I thought that I really understood the definition of a New York minute, oh man was I wrong. There just wasn’t enough time in the day for Lindsay Pattan (founder of Miss Ohio Vintage and Heartland Underdog) and I to catch all of the events and shows we intended to. But thank god we captured some of our adventures on the street in between the bubbly, shopping, and silliness. We met some really interesting people, spotted some amazing street style, and just embraced the general frenzy of the city that never sleeps.
My sister and I were lucky enough to be invited to work for Miss Ohio Vintage and Bakers Shoes at Loufest this year. There is a little something extra special in the air when you get to go to a festival as a vendor, it’s kind of like being VIP except you actually have to work, which just makes you that much more important. Because we were representing 2 great St. Louis Fashion Brands, we knew we had to have festival style down. We each had our own vision about what is festival appropriate, see what that was below.
Miller: Dress: Nordstrom Juniors, Boots (Vintage): Urban Outfitters, Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters, Cross Body Bag: Urban Outfitters. Holly: Dress: Urban Outfitters, Boots: Bakers Shoes, Belt: Urban Outfitters. Tasty Beer Guys: Schlafly
It’s a rare occasion when all 3 Scoggins sisters are able to get together for a day of fun. When the opportunity came up Friday, we decided to go all out and winery hop the day away. Throw in our friend Ethan, his BMW convertible and picturesque weather and it was inevitably an unforgettable time of silliness, fashion and good conversation.
Wine, fashion, sisters and perfect weather; what more could a girl ask for? Actually… Diamonds and Dom Perignon come to mind, but nevertheless it was comparably just as awesome. Also, I think weekday winery trips need to become priority, I mean life is just too short to not be out wine tasting.
- Wine Tasting at Round Pond Estate [Swirling Spotlight] (swirlitapp.com)
- Wine Tasting at Honig Vineyards and Winery [Swirling Spotlight] (swirlitapp.com)
- Wine Tasting in Monterey (wideeyedbaby.wordpress.com)
I am innately a physically lazy person. I really think it runs in my family. When my sisters and I get together it usually consists of shopping and then going home to “lay”, talk shit and gossip. Laying is like my favorite past time. Ugh, just thinking about sweating and exertion makes me shudder in repulsion. Below are 5 ways I get my ass off the couch for my daily (most days) pilates routine.
1. Reward Yourself with Alcohol-
This is my favorite method of them all because it works at the beginning, middle and end of the workout. Beginning- “If I peel my ass off this couch and do 1 hour of pilates I won’t feel guilty drinking that beer I really want. I can have 2, no 3 beers since I worked out!.” Middle- “God damn it I’m going to vomit, beer beer beer.” End- “That wasn’t so bad, I feel amazing! Time for that beer!”
2. Envision an Unrealistic Outcome-
3. Envision the Consequences of Not Working Out-
This works, it really really works.
4. What the Hell Else Would I be Doing?
Eh, well, House Hunters International is on at 5:30 and then I have a date at beer o clock, followed with letting the dogs out to potty and cleaning up that disgusting cereal mess I made this morning.
5. Being Tough-
I imagine being able to beat up large burly men or winning the Hunger Games. Hey, you never know.
- P90X VS. Beer (boeserbrau.wordpress.com)
- 7 Questions about beer answered (sprbrewcrew.wordpress.com)
- Let’s Get Physical, Physical: A Few Words on … Exercise and Beer (thisiswhyimdrunk.wordpress.com)
Men have it hard in the world of jeans. A man cannot just choose any fit of jeans without expecting to have some sort of assumptions made about his persona based on that fit. I have been inspired to write this post mostly to expose those who mock men for wearing skinny jeans, to the ever expanding world of jean stereotypes.
This guy considers himself “forward thinking” and is an artist type who works in a coffee shop or a craft beer bar just to pay his bills so he can pursue his real passion in music, painting, fashion, design or photography. He is probably poor, drives an old shitty car you have never heard of and acts superior to people who spend money on unnecessary goods or brand names because consumerism is the devil. He only eats grass fed or free range meat, organic foods and refuses to go out to chain restaurants. This guy probably owns a pair of ironic glasses, a record player with an extensive collection and at some point has had a mustache or disgustingly over grown beard. Intellect, novelty and artistry are important to the skinny jean advocate.
