Fashion & Style

Rebecca Minkoff at St. Louis Fashion Week

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Spring St. Louis Fashion week is upon us, and while I’d like to go to every event, I usually only make it to one. It wasn’t hard deciding which one to attend when I read that Rebecca Minkoff was in the lineup. She is easily one of my favorite handbag designers! Can I get a Mab Mini in every single color please!

The show took place at Saks and offered complementary Skinnygirl wine. (Thank you for being calorie conscious, guys.) You gotta love booze & fashion. With only standing room spots left, I squeezed my way up close to where all the action was. Last year when I went to a STLFW show I didn’t take my camera and I really regretted it, so I came prepared this year. Rebecca’s collection was exquisite! I found all the looks to be very accessible; something I could see myself wearing on the street. The fun & flirty scalloped shorts were definitely a fave. I also really love her use of edgy latin prints. A really cool thing about the show was meeting the “it” girl herself! I was a little nervous, mostly because I was sporting my busted Cynthia Rowley bag, but I’m sure she knows this is St. Louis, not New York City. She was sweet and said one thing to me “You have a nice camera.” Um…I’ll take it! After I met her I browsed around her bags, but I wasn’t too impressed with the selection and passed on buying one. So off to the makeup counter I went, where I was conned into getting my makeup done, (it’s very relaxing, by the way) and spending too much money on Laura Mercier products.

A great benefit of the fashion show was that 100% of the ticket proceeds went to the St. Louis Fashion fund. I never knew this fund existed, but it’s nice to see more creative arts in this little city.

It was a lovely evening.

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In line to meet Rebecca Minkoff. But first…let me take a selfie! <3 my shoes.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_472" align="aligncenter" width="700"]me and rebecca minkoff Not a flattering one of me. She’s so cute though!

Giveaways

Snowed in book giveaway

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This winter has been brutal. If you’re like me and would rather stay in and keep warm instead of going out and freezing in some outfit you probably shouldn’t be wearing, then I have the perfect giveaway for you! I am giving one lucky person this collection of what I’d like to call creative prompt books. What a better way to kick the winter boredom and blues! Here’s what’s included in the giveaway:

My Wonderful World of Fashion: A Book for Drawing, Creating and DreamingAn interactive coloring book for fashionistas of all ages, My Wonderful World of Fashion is packed with beautiful and sophisticated illustrations specially created by the leading fashion-illustrator Nina Chakrabarti.

The book encourages creativity, with illustrations to color in and designs to finish off, as well as simple ideas for making and doing (how to make a sari, turn a napkin into a headscarf, dye a T-shirt, and so on). Covering clothing, shoes, bags, jewelry, and other accessories, the illustrations span both vintage fashionsdrawing on beautiful and interesting objects from past agesand contemporary designs from the illustrator’s own imagination.

My Even More Wonderful World of Fashion
A new interactive colouring book for fashionistas of all ages, My Even More Wonderful World of Fashion is packed with more beautiful and sophisticated illustrations specially created by illustrator Nina Chakrabarti.

Listography Journal: Your Life in ListsList-makers rejoice! This quirky and imaginative guided journal is the ultimate tool for creating a unique autobiography entirely in list form. Some lists include: greatest accomplishments, memorable co-workers, favorite food, guiltiest pleasures, greatest acts of kindness, and personal fashion trends. Each list is accompanied by hilarious illustrations. Listography is perfect for getting down all the details of a life less ordinary.

This Is Not a BookIn this uniquely skewed look at the purpose and function of “a book,” Keri Smith offers an illustrated guide that asks readers to creatively examine all the different ways This Is Not a Book can be used. With intriguing prompts, readers will discover that the book can be:

A secret message—tear out a page, write a note on it for a stranger, and leave it in a public place.

A recording device—have everyone you contact today write their name in the book.

An instrument—create as many sounds as you can using the book, like flipping the pages fast or slapping the cover.

This Is Not a Book will engage readers by having them define everything a book can be by asking, “If it’s not a book, what is it then?”—with a kaleidoscope of possible answers.

What I Wore TodayDoodle yourself into a style icon.

Have you noticed how what you do in a day has quite a lot to do with what you’re wearing? You forget your glasses, you miss the bus. You wear lucky underpants and suddenly everything goes your way. Not everyone wants their journal to be about feelings and bad poetry, so start scribbling about what you wore and sum up in a flash what it is to be you.

Let your imagination run wild. Use our little mannequin to sketch yourself in a flash and fill in the blanks about the day – its highs, its lows, and what you’ve been up to. You can design your ideal fashion items, from shoes to umbrellas, so you can be as creative with your style as you like. Use the additional wish list for your notes, pictures, cut-outs – stick in or write down whatever your heart desires. No self-respecting girl should be without one!
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To enter, use the rafflecopter form below. A comment on this post is mandatory. You can get more entrees which will increase your winning chances by doing the extras. The winner will be chosen at random on March 7th. This contest is opened to US residents only. Good luck!

