Wish List Wednesdays September 5, 2018

September 5, 2018  |  Wish List Wednesdays 3 comments

Wish List September 5, 2018What I want, need and love on my wish list this week …

1 / Joie Halona Geo Print Coat

2 / Fearless Girl Feminist Graphic Tee – Pink

3 / Mohair-blend Sweater

4 / Shaye Cactus Pillow – Green

5 / Aqua Pose Pointed-Toe Leather Mid-Heel Booties

6 / Eva Franco Striped Hepburn Pants

7 / Eyelet Knit Wool Blend Sweater

See anything you want, need or love for your wish list?

My Favorite Summer Dresses From This Year

September 3, 2018  |  Fashion 2 comments

Summer is winding down soon. As I look back at this season, there were some fashionable high notes. Most of my favorite summer dresses this year were surprisingly floral. What can I say? I love a feminine print.

The Fit and Flare Midi

Fit and flare dresses are an easy way to flatter your figure by defining your waist. Easily one of my favorite summer dresses, this one is a steal for under $18.

Favorite Summer Dresses 2018

The Linen Dress

Linen is that perfect summer fabric — lightweight, laid back, and still elegant. Pair this neutral halter dress with a pop of color.

Summer Dresses You'll Love

The Punchy Yellow Florals

A bold and bright hue always puts a smile on my face. It’s no surprise I wore a lot of yellow this summer. This blue and yellow floral dress was perfect for a patio lunch at Vicia.

My Favorite Summer Dresses from this Year

The next dress, currently on sale under $20, is a slightly warmer shade of yellow. Small structural details like the tie waist and tiered hem add fun.

Top Summer Dresses

The Ruffle Sleeve Dress

If you love ruffle sleeves, this dress has such dainty ones. It’s on sale for only $22.

My Favorite Summer Dresses

The Palm Print Dress

Summer is synonymous with tropical prints, especially the palm leaf. Get an elegant rendition of the leafy print with this tie waist halter dress that will draw all the praise.

My 8 Favorite Summer Dresses

The Blush Pink Floral Dress

If you’re a sucker for all things blush pink, this dress is for you. And it’s an extra 50% off today.

My Best Summer Dresses

The Embroidered Dress 

Embroidery adds a little texture and a lot of character. This gorgeous white boho dress with pops of red and pink is now 20% off.

Favorite Summer Dresses 2018

This summer was a colorful one for sure! Although the season may be coming to an end, I’ll definitely be wearing my favorite summer dresses through this warm September.

Wish List Wednesdays August 29, 2018

August 29, 2018  |  Wish List Wednesdays 11 comments

Wish List August 29, 2018

What I want, need and love on my wish list this week …

1 / Faithfull the Brand Anne Marie Midi Dress

2 / Bite Beauty Astrology Amuse Bouche Lipstick – Virgo

3 / Tory Burch Block-t Pieced Medium Pouch

4 / Melloday Floral Tie Front Dress

5 / Boden Bramley Blazer

6 / West Elm Zane Desk

7 / Anthropologie Salma Beaded Clutch

See anything you want, need or love for your wish list?

 

Yellow Floral Dresses That Will Brighten a Cloudy Day

August 27, 2018  |  Fashion 6 comments

Shine bright like the sun in these yellow floral dresses. As you may know, I’m a fan of yellow. Yellow has the ability to provide color therapy on the dreariest of days. So when you’re feeling like the weather has got you down, bust out your brights and wear them with pride. You’ll probably spread a little joy along the way wherever you go!

Yellow Floral Dresses

Dress: Old Navy / Shoes: c/o Boden (similar) / Bag: Kate Spade Saturday (similar) / Earrings: Baublebar (similar)

Yellow Summer Maxi Dress

Purchasing this yellow floral dress was a no brainer. It’s now on sale for 40% off today. With ruffle trim sleeves, a ribbon tie waist, and a slightly cropped length, this maxi is super flattering. You’ll walk through the day on cloud nine with this effortlessly chic dress.

