Fall Favorites: Best Nail Colors of the Season

My manicure is chipping, and it’s making me lose my mind. I keep reminding myself that I am painting my nails before bed tonight, but I can’t stop thinking about how much I hate when my polish is chipped. Anyone else get like this? Maybe? Possibly? No? I might be a little nuts about polish…

…Y’know, and other things. If you follow me on Instagram or Pinterest, you’ve probably noticed that my obsession with autumn extends past my outfits and into my food, decor, beauty routine and general happiness. (I promise, I’m saner than I sound.) While I wait for my perfect nail-painting time, why not keep busy by combining my two weird addictions into one logical blog post?

Autumn Nail Polishes

In love? Me too… Orange Glitter | Amethyst | Deep Red | Dusty Coral | Gold Metallic | Cobalt Blue // Graphic: Autumn Nail Polishes

Now, time to pick out today’s hue…

What’s your favorite fall nail color?

Autumn Heat Wave | September Staples from Pitaya

My calendar says it’s autumn. My brain says it’s autumn. My heart says it’s autumn. Every restaurant and store to ever carry anything pumpkin-flavored says it’s autumn. And the stupid thermometer says it’s summer.

For the three terrible months of summer—I’m barely joking, summer is the worst—I keep myself afloat on the promise of layers and dusty colors and crisp air and boots. “Fall is just around the corner!” Bullshit. It’s finally actually autumn, and it’s in the 80s. It’s hot outside. It’s hot in my car. It’s hot at work. And it feels way hotter because it was momentarily cooler a few weeks ago.

In an attempt to survive my own weather-induced pity party (hand me a thimble-sized pumpkin chai to go with the world’s smallest violin, please) I’m incorporating a few fall favorites into my summer-to-fall transitional wardrobe. These two new staples are from Pitaya in the Delmar Loop. The mustard top screams September, and the light-weight fabric makes it heatwave-appropriate. I added the hat for a bit more fall flavor without bulking on too many layers. (Also, I saw it on the shelf and simply couldn’t say no. Bonus: They sell for only $32, and there were multiple colors available!)

pitaya mustard top - shorts - thigh high socks - felt hat - boots - mbmj too hot to handle tote (1)

pitaya mustard top - shorts - thigh high socks - felt hat - boots - mbmj too hot to handle tote (7)

pitaya mustard top - shorts - thigh high socks - felt hat - boots - mbmj too hot to handle tote (3)

pitaya mustard top - shorts - thigh high socks - felt hat - boots - mbmj too hot to handle tote (6)

pitaya mustard top - shorts - thigh high socks - felt hat - boots - mbmj too hot to handle tote (4)

pitaya mustard top - shorts - thigh high socks - felt hat - boots - mbmj too hot to handle tote (8)

pitaya mustard top - shorts - thigh high socks - felt hat - boots - mbmj too hot to handle tote (5)

pitaya mustard top - shorts - thigh high socks - felt hat - boots - mbmj too hot to handle tote (2)

Currently wearing… Hat in navy, c/o Pitaya [SIMILAR] | Earrings, vintage | Mosaic necklace, c/o Karma Mantra [SIMILAR] | Long necklace, c/o Pitaya [SIMILAR] | Pleat Front, Two Pocket, Sleeveless Blouse in Mustard, c/o Pitaya [HERE] | Tank, PINK [HERE I think? Maybe a smidge different] | Bangle, BelleStyle Bijoux c/o Heartland Underdog [SIMILAR OPTIONS] | Bracelets (silver and brown), vintage | Bracelet (green), CARA, Nordstrom [SIMILAR] | Shorts, H&M [HERE but lighter] | Marc by Marc Jacobs Too Hot To Handle Tote, Off Fifth [HERE in a spectacular blue] | Boots, c/o Diba True [SIMILAR]

Just scrolling through the photos has made me want to put the hat back on. Is it weird if I wear a hat around my house while editing a post? I may or may not be in pajamas…

What September staples are helping you through the heat?

PS: I’ve mentioned before how much I love Pitaya (like here and here and here and here), so I was thrilled to find out the store recently won an award! Pitaya has been named the 2014 Best Clothing Store for Women by the Riverfront Times. Congratulations!

