A Blog Preemie

This is the kind of clothing round up I was hoping to curate in August – that time of year when the air is thick and the humidity is torrid. Well, lucky us! Because in St. Louis, August arrived a little premature and the mere thought of a jacket or jeans is making me light headed. For your safety, stick to lose, lightweight clothing- even better if it doesn’t have sleeves or a zipper … less places for sweat to accumulate, know what I mean?

(Numbers 7 ,  9  and 12 below are on sale plus and extra 25% off …)

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Memorial Day Reject


I think Caradise missed the memo that come Memorial Day, one is supposed to start wearing white. And I guess there’s some wisdom behind that old mantra because this peplum dark-hued top left me with some serious elbow sweat when worn during the afternoon heat. Soooo maybe this top is better saved for acres sun … or, better yet, since it will only set you back $10, you can use the money you have leftover to buy a more hearty deodorant. Shop my top here.



Shop the Entire Look:


Top    //   Jeans    //   Shoes //  Earrings

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Three Day Weekend Wardrobe

Three Day Weekend

Head Wrap // Sunnies //  Tank //  Earrings

Bikini  //  Tote  //  Printed Dress

Necklace  //  Jeans  // Slides

If Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer, then this packing list is a must for kicking the season off right! Whether you are headed out of town or just lounging around the house, there’s a little something here for everyone.

Some things to note:

  • Those are my favorite Frame jeans and they are on sale.
  • I love those Michael Kors Collection look-alike gold slides – plus at $30 they are a steal!
  • That gold charm necklace is from a new favorite brand, Cleopatra’s Bling, check out all their stuff here.
  • Loving head wraps for the pool this summer, and that one (top left) would look perfect with that ditzy printed red bikini (bottom left).

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Attn: St. Louis Mama’s!


Lose your kids, definitely ditch your husband, grab your girl gang and join TruFusion (Clayton’s newest gym) and Kidzxplor (the ClassPass of kid’s activities) for a day-long retreat in celebration of Mother’s Day.  The retreat, apropriately entitled, Mod Mama’s Retreat is next Friday, May 11th, from 9-3 pm at TruFusion (7447 Forsyth).

Here’s the run down: Start the day by choosing from one of two fitness classes: Cross Fusion Bootcamp or Tru Signature Series Yoga. After class, mingle with friends and wellness experts before heading next door to the St. Louis Artist’s Guild for a catered lunch from Revel Kitchen.

After lunch you’ll have a chance to chose from three, 30- minute break out sessions including:

  • Your personal stylist
  • Juicing 101
  • Aging gracefully (…. you know where to find me!)
  • Getting your mojo back
  • Going green
  • Eating for your body type
  • Floral arranging
  • Setting goals and taking names

Then finally … end the day with another TruFusion signature class or head to the Wine & Cheese Place for a wine tasting. Can’t make it the whole day? Just drop in for the morning or join us for lunch and stay for the wellness classes!

Buy your tickets here . They cost $75 and include all classes, food and drinks for the day.  Caradise readers, use code MODMAMA for $10 off your ticket! Hope to see you there!

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(photo courtesy of Kidzxplor)

The Groundhog Day of Blogs

I know what you’re thinking and I apologize. This feels like the Groundhog Day of blogs. Yes, just last week you saw me in a very similar printed set. Yes, it too was from H&M. Yes, it also was a wide leg pant topped with a matching blouse. Yes, they were both silky.  I promise I will try to do better and add some variety to my wardrobe. But in the mean time, let’s cut to the chase: below are some stoppable links … and yes, I saw my shadow.


Blouse //  Pants  //  Shoes  //  Bag (similar)


p.s. If you live in St. Louis and haven’t been to Forest Park recently, you must get there this week. The flowers are perfectly in bloom and will put you in a better mood than eating a bag of Swedish Fish while reading an US Weekly with Meghan Markle on the cover. #justsayinScan



Brand Crush : Innika Choo

This swoon-worthy summer dress obsession is courtesy of Innika Choo, an Australian-born, stylist-turned-designer who launched her collection in 2016. Choo’s designs, which use renewable and biodegradable plant based fibers, reflect the care-free island lifestyle one might find on Bali, the island where Choo currently resides. Known for her adult take on sometimes childlike details – like smocking, gingham and in her most recent collection: short dresses paired with bloomers –  there is nothing immature about these playful pieces. I love them not only for their lady-like quality but also their beat-the-heat practicality.  Check them out for yourself:


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New Boutique Opens in Mid-Town

Every gal with an unruly shopping habit can relate to the story of Sarah-Marie Land, owner of the new St. Louis boutique, The Golden Fig, a curated collection of new and pre-loved women’s clothing. Situated on the corner of Olive and N. Cardinal, Land opened The Golden Fig to give credence and purpose to her shopping habit, specifically her knack for finding incredible deals.

Let me explain. Land’s business model is unique in the sense that she sources her inventory from places accessible to you or I –  think eBay, Nordstrom Rack, garage sales, etc. – but scores them at such rock-bottom prices that she can still sell them at a huge discount AND turn a profit. So like a resale or consignment boutique there is only one of everything- no size or color runs here – but unlike most resale shops, over half of Land’s inventory is “new with tags.”image1-2image1

Inside The Golden Fig, located in St. Louis’ mid-town neighborhood.

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Bedroom to Boardroom


A few years ago my friend’s kids, who were perpetually late for school, suggested to their mom that they sleep in their clothes soas to save time getting ready in the morning. The experiment lasted a few days, until presumably the kids and the mom ran out of clothes that could take them from nighttime to daytime.  Not many PJ’s double as ready-to-wear and vice versa. Well, until now. The silky sets are everywhere for Spring and while they are lauded as a must-have trend item, I think the real appeal is in the convenience. In other words, feel free to hit snooze.

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Help! My Instagram Ads are Insulting

What started innocently enough has recently snowballed into a downright offensive and hurtful attack waged on me by my Instagram account. At first they were slightly annoying, a nuisance at best — those paltry advertisements that muck up my feed and keep me from the important stuff, like the foam on my friend’s latte or where in the world is Derek Blasberg. And while I might have time to scroll endlessly thru social media, I definitely don’t have time for the ads that go along with it.

At first, I bothered to hide these unwanted posts, citing “I see it too often” as my justification for doing so. However, I soon realized that it wasn’t the frequency of the ads that were so disheartening, but rather the ads themselves.

Take, for example, last month’s personal affront: Applebee’s. Ziiing. Yes, I live in the Midwest. And in a suburb. And we rented a minivan once to go on vacation. Yet despite what conventional wisdom would esteem, I’ve never eaten at an Applebee’s. My taste buds prefer something with less national reach.

Applebee’s opened the door for Pepto-Bismol and Clean and Clear Acne Fighting Wipes, last Wednesday and Friday, respectively. So okay… I admit, the timing was rather pertinent, as I’d eaten my fair share of fried, greasy food over the weekend and yes, I did have an unusually large break out on my chin. But how did Instagram know? And wasn’t there a more subtle way of telling me? Maybe recommend a juice cleanse. Or a new concealer.

I’d feel better if these ads were random, kind of like a Starburst pack in which I just happened to be getting all the yellows, but I know better. There’s a formula to these things, as even Instagram will concede: “We want to show you ads from businesses that are interesting and relevant to you, and to do that, we use information about what you do on Instagram and Facebook (our parent company) and on third-party sites and apps you use.” Fair enough. But what happens when said formula goes horribly awry?


This week the whole ordeal came to a head. I got a Hatch Gal clothing ad. Hatch Gal: a clothing brand. For. Pregnant. People. Pregnant people. That is the virtual equivalent of being asked if you are pregnant when you’re actually not. Said Hatch Gal ad was followed a few days later by Aveno baby wash and Buy Buy Baby, complete with 20% off coupon. Nope, still not pregnant but beginning to feel like I am.

So I took a step that I hadn’t in a while and bothered to hide this ad. Filling out the requisite questionnaire and forgoing “I see this too often” for “It’s offensive.” Because really… isn’t it?


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cheap AND chic

You guys! I went into H&M last week looking for something cheap and green to wear for St. Patrick’s Day, and came out with a boatload of stuff (albeit nothing green). Maybe I caught it on the right day or maybe I was just in the mood, but H&M is looking so good right now. Take a gander at my favorites below! I don’t think anything here costs more than $50 (except for that white midi dress that at $199 is a bit of an anomaly).  And those raffle slides at top right ?? SUCH a bargain. My Starbucks bill this morning was more (only a mild exaggeration…).




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