Bows on my Toes (and on sale!)

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Ask anyone who knows me: I’m not much of a bow kinda gal. To frilly, to feminine … details that seems to conflict with my sometimes cynical and usually sarcastic nature. But, there’s and exception to every rule I suppose, and these shoes are definitely it. I love them and all their girly glory.

p.s. As if you needed another reason to buy them, they’re now on sale! Shop here.

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Get the look:

Shoes   //  Shirt  //  Skirt  //  Tortoise Bracelet   //   Cuff   //   Purse

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Designer Crush: WHiT

I first stumbled upon NY – based label, WHiT on Gilt a few years ago. Maybe it’s me, but I assume if something is on Gilt, it must be past it’s prime or old news. I am sure that’s wrong, but it’s the way I think. I had forgotten about the label until I saw it popping back up in Anthropologie last season, thereby proving my Gilt theory all wrong! It’s designed in NY by Whitney Pozgay, who got her start at Kate Spade before becoming head women’s designer at Steven Allen and then striking it out on her own in 2010. I think it’s the fresh silhouettes, feminine details and easy cotton fabrics that have m’heart. Here are some of the items on my Whit Wish list:

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That grey one shoulder dress at top right especially makes me swoon!

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Shop the Mall, Rediscover your Closet

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You know that phrase, “Shop your closet?” Well, I’m horrible at it. A complete failure. Whenever I need an outfit for an event or a night out, my first inclination is to buy something new. It’s a problem. So the other day when I was shopping the mall, I kept running across wide leg striped pants in many of the stores I visited. It reminded me that a very similar pair lived in my closet. So instead of pulling out my wallet, I went home and found the pants. And this time, instead of pairing with my usual navy silk blouse, I mixed it up with another stripe on top. Admittedly, stripe on stripe might not be for everyone, but there’s no denying that a vertical stripe on your bottom half elongates even the shortest of legs. Below is Exhibit A:

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Waging War With My Closet

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Seems like I’m fighting with all of my tops lately. I tossed the bodysuit, am annoyed by my off-the-shoulders (remember this?) and now have yet another grievance for my closet. Flared sleeves. Bell sleeves, call them what you will. I call them a huge mess. Literally. Because I find that they gather little bits of everything  they come near: food at dinner, hand soap in the bathroom, even makeup as you’re getting ready. It’s like wearing a gigantic ladle on your wrists.  I think they look adorable and are a fun twist on the basic top, but when that bell gets too big? Buyer beware.

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Have plans Saturday night?

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The work of Angelina Fasano, an artist presenting at Burning Bright

St. Louis readers! Join me Saturday night for the opening of Burning Bright, an art exhibit put on by Living Collective and HEX.  The show features a dozen women artists from the St. Louis area and will be held at Tech Artista, the co-working space in the Central West End. The opening is from 5-8 pm and is free and open to the public. All artwork will be for sale, with 10% of the profits being donated to the artists’ charity of choice.

The collaboration between HEX (a social media marketing company that connects bloggers and social influencers with brands) and Living Collective (the St. Louis based online clothing store) to sponsor this woman-only show is quite a propos. As Katy Noonan, the owner of Living Collective states, “HEX and Living Collective are both female owned businesses and wanted to bring more representation for women artists in our new community at Tech Artista.” Tech artists already has a very artist- centric message in their space, with photo studios and recording studios available for use by it’s members, as well as permanent art flanking it’s walls, like the Pyramid Mural by St. Louis based Screwed Arts Collective, as well as Supper Club, a 24×10 foot mural decorating the third floor workspace.

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I’ll take one shirt, hold the sleeve, please

Last weekend I was looking for a casual top to wear with jeans for an upcoming party. I realized after scrolling thru a few online pages just how hard it is to buy a whole shirt these days –  one complete with two shoulders and two sleeves. Seems like last year’s cold shoulder has morphed into this years one shoulder, hold a sleeve. Some of these tops, like that Rachel Comey black one on top, is beautiful, but I’m not sure I want to pay over $400 for a shirt that seems to be missing half it’s parts. Below, you can take your pick of this seasons hottest trend.

