Explore St. Louis

21 October 2014

It was hard deciding on which to post first, my highlights from Fashion Week or my favorite hot spots from this past week in St. Louis. It's clear now that the St. Louis tour was the clear winner of that debate. Obviously St. Louis isn't completely new to me being that this was my 2nd year attending STLFW but there's just something about the city that feels like home. It didn't hurt that we stayed in the historic {and ridiculously stunning} Union Station Hotel for our trip. Guys, make that your first stop.
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 Aside from the absolutely gorgeous architecture, Union Station, built over a century ago when it first opened it's doors in St. Louis as the biggest and busiest train station of it's time, it also houses a mall, enormous hotel and all our STLFW events. I would have loved to see it in it's prime. Also Union Station has another epic attraction, the Light Show. It's incredible, and we couldn't just watch once, or twice. I think we racked up a good half dozen views during the 5 days we were there.
While Fashion Week took up a good part of our time over the several days of our trip,  we were able to sneak away to the Zoo one day after lunch and spend the entire afternoon wandering the enormous park, stopping for pictures of Elephants (I kid you not, I have 50+ pictures of these pachyderms in my phone), Tigers, Bush Dogs and Giraffes. This zoo legit rivals the Bronx Zoo on acreage and attractions, I'm ready to admit that it's better.
We also hit City Garden for photo opps with the Arch before heading to the St. Louis Art Museum in Forest Park. We only popped in for a moment but I remember it quite well from last year's adventure, it's beautiful. Don't try to take your latte in or they'll make you toss it, lesson learned.
As a gal about shopping I was pretty excited to get to spend a good chunk of our morning wandering around The Loop where we stopped by Avalon Exchange and Bluebird Apparel for a little bit of shopping. I grabbed a few midi rings before I called it a day and headed to lunch at Salt and Smoke for some amazing BBQ. Guys, St. Louis BBQ is it. We also hit up Brown Shoe Co. so we could pile in the giant shoe for another photo opp, naturally.
Last but certainly not least we made a special trip to City Museum for some major playtime. This place is one of a kind, it's a( dare I say epic) museum housed in a 600,000 square foot former shoe warehouse. Guys, it's an adults and child's playground, with a ferris wheel on the roof. ON.THE.ROOF.
Of course these outings didn't even begin to scratch the surface of what St. Louis has to offer, it's a beautiful city with so much culture. I'm looking forward to going back and seeing more, this might be my new favorite vacation spot. 

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Stripes, Leather and Tights

20 October 2014

Now that I'm back in NYC after 5 {awesome} days in St. Louis I'm ready to take advantage of the beautiful weather and changing scenery while it lasts. It's no secret that I favor the Fall season so any excuse to throw on some layers is reason enough for me to pile things on and head out. For me, contrasting colors, leather stripes and tights are exactly how I want to kick off the week. I personally can never resist a black and brown pairing, and this just so happened to go effortlessly with a addition of stripes. Also, how amazing are these Sole Society Moto Boots, they're my new favorite.

Skirt and Jacket TJMaxx, Boots Sole Society, Scarf Nordstrom Rack, Top H&M
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Olay Fresh Effects {Bright on Schedule!} Eye Awakening Cream

17 October 2014

When it comes to my early morning routine I tend to be a little lax on products, either because I have to get out the door in a snap or because I’m still half asleep trying to prep my face for the day. However, I have found that with the right handful of products I really don’t need a whole drawer of product to start the day looking fresh, with or without a full nights sleep. One of the newest (and quickest) products to my lineup has to be Olay Fresh Effects {Bright on Schedule!} Eye Awakening Cream.
Just a quick swipe on each eye before my daily serum and spf combination and I’m instantly looking more awake and ready to start the day, whether I’m heading out to a meeting, taking pictures or sitting in my pajamas most of the day answering emails. Hello, instant beauty sleep, no sleep required.
I personally love the honeysuckle, white tea and cucumber infused formula paired with the soothing tri-roller ball applicator. It’s almost like a quick mini spa treatment in the blink of an eye. At least now I can skip the oversized sunglasses...

So with the addition my of my new secret beauty weapon, I’m sharing my morning beauty routine to get me prepped and ready to walk out the door and still have time to pick up your favorite latte...
What’s your secret beauty weapon?

 This post was sponsored by Olay Fresh Effects through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Olay Fresh Effects, all opinions are my own.

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Black and White

16 October 2014

I've actually been searching for a little white skater skirt for what seems like ages now, but that search was quickly put to a stop when I stumbled upon this perfect new closet addition last week on Markkit. Now, while the lovely background does the skirt little justice I have a feeling it's going to be spotted a few more times this Fall and Winter...

Skirt c/o Markkit,  Hat Debshops, Bag LANY, Jacket Spiegel, Sweater and Boots TJMAXX
Also, this face. 
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Garnier, Just For Fun

15 October 2014

When it comes to my hair I’m all about trying new things to make it pop, and by pop I mean quite literally, with color. Sure I’ve dabbled with temporary colored hair around Halloween but I never really found one that quite fit with my hair. They were either splotchy, extremely drying or looked absolutely ridiculous.

Well, Garnier just introduced Garnier Color Styler, a new line of temporary, hair color in 5 bold shades. My personal favorites are Pink Pop & Purple Mania, which fit quite perfectly with this season’s biggest hair trends. Yeah, I’m a little late, but I’m definitely ok with it. First I experimented with a little pink ombre and loved it a little too much. But after a few washes, I was good to go for playing with Purple Mania. I started off with ‘highlights’ but ended up adding more as time went on, which made it kind of perfect for my usual loose, messy side braid. 
As far as application goes, the clay-based, pigmented formula creates a thin color coat on the surface making it non-damaging and ridiculously easy to apply. No rinsing needed, plus, it doesn’t rub off once it’s dry. 

So, if you’re looking to go a little crazy for the weekend, an upcoming concert or change your color just for fun grab Garnier Color Styler. When you join in on the fun,  submit your photos via Instagram and tag them with #FunnestGirl. Then tell us why you’re the #FunnestGirl in the World  in the comments for your chance to be Garnier Color Styler’s 72 hour spokesmodel. 

While this post was sponsored by Garnier, all the opinions and experiences are my own.
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Fall Favorites

14 October 2014

I'd have to say that one of my favorite advantages of moving back "north" has be to being able to experience Fall to the fullest extent. I actually get to layer on cozy sweaters, booties and jeans again without having to spend my time outside sweating. When I brought this Cabi sweater home last week I was quickly reminded of how much I love a big, chunky sweater and promptly threw it on with some of my best Fall pairings...

Sweater Cabi, Jeans Levi's, Boots Chinese Laundry via Lulus.com, Hat Sole Society, Bag Bijuju, "M" Necklace I love Jewelry, "Z" Bar Necklace 9th & Elm.
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