When you get invited to St. Louis Fashion Week, you say YES and DON'T pack lightly! Break out the popcorn because I've prepared an in-depth look at what a week of fashion fun in STL looks like.
Day 1After work, I drove the 4.5 hours down to St. Louis and checked into the Union Station St. Louis Hotel. Upon checking in, I ran up to my room to refresh my make-up and do a quick wardrobe change before meeting up with bloggers from the Midwest Influencer Network at the Caleres Emerging Designer Award fashion show.
If your curious about the show and wanna see more, click here for my fashion show recap.
After the show, we rode over to Three Sixty Rooftop Bar to meet up with Socially Jen for some dinner and drinks. Although the foods and drinks were delicious, I couldn't sit long enough to finish my meal; the views are absolutely amazing!
Day 2After sleeping in, I grabbed a cup o' joe with the blogger babes before heading out. We rode out in style with Fun Tyme Limo and got the party started early. Coffee and champagne before noon? Um...Yes honey!
After some bubbly and laughs, we hit City Garden for photo opps with the St. Louis Arch and the changing foliage. Wanna check out pics from the garden, click here.
It started to sprinkle and that was our cue to head back to the bus for some resale shopping at The Vault before lunch. I had not heard about it before, but this place is a shopping destination in its own right. They have designer second-hand footwear, apparel and accessories...I spy quilted vintage Chanel!
The shopping really worked up an appetite, so we headed over to Katie's Pizza & Pasta for lunch. While noshing on out-of-this-world Italian food with a twist, we got to check out The Normal Brand's gear and hear about its beginnings.
Lunch sent me into a deep food coma and I sought refuge in the Union Station Hotel before prepping for an evening out. After a cat nap, I brought out my Vault purchase for a family style dinner at Element Restaurant & Lounge with the lovely ladies of Collections by Joya.
We ended the night at The Luminary to check out the WearIt design competition.
The third day of STLFW started off with a dose of caffeine at Naturalizer. Creative Director, Angelique Joseph, gave us the skinny on the fall-winter collection. (I can't wait to show you how I style my new booties!) After some shoefies, we visited Lulu's Seafood for some authentic Chinese food and a chat with Julia Lee from Create Space.
Us lucky gals got treated to a pre-show viewing of the Apex Predator and a meet-and-greet with the artists, Fantich & Young, at Projects + Gallery!
After an outfit change, we circled back to the area to check out animal friendly moto jackets and apparal from Fauxgerty. After swooning over the mustard vegan leather jacket, we walked over to check out the grand opening of the Fantich & Young art exhibit.
After checking out the exhibit, we Uber'd our way over to Central Table for dinner with the Missouri Eating Disorder Council for some eye-opening testimonials and eating disorder myth busting.
I began the morning with brunch to gain some fuel for a shopping session at the lifestyle boutique Living Collective and designer pop-up Skif. Skif designers indulged us in design convos and sketches as we explored the space and poured over the racks.
Our last stop of the week: Ball Park Village. We ended STLFW with a bang! Not only did we get to meet local bag designer Everett E. Johnson and fashion entrepreneur Suset Schumacher, we also got a private tour after a delicious dinner and drink pairing at Budweiser Brew.
Thank you St. Louis and all of the partnering brands for the hospitality and showing this gal a great time!
Photography by Ashley Kuenstler Photography and me.
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