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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.


OOTD: Holiday Uniform

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Blouse, Skirt: Thrifted | Tights: Target | Shoes: Miu Miu | Plugs ℅ BodyJewelleryShop.com | Knit Bow Headband: Cristin Rae Knitwear

Happy Monday, everyone! I’m finally returning to the world of OOTD posts! :) It’s not the most picturesque spot in the house, but I’m just stoked to finally have a place with decent light inside! Having to stand around and pretend to be happy outside in the winter is the worst.

I’ve worn a few variations of this outfit multiple times this holiday season. A family gathering, my work Christmas party, and even Christmas Eve dinner, which marked the second time I was brave enough to wear my beloved Miu Mius out in public. Haha, I hate to be one of those people who hides away their fanciest, most beloved clothes because they’re afraid of hurting them, but I’m understandably pretty nervous about these shiny babies! I’m so clumsy. I’m afraid they’re doomed, but they’re still looking pretty gorgeous so far!

A few months ago, I included my favorite circle scarf in a Friday Favorites post and mentioned that I was also pining for a knit bow from local crafty superstar, Cristin Rae. Every time I see her at a show, I always try to squeeze my giant head into one of those adorable headbands, to no avail. At HoliDIY, Cristin ran over to my booth, measured my massive dome, and ran back over to her booth and knit me one on the spot! It was the sweetest, most exciting, generous gift ever! :’) It’s one of my favorite bows in my whole collection!

In testament to how nice Cristin is, she insisted my head only seemed big because of my big hair. ;)

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Eeep, before I conclude this last holiday post, I wanted to share my fabulous Christmas nails! I begged Jessie for a comprehensive tutorial on how she makes her stunning fake nails and apparently I wasn’t the only one because she recently shared this awesome full how-to! She inspired me to make a holiday set and while I adored them, I ran into the same issues I always have with nails constantly popping off. :( I did them the night before the 23rd and I had to re-attach at least 3 nails per day until I finally got so frustrated on Christmas morning that I just took them all off. :/

Does anyone have any good nail glue recs? Am I not buffing my nails enough beforehand? Am I just too much of a klutz? Boo.

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: Pastel Plaid

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“Pugaga” T-Shirt: Tee Fury | Skirt: Thrifted | Belt: Banana Republic | Knit Bow: Stick To Your Knittin’ Kitten | Shoes: Unknown

Yesterday was a blustery, stormy fall day–as I’m sure you heard if you’re from the US, especially the midwest. Thankfully the storm hit us early in the morning and left us with a gorgeous 75 degree, windy, sunny day. Leaves were flying everywhere and you could see the clouds floating across the sky… it was perfect! I’m so happy that we live within walking distance of a grocery store now. It made for a lovely stroll to get breakfast sandwich supplies. :)

It was also an awesome excuse to dress a bit seasonally inappropriately. I wore pastels like it was springtime and look, Ma! No tights! Or cardigan! Haha, probably the last time I can say that until March. No matter how many Easter egg colors are involved, plaid always reminds me more of autumn, though.


OOTD: On The Street Where I Live

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Blazer, Dooney & Burke Bag: Vintage | Belt: Thrifted | Skirt, Tights: Target | Gingham Shirt: Old Navy | Booties: Jeffrey Campbell | Bow Ring Uncommon Goods

These are the first photos taken in my new neighborhood! :) I’ll miss the grungy, urban setting around the loft, but our little neighborhood has been looking so gorgeous with tons of fall foliage–a trade of scenery I was ready to make!

I usually love the look of a good blazer on other ladies, but for whatever reason, they never feel quite right on me. I’ve collected a few over the years, but this cute beige blazer recently came to me from the very depths of my mom’s closet. It feels so luxurious and thick–perfect for the increasingly cold temperatures around here. It’s inspired me to try again to make the look my own. It doesn’t hurt that this one fits like a glove! I feel like I need a big, fluffy, light pink flower pinned on it rather than my trusty teddy bear brooch.