Yellow Floral Dress

Affordable Floral Dresses Long

10 Yellow Floral Dresses to Brighten Your Day

I’m all about looking for ways to keep the summer alive. Since it’s still hot AF here in St. Louis, I haven’t quite turned my attention to fall wardrobe prep. I’m happy to continue to top up my summer wardrobe with these vibrant yellow floral dresses. You can always layer these up for fall with a blazer, sweater, or trench. And yellow is the perfect transition color from summer to autumn. Here are some of my favorite yellow floral dresses to punch up your look.

10 Halter Midi Dresses That Will Flatter Your Shoulders

August 22, 2018  |  What to Wear 3 comments

Sometimes when you put a dress on, you know it’s the one. You get that feeling of confidence as if the dress was made for you and this is how your body is supposed to look in clothes. That’s how I felt when I tried on the Royal Palms dress. The halter neck showed my shoulders for a flattering bit of skin. The cinched waist gave me an hourglass figure. The length was sophisticated and modest. And of course I love a good tropical print. That’s when I realized I need more halter midi dresses in my wardrobe.

Soft Surroundings Royal Palms Dress

Dress: c/o Soft Surroundings / Earrings: c/o Soft Surroundings / Clutch: c/o Soft Surroundings / Sandals: c/o Naturalizer (similar) / Sunglasses: Nordstrom (similar) / Bangle: J.Crew (similar)

Tortoise Clutch - Sea Lily Tort Clutch

I paired this leafy palm print halter dress with contrasting tortoise shell accessories. The animal print earrings and clutch are great neutral accessories you can pair with busy prints or even other muted neutrals.

Halter Midi Dresses

Tortoise Earrings - Half Moon Earrings

Print Mixing - Palm Print and Tortoise Shell

Halter Midi Dresses That Will Flatter You

Halter midi dresses are a great way to beat the heat while helping you look polished (like these casual blouses). I’ve rounded up some of my favorite halter midi dresses to get you through the rest of the summer.

Sunshine Yellow Tops That Will Brighten Up Your Wardrobe

August 20, 2018  |  Fashion 2 comments

As you know, I’m a huge fan of the color yellow. It’s one of those hues that is proven to make you happy. And I’m all about adding an extra dose of cheery yellow to my wardrobe with fusion fashion gowns to winter coats, and even preppy style. I literally swoon when I see something yellow that I know is a perfect fit for my mood and style. Easily inject a pop of color in your wardrobe with sheer yellow tops like this one and spread a little sunshine wherever you go.

Sunshine yellow tops that will brighten up your wardrobe

Blouse: Ann Taylor / Jeans: Joe’s Jeans / Sandals: c/o Boden (similar) / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar) / Earrings: c/o Soft Surroundings (similar) / Sunglasses: c/o Express

Yellow Tops You'll Love

Yellow Tops You’ll Love

Wear these lovely yellow tops through the rest of the summer. Or layer them for fall with your favorite blazer, duster, or moto jacket.

What color makes you happiest to wear?

This Is Why You Need to Try Guerrilla Street Food

August 16, 2018  |  Food 4 comments

If you’re looking for the perfect summer lunch spot, complete with a gorgeous outdoor patio for dining alfresco, you’ll love Guerrilla Street Food in The Grove. Dig into some of the best Filipino food in Saint Louis full of fresh and hearty ingredients, lots of flavor, and tons of variety.

Guerrilla Street Food The Grove

I was invited to try Guerrilla Street Food in The Grove for lunch. I’ve never had Filipino food so I didn’t quite know what to expect. We tasted five vibrant hued dishes including the Hummus, Guerrilla Street Corn, Spicy Chicken Dip, Chicken Adobo, and Shrimp Salad and washed it all down with a slushy from Tropical Liqueurs.

I loved everything I tried. The hummus came with foam textured chips that were a fun twist on the normal dipping chip. The street corn was full of flavor with a zesty spice rub and plenty of cheese. You can’t go wrong with the chicken dip made with rich cream cheese. The shrimp salad was a nice light dish to balance out all the heavier items. My favorite item may have been the Chicken Adobo because I love a good chicken and rice dish. The best part was the prices, which started at $3 for the street corn.

