Sunday, August 31, 2014

From the Festival to your Fall Wardrobe: Shopping with Madewell

Often, I'd rather shop my boyfriend's closet than take a trip to the mall - until I discovered Madewell. My favorite look starts with a dose of 90's-born grit. Combine the luxury of a baby-soft tee and chic mule pumps all pulled together with the perfect pair of painted-on denim and you have a celebrity-worthy street style ensemble - one that Madewell does just right.

Collaborating with Madewell on a LouFest pre-party was a bit of a dream: Shopping with friends, snacking on Salt + Smoke spicy falafel (my new STL favorite), sipping white wine and bubbles... Can we do it again?

I owe both Madewell and everyone who came out to the party a HUGE and very genuine thank you. I can't wait to see you all at LouFest and I'm so glad a few of my friends worked on their festival looks at the party! Scroll through to catch a few of my favorite pieces, people and moments.

Madewell St. Louis Location Fashion Blogger LouFest Festival Fashion

Madewell St. Louis Location Fashion Blogger LouFest Festival Fashion

Madewell St. Louis Location Fashion Blogger LouFest Festival Fashion

Madewell St. Louis Location Fashion Blogger LouFest Festival Fashion

Madewell St. Louis Location Fashion Blogger LouFest Festival Fashion

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Festival Inspiration with Madewell

As Summer in St. Louis comes to an end, thousands flock to Forest Park for LouFest. There's something about a weekend of music in the middle of a beautiful park surrounded by the skyline of the Central West End that just feels like the perfect celebration of yet another incredible season in STL. Feeling nostalgic for the city I love, I sat down with some of our favorite records and a cup of hot tea and enjoyed a rainy night in. I spent some time reflecting on 2014 so far: our city's current achievements and battles, and my own successes, hurdles and new partnerships.

Tomorrow, the 28th of August, I'll be teaming up with one of my very favorite brands, Madewell, to host a LouFest pre-party to help all of you friends shop for the event of the year. Madewell's skinny skinny denim and super soft tees are as perfect for lounging with the record player on as they are for a warm September evening of music in Forest Park. Swapping the denim out for a breezy skirt makes for a cool day under the hot sun. I'm in love with the ultra chic simplicity of Madewell's current collection. Plaid button-downs are out-of-your-boyfriend's-closet-perfect and the basics are ideal for accessorizing.

Friday, August 22, 2014

LouFest Fashion: The Best Festival Wear from Madewell (Plus, Shop with me on August 28!)

With LouFest just around the corner, I have no doubt that style-savvy music lovers are digging through their closets in search of the perfect festival looks. Wanting to take a more contemporary approach to this year's festival wardrobe, I went straight to one of my favorite retailers of all time: Madewell. Equal parts East Coast prep and California dreaming, Madewell's easy collections transform into standout festival wear.

Big bags with shoulder straps are a festival must for holding your sunscreen, water bottles, umbrellas, blankets and camera. Big bonus: when the crowd goes home and the stages come down, these totes translate seamlessly into everyday life.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

10 Ways To Help Ferguson Right Now

With the news coming out of Ferguson, many people are asking how they can help. I've outlined a few ways you can join the fight to find justice for Mike Brown and contribute to the larger conversation around the deep-seated issues we face in our immediate community and across our country.

Ways to Help Ferguson Right Now #JusticeForMikeBrown #NoJusticeNoPeace
Ferguson residents immediately jumped to clean up and rebuild their community.
Photo Credit: @MattFredSTL

Here are 10 ways you can help right now.

