Wear it to Work: The Colors of Autumn

My name is sleepy and I am Julia.
My name is Julia and sleepy.
Julia is sleepy.
Sleep.

If you’ve been following me on Twitter and Instagram, you know I’ve been busy with Saint Louis Fashion Week. (I promise, full coverage is coming to the blog soon.) I’ve been tied up post-event each night trying for a few hours of sleep here and there, because between the shows, shopping, and dinners I’ve been at work. Oh yeah, day jobs. Don’t those get in the way… Times like these require predetermined work outfits that need no morning brain power, because I have been using all of mine to keep from tipping over while blow-drying my hair. This seems like a great time to feature an office look on the blog—in reality, maybe it’s not, but I’m waiting for my triple skinny vanilla latte to kick in, so my creative juices are working on a five-minute delay. Whatever. Below you’ll find my favorite no-thinking-required fall business-casual look. It’s simple, it’s clean, and it’s perfect to repeat monthly weekly (guilty) at my 9-to-5.

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Currently wearing… Eyeglasses, DVF [SIMILAR] | Earrings, Forever 21 [SIMILAR] | Cardigan, Banana Republic [SIMILAR] | Necklace, c/o Soft Surroundings [SIMILAR] | Top, c/o Pitaya [LAST SEEN / HERE] | Skirt, Banana Republic, partially c/o Rung [SIMILAR ] | Socks, American Apparel [HERE] | Boots, Steve Madden [SIMILAR] | Purse, Marc by Marc Jacobs Too Hot To Handle Tote, Off Fifth [HERE in current color]

I’ve been waiting for cooler weather to feature this fun pencil skirt. I picked up this skirt at a blogger event held over the summer at Rung Boutique. Carmen of The Ruby Zipper served as hostess while we all tried our hands at fashion trivia and learned more about the nonprofit resale boutique. The store—along with connected Sprung Boutique, which features gently used attire for tots and other parental necessities—helps to support a St. Louis nonprofit,  The Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis. Scroll down to take a peek inside the store.

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Since stock is bound to travel at the speed of sound in this tidy and fun second-hand store, I’m sure the inside has changed since I snapped these pictures at the event… And just typing that has me wondering what other goodies they now have available.

I’m off to the STLFW Wrap Dinner to see a few of my favorite St. Louisans and bid adieu to some great out-of-town bloggers. Time to chug this latte. The party isn’t over yet; I’ll sleep when I’m dead.


What’s your favorite fall work outfit?

The Cat’s Meow | Hip to Halloween with Pitaya

Autumn is madness. There’s event after event after gala after event — and they all take place in the best type of weather, which you definitely don’t want to miss. A good Midwestern fall is rarer than a cute size 8 women’s shoe left on a clearance rack, so turning down an invite or activity is not an option. Take all the obligations of the season and pepper in a few holidays, some dinner parties, a handful of meetings, and two crazy projects at work, and you can guess why I want to wear pajamas all day, every day. But, alas, I can’t. I actually hate when people do — I totally understand it, I just refuse to participate.

Super soft leggings and shapeless mini-dresses/tunics are my new solution, and I am obsessed with the striped wonder I just got from Pitaya in the Delmar Loop.

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Currently wearing… Striped Crew Neck Tunic Dress, c/o Pitaya [HERE] | Jacket, vintage | Hat, c/o Pitaya [LAST SEEN / SIMILAR] | Earrings, c/o Pitaya [SIMILAR] | Necklace, c/o Pitaya [I can't find anything else quite like it! Check in stores!] |Fleece-lined Leggings, c/o Glick’s [HERE] | Clutch, Target [SIMILAR] | Socks, American Apparel [HERE] | Boots, Steve Madden [SIMILAR]

Cover bedhead with the hat. Grab ultra-thick socks to give your feet some relief, almost like wearing slippers. An over-sized jacket finishes the cozy-chic look and accentuates the looseness of the tunic. And it all feels so… comfortable.

Before we continue, let’s take a moment to discuss the fact that the Pitaya necklace pictured above was priced at only $12… And it wasn’t even on sale! I can’t even.

Now, on to the real story: I can’t stop wearing this tunic. This tunic is so irrationally soft and comfortable that I have tried to think of ways to wear it every moment since shooting this photo.

Can I wear it to work?
Not as a dress, but maybe as a shirt.
Can I wear it around the house with cozy pants?
Totally!
Can I eat in it?
With zero waistband restrictions.
Can I sleep in it?
Like a baby.

It’s madness how much I don’t want to take this tunic off. So, I tried to think of new ways to incorporate it into outfits. With Halloween so close on the horizon, I am happy to report that this tunic turns into a fun, cute, and oh-so-warm costume…

Easy Halloween | The Cat Burglar
Need a costume? Grab your tunic and… Shirt | Pants | Gloves | Lipstick | Mask | Boots | An old reusable tote and a Sharpie // Graphic: Polyvore

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My thought process was this: A pair of black jeans and boots, plus a turtleneck and money bag, turn this tunic into burglar costume… Better yet, add a feline mask — What, don’t you own one? — and go as a CAT BURGLAR! Bonus points if you pretend to burgle people’s cats. Hahahaha. Combining my love for cats, holidays, bad jokes, and this tunic! So. Purrfect.


What will you be this Halloween?

