She's Crafty: Makers Ball Best Dressed

Ballin' out of control: me & my hot date for the evening.
When it comes to attending a Ball, there are lots of exciting aspects to enjoy: scrumptious passed hors d'oeuvres, smooth cocktails, silent auction of original art pieces, delicious dinner, and upbeat tunes. The Craft Alliance Makers Ball at The Palladium had all that and more, including live artistic demonstrations and a cutting-edge 3-D printer. This year's dress code presented a unique (and really fun) challenge: curate an imaginative "crafty cocktail" look. The result was a spirited crowd painted with eclectic colors, patterns, silhouettes, textures, and accessories. Here are my picks for the most masterful interpretations of crafty cocktail attire:

5 Reasons I'm Excited to Toast Spring with Ruth's Chris


Ruth's Chris Steak House is hosting a special wine tasting called "Toast To Spring" at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch on Friday, April 24, and I'm excited to attend. How come? 

1. Delectable Food: Of course, Ruth's Chris is best known for their mouthwatering, sizzling steaks. Did you know that they also have chicken, dessert, and New Orleans-style food like crab cakes and creamed spinach? For seafood-lovers like myself, they also serve fresh seafood entrees. I've never had a chance to dine at Ruth's Chris, and I'm sure that the food will not disappoint. (Gosh, I'm getting hungry just typing this!)

2. Drinks: I'm far from a wine connoisseur, but am always up for learning new things. The Toast To Spring evening will have over 30 wines for guests to sample. Cheers!

3. Event benefits a great organization: A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the St. Louis Jaycees. There's also a silent auction. The St. Louis Jaycees have been providing hands-on leadership training to young adults for the last 100 years! The organization started in St. Louis and expanded to over 100 countries. I'll drink to that! 

4. Date Night: I convinced my sister to watch little Ruby so that my husband and I can enjoy a much-needed night out, together. Food and drinks should set the mood for a little romance. . . ;) 

5. My Outfit: Of course, I've got a really cute outfit planned. Since we'll probably be standing a lot, I wanted a look that is interesting and dramatic, yet comfortable. I'll be decked out in a vintage jumpsuit, perfect for sipping and munching. What do you wear to a wine tasting?

I hope I'll see you there! Snag tickets and reservations by calling 314.259.3200. Even if you can't make this event, there are lots of fun happenings on the horizon, so be sure to follow Ruth's Chris on Twitter and Facebook to stay in the loop.

Craft Alliance Maker's Ball

Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, based in St. Louis, has been beautifying the Midwest with art since 1964. Its mission is to provide inspiration and education to artists, collectors, students, and the art-loving public through exhibitions, outreach, and classes. Their artists-in-residence work with a variety of mediums: clay, glass, fiber, metal, and wood. I especially like Figs and Ginger. In addition to an adorable name, the husband-and-wife team handcrafts whimsical, classy jewelry inspired by forests.
How cute is the bird family on this sterling silver necklace?
On Saturday 4/18/15, Craft Alliance celebrates the movers, shakers, crafters, and makers at The Makers Ball. According to the web site, the gala promises to be "a spectacular interactive event with surprises around every corner." In other words, it's gonna be crazy cool! Just check out these pics from past Craft Alliance Galas:
Look at the vintage silhouette, geometric pattern, and gorgeous earrings!
Photo c/o ALIVE Magazine
A bow tie and ruffles is bold for a man - and it totally works!
Photo c/o ALIVE Magazine
Polka dots were the perfect picks for the Dotted Ball.
Photos c/o ALIVE Magazine
That skirt!
This year, the theme and suggested attire is "crafty cocktail." Since that dress code isn't listed in the Urban Dictionary (yes, I checked LOL), I came up with my own definition:

  • Crafty Cocktail Attire [kraf-tee cock-tale ah-tie-yur] adj.: semi-formal outfit with an artistic, creative, or unique twist.

How to create that twist? Separates are a fresh alternative to a dress, but stick to dressy material like lace or sequins to keep your look gala-worthy. Chunky heels, especially in a bold color, are unexpected (and a bit more dance-friendly than stilettos). Add some jewels and a fun purse, and you're ready to party! Bonus style points for a statement accessory that pays homage to art. (How amazing is that Moschino art palette handbag?!)
Crafty Cocktails #1

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How do you interpret crafty cocktail attire? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments! Also, If you can't make the gala, no worries. There are lots of ways you can support the St. Louis artistic community and Craft Alliance's mission - like making a donation, attending an event, or taking an awesome class. They even have free classes for families. Find out more right here.

Check back next week for my top picks for the Makers Ball Best Dressed List!