Best Filipino food in Saint Louis

best filipino food in Saint Louis

Guerrilla Street Food recently opened its newest location in The Grove. Surprisingly, the location was light on foot traffic. They don’t have a sign outside yet so visitors may not know where to look. Hopefully soon it will become a local favorite for its great value. It’s hard to find such fresh and unique cuisine at such great prices.

Tropical Liqueurs and Guerrilla Street Food The Grove

Guerrilla Street Food shares its space with Tropical Liqueurs, which offers frozen adult beverages. The space has a loft feel with island colors and prints. The indoor space would be great for corporate parties or happy hour. In fact the weekends are prime time for the space, particularly for entertaining guests on its outdoor patio.

Outdoor Patio at Guerrilla Street Food

Best Filipino Food in Saint Louis

I’m definitely returning to hang out on their patio for what’s left of the summer. One of my favorite activities is dining alfresco. With the vibrant color scheme, shady umbrellas, and privacy I can definitely imagine chilling outdoors on this beautiful patio.

Best Saint Louis restaurant patios

Have you tried some of the best filipino food in Saint Louis at Guerrilla Street Food? Read more about other top local eateries you’ll love, including Sardella Osteria and Pint Size Bakery.

Disclaimer: I was invited to try Guerrilla Street Food by Jasper Paul PR in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

Correction: This post previously stated this location was in Tower Grove. It is in The Grove.

Wish List Wednesdays August 15, 2018

August 15, 2018  |  Wish List Wednesdays 1 comment

Wish List August 15, 2018

What I want, need and love on my wish list this week …

1 / AFRM Lila Plaid Blazer

2 / Anthropologie Secret Garden Slides

3 / Loeffler Randall Feather-trimmed Straw Pouch

4 / Rahi Ventura Victorian Top

5 / Color Collision 1 by Kent Youngstrom

6 / Baublebar Gena Hoop Earrings

7 / Faithful the Brand Tiki Tiki Wide-leg Pants

See anything you want, need or love for your wish list?

Where to Find the Most Beautiful Sunflower Fields Near St. Louis

August 13, 2018  |  St Louis 2 comments

And to think I almost missed this to sleep in…A couple of weeks ago I woke up before dawn to go see the sunflowers fields near St. Louis. A bit bleary eyed, I questioned whether I really needed to get up when it was still dark outside to see some giant yellow flowers. But when I finally stepped into the field, I was mesmerized by the rows of hundreds of sunflowers before me bathing the area in vibrant strokes of gold.

Sunflower Fields at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

When to See the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area Sunflowers

Normally Columbia Bottom Conservation Area sunflowers are visible the first two weeks of July; but now you may see them through mid-August. This year the Missouri Department of Conservation Wildlife staff utilized a new sunflower planting strategy, staggering the timing of the plantings to extend the sunflower season.

Sunflower Fields near St. Louis Missouri

Exploring Sunflower Fields near St. Louis

Dress: Banana Republic (similar) / Hat: Banana Republic (similar) / Pin: Banana Republic / Sunglasses: c/o Express / Shoes: Superga c/o Express / Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar)

Fun Facts You Never Knew About Sunflowers
  • Once planted, it takes about 60 days for sunflowers to bloom.
  • They are from the same plant family as daisies.
  • Inside each flower is a dark brown disk that holds hundreds of small flowers, each with its own petals and reproductive parts.
  • The golden outer rays around the brown disks are separate flowers rather than petals.
  • Sunflower seeds offer great nutrition for birds and wildlife, particularly doves in Missouri.

Columbia Bottom Conservation Area Sunflowers

Columbia Bottom Conservation Area Sunflower Fields

Where to Find the Sunflower Fields Near St. Louis

The Sunflower fields near St. Louis are located at the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area in North St. Louis County at 801 Strodtman Road. This particular field is close to the Visitor Center and is marked with a giant sunflower sign on the adjacent road. The area is open daily from a half hour before sunrise to a half hour after sunset.

Photos taken by Mattea Linea.