Category Archives: outfit of the day

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

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

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

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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

OOTD: Still Into You

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Shirt, Vest, Shorts: Nordstrom Rack | “Hot Mess” Necklace: August Abroad | Crystal Pendant: Fable & Lore | D’Orsay Flats: Dolce Vita

This ensemble right here is officially my 2014 summer uniform, y’all.

On an especially hot day in July, I went into Nordstrom Rack on a mission. I wanted a light, comfortable outfit I could wear to work that didn’t look totally grungy like my at-home uniform of denim cut-offs and ripped, cropped tanks. I’m lucky that my job is super casual and clothes usually aren’t an issue, but I always end up feeling a little bad if I end up meeting clients or going on a quick photo assignment on a day I decided to be super lazy. I wanted a go-to lazy outfit that felt more put-together.

The heavens parted and a holy light shone down upon these shorts. They feel like pajama bottoms, have pockets, and sport a fun, but relatively neutral pattern. They have an elastic waist that lets me wear them high at my natural waist (my usual choice), or lower on my hips if they feel too short for the situation. The loose, peplum top has such a perfect shape! So flowy, but with a seam across the waist so it doesn’t look too big and shapeless. I love that I can wear it solo if I feel a bit daring and want to show off the back (also if it’s so hot I want as few layers on as possible) or I can throw on a vest or light jacket if I’m at work.

It’s been a little over two weeks since my bike accident and you can see that I’m healing up pretty well! There are still pink, post-scabby spots on my knees and hands and all the dings on my feet, but I’ve definitely come a long way! All the scrapes on my face are healed–thank goodness–and my giant yucky bruises are slowly fading away. I can’t help but look down at my legs and feel a bit nostalgic about scraped up knees in the summertime from when I was a kid. Makes me feel like I’m doing summer right. :) 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: Something Special

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Peplum Top: Anthropologie | Jeans: Levi’s | Heels: Target | Necklace: Hello Cheeseburger | Bangles: Kate Spade

When we took a trip to Arizona for Andrew’s step brother’s wedding last month, I took it as a perfect excuse to indulge in a pretty new something to wear to one of the wedding-related events. My dress collection has more than enough options, but who doesn’t love a reason to collect something new?

I hunted wildly for a dress, but just couldn’t find anything I loved that also fit well. Barely anything was catching my eye and what did was either too tight around my hips or awkward around the arms or did that awful boob-smush thing… you know what I mean. I was getting really frustrated and grumpy, but decided to check out the sales rack at Anthropologie–the only way I can afford anything from there–and lo and behold! I found this gorgeous peplum top. The only one, returned, and in my size. An unprecedented turn of events! It wasn’t a dress, but I had to try it and once it was on, I was in love.

Everything about this piece just feels special. The stitching makes the top feel heavy and high-quality and the layers of fabric underneath are stiff and sturdy, holding its dramatic, poofy shape. I feel like a fluffy cupcake and I LOVE IT! It makes me feel very “cute” and that’s my favorite fashion feeling. :) I’ve worn already worn it for multiple special events and it’s perfect.

Sometimes you can be hunting for a specific thing and think you’re being a critical, smart shopper, but when something that you really love and makes you feel great appears, you have to seize the opportunity and change your plans! I’m trying to become a person who makes those shopping decisions more often and fewer “oh this is on sale for really cheap and I like it just fine so I’ll buy it” impulses.

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: Rule Breaker

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Skirt: Vintage | Heels: Target | Vintage Clutch: Parsimonia | Necklace: H&M | Earrings: Creature Type

I broke one of my cardinal rules of thrifting last week.

It had been a while since I hit the racks at some secondhand shops and I’ve been on the hunt for a few specific items, so I snuck in a trip after work. My favorite two places have closed–one was chased out by the neighborhood association and the other was bulldozed for a new Wal-Mart. How heartbreaking is that?! I bitterly headed to a Goodwill that’s never very great and just as I was about to head out in a disappointed funk I spotted a gorgeous vintage dress just sitting there on a round rack.

If you frequent Goodwills, you know that real vintage is a pretty rare find nowadays. This black dress had the perfect fit-and-flare silhouette I just die over, so I broke my ultimate rule of never buying something that doesn’t fit. It’s about two sizes too small, realistically, but! I can fold the top down and wear it as a lovely, full skirt, which is exactly what I’m doing with this outfit. It’s a little sacrilegious to not wear it in its full glory, but I just couldn’t leave it!

