A lotta LBD’s

I was shopping with my mom recently when we came across the coolest Nicholas black mesh, tea-length dress. I tried it on. It was amazing. But then I lamented, “Where would I wear it?” Her response: “It never hurts to have a good black dress hanging in your closet. They’re timeless.” Such are the sentiments from the new exhibit at the Missouri History Museum. Called the Little Black Dress: From Mourning to Night, the exhibit traces the history of the LBD from its early roots as strictly funeral wear, to the women’s wardrobe staple it is today.

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The entry to the exhibit, lined with images of St. Louis women in their little black dresses.

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Don’t mess with Pesto

I don’t pretend to be a good cook, but there are a few meals that I do right. And pesto is one of them. Mine is kick-ass. That’s why we eat it weekly in the summer and usually just serve it straight up on pasta.  I’ve never been one to experiment with add-ins or toppings, because as the old adage goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  However, when we went to St. Louis’ new vegetarian restaurant and whiskey bar (yes, you read that combo correctly), Small Batch, I was inspired to branch out and try their pesto. It’s conventional with basil but had some crazy toppings.  And well, it was amazing. Soo amazing, that I was inspired to recreate it for my family later that week. My concoction is below. Please note, this is not Small Batch’s recipe, but rather my interpretation of it. Theirs was good…but mine was too. So here’s what I made:

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The bar at Small Batch.

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Riddle Me This:

What’s the difference between pleather and vegan leather?

Answer: Price!

… As I (unfortunately) discovered while visiting Fauxgerty last week. The vegan clothing brand is designed and owned by St. Louisian, Chrissy Fogerty, then manufactured by seamstresses in New York and Chicago. The brand has been in existence for about 2 years, but the store is their first stand alone boutique, joining an existing wholesale facility in New York. The store in St. Louis’ Central West End has white walls and a chic minimalist vibe that will have you thinking for a split second you’re wandering thru SOHO. There are vegan bags by designer Matt + Nat, rose scented body sprays, dainty gold jewelry, and knits littered with words like “Herbivore.” But the real stand out is their outerwear. All made out of vegan leather, the jackets are very thick and rich looking. There’s great attention to detail- with printed lining, cool zippers, pulls, and belts. Many are only made in a run of 10-15, so no worries that you’ll be caught in a Bitch-Stole-My-Look moment. Some of the hand painted jackets are actually one of a kind. The red jacket I tried on fit like a glove, making it even more depressing when I read the $549 price tag. Call me crazy, but for now I’m sticking with the black pleather numba I bought at Zara….pleather quality, but also pleather price.

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A Studio Tour

I was wandering through Lafayette Square recently, when I stumbled upon the unexpected. Blocks from the Square, there is an ivy covered pergola that leads to the studio and gallery of artist Daven Anderson. Originally from Chicago, Daven and his wife have lived in St. Louis for almost 10 years. Now retired, he focuses on his art full time. He describes his work as “urban realism” — painting scenes from city streets and urban environments. He’s done commissioned pieces for the US Coast Guard, The Sheldon Concert Hall and the Missouri Athletic Club, to name a few.  The gallery is a little more Miss Havisham than Gagosian, but I’m not complaining. My personal favorite is a work he painted of City Garden at night. And, if you aren’t in the market for a piece of art, but still want to experience the studio, Daven offers day and evening watercolor classes. Below are some pictures from my visit, but check out his website for more info and better photos of his work.

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From the #Banksy of the mighty Mississip’…

When I first started writing my instagram caption today I thought myself so clever. Then I told my good idea to Joe, who sat stone faced and asked what I was talking about. For those of you not on Instagram, it went something like this: “I’m back on the #banksy of the mighty Mississip’ taking in some graffiti…” Once I explained my pun he still sat stone faced. So, I instagram-ed my pun anyway and now am here to tell you about Banksy:

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Kit + Ace (didn’t really Ace it)

Has anyone been to the new Kit + Ace on Euclid yet? It’s the new store from the family that brought us Lululemon – the son and wife of founder Chip Wilson, to be exact. This time instead of Luon, it’s a type of technical cashmere fabric that’s also washable. It’s more dressy than sporty and will still set you back about $100 per shirt. This special fabric (from what I saw) is being used to make basic tops in basic colors. Put it this way: Eileen Fisher seems exciting next to this place. Sure there was some ruching and contrast venting, but nothing I couldn’t find at Madewell or Banana Republic last season. In Kit’s defense, I am a color and print girl, so this sea of muted solids gave me a bit of anxiety. Also, they’re opening another store in Frontenac that will supposedly stock more diverse offerings, like something to wear on the bottom, perhaps? Next time I’m at Frontenac I’ll stop in…that is… if I don’t first find what I’m looking for at Madewell or Banana Republic.

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(This last image is the Minneapolis Kit + Ace store, courtesy of the Star Tribune, but I felt representative of product offering in St. Louis store.)

Check it out for yourself and tell me what you think…

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Toynbee Tiles

Do you see what I see, St. Louis? In our backyard lies one of the greatest mysteries in pop culture! We were visiting City Garden last weekend and came across St. Louis’ only remaining “toynbee tile”…at 8th and Market.  Hundreds of these tiles have been found scattered throughout a dozen or so US cities and South America since the late 80’s.  Most say the same thing “Toynbee Idea / In Kubrick’s 2001 / Resurrect Dead / On Planet Jupiter.” Huh? Exactly. They’re about the size of a license plate and are embedded in the asphalt of city streets. How they got there, who put them there, and why they say what they say are all a mystery. It’s believed that “Toynbee” refers to British historian Arnold Toynbee, and that “Kubrick” is Stanley Kubrick, who co-wrote and directed the film 2001: A Space Odyssey which is about a manned mission to Jupiter. Another idea is that the tiles are referring to the Toynbee Convector, Ray Bradbury’s short story. But no theory is set in stone, if you will.

Want to know more? Read, Mysterious ‘Toynbee Tiles’ becoming targets of theft in St. Louis, The Mysterious Toynbee Tiles;  Watch Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles. And most importantly, go check them out before they disappear!

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