  1. Call Governor Jay Nixon's office and ask him to remove Police Chief Thomas Jackson and arrest police officer Darren Wilson at 573-751-3222. And SIGN THIS PETITION.
  2. Call St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert "Bob" McCulloch's office at 314-615-2600 and ask him to remove Police Chief Thomas Jackson and arrest police officer Darren Wilson.
  3. Donate to the Reinvest North County Fund.
    1. The St. Louis Regional Business Council has organized a fund to provide relief to small businesses affected by the unrest in Ferguson following the police shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown Saturday.- From the St. Louis Business Journal.
    2. Donations are encouraged to support this effort; checks can be made payable to the Reinvest North County Fund at the 501(c)3 non-profit North County Regional Development Association (NCI),  350B Village Square Drive, Hazelwood, MO 63042. Supporters will be able to donate online as early as Monday, August 18, 2014.  EDT: DATE ONLINE HERE:
    3. Learn more about the Regional Business Council, how to apply for a Reinvest North County Fund grant and how to donate HERE.
  4. Donate supplies to the peaceful protesters at the Ferguson Police Department and the Ferguson QuikTrip. Supplies needed include bottled water, gatorade, individually wrapped food items, substantial and easily shared food items (like pizza), ponchos, brooms, trash bags and large clearly printed signs that say "Hands Up Don't Shoot".
    1. If you would like to donate any of these items but are unable to deliver to Ferguson, please leave a comment on this post and we will pick up your items and deliver them for you.
    2. If you are a restaurant owner or manager, please consider donating pizza or other food to the peaceful protesters. You can email me directly at or tweet me at @Lindsay_Pattan for assistance with delivery. 
  5. Donate to the students of Ferguson. There are children who depend on school lunches who are in need of food. You can donate here to help feed the children of Ferguson while schools are closed.
  6. Join the peaceful protest on the ground at the Ferguson Police Department at 222 S. Florissant Road Ferguson, MO 63135 or the Ferguson QuikTrip at 9420 West Florissant Ave. 63136. We will be on site at the Ferguson Police Department at 6:00PM on Saturday, August 16. Join us and bring supplies. If you plan to attend, tweet me at @Lindsay_Pattan and RETWEET this.
  7. Share this eyewitness account of the shooting which was tweeted in real time.
  8. Share peaceful, positive stories like this one and avoid sharing images of looters and violence from civilians or media reports of violence taken out of context.
  9. Share this map showcasing the lack of violence in Ferguson. Did you know that Mike Brown was the FIRST murder to occur in Ferguson this year? Help spread the message that Ferguson is NOT a violent place to live. There have been more murders in Chesterfield, Missouri than in Ferguson in 2014 so far. You can also retweet this.
  10. Donate to Michael Brown's Memorial Fund to assist the family.
We will be on site at the Ferguson Police Department at 6:00PM on Saturday, August 16. Join us and bring supplies if you can. If you plan to attend, tweet me. You can also retweet this to encourage others to join us.

Learn more about the initial incident, police reaction, protests, riots and conversations that have emerged, and hear what the people have to say by following the #Ferguson and #JusticeForMikeBrown Twitter feeds.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Hot Child In The City: Literally, It Is So Hot.

After a humid May day in STL, I thought I'd share my frizzy hair and fake tan with you all. A little heat goes a long way (apparently, so do 3 Pearl Vodka cocktails) and I was feeling it today. I've probably never been so close to shaving my head. In this humidity, I swear I can feel every dead end - which reminds me: Kristen, I cut off a chunk of my hair with kitchen shears. 

Fake Classes x ???
T-Shirt x Target Style
Skirt x Express
Cardigan x Target Style (This is a 1X from the Plus Size Department)
Nude Peep-Toe Booties x ShoeDazzle
Gold Bracelts x Michael Kors & Forever 21
Fake Tan x Jergens Natural Glow
Bag x Urban Outfitters

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Equipped for Summer

Now that Memorial Day weekend has passed, Summer is in full effect. The streets are flooded with crop tops in every shape, size and color paired with swing skirts, hotpants, minis and, the king queen of the season, denim shorts. Quite a few hikes, long walks Downtown St. Louis and a long trip to Michigan are in my future, and if I don't start prepping now I'm going to be really. bad. at Summer.

Short-shorts have never been my thing, and after a couple decades of trying I still haven't figured out cutoffs - so this year, I've teamed up with Levi's 501 to find the perfect pair for hiking, biking, beach-side bonfires along the shore of Lake Michigan and casual gelato runs in the city.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Red Summer Maxi Dress (I mean Skirt.)

Once April hits, my calendar starts to fill itself with fundraisers, charity events and trunk shows. I have a hard enough time picking out my daily work looks, so selecting 2-5 extra ensembles a week has been daunting. Now more than ever, I'm learning to diversify the way I wear my clothes. Looking at my wardrobe in a new way has provided me with a few tricks, like wearing this beautiful red summer maxi dress from Clr-Mnstr has a skirt. I still have a few key pieces to collect, but I'm feeling better and better about my closet.

red summer maxi dress - st louis shopping and fashion

Jacket x BCBG
Red Summer Maxi Dress x Clr-Mnstr
T-Shirt x Lauren B.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Easy Weekend Outfit: Cashmere and Chambray

We're about knee-deep into event season at ALIVE, so nights and weekends have been chock full of festivities. I'm perpetually sleepy, but filled to the brim with inspiration and aspiration. Combined with Mars in retrograde I've been feeling disconnected from friends and family. Human interaction was a must, and who better to share it with than a few fellow bloggers. In preparation for Mode Media's upcoming guide to 20 US Cities, we roamed the streets of Downtown STL in search of little gems that show off St. Louis' architecture, history and of course - the beautiful red brick. We had no probably finding great backdrops, but this alleyway behind my loft building may have been my favorite.

Supposedly, it's Spring, but here in St. Louis it's feeling more like Fall - not that anyone is surprised. With temps in the 50's, something easy, chic and a tad cozy was in my future.

easy weekend outfit - cashmere and chambray

Dress x Target Style
Sweater x Urban Outfitters
Shoes x Jeffrey Campbell
Bag x Target Style