I couldn’t have dreamed of spending Friday night anywhere else besides Saint Louis Fashion Week’s VIP Blogger Lounge presented by Well Dressed Midwest at Scape American Bistro. 25 local fashion and lifestyle vendors plus tons of bloggers were in attendance to connect with new brands, chat with friends, make new ones and enjoy the delicious bites by Scape and the open bar.
Last season was my first encounter with any sort of blogger events as I had recently started blogging while also volunteering behind the scenes for STLFW. I was actually quite nervous going to that first event because I was new and knew no one. I had a great time hitting each booth and taking time to really get to know the vendor’s brands. This time was a little different.
As I walked in, I was immediately greeted by friendly faces and an electric environment. DJ TrashTalk was pouring out the beats while also looking fantastic sporting a long knit sweater and jeans. I, of course, got my glass of Skinnygirl prosecco at the bar where I met Evanne Criesedieck of Lou Lu Lux. We made our way over to the Well Dressed Midwest and STLFW swag table to sign up for the new blogger network and pick up our gift bags. We stocked up on goodies and even scored some Jamberry nail wraps, which I’m excited to give a try. From there I made my rounds.
I spotted my blue-haired friend Megan Gad at the KINK and Notch station, which are two of the hottest St. Louis salons right now. I slightly freaked out when I saw they were doing hair chalk, so I sat my ass down and got some purple streaks in my side pony. Megan, Angela and Kate were awesome and even hooked me up with some Bumble and Bumble samples- thanks!
Right next to the hair station was Meero Mani Nails where they were applying samples of their stunning nail sets. I picked out a black with gold fleck nail, which was applied with an adhesive pad. So easy! I check out their other offerings, including some studded beauties.
Blissoma caught my eye with their natural body care products and candles. After talking with Irie Star about her amazing nature derived products and my skincare needs, I picked out the Refine Clay Renewal Treatment made with rhassoul clay to take home with me. I tried the masque Saturday morning and so far so good! My skin is feeling clean and refreshed even after a long night out. Blissoma offers other amazing products I can’t wait to try, like the Fresh- Mild Rice Facial Cleanser and Bright – Eye Vitalizing Nutrient Serum.
The Regional Arts Commission’s booth was probably the biggest thrill of the night where an artist sketched and painted attendees. I didn’t realize the waiting list was extremely long, so unfortunately I didn’t get my own portrait done but I did watch the live art and viewed other’s art. Truly amazing!
A blogger event isn’t complete without a fantastic array of shoes. From Vogue Footwear to Lookie Lou, Bronx Diba and Glik’s– they did not disappoint. Knee-high boots and a pair of cut out, sling back booties stole my heart at the Vogue Footwear booth. Lookie Lou had some stunning sparkly vegan shoes with a clear heal along with other great shoes, too! Glik’s also had some fantastic Chinese Laundry over the knee boots I’m currently lusting over as well.
Right next to the bar was a spectacle you couldn’t miss. Yes, I’m talking about the Shirt Kong booth complete with a portable shirt press. SK’s team created three different graphics each representing a wonderful organization where $5 of every shirt sold would be donated and split between, including the Ferguson Youth Initiative, New Heights and When The Saints. I picked the When The Saints shirt mainly because how unaware I was of the need for the organization in St. Louis- a non-profit whose heart is set on defending, rescuing, and maintaining the rights of the weak, poor and oppressed. When The Saint’s focus is on those forced into prostitution and sexual exploitation. It was an easy choice to get a fresh tee and support some amazing causes. Well done, Shirt Kong!
During the course of hitting up all the vendors, Sara’s Social Booth was calling my name. Coincidently, lady friend and blogger Michelle Volansky of Creature Type and I were sporting overall + hat looks so we teamed up for a photo. Sara’s Social Booth is the next big photo booth experience in St. Louis. I literally see her everywhere and I don’t hate it.
Another heart-warming vendor was Partners for Just Trade. PJT is a non-profit Fair Trade organization that connects impoverished artisans in developing countries with a market for their products in the U.S. PJT teaches artisans the trade of their choice and then let them decide design. They offer an array of items- jewelry, bags and bowls among other things. Check out their products and enjoy 25% off at partnersforjusttrade.org with code DOGOOD.
Last but not least was The Clover. I’ve never actually been into their store but I’ve helped dress models for shows donning pieces from the shop. Looking over their table one thing stood out and I knew I’d be going home with it- the Chestnut Forge Kitty Ears Ring. Yes, I’m a cat lady and it’s fitting in nicely with my cat themed collection. I’ll soon be making my way to their location to get the full monty.
It’s always so nice to catch up with friends I’ve met through blogging, connecting with new bloggers and local brands. Thank you to ALIVE Magazine, STLFW and Well Dressed Midwest for giving bloggers the opportunities that you do and incubating success. The VIP Blogger Lounge was freakin’ fantastic! I couldn’t speak more highly.
Up next in the line of STLFW events is the Saint Louis Fashion Fund’s Emerging Designer Competition presented by Brown Shoe Company at Union Station. Buy tickets here and see you there!