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Exploration Fashion & Style Food & Recipes

Sugar Shack

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When one has a sweet tooth, the Sugar Shack is the place to be. The nostalgic candy store first piqued my interest when a photo of their gourmet cotton candy graced the cover of Feast magazine. My initial though:”I need my own photo of that wonderful pink fluff!” and this cuteness. On top of their large selection of cotton candy flavors, they also carry many vintage candies, phosphate sodas, and marshmallows coated in sticky goodness that are called Pillow Pops. The cherry cotton candy I had was delicious, as well with the soda. The shop made me feel like a child again and was reminiscent of the candy store from “The candy man can” scene in Willy Wonka. Although small, the Sugar Shack is not a spot to be overlooked when visiting downtown Kirkwood.

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Ice cream jumper: Wildfox Couture | Jeans: BDG | Booties: thrifted | Hat: Charlotte Russe | Watch: Charming Charlie | Bracelets: Forever 21

Food & Recipes

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Last week was the snowapocalypse. It was also the week my little sister and her fiancé decided to come down from Michigan for a visit. Luckily, when she arrived on Saturday evening it hadn’t started snowing yet, so I jammed packed all of our excursions into that evening. We had dinner at my favorite spot for comfort food called The Piccadilly at Manhattan, after that we worked off our food roaming around “the adult jungle gym” at The City Museum, then to end the night, we enjoyed ice cream at the Fountain on Locust. I took some photos during the outings with my cell phone, but the quality sucks and I refuse to post junk photos here. Hopefully I get a decent fashionable camera bag soon so I can have my camera with me at all times.

Sunday morning is when all the snow got dumped on us. There was no use in trying to go anywhere with the road conditions so we all stayed at my apartment and let the cabin fever sink in. After cooking a hearty breakfast for everyone (for myself really, because the youngins preferred to eat Fruity Pebbles), I had leftover bacon and was determined to use it for cookies! Bacon + desserts is the “new thing” these days and I think it’s genius. I like sweets, but I love salty fried foods, so why not combine the two. Bacon chocolate chip cookies is what I decided to go with. I knew I had enough ingredients for chocolate chip, and throwing bacon into an already semi-salty cookie seemed less intimating. Something like a bacon blueberry pie would be more of a challenge.

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These tasted just as good, if not better than they look in the photo! The bacon taste was actually very faint. I do believe that adding the bacon fat made the cookies more rich. So if you make these be sure to have a glass of milk poured and ready, ’cause you’re not going to be able to eat just one!

Recipe adapted from Poet in the Pantry

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups Flour
3/4 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup solid bacon fat
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 pound bacon, cooked and chopped

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray 2 cookie sheets with baking spray and set aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and chili powder. Set aside.
3. In a second bowl with a mixer, cream together the butter, bacon fat, and sugars until light and fluffy (about 3-5 minutes).
4. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing until the first is fully incorporated before adding the next. Scrape down the sides in between.
5. Stir in the vanilla extract.
6. With the mixer on medium low, slowly add the flour mixture, beating until just combined.
7. Remove from mixer and stir in the walnuts, chocolate chips, and bacon by hand, mixing until just incorporated.
8. Portion out the dough using a scoop, placing about 8 per sheet to allow enough room for spreading.
9. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are browned and the tops are lightly browned.
10. Let sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

Design & Freebies

10 Feminine and Free WordPress Themes

WordPress has been my choice CMS for several years now. Now it is incredibly easy to take any theme with or without coding knowledge and make it into your own. After some searching, I’ve found some great free “girly” and minimalistic themes I just had to share. These are for self-hosted WordPress blogs only. If you know if any other nice free themes, feel free to tell me in the comments.

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Classic WordPress Theme
Fully responsive and features include: threaded comments, custom date flag, custom fonts, chevron background, and a menu bar.
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Cascade
Cascade is an all-purpose, responsive (mobile friendly) theme with 12 optional layouts, per post layouts, multiple drop down menus, 12 widget areas, support for all 10 post formats, and mobile compatible menus.
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Adelle
With a soft pink confetti header and minimalist two-columns, you can get started blogging in no time.
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Inspiration
A clean and simple theme with custom header and built-in social media icons.
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Fluffy gray clouds, a binder clip and notebook paper – what more could you want in a website?!
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An elegant, modern theme with optional fixed header.
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The Blog Theme
A minimalistic theme with a pop of pink. Perfect for fashion & lifestyle bloggers.
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Fashionistas
Fashionistas is a bold and fun theme built on Bootstrap, suitable for magazine style blogs.
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A chic, feminine theme created with wedding blogs and wedding industry in mind. Features include option to upload your own logo & favicon, customizable colors and background, 3 different layout options. And guess what – it’s responsive too!
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A clean responsive theme for personal blogs.
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