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Nov 25, 2014

Crabfest: Your New Favorite Holiday

I've mentioned in a few blog posts that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, but that isn't entirely true. Thanksgiving is my favorite popular holiday, but my true favorite holiday is something unique to my family: Crabfest. My mother prefers to create her own holidays rather than celebrate the same ones everyone else does. It's hard to argue when the invented holiday in question centers around eating as much crab as you possibly can.

Nov 20, 2014

Old Standard: More Than Just Standard Fried Chicken

This past weekend my husband and I finally paid a visit to Old Standard. I say finally though the restaurant has only been open for a month because I've been eagerly anticipating eating here since the restaurant was first announced last year. Fried chicken is probably my favorite food, or at least, it's what I usually *say* is my favorite food. My tastes have been veering a bit more towards the sweet and carby side of things since I've been pregnant, to be totally honest. Which is why I ended up really liking Old Standard. The fried chicken is the star, no question, it's even part of the logo, But what really makes this place stand out in comparison to most STL fried chicken places is everything else on the menu.

Nov 19, 2014


I am super excited to be attending the third annual Tribute  fashion show this Saturday night! The fashion event of the season will feature models fresh from the runways of iconic designers such as Saint Laurent, Prada, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel as well as many more of the biggest names in fashion. The runway show also serves as a platform for model casting agents from all over the world to see MMM's roster of new faces being groomed for the runways. As such, fashion VIP's from around the world will be in our little town for this event. I am so pumped to enjoy the fashion extravaganza this weekend!

You do not want to miss out on this party! Buy your tickets HERE and start planning what you will be wearing to this amazing show.

Nov 18, 2014

A Celebratory Mocktail: The Cranberry Shrub

Tis the season to celebrate. Not only is my favorite holiday rapidly approaching (Thanksgiving) but I'm also excited to share that I am pregnant with my first child. Yay for babies!! Or baby, to be more precise. However, actually celebrating this happy news in the manner that I am accustomed (i.e. several cocktails) is, alas, not recommended for those who are in my condition. Thus, I've made it my pregnancy mission to discover a decent mocktail.

Nov 13, 2014

The Best Sweet Potatoes

What's your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Some people like dressing, some people are all about green bean casserole, and some people just come for the turkey. I really like it all, but what I look forward to the most are the sweet potatoes. I'm not talking about canned yams topped with melted marshmallows; I crave sweet potatoes baked to fluffy perfection, mashed with butter and sugar, and topped with a crunchy pecan topping. Sweet enough for dessert but served as a side dish: this is the only sweet potato recipe you need.

Nov 11, 2014

Mini Cranberry Pear Streusel Pies

Last year I made apple and chocolate pecan pies for Friendsgiving, and while they turned out great, I really wanted to try something completely different this year. A pear and cranberry streusel pie seemed like just the thing, perfect for Thanksgiving but a little outside the norm. Individual mini pies are just the right amount of dessert after a big meal, plus its hard to say no to a dessert that's already portioned out. While making mini pies is a little more work than making one big pie, this recipe will also serve a lot more people than a single pie will, making up to 24 individual mini pies.

Nov 6, 2014

Your New Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes

Everyone has their favorite Thanksgiving dish, the one they look forward to making and eating every year (I'll be sharing mine soon!). But it's also fun to experiment with new recipes, on the off-chance you might discover a new favorite. The same can be said for your serving dishes. You always want to use grandma's china or the platter you got as a wedding present, but there's still plenty of room at the table for something new.  

Nov 4, 2014

Workwear Planning Made Easy With Wardrobe Journal

I'm not a morning person. It takes me at minimum an hour and a large cup of coffee to be ready to face the world each day. Knowing this about myself, I like to make my mornings as easy as possible by planning ahead. Every Sunday I figure out what I will wear to work each day during the following week. That might seem overwhelming if you are someone who has a difficult time deciding what to wear, but the task is made much easier by one of my favorite apps, Wardrobe Journal. I use Wardrobe Journal to record what I wear each day, then when Sunday rolls around all I need to do is scroll back through the outfits I've worn in the past to figure out what to wear in the upcoming week. 

Nov 3, 2014

Fall Inspired Lipstick Shades

Now that is getting chilly out, my summer glow is long gone and it's time to change up my makeup routine. I find that deep berry lipstick shades look great with a fair complexion and really seem perfect for the fall and winter season. Read on to check out a few of my favorite shades this year.