Autor: Rhonda

~ 30/08/07

A recent Mayor Slay blog calls out comments in the media from a local vintage clothing salesgirl who chose not to participate in this city first’s Fashion Week. I had refrained from writing about this until reading the mayor’s mention. The AP article the mayor cites reads:

Madeline Meyerowitz, co-owner of enokiworld.com, a St. Louis-based Web site that sells high-end vintage clothing, said she didn’t want to be in St. Louis Fashion Week.

“I think people do this stuff to make themselves feel like they live in a place that’s hip and happening,” she said.

Many people will pull out their style equivalent of their Easter best to attend the fashion events and then go back to wearing Old Navy khakis, she speculated.

Funny thing is Meyerowitz is also an admitted Old Navy shopper, per a July St. Louis Magazine article.

I don’t see the need for a local to shun St. Louis fashion-forward efforts. While I adore quite a few things at www.enokiworld.com and www.enokiland.com, I admit to adoring a few things each season at Old Navy.

While we’re no LA or NYC, it is clear St. Louis fashion efforts are moving forward on all fronts – from local designers and boutique openings and offerings to media and Web 2.0 coverage.

I don’t just feel like I live in a place that is hip and happening, I do live in a place that is hip and happening. I am fortunate to see the passion people are putting into these efforts. And in my humble opinion, I thought our little fashion week was rather smashing.

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Autor: Leigh-Anne

Not for a very important date…but…well, for everything. I’ve tried to change my ways, but I’ve come to realize it’s just part of my charm. ; )

So as August is boiling to an end, I have decided it’s time to get in shape for the summer. You may think I am about three months late, but according to Leigh-time, I am perfectly on schedule.

So in the spirit of the new hours (Mon-Thurs 5:30am -11pm; Friday 5:30am – 11pm; Sat & Sun 8am – 6pm) at my new gym (what up Fitness Factory located at 1303 Wash. Ave) and my new quest for toned triceps, I’ve put together a little “Pump Me Up Playlist”. To get me motivated during those times when I’d rather pull the covers over my head than do pull-ups.

Feel free to check ‘em out if you’re in need of a little musical motivation:

1 - Helicopter (Whitey remix) – Bloc Party

2 – Gravity’s Rainbow – Klaxons

3 – Blue Monday – New Order

4 – One and Only – Timbaland (feat. Fall Out Boy)

5 – Rehab (Hot Chip Remix) – Amy Winehouse

6 - Gotta Get Myself Into It – The Rapture

7 – Lonely By Your Side – Azzido Da Bass

8 - North American Scum – LCD Soundsystem

9 – Finding Out True Love is Blind – Louis IV

10 – Heinrich Maneuver (Paul Epworth Phones Remix) – Interpol

11 – Let’s Make Love and Listen to Death From Above – CSS

12 – Dashboard – Modest Mouse

13 – Birdflu – M.I.A. (Diplo remix)

14 – Wolf Like Me – TV on the Radio

15 – Needy Girl (Bloc Party Remix) – Chromeo

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Autor: Scott

~ 28/08/07

Hot off the presses: St. Louis native, Nicole Benoist Edgerton has been hired as the new Style Editor of St. Louis Magazine. Nicole returns to STL after stints on both the left and right coasts, with 10 years of experience working in the fashion and beauty industry.

From the Editor:

“I’m thrilled that Nicole has joined St. Louis Magazine as its first style editor,” says editor Stephen Schenkenberg. “The magazine’s long been interested in women’s and men’s style, and with this appointment we take a significant step forward in covering both.”

Welcome back!

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Autor: Dwight

~ 27/08/07

Did anyone attend all of Fashion Week? Let me review the week for you….

