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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.

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.


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

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: 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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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: STLFW Blogger Lounge Night

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Happy Friday, everyone! Honestly this week flew by super fast for whatever reason, but I’m still ready for Margarita Saturday tomorrow. Aw yeah. \o/

We’re gearing up for Spring 2014 St. Louis Fashion Week around these parts and I’m excited to get to check out all the shows this time! Last fall, Fashion Week aligned with buying a new house, my cousin’s wedding, and Strange Folk Festival (aahhhhh!), so needless to say, I only had time for one event. It was a doozy, though! If you’re local and interested in joining me in the fun, you can use the code “CT20″ to get 20% off your tickets!

For all non-locals, I’ll try to keep my coverage as short, sweet, and relevant to your interests as possible. :)

To kick-off the festivities, last night was a VIP Bloggers Lounge event at Scape. It was really fun to catch up with all my lovely local ladies, sip some Moscato, and chat with exciting local brands and shops. Plus, who doesn’t love an excuse to get all dolled up on a weeknight?

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Karen Walker Shirt: Thrifted | Skirt, Necklace: H&M | Shoes: Target | Ice Cream Brooch: Sweet and Lovely

Haha, I usually draw the line at outfit photos that are obviously taken in a backyard–especially for a fancy outfit that doesn’t match the surroundings at all–but I was in a hurry between work and the event and wanted to make sure I got decent photos! I have an awful habit where I get super fly to go out, but I’m so excited to go out and have fun, I forget to get photos of the outfit when I actually look my best! I guess that’s not really much of a problem since I prioritize living my life, but you know. ;)

The weather was insanely gorgeous yesterday and I decided to ditch my tights! Here’s a fun fact: that bruise on my knee is from last weekend when I got so excited to dance to Beyonce’s “Grown Woman”, I slipped on a spilled drink on the dance floor and fell. Always a class act, that Michelle Volansky. No regrets!

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The team at Shirt Kong were so nice and talented! JoAnn–the woman with the perfect pastel pink hair in the photo above–painted that beautiful sign herself! I love small businesses that are passionate about helping out other little guys.

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These metallic oxfords stole the show at the Bronx-Diba table. Also the clasp on that bag totally looks like a cat head! Definitely a bonus.

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Just Liv bows at the Blue Bird Apparel table. Two of my faves!

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Glik’s surprised all of us with a really beautiful, on-trend collection of clothes and accessories!

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BelleStyle makes beautiful jewelry right here in STL. Their table looked gorgeous!

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How incredible is this swimsuit?! I kept wandering back over to the Triflare booth to admire it up close. They make the most colorful, fun athletic wear for women that I’ve ever seen!

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Always a good time with DJ TrashTalk spinning tunes!

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Jessie and I were hot pink/polka dot twins! Haha. :)

Thank you to ALIVE Magazine, Scape, and all the great local businesses involved in making an awesome evening! I had tons of fun and feel so happy to be getting to know so many other STL bloggers. We’re a small but mighty group of beautiful, diverse, spunky gals and I’m proud to be counted among them. :)


OOTD: I Heart You

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Bow Hair Clip: Ruby Francis | Denim shirt, Skirt, Mouse Belt: Thrifted | Juju Babe Sandals: ASOS | Purse: Kate Spade New York | Tights: Target

A sleeveless outfit! Can it be true?! I seized the opportunity and enjoyed every second of yesterday’s sunny 70 degree afternoon.

This ensemble is mostly one big souvenir of my recent Florida trip. I found the denim shirt at a resale shop Kelsea and I were browsing together and she gave me the skirt from her to-mend pile because she knew she’d never actually get around to it. I loved sharing bits of our closets when we lived together in college. Our styles aren’t completely similar, but the overlap in our spheres of taste do intersect quite a bit.

So many of my thrifted pieces remind me of Kelsea because we did so much second-hand hunting together. I definitely miss having a good friend at hand who was always down to go dig for treasure at any shady flea market we could find. Sigh!

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: March 1st

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Dress: H&M | Belt: Banana Republic | Necklace: August Abroad | Brooch: Sweet and Lovely | Tights: Target | Boots: Rampage via Nordstrom Rack

 How amazing does it feel to say that it’s finally March 1st?! Unfortunately, we’re supposed to get another fucking snow storm tonight/tomorrow so it’s not as thrilling as it should be, but whatever. The hope of spring is alive.

Everyone and their mother seems to have this cat print dress from H&M, but I can’t blame them. It’s one of the most comfortable and well-fitting dresses in my collection! It’s actually on sale right now for $15 and I’m tempted to buy another one just because! Haha. The link in my outfit details isn’t even an affiliate link–go click and get one for yourself if you’ve been thinking about it!