Straight Leg/Regular Fit-
This is a “good ol’ boy” and a true definition of a typical red blooded American man. He works in some sort of skilled trade or physical labor type of career. This guy likes his football, taking his wife and 5 kids out to Applebees on Friday night and was a dedicated Anheuser Busch consumer (till those damn communists; In Bev bought them out). He wears horrendous tennis shoes with everything and probably has a large belly that hangs over the waist of his straight leg jeans. Usually considered average and lacking culture by skinny jean wearers, these guys don’t give a damn what you think because the American way is the right way. He probably also leaves the A out of America, therefore pronouncing it “Merica.”
These guys are purely suburban and don’t really travel or get outside their suburb much. The jobs these guys hold vary, but typically it’ s a position that lacks responsibility because they are total stoners. They still think Sublime is like “the best band ever” and they go to almost any type of show or festival where you will find hula hoopers and gaudy hemp necklaces. Generally these guys are open to new ideas, but because they don’t venture much out of their comfort zone (aka the suburbs and house parties) their musical tastes and cultural influences are pretty dated. Overall, they embrace having a good time, hitting the bong and sticking to what they know because it’s tried and true (in other words they haven’t changed much since high school).
This guy loves anything Ed Hardy, lifts weights, tans and gels his hair. He probably works in some sort of sales position or is a “party promoter”. His favorite past times are going out to clubs to fist pump, drink Jagermeister and pick up chicks. He lives in a loft with a rooftop pool in one of the most happening parts of the city so he can walk to his gym, favorite club and his hair salon for bi weekly touch ups. He hangs out with the same group of 3-5 other guys who he affectionately calls his “bros” and they regularly show up to spot him at the gym. This guy is pretty happy go lucky due to his constant working out and drinking and only has a problem when another bro bumps into him at a club and doesn’t apologize.
The Urban Cowboy. This guy cares for his appearance and the clothing he wears, yet he isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. He probably owns his own construction company or lawn care business. He regularly wears cowboy boots, fitted checkered shirts with embellished buttons and likes to go out for a nice steak and glass of red wine. He most definitely drives a new truck or SUV and likes his women blonde, tan and made up. Some of his favorite hobbies are horseback riding, attending NASCAR events and watching UFC with his buddies. The urban cowboy is a complicated man who embraces the manly man characteristics of the straight leg wearer and the vanity of the embellished jean man, while having some intellect and thoughtfulness of the skinny jean dude.
Those are my basic jean categories. If you have a particular jean you would like me to stereotype, comment here and I will give it a whirl.
- The Return of Skinny Jeans x Diesel x Amber Le Bon SKINZEE SS13 Collection (stylecartel.com)
- Dad Berates Son For Skinny Jeans: Right or Wrong? (eyeoncelebs.com)
- Why I Am Thankful For Men Who Wear Skinny Jeans (chiefoftheleast.com)
I will admit, there are some rewards to blogging (other then just the personal fulfillment part and blah blah blah). What I really love is being the first to learn about emerging brands, designers and the newest happenings in the St. Louis area. My job and self enforced hippocratic blogger oath; is to let all you in on these fantastic secrets so that you too can be hip with the now.
On Friday night, Belle Style hosted us for some healthy snacks and cocktails at her showroom in Kirkwood. Belle Style is a jewelry and accessory brand created by Heather Korn, local sweetheart and philanthropist with an eye for the creative- think feathers, sequins, stones, precious metals- I like to call it Boho Glam. This jewelry line is anything but generic, Heather gets her inspiration from antiques, art, film and even classic literature, which she infuses into designs both literally and atypically. Look at my favorites below.
Our next stop for Friday evening was a cocktail and shopping party featuring the beats of DJ Trashtalk at Washington Avenue’s favorite boutique CLR MNSTR. I have been frequenting CLR MNSTR since it opened this past summer because I can’t get enough of the hottest trends at such an affordable price point (not to mention it’s close proximity to some of my favorite happy hour spots). CLR MNSTR’s owner, Tricia Thurman buys from East Coast to West to find the pieces that are hot now at the right price.
On Saturday afternoon, we made a stop at the newly remodeled Saks 5th Avenue in Plaza Frontenac for lunch. We were lucky to get a personalized tour of the newly remodeled store by Marketing Director (and fabulous)- Tania Beasley-Jolly. It was really exciting seeing the redesigned shoe and handbag department, not to mention this particular Saks is the only store in the St. Louis area to have it’s own Chanel department. I was holding back squeals of delight handling those perfectly quilted bags with the pretty little chains and hallmark double C logo. Shopping at Saks is certainly an experience, it’s a luxury retailer that every girl should frequent for those must have items. I admit that I can’t shop there on a weekly basis, but picking up those quality pieces such as a well-tailored blazer, the perfect little black dress, and that one of a kind, yet versatile heel is essential to building a diverse , well rounded closet. And P.S. Why would you shop at Sephora for designer makeup and perfumes when you can get those same items at Saks in addition to the A+ customer service and experience?! We all need a little fancy in our lives. Get it at Saks.