Coupon crazed? | Giveaway: One-Year Entertainment Digital Membership ($20 Value)

I remember our Entertainment coupon book well; my mother kept it in the car in the backseat map pocket, and every time we’d go to a restaurant, she’d grab the book to see if a coupon was available. I received one as a gift in college, but I wasn’t as diligent as my mother and I kept forgetting to bring it with me. I’d go to the cleaners or a cafe, sans book, and eventually remember the savings I had left at home. Bummer. That’s the problem with coupons: They’re only good if you remember to clip them.

Thankfully, we live in a world where my phone can do practically anything. It houses my music, tells me where I parked my car, and even scans my emails for upcoming bills. And now, it keeps my Entertainment coupons in my purse at all times with the digital membership.

Entertainment Digital Membership Giveaway (2)

I was recently sent a free one-year digital membership to Entertainment to review (and another to give away!), and I am already addicted to the mobile savings. The Entertainment app includes not only savings at local and national businesses in more than 110 areasthe digital version allows you to access coupons in other cities. This means if I visit Chicago, I can refresh my app and access all Windy City discounts, then get right back to St. Louis savings when I return. You can ‘star’ favorite coupons on the app for easy retrieval, which made selecting and saving my first two incredibly easy. When my mother came to visit, we used a B1G1 free admission coupon to tour the Eugene Field House and St. Louis Toy Museum. Last night, when Lance and I found ourselves a bit peckish, we stopped by Seoul Taco and scored 25% off our bill. Both times, I simply showed the person working the coupon code on the screen and the discount was quickly given. No printing necessary.

But, if you do feel like printing something, the digital membership comes with both mobile- (Android and Apple) and web-access, meaning there are extra coupons outside of your phone that can be printed and brought with you. I thought of this like a great added bonus: There are plenty of savings on your phone at all times, but these extras can be found if you put in the effort.

Some coupons offer a one-time deal, such as a B1G1 free entree or admission, or 20% off your entire purchase. For those of you in St. Louis, excite in knowing that there are mobile coupons available for Cherry Bomb Vintage, The Bleeding Deacon Public House, AKC Museum of the Dog, Rosalita’s Cantina,  The Magic House, Olivette Lanes, Market Pub House, the Handle BAR, Joe Fassi Sausage & Sandwich Factory, Pottery Hollow, Leopard Boutique, Blueprint Coffee, Wacky Warriors, paperdolls, Blues City Deli, East + West, and more. And that doesn’t even include the printable options.

Peek at the mobile app below…


Some coupons offer reoccurring savings—sometimes on top of a one-time larger discount. For example, Northwest Coffee has a one-time deal of 50% off your drink order, and a reoccurring deal of 20% off your drink order.  Sounds pretty perfect to me.

Just a note: Once you fully open a one-time offer, it is marked as used. Thankfully, when you click the Use Now button, the app prompts a second ‘Ready to Redeem?’ pop-up, making accidental openings much harder.

Like I said before, Entertainment also provided me with a one-year digital membership to give away, valued at $20! Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget below for your chance to win twelve months of savings.

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Good luck!

An Attempted Thank-You | Saint Louis Fashion Blog Awards ’14

Thank you. That seems like the perfect place to begin. Thank you for reading. Thank you for voting. Thank you for your support.

The second-annual Saint Louis Fashion Blog Awards were held last night, and Oh, Julia Ann was named People’s Choice winner for Best Budget Blog, Best Written Blog, and Best Lifestyle Blog.

Oh. My. God.

Now, before I begin my probably-uncomfortable attempt at a proper thank-you let me tell you about the out-of-control event. The awards were held alongside FABRIC, the Saint Louis Fashion Week kick-off party, at the new Public Media Commons in Grand Center. Guests were entertained not only with the state-of-the-art features of the venue—Ahem, can you see the huge screens below? There are four unpictured!—but a fashion presentation by Grace Kubilius, pop-up shopping from August Abroad and Shirt Kong, light bites, Pinnacle cocktails, Sara’s Social Booth and more.









