Monday, April 13, 2015

STLFW: Spring Style Soiree

Man oh man. I have so much to update you guys on, I almost don't know where to start! I guess I will start with the #STLFW Spring Style Soiree that took place last Thursday evening! I gave you a little preview of this event in this post here.

I was a bit bummed because I didn't think that I was going to be able to go to the soiree since I knew I would be making the trip to San Antonio to get Petie this weekend. But the timing worked out, and since I didn't end up leaving for San Antonio until Friday morning, I was able to squeeze in the fashion show before I left!

The show started at 7pm, but the festivities began at 5:30. My office is 3 miles away, so I arrived pretty early. It was a great opportunity to snap a few photos before it filled up. It was exciting walking around the corner on the upper level seeing the runway set up down below!

Necklace: Express | Dress: Taylor | Bracelet: Tiffany & Co. | Heels: Vince Camuto (in Royal Blue Fishskin) (similar)

Before I get too far, I should share what I wore and why I wore it. I tried on four different outfits and took a poll from the husband and my fellow fashionistas, Gina and Jenna. It was a little bit of a split decision, but ultimately, this dress won. It was my second choice, but looking back, I'm glad I decided to wear it. Since it's a scuba material, it stayed crisp even though I wore it all day at work first. And, I mean, the shoes. They speak for themselves and rightfully received a slew of compliments not only at the office, but at the event itself. 

Complimentary light bites were being served from Bravo, McCormick & Schmick's, and J. Gilberts, which you could enjoy in the lounge area with background beats by DJ TrashTalk. And if that wasn't enough, The Foundrie sponsored a DIY booth featuring mega blogger, Jenni, from I Spy DIY.

The Foundrie is quickly becoming my guilty little pleasure here in St. Louis. So many cute and witty pieces, I can't hardly stand it. The DIY booth involved making these adorable stamped leather bracelets. You pick the letter style, the ink color, and you're off!

Jenni is just too cute for words. I took an action shot of her helping attendees with their bracelets, but the photos she posted on her Instagram during her stay in St. Louis painted a better picture of how bright, fun, and stylish this gal really is. If you're not following her on Instagram, I demand you go here and do so right this second!

Via Jenni's (I Spy DIY) Instagram here

Now on to the fashion show! I mentioned in my introductory post here that this show benefitted Siteman Cancer Center and that all proceeds from this event went to charity for cancer. Great, right? Well, imagine my goosebumps watching cancer survivors walk the runway showcasing White House | Black Market and carrying signs indicating the number of years they have been cancer free.

Each of their family members sat in the crowd cheering them on, and the glow that you can see in their smiles makes me tear up a bit as a write this! I just can't even imagine. What a perfect way to pay tribute to the survivors and to remember all that we have lost to this nasty infliction.

The show continued with more spring fashion from some of your mall favorites - Nordstrom, Macy's, The Limited, Ann Taylor, Gap, Banana Republic, and one new to me - Altar'd State. I loved seeing pieces from these stores glammed up for the runway. For the sake of not having 238723878 photos in this post, I decided to narrow it down to my favorite looks.

Left: Nordstrom - Top, Skirt | Middle: Macy's | Right: Banana Republic - Top, skirt

Photo credits: ALIVE Magazine
Left: Nordstrom - JacketSkirt | Right: The Limited

Banana Republic: Sweater

After all of this awesome spring inspiration, they set us free to shop. We were armed with plenty of discounts and coupons to further enable us! (As if the cocktails weren't enough!) I managed to walk away with only one new top, which you will see and hear more about later in the week!

Thanks for hanging in there with me on such a photo heavy post! It truly was a great event, and I continue to be impressed by the local fashion community and support here in St. Louis. Blogging has opened up a whole other realm of fun for me to which I would have otherwise never been exposed!


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  1. Wow so many Spring looks - so little time!!!


