(Photos by Ashley Kuenstler)
You all should know by now that I’m a little obsessive over Living Collective, so I was excited to go visit them first thing in the morning. The promise of brunch bites and mimosas aided in me getting my ass out of bed. Katie, Sarah and Tori (shop girls/rad bishes) were there to greet the bloggers and give them the spiel on what is quickly becoming on of my favorite shopping destinations in the city. I devoured some of the best goddamn deviled eggs I’ve ever had, and that says a lot coming from someone who doesn’t usually chow down on such things. I scored some fantastic Erica Weiner parentheses earrings and magic candle to add to my alter of witchy weird things.
(Photos by Paige Whitehead and Kimia Emami)
After a lovely morning at LC, I headed over to SKIF, which, surprisingly, I haven’t yet mentioned yet on the blog. SKIF is an American clothing line, designed and produced in St. Louis, MO. SKIF designs for everyone, considering each piece as a work of wearable art and a ‘statement of freedom’ for the free-spirited risk-takers who adorn them. SKIF also houses the work of Michael Drummond, Deborah Katon, DJ Kennedy, Dr. Zen Duda and Robert Longyear among other talented makers. I got to take home the most amazing SKIF poncho/throw over piece that I’ll be wearing ALL fall and winter. I’ll certainly be back to do some holiday shopping because there’s really something for everyone there. The quality and love that goes into the work at SKIF really shows. If you haven’t been by, do so. It’s tucked away in The Hill, so grab some Gioia’s Deli and play some bocce ball at Milo’s while you’re at it.
I’ll be honest, after all the shopping I took a nap. I love naps. After resting up, the crew headed to White Flag Projects for the Tenth Anniversary Benefit Auction. Having never been to this gallery before, I was pleasantly surprised. Also, surprised I had never been to this gallery. They have the cutest little loft library that I absolutely need in my house. I ran into artist Cole Lu at the auction, which was great to hear her take on the art up for auction and just to talk with her because she’s an amazing person and artist. You should really check out what she’s doing for the St. Louis art scene. After, we headed to Cherokee and ended up at 2720 for the South Side Disco. While hectic, my night was very fruitful.
This does not conclude STLFW posts. I think I will do one more on more of the blogger only sort of things I got up to, including lunch at Katie’s Pizza & Pasta (Rock Hill) with The Normal Brand, happy hour with Fauxgerty and lunch at Lu Lu Seafood (Olive).
Special thanks to the following for making this STLFW the best one yet: ALIVE Magazine, Midwest Influence Network, Living Collective, Fauxgerty, SKIF, Katie’s Pizza & Pasta, The Normal Brand, Lu Lu Seafood, St. Louis Union Station, Missouri Eating Disorder Council, Ballpark Village, Ashley Kuenstler Photography, The Vault by Women’s Closet Exchange, Socially Jen, Central Table, Fantich & Young, projects+gallery, Caleres, Free People St. Louis and Tiny Bar. I apologize if I’ve left anyone out.