Saturday evening, our entire group of 20 bloggers piled into Robust Winebar downtown to meet up with Cam, the owner of Hazel2blue. Hazel2blue is an online fashion boutique based out of St. Louis that was born out Cam’s love for fashion and inspiration from her 3 stylish, 20-something daughters. The online boutique is targeted for fashion conscious women of all ages and features indie brands such as Tulle, Lucca Couture, and Willow & Clay. Cam sipped wine with us, asked what brands we were interested in seeing in the boutique and told us stories about her artistic daughters. The site just launched last week, but I already have my eye on quite a few pieces.
Let me know what you think of these St. Louis brands and what some of your favorite pieces are!
The low rumble of bass heavy electronic music, dim lighting, and hauntingly angelic models strutting in slow motion as if (gasp) they were in fact corpses risen from the dead. This is how Michael Drummond (past contestant on Project Runway) presented his Exquisite Corpse Fall 2013 line; it was dramatic, it made a statement, it worked. I have fallen for his fashion forward designs consisting of intricately pieced together bodysuits and hosiery, perfectly placed cut outs, and the stunning draping made to look effortless.
Thanks to Alive Magazine, St. Louis Fashion week has been growing more prominent every season and with designers such as Drummond who aren’t afraid to take risks, it is easy to imagine a bright future for the St. Louis Fashion scene.
- GLOW STL Fashion Week: A Night of Fashion and Music (mintjulep87.wordpress.com)
GLOW is being held in an edgy raw space in the MX Exchange Building downtown on trendy Washington Avenue. The evening begins at 7PM with pre-party cocktails (cause whats a party without a little pre-drinking?). At 8PM the fashion show kicks off featuring premier St. Louis boutiques and designers 10Denza, Blush, Devil City, KayOss Designs, Paulie Gibson and Michael Drummond.
And at 9PM we finally get to my favorite part, which I guiltily admit is the after party. Purely my favorite because St. Louis’ premier dance band IT! and the always funky and enchanting DJ Trashtalk will be playing.
IT! is a body gyrating, hip humping, non-stop dance party usually consisting of balloons, confetti and always a double drum kit for laying down some serious beats. I promise even the most reserved party goers will end up shaking it on the dance floor. With songs titled G(it) Drunk, Epileptic, and It! Ph(it)ness, I think you get the point.
And last but not least, pretty little DJ TrashTalk, Brittany Browers. Trashtalk plays everything from obscure indie bands you’ve never heard before, 80’s pop, punk rock, and some good old rock n roll. She keeps you guessing with what she will play next and what she will wear next. Embracing her self-proclaimed “spirit animal” Siouxsie Sioux and her fabulous blinged out headphones, this is one DJ set you don’t want to miss.
See you at GLOW this Saturday! Get your tickets HERE
- St. Louis Fashion Week (fox2now.com)
I was forced to learn a difficult lesson recently on a few short trips that I took for business and pleasure. The amazing gigantic suitcase I was so pumped I got for Christmas became my worst nightmare in New Orleans. Even though it is nice to have a “going out shoe” and a “fashionable walking shoe” for each outfit, it became very difficult carrying it place to place and being mocked by every cabbie who could hardly fit my suitcase into their car. Additionally, being slightly inebriated and dragging my body weight around was no fun. Oh yeah, did I mention I almost fell into the baggage claim thing because I couldn’t pick the suitcase up myself?
Lesson learned; pack lightly and intelligently. Yes, it is painful to think of not packing any kind of extras “just in case” but on my trip to Florida I packed reasonably and still managed to survive. From now on when I travel I will just embrace the “hobo chic” look. Seriously, Kate Hudson does it all the time and she has like man servants carrying her luggage around.
(Luggage 2 times the size of Twiggy’s body)
Despite the luggage issue, it was a blast! Look below for trip photos.
- How to Fit Two Weeks Worth of Luggage Under the Airplane Seat in Front of You (lifehacker.com)
- 4 Secrets to Packing Like a Pro (stylesizzle.com)
- 30 Hobo Fashion Features – These Disheveled Styles Rebel Against Tradition (TrendHunter.com) (trendhunter.com)