Currently wearing… Shirt, M Missoni, Off Fifth [SOLD OUT/haven't found anything similar yet.../PS: This is the other free item from the crazy Off Fifth B1G2 free sale!] | Skirt, H&M [SIMILAR] | Shoes, Vince Camuto, DSW [SIMILAR] | Chain necklaces, mix of DIY and Lia Sophia [SIMILAR-ish... Just mix a bunch of necklace chains!] | Locket, Fable & Lore c/o ALIVE Magazine [HERE] | Earrings, Forever 21 [SIMILAR] | Purse, second-hand | Bracelet, CARA, Nordstrom [SIMILAR] | Cuff, vintage

Then came the award ceremony. Amazingly, I was more awkward than last year. I was given about three seconds to prepare for an acceptance speech, so I decided slamming liquid bravery before standing was smarter than trying to map out my words. I still (for the most part) stand behind this decision, but there is a 50/50 chance that I said, “Thank you; while I don’t much appreciate being put on the spot—*smirk and chuckle to emphasize humor and show you’re not an asshole*—I do very much appreciate this award,” OR “Wa wa wahh wah wa wa,” like a Charlie Brown grown-up. Regardless, there are a million things I would have said if I had thought about it for more than three seconds, or if I was better at public speaking. First and foremost, I write because I’m better on paper, simply put; even then, I’m far from perfect, but I’m going to try my best. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Knowing that what I do is appreciated by those who read it means the world to me. This blog has been so fulfilling, so rewarding, so fun—it is more than I could have ever expected, and I am so glad to have you along for the ride. I will do my damnedest to keep producing the quality (and, although sarcastic and self-deprecating, apparently well-written) budget and lifestyle content I love and you apparently also enjoy. Thank you. Thank you so much.

Now, before I get too weird, on to some photos. Our awards (for the female winners, at least) were made by local company August Abroad. It is a beautiful, hand-stamped Missouri charm featuring the hashtag #STLFBA. Winners of more than one award received a key charm to wear alongside it. I’m so proud to have the three together.

I can feel myself getting into the awkward thank-you cycle again. I should stop while I’m ahead. Photo time.





On a hilarious note, these photos were taken today, which means  I guess I’m on a huge metallic kick, as these two outfits are eerily similar considering one is a tunic and the other is a peplum blouse and jeans. Ha!

This has been a fantastic weekend, and it’s still early on Saturday night. With a kick-off party this good, it’s a safe bet to say the STLFW Fall ’14 season will be spectacular. I can’t wait until the next event in October. Until then, I’ll probably be here, staring at my necklace in total disbelief.

Tales of Great Sales: The B1G2 Free Saks Leather Biker Vest

Tight mini-dresses. Baggy layers. Jumpers. Crop tops. Platforms. Plaid. Plaid. Plaid. ALL THE PLAID!

I was not the right age to participate in many of the best trends of the 90s; I was the right age, however, to adore the older girls and guys who did, which means it will forever live in my head as one of the coolest styles ever. It’s like the same way I’ll always have a small crush on Shawn and intense cravings for fruit snacks—everybody’s got those childhood things they still adore.

Starting now, I’m making up for lost time.

Excluding the fruit snack thing. I never stopped buying those. There is literally a fruit snack wrapper in front of my keyboard as I type. Don’t be jealous.




Currently wearing… Vest, Saks Gray Label, Off Fifth [SIMILAR/AFFORDABLE] | Sunglasses, QUAY, Nordstrom Rack [SIMILAR] | Earrings, c/o Pitaya [SIMILAR] | Tank, UO [SIMILAR] | Necklace, Lia Sophia [SIMILAR] | Denim jacket, Bitten [SIMILAR] | Button-up, AE, TJX [SIMILAR] | Jeans, AE [HERE] | Boots, Steve Madden [SIMILAR]

I have been wishing and hoping for cool weather so I could start wearing this vest, a.k.a. my new favorite piece of the season. And there’s nothing like a leather vest to finish off the denim-jacket-and-flannel look! It adds warmth, it toughens things up, it emphasizes the bust… Those are three of my favorite item requirements. Remember the Off Fifth B1G2 free sale I lost my damn mind about? This vest is the one item I purchased; it was marked down from some $500 to $199, and came complete with two other designer pieces—the last of which will be featured on the site soon.

Speaking of leather, I’ll be styling an outfit featuring some equally-amazing leather pieces at tomorrow’s Saks Fifth Avenue Fall Contemporary Event at Plaza Frontenac. I’m participating in a blogger Saks Style Off at 2 p.m.; if you’re in the Gateway City, stop by for fashion, light bites, whiskey cocktails, Champagne and more.


Looking for an excuse to have an afternoon cocktail (or two) and shop? Did I just name two of your favorite things? Thought so. See you there.