Monday, April 11, 2016

Hello Monday: Kendra Scott + Nordstrom giveaway!

St. Louis fashion bloggers
Left to right: JennaPsyche, JacquelineAnnie

How gorgeous are these ladies! It's quite intimidating to be quite honest! I can't tell you how much fun this collaboration was! I wanted to save the best for last, and these group shots are frame-worthy! Even though it was pretty cold outside and the sun chose not to make an appearance, we still managed to have a lot of fun with it!

forever 21 floral maxi dress, chunky knit cardigan, naya fisher boot
Cardigan: H&M (similar chunky knit cardigan here) | Necklaces: Kendra Scott (long here) (short: try the Kendra Scott Nora or the Kendra Scott Amanda in gold)  | Dress: Forever 21 (floral maxi dress option here or shop more here) | Boots: Naya (other colors here)

For this shoot, I decided to pull out some old favorites. This maxi dress is SO old (see it here and in an even older post here), but it's been such a good piece and has been pretty timeless in its print and fit that I am not even close to being ready to part with it seven years later. I loved how it paired with the chunky cardigan and boots! Seriously the most perfect combo for carefree, outdoor photos! And I gotta say, it was quite the workout trying to pose nonchalantly in a hammock!

st. louis fashion bloggers

st. louis fashion bloggers

I've been blogging for three years now, so you think I would be ready to talk about it openly with friends and co-workers, but the fact is, I still get quite embarrassed by it. Shopping and outfits of the day seem so superficial and trivial. Especially since I can tell you what someone wore yesterday but I couldn't tell you what so-and-so said during the last Presidential debate. Yeah, this fashion blog may not be rocket science, but this year I'm really trying to work on my confidence and not being so self-deprecating when it comes to speaking (or avoiding to speak) about my hobby. The husband's hobby is all about his Camaro and the next modification he wants to do. He never tires of speaking about that to anyone at any time. Why are my interests any different? I am pretty sure the husband is more openly proud of my blog than I am!

stylin' in st. louis jacqueline, st. louis fashion bloggers

I tell you all of this because blogging is way more than just frivolous and superficial gratification. I have said time and time again that the people I have met and relationships that I have built all because of blogging have been invaluable. I remember doing a search for St. Louis bloggers when I first started my own and I came across Jacqueline's blog. I remember being envious because I loved her style and wanted to be a part of St. Louis Fashion week just like she was! And here we are, sitting in a hammock like BFFs. The magic of blogging, I tell ya.

forever 21 floral maxi dress, chunky knit cardigan, naya fisher boot, lo & sons claremont crossbody

forever 21 floral maxi dress, chunky knit cardigan, naya fisher boot, lo & sons claremont crossbody

kendra scott charlotte necklace, kendra scott amanda necklace

lo & sons claremont crossbody

Side note: If you're on the hunt for a new camera bag/ purse, I highly recommend the Lo & Sons Claremont Crossbody. I have been taking it to blogger events with me and it's the perfect size. Carrying a camera around can be very awkward and clumsy, especially when you're trying to mingle, which usually involves a cocktail. This bag keeps me organized, provides for quick access to my DSLR, and still makes me feel stylish and put together when I carry it.

st. louis fashion bloggers
Photo credit: Amy Rau Photography

I hope you've enjoyed following along on this local blogger collaboration shoot! I'm sad to write this post since this concludes the fun series! But alas, we aren't leaving you empty handed. It's not often that the five of us collaborate much less get together, so we thought it was only appropriate to end with a bang and host a giveaway! The winner will receive a $100 gift card to Nordstrom along with the handful of goodies pictured below graciously donated by Kendra Scott. Enter using the Rafflecopter below! You do not need to perform all tasks to enter, though the more tasks you complete means more entries you submit to win! Good luck!

Kendra Scott and Nordstrom giveaway
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  1. Love your look and how fun to meet bloggers IRL! I am with you that I don't really talk about my blog to my friends either.

    Thank you for hosting and hope you are having a fab week!


