25 Stunning Backdrops for Fashion Photographs in St. Louis

The city is my muse. In the process of blogging over the last 9 years, I’ve been documenting the city of St. Louis. In fact, St. Louis is such a wellspring of artistic inspiration that I’ve decided to compile a selection of 25 of my favorite backdrops for fashion photographs.

1. St. Louis Waterfront | Original Post


2. Moto Wall at Grand Center | Original Post


3. Graffiti Wall at the Waterfront | Original Post


4. Ruins of the National Memorial Church of God in Christ | Original Post


5. Green Wall near Forest Park and Spring | Original Post


6. St. Louis City Hall | Original Post

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7. The MUNY at Forest Park | Original Post


8. Pattison’s Whiskey Ghost Sign in South City | Original Post


9. Falstaff Ghost Sign in South City | Original Post


10. Red Diamond Ghost Sign in Soulard | Original Post


11. Smile Ghost Sign in Soulard | Original Post


12. Moolah Theatre | Original Post


13. SLU Museum of Art | Original Post

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14. Masonic Temple on Lindell Blvd | Original Post


15. Wall on Locust in Midtown, Original Post


16. Wall on Locust in Midtown, Original Post


17. St. Francis Xavier College Church | Original Post


18. St. Mary Magdalen Church | Original Post


19. Tower Grove Park | Original Post


20. The Loop | Original Post


21. Lafayette Park Lake | Original Post


22. The Old Power Plant on Locust Street | Original Post

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23. Purple Wall on Olive Blvd in Midtown | Original Post


24. Wall at Dr. Martin Luther King Dr and 18th Street | Original Post


25. Ottoman Garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden | Original Post


Stay tuned. I have 25 more coming soon (see that new post here)


Wear Now: Ella Moss Jumpsuit

When the forecasts say it’s going to be 60 degrees in St. Louis, you reach for light layers and pretend spring came early. Remember when I blogged about that epic sale at Anthropologie? Sale items were an additional 40% off at the time. I purchased a fabulous graphic print jumpsuit that I couldn’t wear because it’s been so cold. It’s warmed up just enough in St. Louis, though, to wear this lightweight jumpsuit with a few layers.

Jumpsuit—Anthropologie (sold out) | get it here on sale
Cardigan—Ann Taylor (old)

Scarf—Anthropologie (on sale)
Pumps—J.Crew (on sale)

Bag—Loeffler Randall (on sale)

Earrings—Kendra Scott (new for Spring 2016)

Bangle—c/o Kendra Scott

Rings—Kendra ScottKendra Scott

Watch—Movado | Skagen option

Lip—Mac “Girl About Town” lipstickMac “Currant” lip pencil

This jumpsuit has a high, twist neckline that I can’t wait to show off in warmer weather. For today, though, I covered it up with a thick scarf. Adding the scarf creates a seamless look when the jumpsuit is worn with a topper like my black cardigan.

Sizing? I’m wearing the jumpsuit in a size M for a comfortable fit over my wider hips.

The graphic stripes on this jumpsuit are so artsy. I decided to play that up by mixing in a few additional prints—big dots on the scarf and pebble dots on the clutch. That Loeffler Randall Lock clutch is 64% off right now!

Have you entered my Kendra Scott earring giveaway? The Carey earrings I’m giving away would look amazing with this look and so many other spring ensembles. I’m wearing the Kendra Scott “Dawson” ear climbers, another style from the spring 2016 collection.

I’ve been eager to wear my J.Crew Collection Roxie pumps. Big shout-out to my homegirl, Hayet, for helping me track down a pair in the right size for my foot. The shoes are on sale, so the sizes are disappearing quickly. I ended up wearing a 7 1/2 in the Roxie pumps (I’m usually an 8). By the way, Hayet has been on a mission to find the best jumpsuits for plus size women. So, definitely follow her journey.


Ella Moss jumpsuits on sale:

Jogger Pants for a Holiday Party?

One of my favorite purchases this year is undoubtedly my black Nine West jogger pants. I purchased them in Marshalls (or was it TJ Maxx?) for under $20. Best $20 ever spent! I love the way these pants fit, feel, and look so much that I want to wear them all the time. Most recently, you saw me dress them up with a feather blazer in my Feathers and Fringe post.  You’ve also seen me pair them with mixed prints in my Adam Lippes for Target post.

