Friday, March 30, 2018

Five Things Friday

With Easter being this Sunday (already!?...I know, right?), this hoppin' Five Things Friday roundup is based on all things Easter.

Talk about an Easter brunch tablescape!  All the heart eyes over this natural rustic look from Bless'er House.  See the full post here:  Bless'er House / Easter Brunch Tablescape

How adorable are these DIY Peek-A-Boo Clothespin Eggs!?  I can't even handle it.

I love the idea of having alternative Easter basket stuffers aside from candy.  This list of 75 Egg-cellent Non-Candy Easter Egg Fillers from Mommy Evolution has some great ideas and inspiration for more!

The dessert will be the talk of the town with these Lemon-White Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes.  Get the recipe here:  Kraft-Philadelphia / Lemon-White Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes

Easter dress?  Check.  This dress from asos is beautiful for an Easter brunch or luncheon.  Shop the dress here:  asos / New Look Summer Floral Midi Dress

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

314 Day

March 14th.  To many, it means Pi Day (3.14 if you didn't catch on), but to St. Louisians, 3-14 holds a different meaning.  314 is the area code of St. Louis and let me tell you, people from St. Louis represent the Lou and they're proud (a little ode to Nelly right there). 

While many may view STL as a flyover city, there's really so much to do, see, celebrate in St. Louis.  With new areas constantly being reinvented, it seems there's a new hot spot popping up by the day.  Here are reasons I love St. Louis.  If you're not from here, maybe it'll convince you to visit, and if you are from here, hopefully, you'll agree with why I love our city.

1.  The Arch.  The Gateway to the West, the monumental landmark of St. Louis nestled along the riverfront.  Who wouldn't be impressed to see a 630-foot arch of stainless steel that started being built in 1963?  Want to view the city from the top?  Well, you can by taking a tram the 630-feet up for the best view of St. Louis.

Fun fact bragging rights:  The Gateway Arch is the tallest man-made monument in the United States!

2.  Cardinals baseball.  One thing you must know about St. Louis is we LOVE baseball season.  Opening day is basically a city-wide holiday.

3.  Beer.  As much as we love baseball, we may love beer more.  From Anheuser-Busch to microbreweries spread all across the city, there are endless amounts of beer for anyone to enjoy.  AB offers free brewery tours where you can see the world-famous Clydesdales!  A few of my favorite breweries to visit are 4 Hands, Square One, Earthbound, Civil Life, and Urban Chestnut.

4.  The diversity.  There's plenty of "pockets" throughout St. Louis.  There's The Hill (amazing Italian), Cherokee Street (Hispanic with great authentic Mexican), The Grove (LGBTQ friendly, hot restaurants, nightlife), Dogtown (the Irish town), Delmar (where you can find food from around the world, nightlife, music scene), South Grand (another area for worldwide cuisine), Soulard (great patios, bars, nightlife), Maplewood (rated one of the most "hippest" areas in the country).  Whatever you're looking for, St. Louis definitelyyy has something to offer.  (Pictured above is me goofing off in The Grove).

5.  Museums and Parks.  The City Museum is an eclectic mix of children's playground, funhouse, and architectural amazement created out of unique, found objects built in a 600,000 square-foot former Shoe Company.  Forest Park has something special to offer to everyone:  The History Museum, St. Louis Art Museum, The Zoo, The Muny, World's Fair Pavilion, Art Hill, The Jewel Box.  Honestly, there could be an entire day devoted to Forest Park.  A few more of my favorites are Laumeier Sculpture Park, Tower Grove Park, and The Missouri Botanical Garden.

6.  The seasons and weather.  What's nice about St. Louis is that you can experience spring, summer, winter, and fall.  What's not so nice about St. Louis is that you can experience all 4 seasons in a matter of days.  Seriously.  It could be 55 degrees and sunny, dramatically drop and be snowing a day or two later.

7.  Festivals and events.  Loufest is the big music festival around here.  One of my favorite festivals is the Whitaker Music Festival that takes place at the Botanical Gardens through summer.  You might not believe it, but Mardi Gras in St. Louis (Soulard) is the second biggest in the country.  We also take celebrating St. Patrick's Day very seriously with events in both Dogtown and Downtown.  We have plenty of beer festivals throughout the year.  If there is a holiday, celebration, something, St. Louis will probably have an event for it.

8.  THE FOOD.  Can't forget about the food.  St. Louis-Style Pizza.  Toasted Ravioli.  Gooey Butter Cake.  Ted Drewes Frozen Custard.  The ultimate St. Louis food bucket list.
St. Louis-Style Pizza is square cut, thin crust, and topped with Provel Cheese (which is essentially a blend of Cheddar, Swiss, and Provolone).  For the authentic St. Louis square beyond compare, I'd suggest going with Imo's Pizza.  At Imo's, also order the Toasted Ravioli (or any restaurant that you visit with it on the menu...and trust me, it'll probably be on the menu of 85% of the restaurants you visit...100% if you're on The Hill).  Gooey Butter Cake - check out Gooey Louie or my out-of-town family is OBSESSED with the Gooey Butter Cookies available at Schnucks Grocery Store.  Ted Drewes Frozen Custard is situated on Historic Route 66 and a landmark that has been selling frozen custard for over 80 years.

I'd love to know, have you visited St. Louis?  Or does this make you want to take a trip here?  If you have been, what were/are your favorite things about St. Louis?

♥ always

Albert Einstein Pi Photo:  Slate/Pi Day 2015

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Spring Wardrobe Wishlist

Spring is almost here, it's literally so close you can almost smell it.  While powering through the last few weeks of official winter (the end is in sight...March 20th to be exact), it's impossible to not browse the internet and shop for those need-it now springtime wardrobe updates.

A small crossbody is a must-have item for when you're on the go.  This pale pink with gunmetal hardware is the bag to throw across your body while running errands or to hold your cash, lipstick, and the essentials for a night out.

The warmer weather means your hair will be up more.  These vibrant color tiered tassel statement earrings define your face and will have heads turning!

I've totally been crushing on blush for a while now and am obsessing over this feminine spin on the classic, casual denim jacket.

Meeting the girls for brunch?  Outfit planning just got a whole lot easier with an easy-breezy striped jumpsuit.
Mango | Striped Jumpsuit

A retro-inspired tee paired with high-waist denim for the ultimate LA lady look.

Cropped frayed denim draw attention to and show off the cute shoes you'll be wearing!

How fun is this raffia straw, pom trim hat!?  Must-have for spring break!

These metallic slingback shoes will look oh-so-cute with those cropped denim jeans!

A woven straw basket bag is a casual-cool spring-summer staple from picnics at the park to lunch with the ladies.

Warmer days can require daintier jewelry.  Bohemian-inspired crescent earrings will sparkle during the day and shine at night.
Revolve | SHASHI Crescent Drop Earrings

Brighter days call for some new shades.  These retro-inspired, sleek sunnies feature a new spin on a classic piece.
Nordstrom | DIFF Bella 52mm Polarized Sunglasses

Which items are your favorite!?
Happy almost springgg!