From The Front Row at St. Louis Fashion Week

24 October 2014

If you follow me on Instagram you probably know by now that I was in St. Louis last week for their Fashion Week {for the second year in a row}. Several bloggers from around the country were flown out for 5 days of style in the up and coming fashion capitol. We watched emerging designers compete for $15k, top designers, Yigal Azrouel, Timo Weiland and Tess Giberson show their Spring 15' collections and met the incredible (and stylish) bloggers from the St. Louis area. I'm not going to lie, the week went all too fast and I was sad to say my goodbyes when the time came. But there's always next year, right?

So, with that being said, I'm sharing my highlights from my experience at this year's St. Louis Fashion Week, and kicking things off the with amazing emerging designer competition from Wednesday night. Guys, be on the watch for these designers. Selected from all over the country these talented Gals (and guy) wowed me and the judges with their collections. I was personally drawn to fellow New Yorker, Collina Strada's luxe leather silhouettes but it Daniella Kallmeyer who went home with the $15K check from Brown Shoes.
{Collina Strada}
{team mini bun}

The next morning we headed over to Naturalizer for a quick bite and to try on shoes, because who doesn't love an hour (or two) in a shoe store? I've personally been all about the brand since they introduced me to David Bromstad for Naturalizer. I eventually went home with the Tanya booties {leopard} after much deliberation between those and all of the other boots from their other brand, NAYA. Naturalizer's Fall options are incredible, the boots, the oxfords, eep.
As for the Designer series we got a taste of Tess Giberson, Timo Weiland and Yigal Azrouel's Spring 2015 collections. Everything was gorgeous, naturally. I have to admit I'm partial to Timo and Tess's style esthetics. 

After the shows we headed to the Grand Hall for a massive after party to wrap STLFW with Timo Weiland, where we danced under the gorgeous light shows of Union Station.

{Timo Weiland}

{Tess Giberson}

{Yigal Azrouel}

The next night we headed to the Saint Louis Fashion Fund Gala wearing Timo, naturally. We spent a good chunk of our time with CFDA Icon, Stan Herman & Timo Weiland, but also bumped into Derek Blasberg & Fern Mallis before heading to dinner. 
Rounding out the week was the Midwest Fashion Conference at Wash U where I served on the Marketing panel next to some incredibly talented PR mavens from Dallas, St. Louis & NYC. I was so happy to offer some insight from my perspective as a blogger & stylist, and talk to other bloggers about my experiences with TfDiaries. 
{Stan Herman and I after our panels}
I am so grateful for the amazing experience and meeting so many great people that I now consider family. I'd like to send a big thank you to the talented Lindsay Pattan and the Alive Magazine team for bringing me out and introducing me to such wonderful, dedicated crew. Be on the watch NYFW because St. Louis is about to show you who's boss...
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Look For Less: Burberry Blanket Cape

Let's be real, since the Burberry Blanket Cape hit the scene everyone has been vying for oversized ponchos that may or may not resemble in the now sold out Fall essential. I'm not going to lie, I want one for myself, initials and all. So, when I saw this very familiar style I immediately threw myself on the should I or shouldn't I fence. 

What do you think guys, would you go for this $50 steal? Or is it too close for comfort?

More Poncho-spiration
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Effortless Travel Style

23 October 2014

When it comes to traveling I tend to keep it simple, I mean sure I love to add a pop of style but comfort is key in these kind of situations. Which means it's all about the accessories {Hat Lovers Unite}. So when I was getting ready to head to St. Louis last week I knew exactly where to get my essentials for my trip. Naturally, Sole Society would be my first pick, I mean these boots, bag and hat pretty much say it all.  They fit the bill and made traveling a breeze and gave my otherwise simple, cozy airport style a pop of chic...

HatBag & Boots c/o Sole Society, Dress Little Mistress, Tights Hanes, Scarf Nordstrom Rack

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Pop Of Midi

22 October 2014

As my obsession for printed midis continues I couldn't resist {yet} another cropped midi pairing with this new addition. Let's be honest I almost forget how else to wear the length since I've worn it with a splice of skin peeking out for who knows how long. However, the addition of the wine pumps and leather gives this newbie a Fall ready pop of inspiration.

Skirt Chicwish, Shoes Justfab, Jacket and Crop Top Lulus.com, Bag LANY
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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.
{{image c/o @thesocialideal}}

 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. 

Check out Explore St. Louis for more!
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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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