  2. Looks fun! Love your outfit choice!
    Carrie and Stacy

  3. Sounds like an amazing night, Carylee. And you looked amazing that dress and heels. I remember those heels. I've been eyeing them forever. They look really good with your dress. Have a great week! ~Cynthia

  4. That sounds like such an amazing event. I loved that they got the cancer survivors on the catwalk showing how long ago they beat cancer, what a great achievement!

    The dress you wore is really pretty, great choice! It's so nice with the blue shoes.

    Thank you for the link up!

    Away From The Blue

  5. What a great event to attend -so inspiring. Love your outfit, especially those blue shoes! Gorgeous. And, I love the t-shirt that says Midwest is Best. Thank you for hosting. Make sure to link up with Style Nudge's SHOE AND TELL.


  6. Looks like this was an amazing event. I love your dress and heels! Gorgeous!


  7. Looks like a great night!! I adore your outfit for the event, chic but classy!

    Have a great Monday, pretty girl!

    xo, Erica
    Casually Styled

  8. looks like such a fun nigh and I'm here clicking on all the links. Love the dress you chose.


  9. What a fabulous post! (Sorry I have been misspelling Petie!!) Where to start - naturally you know I LOVED your outfit choice. I have a new respect for WHBM for using cancer survivors as their runway models. LOVE that. And just WOW to all the fashion eye candy. So fun!! I think I need to spend more time in Banana Republic.....
    Gina - On the Daily Express

  10. This looks like such a fun event! I love the dress you wore! The Midwest at Best tee is cute! I live in Indiana and forget St. Louis is part of the Midwest…I kind of despise the Midwest since I've lived in different parts of it my whole life, but I really enjoy going to St. Louis! I just heard of the Altar'd State store and I'm excited to see it open in a mall that is an hour and a half away. Yes, I drive every other weekend that far just to go to Nordstrom. Welcome to Indiana! The picture of the cancer survivors walking down the runway was really cool. I've never seen something like this before but it is a great idea and they all looked beautiful! I also am loving that Banana Republic sweater worn as a dress. I wanted the sweater a couple weeks ago but now I want it even more as a dress!

  11. Glad you were able to make the event, it looks like so much fun! I love the dress you chose, it's perfect.

    Pumps and Push-Ups

  12. That looks like such a fun event! The cancer survivors part made me tear up a bit, they all look so amazing. You are so right, they were positively glowing! And I LOVE those blue heels of yours! So cute

  13. Wow, this looks like so much fun! Sounds like your dress was the perfect thing! I have a scuba type dress, and it is so comfy and chic at the same time.

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

  14. Looks like so much fun! I love those blue heels you're wearing-stunning!
    xo Adri

  15. Looks like a great event. I love these fun events that also have meaningful parts like this one with their choice of runaway models. They are glowing!! Love your blue heels naturally :-) Have a happy new week dear. XOXO, Elif

  16. Sounds like a great event, I love the ladies outfits and the cause. The limited ensemble is a fav with purple and yellow mix.I love your print dress, am a fan of this kind of dress and the blue heels are perfect with it!!

    Would love to have you at my linkup tomorrow Turning Heads Tuesday!!
    xx jess

  17. Sounds like you had so much fun! What a great event :)

    xo, Jasmin

  18. We have a similar event here as well called Pink StridZ, it's a great way for survivors to get their confidence back as they get styled and dolled up to strut their stuff on the runway. I also love your dress, the pattern is stunning!


  19. What a fun and special event!! It makes me happy to see all the beautiful cancer survivors. I'm glad you were able to squeeze this in. It sounds like a night to remember!

  20. This looks like it was so MUCH FUN! And I love your dress. The fun pattern and simple shape are timeless and perfect.


  21. I for sure would've lost it seeing those survivors with their numbers. Without fail it tears me up. This looks like so much fun. Wish I lived closer to Atlanta because I know stuff like this happens all the time. And rightfully so you got compliments on those shoes. They're amazing!

  22. Such a fun time! Also, love your shoes!

    xx, Leah / Eat Pray Wear Love

  23. What a touching and great event!

    God bless,
    XO, Claire

  24. Love your cobalt shoes! Stop by my Wednesday Link Up if you get a chance.