My Weekend at Anime St. Louis

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I’ve been selling my work at craft shows for over 3 years now(!!!), but last weekend I sold at my first anime convention!

It was the artist alley at Anime Central in 2012 that really got me motivated and thinking about selling my work at shows in the first place. I even chose the name “Creature Type” because I thought it was a cute, quirky name that carried a subtle nerd reference and could easily cross over to selling nerd/fan goods. I love well-designed things that reference a tv show or video game. It’s like an inside-joke between you and other fans, plus it just looks better. :)

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I was a huge anime nerd basically from ages 12-17. My interest in the shows themselves has kind of waned over the years–and my social skills have definitely improved haha–but I still love the wild aesthetics and strong feminine imagery. My friends and I go to Acen every year and let loose like it’s Mardi Gras, but one of my favorite parts is visiting the artist alley. I love buying accessories from artists and handmade vendors that are totally unique! I love that girls there just totally indulge their obsession with all things cute.

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I knew my accessories probably do well because of the cute girly vibes, but I wasn’t sure how people would respond to the fact that my art style isn’t overtly anime or that I don’t sell much fan art. I didn’t want to churn out tons of fan art prints just for one con and then be stuck with them, unable to sell them at future craft shows. Plus cons are way harder to get into than craft shows! You need to watch out for applications sometimes 6 months in advance and know the right person to email. Spots fill up super fast and sometimes they’re first-come-first-serve.

I finally got into Anime STL, which was perfect. A local show was so easy! I had a fantastic time. The crowd was busy all weekend, but never overwhelming so. I met so many adorable people! Nothing warms my heart more than a teen girl’s excited face when they see my table. Everyone was seriously so so nice. I honestly expected more cringe-worthy experiences. Creepy dudes lingering around, tragic nerds telling me about their fan fiction for an hour… hey, I’m a nerd myself and grew up around them–I know my people. But I only met really sweet folks. I had crushes on all the nerd girls and we all cooed over how cute everyone was. :)

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My friends came by on Saturday night, so we got a hotel room and enjoyed the con after hours. It was so fun to have a little Acen pre-party and play games, karaoke, and visit the rave. Seriously, you guys. The Lion King dub step remix gave me life. Anime raves are hilarious and basically my favorite thing.

I ended up having an amazing weekend in terms of sales! Second only to last year’s Strange Folk Festival! It was super encouraging and I’m really looking forward to expanding my biz and doing more cons. I wasn’t even super well prepared or overly-stocked. All of my favorite, quirky things that don’t go over well at craft shows sold out at Anime STL! That was so fun to see. Anime kids get me and my taste. I feel a lot of potential and it’s exciting!

I’m a bit late to get on board for other cons this year–most take place over the summer–but I’m definitely going to try and do more around the midwest in 2016! Do any of you guys go to cons? What are your favorites? xo

You’re Invited: Macy’s Spring Fashion Event

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Hi guys! I’m excited to invite you all to a FREE spring fashion event on Saturday, May 2 at Macy’s  West County! Join us at 2pm for a runway show celebrating spring fashion and vacation style. There will be mini makeovers, music, and personalized Macy’s garment bags if you spend $75 or more (while supplies last).

Not a St. Louis local? Macy’s is hosting these fun spring events all over the U.S.! Here’s a few upcoming ones in other cities:

  • Macy’s Ross Park (Pittsburgh, PA) – April 25, 2pm
  • Macy’s Southdale (Edina, MN) – May 2, 2pm
  • Macy’s Twelve Oaks (Novi, MI) – May 2, 2pm

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At each event, Macy’s will be hosting a style expert. Courtney Kerr is the host for the St. Louis event! You might recognize Courtney from her blog, What Courtney Wore–or if you’re like me and obsessed with every reality show on Bravo–you’ll know her from Most Eligible Dallas and Courtney Loves Dallas.

An excuse to shop for new spring clothes and meet a Bravo-lebrity (um, did you know I recently “met” Lisa Vanderpump?! Hilarious!) sounds like an awesome event to me! See you there!