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: Blush

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Dress, Tights: Target | Shirt, Shoes: Old Navy | Belt: Thrifted | Donut Brooch: Creature Type

Fall is finally making its grand appearance around here! I actually felt a little chilly in this outfit! I’m really happy to be back in tights and layering my dresses again. I get wardrobe fatigue as badly as the next lady by the end of winter, but I feel like it’s worse in the fall. By April or May I feel so ready for denim cut-offs and slouchy tank tops, but I just feel more like me in my winter wardrobe. Scarves, layers, tights–all those textures, patterns, and colors just add up to outfits that I feel happier in. Not to mention half my skirts and dresses feel too inappropriately short without tights! Haha.

Y’know what would make this outfit better?

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These babies. Jeffrey Campbell Everly Booties. This style really seems to be the “it” boot this year, doesn’t it? Or maybe they were more last year? I can’t remember exactly how long they’ve been trendy, but I love them and want them! I just need a good, reliable pair of black boots.

I have a big Nordstrom gift card just waiting for me to use, but I’m having a really hard time deciding what to use it on. I want to use the opportunity to get something awesome that I really want, but wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford. I had been planning on a Kate Spade bag but I’m having a difficult time picking the perfect one. Maybe I should get these instead? IT’S TOO MUCH PRESSURE!

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.


STLFW: Industry Night

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Last night was Industry Night at St. Louis Fashion Week! The only big event I could really make it out to, but I was cool with that because I still got to meet some of my long-time favorite blogging ladies–like Elizabeth and Julie!–and see some awesome designers I love, like Samantha Pleet and Eva Franco! I also got to meet Tieka and Erin and they were all just the sweetest. <3

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I also got to finally chill with lots of local bloggin’ babes, like Cassie! I adore her!

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The night started with a cocktail hour and presentation from some local designers. Blue Bird Apparel, Paulie Gibson, and Suzanne Lay. Blue Bird is always awesome and edgy and the models stayed in character, making alien-like gestures every few minutes. I loved the color palette in Suzanne Lay’s collection–that pink, translucent baby doll dress was gorgeous!

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I was really excited to get to say hi to Keiko Lynn–our adorable host for the evening. :) She’s just as perfect looking in real life! Haha, I loved her flouncy dress and bow tie.

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After the presentations and cocktails, we headed upstairs for the runway shows! These shows showcased emerging national designers, as well as St. Louis locals.

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WAI MING
I loved all the subtle textures and shapes in Wai Ming’s collection!

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LAURA KATHLEEN
Project Runway alumn and St. Louis local Laura Kathleen is a total sweetheart and had a lovely collection! I loved the detailing on the sweetheart tops of her dresses and plays on geometric shapes.

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JENNIFER CHUN
Jennifer Chun’s collection had a lot of fun varsity references–stripes, letterman jackets, sweatshirts, etc. I loved those pieces mixed with girly flared skirts!

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SAMANTHA PLEET
Samantha Pleet was the designer I was most excited to meet and see on the runway. Her work is so dreamy, feminine and simple. She’s a total doll, too, by the way! I was really glad to get a chance to chat with her for a bit. :) That two piece with the beautiful print in the last photo stole the show for me, but honestly, the beautiful shoes from Wolverine came close!

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EVA FRANCO
I was so totally charmed by Eva Franco’s collection! I’d seen and enjoyed her work before, but I was still pleasantly surprised with how much I loved her clothes. The models adopted spunky attitudes in her clothing, wearing cute wigs and waving to eachother as they walked past. It was a great finale and had me smiling nonstop! How amazing is that glasses print dress?!

I have to thank Alive Magazine for working so hard to make St. Louis Fashion Week an awesome event. The people in this town that really care and feel passionately about making us a successful cultural center really work their asses off to make it happen. I felt very happy and thankful to be invited to events and to get to meet amazing national bloggers and designers that I’ve admired for years. Thank you, everyone! See you next year! xo





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