WHAT / WEAR | STLFW VIP Blogger’s Lounge

WHAT // STLFW VIP Blogger’s Lounge

Oh, what a fun weekend! The Saint Louis Fashion Week VIP Blogger’s Lounge at Scape American Bistro in the Central West End was hosted by Lindsay Pattan and Jimmy No Show, and — drum roll, please — presented by Well Dressed Midwest! Okay, so you’re not excited because you don’t know what that means, but I have been dying to tell you. So many meetings! So much brainstorming! You see, I proudly serve on the Well Dressed Midwest steering committee, and I have been excited about this project since Lindsay first brought it up… I’ll go into all the details soon, but for now you should know this: Well Dressed Midwest is a spectacular blogger network full of resources, brand opportunities and more. And I am so excited.

Now, back to the event. Blogger after blogger circled the upstairs of Scape, moving from booth to bar to booth. Think of it as equal parts brand networking and cocktail party. I met some spectacular people — saw a few fantastic familiar faces, too! — and fell madly in love with a new cocktail. Oh, and I left with four bags of amazing new goodies I can’t wait to share — including a drawn-on-the-spot fashion sketch of yours truly!  Take a peek at a few of my favorite photos, event features, products and more.

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With Rachael, Mary and Marissa // Photo courtesy of Victoria Lafferty for ALIVE Magazine

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Fashion sketch by Noah MacMillan for the Regional Arts Commission

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The Foundrie

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The Clover

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Suzanne Lay

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With Carylee // Photo courtesy of ALIVE Magazine

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Glik’s

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Vogue Footwear

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The Regional Arts Commission

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The Well Dress Midwest steering committee // Photo courtesy of ALIVE Magazine

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Pinnacle Cocktail (lemon-lime soda, cranberry juice and Pinnacle Cranapple vodka) at Scape American Bistro

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Sara’s Social Booth

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Shirt Kong

  WEAR // Quilted crop top with blazer and midi zebra circle skirt 

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Photo courtesy of Victoria Lafferty for ALIVE Magazine

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Photo courtesy of ALIVE Magazine

 Currently wearing… Blazer, Express [HERE] | Crop top, Target [SIMILAR] | Skirt, Express [HERE] | Shoes, Vince Camuto, DSW [SIMILAR] | Bag, Coach [SIMILAR] | Necklace, DIY [TUTORIAL] | Bangle, vintage | Earrings, DIY


More Saint Louis Fashion Week fun coming this week! See you there.

DIY Rhinestone Chambray Shirt

You’re a gal on the go. You don’t have time to bake from scratch or clean your apartment (just me?), let alone read a super-long blog post. For those of you in a hurry, I have a quick post and project: the DIY rhinestone chambray shirt. Looking for a craft you can complete, start to finish, in less time than it takes to watch a movie? Scroll down a bit and get to work.

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This affordable, and incredibly easy, project helps bump up the dazzle of your basic chambray button-down. Extra perk: It only took about an hour, and I’m a slow sewer who is easily distracted and was also watching television. It might only take you 15 minutes.

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You’ll Need…

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Directions…

You’re smart; you probably don’t need directions for this at all. But, in case you’re like me and it takes FOREVER to decide on stone placement, here’s what I did: Place the stones in small clusters near the shoulders and sew in place. Be sure to double-knot everything. If you have a few left over, pop off the pocket buttons and replace them with stones. Ta-da!

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Need another craft? Snag the tutorial for the pictured necklace here.

What / Wear | STLFW Neiman Marcus Fashion Chat

WHAT // Saint Louis Fashion Week Neiman Marcus Fashion Chat benefiting COCA

Saint Louis Fashion Week is in full swing, and the first show—a fundraiser for COCA, which raised more than $6,000—was recently held at Neiman Marcus. Attire and jewelry from Jonathan Simkhai, Lisa Freede and Frank & Eileen were presented while the designers commented on the looks, explaining intimate details the average customer may not know—such as, Frank & Eileen is named for designer Audrey McLoghlin’s grandparents. Without a doubt, the best line of the evening was from Jonathan Simkhai. As the three-quarter sleeve black dress (pictured below) was presented, he mentioned that he designs for women who go from commitment to commitment each day; many looks were designed to go “from office to oysters.” I love it—not oysters, at all, but the concept, totally.

The evening included not just fashion, but music; light bites and desserts; snacks from The Hive; and drinks from two of my favorite brands, Pinnacle and Skinny Girl. Oh, and I even won an Instagram contest that I didn’t know was underway! Neiman Marcus graciously gifted me a Jimmy Choo perfume set. Thank you! (Note to Julia: The weird amount of pennies you have been finding seem to be lucky… Keep picking them up, and keep an eye out for a magic lamp.)

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Jonathan Simkhai

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Frank & Eileen

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Lisa Freede

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Frank & Eileen

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WEAR // Vintage lace dress with a leather biker vest

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Currently wearing… Vest, Saks Gray Label, Off Fifth [LAST SEEN / SIMILAR] | Dress, vintage | Socks, H&M [SIMILAR] | Boots, Steve Madden [SIMILAR] | Bangle, vintage (And no, the green bracelet is not part of the outfit; it was my ticket!) | Purse, Marc by Marc Jacobs Too Hot To Handle Tote, Off Fifth [HERE in current color] // Outfit photo snapped by Jill at Stilettos on Sunday Morning


More STLFW events are coming soon! Grab your tickets here.