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OOTD: New Glasses with Firmoo

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Glasses ℅ Firmoo | Dress: Dusen Dusen | Necklace: Fable & Lore | Watch ℅ JORD
Sandals: ASOS

Imagine my delight when I received a message a few months back from online glasses retailer Firmoo about getting a pair of glasses to review–it was delightful indeed! I love glasses and hope to collect many more eccentric pairs in my lifetime, expensive prescription be damned. 

I picked out this cute pair with a practical shape and fun pop of color and placed my order. Firmoo has a good selection of frames and sunglasses, but let’s be real, the main draw is the low price point. When you do an advanced search on Firmoo’s website, the largest price point to even select is $50-70, which is cheaper than most other glasses retailers. This is a fantastic option if you’re in a pinch for an inexpensive new pair or just want to add to your growing collection, guilt-free.

Unfortunately the package I received was not what I ordered. I was nervous to see that the bag my order arrived in was pretty banged up–the fault of the post service, not Firmoo. Thankfully all orders come with a hard glasses case and microfiber cloth, so my glasses were safe, they were just not the pair I ordered. I worried that maybe I accidentally chose the wrong pair when checking out, but the prescription wasn’t correct either. Firmoo customer service handled this problem with a little confusion initially, but were very eager to fix the problem as quickly and painlessly as possible. They sent me my new pair ASAP and these babies arrived in perfect condition!

Knowing that Firmoo specializes in the best deals possible, it’s hard to fault them for a mix-up like this when they ended up fixing everything nicely in the end. I’ve been wearing these glasses in rotation for a couple months at this point and they’re holding up beautifully! It’s fun to switch up my eyewear every now and then and I would definitely order from Firmoo again. :)

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New customers get 15% off their first pair of glasses, so check out the selection! Don’t forget that you can get sunglasses, too! That’s next on my list. 8)

Disclaimer: I was given free product in exchange for this post, but the opinions shared are entirely my own and based on my personal experience.
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. 

OOTD: Boring is Best

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052515_07Shirt: Stay Home Club | Tuxedo Pants: Old Navy | Watch ℅ JORD | Earrings ℅ Paperdolls Boutique
Crossbody Bag: Michael KorsSandals: Target

I enjoy trends. I think they’re a fun, shared experience and I always think it’s silly when people fret too much about buying trendy things. The slip-on/Birkenstock/sport sandal trend frustrated me at first because I’ve never been fond of the style and I felt like it was the ultimate symbol of “normcore” which, as a concept, bums me out. Andrew has an old pair of Adidas slip-on sandals that I’ve given him shit for for years.

But trends are a funny thing. Slowly but surely, the look started to grow on me and honestly, I’d just gotten jealous that when Andrew needs to take the trash out or run some other quick outside errand, he just slips on his sandals. I always have to hunt for a pair of flats and feel silly. I started the hunt for a pair of slip-ons that didn’t make me die a little inside about a month ago. These shiny babes from Target seem to do the trick! I only feel a little shame. ;)

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.

OOTD: Flowers & Fringe

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Dress ℅ ASOS | Raw Crystal Necklace: Fable & Lore | Bag: Michael Kors | Flats: New Look

ASOS is my go-to for online shopping, so when I got an email offering me a dress of my choice I was ready with the reply “YES. THIS ONE PLEASE.” I love the fun fringy arms and the buttons all down the front. Plus, yes obviously I have a LWD problem.

This weekend marked a turning point for me–the good ol’ car that I’ve been driving since college has finally been replaced. Andrew is really into cars (not to mention he sells them for a living) and insists that my poor old Focus was a deathtrap. I knew it was a clunker at this point, but he was certain it was about to break down at any moment. My parents got a new car so I’m buying their 2012 Escape. I feel very fancy driving a car with volume nobs that actually, y’know, adjust the volume. Living the dream over here, you guys!

My craft show life will be so much easier now. My new car is a small SUV and all my shit will fit so easily in the back! I’m totally prepared for our new IKEA to open with a car that can actually transport all my furniture purchases and I won’t have to borrow anyone’s car for Craigslist finds! Haha, this car will really enable me to make some questionable hoarder-like decisions.

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.

Springtime in The Grove

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On Saturday I met my friend Madi at RISE Coffeehouse for lunch and wandering around the The Grove to be self-indulgent and take photos. :) Haha, we both enjoy cute coffee places, neighborhoods with murals, and always trying to get the best instagram photo so we’re pretty much the perfect match. It’s a special relationship when the other person not only doesn’t judge when you ask them to take a photo of you in front of a pretty colored wall, but gets excited and asks to get a shot of your shoes next to the bag that matches.

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The Grove is a fun little business and entertainment district along Manchester between Kingshighway and Vandeventer in St. Louis City. There’s lots of great independently owned businesses, retail shops, bars, and restaurants–Sweetie Pie’s is located there if you’ve ever seen their show on Oprah’s OWN network! It’s a vibrant LGBT neighborhood and is also home to the best gay bars and drag shows in town.

In spite of all its progress, The Grove is unfortunately still home to a lot of vacant storefronts. St. Louis City has lots of areas like this, but there are enough passionate people around who are dedicated to making progress. I’m super optimistic about its future! Urban Chestnut just opened a stunning, gigantic brewery and beer hall there and the shiny new IKEA store is opening just around the corner.

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Dress: ASOS | Tennis Shoes: Keds | Watch ℅ JORD | Backpack: F21 | Buttons: Button Booty

In true Michelle fashion, I spilled coffee all over myself while raising my camera to take a picture. I ran to the closest bathroom and I guess dunking myself into the sink worked because you can’t even tell. Great job!