Maybe the dress saw some snazzy cocktail parties during its lifetime, but it gets a slightly edgier remix with me now. :) xo

OOTD: Senshi

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Denim Vest: Thrifted | Sailor Moon Patch: Rachelle Abellar | Crop Top ℅ Shirt Kong | Skirt: Rodarte for Target | Bag: Kate Spade | Boots: Rampage | Necklace: H&M | Headband: F21

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I hope all my U.S. babes enjoyed a fun and relaxing long weekend. I definitely needed it! I spent my days walking my dog around Forest Park, eating homemade sushi with Andrew, giving our garden some much needed attention, attending the craftiest prom party ever, and catching up with lovely friends at not one, but TWO brunches. A two brunch weekend is a good weekend in my book.

I’ve been rocking my girly/nerdy denim vest a lot lately. I can’t seem to put together an outfit that feels really complete without an extra layer of some sort, so it’s the perfect finishing touch of maximalism. Minimalism be damned! ;) I love tacking on every Sailor Moon, junk food, or feminism related piece of kitsch I own and switching up the decorations.

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STLFW Designer Showcase Spring 2014

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Dress: Free People | Heels: Seychelles | Bag: Kate Spade

Last night was the grand finale of St. Louis Fashion Week! The Designer Showcase at Union Station featured a really amazing selection of local and national designers and boutiques. I took Hannah as my date and had a fabulous time hanging out with everyone, snacking, sipping cocktails, and admiring the gorgeous clothes! Union Station was a beautiful, spacious setting.

I always use special events as an excuse for some fashion treats. I really wanted to buy a new trapeze dress and fell in love with this dreamy Free People number from where else? Nordstrom Rack! What can I say? They treat me well. I found these adorable Seychelles heels there, too! I didn’t have the energy for fancy nails again, but I did pick up some fresh flowers and made my own floral crown! I’m so happy with how it turned out. I smell a future addiction…

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During the cocktail hour, we got to enjoy some fashion presentations and my favorites were the sassy, bloody cat girls from Bluebird Apparel and those super cute swimsuits from Devil City! I seriously want that yellow bikini and pink, striped peplum suit!

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Skif International is a hometown knitwear brand that really blew me away with the diversity of their designs and runway models. I loved all the textures and thoughtful styling. The collection felt like a wardrobe for a dystopian future midwest.

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 Novis totally charmed me with its color palettes, separates, and hand-embellished details. I was really drawn to the silhouettes, too. My favorite piece of all was the designer, Jordana’s dress! White polka-dot, translucent fit-and-flare over a matching crop top and skirt set? DREAMS!

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While I really enjoyed each designer’s runway presentations, Project Runway alum Viktor Luna stole the show for me. His collection was edgy and theatrical and full of insane details. The models couldn’t walk by slowly enough–I always felt like I had so much more to look at! My favorite was the butt cleavage on the last model. Get it, gurl.

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Harbison closed out the show with a beautiful menswear inspired collection with bold color blocking and surprising details. Oh, how I love that black and red muffler. <3

I had so much fun at STLFW events this week! Thanks so much to ALIVE Magazine and all their fine sponsors and collaborators for inviting me and always treating us local bloggers so well. I really enjoy being able to share it all with you guys. :) Thanks for reading! xo

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OOTD: Spring Into Fashion at the STL Galleria

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Beaded Vest: Vintage | Jeans: Old Navy/DIY | Tank Top: UO | Necklace: H&M | Glitter Heels: Kate Spade

I knew I had to plan an outfit around these flaw-free shoes at some point this week. I don’t often wear pants for special occasions or when I want to feel dressed-up, but I thought a simple look with some ripped up jeans would compliment the super glittery, glam heels. :) Friction naturally gave me some righteous rips in this veteran pair of jeans, so I gleefully took a pair of scissors to them last week and haven’t looked back. I dig ‘em!

Another accessory I knew I wanted to rock is a set of kick-ass nails! I was inspired by a design from the amazing Chelsea Queen and painted these while catching up with my Real Housewives the other night. I feel like a did a better job applying them this time, but I still had issues with nails popping off. Ugh, I just don’t think I’m destined to be a DIY manicure master.

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Last night was the Spring Into Fashion Runway Show at the St. Louis Galleria. It was a fun event for popular stores like Banana Republic, Fossil, Bebe, White House Black Market and Anthropologie to show off some new pieces for the season. I prefer seeing edgy outfits from designers on the runway, but that’s what Friday night is for! Last night we got to sit back and relax and basically window shop from our seats.

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