Sunday, January 4, 2015

How to Wear Camo to Work

Here's a fun look from 2014 that I'll be recreating this January. I keep my wardrobe really simple, so statement making staples are a must. I wear my clothes to death, wearing pieces as many ways as possible in an effort to keep my material intake as low as possible. 

If you're into pushing the limits, an old tee is a fun substitute for the standard work blouse. In this case, my SO's perfectly worn-in and far-too-small-for-him camo tee fell victim to wardrobe theft.


Blazer x BCBG
Camo Tee c/o Patrick's Closet
Leather Backpack x Nordstrom
Earrings x Scarlett Garnet
Harmony Necklace x BelleStyle Bijoux
Tassle Loafers x Jeffrey Campbell



I hope you're all out there pushing everyone's buttons a bit.

xx


Saturday, January 3, 2015

A Look Back at 2014.

There are just 1.5 days left of winter break, so, naturally, I'm reflecting. Enjoy a recap of 2014 and expect edits as I remember other awesome moments that are just begging to be worked in. Also, consider this fair warning: I totally did not even proof this.

JANUARY
I kicked off the year with a few of my favorite things, a detox, a recap of 2013, a list of bloggers to follow and a massive NYFW calendar shared with a few of my favorite people. I also teamed up with Pulitzer Arts in promotion of Re-Set and discovered one of my favorite watch brands, Rakani, through a fun collaboration.

White Watch Leather Band Surreal Watch Face

FEBRUARY
The usual trip to NYFW became a family affair when my Dallas-based bestie Michelle was able to join me, Felicia and Marisa for some close-quarters fun. We stopped by one of my favorite NYC show rooms, Style House PR, for a quick inspection of Spring collections from Oasis and Warehouse. Felicia and I went backstage with Tommy Hilfiger for an exciting Instagram collaboration and I sat behind Anna Wintour, which was a NYFW first for me. Another first was a visit to Milk Studios, which I hadn't done in 5 seasons attending!

Anna Wintour Tommy Hilfiger Front Row NYFW FW 2014

Later that month, I hosted Business of Blogging 101 where I got to share what I look for from the brand/client perspective and what I've learned in what little blogging I've done. It was such a success and I'm so excited to help launch a series of quarterly workshops in 2015. More on that soon!

To wrap the month, I teamed up with Testosterone Footwear and Bronx/Diba to show off their incredible boots.

MARCH
Saint Louis Fashion Week planning took over in March and I spent most of my time in Nikes and a cozy tweed coat courtesy of Oasis and Style House PR. One little thing that made a HUGE impact, was the discovery of The Emerging Designer, an amazing website that led to Harbison hitting the STLFW runways twice in 2014. The Founder of TheEmergingDesigner.com, Melissa Hall, also made an appearance in STL in 2014, after helping select the finalists for the Emerging Designer Competition.

APRIL
In April, I managed a quick interview with Ela & Martin Aldorsso before launching full-force into STLFW's Spring season. We welcomed Harbison and Novis for a beta test on the runways of Union Station. The season was merely a prelude to Fall.

Sometime in April, ALIVE also launched a weekly segment on Show Me St. Louis in collaboration with KSDK Channel 5. I started as a sub and now, for a while, go on every Friday to share what's happening in STL over the weekend!

MAY
May brought some downtime and warm weather, which I happily spent with some fellow bloggers, snapping looks on the streets of beautiful Downtown STL. I rounded out the month with a quick collab with Levi's 501.

easy weekend outfit - cashmere and chambray

JUNE
Things got a little heated in June and personal style fell to the wayside as I tried to keep my cool and not look like a hot mess. It almost worked.

JULY
I took a break in July and spent a week in Michigan with my love and our pup, which was heaven-sent. No blogging, just reflection. It was glorious.

I also had the chance to work with Ruth's Chris on a couple great influencer events, including a 5-course dinner for 30 at their Downtown location. It was such an awesome night and I'm so excited to do it again in 2015!



AUGUST PART I
On August 9, just 20 minutes away from Downtown St. Louis in Ferguson, Missouri, Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, was shot to death by a police officer and left in the street for over 4 hours. This changed everything I canceled two collaborations and postponed one in an effort to focus on raising awareness. I did what little I could (although never enough) through protesting, blogging, helping get the Reinvest North County fund online and encouraging all of my friends to consider getting involved.

It was admittedly difficult to think about anything other than Michael Brown, his family and the countless black youth affected by implicit, institutional, societal, systemic racism every single day. Later in August, I found a bit of balance in choosing to leverage what little online influence I have to, if nothing else, keep the conversation going. Work, the blog and a little bit of play, although they now seemed trivial, found their way back into my life.