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All irritating self-deprecation aside, it was so nice to get outside and soak up some valuable spring sunshine. It was still a little chilly, but that’s what coffee’s for, right?

I love how quintessentially spring this casual little ASOS dress is. It’s like a big, comfy baseball tee and I love the freckled texture of the cream-colored fabric. Here’s hoping I can ditch those tights ASAP! xo

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.

OOTD: Dressing for Spring with JORD

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Wood Watch ℅ JORD | Moonbeam Necklace: Miriam Designs | Geometric Wood Necklace: Fable and Lore | Linen Tunic: Eileen Fisher | Boots: ShoeMint | Crossbody Bag: Michael Kors

How beautiful is this wood watch from JORD? They’re another fabulous local(!!!) company that reached out about collaborating and I enthusiastically agreed. I’ve been impressed with JORD from the beginning. Their watches are all STUNNING, especially in person and the customer service has been flawless throughout the whole process. They even have a live chat rep available to answer any questions. I needed to add another link to my watch–which was included–and being able to ask a real person exactly what to do was so convenient.

I love the androgynous styling of all their watches–Andrew and I have been fighting over this one! Haha, I think I may buy him one for his birthday this year. I chose the Ely watch in maple. It’s really lightweight and easy to wear! It’s a beautiful, neutral texture that seems to go with any outfit. l really love it.

PLUS I’m really excited to host a JORD Wood Watch giveaway this week! The giveaway post will go live tomorrow morning so check back! :)


Disclaimer: I was given free product in exchange for this post, but the opinions shared are entirely my own and based on my personal experience.
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. 

OOTD: Are We Out of the Woods Yet?

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020715_03Hat: H&M | Kimono: Victrola Designs | Denim Cut-Off Shorts, Pleated Top, Necklace: Thrifted
Ring: Beqi | Boots: ShoeMint

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.

OOTD: Vogue

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Chambray button-up: Thrifted | Leopard print sweater dress: Old Navy | Moon Ring ℅ Lizabettas via 9th & Elm | Necklace: Hello CheeseburgerFlats ℅ Vogue Footwear

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. 

OOTD: Pink Coat

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Coat: Kimchi Blue | Sweater, Jeans: Old Navy | Polka-dot Blouse: Thrifted | Heels: BCBG
Crossbody Bag: Michael Kors

I wish I could say I was a coat person, but I’m really not. I appreciate a beautiful coat as much as the next girl, but I admit they’re always an afterthought for me. I throw on my peeling, cheap pleather jacket or tired old pea coat (with all the buttons missing, of course) depending on the temperature and call it a day. I’ve been trying to let myself indulge in a new coat for years honestly, but they’re often such a pricy commitment I can just never decide what to get.

I saw this fluffy, warm, pink bath robe parading as a winter coat on a sales rack a few weeks ago and my eyeballs turned into heart shapes. I’ve always dreamed of a pink coat! This beauty makes me feel fabulous and I mourn for its inevitable stained, dingy fabric. I’ll treasure the pretty pale pink while I can. Haha. ;)

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.

OOTD: 9th & Elm

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Peacoat: Target | Dress: Thrifted | Boots: ShoeMint | Earrings: Beqi Clothing
Flower Hair Clip ℅ Republic of Pigtails via 9th & Elm | Silver Moon Ring ℅ Lizabettas via 9th & Elm
Necklace: August AbroadCamera Bag: Poler

I was recently contacted by the good folks at 9th & Elm to see if I’d like to try out their site and share my experiences with you guys in exchange for some free product. They describe themselves as a “flash sale site with the best handmade and independent designers” so I was definitely interested in checking them out. You know the words “handmade” and “independent” are my kryptonite! 

Before agreeing  to work with 9th & Elm, I did a bit of googling to make sure the artists who work with them are happy on their end. I’d hate to review a site, give them business and positive reviews, and then hear that they give their artists a raw deal. I found nothing but positive reviews about their commission rates and how it all works.

When you order from 9th & Elm, the artist ships your package themselves, so it felt just as personal and exciting as when you order from Etsy. Each is packaged and shipped in its own unique way. The super cute flower hair clip and full moon ring from this OOTD have been in constant rotation in my wardrobe since I got them! I also got these leather bangles from Distinctively Chic and this beautiful bow bracelet from Laalee. I love that each artist has their own page on 9th & Elm so you can learn a bit about them and never forget that you’re ordering something handmade and/or indepent.

I’ve had a great experience working with the people at 9th & Elm–they’re even a local-ish business from Columbia, Missouri! Go figure! And while I’m happy with what I got and loved the experience, I must mention that I am a bit concerned about the integrity of some of the items on the site. I wish they were choosier with the artists they work with. Searching through the items, I was reminded of my experience on Etsy lately where I have to wonder “Is this really independently produced/handmade or is it cheap goods from China being slightly modified and resold?” I must also note, though, that I’m already seeing much less of this as I write this blog post than when I was picking out my items a month or two ago. Hopefully as they grow, 9th & Elm will be able to be more savvy and picky about who they choose to work with.

I think a new market is definitely opening up since Etsy seems to be opening the doors for more questionably produced items masquerading as “handmade”. I would love to see 9th & Elm step up to fulfill that role in addition to curating a selection of goods matching their aesthetic, which I think they’re already good at. xo

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.
*I was given free product in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own and based on my personal experience.

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

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.