West Elm Opens in Saint Louis Galleria

It’s finally happening, St. Louis!  West Elm, the home furnishings retailer, opens its first store in Missouri in the Saint Louis Galleria Mall today.  West Elm is best known for mixing clean lines, natural textures, and global accents to create one-of-a-kind, affordable designs for modern living.

Yesterday, I got a sneak peek of the new St. Louis store.  It’s a must-visit!  You may want everything, one thing, or nothing at all, but you will leave West Elm feeling inspired.  The store is practically a work of art!

West Elm boasts a number of free in-store services to meet the needs of every customer, regardless of design expertise.  The Pattern Palette system, for example, aims to make design easy by providing mix and match patterns (chevron, ikat, and stripes are clear favorites), color-coordinated textiles, and accessories.

If the thought of designing a space makes you nervous, though, West Elm also offers a free consultation with a home stylist.  The stylist will come to your home.  And, did I mention that that service is free?

To demonstrate its commitment to supporting artists in their local communities, West Elm is selling the arts and crafts of eight St. Louis-based Etsy artists, including Gallery Zoo Art, Belles and Ghosts, Sucre Shop, Sprouted Designs, ReAuthored, Two Wheel Design, Grindstone Design Studio, and Artistic Agrarian.  Having seen the work produced by these artists, I’m so proud to be a St. Louisan!

Pieces by ReAuthored and Two Wheel Design on display in West Elm.
ReAuthored converts books into tablet cases.
TwoWheel design creates bicycle-inspired iPhone cases

To celebrate the store opening, West Elm is hosting a $2000 gift card sweepstakes.  Other opening specials include 20% off bedding and 15% off office furniture and accessories.

Disclosure:  West Elm invited me to preview the store before opening day.  As always, the opinions and ideas expressed are my own.

Maximize Savings at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here!  Every July, Nordstrom holds its biggest sale of the year, the perfect sale for stocking up on Fall style essentials.  If you’re a Nordstrom card holder, you have early access to shop the sale now through July 18.  For everyone else, the sale starts on July 19 and runs through August 4.

I’ve been shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for years.  Remember my BP boots buy last year?  So, I was excited this year to be invited by Nordstrom at St. Louis Galleria to preview the anniversary sale last night and share my experience with you.

Here’s a quick peek at some of the discounted items I spotted behind the early access curtains.  A flirty skirt by Devlin.  Super chic Sam Edelman boots.  Statement necklaces by Kate Spade.  Colorblocked crossbody bags by Cole Haan and Vince Camuto.

Sights on the preview tour of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
at the St. Louis Galleria Nordstrom

Planning to shop the anniversary sale?  There are some items that are must-buys during the sale because the offers are likely to be the best deals ever on these items.  These include brands that are rarely marked down and items that’ll likely sell out before further markdowns, such as Michael Kors watches and Nordstrom exclusive boots like the Enzo Angiolini “Ellerby” boot.

Whatever your strategy for shopping the event, here are my favorite picks for this year’s Nordstrom anniversary sale:

Vince Camuto bracelets, Lydell bracelets
Michael Kors watch, Movado watch
Images used in the collage are from Nordstrom.com

Kate Spade bag, Vince Camuto bag
Images used in the collage are from Nordstrom.com

Enzo boots
Images used in the collage are from Nordstrom.com

Disclosure:  Nordstrom invited me to preview the anniversary sale and share my experience with my readers.  As always, the opinions and ideas expressed are my own.

A Night Out With Devil Wears Prada Author in St. Louis

Last Friday, I attended a reading and book signing by Lauren Weisberger, the New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada.  The event was held at the Missouri History Museum and sponsored by Left Bank Books and Alive Magazine.

Weisberger is promoting her latest book, Revenge Wears Prada, the sequel to The Devils Wears Prada. The sequel is set ten years later and follows Andy who is now editor-in-chief of a successful bridal magazine that she launched with her former Runway coworker and nemesis, Emily.  How did that happen, right?  Luckily, Weisberger read an excerpt from the book that described how the two reconnected.

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My favorite part of the night was the homey chat with Lauren Weisberger during the Q&A session.  Some memorable moments:

1.  The Devil Wears Prada was submitted to publishers only after a gentle push from a professor of a writing workshop she enrolled in.
2.  Unlike some authors, Weisberger enjoyed the movie version of her book and would like to see a sequel movie.
3.  Weisberger said that it took her a while to view herself as an author even after the success of The Devil Wears Prada
4.  She avoids rereading her books and agonized over rereading The Devil Wears Prada in preparation for writing the sequel.
5.  She does NOT have a closet full of Prada.

Spotted at the event by Alive Mag photographer with Carmen and friend.  Source

Here’s another look at the black and white outfit that I wore to the event:

Top—Loft | option, option
Blazer—Banana Republic | similar
Pants—Adrienne Vittadini via Marshalls | similar
Shoes—Kate Spade (on sale)
Watch—Michael Kors via TJ Maxx | similar
Earrings—Kate Spade | similar
Necklace—J.Crew | option

Revenge Wears Prada: A Night Out With Lauren Weisberger

Guess what, St. Louisans?  Lauren Weisberger, the New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada is going to be in the Lou on Friday and you can meet her!

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Left Bank Books, the Missouri History Museum, and Alive Magazine are hosting a night out with Lauren Weisberger on Friday, June 7, at 7pm in the Missouri History Museum.  The event is FREE and open to the general public.  Weisberger will be reading from her latest book, Revenge Wears Prada, the sequel to The Devils Wears Prada.  She’ll be answering questions and signing books too.

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Don’t have a copy of the book yet?  Get yours in advance at Left Bank Books or purchase your book at the event and get a reserved spot in the signing line.

See you Friday night at the Missouri History Museum!

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s in St. Louis

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s premieres soon in St. Louis at the Plaza Frontenac Cinema.  If you’re a fashion maven or work in retail, you’ll want to see it.

The 93 minute documentary on the Manhattan luxury department store boasts 175 interviews with renowned designers, celebrities, style icons, and employees.  From Karl Lagerfeld to Nicole Richie, interviewees seemed to provide perfect sound bites for an extended commercial for the store.  Their stories, though, draw you in and are delight to hear.

Notable appearances include Linda Fargo, senior vice president of the fashion office and store presentation, who we follow as she handpicks designer collections to be sold at Bergdorf’s and simultaneously crashes the dreams of some designers aspiring to be sold there by rejecting their collections.  The documentary also concentrates on the extravagant window displays created by David Hooey and his teams.

As it is often perceived, the store and its operation appeared perfect in the documentary.  But can it really be?  I would liked to have seen how Bergdorf Goodman struggled.  The documentary primarily uses text to mention the impact of the economic recession and the leveraged buyout by Neiman Marcus.  How easy or difficult was that transition?

The advance screening drew a large number of St. Louis fashion bloggers and style experts.  Here’s what I wore to the screening last night.

Shirt—Dalia Collection via TJ Maxx | similar

Jeans—Gap Outlet | similar, print option

Shoes—Tory Burch via Nordstrom Rack

Watch—Michael Kors via Nordstrom Rack

Earrings—Belle Style (see my review of Belle Style)

Bag—Kate Spade | also available here

At the screening with fellow fashion bloggers, Lorena and Julia.