip, but I’ve had my eyes on this gorgeous suit for ages. It looks so luxe and unique and I’m OBSESSED with the convertible back!

2. Wearable Whimsy Socks in Octopi | ModCloth
Kelsea–the friend I’m visitng–loves octopi. Enough said. :)

3. Camden Chunky Work Lace Up Heeled Boots by New Look | ASOS
I’m filled with envy every time Erin wears these boots. They look sharp with everything!

4. Cream Floral Crop Top And Skirt Set by Style Icons Closet | Etsy
It doesn’t seem like the crop top trend is going anywhere this year and that’s cool by me. I feel like I’m seeing an emphasis on matching sets especially. This one is gorgeous with the perfect touch of vintage flair. Plus it’s handmade!

5. Thin Gold Stackable Rings by Modern Chromatic | Etsy
I need to up my jewelry game this year. I want to start wearing more rings! I love the look of a bunch of thin, gold rings decorating each finger.

6. Florida Keys to My Heart Dress | ModCloth
I’m so excited to walk around in just a light dress for a few days before I have to return to the land of many layers.

7. Natural Linen Carry-All Tote by Milkhaus Design | Moorea Seal
On my dream trip to Florida, Kelsea and I are carrying our swimsuits(The Nakimuli one for me, please) and sandals along in cute totes (like this beaut from Moore Seal’s shop) down to the sunny beach with fruity drinks in each hand. SIGH.

Have a fabulous weekend all! I certainly plan to!

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.


FF26: Wish I Was Wearing…

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1. Webb Frames in Saddle Russet | Warby Parker
Warby Parker just released some new frames for the winter season and I’m in love with this color combo!

2. Star Wars Bow | Bowbotics
Stephanie is a local crafty and I’m dying for our first show together so I can run over to her booth and go bow crazy! She uses adorable, often nerdy fabric–which of course I love. :)

3. Thread & Scissors Pendant Necklace | Once Again Sam via ScoutMob
I love a cute pendant necklace. The details on this one feel really luxe!

4. Unequivocally Cute Jumpsuit | ModCloth
I’m on a never-ending, constant quest for the perfect jumpsuit. They’re silly and I completely adore them, but finding one that looks good on my body has been quite the challenge. I won’t give up! I know there’s one out there that will make me be like “DAMN!” rather than “oh… damn.” Could this be the one? I think it has potential! I love the cropped legs and cute back!

5. Awful Crewneck Sweatshirt | Stay Home Club
I love everything about Stay Home Club. The fun, pessimistic attitude, the aesthetic… it’s all just perfect! I finally made my first purchase from them–the Lazy Wives Club t-shirt–but I’m addicted and need more! I want to live in sweats once it gets cold, so this sweatshirt might be my next pick!

6. An Honest Pouch – Foldover | Mini Penny
Jessie isn’t just a super stylish, babely blogger. She’s also the curator of an online vintage shop and maker of beautiful things! Her new line of bags made from repurposed leather materials look so gorgeous and fancy. I especially love this foldover pouch. The colors and textures are stunning!

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STL locals! Don’t forget–tomorrow is HoliDIY at Mad Art Gallery! I’m really excited for this show. It’s a handmade holiday indie shindig with beer, barbeque, local art and modern craft, featuring 25 local designers offering their best one-of-a-kind handmade goods. There will be live music and an Awkward Family Christmas Card photo booth! Amazing, right?! Come shop and stop by my booth to say hi! :) 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.


FF25: Fashion Blogger Faves

Although I’m still knee-deep in moving craziness and about to be a bridesmaid in my cousin’s wedding tonight, we managed to get the magazine to press early this week and I had some moments to breathe, relax, and catch up on my bloglovin’ queue! It was getting pretty gigantic for a while, but I always like to dig through and look at each post.

I couldn’t help but notice some fantastic outfits that were totally inspiring me. The changing seasons always inspire awesome styles across all the fashion blogs I enjoy. I’ve been in a bit of a clothing rut lately–not quite feeling awesome in too many outfits, wanting to try styles that I don’t own, and wanting to throw out half my wardrobe… I needed these breaths of fresh air.