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In the interest of full disclosure, http://www.caradisefound.com is part of a few affiliate programs, which means, that when you click on a shoppable link and then buy an item from that website, I receive a (v. v. small) commission on any sales. All clothing and ideas are still my own!

Meet me in Kansas City

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A few weeks ago we took a family trek to Kansas City, via train.  If you’re a St. Louis reader: Yes, it was an easy 5 hour train ride from Kirkwood Station (departing at 9:45 am) to Kansas City’s Union Station. It’s not the fanciest of transport methods, but my kids loved the novelty of it – that they could walk around, eat lunch in the dining car and had unlimited Wifi. Would I take the train every time I go to Kansas City? No. But maybe do it once.

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While we did a lot of things that are not Caradise worthy (spending 3.5 hours at the hotel pool Friday night comes to mind … as does the 5 hours spent inside the Lego Playland on Saturday afternoon) BUT, there were some things that I’d recommend if you head to Kansas City anytime soon.

We stayed in the Crossroads, an up and coming arts district just south of downtown. It has some unique shopping (more vintage and artsy rather than the mainstream shops you’ll find on Country Club Plaza). One such store is Cable and Company, roughly the size of a walk-in closet, but stocks great denim and vintage tees:

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More vintage shops in the Crossroads Arts District

And small, independent coffee shops, like this one:

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Merry Christmas Caradise

 
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In a not-so-subtle-hint, my family got me a Claw for Christmas. Never heard of a Claw? It’s a flexible tripod that holds your cell phone and has a remote bluetooth shutter, so no need for amazon-like arms to get your whole self into your selfie. The gift got my husband and kids off the hook for taking Caradise photos and put the ball in my court. It’s honestly very easy to use, compact enough to fit into my purse, but will obviously take some practice to get the timing right, as I have a lot of pictures that look like this:

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Spring Break Dreamin’

Happy Spring Break everyone! With winter finally arriving in St. Louis, albeit a few weeks late, I’m so excited to hit the beach this week. Here are a few of the things that are in my (virtual) suitcase.

  • That Frances Valentine basket bag comes in a few colors and is a fun alternative to the Cult Gaia one everyone is carrying.
  • Those white Frame jeans are on sale, I have them in blue and love their soft, stretchy fit (but recommend sizing down).
  • The black bathing suit is a dupe for the more expensive Marysia one, but this option is less than $100 and still a timeless classic!

 

Final Spring Break

Bow Slide // Yellow Dress // Espadrilles // Sunscreen

Sunnies // Basket Bag

White Jeans // Top // Earrings // Swimsuit // Cold Shoulder Dress

See you next week!

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In the interest of full disclosure, http://www.Caradisefound.com is part of a few affiliate programs, which means, that when you click on a shoppable link and then buy an item from that website, I receive a (v. v. small) commission on any sales. All clothing and ideas are still my own!

Style Mafia Mecca

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Top here and here and similar (cheaper!) version here // Bag // Bangles here and here

Last December we were in Miami and I made my annual pilgrimage to the Wynwood Walls (remember these?!?). As if the walls weren’t enough to get Caradise all hot and bothered, I also learned that a favorite brand, Style Mafia was headquartered in this trendy Miami-area locale.  So, leaving my kids under the care of my husband, I ventured a little off the beaten path to check out their facility. The showroom was full of samples, a huge assortment of Style Mafia current and past creations. I love their funky, unique fashions and especially the totally reasonable price points.  One of my favorite buys from that day was this take on the conventional white shirt. It’s slightly cropped, has puffy sleeves and wraps at the waist. I love it with high rise denim and statement accessories. Here are a few of the ways I’ve styled it.

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