October 24, 2014

What I Wore: #STLFW Outfit Recap

As promised, here's a digital rundown of my carefully-curated ensembles for Saint Louis Fashion Week. I searched high (in New York) and low (at the by-the-pound Goodwill Outlet) to create standout looks that matched the fashion-forward vibe of the events. Special thanks to Hyper Haute and Yoro Creations for loaning me the ahh-mazing jewels!

#STLFW Neiman Marcus: Ferociousness
I was so excited about my fierce, rare-designer-purchase Vivienne Tam skirt. But, my statement necklace was undoubtedly the star of the show. "Look at me!" the necklace screamed. I just smiled.
I'm pictured with my friend Sarah (outfit from Rung), Me: Skirt: Rung & Sprung Boutique; Top: H&M; Shoes: gifted; Necklace: Strange Species by Hyper Haute (available at Rung)
VIP Blogger Lounge: Heavy Metals
Although I've been told that I "don't look like" a heavy metal fan (we won't get into the zillion things wrong with that perception), I am a huge fan. "Toxicity" by System of a Down is one of my all-time fave songs. Motorcycles? Not so much of a fan. Actually, they terrify me. But, I still had to buy this dress. I glammed it up with a unique fringe earring (love the asymmetrical earring look) and arm candy.
Dress: Rung & Sprung Boutique; Jewels: Yoro Creations; Flash tats: Gliks
Emerging Designer Competition: Bananas!
Once again, my jewels created a much bigger sensation than my clothes. This time, though, that was the plan. I deliberately went for a sleek dress (with sassy side slits) so that the necklaces would really pop. People were shocked when I told them the top necklace was fake bananas painted silver. One of those uber-creative jewelry design tricks that truly impress me.
Dress; Rung & Sprung; Jewels: Yoro Creations; Shoes: Ziezo; Tights: Hue
Coffee with Naturalizer/Lunch at The Restaurant: Geo-Vintage
Have you gone to the Goodwill Outlet? It's not for the faint of heart or for the novice thrifter. All items are unsorted in huge blue bins that require a great deal of sifting. (Gloves are highly recommended.) Competition for the best stuff is fierce, and some people even go so far as to wear face masks and cover their carts with a blanket. My heart pounded when I saw this gorgeous vintage dress lying on top of a bin surrounded by deal-hunters of all ages. I felt a pang of fear that someone else would grab it first, but I need not have worried. With the $.79 per pound structure (yes, things are priced per pound), the dress cost less than a dollar. Wow!
Dress; Goodwill; Tighs: Macy's; Shoes: Gifted
Finale Runway Show: I Heart Music
I spent weeks pulling my STLFW looks together, so I love everything, but I think this dress is my fave. Found at a thrift store in New York, it made my heart sing. The whimsical print so me. Several people asked if I was a designer and although I sadly said no, this dress is definitely something I would have dreamed up. With the fringe earring and lace leggings, the look struck all the right notes.
Dress: Monk Vintage Thrift Shop ; Earring: Yoro Creations; Shoes: Gift; Tights: Rung & Sprung Boutique
Bloggers' Night Out: Shiny, Happy Chains of Love
I'd been waiting for the right occasion to bust out this shiny number, and the Bloggers' Night Out was it. We started with a happy hour at Clr-Mnster (where I bought a skirt that rivals-and
maybe even surpasses-the zaniness of the music note dress) and had dinner and drinks at
Hiro Asian Kitchen. I topped off the dress with a silver body chain and my trusty studded boots.
Dress: Rung & Sprung; Boots: Steve Madden; Leggings: F21; Backpack: Goodwill Outlet (another gem I found!)
Jewels: Yoro Creations
What did you wear to STLFW? Which of these looks is your fave?

PS-Learn more about the sweet, on-the-rise designer behind Yoro Creations here

October 22, 2014

Shoe-La-La! #STLFW Coffee with Naturalizer Shoes

One of Ruby's favorite books is the charming "Shoe-La-La" by Karen Beaumont. It chronicles the adventures of 4 mini-fashionistas searching for shoes to match their party dresses. After trying on every shoe in the store, the result is a chaotically beautiful disaster of stilettos, booties, and pumps strewn amidst 4 pooped-out friends. . .who still can't decide! The plot is delightfully akin to what ensued at a recent STLFW Blogger Breakfast with Naturalizer Shoes.

While munching on delicious scones and coffee from Panera, staff from Naturalizer shared their latest and best-selling styles for fall. Naturalizer is synonymous with comfortable, classic shoes, which makes sense considering that they've been going strong since 1927. They are also the first to craft shoes specifically for women's delicate feet. Yet, I erroneously thought of the store as somewhere I would buy shoes for my mom. (For the record, my mom is the classiest lady I know, with a Michelle Obama-ish style. And she has lots of Naturalizer shoes. But she generally leaves the fashion risks to me.)  So,  I was blown away by how many modern styles Naturalizer carries! My advice: run - don't walk - into the store for another look. Moto boots, oxfords, pointed toes, and stiletto heels that don't hurt. . .um, yes.
Naturalizer's Trend Boards for the fall collection 
Designers Ron D'Aloia and Jenny Matthews presented the new Naya brand. Described as "comfortable but trendy," the all-leather shoes are designed for confident, stylish women between the ages of 20 and 50. The bloggers loved how lots of the Naya shoes have hidden wedges for height without the hurt. The timeless, minimalist flair and meticulous attention to detail yields shoes with equal parts cool and cozy:
Two of my fave Naya boots: the Frankie & the Fisher
Animal-print lovers (which should be everyone at this point) can take a walk on the wild side with artist/designer/TV personality David Bromstad's fall collection. I saw at least 2 people at Saint Louis Fashion Week wearing the Tanya shoe. (Out of 1000 guests, the fact that I remember those shoes specifically is a testament to their awesomeness.) Here's a pic:
Bromstad Tanya Shoes
I know. All this shoe-cuteness reached a frenzy when the generous staff at Naturalizer offered to buy each blogger a pair of shoes! We were allowed to "try on anything in the store." There were 15 of us, 4 try-on couches, and less than an hour. Ready, go!
Shoes galore! The black ones with the zipper (the Tipley) came thisclose to finding a new home in my closet. . .
My final pick? The Kapture, well, captured my heart. (I wasn't alone-at least 2 other bloggers picked the same pair.) I was swayed by its versatility, heavenly fit, and menswear-inspired silhouette. Paired with my trusty navy blazer, I feel quite scholarly. What do you think? Which shoes would you have chosen?
Blazer: Goodwill: Shirt: c/o Shirt Kong; Pants: The Scholar Shop; Shoes: c/o Naturalizer
I went for a menswear-inspired outfit, but I'm also excited to wear these puppies with a girly dress!

P.S. Thanks, Naturalizer for an incredible opportunity! And, for stocking your store with shoes me and my mom will love.
P.S.S. For up-to-the-minute info and lovely pics of new shoes, connect with Naturalizer on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!