We can all agree subscription boxes are the funnest kind of mail out there, right? Not to mention one of the easiest gifts! Nothing brightens up a bunch of bills like a curated mystery present, and my new favorite option is the recently launched Bit-O-Local box. Bit-O-Local brings a boxful of hand-picked, St. Louis-made goodies right to your door, and the stories … Keep reading…

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Slipping on a slippery lobby floor, catching your heel in a crack in the sidewalk, scuffing the leather while driving… These are my real issues with stilettos, the ones that make me reach for flats when heading to the office or getting ready for a night out. Outside of the rare super-formal event, I primarily stopped wearing stilettos a while back – … Keep reading…

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Like any child given the opportunity, I was madly in love with rock candy. Uh, d’uh, Julia. What’s not to love? It’s sugar on a stick. Beyond that, I adored how it looked. The jagged edges, the translucency, the sparkle… It was like the geode I had in my room, except I could eat it. That’s a magical combination. As a bill-paying … Keep reading…

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As of late, I am full of hometown pride; new businesses are coming, friends are working to improve the area’s music scene, and my high school art department even won a massive grant. Springfield, Ill., for the win! As I’ve been stuck on Springfield, it seemed like the perfect time to share my new Illinois-inspired necklace from Jenny Present. I met Jenny … Keep reading…

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I love St. Louis, so buying local products is always a plus. We’re known for baseball, beer and toasted ravioli, but the handmade gift department is seriously bigger than I thought. I have four new favorite local lines thanks to ALIVE’s recent Handmade Holiday Party, and I’m a little obsessed. Looking for a last-minute gift for your BFF of the human or … Keep reading…

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