Category Archives: outfit of the day

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
STLFW Tote: ShirtKong

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.

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

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: 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 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.