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

  2. Aw!! I absolutely enjoyed reading this post!! I do find it hard as well to talk about blogging, I feel like most don't understand it and think I'm being vain with picture taking. You look gorgeous in these photos!! Blogging has been such a great way to meet people and to share a passion. So thankful to have met you through this! Running into you last year was so much fun!!

    Have a great Monday, girl!

    Xo, Erica
    Casually Styled

  3. Love your floral print maxi, it;s great with the cardi! This is an outfit combination I want to repeatedly wear this autumn like I did last time, if the cool weather ever arrives in Brisbane, haha!

    Thank you for the link up!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  4. I love this post, it IS hard talking about blogging with those that is not in this field and it does seem pretty superficial, I mean I would love to wax poetry about the economics and politics but let's face it, different strokes. I would love to meet with other bloggers in real life that I look up to and feel equally envious of. Have a great week!

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

  5. your maxi is amazing, I'm waiting for that bag to go on sale to scoop it up. Also great giveaway I need some KS in my life.


  6. Love your dress with the necklace and cardigan! What a fun giveaway too!
    Carrie and Stacy
    CS Gems

  7. This maxi dress is such a cool boho vibe and loving the jewels with it! Thanks for the link up!


  8. Looks like you all had an awesome time! Love the hammock picture!

  9. Such a great post and totally feel ya. I think because society tends to make liking fashion seem superficial we can't help but to then feel that away about liking it. I'm the say. I don't really talk about my blog but need to get better about! It's so great to meeting your blogger friends in real life.


  10. Love the boho vibes of your outfit - Have a lovely week ahead!


  11. Aww, I just love this! Truly one of the best things about blogging is the relationships. I hope you get the confidence to speak about it outside of your work, but I totally get the feeling. Your boho vibes are to die for, today!!

    xx leah / www.eatpraywearlove.com

  12. You have an amazing blog! Definitely something you should be proud of. The best part is definitely the relationships. This is so fun!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  13. I really love your blog, and I appreciate the words from the heart! I feel like we pour our hearts and souls into our content, but we feel superficial and silly about promoting our creation. I really do feel you on that.

  14. Wonderful info about blogging and collaborating together... great photos!!!

    All the Cute
    Today's Post: Boho Joggers

  15. haha, to looking nonchalant in a hammock...you did well my friend! I feel the same about blogging, don't really tell anyone, and definitely don't post anything I do on my personal FB page...so weird that it's such a huge part of my life that not many people know about it. Glad you are getting out there more! You should be confident you put out great content!

  16. I feel the same way about blogging. I have one real life friend that also blogs, but I do not talk about it to many others. I would love to be able to meet some of my blog friends in person! I love the maxi dress you are wearing!

  17. I also feel so weird talking about my blog! Isn't it strange how/why that happens? Love this maxi dress!


  18. I love your cute dress! I feel weird talking about blogging in some situations for sure, but I love what I do so I am pretty open about talking about it. You made some awesome points though and sometimes it is hard to just put yourself out there. :) I love your blog and your style. :)

    Simply Rachel Nicole

  19. I love these pictures so much! You look gorgeous! Blogging is so much more rewarding when you form relationships with people. I love the interaction!

  20. This look is so gorgeous, love the maxi dress and the cozy cardi!

    xo, alice / T Y P E N U

  21. Love this entire post! You looked gorgeous in that maxi dress!
    Stylin In St. Louis

  22. It's funny to see a far more successful blogger say they get embarrassed to talk about it. I feel that way but my blog is no where near as popular as yours! Glad I found it! http://mymonochromaticlife.com

  23. totally agree! it is literally "pieces of you" ;)
    Southern Elle Style

  24. Wow! You look gorgeous.
    And those cardi looks so cozy. Love it!


  25. You are adorable in this outfit, Caryl! I love this dress on you!


    I hope you are having a great week so far!


  26. Wow, some of my favorite bloggers in one photo! Love your Kendra Scott piece - looks amazing with the dress!

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane