Archive for July 2016


The 2016 5th Annual Garbage Bag Gala benefiting the Salvation Army took place on Saturday, July 16th at the Mercedes Benz Dealership on Hampton Avenue in St. Louis, MO.  It was a fabulous evening of creative fashion from top local designers.  In the spirit of the theme “Reclaim-Recover-Rejoice”, designers were given the challenge to create outfits from recycled materials in two categories:  Formal / Casual Wear and Art-To-Wear Designs.
This year’s designs from 17 local artists did not disappoint!  It was a tough competition but congratulations go out to Barbara Bultman, a designer we’ve had on our radar all year!  Both of her creations were top notch including this LBD from the Art-To-Wear category made entirely of black straws and modeled by the lovely, Galina Angheluta (see below).

GBG 2016

Pictured above from left to right:  Gretchen Gannon, Galina Angheluta, Ann-Marie Brown and winning designer, Barbara Bultman

Congrats also go out to 2nd place winner, Alexis Cook, pictured above and escorting model Abigail Scherer.  The design from the Art-To-Wear category was spectacular, fashioned mostly from duct tape! (photo by Gretchen Gannon)


This design from the Art-To-Wear category designed by 3rd place winner Jacob Stanley was another example of superb creativity!  It was fashioned from reclaimed picture slides and modeled by Bree Chamberlain.  (photo by Gretchen Gannon)


Art-To-Wear dress channeling Effie Tinkham from the Hunger Games.  (photo by Gretchen Gannon)


Art-To-Wear Dress fashioned from duct tape with a magnificent fan made of magazine pages (photo by Gretchen Gannon)

Top Photo:  Art-to-Wear Dress made with plastic cups and duct tape (photo by Gretchen Gannon)

Summer 2016: Lou Fashion Calendar


You won’t have to travel far to enjoy a fashionable night out!


July 16th: Garbage Gala 2016

Local designers compete by designing ready to wear outfits using only recyclables.  Proceeds benefit the Salvation Army.

Mercedes-Benz, 1048 Hampton Ave., Saint Louis, MO



July 22-23:  Cash and Carry

Local boutiques come together in one place to give shoppers the best deals of the year!  Come early for the best items – they sell fast!

Venue:  The Majorette, 7150 Manchester Road, St. Louis, MO 63143

Purchase tickets:

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Discover the local charm of downtown Kirkwood with Fashion Group International.  Stops include The Rusted Chandelier for a floral demonstration and sammiesoap to learn the art of soap making all while enjoying nibbles and drinks.  The tour will wind up at Kirkwood station to enjoy live music at the Kirkwood Station Plaza.  If you work within the St Louis Fashion Community you can find out more about Fashion Group International at this event.

August 11th:  8th Annual Pins & Needles Fashion Design Competition Announces


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On August 11, 2016 St. Louis events agency Brainchild Events will host the 8th annual Pins and Needles fashion design competition at The Majorette (7150 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, MO 63143) on August 11 at 6pm. This designer competition will feature upcoming designers from across the country from New York to LA. The competition seeks to support the creativity, innovation, and artistry of new designers by giving them the exposure, experience, and tools they need to take their collections from runway to retail. Participants will be invited to showcase their designs at the August event, with the winner receiving $15,000 in prizes, including a $1,000 cash prize from Saint. Louis Fashion Fund and other exposure to help launch successful careers in the fashion industry. Guests will also vote for the SIBA (Stevens Institute of Business Arts) People’s Choice Award via Twitter the night of the actual event.  For tickets click on the following link:

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Charleston, SC

Charleston is a majestic, southern city that should be on every bucket list. If you’ve never visited, or haven’t been back in several years, it may to time to plan a low country vacay!Charleston, SC is abundant with rich culture, southern charm, tasty low country cuisine and (of course) fabulous shopping! All of this magnificence and it’s less than a 1/2 hour drive from several beautiful beaches!

Within the last five plus years, the city of Charleston and its surrounding townships have seen tremendous growth. This revitalization has generated new local restaurants, hotels and shops that are cropping up at a pace only to be matched by all the new terminals at Charleston’s airport!

One of the benefits of downtown Charleston is its pedestrian and bike friendly streets which are overflowing with quaint shops, galleries and restaurants. King Street is the most popular shopping destination, but any street off of King will have great finds waiting to be discovered.

Downtown Boutiques of Note

(To get you started…there are so many more!)


(once again – these are just a few of note but there are so many!)

Fine Dining: 82 Queen
Romantic Dining: Chez Nous
Creative & Award Winning: f.i.g.
Fun & Funky Market and Café: Caviar and Bananas
Family: Fleet Landing
Southern Comfort: Hominy Grill
Alfresco/Rooftop: Husk

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If you find yourself on one of the streets south of Broad near the Ashley River, you’ll discover the most amazing historic homes with lush courtyards. Walk a bit further toward the picturesque waterfront with parks, fountains and the famous Rainbow Row and you’ll have discovered what locals consider “the Battery.”