Here are some of favorite looks lately:

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It’s fun to gather outfits together that I really respond to. It makes it easy to spot consistent things I love and that gives me guidance to try things to get out of this rut. It’s nice to remind myself what I love.

Clearly, this season I’m drawn to:
- Leather
- Full skirts that sit your natural waist. Always.
- Above-the-knee socks
- Surprising pops of color and pattern
- Fun layered details
- Black lipstick! I need to wear it more often!


FF024: 5 Things I Love Right Now

Last night I was feeling sort of crabby and tired and decided all I wanted to do was online window shop. I thought I’d share some favorite things I’ve been craving during this impending fall season.

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1. Bold Love Sweater // ModCloth
I’ve been trying to wear my favorite big, cozy sweaters, but the afternoons keep getting too hot and I have to reluctantly shed them by lunchtime. :/ I can’t wait until I can just pull on a cute, big sweater like this one and some leggings and feel dressed for the day!

2. Triangular Organic Cotton Infinity Scarf // Cristin Rae
I actually bought this scarf at Strange Folk! I’d been admiring it for ages. Cristin is local and the sweetest lady ever. I’m in love with her designs! Next on my Cristin Rae wishlist is her super cute knit bow headbands! I need to commission one that actually fits my gigantic head. Haha.

3. Warm Fuzzy Feelings Socks // Betsey Johnson via ModCloth
I am all about the over-the-knee socks. The make me feel so cutesy and I love the added texture they bring to an outfit. Unfortunately, I’m constantly bummed that most seem to be “one size fits most”. Sigh. These thick thighs need some cute knits, god damn it.

4. Scoundrel Boots // Seychelles Footwear
So earlier this week I professed my love for the JC Everly booties, but today I’ve shifted my crush to the Seychelles Scoundrels. SWOON.

5. Catfetti Sunglasses // Tumbleweeds Handcraft
I have so much love and respect for Beca and Doug of Tumbleweeds Handcraft. They are amazing, hardworking, creative people who make the most beautiful glasses ever! Earlier this year I bought a pair of ombre heart-shaped glasses from them and I think they must have fallen out of my bag while I was out and about because I can’t find them anywhere. :( I’m pretty heart-broken. I’m sure it won’t take long until I splurge on a replacement pair and these colorful cat eyes are a serious contender.

Welp, this coming week is the week from hell. That’s an unfair exaggeration, actually. It’s full of fun things, but TOO FULL. I’m dreading the heavy workload that’s sure to pile up at my day job. On Sunday we have our final walk-through of the house(!!!), Tuesday is closing(!!!!!!), Thursday is Craftoberfest, and the 20th is Harvest Festival, which I have to help organize and run. The next week is press week for the November issue and I’m in my cousin’s wedding. I’m trying to stay grateful for all the awesome things, but I’m exhausted already. Wish me luck! I need it! 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.


FF23: Sponsor Love

 

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I’ve been super lucky and excited to welcome some awesome small businesses and rad ladies to my sidebar lately! I always want to support my lovely sponsors in ways that help each of us and feel very honest and natural on my blog, so rather than have a regular “Meet The Sponsors” sort of post, I’d like to do occasional round-ups of some of my favorite things these talented folks have been up to.

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Mo from Fleur De Moi always shares the funnest finds on her Wish List Wednesday posts! I especially love the sparkly, colorful accessories from her most recent one!

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Rosa from Pink Milk & Cookies is an adorable illustrator and blogger! I especially like this recent portrait of Sabrina the Teenage Witch! :) You can browse Rosa’s shop here!

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I’m really fascinated by Heather from JustLove.ly–she lives such a passionate, interesting life doing so many cool things! She recently adopted an adorable French Bulldog/Boston Terrier puppy and I loved reading about her experience bringing him home. I feel like I’ve been seeing multiple bloggers buying pups lately and that always bums me out. It’s great to see someone determined to adopt, even when things didn’t go 100% smoothly the first time!

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Nat from Extra Large As Life has been participating in the Aussie Curves challenge and her latest look is so cute! A t-shirt paired with a high-waisted skirt and belt is one of my favorite looks and this one is extra sparkly and fun! I love the shoes, too.

