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what i wore: saint louis fashion week kickoff

what i wore: saint louis fashion week kickoff

I'm in love with my new dress. It was a great find from Byrd Designer Consignment (originally $425, purchased for $90). I wore it to the Saint Louis Fashion Week Kickoff Party, which was held at the new Public Commons at the Nine Network's space in Grand Center.

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It was a gorgeous night and the new space is truly awesome. with six large screens, including two on the sides of different buildings. There was a presentation by Craft Alliance's Fiber Artist in Residence, Grace Kubilius - that's her on the lower left with ALIVE's ninja event planner Jess Leitch - I want one of those necklaces!

The Fashion Blog Awards were also given out that night - check out the post I wrote for ALIVE with the winners. Over the next two weeks, there are more amazing events planned all over the city. ALIVE's Fashion Editor, Sarah Stallman, did a great roundup of all the fashion week events on her blog. Follow me on Instagram for more party pics and see the schedule and buy tickets here!

st. louis fashion blog awards!

st. louis fashion blog awards!

Reason #1 I'm a terrible blogger - I'm just now getting around to writing about the St. Louis Fashion Blogger Awards, which were last Thursday! I was definitely really excited about this event, it's pretty cool when a bunch of people who love the same (somewhat obscure) thing get together in a room. In addition to bringing my hubby, I was able to give away two tickets on my blog, which led to my first use of Rafflecopter - I didn't screw that up, so I was happy. Three whole people entered ;) and Alyssa won the tickets, but couldn't get away for a second night out in a week (we'd had our blogger dinner on Tuesday), so my friend Ann came with us instead. 


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Reason #2 I'm a terrible blogger - I didn't take any dedicated outfit photos! I wanted to wear a faux leather top from Zara I bought over the summer and still have not had a chance to wear. However, it turns out that faux leather is extremely warm and there just wasn't enough of a chill in the air, so I went with the Parker dress I bought recently from Byrd Consignment

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All I have to show for the process is this test photo, I guess you'd call it, I took to determine whether or not I should really wear it. Yes, I do this pretty often. Sometimes it's hard to tell how something's going to look just by looking in the mirror. Side note, I often do this with personal styling clients too, they're usually surprised at how good something looks in a photo - something about distancing themselves from their image in the mirror, maybe.

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The event was at Three Sixty in the Hilton at the Ballpark, so amazing views, food, and drink were a given. Christia DeShields, who is just about the sweetest person in the world, did a great job as MC and I finally got to meet her super-adorable husband, Kenny, who often makes appearances on her blog. In the end, I didn't win either of the awards I was nominated for, but was completely fine with it because the girls who did win those (Oh Julia Ann for best writing and Fox & Gypsy for best fashion blog) so completely and totally deserved them. To be honest, I really feel like I am still such a newcomer to this whole world. Go here to see the full list of winners. What a great way to kick off Fashion Week and all the events to come - stay tuned for more!

Join me at Fashion Week - full schedule here, buy tickets here

last day to vote!

I mentioned a while ago that I was nominated for a couple of Saint Louis Fashion Blogger Awards, and today is the last day to vote

mindful closet is nominated for Best Fashion Blog and Best Writing (scroll to the bottom of the page to vote). And, there's going to be a super-fun awards/Saint Louis Fashion Week kickoff party on Thursday. If you want to come cheer me on, you can purchase tickets here (use code SUPPORT for $5 off) OR enter below to win two FREE tickets! Thanks so much for your support!

WHAT: St. Louis Fashion Blog Awards 

WHERE: Three-Sixty St. Louis 1 S. Broadway 63102

WHEN: Thursday, September 19 | Doors open at 6:00pm | Awards begin at 7:00pm | Doors open to GA at 8:00pm



St. Louis sometimes gets a bad rap.  When I'm talking to people who grew up here, I often (not always!) get the sense that they take all the great parts of this city for granted. As someone who has lived in Mobile, Portland, outside Cleveland, Houston, NYC, and Miami, I can tell you that St. Louis has as much or more going for it as those cities (arts, architecture, history, food) in a much easier, friendlier, and more affordable setting. 

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Last week, I had a lot of great St. Louis experiences.

I went to my first Fashion Group International event. I think in most cities, the fashionistas might be a little elitist or snobby, but true to form for St. Louis, everyone was friendly, welcoming, and approachable.

I'm so excited about having finished the process to become a volunteer for Dress for Success. Dress for Success has a store just for clients, where women who need professional clothing can go and find what they need for interviews and work, an important step in building confidence. Here in St. Louis, the founders of the organization decided to take the Dress for Success model even further, and added all sorts of other life and career supports for people trying to break the cycle of poverty, becoming Connections to Success. I can't wait to work with them.

I finally stopped in at East+West, a men's clothing store down the street from me in Kirkwood, after admiring their branding for months. Aside from having great, American-made men's clothing, the aesthetic of the store and brand is so right on: rustic, urban, hip - I'll be shopping there often for male clients.

The very same day I did my training for Dress for Success, I discovered another great organization, the National Council of Jewish Women. They run a great resale shop and funds go towards important community work, like the Back to School store, which allows underserved children to get everything they need for the school year.

A few other random yet noteworthy items:

I realized I promoted my guest post on sKIDmarks all over social media, but never posted it here. I worked hard on it, so I'd love it if you'd check it out: Five Steps to Wardrobe Nirvana

mindful closet was nominated for TWO St. Louis Fashion Blogger Awards: for Best Writing and Best Fashion Blog!!  Please vote for me here, and while you're there, check out all the other great fashion blogs St. Louis has to offer.

I'm also a St. Louis Fashion Week blogger! So happy to be a part of the excitement and to get to hang out with local and national bloggers.

I hope everyone has a great Labor Day and a great week ahead!

pinterest strikes again

pinterest strikes again

Last Friday, I attended the St. Louis Fashion Blogger Award nominations, hosted by ALIVE magazine at Craft Alliance in Grand Center.  Looking for a little sartorial inspiration, I jumped on Pinterest and saw this image on my style board:

image: Kaufman Franco Resort 2014 via

image: Kaufman Franco Resort 2014 via

It reminded me that I actually hadn't worn my metallic belt that I was so excited about since May (here). I decided to try it with white instead of black and paired it with a thrifted Forever 21 peplum top, H&M pencil skirt and thrifted sandals.

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And guess what? I was nominated for "Best Writing" and "Best Fashion Blog"! Thanks to the people who nominated me (whoever you are!) - I was so surprised.  It was also nice to meet many of my fellow fashion bloggers (like Pysche, Julia, Lindsay, Sarah, Marisa, and Samantha) in person for the first time - they are all such sweet, friendly girls. 


 (self portrait by my photographer for the evening)


Don't forget, there's more mindful closet on facebook (like the page for updates!) and twitter - and I recently gave in to Instagram too...