What To Wear: #WeHeartSTL Best of the City Celebration

With warm temps and sunshine comes parties. And with a party comes the need to craft an outfit that reflects the fete's lively spirit. ALIVE Magazine's We Heart STL Best of the City Celebration is going to be one of the hottest parties of the season: drinks from Cruzan Rum and Bud Select, shopping from local vendors, live music, and dancing. Here are some ideas on what to wear, inspired by the exciting lineup of entertainment and refreshments.

The Ruby Zipper Shoetique

OK, you're either going to thank me or be less-than-thrilled with me (temporarily), because I'm about to introduce you to an amazing, fun, and utterly time-sucking online activity (as if any of us need another one of those!): designing your own shoes. I recently joined the marketing team at a shoe company, which inspired me to think about which shoes I would design and sell. Visions of funky, fresh kicks with zany prints strutted through my head, but my paper scribbles did them no justice. I did some internet searches for "free shoe design apps" and after a few software sites that were most definitely not free, I stumbled across Shoes Of Prey.

Have A Nice Day

Back in the day, my friends and I used to go to a cheesy-but-fun nightclub called Have A Nice Day Cafe. Adorned with pre-Emoji smiley faces and other 1970s paraphernalia, we shook our groove thangs to retro music and tried to collect some digits. (Admittedly, we did a lot more dancing than digit-collecting--the pickings were usually quite slim--but we always managed to stay upbeat.)

Giveaway: 2 VIP Tickets to #WeHeartSTL Best of the City Celebration

Everyday, I'm shufflin'. Baby, job, feeding my Lifetime movie habit, baby, hanging out with the hubbie, baby, impromptu trips to the thrift store where Ruby refuses to stay in the cart. . . whew. I'm ready for a party! You with me? Good, because I've got super-exciting news.

The Ruby Zipper has teamed up with ALIVE Magazine to offer 2 free VIP tickets to the hottest fete of the season: We Heart STL Best of the City Celebration! In addition to filling up their cups with Bud Select and Cruzan Rum, guests can shake that to live music from The Free Years, shop from local vendors, and ham it up in Sara's Social Booth. Did I mention there will be food from yummy local spots like Lucas Park Grille? Yeah, party rock will be in the house - and you don't want to miss it!

Here are the details:
Date: Friday, May 29, 2015
Time: 7p - 11p
Location: Old Post Office Plaza in Downtown St. Louis (enter at 9th St. and Locust St.)
Tickets: General admission $15, VIP $30 (purchase tix from Eventbrite here)

The best way to roll at the celebration is VIP. You get early entry at 6:30pm, free cocktails in the VIP balcony, and a $15 gift card to Central Table. Of course, you don't want to party alone, so invite your friends to the We Heart STL event on Facebook. Follow @ALIVEMagSTL on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for up-to-date info and use the hashtag #WeHeartSTL to share what you love about St. Louis! 

Now for the fun part: enter to win 2 free VIP tickets ($60 value):
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Good luck in the giveaway! Can't wait to see you there! 

Dada Bash: (Anti)-Gala Fashion Inspiration

I am lots of things: a fashion writer, a skydiver, an actress with a major film under my belt (OK, so I was an extra with no lines, but it counts), and a proud mama. On May 16, I can add one more title to that list: Dadaist. I will be attending the Contemporary Art Museum's quintessential anti-gala party, the Dada Bash and Ball at the Koken Art Factory. To prepare for the festivities, I got insider info from Dada Ball pro and CAM board member, Dorte Probestein. Here's the scoop on why you should attend, what to wear, and what the spirit of Dada is.

Flower Girl

floral headband, black skirt and tights
Top & Skirt: Rung & Sprung Boutique: Headband: Claire's; Tights & shoes: DSW
Now that it's May (!), I should probably pack up all my tights and leggings, right? There's just one small problem with that: I'm one of those folks who is always cold. I knew my husband was meant for me when he agreed to keep our house temp at a balmy 72 degrees. (People whose thermostat is at 65, I'm sure you're fabulous, but I simply do not understand you.) Even then, I wind up spending much of winter curled up with a blanket on the couch or donning an over-stuffed, fur-trimmed coat each time I leave the house. (I seriously don't think I can look at that coat again.)