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I’ve been looking for a nice, sparkly statement necklace for ages. I tried to buy one with a gift card from an online boutique in time to wear to the STLBFA party, but I got an email telling me it was out of stock… several days later. -_- In grumpy response, I just headed over to Hello Cheeseburger, another lovely boutique who I knew would treat me better! Bought this pretty number for 25% off! Perfect.

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Sarah of Bring More Yarn recently blogged about the re-opening of Re/Dress in Cleveland, OH! Re/Dress is a beloved plus size resale shop run by some truly bad ass ladies and I’m so happy they were able to re-open in a brick-and-mortar space. I would’ve loved to go to the opening!

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I’m really excited for fall weather and to start wearing scarves and cowls again! They’re my favorite! This gigantic ombre cowl by Victory Garden Yarn on Scoutmob looks so dramatic and cozy! I love it!

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If you haven’t being hearing about of CourseCraft, I’m sure you will be soon! It’s a wonderful site that makes it super easy to design and create your own online course about anything! You can make your class free or have people pay via CourseCraft to use it. The people involved are really passionate about the concept and I have a lot of faith in their awesome potential! I’m working on my own course right now and I’ll be excited to share more about the site and my class soon! :) xo


10 Home Decor Faves from ModCloth

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It’s no secret that I’m really into ModCloth. I’m a total sucker for their cutesy, kitschy aesthetic and I’ve always gotten the impression that the company is run by a pretty kick-ass group of ladies (and gents, I’m sure). When I started blogging, I knew I wanted to sign up for their affiliate program. Since it’s a company I genuinely enjoy and I knew I’d end up hawking their products on the regs anyway, I might as well see if I could make a bit of dough out of it, right?

I mention this because although this is a for-profit blog, I never want there to be any doubt when I share my thoughts on brands and products. I usually do it out of pure, honest enthusiasm, but sometimes there’s a little something in it for me and I don’t want to ever seem shady about it. I don’t think I’ve specifically mentioned that I use affiliate links for ModCloth before, so I wanted to make sure that’s known! For the record, they’re currently the only affiliate link I do use and I’ve never actually made any money from it (yet). I’m mostly too lazy to pursue those avenues of monetary gain and even if I was, I’m more interested in monetizing this blog with my design and illustration work anyway! :)

Haha, now that that’s out of the way–ModCloth sent out an email last week inviting affiliates to post about their new home decor section. This was right up alley seeing as I’m probably about to be moving to a new house! A new house that’s almost twice the size of my current apartment and justing waiting to be filled with cute trinkets! :) I decided to participate by just sharing a sort of Friday Favorites post–just a little earlier this week!

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1. Yours, Mine, and Noir’s Duvet Cover $89.99
2. Galaxy You Later Night Light $7.99
3. Creature Comfortable Keepsake Box $16.99
4. Lampersand $89.99
5. Lovin Spoonfuls Set $7.99
6. Fowl Play Curtain $37.99
7. Fairest of the Wall Mirror Set $26.99
8. Frame of Preference Shadow Box $34.99
9. Dream Team Sheet Set $99.99
10. Hyde Park Temporary Wallpaper $89.99

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.


FF22: Babes That Inspire (part 1)

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I have a few folders on my desktop that I keep for personal inspiration and reference. One for nail designs I’d like to attempt, one with interior design ideas, one with interesting poses I’d like to draw, and one labeled “Draw Like This!” with artwork that makes me want to try harder. I’m aware that this is kind of what Pinterest is for these days and that makes me an ole’ fogey.

Recently I added a new folder called “babes that inspire”. I always see super beautiful, interesting, and cool ladies reblogged on my tumblr. I don’t always like to reblog them because the credit is wonky or whatever reason, but I like to keep them as inspiration to dress weird, draw cool ladies, and just be confident and great.

Here’s a little collection of some of my favorite babes–only the ones I could find credit for!

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Photo by AAGDollaPhotography // B Jones Style

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Photo by Abby Tebeau

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I don’t love everything about Ms. Katy Perry, but god damn, the bitch can look good.

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Photo from College Fashionista

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Jessica and Majestic are the actual most gorgeous humans and this photo just makes me want to be the truest babe I can possibly be. ☆彡

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Sarah Jordan photographed by Leda & St.Jacques for Elle Magazine





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