Friday, October 24, 2014

Random Roundup

What a week! Thanks to everyone who has stuck with me. All my fashion week posts, and then my sporadic posting this week while I was sick.  Hopefully I can somewhat make it up to you with this installment of Random Roundup. These are all the random outfit selfies that didn't formally make the blog, but usually make it on Instagram for those of you that prefer a real time update. As always, I'm only linking to those pieces that are still available, and hopefully haven't sold out by the time this post goes live! Let's get get on it!

Necklace: Stella and DotBag: Kate Spade | Dress: JCrew Factory | Shoes: Valentino

Oh how I love this dress. You've seen this twice on the blog already. The first time was winterized here, and the second time was worn as a top here. I wanted to simply wear it with bare legs and pumps, so here you go. The weather was cool but still "warm" enough to go bare legged. This dress is such a happy piece. The saturated colors make me fall in love with it over and over.

Top: Express | Skirt: American Eagle | Shoes: Steve Madden

Really not much to say about this outfit. The husband and I were running out for weekend errands. My hair went up, I reached for my foolproof top, easy skirt, and loyal leopard sneaks. Honestly, I may as well be wearing pajamas because this outfit is that easy and required little thought or effort.

Top: JCrew FactoryBottoms: ExpressShoes: DV Dolce Vita

Oh look, yet *another* time I am wearing wine color skinnies like I talked about last week. The day I wore this was the day of the blogger awards. I needed a more casual outfit with flat shoes I could wear for work so I could preserve my feet for my heels that night. I just needed a neutral canvas for my face and hair that I could easily supplement and get all gussied up for the evening. I loved how the metallic cap toes of my shoes brought out the shine in my necklace.

Scarf: Express | Bracelet: Express | Top: JCrew Factory | Bottoms: American EagleShoes: Express

And so begins scarf season. I can't help it guys, I'm addicted. And when they drape beautifully like this, it just makes me happy. Anything + a drapey scarf equals an outfit. And because two pairs of destroyed jeans are not enough, I recently bought these from American Eagle. This is my most happiest outfit formula.

Tee: Cardinals store | Jeans: Express Rerock | Shoes: Isabel Marant

October is so stressful for me. Baseball in general is so stressful for me. And yes, I am sad that the Cardinals didn't make the World Series, but I really can't complain about the season they had! I figured I'd post one last Cardinals outfit to officially close out this season. Crazy because it feels like just yesterday I was blogging about the shopping I did in Florida while I was there for Spring Training!!

Necklace: Banana Republic | Top: ExpressSkirt: The Limited | Shoes: Sam Edelman

Last but not least is this "work" outfit. I've said many times before that I can wear anything I want to work - hence the outfits above. But when I know I have to meet with people outside of the office - I do try to wear more of the traditional work pieces - slacks, button ups, and in this case a good old pencil skirt. How adorable is the peplum on this thing? A subtle detail that makes it a little more special, and you know I still need to keep it interesting with my heels.

I feel like it's been awhile since I've done this yet I didn't feel like I had as many outfits as accumulated as usual. Guess it just comes and goes in waves! Have a great weekend! Can't wait to get back to normalcy next week!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

STLFW: Breakfast with Naturalizer

Necklace: Stella & DotTop: Bailey 44 (option) | Scuba Leggings: ExpressBooties: Vince Camuto (option)

OK, this is officially my last St. Louis Fashion Week related post, and I've got to say, I'm a bit sad about it! It all went by so quickly, and although I was quite sleep deprived as a result of all the festivities, it's been the most fun I've had in my blogging career. (Aside from meeting my partner in crime, Gina, of course.)

This was Thursday morning, the day of the second runway show I featured in Monday's post. A group of bloggers gathered together to drink coffee, snack on scones, listen to a short presentation from the Naturalizer team, and then pick out any pair of shoes we wanted in the store. Yes, I'd say it was better than being in my cubicle that morning.

If you know anything about Naturalizer, you know that they're all about comfort first and foremost. What I did learn, however, was that Naturalizer falls under the umbrella of Brown Shoe Company, whose corporate offices are located in Clayton, a suburb of St. Louis. Sam Edelman, Franco Sarto, and Via Spiga are a few other Brown Shoe Company brands that may ring a bell with you, and are no strangers to this blog. 

But back to Naturalizer. Naturalizer was created in 1927 and was the first company to create shoes specifically for women. Up until then, shoes were created for a man's foot, and simply sized down for a woman to wear. I'm all for wearing boys sized sneakers, but for everything else, I want a woman's shoe! They picture their target audience to be a young, professional and stylish woman on the go that doesn't sacrifice comfort over style. The three brands you can find within the Naturalizer store are Naturalizer (duh), Naya (a bit more casual and trendy), and BZees (think Lululemon, but for your feet - a super lightweight shoe to complement your activewear!)

I've had a few pairs of Naturalizer shoes in the past, but my all time favorite are these boots pictured below. I've had them for 6 years. SIX. The folks at Naturalizer have a knack for designing well fitting boots that are classic enough to last season after season - and did I mention that they are comfortable?

Needless to say, when it came time for me to pick the *one* pair of boots to take home with me, the struggle was real. I wanted all of the boots!

Naturalizer picks
Ultimately, I ended up ruling out the black knee high boots with gold buckles. As much as I loved them, they are a bit too similar to the exact boots I was wearing that day and I couldn't picture opportunities where the knee high pair would be any better than the booties I already owned. If I didn't have the booties already, these would have gone home with me stat. They have a hidden wedge!

