A Day in the Central West End + Win a Gift Basket ($500 Value)

Last Sunday, I experienced life in the Central West End (CWE) the best way possible―through the eyes of the experienced team at 4101 Laclede. The CWE is a bustling St. Louis neighborhood. It’s so happening right now that it was named a top 10 great neighborhood in America by the American Planning Association. Why? Because this neighborhood has everything from sidewalk cafes to historic streetscapes to quaint boutiques. In addition, the CWE will soon be able to brag about its modern luxury residences on Laclede.

4101 Laclede will break ground in December. Developers project completion in about a year after that. And, let me tell you, I want to put my house on the market and move in. The 54 residences at the development will offer modern living at its best. You name it, 4101 Laclede has included it in its thoughtful designs. Gourmet kitchens. Walk-in closets. USB charging outlets. Soaring 10-foot ceilings. And, the best part? The location. The CWE is literally at the doorstep of 4101 Laclede.

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Retreat Gastropub, for example, our first stop on the tour that Sunday, is across the street from 4101 Laclede. Imagine rolling out of bed and stepping into one of the best brunch spots in St. Louis. That’s the life!

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Since it was a tad chilly on the day of the tour, we navigated the streets of the Central West End in golf carts. And, I had so much fun. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have caught a few of my hilarious Instagram Stories that day.


Our next stop was the World Chess Hall of Fame, an institution unique to St. Louis that celebrates and educates about the game of chess.


Our visit to the World Chess Hall of Fame coincided with the Designing Chessmen exhibit. This exhibit is open through March 12, 2017, and it’s a must-see. When you visit, be sure to stop by this wine glass chess set. How cool is that?


Kit and Ace, a clothing and accessories line best known for its comfy, machine-washable cashmere pieces, was the next stop. We sipped on mimosas, played video games, and of course, explored the styles.


I picked up this cozy tee in one of my favorite colors of the season. Stay tuned to see how I wear it.


I was really excited about our next stop, Centro, your one stop for high-design furniture, accessories, and lighting. I had gotten glimpses of the store before, so I knew I would be inspired in the space. The pieces and displays are breathtaking.


Back on the grounds of 4101 Laclede. What better way to end an exciting tour than on the grounds of the future luxury condominiums at 4101 Laclede?

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Cheers to a successful CWE living tour and to exciting new developments in the area.


Now, it’s your turn to experience a bit of the CWE and St. Louis living in general. Enter below to win this $500 gift basket.


What you win: One bottle of Butter Chardonnay, one bottle of special 4101 Laclede Reserve with two etched wine glasses, a box of Bissinger’s fine chocolates, a $10 gift card to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, Jeni’s Desserts Cookbook and patch + pins set, $50 gift card to Retreat Gastropub, $50 gift card to Kit+Ace, $25 gift card and fresh grounds from Northwest Coffee Roasting Company, Left Bank Books coffee mug, a 12-month membership to ALIVE Magazine, and a Bowood Farms potted house succulent. ($500 VALUE)

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Rules: Only entries that are fully completed with valid information will be considered. Winner will be contacted by December 16th, 2016 by email. Must be 21+ to enter and win. By entering you are opting into 4101 Laclede’s e-subscriber list and understand that you may receive promotional content.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the Alive Network. All professional photographs taken by Ashley Kuenstler.

Big Back-to-School Giveaway: Macbook Air and More!

Start the new school year off on the right foot! My blogger pals and I have teamed up to offer the ultimate back-to-school giveaway. The prizes are items I rely on everyday to get through the day. One grand prize winner will receive a Macbook Air, a Kate Spade handbag, a Kate Spade planner, a Kate Spade notebook, and a Kate Spade water bottle. You know, just a few of my all-time favorite things.

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Big Giveaway: Win a $640 Nordstrom Gift Card!

What better way to welcome the return of our favorite Nordstrom sale—the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale—than with a big giveaway? My friends, you can enter below for a chance to win a $640 Nordstrom gift card. That luxury item you’ve been wanting to splurge on or those fall essentials you’ve been wanting to add your wardrobe? You can have them with a $640 gift card. Of course, you have to win it first. Increase your odds of winning by following as many accounts as you can. You have until midnight CST on Sunday, July 10, to claim your entries. Good luck!

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Use the Rafflecopter below to enter for your chance to win by following the social media accounts of as many bloggers as you choose. The more accounts you follow, the better your chances of winning! You can submit your entries from now through midnight CST on Sunday, July 10.  You must be 18+ years of age to enter and the contest is open to readers in the U.S. and Canada only.

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Gold Macbook Air and Kate Spade Giveaway!

I recently redid my blog workspace, y’all. I reorganized my furniture to harmonize the energy in the space. I added a ton of rose gold accessories to organize my desk. I shared a couple of those rose gold accessories in a recent post featuring the 2017 Kate Spade planner. I’ve been thinking that a Gold Macbook Air would fit in perfectly with the new theme of my office. Since my Macbook Pro is in perfect working condition, and hence I don’t need a new one, I’m giving you the chance to win your own in this Macbook Air Giveaway! Since I love Kate Spade too, there is a fabulous Kate Spade tote included as well.

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To make this giveaway possible, I’ve partnered with a group of bloggers. There will be two winners chosen. The grand prize is a brand new 11.6″ Gold Macbook Air and a Kate Spade tote bag. Outside of the US? No worries, this giveaway is open to you as well. The only requirement is that you’re at least 18 years old. For more information, review the complete Terms & Conditions noted on the widget. The more accounts you follow, the more chances you have of winning. Go claim those entries before the giveaway ends on June 27 at midnight PST. Good luck!

To enter:

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Giveaway: Collections by Joya Faceted Crystal Necklace

I’m so excited to launch today’s giveaway. I’ve been rocking my Collections by Joya Faceted Crystal Necklace every day since receiving it. It’s a natural faceted crystal set against a 22kt gold plated chain. The chain is 17 inches long with a 1.5″ extender. It’s the perfect piece to add a little sparkle and a lot of power to any look. Enter below to win your own necklace!

Collections by Joya is the kind of company that I’m proud to wear. Every piece of jewelry is handmade using the finest natural materials. In addition, a portion of every sale benefits women’s charities around the world.

Here’s a recent snap of me wearing my Collections by Joya Faceted Crystal Necklace. It retails for $39.95.

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Giveaway Rules:

  1. Entries can be made until Monday, March 7, 2016 at 11:59 PM CT. 
  2. Must have a valid mailing address in the USA.
  3. A winner will be randomly selected using random.org
  4. Selected winner has 48 hours to respond to winning notification email. In the event of no response, another winner will be selected.
  5. Prize will be mailed directly from Collections by Joya.