Tuesday: Garment District show – This featured S.O.K.A skateboard demo, The Roller Girls, The Alley Cat Revue ( a little ass on Washington) and five St. Louis Designers with models marching down the runway! These designers included: Skif, Zipper, 99 Dealers, AFV and Vitamin. Afterparty: Rue 13

Wednesday: Jesse Kamm – This was located at the Skyhouse named by Alive Magazine as the “Fashion Lab”. Jesse Kamm was born in these parts but relocated to L.A. Her show featured fabulous cute and sassy outfits and models in windows! Afterparty: Lucas Park

Thursday: The Forbidden Fashion Show – This show was originated by Jennifer Grey of The Time Boutique. Also located in the the “Fashion Lab” this hour and a half show featured local and national designers including Kara and Nick from Project Runway. Each designer can be found at most of the St. Louis boutiques in town. Afterparty: Dolce

Friday: Liquid Style – After being delayed for 45 minutes because of the rain, Eleven boutiques featured their fall fashions by the pool of the Chase Park Plaza. Afterparty: Cafe Eau or for some of us Mandarin.

Saturday: Boutique Crawl – Didn’t attend this event but I hear it was cool and people were shopping all over town! Afterparty: Nectar and Pepper Lounge.

For more info or video check out www.stlouisfashionweek.com.

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Autor: Scott

~ 24/08/07

On a long hike through the rainforests of Borneo and need a stiff drink? Not enough room in your pack for the iodine tablets, first aid kit and a 5th of tequila you say? No problem! Just mosey over to www.pocketshot.net! These handy little plastic bags filled with your favorite spirit go anywhere! Hiking, biking, sporting events, concerts, movies, high school dances, the list goes on!
 
What will they think of next?

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Autor: Scott

~ 23/08/07

Woo hoo! Middle of the pack! Well towards the bottom of the middle… but middle none the less! What am I talking about you ask? Forbes Magazine put out yet another list! This time, Forbes ranked the best cities for singles.

The score was based on the sum of the rankings within seven separate categories (Singles, Nightlife, Coolness, Culture, Job Growth, Online Dating, and Cost Of Living Alone) for 40 of the biggest U.S. metros. It seems as though Coolness (33), Job Growth (27) and Online Dating (34) drug down our average.  Online Dating???

Of note, we did rank 11th in Drunkest Cities. YES!!! May not help the single ranking, but may have an influence on the “hook up” ranking.

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Autor: Dave

Of all the things that you can do in life to cause complete exhaustion and increase your stress level to the degree of having a stroke, I think running a public event has to be top of the list. I’m sure there are other things like getting married, divorced or talking to the IRS that may rival it..but not much more in my book can put my blood pressure on another universe quite like inviting thousands of your closest friends to come enjoy what you have created. For the last several years I’ve been involved with running the Metropolis Lot music festival, and although this year I have stepped away from the day to day planning, I am still just as excited to see Saturday take place.

This years event has been months in preparation and the current Lot committee has done a great job in putting together another solid band lineup, while doing everything they can to provide entertainment for anyone that wants to enjoy a local festival. I think the most rewarding for me has been to see individuals who just a few years ago were volunteering for a few hours at the Lot..are now actually running the event! Led by Committee Chair Sarah Hedrick, they really have worked to remain consistent with the tradition that started nine years ago, brining local music artists under the stars on a parking lot..to a full-fledged entertainment event that offers something for everyone.

So come out to the Schlafly Tap Room this Saturday evening RAIN or SHINE. Stay the night..or heck, stay up all night! Any exhaustion you may feel on Sunday will be worth it when you see all the people celebrating the best of St. Louis as one!

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Autor: Scott

Thank you to everyone who came down to Wash Ave for the kick off of St. Louis Fashion Week! To say the evening was high energy would be an understatement. My only regret on the evening was arriving late and missing out on Allyson Mace of Sauce Magazine fame spinning at the Philip Slein Gallery. Have to keep my eyes open on when she will be back as guest DJ at The Royale.

Don’t forget, next week… the 5 Year RCP Celebration at Mandarin! The party starts at 5:30pm on the 28th and will feature specials, apps and good company.  For more info, visit us at www.rivercityprofessionals.org.