What: Macy’s Destination Spring Fashion Show
When: Saturday, May 2 at 2pm
Where: Macy’s at West County Center

Food Photography [pt. 2]

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from the same bartender, Jeffrey Moll at The Good Pie)

In February I shared some photos I’ve taken for my day job at a local culinary magazine. Here’s a second round-up of some of my favorites. This list serves as a great resource of awesome places to eat and drink if you’re visiting St. Louis! Or if you’re a local! :)

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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.

FF42: Samantha Pleet & UO

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I’m always excited to see what Samantha Pleet is up to each season. I’ve been an admirer of her dreamy, minimal, feminine designs for years. She makes dresses and separates that feel just cute and quirky enough to give me heart eyes, but always channel this too-cool woodland boho fairy vibe that makes me question if I’m cool enough to pull them off.

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Pieces from Samantha’s latest collaboration with Urban Outfitters have been popping up on some of my favorite style blogs and I’m loving how quintessentially Samantha Pleet they feel! The signature twists around the waists, scallops, and matching sets are adorable and immediately recognizable. I’ll definitely be camping out near the racks at my local store to try and snag a piece!

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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.

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.

Drawn: Arcade

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I’ve been working on this on-and-off for about a month. Digging in when I really felt like working on a more complicated piece. This year I’d like to try and focus on some illustrations that feel “bigger” and like they tell a story.

I love the bright colors and crazy shadows bouncing around in a good arcade scene. I let loose a bit, experimenting with brushes and colors. It’s another resolution of mine to keep pushing past my instinct to use lazy, literal colors.

I’ve been blowing off the dust on the tumblr I use for my illustration work this week, too. You can follow along here!

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I used some of these fashion editorials as reference and inspiration. Aren’t they fantastic? I just want to capture more of these moody, neon feelings. So rad.

GIVEAWAY: JORD Wood Watches [CLOSED]

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I’m so excited to share this awesome giveaway with you guys today! Yesterday I shared photos of my beautiful JORD watch and now you have the chance to win a $129 gift certificate + free shipping for your own watch!

I love that it’s a gift certificate because you can either choose one of the 2 styles in 4 color combinations that cost $129 or under OR you can put that towards a fancier style! I love this Sidney watch in Maple and rose gold!

You have one week to enter. The winner will be notified Monday morning, March 30.

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Disclaimer: I was given free product in exchange for this giveaway. The winner will receive their $129 gift certificate and free shipping from JORD directly. 

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. 

Green With Indie 2015

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Green With Indie is one of my favorite local craft shows! It has an eco-friendly focus and always features a great group of vendors, plus it’s located in Webster Groves which attracts a wonderful crowd of shoppers. Webster residents love any arts and culture event and they really show up, which is awesome! :) The weather was lovely and I had my most successful GWI yet!

Over the winter, I was kind of hoping to hide away in a creative cocoon and emerge at GWI (my first show of the year) as a fabulous crafty butterfly with tons of new items and a beautiful new display. While I wish I would’ve gotten more sewing and jewelry making done, I did debut my paintings and several new prints–including that fancy gold foil one! So shiny! Haha. I also got my pegboard display figured out and looove the way it turned out! I’m definitely feeling more inspired by the way my booth looks.

This year I’d love to narrow my focus a bit and concentrate on products that represent my best. I know I spread myself a bit thin now by doing too many different things at once, but hey, this is my creative outlet where I encourage myself to try new things and see what sticks.

Unfortunately, that means I spend money on lots of different supplies for different things. I don’t just buy illustration supplies, but jewelry making tools, and sewing supplies. I don’t sell tons of any one thing, so my profits don’t do much more than break even because I can’t buy huge quantities of supplies. I’d love to get more serious about the business side of things in 2015. I finally caved and bought a bookkeeping service and it’s already motivating me to focus on the decisions I’m making in more practical way.

I’m going to try and take photos this week to do a big remodel of my Etsy shop, so look for new prints and jewelry soon! I’d also like to set up a new, independent e-commerce site this Spring. I’m definitely on the “Etsy is a giant bummer now” train and I’d like to start distancing myself from them.