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what i wore: saint louis fashion week emerging designer competition

what i wore: saint louis fashion week emerging designer competition

The past month has been crazy but awesome, covering Saint Louis Fashion week for ALIVE Magazine on top of my usual client schedule and taking care of our now-five-month-old. For most events, I didn't even have a chance to take photos before handing off the baby and running out of the door, but I'm glad I did for this outfit.

This dress cost a whopping 34 cents. Well, I'm guesstimating, since I got it at the St. Louis Goodwill Outlet, where everything is 79 cents per pound. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, check out my guide to St. Louis thrift stores. I love the graphic nature of this traditional African mudcloth fabric. As I seem to do frequently, I cut off most of the length and hemmed it. I added a metallic gold belt from H&M, old Franco Sarto booties from Marshall's, a thrifted clutch, and black tights.  There's always a little extra pressure when going to an event where you know people will be making an extra effort to look chic, and I was really happy with my outfit. You know what that means - I'll be wearing it again soon!

 

what i wore: stlfw

Well, better late than never, right? Even though it feels so long ago, I didn't take outfit pics during St. Louis Fashion Week for nothing, so here they are! Going into planning outfits for all of these events, I kept in mind that I'd be spending time with lots of fabulous bloggers and that I wanted to stay true to my own style without worrying about competing for the wackiest, most out there look.

From left: 1) Theory blouse via Saks Off Fifth, Paige jeans via Nordstrom Rack, and super old but favorite shoes - Isaac Mizrahi for Target. 2) Zara dress, H&M belt, B. Makowsky shoes via Marshall's. 3) H&M dress, flea market necklace, Isaac Mizrahi for Target shoes.

From left: 1) Zara top, flea market necklace, James jeans, Franco Sarto wedge boots via Marshall's. 2) ba&sh jacket, Paige jeans, H&M belt, Isaac Mizrahi for Target shoes. 3) Vince sweater via Nordstrom Rack, Forever 21 tee, Gap jeans, Lucky Brand boots. 

Maybe it was because I burned out a little on dressing up, but my favorite outfit to wear was the casual one I wore to brunch on our last day of events, on the left, above.  

There are a few other projects occupying brain space at the moment, so I will apologize again for the light blog posting! Hope you all are well :) 

a don't...

a don't...

Sometimes, things just don't work, but you don't see it until you see a photo. 

Thrifted top, James Jeans, Madewell necklace, B. Makowsky shoes via Marshall's

Thrifted top, James Jeans, Madewell necklace, B. Makowsky shoes via Marshall's

I like the drapiness of this top, but the high-low thing just isn't working for me - the longer part in the back cuts off the legline and makes me look short(er). Oh well, no biggie! Moving on, I looove these shoes and am happy to have any chance to wear them, plus it was a great night out at Gringo here in STL (I recommend the fish tacos) with my husband and good friend Ann!

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