The cheetah booties stole my heart immediately, but I need more animal print in my closet like I need a hole in my head, so just out of sheer quantity, I had to force myself to put these in the "no" pile.

I've been on a lookout for comfy boots I can throw on in the winter for my commute to Pilates, but well, let's be real - using my "free" shoes for that purpose would be silly. It was hard to part with these though - the back zip allow you to fold over the fur, making them look even cozier!

So that left me with my top two contenders. A classic cognac riding boot and the grey, mid-calf, suede buckle boot.

These are the Janelle riding boot, one of their best sellers, and I can certainly see why. As soon as I put them on, I thought for sure they would come home with me. I loved the clean look from the front, and the detailed seaming on the back - reminds me of the tights with the rear seam line running down the back of your leg - emphasizes the curves of your calves for an awesome feminine detail.

In the end, I chose the grey boots. They're different than anything I have in my closet, and the hidden wedge makes them special and harder to find elsewhere. I know the buckles aren't for everyone, but I love the extra edge and detail. Very happy with my decision, and it's been hard to take them off ever since!

Michelle, Julia, Lindsay (our Alive Magazine host), Tamera, Brittany, and Carmen
Photo Credit: Alive Magazine/Sarah Stallmann

Afterwards, to replace all the calories we burned trying on shoes, Alive Magazine treated us all to lunch at The Restaurant located at The Cheshire. Our server had us at "blood red mimosa" and the rest was history. I was bad and ended up getting fish and chips, which is my weakness.

I couldn't wait to wear the new boots - it was an easy decision to pull them out for work Friday morning. Mid-calf boots can be hard to style if the proportion isn't quite right, but with my skinniest of jeans, I thought they looked great. 

Scarf: J Crew (option) | Top: LOFT (option, option) | Jeans: Express (option) | Boots: c/o Naturalizer

If you haven't been to Naturalizer in awhile, I encourage you to check them out! And yes, while I did receive these boots in exchange for this post, all opinions expressed here are my own. I certainly see more Naturalizer shoes in my future! A big thank you from this shoe addict to Naturalizer, Brown Shoe Company, and Alive Magazine for such a fun event!


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Manic Monday: STLFW Designer Runway Show

Thursday night was the big designer runway show for St. Louis Fashion Week (#stlfw.) The three designers featured were Timo Weiland, Tess Giberson, and Yigal Azrouel. I knew there was going to be a meet and greet before the show, so I wanted to wear one of their pieces if at all possible. I started sifting through their collections to see what kind of inspiration I could pull.

I ended up choosing a dress from Yigal's cut25 line that I was able to find on crazy sale. I added the vest for warmth and extra edge. You know I love a good color pop, and I may or may not have bought this bag the morning of the show. How perfect does it finish off this look though?

Vest: Forever 21 (option) | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Dress: Cut25 by Yigal Azrouel (other options here and here) | Ring: Kate Spade Saturday | Sandals: Coach (option)

Ok, now for the show! Just as with Wednesday's show, I think the easiest way to paint the picture is to simply show you a few of my favorite looks from each designer. First up was Timo WeilandTimo's designs were very organic to me, but in an edgy kind of way. There's a bit of a resort-casual vibe to his looks that I love so much. I posted a video of his final walk here if you'd like to see! Loved that he had menswear in his collection.

Next was Tess Giberson. I ended up getting to meet Tess (see photo here), and her personality and how she carries herself are every bit translated in her designs - effortless, eloquent, natural, down to earth, chic.  

Photo Credit: Alive Magazine
I love this sweater/skirt combo so much. One thing I admired about all three of these collections is how the monochromatic looks are still very interesting because of the mix of textures and fabrics. So much depth!

The metallic skirt!! In love!

And finally, Yigal Azrouel. Yigal's designs were strong, edgy, and almost futuristic looking to me, but in a good way! Lots of rich patterns, textures, and asymmetrical cuts to his collection.

Photo Credit: Alive Magazine
This maxi dress literally took my breath away. Even though there is so much fabric, I love the way it drapes, and how it is still very sexy with the low v-neck and the front slit down the leg.

Photo Credit: Alive Magazine
You know I would wear this in a heartbeat. I wanted to steal it right off the model. All black outfit, but the layered textures and bold cuts make it so interesting to me. I need this jacket in my life. NEED.

Photo Credits: Alive Magazine

I have to give props to this model. I could tell Kelsey Owens was struggling to walk in those shoes, and when I looked down at her feet, her pinky toe was literally hanging out of the pump! She finally, and flawlessly, paused to slip her shoes off and strutted down the walkway without breaking that gaze. The crowd loved it and cheered her on. How those models fake like the shoes they're walking in are comfortable and actually fit them is amazing to me. That runway is no joke!

If there is one thing I have learned from my first Fashion Week is that I just need to take the entire week off next time! Trying to juggle my day job, plus all the night events, plus being able to keep up with regular blogging on top of these fashion week features is all a bit much. As I write this, I'm fighting a bad head cold, and I'm pretty sure it's my body telling me to slow my roll. And, I've decided to listen, so this week, you're only getting Monday, Wednesday, Friday posts verses my typical 5. I honestly could not imagine taking outfit photos this weekend, and no one needs to see my face like this anyway!

I promise I'll go back to real life here in a bit, but thanks for following along with all my #stlfw activities and letting me share with you. It's been a fun ride, and I cannot wait for the next one now!


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