Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Pinspired: Floral and distressed denim

I la-la-love pairing sweet with funky and that's exactly what I think of when I think of floral and distressed jeans. I'm not really sure how I survived without distressed jeans in my life before. I was never ever drawn to them until the last year or two, and now it's all I want to wear. The look, the feel - they add a touch of edge just like heels automatically add a touch of glam to any look. I was immediately drawn to this pin above, especially since the booties make this a perfect transitional look.

Sunnies: Vince Camuto (option) | Necklace: Stella and Dot (worn without pendant) | Bag: Kate Spade (option) | Top: Express (top) | Bracelets: Express, Topshop, Kate Spade, Forever 21 | Jeans: Delia's (option) | Booties: Vince Camuto (option

Awesome how my top matches the leaves in the background! The last time you saw this top, I pattern mixed it with some dot shorts here. The distressed jeans and booties make it more rugged chic, no? Such an easy outfit to just throw on and go.

I wore this to brunch this weekend to our favorite local restaurant called Cleveland Heath. I love that their website describes the food as "gourmet comfort." That really is the perfect description. Comfort food with a twist. Like Deviled Eggs - but with hot sauce. Biscuits and gravy - but the biscuits are more like cheddar biscuits. And the Beignets are freaking to die for. I'm getting hungry thinking about it! So, if you ever come to visit me, you're guaranteed a trip to Cleveland Heath.


Linking up for: Thrift Sisters with Ayana and KerenWhat I Wore Wednesday, Random Wednesday, I Feel Pretty, Whatcha Wearin WednesdayMelShay, and Sheaffer for Pinspired

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Sunnies: Vince Camuto (option) | Necklace: Banana Republic (option) | Bag: Stella and Dot | Trench: Ann Taylor | Bracelet: Express | Dress: DVF (option, option, budget option) | Shoes: Christian Louboutin (optionbudget option)

I feel like a private investigator in this outfit! Ha! I'm not usually this structured, though, and I think that has a lot to do with it. I scored this trench on sale earlier this month, and have been itching to wear it! Erica wears hers effortlessly and it's hard to follow in her footsteps. I decided to grab this lace dress because I loved the idea of having the lace peeking out from under this trench. The color is very appropriate for fall and one of my favorites, in general, to wear. 

This bag! I'm pretty excited about this bag. I've been wanting a structured black tote. But let's be honest. I *need* another bag like I need a hole in my head. But when my cousin told me I could get this for 60% off during the flash sale - well, ok then. I can't really say no to that, and the husband didn't even argue about it. It's so roomy and I love that the sides unzip for even more storage if needed! Win/win.


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Monday, September 29, 2014

Manic Monday: THANK YOU

You guys!! All that pestering you to vote for me paid off! More Pieces of Me won the People's Choice Award for "Best Use of Social Media" at the St. Louis Fashion Week Blogger Awards Friday night!!! I can't take credit for this because this award is representative of all of your support and voting! And putting up with me! Especially the husband who not only photographs me, but reads this blog every day and was happier for me to win than I was myself! I'm so grateful, and it's silly, but this award validates my hobby, makes me feel more connected to the city of St. Louis, and basically just makes me feel like I've got my big girl pants on.

I've never been surrounded by so many trendy, well dressed people before! Luckily, I was very comfortable with my outfit choice. Definitely took some polling of my inner circle Thursday night, but ultimately, I ended up with this Bailey 44 dress - my go to brand for fun and unique dresses! Accessories were minimal - just chose my Stella and Dot basics. And I opted for a satchel verses more of a evening bag because I didn't want to have to lug around my camera on my neck or shoulder.

This is my "Hmm, I'm surrounded by fashion bloggers and don't have to feel awkward about taking photos" realization face.

Necklace: Stella and Dot | Bag: Kate Spade (option, budget option) | Dress: Bailey 44 (option, option)   | Bracelet: Stella and DotRing: Stella and Dot | Shoes: Pedro Garcia (option, option)

The night itself was pretty amazing! This was my first ever fashion event, so it was all so fascinating to me. The venue just opened to the public a couple of weeks ago - it's an open air pavilion called the Public Media Commons. Such a great space - it was awesome to see a sexier side of St. Louis, in more ways than one! 

The night wasn't just about the blogger awards, it served as the official kickoff party to St. Louis Fashion Week. There were a handful of popup shops - Shirt Kong, August Abroad, The Clover. And you know shopping is better when accompanied by some adult beverages, so I was sipping on some Pinnacle Cranapple Vodka while the husband enjoyed some Peroni Italian Lager. I also probably ate my weight in hummus but it was just so good! (Yes, there were other small bites, but I'm just a big hummus fan!) Before the awards, there was a still-fashion show of Grace Kubilius' collection --- loved this! And then after the awards, we were really able to appreciate the venue's technology with a couple of video presentations.

One of the two video walls at the Public Media Commons

Grace Kubilius Still-model fashion presentation (2 of 2)

Photos from Instagram
Clockwise from top left: 1- Tess Boyer (from The Voice!) stopping me to ask where I got my dress! How freaking cool is that?! | 2- Post award (and meeting Tess) pic | 3- Posing with a couple of the event workers with one of the many St. Louis birthday cakes sprinkled around the City | 4- Grace Kubilius Still-model fashion presentation (1 of 2)

As they kicked off the awards presentation, the folks at Alive Magazine talked about how important bloggers are to #STLFW because we act as the voice for all of the designers, and they recognized how much time and effort goes into blogging. I love that they view blogging through a different lens -- as something that is invaluable verses superficial and a waste of time-- and the awards are meant to celebrate this. When I heard my blog name called, my first two thoughts were - don't drop your drink, and don't trip on the step in front of you. True story. 

I keep getting asked, "What do/did you win?" We ended up getting a printed award along with an August Abroad necklace with a Missouri charm that is hand-stamped with the hashtag #stlfwba. I really wasn't expecting anything other than the confidence boost, so this was an adorable surprise. I honestly had no gauge for how I was doing in terms of votes, and seeing my competition made me feel even more grateful for just being nominated. But I WON, and it was truly hard not to ugly cry. I was *that* happy. Later this week I am going to hit my 500th post! 500! I'd say this award makes the milestone that much more sweeter. 

I truly can't thank you enough.


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