So I Hear You’re Hungover…

Okay, I’m not hungover. And I hope you’re not hungover. But I was incredibly sleepy this morning, which looks pretty much the same (splotchy, dry skin… puffy, tired eyes… an overall ‘I made a mistake’ demeanor…) and requires nearly identical treatment.

Funny story about hangovers, and by that, I really mean a sad story about birthdays. There was once a time when my hangovers seemed logical. If you have X-amount of drinks, you feel Y-level of shitty the next day, and you take Z-amount of pain medication. It’s like alcohol-infused algebra. And then, on the eve of my 24th birthday, I had two glasses of rum punch: one with dinner and one after, over the course of almost three hours. I had tried this rum punch before, and while it wasn’t my favorite drink, it was consistently the same—side note, my mother once tried it while we were out to dinner and said it tasted like “Kool-Aid and grain alcohol,” which was probably pretty accurate. Two back-to-back wouldn’t have been strong enough to get drunk, let alone one with dinner and another later on. But, alas, despite this sincere lack of drunkness, the hangover was there in full-force in the morning. And that, dear friends, is why when Lance said “It’s your birthday; I’ll get you lunch anywhere you want,” I said “Auntie Anne’s.” Damn you, hangovers.

Beauty Fixes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s what ya need… Lip Balm | Eye Roll-On | Vitamin C | Concealer | Body Wash | VitaminWater | Highlighter // Graphic: Beauty Fixes

Missing from list: greasy Chinese take-out food, onion rings, overly-thick pancakes with very little syrup.

What’s your secret fix?

London, Rome, Paris, St. Louis | Peek inside the STLFW VIP Blogger Lounge

In the spirit of the upcoming Saint Louis Fashion Week shows, now is the time to show my STL pride. Sure, I’ve only been to one city on this list… But I’m pretty damn certain that it’s my favorite.

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Currently wearing… Tank, c/o Shirt Kong [HERE] | Jeans, AE [HERE] | Shoes, BCBGeneration [SIMILAR] | Jacket, H&M [Haven't found anything similar! Send me a link if you see something like it... mine is getting old!] | Bangle, vintage | Earrings, Express [SIMILAR]

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I was gifted this fantastic, locally-printed Shirt Kong tank at the recent STLFW VIP Blogger Lounge. The party, which was held at Scape American Bistro in St. Louis’ historic Central West End, included sips and shopping from a variety of area brands—such as Bluebird Apparel, Bellestyle Bijoux, and Suzanne Lay, as seen below—and some incredibly rad swag, like my new city top. I can’t wait to share more from these fantastic companies. Keep your eyes open!

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In the mood for more style? Check out the STLFW line-up and start thinking about what you’ll wear now. Happy Sunday!

Oh So Ladylike | Fashion Inspiration from Guilty Pleasure T.V. Shows

I’ve noticed an ongoing theme in my favorite guilty-pleasure television shows. From Glee‘s Emma to Hart of Dixie‘s Lemon, all the way up to the queen of Gossip Girl, Blair—it’s all about ladylike silhouettes and girly details.

With the weather warming up and sundress season quickly approaching, maybe it’s time to steal some fashion inspiration from one of these oh-so-feminine stars.

Television Inspiration: Emma Pillsbury of Glee
Wanna look like Emma? Earrings | Dress | Pumps | Clutch | Bracelet | Dress | Peep-Toes | Dress | Flats [Sold out! SIMILAR] | Necklace [Sold out! SIMILAR] | Watch // Graphic: Television Inspiration

Television Inspiration: Lemon Breeland of Hart of Dixie
Wanna look like Lemon? Watch | Clutch | Dress | Pumps | Necklace | Top | Skirt | Flats | Earrings | Bangle | Bracelet | Dress | Heels // Graphic: Television Inspiration

Television Inspiration: Blair Waldorf of Gossip Girl
Wanna look like Blair? Slingbacks | Pumps | Pumps | Clutch | Dress | Earrings | Bracelet | Dress | Necklace | Earrings | Eyeglasses Case | Dress // Graphic: Television Inspiration

I suppose I ought to clean up my language if I want to rock one of these ultra-feminine frocks, hmm? 

Sneezing in Style | Decor by Isaac Mizrahi (that you can afford!)