Top—Loft | option

Pants—Nine West | similarsimilar

Shoes—J.Crew | option, option

Clutch—Kate Spade | option
Necklace—Kate Spade | similar

Earrings—Kate Spade

Rings—Kendra ScottKendra Scott

Watch—Movado | Skagen option

Today, I’m making my jogger pants feel fancy by adding some elements that are perfect for the holiday party season. My Loft lace sleeve tee adds instant glam. Wouldn’t this mesh dot top look amazing too? My cluster pearl Kate Spade necklace adds some drama. I waited a long time to snag that necklace on sale, and it was worth the wait. Here’s the newly released cluster pearl necklace. And, for sparkle? My J.Crew Elsie glitter pumps brings that. These pumps are quite similar to this Kate Spade pair. J.Crew has also released a new version in green sequins.

I’m wearing two of my favorite rings by Kendra Scott—an open ring with a stunning rock crystal and a a double ring with kyocera opals.

Here’s a closer look at my twinkle toes. As always, I waited for these beauties to go on sale, so I could get them at a sale-on-sale price at J.Crew. These pumps are mostly sold out now, but this woven metallic pair is now available.

Did you catch the ghost sign above? This old painted ad for Dreamland Candy Shop is my latest find. It’s nestled in the Soulard area. Here’s another look at it.

Cozy in a Cardigan

Dusters are all the rage this fall. From Chloe to Chanel, the oversized, floor-grazing toppers were a popular choice by several designers during the Fall 2015 runway season. I’ve resisted this trend in the past because I figured that these longer lengths would overwhelm my smaller frame. That’s until I tried today’s featured duster cardigan.


Cardigan—℅ Venus

Belt—Hobo | want this

Pants—℅ Venus

Shoes—J.Crew | glitter pumps (now on sale), circle lace pumps (now on sale)

Earrings—House of Harlow

Rings—℅ Kendra ScottJ.Crew

Bracelet—℅ Kendra Scott

Watch—Movado | Skagen option

Sunglasses—Kate Spade

Lip—Mac Vamplify “How Chic is This”Mac “Heroine” lip pencil

This duster, which retails for $39, first caught my eye because of its rich navy hue. It’s open stitch design looked quite chic as well. I was interested enough to give it a try.

Once it arrived, I was relieved to find out that at knee length, this duster was indeed petite-friendly. Last Sunday, the duster, worn with black and white, was the perfect topper for an early dinner date.

I’m wearing my J.Crew Elsie jacquard pumps, but the circle lace pumps (now on sale)

would be perfect in this navy and black ensemble.

On my way home from dinner, I stumbled upon a ghost sign in the Soulard area. Lucky find! The Royal Patent Flour ad is quite faded, but still legible.

New and Older Elsie Pumps I’m Loving:

Stepping into Fall’s Neutral Territory

I never thought I’d be excited to wear something beige, but I love the way beige looks when it’s combined with black and white. On Tuesday, I virtually styled a neutral ensemble with the beige-black-white color combination in the Fall’s Neutral Territory post. Today, I bring that look to life using pieces from my wardrobe.

Blazer—Philosophy | BR option (on sale)

Sweater—H&M ($10 in-store)

Pants—℅ Venus
Bag—℅ Chameleon Bags

Shoes—Adam Lippes for Target

Earrings—℅ Kendra Scott


Lip—Mac Vamplify “Peer Pressure”Mac “Currant” lip pencil
Blush—NYX “Intuition

My splash of beige comes from an oversized H&M sweater. By the way, the sweater is on sale in-store this weekend for $9.99. It’s also available in some pretty fall colors like mustard, burgundy, and olive.  I bought it in mustard as well.

I used some of my favorite accessories to pull the look together and jazz it up a bit. My Kendra Scott Adair earrings in gunmetal and gold radiate amid the neutrals. My Chameleon clutch adds global flavor with its striking mud cloth.

When I first saw the Adam Lippes for Target collection, I ignored the shoes because I assumed they would look cheap. I was so impressed, then, when I saw how stunning they were in-store. The print just pops on the shoes. At just $29.99 a pair, the plaid flats were an easy choice.