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Autor: Leigh-Anne

~ 20/08/07

I often read stories in the paper or on StlToday.com about innocent people falling victim to senseless crimes and feel helpless because I can’t do anything to help the situation. That definitely happened while reading a disturbing description of a local woman brutally attacked this past month in her own home in the 2100 block of Allen, a part of town where violent crime is rare. Jennifer Thompson, a 27-year old downtown lawyer, suffered severe head trauma in the attack. After leaving her unconscious, the intruder took off with her car, laptop, tv and other valuable possessions. The suspect has since been caught and is in jail awaiting trial, while Jennifer remains in the hospital trying to regain the mental and physical capabilities she lost.

Fortunately, there is a way to help speed up her recovery. A benefit in her honor will be held on Friday, August 24th from 3:00pm – 9:00pm at the Serbian Church located at 1910 Serbian Drive. There will be a 50/50 drawing, attendance prizes and silent auction items. Food and drink will be available. Minimum is $20 at the door.

For more information, contact Pat Horak at 314.772.5908 or Jack Knapp at 314.773.3906. All donation and proceeds from the benefit will be forwarded to the Jennifer Thompson Fund at US Bank.

Click here to read more on the story.

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Autor: Rhonda

Fueled by an article in this Sunday’s Chicago Tribune and a small budget, I was curious to find out more about Sarah Jessica Parker’s clothing line Bitten.

The former SATC star rolled out a summer collection months ago, and her fall line is now on its way to Steve & Barry’s stores throughout the U.S. I’ve long wanted to make the trek up to the only S&B store location in St. Louis and actually had the time this weekend.

Northwest Plaza itself is desolate (and enough fodder for another post on the state of St. Louis urban and suburban shopping malls vs. lifestyle centers, but that is another day). S&B’s is a bright spot. Aside from the Old Navy-esque décor, one-half the store is nothing but college garb – T-shirts, sweatshirts and my fave … comfy college hoodies at $7.98. The other half of the store has everyday clothes for women, men and children.

Throughout the store, SJP is everywhere via banners and looping video feed where she explains the whys behind Bitten. Per www.bittensjp.com:

BITTEN reflects Sarah Jessica Parker’s personal sense of style and taste, with her own wardrobe serving as the inspiration for the majority of the pieces. Between the recently launched summer collection and the Fall collection to hit store shelves in August, BITTEN offers nearly 1,000 apparel and accessories pieces, including jeans, woven and knit shirts, suit separates, wool and cashmere sweaters, dresses, jackets, lingerie, t-shirts, sweatshirts, sleepwear, swimwear, bags, jewelry, belts, footwear, and much more.
The BITTEN collection was designed for women of all ages and sizes, with a full size range from XS-XXL in tops, 0-22 in bottoms, and 5-11 in shoes.

The collection takes up a large chunk of the store. The jeans are a bright spot – great variety, greater fit, greatest price (at $15). There also are tons of knits – tanks, jackets, T-shirts, striped everything (all under $10) – reminiscent of Gap’s offerings the year SJP starred in its commercials. A little Plain Jane for me, but great if you want to stock up on the basics. Other fun finds include a polka dot button-up shirt as well as some cute skirts. Accessories and shoes are also aplenty … no comment on comfort as I did not try them on.

Overall, I am unsure if I am a full-fledged Bitten fan. There is something alarming about a clothing line with nothing over $19.98 from an actress who made $400 Jimmy Choos a household name. Guess I will have to wait until Bitten’s fall offerings make its way to St. Louis to decide whether or not I am smitten. That means another trek to NWP for Bitten - just in time for fall ball when college hoodies are an added bonus.

Side note: The clearance Dillards at Northwest Plaza has some great Laundry by Shelli Segal tops at rock-bottom prices (currently 50 percent off already-ready reduced prices. Other finds include cute a Michael Kors dress and tons of great shoes. Don’t be discouraged by the large, unshapely dresses that greet you when you enter from the mall. Happy hunting!

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