The fact that these boots haven’t been photographed yet is just a testament to how lazy I’ve been with outfit photos this winter. I snagged these babies from Nordstrom Rack in November and they’ve been my go-to shoe ever since. They’re just close enough to the look I was hoping for in my fall wishlists. The zipper and buckle details feel luxe for the sale price and they have the perfect amount of heel.

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One of my favorite shows of the year, Green With Indie, is exactly one week away! Yikes! I feel like I still have so much to do to prepare, but I’m excited for all the new goodies at my booth. I feel like I’ve made some amazing progress from my set-up there last year. GWI 2013 was my second show ever and I had such a great time. If you’re local, make sure to stop by and say hi! :)

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: Snow & Sparkle

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Headband: F21 | Cardigan: H&M | Necklace: Hello Cheeseburger | Bracelets: Kate Spade | Beaded Top, Belt: Vintage | Tulle Skirt: Kellie Falconer Design | Tights: Target | Heels: BCBG | Vintage Clutch: Parsimonia

If this winter managed to get away from me before I got a chance to take outfit photos in the snow, I was going to be very disappointed in myself! It’s not like it would’ve been hard. It seems like we’ve had snow on the ground more often than not this year. It’s very pretty and all, but I am so sick of this winter bullshit. Spring weather now, please and thank you!

This outfit you guys. Perhaps my favorite ever! This is what I wore to the belated Show Me Etsy holiday party and I felt like a pretty, frosted cupcake all night. The gorgeous tutu is one of my favorite things in my wardrobe and (appropriately) I bought it on Etsy! A few months ago, Kate posted an adorable OOTD wearing this fabulously fluffy skirt from Kellie Falconer Design and shared a discount code for the shop. That’s all I needed to hear. I bought one immediately and I really can’t rave about it enough. I’ve worn it multiple times and it’s always a show-stopper. It’s well-constructed, super full and maintains its shape, and I feel so proud to tell people that it’s handmade and not from the mall!

They’ve sneaked past in a few instagrams and in my HHH recap post, but this is the first OOTD featuring my new glasses! I’ve been wanting this pair for years, but I’m always very hesitant to buy glasses without trying them on first. I have a huge head and tend to not look so good in certain frame shapes–they need to be the perfect width for my face. Thankfully I finally took a chance and I LOVE THEM! They’re my perfect dream cat-eyes. :’) I got them using Coastal’s “first pair free” promotion! Haha, my prescription is so strong that they weren’t quite free, but the discount was definitely awesome!

I have a little bloggy business I wanted to talk about with you guys. This week, I signed up for ShopSense, an affiliate linking program. You can read all about it here. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been using Share-a-sale affiliate links for ModCloth for over a year and have enjoyed the experience. I haven’t made much money from it, but as my desire to quit my day job and work for myself full-time increases each day, I’ve been thinking of ways to diversity my income. I love blogging and always try to share where I get my clothes anyway, because as a blog reader, I enjoy checking out what a blogger is wearing and sometimes buying items for myself. I don’t have any moral obligations with bloggers getting a little reimbursement for promoting items they love, especially if they already own them. What’s annoying is when you can tell someone is only wearing or sharing something because she/he’s being paid to or when someone’s blog is nothing but affiliate links–sometimes multiple links for each item!

Anyway, long story short–Nothing is really changing, you’ll just notice more specific links on my OOTD posts and I’m putting a disclaimer at the bottom of each post that includes any affiliate linking. If you don’t feel comfortable with your clicking resulting in possible commissions, avoid the links in those posts! I understand that each reader has their own opinions on this sort of thing and I always want to be as transparent and honest in my blogging as I can. It’s not like I can afford to shill designer duds anyway! Most of what I wear is vintage, thrifted, or from sales racks. :)

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: Tried and True

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Shirt, Tights: Target | Skirt: American Apparel | Belt: Thrifted | Mocassins: Minnetonka | Purse: Kate Spade New York | Necklace: Fable & Lore

If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I love soda. Diet Coke is my poison of choice, but any and all forms and flavors make me a happy lady. My intake isn’t crazy or anything, but my day isn’t complete without one. Slurpees are one of my favorite treats. My go-to combo is blue raspberry mixed with Coke. 8)

Besides the frozen treat, this outfit is full of Michelle staples. Horizontal stripes, bright color, tights, flats, my favorite belt, Kate Spade, and a touch of handmade! My adorable pom-pom statement necklace is made by Fable & Lore, a beautiful, on-trend local jewelry line made by Chelsie, one of the cutest, most charming ladies you’ll ever meet!

The bag was a gift from my boyfriend for Christmas! Amazing, right?! I was so surprised and felt super spoiled when I unwrapped it. It’s the perfect, classy little cross-body bag and even has a bow. <3

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.






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