Reflections on the Little Black Dress Exhibit in St. Louis

I’ve been so excited about the opening of the Missouri History Museum‘s latest exhibit—Little Black Dress: From Mourning to Night. The exhibit is now open and will run through September 5, 2016. I went early and I already want to return with all of my girlfriends. Why? I was so blown away by the dresses and stories of the women who wore them. I was particularly intrigued by all the information I took away from the little black dress exhibit.

In today’s post, I’m recapping four of my most memorable takeaways from the little black dress exhibit.

1. While black remains a popular choice for mourning at funerals today, I learned that during the Victorian era, how a woman mourned was guided by strict social norms; and her attire, particularly the style of black dress she had to wear, was a huge part of that. For example, a woman who lost her husband was expected to wear dull black crepe dresses for about a year and a day. Say what? If you visit the exhibit, definitely give yourself time to absorb all the details in this section. Be sure to look out for the jewelry made with human hair too.

2. The shade of black you wore in the early 1900’s was quite symbolic. Women in mourning wore dull black dresses. Women who worked outside of the home also wore dull black. Women with wealth, however, sported deep and luxe-looking black. Their black dresses boasted elaborate designs to reflect their riches.

3. Wars had a major impact on the normalization of wearing black for women. Black dresses essentially became little black dresses during World War I when so many women lost loved ones and hence wore black everyday. During the Post World War II baby boom, black maternity dresses grew extremely popular.

4. St. Louis was a fashion mecca and could be again. I felt like I was in heaven browsing the selections by Chanel, Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta, and Halston in the exhibit. But, I was equally thrilled to explore the creations by St. Louis designers throughout history, including current designer Michael Drummond.

I enjoyed this exhibit much more than I could’ve even imagined and I know you would too. So, round up your girlfriends and stop by the Missouri History Museum. It’s FREE. Did I mention that it’s FREE?

Cease the opportunity to actually be a part of the interactive portion of the exhibit as well. By simply using the hashtag #LBDProject, tag an image on Facebook or Instagram of you rocking your favorite LBD, and you just might see yourself in the exhibit. How cool is that!?!

 

All images by Emily Wiseman Photography

This post is sponsored by the Missouri History Museum. I was selected for the opportunity as a member of the Midwest Influencer Network. As always, all of the opinions and ideas are my own.

A Break from the City, Styling by the Lake

Sometimes you just need to get away! A few weeks ago, fellow St. Louis blogger Jenna of Sincerely Jenna Marie hosted a few area bloggers out at her parents’ lake house, a dreamy location in the Missouri countryside. As you can imagine, when you get five bloggers together in a picturesque space, lots of fun, fashion, and a photoshoot ensued.

We all had such a blast that day that we want to share some of that positive energy with you, so we have a special collaboration planned for Monday. Be sure to come back and see what’s going down.

L to R: Caryl, Jacqueline, Annie, Jenna, and Me

After a fairly long stretch of warm weather in the area, that weekend was freezing. I think we each had to undergo last-minute outfit plan changes to make sure our looks were weather-appropriate. If you’re looking for lake outfit inspiration, there’s so much in this post.

What I’m Wearing:

Scarf: J.Crew (on sale)

Shirt: J.Crew Factory (old, new option)

Camisole: Old Navy

Pants: c/o Venus

Boots: BP (similar)

Earrings: Kendra Scott

Rings: Kendra Scott, Kendra Scott (on sale)

Bracelet: c/o Kendra Scott (on sale)

My typical style is very city chic. To make it work for the lakeside scene, I pulled my most rustic pieces, including this old favorite gingham shirt. I also relied on layering to create a cozy vibe. As you’ll see in future posts I have planned from this amazing trip, I also chose very earthy colors in lieu of my typical brights.

Of course, you can’t visit a lake and not get on the lake, right? Well, actually, Caryl and I forget to pack our rain boots, so we decided to stay lakeside. We had so many laughs, almost to tears even, watching Jenna, Annie, and Jacqueline paddle the canoe. The steering was quite shaky at first, but they eventually got the hang of it. You’ll want to visit their blogs to see the amazing shots of them taking control of that canoe.

 

I think we laughed this entire trip. Behind the scenes of a blogger photoshoot can be very silly. It was fun to share that experience with four other bloggers. By the way, remember to come back on Monday for a cool surprise.

 

Photography by Amy Rau Photography

#CapsOn for the St. Louis Cardinals

Let the games begin! The Major League Baseball (MLB) season has officially opened.

St. Louis is the ultimate baseball town. It’s Cardinals Nation here, y’all. Win or lose, we love our Cardinals. On game days, we paint the city red. Just about everyone tries to wear St. Louis Cardinals apparel. I know, though, that official MLB gear can be quite pricey. Have you seen how expensive a baseball jersey is? That’s why I’m so excited to tell you that I found official MLB merchandise in Gordmans at a fraction of the retail cost. No joke, y’all. My cap and baseball tee, for example, were under $45 total (tax included).

Gordmans stores carry such huge sections of MLB apparel that I had to strategize when shopping. To stay true to my personal style, I skipped all the jerseys and hoodies and headed straight to the fitted tees. I knew the raglan t-shirt I’m rocking today was coming home with me the moment I saw it. It’s cozy and has a wide scoop neck that’s perfect for draping.

What I’m wearing:

Tee and cap: c/o Gordmans

JeansCamisole | Sneakers | Earrings | Ring | Double ring (on sale)

In celebration of opening day, MLB launched a fun campaign inviting everyone to wear a baseball cap today to represent their favorite teams. I found the perfect one in Gordmans just in time to participate. I had to shop the men’s section in-store to find a cap that fits my large head. Don’t shy away from the men’s sections, ladies!

#CapsOn for the St. Louis Cardinals!

For more MLB team gear inspiration, 

check out these bloggers who are also reppin’ their favorite teams:

Charmingly Styled

La Petite Fashionista

Sabby Style

Stylin In St Louis

The Adored Life

Treble in the Kitchen

This post is sponsored by Gordmans. As always, all of the opinions, ideas, and images are my own.

Epic Sale at Neiman Marcus Last Call!

This post is sponsored by Last Call.

Last call for Last Call! You all know that I love finding an amazing deal at an off-price store. When off-price stores take their already reduced prices and make them even lower, though, that’s a reason to stop what you’re doing and get to shopping.

Today through tomorrow, March 28th to March 29th only, Last Call is offering an additional 25% off the entire store. The entire store! That timeless Burberry watch that’s already reduced by $130? It’s an additional 25% off. That hip Diane Von Furstenberg jumpsuit that’s already marked down by $150? It’s an additional 25% off. That luxe Jason Wu clutch reduced by 40%? It’s an additional 25% off too. 

Since festival season is practically here, I’m shopping the Last Call sale for chic festival styles. I’m especially drawn to rompers and jumpsuits right now, and I’ve already added about 5 of them to my Last Call shopping cart. No worries, though, some of the items, like the Romeo & Juliet Couture romper featured below, is only $31.50 (orig. $168) during this limited time sale.

Last Call finds for festival season:

Eugenia Kim Hat

Kendra Scott Earrings

KC Jagger Bag

Romeo & Juliet Couture Romper (a strapless option)

Burberry Watch

Sam Edelman Sandals

I’m doing some more traveling this year, so I’m also shopping the Last Call sale for fly travel accessories. I think these colorful Neiman Marcus luggage tags will look great with my carry-on suitcase. And, if I get those, I might as well get this bright passport cover to be coordinated, right?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of ShopAtHome. The content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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.