Despite living in St. Louis for the past few years, I’m hardly a weathered St. Louisan. I moved here from one state over and immediately jumped into work and school. So it should come as no surprise that I leaped at the opportunity to see the city like a tourist during the Fall 2013 Saint Louis Fashion Week VIP Blogger’s Experience. To say the least, I think I’m still catching up on missed sleep.
We started off Friday with brunch at Brown Shoe Company. Nothing like a brand presentation to kick off the weekend! I already told you about the fantastic booties I scored with the Famous Footwear gift card they graciously provided… Yes, I am still just as obsessed, and yes, I have worn them almost every day since I purchased them. Note: the giant shoe of shoes outside Brown Show Company is a weird, but fantastic, STL landmark. I would argue almost as many blogger photos were taken of it as the Arch. After our meeting, iPhone app Muzio (hopefully on Droid soon?) took us around on a champagne bus tour of the city. The ultra-pathetic truth is that I had not seen most of the sites we were visiting, despite the fact that I moved to the area in 2008. From the Saint Louis Art Museum to the Central Library, City Garden and the Arch, we saw some of the prettiest parts of the city. We even met up with Emily of Wai Ming for sparkling water, St. Louis-themed truffles, and macaroons. After a small break (which I spent finding my internal balance, as buses and I are apparently still not on good terms) we headed to the ‘burbs to visit Savers Thrift Store, where we were provided with adorable snacks, discounts, gift cards and other goodies. The evening wrapped up at one of the best of-the-moment eateries, Winslow’s Home.
Saturday started bright and early with brunch at Saks Fifth Avenue, and a special presentation by Tess Giberson. We lunched at nearby Neiman Marcus before watching the CUSP runway show, then met up at the World Chess Hall of Fame in the Central West End for a special preview of the now-open fashion exhibit A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, Fashion and Chess. We wandered across the street for dinner at Bar Italia, then roamed the CWE until the wee hours of the morning…
…And then we came back a few hours later. The next morning we all met up for brunch at the CWE’s Central Table Food Hall. The entire lot of us may or may not have looked exhausted, angry at last night’s high heels, headache’y and/or dehydrated… but, you know, in the chicest way possible. All hail the messy bun and over-sized scarf. Oh, and Aleve. And eye cream. And Central Table’s amazing bacon.
Looking for more details from our St. Louis adventure? Check out some of these fantastic blogs. Blogger attendees included the ladies behind sites from all over the country, like Selective Potential, Orchid Grey, Cali Vintage, Keiko Lynn, Delightfully Tacky, Good Good Gorgeous, and more.
But don’t fret–I’ll be posting more details soon, mainly because there’s simply more you need to know about these brands, businesses, and bloggers. Till then, I’m off to keep opening and closing my closet door, hoping one of those fantastic outfits magically appears.