Hey there, gorgeous! I was asked to share these new Kleenex by Isaac Mizrahi products with you. While I am being compensated, these thoughts and opinions are my own. Now, enjoy!

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There’s this brief lesson early on in journalism school where the professor reminds everyone of the difference between household brand names and product types. You know the ones… It’s really called lip balm. That’s a copy machine. Those are adhesive bandages. But the one that always got me? Facial tissues. Kleenex is a hard brand name to drop. It sort of set the standard, no?

So it makes perfect sense that if facial tissues were on the mind of fashion powerhouse Isaac Mizrahi, the brand would be Kleenex.

Now any project of Mr. Mizrahi is worth a post, but more often than not those beautiful items stay in the lust-worthy category. Thankfully, these are only a few bucks and are available at Target. Oh, and did I mention there’s a printable coupon? Head over here, then click PLAY & SAVE to score your discount.

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You already know you like the product inside a box of Kleenex—so now, let’s talk about the packaging. These Isaac Mizrahi tissue boxes straddle the line between utilitarian object and home decor. Not to excessively dork-out, but… Don’t they look adorable in the apartment?!

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Honestly, it’s just such a pleasant surprise when the items I have to have in my home complement my decor. I worked hard to fill our living room with things that make me smile—so hard, in fact, that I deserve to have every item, even the tissues, bring me joy.

Oh, Mr. Mizrahi, I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Don’t fret, fellow pattern-addicts: you’ve only seen a few of Isaac’s Kleenex designs so far!  CLICK HERE to get more home styling tips from Isaac Mizrahi and to see his entire collection for Kleenex. And remember to grab that coupon!

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Don’t forget, dolls: While this is part of a paying campaign, these opinions and photos are entirely my own.

Bulldogs in Bow Ties

Ah, early spring. The birds have just started chirping, the grass is starting to grow back, the sun is out longer…. Excluding allergies, it’s simply the best. Yesterday was the perfect outside day—low wind, mild temperature, and high sun—so I grabbed my boys and headed to the courtyard. In case I never made the formal introduction, please meet my American bulldogs, Cap’n Crunch and Count Chocula. 

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They’re quite fashion-forward for being four-legged friends, thanks to their new duds, courtesy of St. Louis company Pawsh Accessories. If you recall, I was introduced to Pawsh Accessories a few months ago at ALIVE’s Handmade Holiday Party, at which it became quite clear that my boys needed to don some dashing new collars. These handmade leashes, collars, and bow ties are sturdy and stylish; there was no doubt the items would, for example, hold back Cap’n when he tried his best to chase and befriend that lone pigeon. When it comes to pet items, is there anything better than adorable and practical?

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Cap’n Crunch is currently wearing… Bow tie, collar and leash in ‘Hourglass’, c/o Pawsh Accessories [HERE; leash available upon request]

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Bulldogs in Bowties photo shoot plus Floral Dress ed (139)

Count Chocula is currently wearing… Bow tie, collar and leash in ‘Candy Jewels’, c/o Pawsh Accessories [HERE; collar and bow tie available upon request]

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Julia is currently wearing… Dress, Lauren by Ralph Lauren [SIMILAR] | Heels, Nine West [SIMILAR] | Jacket, Bitten [SIMILAR] | Necklace, American Eagle [HERE] | Belt, vintage | Sunglasses, c/o Saver’s [SIMILAR] | Earrings, Betsey Johnson [SIMILAR]

In case you can’t tell, those hilarious pup expressions were caused by people (and pigeons) walking by to ooh and aah over their bow ties. The entire photo shoot experience was my normally-dopey dogs acting like refined, polished gentlemen; I could practically hear them saying to one another, “Good afternoon to you Cap’n, you look so dapper, I simply must sniff you…” “Oh, Count, you fine sir, you look quite handsome yourself! Let’s get in a quick sniff-and-sneeze while the camera is shooting, alright? Cheerio!”

But on a more realistic note, can you imagine in how many situations a good dog bow tie could come in handy? Strolls through the park, family photos, pet parades, holidays—and those are just the first things that come to mind. The bow tie can be removed from the collar for everyday wear, but—short of the dog park—I simply can’t imagine why you’d want to do that.

All this writing about dogs has me missing my boys. Time for pup-cuddles! Ta-ta!