Ways to Help Ferguson Right Now #JusticeForMikeBrown #NoJusticeNoPeace

AUGUST PART II
In late August, I collaborated with Madewell to help St. Louis get ready (and dressed!) for LouFest. After 3 years of hosting and managing LouFest's official Best Festival Wear program (Remember when we brought Tres Awesome in?!), I decided to watch from the sidelines. It was fun to team up with Madewell - a brand that I LOVE - and to actually get to think about my own outfits! We hosted an event where 25 of my favorite buds and about 50 of Madewell's loyal shoppers noshed on Salt + Smoke, sipped on Skinnygirl Prosecco (Thanks Skinnygirl!) and styled each other for the festival.

Madewell St. Louis Location Fashion Blogger LouFest Festival Fashion

AFTER AUGUST (AUGUST PART III)
After August, things get fuzzy. Michael Brown's death surfaced a lot of feelings. Feelings like "Why am I talking about my outfits?" and "Are all of these people in my Facebook feed really that racist?!" or "Why does ART feel so IMPORTANT right now?!". Our city is still reeling and so am I. I think a lot about love, health, art, peace, compassion, empathy, equality, human rights, civil rights, conversation, resources and the list goes on. I decided in August that it was time to take a break from the blog. The blog has always been entirely secondary to everything else in my life (namely work and my little family), but it was time to cut the cord, at least for a while.

Despite the hiatus at HU HQ, the year went on...

SEPTEMBER
September kicked off Saint Louis Fashion Week with the St. Louis Fashion Blog Awards presented by Well Dressed Midwest. The local lifestyle blogging community grew; not in numbers, but in energy. This video from the second annual awards really captures the closeness. We are LUCKY, STL! Through just the awards, bloggers sent over 15,000 unique visitors to SaintLouisFashionWeek.com, playing a HUGE part in making this season so groundbreaking.

The event featured a presentation from Craft Alliance Artist-in-Residence, Grace Kubilius. She blew everyone away. Also, we ALL own her famous block and tassle necklaces. All. Of. Us.

Photo by ALIVE Magazine

OCTOBER
Speaking of a groundbreaking season, I can hardly put into words, so instead just watch. In collaboration with the Saint Louis Fashion Fund and Brown Shoe Company, STLFW awarded emerging designer Daniella Kallmeyer $15,000. To read more about STLFW and all of its special guests, check out this feed from ALIVE Magazine.

With STLFW underway, the blogger events had just begun. Shirt Kong always does an incredible job capturing STLFW, and I just love this video from the second bi-annual Well Dressed Midwest VIP Blogger Lounge. Naturalizer gifted some lucky ladies a few pairs of free shoes before sending them to lunch at The Restaurant at The Cheshire. To wrap STLFW, the team produced the first ever Midwest Fashion Conference hosted by Washington University's Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts (which was so good I might cry just thinking about it). To wrap the week, I joined the blogger ambassador crew and special guests Tracy Kennard and Melissa Hall for dinner at Basso.

Before it all ended, the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission hosted a tour of St. Louis (transportation courtesy of the amazing Fun Tyme Limo!). It was a GREAT day and you should DEFINITELY check out these posts from Plan-T-Style, Pretty Connected, TF Diaries, The Wanderlust Girls and ALIVE Magazine. (Don't forget to check out posts from 2013 by Keiko Lynn, Calivintage, Delightfully Tacky, Selective Potential and Orchid Grey!)

I could go on and on with STLFW... but I will spare you. Just click through the above links for plenty of amazing content!

NOVEMBER
With STLFW wrapped and nary an ounce of sanity left, I dove into ALIVE Magazine's last signature event of the year: Well Crafted (AKA my work baby). A passion project to say the least, Well Crafted was inspired by an event Patrick and I started in 2012, Gentleman's Emporium. It continued in 2013 as Beer, Bourbon, Bikes and Bacon and was reborn this year as ALIVE Magazine's Well Crafted: A Carefully Curated Experience for the Refined St. Louisan. It was AMAZING and all thanks to a long, long list of influential city dwellers that keep STL on its toes. See the list of featured presenters, speakers and fellows here and watch this video by Shirt Kong to get a feel for the event.

November also held a fun collaboration with the Contemporary Art Museum through ALIVE's Midwest Influencer Network. It was fun to work with 15 local bloggers in promotion of Art:314, CAM's Young Friends Fundraiser. If you're not a member, stop by the museum of join here!



DECEMBER
December brought a series of fun events (as usual) including ALIVE's Holiday Party, the Thirteenth & Washington Holiday Party (which Patrick sponsored!) and Nelly's Black & White Ball. December also included the launch of the first ever nameless networking friendworking event I hosted with Kristen Linares at her Creative Space. Making friends with amazing women, eating pho and mixing up cocktails? It was my favorite.


I ended the year with a 12-day break and I'm feeling relaxed and energized - and ready to take on 2015! I'm so grateful for my family - my little trio, my parents, my sister, my pseudo in-laws. I'm lucky beyond belief.

Wishing you warmth, love, light and perspective in 2015.







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: https://givver.com/north-county-inc/ferguson
    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 LRPattan@gmail.com 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.