August 21, 2014

Neon & Roses

Things in St. Louis have been rough for the last couple of weeks following the tragic death of unarmed teen, Michael Brown in a suburb named Ferguson, MO. Perhaps Mother Nature is sad too, as the weather has been appropriately gloomy. It's tempting to wear something drab when I'm feeling down. (OK, so I don't really own anything drab, but for me, sweats, mismatch socks, and a ratty tee feel pretty darn drab.) As a teen, I read a book about a girl who said the worse she felt inside, the more outrageous and bright she dressed on the outside. I have no clue what the name of the book was, but I always admired that philosophy. There's a lot of research on how colors impact mood. If dressing brightly can somehow trick your brain into thinking things are great, neon is the perfect antithesis to darkness. What about you - how do you tend to dress on tough days? Drab or fab?
Trying to look on the bright side - a cute outfit is the first step. The shirt looks more green in person.
A passerby complimented me on how well I handled my tripod during this photo shoot. Ruby got a kick out of the whole thing, and later destroyed my long necklace. It was just too shiny for her to resist.
Top: Rung; Pants: Material Girl; Shoes; Urban Outfitters; Jacket: H&M; Necklace: Burlington
Florals always cheer me up!

August 18, 2014

Rung & Sprung Fashion Blogger Party

Photos by Artkitography
Although I write and talk about Rung Boutique all the time (considering the bulk of my wardrobe now is from there!), many of my blogger friends had not yet had a chance to check it out. A few months ago, I had the idea to host a private event at Rung just for fashion, lifestyle, and mommy bloggers. My hope was that not only could I share this best-kept shopping secret, local bloggers could also share their experiences at Rung with their friends and readers. The rest of the Rung team was totally on board, and last week, Rung & Sprung hosted our first-ever Fashion Blogger Party!

The evening's festivities kicked off with info about the charities Rung supports. Bloggers and friends then whipped out their smart phones to tweet answers to some fun fashion trivia questions. Do you know how the latest styles were shared with the public before magazines? Not sure? Don't feel bad - none of our guests knew the answer either. LOL (FYI, it's fashion dolls, a tidbit you only learn in History of Costume courses.) The first person who tweeted the correct answer to a question got to choose a prize generously donated by Byrd Style Lounge, Ivy Hill Boutique, Leopard Boutique, Bronx Diba Shoe Outlet, and Rung. (Unfortunately, as a hostess, I had to recuse myself from the competition, but my friend Erin of Turn Around To Me won the Ivy Hill shopping party. Score! :)
Photos by David Kilper of Arkitography
Next came the part of the evening I was most excited (and kinda nervous) about: the mini-fashion showcase of fall looks from Rung. I'm proud to share that the fashion show was styled by yours truly, and the looks showcased some of the hottest trends for fall: leopard print, ethereal dresses, navy, 60s silhouettes, and sparkles. OK, I'm not sure sparkles exactly qualify as being a "trend," but when does a sparkly dress not look good? As you can see, the models totally rocked our "runway" wearing fab jewelry from Hyper Haute
From left: Jen, Ashley, Mary, Jennifer
Photos by David Kilper of Arkitography
These incredible pieces of jewelry are from local designer Erica Dunk of Hyper Haute.
Photos by David Kilper of Arkitography
Bloggers and friends finished off the night by sipping on Pinnacle Vodka cocktails, munching on bites from The Dam, and getting their photos snapped by David Kilper of Artkitography. And, of course, guests did a lot of shopping! (The sparkly minidress quickly sold that night, sorry.) The night was a resounding success, and I sincerely thank all my blogger friends-old and new-for coming to the party!

Oh. . .almost forgot - my outfit! A vintage/futuristic number from Rung:
I heart bows. Photos by David Kilper of Arkitography