Downtown is just one of the many wonderful areas of greater Charleston. There are several charming places close by that are a must when visiting the area. Here are a few worth checking out!

Isle of Palms:

One can’t visit Charleston without heading to the beach. Isle of Palms or IOP (as the locals call it) has amazing public beaches that are just 25 minutes down Highway 17 from downtown. The island has homes of all sizes on or near the beach available for rental through Dunes Properties or Island Reality. There is a new Harris Teeter market on the Island for grabbing supplies along with several restaurants.

Notable Dining:
Isle Of Palms

Best local cuisine (It doesn’t look like much from the outside but….trust us):
Acme Lowcountry Kitchen
Best view:
Morgan Creek

Wild Dunes:

The Lettered Olive

Sullivan’s Island:

When you cross the bridge at the other end of Isle of Palms, you’ll be on Sullivan’s Island which is a quieter more residential island. Do not be fooled however, it has some of the best dining in greater Charleston packed into about two blocks and a couple of noteworthy shops. Most of all this is a place to visit and soak in the vibe because it’s just fabulous.


Almost Pink
Sandpiper Gallery
(If you love local art look no further than this adorable gallery)

Notable Dining:

Best Burger & Fish Tacos (ever):
Poes Tavern
New and noteworthy!:
The Obstinate Daugher
Best healthy food for bikini beach bod:
Locally owned Irish pub:
Dunleavy’s Pub

Mount Pleasant:

Just over the bridge from downtown Charleston and on the way to Isle of Palms is Mount Pleasant. It’s home to a variety of restaurants and has an outdoor mall which has a few “worth a peek” local shops interspersed. Of note: Famous Author Sue Monk Kidd is from here and Boone Hall Plantation (where Blake Lively and Ryan Reynalds were married) is located here. If you are dying to grab a signed copy of The Secret Life of Bees, The Mermaid Chair or The Invention of Wings – you’ll most likely find one at the Barnes and Noble in Mount Pleasant.

Local shops:

Mary Mojo Boutique
(locally owned dept. store)

Dining in Mt. Pleasant:

Fine Dining / Scenic Area:
Old Village Post House
Best Shrimp & Grits:
The Kitchen

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(an area of Mount Pleasant)
Over the bridge from Sullivan’s Island on Mount Pleasant is a charming fishing area called Shem Creek with several restaurants located on the waterway. It’s a given that dolphins will swim by while you are enjoying your shrimp and grits or she crab soup!

Places of Note:

Tavern and Table
Red’s Ice House

Prepare For Your Charleston Trip:

Where to Stay:
The visitors bureau has a great website for lodging and much more:What to eat:
Seafood! Fresh and locally caught fish is abundant! Charleston signature dishes: She crab soup, shrimp and grits, oysters and clams when in season.

Must See Sites:
The market stalls downtown, The Citadel’s Friday afternoon dress parade is open to the public. Check here for times. Rainbow Row, The Battery, Magnolia Plantation, Middleton Place, Fort Sumter, Eco Tours of Barrier Islands, The beach!

Books to read to get you in the right frame of mind:
Anything by locals Dorothea Benton Frank, Mary Alice Monroe or Sue Monk Kidd

Weather and Tips for packing:
Winter can be very cold (anywhere from the 30’s – 50’s) so you’ll want a fleece or coat and warmer clothing but there are isolated days where the weather can be in the high 60s or 70. Spring and Fall months have optimal weather when it’s low humidity in the 70s and low 80s. Summer can be extremely hot and muggy especially in July and August.

Of note:
if you have curly hair – just go with it. It will not stay straight or styled in the salt and humid air. Tip: Pack a variety of cute hats!

Style notes (Dress like a local):
In the warmer months locals are in daytime casual because everyone is either going or coming from a beach. Typical modes of attire are cover-ups and flip flops with a swim suit or shorts and a t-shirt. Style after 5:00: Summer dresses, Lilly Pulitzer anything and jack Rodgers sandals. Filmy tops with dressy shorts or white jeans is chic for going out to dinner.

Don’t leave without:
Taking in rainbow row and walking the battery to see the historic homes, going to the beach, seeing dolphins, eating some of the best seafood ever

Souvenirs to bring home:
A sweet grass basket made by a local artisan in the market
A painting by a local artist – there are so many but look for Jonathon Green’s work which celebrates the vibrant Gullah culture!

Best time to visit:
May / June. September / October

To really soak in Charleston and its culture, visit during the Spoleto festival in May.

Summer 2016 Featured Look

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